New York State
Best wine destination in 2013: New York State.
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Relax: The Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers scores of treatments in every price range, and all include access to its Aqua Terrace with a pretty whirlpool, mineral salt bath, herb-infused saunas, and steam rooms. The 50-minute Signature Massage is $130. (851 W Genesee Street Rd, Skaneateles, NY 315-685-5006; mirbeau.com)
Eat: While Chez Panisse is often credited as the restaurant that changed America’s eating, Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca did its fair share. Look for rigorously local food and wine at this casual (and quite famous) restaurant that was the inspiration for 1977’s Moosewood Cookbook, one of the New York Times’ top 10 bestselling cookbooks of all time. (215 N. Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 607-273-9610; moosewoodrestaurant.com)
Shop: The GlassMarket at the Corning Museum of Glass offers both housewares and glass art from scores of independent glass manufacturers. Look for everything from one-of-the-kind objets d’art to tableware from elite producers like Waterford and Simon Pearce. (1 Museum Wy, Corning, NY 607-937-5371; cmog.org)
Off the Beaten Track: The over-eager consumption of food and wine has its drawbacks, which are mostly manifest in your growing girth. To battle the inevitable, rent a trendy stand-up paddleboard and work out your core as you skim along the scenic Finger Lakes. Finger Lakes Paddleboard (fingerlakespaddleboard.com) will deliver a board anywhere in the Finger Lakes; delivery is free for Cayuga, Owasco, and Skaneateles Lakes. Rentals include board, paddle, life vest, and instruction. ($25 per hour, $60 for three hours, $80 per day.)