I am from Upstate New York and live an hour and a half away from Syracuse. My husband and I go to the NYS Fair every Labor Day weekend. BEAUTIFUL area! We live near small towns, appropriate for wonderful day trips with my girl friends: Cazenovia, Oxford, Norwich, Chittenango(where the author of Wizard Of Oz was born...they have yellow brick sidewalks there)...Jamestown (Lucille Ball museum is there); and Cooperstown (Baseball Hall Of Fame) and, of course the beautiful finger lakes, Watkins Glen...
Also, we are only 200 miles from New York City, and I take bus trips there a lot. It is magical!
I could go on and on!
Blessings, Sparklea :)