Weekend Getaways: Camping at Fillmore Glen State Park

Weekend Getaways: Camping at Fillmore Glen State Park

For over a year I’ve been dying to go camping and in July my dream was finally fulfilled! We had a great weekend cooking over the fire, hiking and exposing our dog Kip to his first camping experience. To be honest, judging by the way he dove into the blankets on the air mattress on Saturday night, he wasn’t a huge fan of the whole laying on the ground part of camping. But I think he enjoyed the long hike we took him on and the frequent walks around the campground.


This was our first time visiting Fillmore Glen State Park and I thought it was super cute and well-maintained. Fun fact, the park is about 5 miles from President Millard Fillmore’s birthplace and has a replica of the log cabin he grew up in, which was kinda cool to check out. Plus, I can now say my dog has peed on a President’s lawn 😉 The campground portion was small but we snagged a nice site in the shade and didn’t have to worry about the 90+ temps that weekend.


On Saturday we did the South Rim trail hike along the gorge which was gorgeous. Although it was blazing hot out, the trail was shaded the entire way and made for a really pleasant hike. The trail has several bridges that criss cross over the gorge stream so you’ll find some great views and photo opportunities along the way.


Once you’re finished with your hike the main part of the park has the perfect spring-fed natural swimming pool to take a dip in. It’s super cute and the fresh water is definitely a lot colder than a typical pool, but it felt great in the heat. The only downside was that dogs aren’t allowed in the pool, which was a bummer because I know Kip would’ve loved it! We did find a couple of spots by the stream for him to wade in, which he seemed to appreciate.




Of course, the best part of camping is always the camp food! We went simple with Wegman’s subs for dinner on Friday night and then had bratwurst for lunch on Saturday and chicken and veggie kabobs for dinner. There’s just something about a meal cooked over the campfire and eaten outdoors that makes it taste that much better. Plus the thought of s’mores for dessert doesn’t hurt either.


At only about an hour drive from Syracuse, Fillmore Glen was the perfect quick weekend getaway for us. Even if you’re not into camping I’d definitely recommend checking the state park out for the hiking and swimming. They had a huge pavilion where people were holding a family reunion and plenty of picnic tables and grills to have a quick cookout.

Do you have a favorite New York State Park we should visit? Let me know in the comments, we’re always on the lookout for new locations for adventures!

Things To Do In Syracuse: July Edition

Things To Do In Syracuse: July Edition

Like I mentioned in my Summer Bucket List post, it’s so important to take advantage of the handful of months each year that the ground isn’t covered in snow here in Central New York. From festivals to concerts to community events, there’s no shortage of activities going on in the summer months in Syracuse. I spent some time scouring event calendars for the best events going on in Syracuse this month so you have no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the sunshine.

July 4th

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball game + Fireworks

If you’re looking for a place to watch fireworks for the 4th of July, the Chiefs are boasting the largest firework display in Onondaga county. Plus, what could be more American than watching a baseball game and eating a hot dog on the 4th of July?

July 7th

Salt City Comic Con

Before you write off this nerdy event, check out the guest list which includes actors from Super Troopers & Black Panther as well as several popular comic book artists. There are also the typical cosplay contests, vendors, food trucks and some fun offerings for kids.

July 6th

First Fridays at the Everson Museum

If you’ve been interested in checking out the Everson, try heading to a First Friday event! Listen to music and grab a drink from a local partner while you stroll the museum’s offerings. We recently visited the museum and it was a fun twist for date night.

July 8th

Wildflowers Armory Hand Lettering Workshop Brunch

This one I actually really want to try and go to! For $50 you get a 2 hour hand lettering lesson from a local artist, a tutorial packet, instructions for a take home project, and some brush pens to continue your creations at home. My handwriting is terrible and yet hand lettering has always been a dream of mine.

City Market Sundays at the Everson

If you miss the First Friday event, no worries because the second Sunday of every month is City Market Sunday. Check out unique vendors selling antiques, crafts, ceramics, furniture and more and enjoy free admission to the museum!

July 12th

St. Elias Middle Eastern Festival

If you’re an adventurous foodie, consider checking out this festival for a dose of authentic Middle Eastern culture and cuisine. Along with an expansive menu, there will be a market and traditional dance performances. The festival runs from the 12th to the 15th.

July 14th

Onondaga Cup & Lakefest

For the third year this regatta is returning to Onondaga Lake park. Check it out for a full day of races, fitness classes, music and delicious food vendors. I participated in the corporate challenge portion of this event last year and although our boat didn’t do too hot, it was still a great time in the park and on the water.

Empire Brewfest & Winefest

Beer and wine lovers alike will have a chance to sample beverages from all over the state at this event at the New York State Fairgrounds. In addition to sampling drinks there will be plenty of yard games, live music and food to enjoy during the event. I’ve done a wine event like this before and it was so fun to find new wineries and knowing they are local makes it even better!

July 15th

Weezer & the Pixies at Lakeview Amphitheater

Although I’m more of a country concert person, alternative rock fans will be excited about this duo coming to the amphitheater. Parking has been an issue for past concerts so I’d recommend getting there as early as possible to get a spot in the Orange lot closest to the entrance. Other than that the amphitheater is a gorgeous place to watch a show with an amazing view of the sunset over the lake.


July 17th

Chef Challenge Syracuse

If you’re a fan of the show Chopped this event is definitely for you. The Executive Chef and team at Sky Armory are challenged to make a four-course meal using ingredients from a mystery box provided by a local farm and a $55 ticket gets you a front row seat to the action. I think this fun event would make for such a unique and different date night activity.

July 19th

Syracuse Chiefs vs Louisville

Yes, this is the second baseball game on this list, but after checking out their promotions for July I think this is the best deal on the schedule. First of all it’s one of their Dollar Thursdays, which means $1 entry, $1 hot dogs & sodas and certain beers for $2, which is a great deal in and of itself. On top of that, the 19th is their Christmas in July promo, which means you get to enjoy a ton of Christmas cheer and a visit from Santa during the game. Finally, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will get a free ticket to the New York State Fair. I’d say all of that, plus a baseball game, is definitely worth the $1 admission price!

July 27th

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Running from the 27th to the 29th, 160 artists will take over Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse to show off their goods. In addition to the arts & crafts booths there will be live music, street performers, dancers and family activities available. This is the 48th year of the festival but I’m looking forward to checking it out for my first time!

Did I miss any cool events going on in Syracuse in July? Let me know so I can add it to the post!

Syracuse Summer Bucket List

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Spring has FINALLY shown its face here in Central New York and with temps hitting 85 degrees today it kinda feels like we’re skipping spring completely and heading right into summer. This amazing weather has got me thinking about all of the fun things I want to take advantage of this summer. Today I thought I’d share my Syracuse Summer Bucket list of the perfect activities for those precious few months where there isn’t snow on the ground.

  1. Taste of Syracuse festival in Clinton Square – This festival always feels like the perfect kickoff to summer. What could be better than strolling through the sunshine with a wine slushie in hand and samples from the best restaurants Syracuse has to offer.
  2. Concerts at Lakeview Amphitheater – As of right now I only have tickets for Kenny Chesney this year, but I’m keeping an eye out for any other fun acts coming to this scenic venue.
Zac Brown Band at Lakeview Amphitheater two years ago
  1. Dining al fresco – There are so many restaurants with great outdoor seating in Syracuse and I’m hoping to check out a few this summer. At the top of my list are Apizza Regionale, Kitty Hoynes and Rudy’s in Oswego.
  2. Spend the day in Skaneateles – I haven’t had a chance to explore this cute lake town yet so I’d love to spend a Sunday afternoon here. Let me know if you have suggestions of what I should check out!
  3. Do some hiking & camping – I’m hoping to take the pup to some new hiking spots like Clark’s Reservation this summer. I got a bunch of camping gear last year for my birthday and I’m determined to put it to good use at least once this summer.
  4. Find a good ice cream spot – Since moving to CNY I’ve yet to find an ice cream place that rivals my hometown favorite Amy’s Place in Middleburgh. The ultimate goal this summer would be to find a new go-to ice cream spot.
  5. Meet my parents at Empire Farm Brewery – Roughly halfway between Syracuse and my parent’s house in Schoharie, this would be the perfect spot to meet up and enjoy an afternoon beer tasting.

What do you think, did I hit all of the important summertime CNY activities? Let me know if there’s any I missed in the comments.