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Syracuse, NY. 202 Scottholm Blvd. Howard T. Yates.

Syracuse, NY. 202 Scottholm Blvd. Howard T. Yates. | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Real Estate section of yesterday's Post-Standard (Sept 16, 2012) prominently featured a beautiful Tudor-style house at 202 Scottholm Blvd, built in 1928, and now for sale.

 

Scottholm Boulevard is one of the loveliest street in the city, and since I am giving a walking tour of the area in October, my wife and I hurried over to the open house to better explore the house.

 

Yates was a productive - even prolific - designer of houses for new suburban housing tracts developed around the edges of Syracuse in the late 1920s, until the market dried up in the first years of the Depression.

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Central New York for the Culinary Visitor

Central New York for the Culinary Visitor | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

From fine dining to rustic fare, no one leaves hungry.

 

The Cooperstown Beverage Trail is a must-do with tours and samplings at Bear Pond Wines, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Butternuts Beer & Ale and Rustic Ridge Winery. Last year over 20,000 thirsty souls hit the trail for tastings and tours.

 

Come during the Cooperstown PumpkinFest, September 22-23, and take in the foliage, food, fun and Giant Pumpkin Paddling on Otsego Lake. You won’t believe the size of these prize winners.

 

Watch a vintage 1856 water-powered cider mill press sweet cider at Fly Creek Cider Mill, then sample the batch, weekends September 8 through November 20. See cider being made the old-fashioned way from fresh-picked apples, and explore interactive exhibits in the Mill´s Cider Gallery. Admission is free.

 

Click through for more on what Central New York offers the Culinary Visitor and you won't be able to say no!

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Cider Pressing to Start this Weekend!!

Cider Pressing to Start this Weekend!! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Fly Creek, NY- The Fly Creek Cider Mill’s Boomer and Boschert press will once again come to life this Saturday September 8th maintaining an autumn tradition for 156 years in the Upstate New York hamlet of Fly Creek just minutes from Cooperstown.

 

Known for its historically authentic machinery the Mill makes its cider in the traditional rack-and-cloth method using the power of water and an antique Waterloo Boy Engine. Visitors can witness the process in the Cider Gallery overlooking the original equipment while operators demonstrate the cider-making technique and explain the process.

 

“For someone who hasn’t experienced our Mill in operation, it can be truly mesmerizing to watch all the old equipment work,” states Bill Michaels, co-owner of the Mill. “We painstakingly maintain and preserve the Mill so that returning generations can share in the fascination of our process.”

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Haines Falls Free Library Love

Haines Falls Free Library Love | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Check out the public library in Haines Falls, NY. A unique, humble and information loaded corner of the Catskills.

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New York State Has More Leaves Than Anyone Else

New York State Has More Leaves Than Anyone Else | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Albany, N.Y. - Okay, while we cannot say with absolute certainty that New York State has more leaves than anyone else, we can say that we believe New York’s foliage bounty and beauty make it the most desirable autumn travel destination for “Leaf Peepers” nationwide.

 

And it is a fact that New York State has almost as many acres of broad-leaved trees (which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range) as the rest of the Northeast combined.

 

The change in colors, from the greens of summer to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of fall, draws thousands of leaf lovers to the state’s roadways and waterways, hiking and biking trails, small towns, scenic vistas, country fairs and harvest festivals every year.

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NY State Fair Concerts, Events and Attractions.

NY State Fair Concerts, Events and Attractions. | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Over the years I think everyone gets used to it every summer and therefore takes the Fair for granted. While I will admit that it is very much of the same thing every year, there are always new details and pretty good concerts every time.

 

There are plenty of people I know who skip the Fair completely and while I certainly get that, I still think the Fair is worth your time. Some locals might be jaded but that doesn’t take away from the excellent planning and hard work that goes into such a massive event.

 

Like anything else I say don’t take it for granted. People travel from all over and even camp out for the Fair–clearly there’s a reason. So now that I’m done w/ the spiel, let’s look at a few early highlights!

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Your Hometown: Schroeppel Mansion

Your Hometown: Schroeppel Mansion | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Before the 1800s, most of Oswego County sat untouched. However, as settlers and businessmen packed up and headed west, Central New York underwent a transformation.

 

In this week's edition of Your Hometown, Candace Hopkins takes us to the town of Schroeppel, and the centerpiece of the town, the Schroeppel Mansion, where time has stood still.

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Native Americans to celebrate rare white bison in Connecticut farm

Native Americans to celebrate rare white bison in Connecticut farm | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Hundreds of people, including tribal elders from South Dakota, are expected to attend naming ceremonies later this month at the northwestern Connecticut farm of Peter Fay, a fourth-generation Goshen farmer.

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Galleria Transylvania: Bringing Transylvanian crafts to upstate New York

Galleria Transylvania: Bringing Transylvanian crafts to upstate New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Situated about half-way between New York City and Montreal is the small, picturesque city of Glens Falls, otherwise known as ‘Hometown U.S.A.’ In it’s downtown section of the city, a former textile mill called ‘The Shirt Factory’ is now home to Glens Falls’ thriving art community.

 

Amongst the 50 working artists studios and galleries, including printmakers, potters, textile artists, photographers, woodworkers, and even a violin maker, is Galleria Transylvania, a shop and studio run by Transylvanian born Adela Tavares.

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Back in business: Buffalo & Rochester

Back in business: Buffalo & Rochester | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Hope grows in two cities more accustomed to disappointment

 

There is an eerie beauty to Buffalo’s waterfront. Long-abandoned buildings and unused grain elevators stand along Lake Erie’s shore.

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A Rosy Outlook: Brewery Tour

A Rosy Outlook: Brewery Tour | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

"It's a lovely craft beer place. I'm not a huge beer fan but thought it was delightful.

 

"And I fell in love with their Witte beer. Yep, I could see myself drinking that a bit!!"

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16th Annual Fly Creek AppleFest this weekend, Sept. 15 & 16

16th Annual Fly Creek AppleFest this weekend, Sept. 15 & 16 | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Rotary club of Cooperstown gears up for the 16th Annual AppleFest at Fly Creek Cider Mill!

 

The Cooperstown Rotary Club´s annual AppleFest, a two day celebration during New York´s peak apple harvest, will be held again this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th & 16th, from 10AM until 5PM Saturday, and noon until 5PM on Sunday, on the grounds of Fly Creek Cider Mill.

 

The Rotary tent, staffed by volunteer members of the Cooperstown Rotary Club, local college students and many others, will feature a raffle and silent auction of items donated by local businesses, face and pumpkin painting for children, a coloring contest for grades PK - 4, and a chance to build you own scarecrow.

 

As part of Cooperstown Rotary Club´s literacy drive, all children visiting the Storytelling Tent will receive a free book. The popular Kids Corner will include a bouncy house and NEW this year, a dime toss. A small town carnival favorite, the dime toss is sure to be a new favorite at AppleFest so, bring your piggy bank full of dimes for your shot at some great prizes.

 

"Coming to AppleFest is a great way to have fun and support the work of Rotary," says Angie Erway, chairperson of this event.

 

"AppleFest is our club´s biggest fundraiser and last year we raised over $20,000, the most ever," added Erway.

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700 Vehicles Expected in the Mohican A Auto Club Show

700 Vehicles Expected in the Mohican A Auto Club Show | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Wampsville Fireman's Field will welcome the 52nd Annual Mohican A Auto Club Show, Sunday, September 9, 2012 - in Wampsville, New York.

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Check out our listing on Agritourism World

Check out our listing on Agritourism World | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Agritourism World has a wealth of information on your favorite farms, and agricultural related attractions, stores, shops, riding stables and places to stay, not only in New York state, but literally, all around the world!

 

It's a valuable news source and a directory of businesses and farmers. It's for the interested public - and for anyone who wants to visit, to learn and to try something new and different.

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I LOVE NEW YORK » Erie Canal Flagship Joins Waterford Tugboat Roundup

I LOVE NEW YORK » Erie Canal Flagship Joins Waterford Tugboat Roundup | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

One of the oldest working tugboats in America will join the Waterford Tugboat Roundup September 7-8-9, the New York State Canal Corporation announced.


The tugboat Urger will be docked at the Waterford Harbor Visitors Center, where the Mohawk River meets the Hudson River. The Urger will be open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Visitors Center is at One Tugboat Alley Waterford, New York 12188.


On Friday, September 7, the Urger will lead the “tugboat parade” from the Port of Albany to Waterford Harbor.


Launched in 1901 and listed on the National Historic Register, the Urger has served as the Canals flagship and floating classroom since 1991.

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What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY?

What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

If you travel in and around the United States, you quickly find out that there are lots of small towns without any hotels at all. There are some small towns with a hotel on the highway pull-off. They tend to be really ice-cold, chain hotels. Sometimes they’re called suites these days. But if there isn’t somebody local owning and running them, you pretty much get a Burger King-style room for the night. Then you drive off in the morning.

 

That’s ok. Burger King is not cheap and it’s not something you want to eat more than once in a while, but those kinds of highway hotels serve a purpose. Plenty of small towns would love to have one open up. Some other small towns don’t even know that one is doing business, there, over the hill by the interstate where no one ever goes anyway.

 

Cooperstown, New York, is different.

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What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY?

What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

If you travel in and around the United States, you quickly find out that there are lots of small towns without any hotels at all. There are some small towns with a hotel on the highway pull-off. They tend to be really ice-cold, chain hotels. Sometimes they’re called suites these days. But if there isn’t somebody local owning and running them, you pretty much get a Burger King-style room for the night. Then you drive off in the morning.

 

That’s ok. Burger King is not cheap and it’s not something you want to eat more than once in a while, but those kinds of highway hotels serve a purpose. Plenty of small towns would love to have one open up. Some other small towns don’t even know that one is doing business, there, over the hill by the interstate where no one ever goes anyway.

 

Cooperstown, New York, is different.

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Fast Trains: Upstate rail languishes while politicians debate

Fast Trains: Upstate rail languishes while politicians debate | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Taiwan’s bullet trains started running in 2007 and now carry 32 million passengers a year on 214 miles of track, at speeds of up to 186 mph.

 

Germany’s carry 74 million passengers on 798 miles of high-speed track. France’s trains hurtle 1,178 miles at up to 220 mph, carrying 114 million riders. Japan’s pioneering bullet trains carry 289 million passengers on 1,655 miles of track.

 

China may soon have more high-speed track than the rest of the world combined. Spain, England and Italy already have fast trains, soon to be joined by India, Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, among others. So far there are at least 10,000 miles of track, built with government funds.

 

America was once a railroad pioneer, but that was before today’s car-crazy culture of urban sprawl. Rail service across New York state now is creaky, dusty, unreliable. Fewer than 500 train travelers begin or end their day in Syracuse. Amtrak carried 11 million passengers in New York in 2011 — mostly in the Northeast corridor around New York City.

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The World's Most Amazing Country Store - The Fly Creek Cider Mill

The World's Most Amazing Country Store - The Fly Creek Cider Mill | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Once we arrived at the Mill, I realized I was in store for something much more than I bargained for. First of all, it’s over 100 years old which I always love. Coming from Florida, where nothing is really older than 1960, anything built at the turn of the century immediately is my favorite place ever. But more than that, they make all their own products. AND THERE ARE FREE SAMPLES EVERYWHERE.

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Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You!

Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
With time off so scarce, why is fully enjoying it so hard? Eight rules for getting the most out of your next break.
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Cooperstown Antique Show

Cooperstown Antique Show | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 50th Anniversary of the Cooperstown Antique Show


…on Sunday July 1st 2012!

 

The show opens at 9 am and runs until 4 pm. Food will be available, provided by Andres Blue Ribbon BBQ from Cooperstown Junction. There will be approximately 75 dealers on the field with a interesting variety of merchandise. And the weather is going to be fabulous, so don’t miss it!

 

 

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It's the Little Things: Upstate NY

It's the Little Things: Upstate NY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

"This past weekend we took the train about an hour upstate to Sleepy Hollow to tour the Rockefeller estate. The house is called Kykuit which means something like "lookout" in Dutch. Its perched way up above the town and has amazing views!"

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