Summer Destinations: Central New York
Books End Bookshop is a one-stop shop for used, antiquarian, vintage, rare, and out-of-print books. Now in its 36th year, Books End is still a great place to browse and discover a hidden gem, or find that one book you always wanted. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff look forward to helping you.
A family tradition that originated from the hills of Morolo, Italy, and the famous recipes of Anna “Ma” Canale…the Italian cuisine of Canale’s Restaurant.
For nearly 70 years, the Canale Family has provided the Oswego community with their homemade menu items and family dining atmosphere. Now you can take home and enjoy a taste of the old country. During the summer, enjoy courtyard events with music to complement outdoor dining. For more information on dining and courtyard events, visit https://www.canalesrest.com/.
Located just 12 minutes from Syracuse, Carol Watson Greenhouse has 12,000 square feet of greenhouse space, allowing them to grow an assortment of annuals and vegetables. From choice new varieties to old favorites. On their seven acres, they sell top-grade perennials, shrubs and trees, many from Monrovia. Offering a multitude of houseplants, tropic foliage, succulents, cacti, and herbs year-round.
Cazenovia Artisans is an artisan cooperative gallery, nestled in the beautiful village of Cazenovia. For over 20 years, they have provided unique and diverse fine art and craft to gift, wear, or enhance your home. Visit and share in an artisan experience.
Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Expressive Arts
The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival features prize-winning regional musicians and artists, a perfect way to celebrate summer. Premiere performances of new works feature prominently on programs of “Rising Stars,” “Young Composers Corner,” chamber concerts, "Writers Corner” & “Poetry Round-Robin” showcasing regional luminaries, and a month-long invitational art exhibit by 30+ CNY artists in and around Main Street in the beautiful historic village of Cazenovia.
Take a stroll through Oswego's weekly downtown Farmers' Markets, featuring fresh local produce and handmade goods. Explore our unique assets like the Oswego Speedway and Fort Ontario, which offer a glimpse into our city's rich history and culture. Don't miss Oswego's annual city-wide celebration, Harborfest, where you can enjoy live music, delicious food, and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario. With so much to see and do, Oswego is the perfect regional destination for your summer vacation.
Don't miss out on all the great summer events happening around the region from Oswego to Cortland, Auburn, Syracuse, Old Forge to Earlville. Central New York has it all: Musicals, Theatre, Concerts, Exhibitions, and so much more. Visit CNY ARTS to plan your fun!
Earlville Opera House, Inc. was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community service organization promoting the arts in a rural region of central New York by offering programs of cultural, educational, and historical significance; and preserving and restoring the architectural and historic integrity of the Earlville Opera House, a unique second-story theater constructed in 1892.
Key EOH programs include a wide range of culturally diverse visual and performing arts programs represented through rotating gallery exhibitions; a live performance series; arts workshops; classes and arts education opportunities; and managing the Broome, Chenango & Otsego Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) Program.
EOH was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2022.
The Everson Museum of Art is located in the heart of Syracuse, New York. Explore their permanent collection, and ever-changing exhibitions. Classes, camps for kids, workshops, seminars, and more. There is so much to see and do at the Everson, a true cultural center of the central New York Community. Come visit the Everson!
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego
As the only maritime museum on the U.S. side of Lake Ontario, the museum offers unique maritime and waterfront experiences including the National Historic Landmark, WWII Tug, LT-5, the National Register canal barge, Derrick Boat 8, the last U.S. commercial fishing boat, Eleanor D and a collection of paintings, models and shipwreck artifacts telling the story of over 400 years of history. In addition, the museum serves as the steward of the National Register Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, offering boat tours to the lighthouse in the summer. Find out about the refitting progress of the schooner, Ontario. Visit www.hlwmm.org to find out more about the H. Lee White Maritime Museum's programming and events.
When visiting Cazenovia, do not miss the chance to experience the colors and joy of the south of France. Lavender Blue carries a wonderful selection of tablecloths and accessories from Provence and Spain. The styles and fabrics will astound you -- a colorful experience, not to be missed.
At Murdock's, their mission is to help customers discover a bike that captures their heart and ignites their desire to ride it at every opportunity. They aim to inspire enthusiasm for biking and serve as custodians for the bike customers already adore. The knowledgeable team at Murdock's is dedicated to ensuring customers' bikes bring them joy. By ensuring the safety and optimizing the performance of each bike, they aspire to empower customers to embark on countless miles of exhilarating rides, revel in the achievements they attain, and cultivate a deep love for cycling, just as the team at Murdock's has.
Oswego County offers year-round fun and recreation for everyone! History, festivals, fishing and outdoor activities highlight each season. Centrally located in New York state, Oswego County provides a vast number of attractions within driving distance. Download their visitors guide online or browse their calendar of events.
Reeves Farms is dedicated to producing fresh berries and vegetables using sustainable farming practices. The Reeves family has been growing vegetables for more than a century in Baldwinsville. Visit Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville to pick your own strawberries and organic blueberries and purchase their homegrown vegetables.
Rudy's has been serving Oswego and the surrounding communities since 1946, continuously providing fresh products, cooked to ordered as you watch. Open from around St. Patrick's Day through September, Rudy's offers both indoor and outdoor seating on the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario. The drive in is a perfect spot for fresh fish and casual family fun.
Sollecito Landscaping Nursery is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the central New York region for 50 years. As a full-service landscaping and nursery company, Sollecito offers a wide range of services to help customers enhance the beauty and functionality of their outdoor spaces. Their knowledgeable staff can assist with everything from designing and installing landscapes to providing guidance on plant selection and care. The nursery offers a diverse selection of trees, shrubs and perennials. With their extensive experience and commitment to quality, Sollecito Landscaping Nursery is a go-to destination for anyone looking to elevate their outdoor living experience.
The Stickley Museum is housed on the top floor of the original L. & J.G. Stickley factory. From 1900 to 1985, this building was used to produce Stickley furniture. In the former finishing room is an exhibition space that tells the story of America’s most legendary furniture companies. The exhibit spans over a century of Stickley history: beginning with the Mission aesthetic of the early 1900s, to the Cherry Valley Collection debuting in the 1920s and culminating with modern Stickley. The museum also boasts a display of Gustav Stickley’s own bedroom set as well as pieces of Stickley Mission that were once owned by Barbra Streisand. The museum is free and open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from May 1 through October 1.
Looking for adventure? Want to break out of your routine? Stone Quarry Art Park, in Cazenovia, located just 20 miles southeast of Syracuse, is a contemporary outdoor art space that provides public access to four miles of trails, outdoor art, and a mid-century modern artist home. Neither a park nor a museum, Stone Quarry works with visiting artists to shape and re-shape the landscape of Stone Quarry Hill through a variety of inter-disciplinary art practices. Stone Quarry is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. Admission is pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $5 per person — everybody is welcome. Visit www.sqhap.org for a current list of visiting artists and happenings.
Symphoria is the professional orchestra of central New York. Based in Syracuse, the orchestra performs nearly 50 orchestral performances each year, as well as dozens of additional performances in schools, libraries, community centers, and health care facilities. Symphoria also operates the Symphoria Youth Orchestra, a program comprised of three youth orchestras serving 150 kids from ages 8-22. Find more information online regarding all performances and Symphoria's free summer concert series.
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
The 52nd Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival is a three-day showcase of the country's most talented artists, craftspeople and entertainers. The festival provides opportunities for visitors to experience the vibrancy of Downtown Syracuse through a presentation of visual and performing arts that demonstrate diverse art forms and cultures. The Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival is one of the premier events of ArtsWeek, a partnership among several organizations committed to showcasing and celebrating the arts in our community. Enjoy a variety of music, multicultural performances, summer refreshments and participatory activities from July 28-30, 2023.