111 Reasons Why Upstate New York Is The Best Place In The World

And no, we’re not talking about Westchester OR Buffalo.

1. Stewart’s
2. Stewart’s ice cream
3. Stewart’s iced tea
4. Stewart’s milkshakes
5. And also coming up with nicknames for Stewart’s (i.e., Stewie’s)
4. Billy Fucillo
5. Easy access to the biggest state park in the country, the Adirondack State Park
6. The Great Escape
7. Melba sauce (mmmmmm)
8. Garbage plates
9. Friendly’s after a football game
10. Bombers burritos and also the GIANT FREE MARGARITA on your birthday
11. Lake George mini-vacations
12. Snow days
13. Cold days (aka missing school because it’s too cold)
14. The Catskills
15. Having the innate ability to drive in snow and laughing at people who can’t
16. Close proximity to both New York City and Boston
17. Four distinct and legit seasons
18. Nor’easters
19. Actually understanding lacrosse (sort of)
20. Damn good fall foliage
21. 24-hour grocery stores
22. Snow forts
23. Saratoga in the summer
24. SPAC
25. Gambling for the first time at the track

26. Hot tubs
27. Waking up at 5 a.m. and going to Countryfest even if you don’t like country music
28. Developing a true understanding and tolerance for cold weather
29. Learning how to ski
30. Learning how to snowboard
31. Actually spending most of your time hanging out in ski lodges
32. Haunted hay rides
33. Quality diners
34. Knowing where Uncle Sam was buried
35. Actually understanding “Ithaca Is Gorges” shirts
36. Rooting for Syracuse
37. Hating Red Sox fans
38. Hating Yankees fans
39. Feeling pity for Mets fans
40. The intense joy and deep sorrow you feel when snow melts
41. Literally the entire month of May
42. Tulips
43. Getting drunk in the woods in high school
44. Late-night Taco Bell or Mighty Taco runs
45. Jumping Jacks
46. Wegmans
47. Dinosaur BBQ
48. Going to summer camp at least once during childhood
49. Making camp friends forever
50. Locks (as in the ones in rivers)
51. Riding or running along bike paths
52. Being able to have a dog — SPACE
53. The Altamont Fair, the Duchess County Fair, the State Fair — FAIRS
54. Going to DMB concerts in the summer (even if you hate them)
55. Apple picking
56. Running into a bee’s nest while apple picking, surviving
57. Hot Bruegger’s bagels… so many good bagel places EVERYWHERE
58. Bragging to everyone about how The Place Beyond The Pines was literally filmed at your bank
59. Eating an entire box of Freihofer’s cookies
60. Alive at 5

61. Intense pride in the TWO Lake Placid Olympics
62. Also the Miracle on Ice
63. Hating Ichabod Crane’s snow days with every fiber of your being
64. Old Dutch houses, the Dutch influence in general
65. Kind of understanding “lake-effect snow”
66. Spiedies
67. “The No. 1 in family fun… WILD YOU BET!”
68. Saranac beer
69. UBU Ale
70. Having a deep understanding of which bug spray works best
71. Herkimer diamonds
72. Brook’s Barbecue
73. Anchor bar
74. The Boilermaker Road Race
75. Fish Fry with a side of Loganberry soda… or pop
76. Chicken riggies
80. GEEEEEE!!!!”

81. Cliff jumping
82. Surviving Kegs and Eggs
83. Surving Fountain Day
84. Genesee Cream Ale
85. Having friends convince you to go to Cortaca
86. Siena basketball and hoping they make it into March Madness every year
87. The River Rats
88. The Diamond Dogs
89. Having a deep and vast knowledge of lakes/rivers
90. Byrne Dairy chocolate milk
91. Stewart’s milk runs…
92. Did we mention Stewart’s yet?
92. Knowing NYS geography based on the locations of SUNY schools
93. Salt potatoes
94. Owning at least one North Face jacket
95. Driving on I-87 once you get past Lake George, calling it the Northway
96. Wineries in the Finger Lakes
97. Howe Caverns
98. Tackling your fears by riding The Comet for the first time
99. I Love NY Pizza
100. Knowing what GOOD Buffalo chicken wings taste like

101. The high peaks
102. Hiking, in general
103. Leaf piles
104. The Metro North railroad
105. Truly appreciating the power of snowblower
106. Having friends with camps
107. Having friends with boats
108. Having friends with a furnished basement to get drunk in during high school
109. Drive-ins
110. Volunteering to be put into the trunk to get in free into the drive-ins
110. Bonfires
111. And of course, the immense pride that comes with telling people where the REAL upstate New York is. GET OUT OF HERE, WESTCHESTER.

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