Our office is located in the heart of "The Southern Tier" of New York. The area is also commonly referred to as "Upstate New York", especially by those living in New York City area to our south. Because of the close proximity to Pennsylvania, one may also hear our area called "The Twin Tiers"; referring to the Northern Tier of PA and the Southern Tier of NY.
To the north and west you will find the Finger Lakes Region. Glacial flows carved out several deep lakes with high walls around two million years ago creating the eleven beautiful lakes. The two largest Finger Lakes, Seneca and Cayuga, do not exceed 3.5 miles wide but run north to south with lengths of 67 and 38 miles respectively. Several of the deeper lakes provide an ideal climate for wineries helping to make NY State the third largest producer in the country. Click here for more about the Finger Lakes Region.
The Region offers much in the ways of entertainment, sightseeing, and the arts. Below are some of the highlights from around the area.
Things to Do
Roberson offers unique museum and education resources in the Southern Tier of New York that are unmatched in the region. Roberson Museum and Science Center engages people of all ages and backgrounds by providing regionally significant exhibitions and programs in art, history and science education.
The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world's best collection of art and historical glass. When you visit, you’ll see more than 3,500 years of history displayed in the Glass Collection Galleries, from the glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary sculpture made in glass.
The Finger Lakes Beer Trail – promotes the growing craft brewing industry in the Finger Lakes, showcasing the region’s microbreweries and brew pubs. The trail is comprised of over 75 craft brewers spanning roughly 210 miles across the central part of New York State from Rochester to Syracuse down to the Corning and Binghamton areas, resulting in a trail overflowing with natural beauty along which tourists and beer aficionados alike can enjoy an abundance of delicious locally brewed beers.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort, central New York’s largest ski resort, was founded in 1958 and has remained at the leading edge of the ski industry with forty-two trails, six aerial lifts, two surface lifts, beginners’ slope, and terrain parks. The four-season resort is located in New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region, conveniently just minutes from Interstate I-81.
The festival takes place annually at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, NY. In 1983, a few families got together and argued over who had the best Spiedie recipe in Binghamton. Spiedies are small pieces of marinated meat (lamb, chicken, pork or beef) that can be skewered and then grilled. A couple years later the first official Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally took place in 1985. Look for this event to take place in early August each year.
In the heart of The Southern Tier, Tioga Downs originated as a quarter horse race track back in 1974 known as Tioga Park. The track was revived and refinished to become the 5/8 mile harness racetrack we know today as Tioga Downs Casino in 2006. With 890 Slot Casino Games featuring some of the hottest around: Electronic Blackjack Table Games, In house progressives, and Video Poker. Their latest additions include a brand new luxury hotel and spa, renovated golf course, 28 table games, 6 poker tables, a High Limit Room, Virgil's Real BBQ and the famous P.J. Clarke's. The Downs also added a golf course with a brand new clubhouse, bar, and event space in Nichols as yet another attraction.
Take a scenic drive, kayak, hike among waterfalls, swim in a cool lake, or feel the rush of auto racing. Discover your next exciting adventure in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Finger Lakes Wine Country is home to three distinct wine trails, each offering exciting wine and food pairing events throughout the year. These three trails include the Seneca, Cayuga, and Keuka Lake Trails in addition to a few other trails in the Finger Lakes Region.
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is the 5th oldest in the country and was officially opened in 1875. The Zoo has undergone tremendous changes since its opening and over 100 species call this zoo their home.
Scientists believe nature began to slowly craft Howe Caverns some six million years ago. It wasn't until the early 1840's that the cave was discovered by Lester Howe and opened to the public shortly thereafter. Today, a 156 foot elevator shaft takes visitors into the cave to explore Howe's great wonder, down under.
Discover baseball history at the Hall of Fame. Visitors are guided through the great stories of baseball, stretching from the earliest days and giving perspective to today's game. The Archive and Collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves relics of the game, the great stories they tell, and a trove of historic information.
This annual event is host to over 30,000 guests each year; with plenty to see, taste and enjoy! With over 200 vendors offering unique crafts, delicious food and interesting activities for all, as well as lots of entertainment that includes two music venues featuring ten bands, two jugglers, puppet shows, a bicycle stunt show, parade, Friday night fireworks and so much more....Downtown Owego is transformed into a walking mall where the Owego Strawberry Festival is blended throughout our beautiful village streets in the center of our thriving mercantile district. The festival gets under way this coming year in June.
The Discovery Center is a hands-on interactive children’s museum serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Play and learning flow together in unique hands-on settings designed with imagination, research and attention to the needs and spirit of today’s learners.
From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, New York's 180 state parks offer countless opportunities to explore your natural environment, escape from the grind of the everyday and experience exciting new adventures.
The Southern Tier has much to offer in the way of professional and collegiate sports. Whether it is baseball, hockey, golf or your favorite university team, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Binghamton Devils play in the American Hockey League (AHL) and are the minor league affiliate of the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. The team plays in the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Downtown Binghamton. 2017-2018 marked the inaugural season for the Devils here in Binghamton.
Located up on the hill at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, this 11-turn road course hosts many professional races during the year. The two major NASCAR series, Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup visit the course every August and provide the fans with exciting racing. The track is the only other road course on the Monster Energy Cup circuit that includes 36 races across the country. Chase Elliott won for the second straight year in dominating fashion in 2019. The NASCAR series visit The Glen this coming year August 14-16, 2020.
The BU Bearcats are NCAA Division I members and has 19 men's and women's sports programs. BU is one of four Division I programs in the SUNY system and is a member of the America East and Big Sky Conferences.
Cornell University, located in Ithaca, NY is home to the Cornell Big Red. The University is part of NCAA Division I as part of the Ivy League. The men's and women's hockey teams participate in the ECAC. There are also numerous other leagues the Big Red are a part of.
Formerly known as the Binghamton Mets, The Rumble Ponies are part of the Eastern League and are the AA affiliate of the New York Mets. The team calls NYSEG Stadium home in Downtown Binghamton and has won the league title as recently as 2014.
Just minutes away from our office, this annual professional golf event on The Champions Tour has been held at the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, NY since 2007. Formerly the PGA tour event called the B.C. Open from 1971-2006, the event draws thousands of people and holds a total prize purse of $2.05 million. The event always holds a major musical act on the night of the opening round and this year Keith Urban rocks the stage. August 16-18, 2019
The Syracuse Orange are also a NCAA Division I member and competes mostly in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The men's and women's basketball teams are two of the more nationally recognized teams as well as the football team. In 2016, the men's basketball team made it into the NCAA Tournament Final Four before losing to North Carolina. In the same year, the women's basketball team saw their journey end in the final game of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to #1 seeded Connecticut.