Ask A Local

Traveling to the area? There’s no better source for recommendations on where to visit, eat, drink or shop than a local. That’s why we asked a few locals to share their favorite experiences.

Caitlin from The Brewster Inn:  Owera Vineyards

Caitlin and friends at the Brewster Inn and two bottles of wine at Owera Vineyards

"I absolutely love Owera Vineyards - it is the perfect afternoon pitstop any time of year but especially...." READ MORE


Tucker & Colin from Ray Brothers Barbeque:  Hamilton Farmers Market

Tucker & Colin recommend the Hamilton Farmers Market

"This is one of the largest farmers markets around. There is something for everyone. From some of the freshest local produce and...." READ MORE


Dawn from Owera Vineyards:  Chittenango Falls State Park

Dawn from Owera Vineyards recommends Chittenango Falls State Park

“My family and I love to go to Chittenango Falls State Park. This stunning picturesque beauty is right in our backyard! We love to hike...." READ MORE.


Judith from Lavender Blue:  Lorenzo State Historic Site

Judith from Lavender Blue recommends Lorenzo State Historic Site

"Many historic properties in New York State have had to be refurbished with time-appropriate fittings but here, at Lorenzo, there is everything complete...." READ MORE.


Pody:  Oneida Community Mansion House

Pody recommends the Oneida Community Mansion House

"While Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa tour inside, the young ones (with their minders) can explore outside the Mansion House. Long stretches of stone paths will...." READ MORE.


Traci:  Stone Quarry Hill Art Park 

Traci Schuster from the New Woodstock Free Library recommends Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

"I recommend Stone Quarry Hill Art Park because it is a beautiful place to walk, look at art, see what's new and innovative to view or participate in, as well as...." READ MORE


Victor from Madison Bistro:  Good Nature Farm Brewery

Victor from Madison Bistro recommends Good Nature Farm Brewery

"They’re open all year long and host some big-name concerts in the summer. Good Nature is great for the whole family or for meeting up with friends after work for...." READ MORE


McKenzie from 20|EAST:  The Brae Loch Inn

McKenzie from 20 EAST recommends The Brae Loch Inn

"Going to the Brae Loch is like stepping back in time. The inn is decorated in old Victorian style and oozes charm with a beautiful bar, romantic booths and cozy...." READ MORE


Sarah:  Ray Brothers Barbeque

Sarah from the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recommends Ray Brothers Barbeque

"Ray Brothers is hands-down the best barbeque in central New York and we are lucky enough to have them right here in Madison County! The food is...." READ MORE


Joe:  The International Boxing Hall of Fame

Joe from the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum recommends The International Boxing Hall of Fame

"The International Boxing Hall of Fame is a small footprint with a larger than life experience. The history and impact of boxing is all...." READ MORE


Valerie from the Brae Loch Inn:  20|EAST

Valerie from the Brae Loch Inn recommends 20|EAST

"This local gem is such a pleasure to shop in! The space is beautiful and the products are displayed so creatively. Everything sold is handmade/local...." READ MORE


Leslie from the Colgate Bookstore:  FoJo Beans Coffee Roasters

Leslie from the Colgate Bookstore recommends FoJo Beans Coffee Roasters

"I highly recommend FoJo's in Hamilton. The coffee is amazing as well as the food and bakery (they use local businesses). The atmosphere is ...." READ MORE