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Old 01-28-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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The towns listed below are MY PERSONAL SELECTIONS of "jewel" type of towns. These towns generally have a well-maintained appearance and are especially nice towns to visit for a weekend or a vacation or to consider as a new home town for people who are interested in relocating to Central & Upstate New York. There is no particular order of the towns on the list nor does the order indicate my #1 favorite place. All of the towns have their own uniqueness and qualities and have individual aspects that make them attractive/enjoyable to reside in or visit.

I plan to add more "jewel" towns to this PERSONAL LIST as time proceeds and I am able to travel/visit more towns in Spring/Summer/Autumn 2011. Just because I have not listed any particular town at this time, does not mean that I will not add it to the list in the future. But before I add any town, I must judge additional towns by the standards I have established. Click on any link line below to see more information about the towns.

grdnrman-MY JEWEL TOWN SELECTIONS>>

SKANEATLES, NY 13152 - Pop. 2616
The beautiful upscale village of Skaneatles is located in the eastern Finger Lakes Region countryside near Syracuse, NY. Depending on what route you take, Skaneatles is between 16 and 25 miles drive to Metro Syracuse/Suburbs. The village has millionaires, mansions, regular folks too, Victorian-Colonial-Georgian-Traditional-and other style homes. There is a public Park in the middle of the village on Skaneatles Lake, where you can sit on benches and enjoy the views of the lake and the downtown area. Downtown has small shops, boutiques, restaurants, gift shops, ice cream shops, and more. The tree shaded sidewalks/streets offer an opportunity for a pleasant casual stroll. Skaneatles is definitely a "jewel".
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/skaneatleslake/34640100029.html (broken link) <<(this IS a correct internet address altho I could not make it work from THIS C-D post)
http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc14948.php
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/92...language-en-US
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browsetowns/newyork/skaneatles/skaneatlesnyphotos.html (broken link) <<(great photos--correct internet address/would not connect from City-Data)
http://www.city-data.com/forum/syrac...lake-town.html

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Old 01-29-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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Default Quaint Gem Towns - Skaneatles, NY

Skaneatles, NY more information>>
Below are internet addresses where you can obtain additional information about this town.>>

>>http://www.frommers.com/destinations/skaneatleslake/3464010029.html<< ..Do not include the arrows>>when you do your search.
When you enter Frommer's website below, you can SEARCH/access SKANEATLES LAKE, NY and receive additional information.
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newyorkstate/

>>http://www.smalltowngems.com/browsetowns/newyork/skaneatles/skaneatlesnyphotos.html<<
When you enter Small Town Gems website below, you can access/see additional SKANEATLES ->PHOTOS & information.
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...k/newyork.html

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Old 01-29-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Cazenovia, Manlius, Hamilton, Aurora, Marcellus, Clinton(Utica-Rome area) and Trumansburg(Ithaca area) are some examples in CNY.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Default Quaint-Beautiful-Charming-Picturesque-Gem Towns ~ Central & Upstate New York

Below are a continuation of my PERSONAL SELECTIONS of "jewel" type towns in Central & Upstate New York. These towns generally have a well-maintained appearance with a Quaint or Charming atmosphere so are nice places to spend a weekend or vacation or perhaps become your new hometown. All the towns have their own individual qualities and uniqueness; no cookie-cutter sameness here.

I will continue to add more towns to my PERSONAL SELECTIONS list as time proceeds and I evaluate more towns.

grdnrman>MY JEWEL TOWN SELECTIONS>>

ITHACA, NY 14850 - Pop. 29,300 >also CAYUGA HEIGHTS - Pop. 3300 & LANSING, NY - Pop. 3450
Ithaca is home to well known Cornell University and when in session the students add almost 20,000 people to the population of this small city; Ithaca College students add another 6300 people to the population. Ithaca is located at the southern end of beautiful Cayuga Lake, one of the largest Finger Lakes in the region. People who reside here tend to be more socially liberal than other areas of Upstate New York; a live and let live responsibly attitude. Downtown Ithaca has an active shopping & entertainment atmosphere allowing for pleasant walking around that charming several block area; shops, boutiques, bookstores, gift shops, ice cream shops, candy & snack shops, restaurants, bars, clothing stores, and more. The city is built on a flatland portion with a large part built upwards on the hillsides where the University is located. The landmass at the southern end of Cayuga Lake rises uphill considerably to quite a height on both east & west sides of the lake. This provides picturesque/wonderful views of the lake and all the surrounding region especially when viewed from the Lansing area. The hillsides (or lakefront shoreline) would make beautiful locations for owning a home. There are numerous vineyards, wineries, lovely bed & breakfast places, restaurants located north and south all along both sides of Cayuga Lake. The Finger Lakes Region produces many, many fine New York State wines. The Finger Lakes Region is New York State's "Napa & Sonoma" area and I think even more beautiful than the California wine country. The Ithaca/Cayuga Heights/Lansing area is certainly a "jewel" and worth a visit or living there. The mileage between the center of Ithaca to the center of Syracuse is 58 miles and takes about 68 minutes to drive.

Access any of the following sites for more information about the Ithaca area.>>
http://www.city-data.com/picfilesv/picv6629.php

When you enter the Frommer's website below, you can SEARCH/access ITHACA, NY and receive additional information.
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newyorkstate/
>>http://www.frommers.com/destinations/ithaca/3458010029.html<<

When you enter Wikipedia's website below, you can SEARCH/access ITHACA, NY to receive additional information. Do a search on the Wiki website at the upper Left Hand Corner of the first page that appears on your monitor--at the magnifying-glass symbol > ITHACA, NY
http://en.wikipedia.org/

Ithaca PHOTOS & information.>>
http://www.city-data.com/Ithaca-New-York.html

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Old 01-29-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Jeez there are a ton just in the west alone... Findley Lake, Westfield, Mayville, Bemus Point, Chautauqua, Fredonia, Orchard Park, Lockport, Lewiston, Brockport, Fairport, Honeoye Falls, Geneseo, Canandaigua, Naples, Geneva, Houghton, Allegany, Portville, Wellsville, Cuba, Angelica, Hammondsport
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Default Quaint-Beautiful-Charming-Picturesque-Gem Towns ~ Central & Upstate New York

I have another "Jewel" type exceptionally nice town to add to my PERSONAL SELECTIONS list of distinctive places. I will be adding many more towns in the future.

grdnrman>MY JEWEL TOWN SELECTIONS>>

COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326 - Pop. 2050
What a perfect idyllic scene that Cooperstown, Otsego Lake, and the surrounding countryside presents to visitors. You could think that you've entered into a Norman Rockwell's artwork; the American Flags flying, the Baseball theme throughout the village, the quintessential American small town Main Street setting, the well maintained traditional American homes and residential streets, the perfectly manicured parks, the happy couples and children and individual people strolling the tree shaded sidewalks, the boats sailing across the blue waters of Otsego Lake, the green rolling landscape of the countryside, gorgeous blue skies with fluffy white clouds. Your imagination tricks you into thinking that Cooperstown IS the "model town" that Norman Rockwell used as a "stage-setting" for his artworks. Add the museums, unique shops, great restaurants food and hotel accommodations and you imagine yourself in a perfect fantasy village. What a very special village that Cooperstown is to spend a weekend, a vacation, or to live there. To sum it up, there's the Baseball Hall of Fame, the shops/stores along several streets, the many eateries, strolling the sidewalks eating an ice cream cone or bag of popcorn, the Farmer's Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, Doubleday Baseball Field, the lake boat cruises, the parks for relaxing; what a wonderful enjoyable visit Cooperstown makes for a travel outing. Cooperstown is a resident and tourist type town. Syracuse is 94 miles west & 1 hr. 40 min. drive to Cooperstown. Utica is 41 miles northwest & 50 min. drive to Cooperstown. Albany is 71 miles east & 1 hr. 20 min. drive to Cooperstown.

http://www.city-data.com/picfilesv/picv26647.php

THE VILLAGE>>
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/welcome.html
http://www.hydehall.org/

OTSEGO LAKE>>
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/otsego.html
http://www.lakefrontmotelandrestaura...lassqueen.html

MUSEUMS>>
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/calendar1.html
http://www.farmersmuseum.org/farmers...ric_structures
http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/fen...sit/experience

PHOTOS>>
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/gallery18.html
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/gallery73.html
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/gallery14.html
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/gallery3.html
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/gallery5.html
http://www.visitingcooperstown.com/gallery27.html

INFORMATION>>
http://www.city-data.com/city/Cooperstown-New-York.html
MORE INFO.>>When you enter Frommer's website below, you can SEARCH/access COOPERSTOWN, NY and receive additional information.
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newyorkstate/
MORE INFO.>>When you enter Wikipedia's website below, you can SEARCH/access COOPERSTOWN,NY to receive additional information. Do a search on the website at the upper Left Hand Corner of the first page that appears on your monitor--at the magnifying-glass symbol>COOPERSTOWN, NY
http://en.wikipedia.org/

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Default Quaint-Beautiful-Charming-Picturesque-Gem Towns ~ Central & Upstate New York

Below is another special, exceptional town that I want to add to my PERSONAL SELECTIONS list of unique "jewel" type towns. I will add more towns in the future.

grdnrman>MY JEWEL TOWN SELECTIONS>>

HAMILTON, NY 13346 - Pop. 3500 permanent residents + plus Pop. 2700 college students
Hamilton is a small, rural business and residential town with major influence from well-known Colgate University.

A former farming community, Hamilton is located in the Central New York region nestled in the wide picturesque Chenango River Valley. The village is situated in a rural area of farmlands, green gently rolling countryside, wide river valley, and short hilly terrain located south of Utica and southeast of Syracuse.

Hamilton village has a large Historic District, in the center and southern portion of town, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are 150+ structures; (mostly) homes, plus businesses, churches, and public buildings which date from the year 1800 to 1930. The structures in the Historic District are built in various Architectural styles; Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Gothic Revival, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, Classic & Colonial Revival, English Tudor, Romanesque, Dutch Colonial and others. This is such a grand variety of Architectural styles all in one gracious small village.

At the far south end of Hamilton village, Colgate University is located on 515 acres of developed land with an additional 1100 acres of undeveloped forested land in reserve. Colgate University is always on multiple lists of "Best Colleges" in the U.S. Nearly all the buildings on campus are built of beautiful gray stone. The university's campus was ranked as the "most beautiful" in a recent year.

Syracuse is 41 miles northwest & 50 mins. drive from Hamilton. Utica is 31 miles north & 40 mins. drive from Hamilton.

VILLAGE PHOTOS>>
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nnyphotos.html
http://www/smalltowngems.com/browsetowns/newyork/hamilton/hamiltonnyphotos2.html (broken link)
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nyphotos3.html

UNIVERSITY PHOTOS>>
http://photos.mccallie.org/Campus-To...59_LQmPc/Large
http://photos.mccallie.org/Campus-To...88_frDqb/Large
http://photos.mccallie.org/Campus-To...13_PT4iP/Large
http://photos.mccallie.org/Campus-To...68_USYgJ/Large
http://photos.mccallie.org/Campus-To...98_pi8HR/Large
http://photos.mccallie.org/Campus-To...67_H9fXH/Large

INFORMATION>>
http://www.city-data.com/city/Hamilton-New-York.html
MORE INFO>>When you enter Wikipedia's website below, you can SEARCH/access HAMILTON, NY 13346 or COLGATE UNIVERSITY and receive additional information. Do a search on the website at the upper Left Hand Corner of the first page that appears on your monitor--at the magnifying-glass symbol>>HAMILTON, NY 13346 -- or -- COLGATE UNIVERSITY
http://en.wikipedia.com/

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Old 10-12-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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Default Quaint-Beautiful-Charming-Picturesque-Gem Towns ~ Central & Upstate New York

Here is another one of my PERSONAL SELECTIONS of special, exceptional unique "jewel" type towns on my list.

grdnrman>MY JEWEL TOWN SELECTIONS>>

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866 - Pop. 29,500 approx.
Saratoga Springs seems to have found the secret for a small city's downtown to be active, vibrant, interesting, and successful. The downtown area is attractive with unique/eclectic shops, clothing/shoe/accessories stores, various types of restaurants/bistros/cafes, delis, coffee shops, bakeries, wine shops, bookstores, handcrafted collectibles, art galleries, and more.

You will even find a few FREE parking lots (plus pay-for lots); search-out the free ones if you like.

There are numerous bars/taverns/clubs that provide good nightlife opportunities to socialize and spend a night out on the town.

Downtown Saratoga Springs is well maintained with attractive buildings, sitting benches, pocket flower gardens & flower-plant containers, and nice landscaping along the sidewalks. And wait until you see the many Horse Statues around downtown painted in colorful patterns/designs; in honor of the horse racing which has long been a part of this city including nowdays.

Away from downtown, you will see "painted-lady" Victorian style buildings currently being used as private homes, art galleries, and business offices.

Besides horse racing, Saratoga Springs is home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center which features performances by the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, big-name bands, famous singers, and rock-n-roll groups.

So whether you are looking for a nice enjoyable interesting small city for a weekend visit, a longer vacation, or as a new city to relocate to and call "home", Saratoga Springs NY could be the exact place you are looking for.

Saratoga Springs is 60-some miles north of Albany NY on the way northward to the majestic Adirondack Mountains/Lakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS GENERAL INFORMATIOM>>
www.saratoga.com/hotspot_downtownsaratoga.cfm
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...springsny.html

SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER>>
www.saratoga.com/hotspot_spac.cfm

SARATOGA HORSE RACE TRACK>>
www.saratoga.com/hotspot_saratogaracetrack.cfm

PHOTOS AROUND THE CITY>>
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...snyphotos.html
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nyphotos2.html
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nyphotos3.html
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nyphotos4.html
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nyphotos5.html
http://www.smalltowngems.com/browset...nyphotos6.html

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