4 Day Trips to Make While It’s Still Nice Out


Save yourself from the FOMO.

By Alexandra McCartha

Syracuse, New York, is famously known to be one of the snowiest cities in the country. Though we love to warm up with a hot cup of cocoa, or embrace the cold out on snowmobile trails, the warm breeze across the Onondaga Lake is surrounded by a mix of hidden summer/fall gems and historical landmarks such as The Great New York State Fair. As the searing heat of summer is slowly chilled and the air turns crisp as the days grow shorter, these places to visit are a must before the winter season arrives:


This unique lakeside town located in Onondaga County, NY. Leisurely roam into the numerous antique stores filled with a variety of collectibles and stores full of chic clothing. You can also grab front row seats to the lake view at one of the many well-respected restaurants that offer gourmet foods such as Bluewater Grill for an affordable and delicious meal. Admire the adorable lakeside housing furnished with candles as the sun sets, scattered between the constant events hosted such as farmers markets selling fresh produce and baked goods--  that is, if you aren’t taken aback by the long piers that stretch across the cool blue lake of Skaneateles.

Armory Square

This vibrant part of town is a breath of fresh air during the day and is also known for nightlife. Home to the beloved Pastabilities, this area of downtown invites all to come and explore the high concentration of dessert bars, coffee shops, and the famous Erie Canal Museum-- all in walking distance of each other; not to mention the district of old warehouses creates the perfect aesthetic for a photoshoot.

Alexandra McCartha

Alexandra McCartha

Beak and Skiff

Voted the #1 apple orchard in the country by USA Today1, Beak and Skiff has been pleasing its visitors with their hot apple cider donuts, cider fests, and all-things apple related for over five generations. Grabbing some freshly baked apple fritters before hopping on a traditional wagon ride is the best way to end any weekend.

Green Lakes

Alexandra McCartha

Alexandra McCartha

Close your eyes, and imagine a summer haven. Just east of the city of Syracuse, lies two glacial lakes better known for their distinct turquoise blue color-- the perfect background for hiking, biking, and on some of the last warm days of the season, swimming above a freshwater reef that can be seen from the shore of the beach. Soak in the last of the outdoor glories on a patio above an 18-hole golf course, next to the 1,000 plus acres of forest dedicated to bird watching. So pack a picnic, bring some friends, and admire the beauty that Green and Round Lakes have to offer tucked away in Fayetteville.

Whether looking to explore more of Syracuse’s famous spots or in need of a trip to detach and spend a wholesome day with friends, these places and many more are worthy of exploration before the warm weather escapes us.