Tell Us What You Like
About UpState New York!
Earliest Submittals (#1)
The comments below are some of the very first comments submitted to
our UpState New York home page. We have just moved them from the front
page to make room for more submissions. If you have a short essay you
would like us to publish, please take a few minutes to fill out our What I Like about UpState New York
- Amy, a school library media specialist at Oppenheim Ephratah
Central School, says:
- "I live at the base of the Adirondack Mtns. and there I find it
to be so beautiful and peaceful. I have lived in this area all my life.
I have traveled to many other beautiful parts of the country, but none
seem to give me the same feeling of home. There are hundreds of
sparkling mountain lakes, hiking trails, campsites, state parks, all
dedicated to keeping our little part of the world unique."
- Steve P., a home improvement contractor from Atlanta, Georgia
- "I miss the fine Italian deli's in the Utica area, especially the
Florentine!! Craving for that kind of place here in Atlanta!!!"
- Nancy A., math teacher at Burbank Unified School District in
- "My most fondest memories of Upstate New York were spent in
Beaver River, N.Y.. Beaver River is about 20 miles from Lowville. My
parents have a cabin back in the woods there. In the summer, we travel
9 miles by boat and then 2 miles in the old car to get to the cabin. In
the winter time the trip is anywhere from 11-30 miles by snowmobile.
When the black flies are not out, a fun time can be had swimming,
boating, hiking, or just relaxing in the great outdoors."
- Sarah Smith, a records technician from Yavapai County, Arizona,
- "I was born in Saranac Lake and lived in Madrid & Norwood
near Potsdam before I moved to Arizona at the age of eight. What I miss
most is the closeness of all of my family in upstate New York. I love
the beautiful countryside, the lakes and rivers. My family was always
somewhere near a lake or river. We had lots of family picnics at my
grandparent's camp in Hannawa Falls. Those were some of the happiest
times for a little girl. The last time I was back was four years ago -
boy was I tempted to stay. My parents, brother and I are still in
Arizona and enjoy visits from family members somewhat regularly."
- Laura L., student at American University in Washington, DC,
- "I absolutely LOVE being in the Nation's Capitol, but I could
make a list of things I miss about the good old Hudson Valley (upstate
to some!). I'd have to top off the list with the Mid-Hudson Bridge
(especially on holidays when they fly the flag from the top!), pizza
from almost anywhere--but especially Joe's in Newburgh(!), and the view
of West Point and the Hudson River from Storm King Mountain. Most of
all, though, I miss the spectacular Hudson Valley autumns. UpState NY!
What a beautiful place!"
- Lon, a vice president of business development in the
telecommunications industry, says:
- "Upstate New York is one of the most beautiful places in the US.
During the summer, it is the greenest. The summer air is always has a
cool nip. The winter is always full of snow. As a kid, I went to camp
in the Adirondacks. I went to undergraduate and graduate school in
upstate New York. I miss the weather now that I am here in Washington,
DC. I miss the blue skies and the clear air. I miss the crisp autumn
and the sounds of birds flying north or south, depending on the time of
year. I miss sleeping with the windows open during the summer. I miss
the smell of the dry winter air. I miss the calming feeling of the
- Bob, a carpenter in the restoration industry, says:
- "I miss the St. Patrick's Day parade on Varick St. I have been
all over the country and never had pizza like Utica pizza. Missing home
- Mary, now living in Florida, says:
- "The cool summers. I am originally from Utica and live in hot
muggy Florida. Our family is buying a house in West Winfield, N.Y. and
we are coming home. I won`t miss Florida one single bit. Especially
- R. Houghtaling, an Account Manager in the Finance Industry,
- "Now that I live in Manhattan, I miss being able to enjoy the
solitude and quiet that I always took for granted while living
- Mike D., a mailman from Connecticut, says:
- "I was born in Malone, NY and raised in Plattsburgh. I have lived
in Connecticut since 1968 and I always look forward to going home. NY
State, the Adirondacks, and the Lake Champlain area will always be home
to me. I love NY"
- email@example.com, a consultant in the Internet Service
Provider industry, says:
- "I miss summers badly now that I'm in Nashville, Tn with my wife
and new baby. My family camps on Lake Champlain for a few weeks each
year. I love that area and would live there if the music industry were
there and my Tx wife liked snow and sunny-less weeks at a time. Upstate
is very peaceful, pretty and natural."
- Wendy, a resident of Virginia, Native NY says:
- "I grew up in Fulton NY, near Syracuse. I taught sailing on Lake
Ontario while I attended College at SUNY Oswego. Living in Virginia has
only increased my appreciation for Upstate New York, Lake Ontario, the
Finger Lakes, the wineries and the state parks. Summers in the
Adirondacks visiting my Grandmother..Nothing beats upstate NY."
- Fran N, now living in Sunny California, says:
- "It's nice to see a bit of "home" on the Web. I'm a native
"Utician" now living in Sunny California & what I miss the most is
the fabulous Italian cuisine that seemed to be everywhere in Utica."
- L. Sherwood, a cost analyst in the trucking industry, from San
Jose CA, says:
- "Frequently the forgotten part of New York, the Upstate portion
contains the Adirondack Mountains, the most beautiful place in the
world. Besides that, it boasts most of the Revolutionary War
battlegrounds and historical sites, in addition to French & Indian
War places. Home to great seats of learning, great industrial plants,
and fruitful agricultural land, U.N.Y. is the Unknown Empire."
- Aimee D., an administrative assistant in the health care
- "I love and miss the rolling hills, the apple and cherry blossoms
and the yummy Helluva Good Cheese made in Sodus. Formally of Wolcott,
NY, now residing in Orlando."
- Received from Cyber
Cafe Au Lait, in Belgium:
- "I live in upstate New York, and I think you have done a great
job describing it. I am an exchange student in Belgium right now and
when someone asks, "Where are you from?" and I say New York, they
assume the city. No one knows enough about up state."
- Kim, a research biomechanist from Pensacola, Florida,
- "The fall colors are the most beautiful I've seen. Being able to
drive 1 hour to the City for a fast-paced life and driving 1 hour to
the North and experiencing country life at its finest. A native of
Middletown, I have experienced so much and consider myself lucky to
have been raised in such a beautiful state."
- Steve, from Geneva, says:
- "My friends Benny and David, water skiing on Seneca Lake, Hobart
lacrosse, good pizza and the beautiful women"
- Neil, a student of electrical engineering, from Marlboro, New
- "Everywhere I turn, I encounter another smiling face surrounded
by the natural beauty of upstate New York!"
- Jennifer, an international volunteer from Saipan, says:
- "I enjoy the changing of seasons and being with my family during
the snow storms. Currently, I am living on a tropical Island in the
Pacific, and very much looking forward to returning home this summer."
- Mike, a journalist in the Business Editorial department in the
newspaper industry, says
- "Camping at Jones Pond, near Paul Smiths. Summer on Lake
Champlain. Booze cruise on the Juniper. The Battonkill and a Royal
Coachman. Sunset at Trout Lake, Diamond Point. Fourth of July fireworks
over Lake George. The Annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Monopole,
Plattsburgh. Canoeing. Hiking Pocomoonshine."
- Mark, a professional driver in the trucking industry,
- "I think NY in general is a great place to live. Great scenery,
excellent year round fishing not to mention a variety of wildlife"
- Perry, from the U.S. Army, ARDEC, says,
- "After touring Germany, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, Spain,
United Kingdom, Utah, Mississippi, Colorado, Florida, California,
Missouri, and Michigan in a period of four years (1982-1986) I can
safely say that New York State was and is my Number One vacation place.
It has a little of everything that the world has to offer in 47,379
square miles. It has excellent wines, very good downhill and cross
country skiing, good hiking in very scenic state parks, four beautiful
seasons in both the country and cities/towns, lots of American history,
farmlands and open pastures, "dome" shaped mountains and unique rock
formations, waterfalls that are big and small, canoeing, camping, and
- Charles Hunt, owner of Hunt & Peck Office Products,
- "There is much for us to be grateful for in the Mohawk Valley. I
am a transplant from Philadelphia. Occasionally my relatives ask if I
ever think of returning to the Philadelphia area. My answer always is
"no." In Utica rush hour last five minutes, the summers are pleasant,
you can ski in the winter, and there are plenty of cultural events to
partake of. Also, Utica is within five hours of Toronto, Montreal,
Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Maybe when you are from outside of
the area, it is easier to see the Mohawk Valley's assets."
- M.J. Scouten, a procurement analyst in the Defense Fuel Supply
Center industry, says,
- "I miss my family and friends and the strong sense of community.
I grew up in Camden and worked at Griffiss like my dad who retired."
- Anne of Whitesboro, NY says,
- "I enjoy the fall colors..."
- Tom Burke, from AD-Ventures and Dee Jay Unlimited says,
- "People in this area have a strong sense of community. No one is
'unattached' from each other much like people would find in a larger
metropolitan area and big cities. Doing business in this area may be on
a smaller scale economically as this is a smaller community, but I feel
that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!"
- Thanks for visiting, and please stop by again!
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