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Meticulously researched by a team of expert residents who know this region intimately, Frommer's New York State (1st edition) is an extraordinary and highly personal guide to one of America's most diverse regions.

Frommer's New York State is packed with candid opinions on everything about New York City, but also on the beaches, antiques shops, wineries, skiing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor adventures that make up the rest of New York State. We've covered all the perennial ...

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Overview

Meticulously researched by a team of expert residents who know this region intimately, Frommer's New York State (1st edition) is an extraordinary and highly personal guide to one of America's most diverse regions.

Frommer's New York State is packed with candid opinions on everything about New York City, but also on the beaches, antiques shops, wineries, skiing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor adventures that make up the rest of New York State. We've covered all the perennial favorites, from the Hamptons to Niagara Falls, but we'll also take you off the beaten track to discover New York's best small towns and natural escapes. Whether you want a romantic getaway in an upstate B&B or family fun on Long Island's best beaches, Frommer's will help you design the trip that's right for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470537657
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/30/2009
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series , #748
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Edward Schlecht is a writer and photographer who frequently travels along the Hudson River between an old farmhouse in northwestern Connecticut and New York City. He is the author of more than a dozen travel guides—including Spain For Dummies; Frommer's Day by Day guides to Buenos Aires, Mallorca and Menorca, and Barcelona; and Frommer’s guides to Texas, Cuba, and Peru—as well as art catalogue essays and articles on art and culture.

Marc Lallanilla has written extensively on science, health, the environment, design, architecture, and travel. A resident of New York's Hudson Valley, he is also a co-author of Frommer's 500 Adrenaline Adventures. His work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, ABCNews.com, About.com, and other online and print publications.

Brian Silverman is a freelance writer whose work has been published in Saveur, The New Yorker, Caribbean Travel & Life, Islands, and Four Seasons. Among the many topics he writes about are food, travel, sports, and music. He is the author of numerous books including Going, Going, Gone: The History, Lore, and Mystique of the Home Run, and the Twentieth Century Treasury of Sports. For Frommer’s, he has written Complete, Portable, and Budget guides to New York City, as well as New York City For Dummies. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vii
What's New in New York State 1
1 The Best of New York State 5
1 The Best Places to Stay 5
2 The Best Restaurants 10
3 The Best Places for Antiques Hounds 11
4 The Best Hikes 12
5 The Best Family Vacation Spots 13
6 The Best Places for Watersports 14
7 The Best One-of-a-Kind Experiences 15
8 The Best Historic Places 16
9 The Best Places to Commune with Nature 17
10 The Best Leaf-Peeping 19
11 The Best Four-Season Towns 19
12 The Most Adorable Towns 20
13 The Best Oddball Attractions 21
2 Planning Your Trip to New York State 23
1 The Regions in Brief 23
2 Visitor Information 24
3 Money 24
4 When to Go 26
New York State Calendar of Events 27
5 Travel Insurance 33
6 Health & Safety 34
7 Specialized Travel Resources 36
8 Planning Your Trip Online 39
9 The 21st-Century Traveler 41
Online Traveler's Toolbox 42
10 Getting There 45
11 Packages for the Independent Traveler 49
12 Escorted General-Interest Tours 50
13 Getting Around 51
14 Tips on Accommodations 52
Fast Facts: New York 54
3 For International Visitors 58
1 Preparing for Your Trip 58
Size Conversion Chart 61
2 Getting to the U.S. 64
3 Getting Around the U.S. 65
Fast Facts: For the International Traveler 66
4 Suggested New York State Itineraries 71
1 The Best of New York City in 2 Days 71
2 The Hudson Valley & Saratoga Springs in 3 Days 72
3 The Adirondacks & the North Country in 1 Week 73
4 The Finger Lakes & Western New York in 1 Week 75
Weekend Excursions from New York City 76
5 The Active Vacation Planner 80
1 Visiting New York's National Parks 80
2 Outdoor Activities from A to Z 81
6 New York City 89
1 Arriving 89
Manhattan's Neighborhoods in Brief 92
2 Getting Around 99
Fast Facts: New York City 103
3 Where to Stay 106
4 Where to Dine 123
The Soul of Harlem 134
5 Exploring New York City 136
World Trade Center Site (Ground Zero) 144
6 Shopping Highlights 156
7 New York After Dark 160
8 Highlights of the Outer Boroughs 166
7 Long Island & the Hamptons 172
1 The North Shore 172
Sunday Driving 179
2 The North Fork 182
Along the Long Island Wine Trail 186
3 South Shores Beaches: Long Beach, Jones Beach & Robert Moses State Park 191
4 Fire Island 193
Out & About: The Pines & Cherry Grove 196
5 The South Fork: The Hamptons 198
Secrets of the Hamptons Scene 206
6 Shelter Island 206
8 The Hudson River Valley 211
1 Orientation 211
2 The Lower Hudson Valley 214
Constitution Island/Warner House 219
Hudson Valley Hotels & Motels 226
3 The Mid-Hudson Valley 231
4 The Upper Hudson Valley 245
Wine Trails & Farmers Markets 250
9 The Catskill Mountain Region 254
1 Orientation 256
2 Southeastern Catskill Region (Ulster County) 257
Unique Lodging in Saugerties 264
3 Northeastern Catskill Region (Greene County) 268
4 Northwestern Catskill Region (Delaware County) 275
Take Me Out to Last Century 276
5 Southwestern Catskill Region (Sullivan County) 282
10 The Capital Region: Saratoga Springs & Albany 290
1 Orientation 290
2 Saratoga Springs 291
Hyde Collection Art Museum 296
The Spas of Saratoga Springs 298
Architectural Tours 299
More Places to Stay 304
3 Albany 307
Albany's Highs & Lows 311
Hotel & Motel Chains in the Albany Area 316
11 Central New York 319
1 Cooperstown 319
2 Utica & Environs 327
12 The Finger Lakes Region 332
1 Orientation 334
The Finger Lakes Wine Trails 335
2 Ithaca & Southern Cayuga Lake 336
Cayuga Wine Trail 338
Aurora's Amazing Makeover 346
3 Watkins Glen & Southern Seneca Lake 348
Seneca Lake Wine Trail 350
4 Corning & Elmira 354
5 Keuka Lake 359
Keuka Lake Wine Trail 362
6 Rochester 363
The Erie Canal 368
7 Canandaigua Lake 370
8 Geneva & Northern Seneca Lake 376
9 Seneca Falls & Northern Cayuga Lake 380
The Underground Railroad 384
10 Skaneateles Lake 385
11 Syracuse 390
13 The North Country 394
1 Southern Adirondacks 395
Bowling with the Vanderbilts 397
2 Northern Adirondacks 403
Backcountry Blunders: Do's and Don'ts 412
3 Thousand Islands 413
A Fishin' Tradition 421
14 Western New York 425
1 Buffalo 425
2 Day Trips from Buffalo 436
"No Seances, Please." 437
Letchworth State Park 441
3 Chautauqua Institution 442
4 Niagara Falls 444
Kid Stuff in Canada's Clifton Hill 448
Niagara, Away from the Crowds 454
Index 455
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