Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Weekend City Guide to Syracuse, NY

Whether you’re in town for business, vacation or to drop off your college student at Syracuse University, there are plenty of things to do and see in New York’s fifth most populated city.


Sherwood Inn

Price range: $175 - $300 per night
Considered one of the top bed and breakfasts in the state, Sherwood Inn is located in the village of Skaneateles, known as the “Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes”. It’s a charming community with beautiful old homes, a variety of shops and galleries and various events happening year round. However, the thing that keeps visitors coming back to Sherwood Inn is the majestic view of Skaneateles Lake. It’s the perfect place for visitors looking to relax and escape the hustle of big city living.

Genesee Grande Hotel

Price range: $100 - $300 per night
Parents in town to visit their college kids will love the convenience of staying in the Genesee Grande Hotel, located just steps away from Syracuse University. Not only is it close to the college, it’s just minutes away from local theaters, museums and concert venues. It’s also perfect for business travelers with room options that include a desk, office chair and, of course, high-speed wireless, all surrounded by luxury.

Hotel Skyler

Price range: $200 - $350 per night
When you pull up to Hotel Skyler, you’ll already see what makes it unique. With a style that combines industrial minimalism with organic comfort, the boutique hotel is built in a former temple and theater and is a Syracuse’s first LEED Platinum destination.


Green Lakes State Park

Surrounded by two beautiful green/blue water glacial lakes, the park features an 18-hole golf course, more than 10 miles a trails fit for running and biking, as well as a public beach. If you’re feeling outdoorsy, Green Lakes is a great place to set up camp or rent a cabin for the weekend.

Golf at the Ridge

Golf at the Ridge is a gem mostly known to locals, but if you’re a golf enthusiast or just seeking quality, delicious food and drink, it’s worth seeking out. Golfers will love the 9-hole semi-private Robert Trent Jones designed course surrounded with spectacular landscaping, while foodies can spend the afternoon or evening in The Tavern enjoying the locally sourced menu and ever-changing selection of local, craft beers. They also have a number of events happening year round ranging from music festivals to golf tournaments, so be sure to check their event calendar to make the most of your visit.

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology

Often referred to as MOST, the Museum of Science & Technology located in downtown Syracuse is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. The museum includes multiple exhibits, a planetarium, a gift shop and a domed IMAX theater. Tickets to the exhibit hall are only $8 per child and $10 adult, so it’s a thrifty way to educate and entertain during your vacation.

Of course, there are always special events happening each weekend in the city, from festivals to garden tours to concerts and plays. To find out what’s happening this weekend, check the Syracuse Guru Weekend Guide.


Modern Pop Culture

“Everything old is new again” rings true for Modern Pop Culture located in Armory Square. This boutique offers a fun and unique shopping experience with a collection of vintage clothing that’s one of a kind. Each item is hand selected with style and condition in mind and affordably priced. Before your visit, follow them on Instagram @mpcclothing and keep an eye out for a perfect piece for you or someone you love.

Mr. Shop Syracuse

While you’re perusing the shops at Armory Square, stop by Mr. Shop Syracuse. They carry top brands including Zegna, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and others. It’s also the premiere location to pick out a bespoke suit that will make you look like a million bucks without costing you a million bucks.  


Vacation is an opportunity to treat yourself without feeling guilty, making Skaneateles300' a must-stop for women. 300 is a “highly curated boutique offering a shopping experience that reflects the character and vitality of [their] wonderful clientele.”  With a wide range of selections including of everything from denim to dresses, Frye Boots to fedoras, and skin care to sling backs, every woman will find something she adores.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

After being in business for over 30 years, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has become a local hot spot with national acclaim. The joint has been featured in Men’s Health and Eating Well magazines, featured on various Food Network and Travel Channel shows and won Number One BBQ on Good Morning America. So what makes it so good? Their commitment to fresh, homemade, high-quality barbecue and customer service. You really have to experience it for yourself.

The Blarney Stone

When you hear the name, you probably think The Blarney Stone is just a great place to grab a pint, and it is, but it’s their Blarney Burger that’s attracting all the attention. Named the Best Burger multiple times by the Syracuse New Times, it’s worth the stop. Plus, it’ll only set you back $4.00!

Scotch ‘N Sirloin

If you’re looking for an old fashioned steakhouse experience, no one does it better than Scotch ‘N Sirloin. Established in 1967, their USDA Choice Steaks are aged in-house and hand-cut daily by a full-time professional butcher before being served perfectly to your order. Seafood dishes are delivered fresh from the Boston Seaport, and then expertly prepared in-house to create signature dishes. For a restaurant to thrive for nearly half a decade, you know they’re doing something right.

While these are three of our favorites, it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the great restaurants to choose from in Syracuse. For more options, check out what the locals picked for the Best of Food and Drink by the Syracuse New Times.