The Staycation Guide to Exploring in Our Own Backyard


Upstate NY is full of amazing places and recreation to explore, see and do.


Ever wish you had a go-to person for ideas of things to do? Along with tips so you know when to go, where to park and more insights to make the most of your limited free time? This can be as simple as a restaurant recommendation or as complex as a weekend away with must-see places, activities and things to do. A big trend right now is the staycation- vacationing in your own backyard. We’re lucky to have an Ah-mazing backyard!


The Staycation Guide to the Genesee Valley

One area within Upstate NY gaining more and more recognition for it’s assets is the Genesee Valley – the area between Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes. The Genesee Valley is one of New York state’s outdoor recreation meccas with breathtaking landscapes, historic villages, dramatic waterfalls, forests, glacially-carved gorges, lakes, and rivers.


There is a great resource to help you explore in this area of our own backyard – Explore Genesee Valley. 


Rochester A-List’s founder and creative director Amy Riposo, is a contributor for Explore Genesee Valley. But she’s not the only local helping to connect you to great places to go and things to see and do in the area. Explore Genesee Valley is mapping the best stories and experiences in the Genesee Valley region as told by our local voices.


A-List recently partnered with Explore Genesee Valley on two of our A-List Adventures (our event series creating memorable outdoor experiences to share with friends) bringing locals and visitors on a libation loop bike ride around Conesus Lake and on a fall hike and brewery experience. Rochester A-List and Explore Genesee Valley have become fast friends with a shared mission. We’re both connecting people to our region and highlighting the best of what our area offers. Get to know the great businesses, places and activities you can enjoy in our own backyard – and be guided by the locals!


Visit today to get the best travel advice, insider tips, itineraries, and more.


Read Amy’s article – Conesus Lake Libation Loop

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Cyclists on an A-List Adventure at Deer Run Winery. Photo by Alex Peterson AIP Photo

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