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Greetings from Upstate New York! I’ve had a serious scenery change in the past week — I went from balmy Bermuda (have you been following ?) to crisp spring Upstate New York. While normally I give myself a little more than eighteen hours turnaround between trips, this one was definitely worth the rush. From kayaking on Keuka Lake to taking a private glass blowing class in Corning, my first trip to the Finger Lakes could not have been more idyllic — and my big sis Margaret came too! How did it take me so long to get here?!

Over the weekend we retreated to Rochester and enjoyed some downtime with one minor exception — my first 10K! It felt so good to cross the finish line, though I’m definitely still walking a little funny as a result of my lack of training. Next week I’ll be checking in with more from my favorite state as I explore Ithaca for the first time and finally return to Albany for an all too brief bit of downtime before hitting the road once again.

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend… and Happy Monday!

Photo A

Keuka Wine TrailVineyard hopping on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Photo B

Kayaking on Keuka LakeKayaking on Keuka Lake

Photo C

Watkins Glen and The Rockwell MuseumBeauty nature and man made at , left, and the , right

Photo D

Hand + Foot CorningA memorable meal at in Corning

Photo E

Corning Museum of GlassExploring the …

Photo F

Corning Museum of Glass… and learning the art of the trade in one of their workshops!

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • erin
    May 18 2015

    the food in rochester <33333333 i went to college there but try to visit my friends there at least a couple times a year…. it is very pretty up there in the fall and spring time!!

    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Indeed it is! I try to visit my sister up there once a year and I’ve made it the past 3 out of 4. I just love her house and love hanging around up there in Rochester šŸ™‚

  • Emily
    May 18 2015

    Photo A – Upstate New York has some of the best wine and the wine trails are so much fun. SO excited to see what you think of Ithaca – definitely check out Collegetown Bagels on College Avenue if you get a chance. CTB is an Ithaca institution and the bagels and sangria are definitely worth it!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Thanks for the tip Emily! Ithaca has been on my radar for a while now šŸ™‚

  • Jason
    May 18 2015

    C! And welcome back!

  • Sonja Riemenschneider
    May 18 2015

    Ooh the Corning Museum of Glass! Funny, I’ve heard a lot about that museum, as my friend used to work there. She grew up nearby in Big Flats. So, I have to say photo E this week!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      It’s SUCH a gem of a museum and tucked away in this little corner of New York — I love it! When they told me it would take two days to really appreciate the museum I couldn’t believe it but now having been there, it is true!

  • Kristin
    May 18 2015

    Absolutely love the Finger Lakes – such a wonderful place for a peaceful retreat, and so many great wineries! Love that shot of Hand + Foot though!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      I can’t believe it took me so long to get to the Finger Lakes. What a gorgeous part of New York!

  • julie
    May 18 2015

    photo B is so pretty

    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Thanks Julie! I love that reflection so much.

  • Emily
    May 18 2015

    Photo A – exploring the wine trails in upstate NY is so much fun! So excited to see what you write about Ithaca. I went to college there so I am slightly biased, but it’s a pretty magical place.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      I had a good friend who went to Cornell and now I can’t believe I never visited him. Better late than never!

  • becky hutner
    May 18 2015

    E – that glass is gorgeous. Fun fact: my ancestors were glass blowers in Lithuania. Contemplating a genealogy trip next yr to hunt for clues! But not before I read “Everything is Illuminated,” obvs.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Wow! What a cool family history! Normally I’m not into family history stories and writing (it’s a common thing in travel writing, I feel) but that is one I would TOTALLY read.

  • Laura
    May 18 2015

    Photo A called to me. I loved the tilt to the wine glass and the switched perspective (and color) of the building within it. So cool!

    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Thanks Laura! Wine definitely provides some fun photo ops! (And deliciousness.)

  • Melanie Fontaine.
    May 18 2015

    Congrats on finishing that 10k! šŸ™‚ I remember the days when you would start posts about hiking trips stating that cardio severely challenges you – I have trouble believing that from now on! šŸ˜‰ Okay, just kidding! šŸ˜‰ But in all honesty: Good job! You should be very proud of yourself! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Ha it still is! Twelve minute miles aren’t anything to brag about šŸ™‚ Yet I am still proud!

  • Stef
    May 18 2015

    Photo E. Looks so cool!!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      It was my favorite piece of art in the museum! Love!

  • Sarah
    May 18 2015

    A! It’s always gonna be the one with the wine for me šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Ha, I can relate! I never thought of myself a wine aficionado but the Finger Lakes is changing that!

  • Hi Meihoukai!
    I totally love all of your photos! Amazing! šŸ™‚ If I have to choose… Photo B is my favourite!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Mine too I think šŸ™‚ I just love reflections!

  • Emily
    May 18 2015

    Photo C- a gorgeous balance of natural and human-made beauty. Or Photo E- Glass Museum?? Get out of my head!! what an amazing place to visit, I want all of it.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Yes! The museum is unbelievable — can’t wait to write more about it.

  • Emily
    May 18 2015

    Photo E! Love the gradient of colors. So behind on your posts, but always look forward to reading about your adventures when I get the chance. šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Aw, thanks Emily! I’m behind on writing them too, ha, so we are in this together!

  • Justine
    May 19 2015

    I’m digging photo E! And congrats on finishing your first 10K. That’s quite an accomplishment šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Thanks Justine! Feeling pretty proud šŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    May 19 2015

    Photo E is awesome! And I love the wine glass photo.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 19 2015

      Thanks Ashley! All about glass this week I guess šŸ™‚

  • Tiina
    May 19 2015

    Photo A absolutely! Especially the second of them. Country style is my style! I would like to go there right away and enjoy that summer feeling it has already, drive a little tractor and so on.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2015

      It really is insanely beautiful! Couldn’t get enough of all the scenic barns šŸ™‚

  • Dani
    May 20 2015

    A and E for me! Great wine glass photo with A, and loving the colors for E!

    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2015

      Thanks Dani! Reflections are my favorite and a wine glass turned out to be the perfect subject to play with…

  • Camels & Chocolate
    May 21 2015

    B! Glad you’ve been practicing for our Nashville adventures šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      May 26 2015

      Heck yeah! Warming up for serious adventures šŸ™‚ Still need to work on the bourbon drinking though…

  • Chris
    May 22 2015

    C para mi por favor!
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  • Erika
    May 23 2015

    Wow, that is a drastic change in scenery! I love Photo C.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 26 2015

      It really is isn’t it! Makes me appreciate the wildness and diversity of the world.

  • Rashaad
    May 24 2015

    Congratulations on the 10km race! I choose Photo B because she looks so relaxed.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 26 2015

      Like me, maybe she’s happiest on the water!

  • Amanda
    May 26 2015

    Photo C! After seeing this post, I looked up some of these places to see how far they were from where I live (just over the border in Ontario). Not far at all! I’m thinking I may check out Watkins Glen – from the looks of your photo, it looks gorgeous!

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      That’s basically the greatest compliment you could give a travel blogger, Amanda! Watkins Glen IS gorgeous — and combines so well with a trip to Corning!

  • Amanda
    May 26 2015

    Looking forward to a future post on your trip to Watkins Glen! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      So happy to hear everyone is as excited as I am about Upstate New York šŸ™‚

  • Marni
    May 29 2015

    Photo C! Glass blowing is so cool! I got to see a demonstration of it a few years ago and would have loved to try it.

    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2015

      It was such an amazing experience — I really hope I get to return for a weekend or week long workshop sometime in the future.