- Thursday 20 October 2016
New York City – Syracuse - Madison & Oneida Counties
We travelled for 4.5 hours from New York City through the pretty countryside of New York State to our base for the trip; Syracuse. Here we started our tour of Madison & Oneida counties. We visited the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park where local artists can showcase their work. With the sun shining down the various pieces of art shone with the stunning countryside surrounding it. One of my favourite pieces was a piece that shows was tree carved with cubes in it called ‘33’.
From the Stone Quarry we travelled through small little towns and villages that reminded me of ‘Cabot Cove’ from ‘Murder She Wrote’. We landed in Hamilton, a quaint little town which houses the Colgate University and Colgate Inn; I was dismayed to find out that they were not related to the Colgate Toothpaste Family. The Inn where we stayed was very quaint with 34 stunning rooms and suites. We had lunch here and it was lovely.
After lunch we travelled on to the Fort Stanwix National Monument: Fort Stanwix is a reconstructed fort on the site of the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War installations. Six Native American treaties were signed at this historic site. The fort hosts a variety of events year round, including seasonal re-enactments and demonstrations. Admission is free and guests can explore both the fort and the interpretive museum on site.
From The National Monument we travelled onto Turning Stone Resort & Casino. The resort is listed as one of the top ten casinos in the world. It also boasts 3 championship golf courses. We had dinner at the Villa Verona Vineyard and the wine and food was delicious although the portions of food are quite small.
Cooperstown and Otsego County
This morning we visited the Erie Canal. The canal was built by the Irish and stretches all the way from Albany on the Hudson River all the way to Buffalo on Lake Erie. We visited the Erie Canal Cruise company where we were told of the history of the company and the ships and locks that they navigate during the spring and summer.
After the Erie Canal we drove through the beautiful Otsego County which reminded me of the Lakes of Killarney with beautiful lakes and stunning scenery. We visited the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard and were able to sample the delicious local cider and farm produce.
We had lunch at the Otesaga Resort Hotel which is set against the stunning Otesaga Lake and the food was plentiful and delicious.
After lunch we visited the National Baseball Hall Of Fame and Museum where we had a sample ‘VIP’ tour of the museum. To round out the day we visited Hyde Hall; the home of five generations of the Clarke Family and was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
Onondaga County and Flight from Syracuse to New York JFK
Today we did a guided bus tour of Syracuse. The bus tour included travelling through ‘Tipp Hill’ a mainly Irish section of the city that is the only location in North America which boasts a traffic light that has a green light on top and a red light at the bottom. When the traffic light was originally introduced back in 1925, it was broken continuously by the local Irish immigrants, who refused to allow the British ‘Red’ appear over the Irish ‘Green’, until 1928 when the city relented and changed the lights to ensure that the Green light remained at the top.
We briefly visited the local Rosamond Gifford Zoo which is well known for its elephant breeding program and then to the SKÄ•NOÑH – Great Law of Peace Center which showcases information of the local Indian tribes in the area before heading to the airport for flight to New York.