Holiday 2015: 36 Hours Cazenovia

Cazenovia home to holiday treasures

By Lorna Oppedisano | Photo courtesy of Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce

Cazenovia’s Main Street is home to many small shops and boutiques.

Cazenovia’s Main Street is home to many small shops and boutiques.

Head south for small-town charm, big-time fun

Tis the season for travel. Pile the children into the sleigh, car or vehicle of your choice, and get ready for one of the most picturesque holiday towns in the area. The destination is Cazenovia, southeast of Syracuse. Whether the aim is shopping, sightseeing or just a relaxing weekend away from home, Caz has it all. [Read more…]

Summer 2015 Cover Story: 153 Things To Do Within 51 Miles

Discover a Wide World of Fun within 51 Miles

The 47th annual Cape Vincent French Festival takes to the streets Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Scheduled events include a pancake breakfast, craft sales and exhibits, a parade, live music, fireworks and more. With more than 150 things to do, make this summer your best ever for close-to-home fun. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living.

The 47th annual Cape Vincent French Festival takes to the streets Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Scheduled events include a pancake breakfast, craft sales and exhibits, a parade, live music, fireworks and more. With more than 150 things to do, make this summer your best ever for close-to-home fun. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living.

A blueprint for your best north country summer ever

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Living  [Read more…]

Summer 2015: 36 Hours Canandaigua

Summer shines in the Finger Lakes

Text by Lorna Oppedisano | Photos courtesy Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Downtown Canandaigua

Downtown Canandaigua

Canandaigua a ‘chosen place’ for good reason

Canandaigua comes from the Native American word meaning “the chosen place,” and it certainly is. Located directly north of Canandaigua Lake, the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes, the city of Canandaigua is brimming with food, wine and culture. Whether you want a relaxing weekend away or a couple days of adventure, you’re sure to discover it. [Read more…]

Spring 2015 Feature Story: North Country Quilting Guild

A stitch in time

North Country Quilting Guild members, from left, include Harriet McMillan, Laura Davis, Dot Foley-Persons, Patty Randall and Laura Little. The guild began in 1985 as a class at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Watertown. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Living.

North Country Quilting Guild members, from left, include Harriet McMillan, Laura Davis, Dot Foley-Persons, Patty Randall and Laura Little. The guild began in 1985 as a class at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Watertown. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Living.

North Country Quilting Guild marks 30-year anniversary

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Living 

Every quilt tells a story. Stitched into those three layers of fiber are the details of an artist’s life. [Read more…]

Spring 2015 Cover Story: Health and wellness trends

Discover new paths to wellness

Fitness students participate in rip class, a music-driven barbell and dumbell workout, at the Watertown Family YMCA. Incorporating a diverse range of physical activity while eating a diet low in processed sugars and full of fresh fruits and vegetables is but one strategy on the path to wellness. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living.

Fitness students participate in rip class, a music-driven barbell and dumbell workout, at the Watertown Family YMCA. Incorporating a diverse range of physical activity while eating a diet low in processed sugars and full of fresh fruits and vegetables is but one strategy on the path to wellness. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living.

Make 2015 the year for a total health makeover

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Living 

Health and wellness in 2015 are all about balance, knowing one’s body and being aware of what’s going into it, both in terms of nutrition and conditioning. The trends boil down to arming oneself with knowledge and being honest with oneself. [Read more…]

Winter 2015: 36 Hours Syracuse

Beat the winter blues in the Salt City

By Lorna Oppedisano

Clinton Square at night. Photo by Creative Core.

Clinton Square at night. Photo by Creative Core.

Syracuse a nearby retreat for great food, fun

Syracuse is known for a few things: the mall, the Orange and snow. You’ve probably elbowed through crowds at DestinyUSA — and congratulations if you held on to your sanity in the process. If you’re a sports fan, you’ve either cheered, jeered or flat-out cried at a Syracuse University game, depending on the day. And this is the north country so you know snow.

But the Salt City offers more than shopping and a ball game. Whether you want to explore downtown or venture outside the city center, Syracuse has restaurants, museums, boutiques and outdoor activities for days. If you only have a weekend to spare, here are your best bets. [Read more…]

Winter 2015 Cover Story: Snowmobiling

Powder play

Text by Lorna Oppedisano | Photos by Lauren Harrienger

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For many, snowmobile culture is a way of life to beat the blues during long north country winters.

The dead of winter has the north country in its grips. Everything on the ground is some shade of gray or white. Any sign of life, save the occasional far-off bird call, has left the area. A bright, glaring sun shines down from the clear blue sky, a meek attempt at melting the heaps of snow, feet high in areas. But it’s no use. The burning ball in the sky is not a match for the crisp, almost biting, freezing winter air. It’ll be months before Northern New York breathes a gasp of warm, balmy air.

The conditions are perfect.

A machine roars to life in the distance. And then another. And another. Before long, a fleet of iron sleds races into view, caravanning across the gleaming paths carved into the snow, moving at speeds rivaling those of cars on a nearby county road. Perched atop the machines, the riders lean into the twists and turns of the trail. Each traveler is decked out from head to toe in layers of impenetrable snow gear. The sleds race in single file, and then, as suddenly as they appeared, they’re gone around the next bend, on to their destination.

Welcome to snowmobile season.

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Winter 2015 Feature: An adventure for a non-thrill-seeker

Writer, Lorna Oppedisano

Writer, Lorna Oppedisano

Thrills are not my forte. Adrenaline usually just makes me dizzy. I bit the bullet once and tried a rollercoaster; I can safely say that I never want to be upside-down again in my life. I’m a legs-planted-firmly-on-the-ground type of woman.

A little more than a month ago, my editor mentioned the idea of ‘beat the winter blues’ as the cover story topic. Would I write it? Of course. Would I investigate the culture of snowmobiling? Definitely. Would I get on the back of a snowmobile for the first-hand, in-depth perspective? Gulp… sure. [Read more…]

Customize your snow machine

Investments in gear, equipment can be costly, but worth it

By Lorna Oppedisano

Josh Roes, D&D Racing mechanic, works on a custom-built Arctic Cat XC 1100 turbo, turning it from a 177-horsepower sled to a 600-horsepower drag-racing sled, able to reach 140 mph in 500 feet. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living.

Josh Roes, D&D Racing mechanic, works on a custom-built Arctic Cat XC 1100 turbo, turning it from a 177-horsepower sled to a 600-horsepower drag-racing sled, able to reach 140 mph in 500 feet. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living.

Snowmobiling is a beautiful sport. It’s a fun sport. It’s a cold sport. It can be a dangerous sport. [Read more…]