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Unique spaces, historic treasures, food stops, and ways to enjoy the great outdoors… it’s our Spotlight Blog Feed!

Experiencing Cortland with Meghan Lawton

Experiencing Cortland with Meghan Lawton Meghan Lawton graduated from Homer High School in 2003 and SUNY Cortland in 2007 and has found her way back to Cortland County. She recently took the Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director position...

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Cheerful for Cortland County

Cheerful in Cortland County Ashley Pearson of Cheerful & Creative Art Studio took over the Experience Cortland Instagram and showed us her unique perspective on Cortland County. Ashley owns and operates Cheerful & Creative Art Studio in Historic Downtown Cortland...

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Sinfully Sweet Café

Sinfully Sweet Café Chocolate truffles, chocolate covered bacon, chocolate, chocolate CHOCOLATE! We visited owner and chocolatier Stacey of Sinfully Sweet Café in the Village of Homer to learn more about her inspiration for the sweet stuff. Why not check it our...

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Marlo’s Marvelous Adventure

Marlo's Marvelous Adventure We turned over our @experiencecortland Instagram account over to Marlo Colletto from TC3 to give us her unique perspective on how she experiences Cortland County. See her posts below! Marlo Colletto, Tompkins Cortland Community College 👋...

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New Hire at the CVB

Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires Former Cortland Resident as Next Executive Director   The Cortland County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, the official Tourism Promotion Agency for Cortland County, is pleased to announce that Meghan N. Lawton has been...

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Cortland County by Plane

We took an airplane over Cortland County for the Cortland Airfest. The Cortland County Airfest at Gen. Levi Chase Field draws hundreds of people to see planes up close from small charter planes to a Black Hawk helicopter courtesy of the US Army's 10th Mountain...

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Seedstock X

Seedstock Festival Celebrates its 10th Anniversary Seedstock Music Festival is celebrating its tenth year! We were curious about the work that goes into building its custom stage. Here's a timelapse!

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Farm Fresh Foods with Main Street Farms

Farm Fresh Food at Main Street Farms Main Street Farms has been around for eight years, but they are still seen as beginning farmers. The USDA recognizes a beginning farmer as someone who has been in business less than 10 consecutive years. While Main Street Farms is...

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Making Whiskey with Dragonfyre Distillery

Making Whiskey with Dragonfyre Distillery “Watch for Low-Flying Dragons” “Watch for Low-Flying Dragons” is just one of the signs you’ll encounter at Dragonfyre Distillery. Nestled in the rolling hills between Marathon and Willet, Dragonfyre Distillery is a family...

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HUNGRY FOR: Frosted Bakery

Frosted Bakery is a delicious must stop for locals and non-locals alike. Serving up delectable baked goods, Frosted is family owned and run by third generated bakers (who remembers Lou’s Donut Shop?). Frosted Bakery has grown from a home kitchen to their...

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HUNGRY FOR: Coffee Mania Bakery

You know Coffee Mania for…well.. the coffee! But do you know about their baked goods? From creative cupcakes to the scones (the scones!) and the delicious focaccia bread, we visited to learn more! We sat down with Bakery Manager Kate Smith and learned more...

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HUNGRY FOR: Three Lil’ Birds Cakery

Nestled in the Historic Village of Homer is the Three Lil' Birds Cakery. Owner and founder Debby Starinsky grew up with a family of bakers and uses inspiration from her art background to create eloquent and elaborate cakes. The name for her cakery was...

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HUNGRY FOR: East Side Bakery

Cortland's Italian-style bakery, East Side Bakery has been creating fresh, homemade, decadent treats for nearly 15 years. Owners Christine and Tim Armstrong started the bakery and have grown it into a local favorite on Cortland's east side. From...

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Learn Like an Olympian

Recently Experience Cortland learned a new snow skill: snowboarding. Greek Peak Mountain Resort has partnered with Snow Operating and completely revitalized the learning experience. Snow Operating uses the terrain to help you learn to ski or snowboard....

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Maple Syrup Season

Did you know that it take on average 70 gallons of maple sap to get 1 gallon of maple sugar?   How does it work? The excess water is boiled from the sap. It usually takes about 10 gallons of sap to make one quart of syrup. Most maple syrup is made using...

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17,000 miles on a 1925 Brockway Firetruck

Experience Cortland talks with CNY Living History Center Executive Director Luke Biondi about one of the more interesting artifacts on display. The incredible story of four men's journey from Argentina to Upstate New York is remarkably true. When they...

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Outdoor Winter Family Travel

Looking for outdoor winter fun that is away from the ski slopes? For the families that love the winter months, there are plenty of enjoyable activities in the Finger Lakes that will get the whole family excited for snow. Tubing Slide...

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Coffee Brews and Beer Brews at BRU 64

Cold brews, chairs that hang from the ceiling, deconstructed coffee, lattes out of an avocado…yes, the hipster coffee bars have swept the nation and even Cortland, New York. With its industrial aesthetic, BRU 64 took inspiration from the west coast trends, a few...

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How to stay warm this winter and avoid cabin fever.

There’s a “bomb cyclone” in the forecast and if you are already not a huge fan of winter this doesn’t help. But before you retreat to your couch and re-watch that Netflix series (again) try staying warm and avoid cabin fever with these winter activities.   Get cozy at...

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Get Ready for Some Superb Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great and inexpensive way to get outside during the winter months. Whether you seek trails that are off the beaten track or are looking for family fun between snow-covered trees, there are plenty of snowshoeing options in Cortland County. Here are...

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All aboard at the CNY Living History Center

Model Train at the CNY Living History Center   Did you know that there is a wonderful, interactive and immersive exhibition of an impressive train collection left to the Homeville Museum (located at the CNY Living History Center) by Ken Eaton. When volunteer Doug Deer...

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Warm Winter Cuisine

Warm Winter Cuisine Colder temperatures have finally arrived in Cortland County but that doesn’t mean you should stay in every night! Over the coming winter months we’ll share some suggestions for hearty, soul warming food.   Utica might have invented chicken riggies...

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Local food, local brews and local tunes

Local food, local brews and local tunes Cortland Harvest: A Taste of Fall   Cortland County is known for its rich agriculture. The event Cortland Harvest: a Taste of Fall, sought to bring local farmers and producers together with local brews from Cortland Beer Company...

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Too much cider?

Cider, donuts, pie and the future for Hollenbeck’s  Experience Cortland sits down with owner Matt Hollenbeck for an in-depth look at the past, present and future for Hollenbeck's Cider Mill. Family owned and operated since 1933, Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill is one of...

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Pumpkin Picking in Little York

Fall pumpkin picking is a tradition for many this time of year. The leaves on the trees have started to change, it's almost sweater weather, and hot chocolate is replacing ice cream. Picking your own perfect pumpkin is the thrill of the hunt. Whether you want the...

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12 Hours to Showtime

12 Hours to Showtime You have your ticket for the concert that evening at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY. The show is sold out and you would probably arrive about an hour an half before showtime to make sure you got a good seat. But 12 hours earlier, at 8am on...

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Unique Fall Foliage

Sure, you could hop in your car and take in the scenic fall foliage that covers Cortland County, but we recommend stepping outside your vehicle and explore these unique leaf peeping spots. 1. Fall Foliage with some adrenaline.   Catch some of New York's best fall...

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Scenic Drives in Cortland County

Take in Fall Foliage Fall in Upstate New York is a magical time of year. The rolling hills throughout Cortland County are dotted with farms, produce stands, beautiful old homes, and the best drives for enjoying fall foliage. We’ve made a list of a few drives...

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Shiver Me Timbers that’s a Long Mini Golf Hole

Shiver Me Timbers That’s a Long Mini Golf Hole   459.5 feet. That is how long the 18th hole is at Shipwreck Golf. It is the longest mini golf hole in the world and holds the Guinness World Record. That is impressive. Experience Cortland dug out our golf glove and set...

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Lime Hollow Exploration

Lime Hollow Exploration   Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture encompasses nearly 430 acres of beautiful rolling hills, valleys, forests, fields, streams, numerous ponds, a peat bog, and a great diversity of flora and fauna. With over 12 miles of open trails,...

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Feeling Hoppy in Willet

Experience Cortland Visits Willet Hop & Grain   As a person who know very little about growing the hops used in the brewing process, despite visiting the Guinness Factory six times, I was excited to make the trip to Willet Hop & Grain Farm to learn more.   In the...

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Kayaking on the Tioughnioga

Experience Cortland Navigates the Tioughnioga   Whether you pronounce it Tee-off-knee-oh-ga or Tie-off-knee-oh-ga, the Tioughnioga River is just over 34 miles long. The  east and west branches of the river come together just north of the City of Cortland forming the...

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Adventures in Geocaching

Inspired by two women who completed the Experience Cortland GeoTour in only 8 hours, I decided enough with the procrastinating and explore the trail myself. Or at least explore portions of it. The Experience Cortland GeoTour features 20 stops that take you all...

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Reveling in local food, music, and life

Reveling in local food, music, and life: Experience Cortland sat down with Molly Andrejko about her recent Instagram takeover. Molly Andrejko is the Project Coordinator for Seven Valleys Health Coalition and last week we turned over our Experience Cortland Instagram...

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Summer Family Fun

Blueberry picking, ice cream eating, mini golfing, and adventure seeking is all here in Cortland County this summer! The kids are out of school so why not get outside and enjoy the summertime. Explore these 5 fun activities to do with your family this summer! 1....

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Behind the Scenes at CRT

Inside Look with the CRT Performing Interns We turned over our Instagram account (@experiencecortland) to the six Cortland Repertory Theatre performing interns for an exclusive look into their lives and behind the scenes during rehearsals, performances, and everything...

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Exploring Tinker Falls

The family friendly, easily accessible trail at Tinker Falls This past Sunday we explored Tinker Falls located in the 1,483 acre Labrador Hollow Unique area for a quick adventure. This impressive 50-foot waterfall is super accessible. Right off of NY Rt 91, there is...

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Mountain Biking @ Greek Peak

Mountain Biking @ Greek Peak   Beginner Mountain Biker   Kyle [1] picked me up just after 9am on Saturday morning. I always forget just how close Greek Peak Mountain Resort is to downtown Cortland. A quick drive through the rolling hills of Cortland County and we...

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Museum Object Series: Brockway or Bust

CNY Living History Center Museum Object: 1925 Brockway Fire Truck Brockway Truck Museum Luke Biondi, Executive Director ...they [Argentinian firemen] just wanted to bring it up and get it replaces because they used it for so long, almost forty years. I guess that’s...

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