Autumn is a glorious time for a road trip, and there are a wide variety of offerings to choose from in the Empire State. The Harbor Hotel Collection’s Annual Apple Days returns from September 6 – October 16, at three AAA Four Diamond waterfront hotels: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on Chautauqua Lake, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in the Finger Lakes region and 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River. Apple Days celebrates apple picking season in Upstate & Western New York with seasonal amenities, such as apples and fresh cider at check-in, and special menu items featuring delicious apple-inspired dishes and signature cocktails. Guests will receive a list of nearby orchards they can visit for apple picking.

Now’s a great time to plan a fall road trip to all three destinations, for the entire family or just a romantic getaway for two. A scenic three-hour drive through peak foliage separates Chautauqua Lake from Watkins Glen and from Watkins Glen to 1000 Islands, with many interesting stops, natural wonders, and historic attractions in between. A sample road trip itinerary can be found here at 

Travelers who visit two hotels on consecutive nights will get a portable mini-cooler stuffed with goodies for the drive. For more info or to make a road trip reservation, please visit

Greater Ithaca and Tompkins County offer miles and miles of trails for the hikers to explore. Take in breathtaking views and over 150 waterfalls and gorges, including iconic Taughannock Falls, Buttermilk Falls and Ithaca Falls trails. In addition to hiking, travelers will enjoy the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, established in 1983 and recognized as America’s First Wine Trail, providing an unmatched touring and tasting experience across Ithaca’s local wineries on the banks of Cayuga Lake.

The Hotel Ithaca Hiking Package includes one overnight accommodations; breakfast for two; complimentary parking; late checkout of 1 p.m.; hiking location transportation with shuttle to hiking location upon request; cinch bag of hiking/outdoor supplies including but not limited to sunblock, lip balm, bug spray, snacks and water (substitutions may apply).

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