Non-Rail

Planned Events

Central New York has plenty to do besides railroading. We will offer a variety of things for your spouse/significant other to experience. In addition to relaxing by the indoor pool and getting your 10,000 steps in the fitness room.

 We will offer a “Sip ‘n Paint” event in the hotel on Friday evening. Sample a few beverages and produce a work of art to take home and display. No matter what your level of artistry fun will be had by all.


The local Hendricks Chapel Quilters will offer a quilting and card-making clinic/workshop during the convention. Join them in producing a “Quilt of Valor” and greeting cards that will be presented to a local Veterans Organization when completed. They will provide materials and sewing machines to use throughout the convention, or you may bring your own if you wish.






Area Attractions

*On your way here or home, stop off in Historic Herkimer, NY and take a ride on a canal boat along the NYS Barge Canal. The trip takes you through one of the locks. The dock is just off the NYS Thruway at Exit 30. https://eriecanalcruises.com 

*In Syracuse, the Erie Canal ran right through the center of town, along what is now Erie Boulevard. The Erie Canal Museum is located in the historic 1850 Weighlock Building, where boats were weighed in a drydock to assess tolls. https://eriecanalmuseum.org

*Stop in Canastota (exit 34) at the Boxing Hall of Fame. http://www.ibhof.com Then click your heels and head to the Oz Museum. http://www.allthingsoz.org/ato_website_002.htm in Chittenango, home of L. Frank Baum. To complete your tour, drive on into beautiful Cazenovia. Visit the Lorenzo State Historic Site. https://parks.ny.gov/historic- sites/15/details.aspx

*The first Women’s Rights Convention took place in 1848 in Seneca Falls, about 45 minutes west on the NYS Thruway. The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Historic Park commemorates that event. https://www.nps.gov/wori/index.htm Seneca Falls also claims to be the inspiration for the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Take a look at the bridge and decide if is really the same one from the movie.

*The Everson Museum of Art in Downtown Syracuse is home to approximately 11,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation. https://www.everson.org

*Shop and dine in the Village of Skaneateles on the shores of Skaneateles Lake. (About a 30-minute drive.) Take a cruise on the lake. https://midlakesnav.com/skaneateles-lake Continue out Route 20 to Auburn and visit the Seward House, http://www.sewardhouse.org Harriet Tubman home http://www.harriet- tubman.org/house/ and look around for the remains of the ALCO locomotive Plant. Check out the Genesee Beer sign, recently restored.

*Take the free hotel shuttle to the Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square. http://www.most.org Stop in for lunch or a drink in one of the Square’s many restaurants and bars. And do some shopping. Central New York Modelers (CNYMOD) has a layout in the MOST.

*Visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org While there, head up to Tipperary Hill, check out the Stone Throwers monument and the only traffic light in the world with the green light on top. Stop in to Coleman’s Pub for a refresher. Check out the Leprechaun door.

*Take a tour of the Middle Ages Brewery. Try a flight of their beers in the tasting room. Or, head out to the Finger Lakes and visit the wine country.

*Shopping? Take an eight-minute drive (or take the free hotel shuttle) over to the Destiny USA Mall, one of the largest in the East. The food court has a vintage carousel, and overlooks the CSX (former NYC) mainline to Chicago, a great train-watching spot.

*More serious shopping? Drive over to the Waterloo Premium Outlets (less than an hour west on the Thruway). http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/waterloo/stores