Great Escapes: Our Guide to Syracuse, NY

Planning a getaway? Set your sights on Upstate New York.

Fall foliage in Syracuse, NY

City Editor Lexa loved walking around town + admiring the leaves changing.

Photo by @chstoday

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City Editor Lexa here. Many of you know I grew up in Charleston, but you might not know that I was born in Syracuse, New York.

We moved to Charleston when I was two, so this really is home, but I ended up returning to attend Syracuse University for my bachelor’s degree + some of my family still lives in the area.

While I absolutely love everything that Charleston offers, there was just something special about fall in Syracuse. The crisp, cool air, the leaves changing, the fall traditions — I really felt the seasons changing + the significance of new beginnings.

Act like a local by following this fall getaway guide to Syracuse.

Fall foliage in Syracuse, NY

The colors look like something out of a Hallmark card, right?

Photo by @chstoday

Why go?

  • Visit Green Lakes State Park featuring two glacial lakes + 10 miles of trails. It’s a great way to get some fresh air, speaking from experience.
  • Check out the fall foliage, which usually starts in September. Take a look at SUNY ESF’s Guide to Fall Colors in Upstate New York.
  • Trying to get into the autumn spirit? No problem. There are lots of family-friendly fall festivals to choose from.
  • There’s no shortage of pumpkin patches around town, but City Editor Lexa recommends The Pumpkin Hollow. Though she might be a bit biased, given that she grew up going here.
Donuts from Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards

Pro tip: The donuts at Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards are to die for.

Photo by @chstoday

Act like a local:

  • Food: Feeling Italian food? Make a reservation at Pastabilitiesyou won’t be disappointed. Want a taste of the Lowcountry? Grab a pulled pork platter from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Pro tip: You’ve got to stop by Stella’s Diner at least once for breakfast.
  • Drink: Visit the speakeasy lounge Gilded Club. Fill out the form for the access code beforehand.
  • Outdoors: Head to Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards for all the fall feels. You’ll want to take the tractor ride out to pick your own apples.
  • Coffee: There’s nothing better than a dirty chai latte from Recess Coffee on a crisp day.
  • Explore: Take a short drive to Skaneateles + spend some time along the lake. There are plenty of stores to browse and spots to picnic.
  • Listen: Catch a live performance at Funk ‘n Waffles while you enjoy your breakfast.

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