Like the thumping heart of a proud steed, Syracuse is at the center of New York State. Borrowing a bit of glamour and culture from NYC and the quaint appeal of upstate communities, Syracuse will lure you in with its natural charm. Stand at the edge of Onondaga Lake, mystified about how the city remains a relative secret to East Coast visitors, and feel a rush of appreciation for this quiet moment. For though Syracuse was settled because of its abundance of salt, your experience will have you feeling anything but salty.
Any season is a good time to visit Syracuse, even the winter when snow blankets the earth and the brisk air pinches at your cheeks. If you visit during the summer, you’re greeted by the Great New York State Fair, an event so lively that your inner child will break out its pom-poms. You’re never far from the action when you stay at downtown Syracuse hotels like the Jefferson Clinton Hotel or Hotel Skyler. Explore the Finger Lakes, spend a night at the orchestra, and then retire in full contentment.
Syracuse is a college town, imbued with the excitement of youth and filled with flowing taps. As you step out of your hotel and walk toward Kitty Hoyne’s Irish Pub or Mulrooney’s, you’re ready to let your hair down and turn your phone off. Also within a short meander of Syracuse downtown hotels are the Empire Brewing Company and Syracuse Suds Factory. Let a regionally crafted brew pass your lips slowing and cool your insides.
You can’t turn a corner in Syracuse without finding a bite worth having. From the barbecue ribs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to the wood fire pizza at the Pascale Wine Bar and Restaurant, you can get your fill without straying far from your hotel. Sink your teeth into a thick layer of cheese, or let marinara drip down your hands as you savor a hearty slice of New York pizza. You’re on vacation, and you’re treating yourself to the calorie-rich foods that your stomach calls for. At the Clam Bar, you can order lobster or daily catch. The venue, which serves more clams than any other restaurant within a stone’s throw, is the best place to order a creature from the sea. Steamed, raw, or steeped in fresh garlic and butter—the clams can be presented in any way your heart desires.
Head to the center of New York with confidence. Your time in Syracuse will stir in you a renewed appreciation for theater, museums, and lingering walks in the park and around Webster Pond. Book one of our downtown Syracuse rentals, and suddenly the world of the Finger Lakes opens wide up to you. You can’t help but relax as you take scenic drives through wooded terrain and wander wisely toward a stress-free state.