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Another week, another set of beautiful images from Upstate New York. Last week I visited Corning and Keuka Lake, and this past week I hit up Rochester, Ithaca and Cayuga Lake, and finally returned to my hometown of Albany. I was so inspired by the beauty in my own backyard! I know a lot of you are East Coasters and I’m looking forward to sharing more about these awesome weekend getaway possibilities. I have a feeling I’ll be back to the Finger Lakes soon.

While I’m still buzzing with New York State pride, I actually just arrived in my home-away-from-home in Martha’s Vineyard, where we’re kicking off the opening of the summer season on the island. Hope my US readers are enjoying a beautiful and relaxing Memorial Day wherever you may be — and that the rest of you are just having a great ‘ol Sunday.

Photo A

Rochester Lilac FestivalThe star of the show at the Rochester Lilac Festival

Photo B

Finger Lakes Hiking and WineGorges and wine in the Finger Lakes

Photo C

Firelight Camps IthacaHome sweet home at

Photo D

Firelight Camps IthacaGlamping it up in Ithaca

Photo E

Bocce Ball IthacaThe simple things in life — bocce ball and wine at sunset!

Which photo is your favorite?

  • E! Nice sun shot. What’s the game?
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  • Kiara Gallop
    May 25 2015

    D. It looks like a cute little place to sleep šŸ™‚ What was the inside like?
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  • becky hutner
    May 25 2015

    B — that gorge is gorge-ous.

    • Meihoukai
      May 26 2015

      You have no idea how many times I cracked that joke myself šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      Indeed it is! But I didn’t find a single t-shirt saying so, much to my disappointment.

  • I’m a sucker for flowers, so have to go with A. And yay for bocce ball – not many people know what that is down here in the Southern US (I’m from Upstate NY and have Italian blood, so I know better) šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      It was actually my first time playing it! I loved it — definitely need more lawn games in my life.

  • Rashaad
    May 25 2015

    I choose E – because it’s not everyday I see bocce.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      It was my first time actually playing! Not usually one for anything that involves hand eye coordination, but everything is fun with wine in hand…

  • Emma
    May 25 2015

    B looks absolutely blissful šŸ™‚

  • Lissa
    May 25 2015

    Photo D… Glamping in Ithaca. I love the color of tulips and the idea of camping in a new and exciting area of the world just sounds fun.

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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      Glamping and Ithaca just go great together. I can’t imagine having gone and stayed in a hotel!

  • Molly
    May 25 2015

    Lilac festival?! That must’ve smelled amazing!

  • Justine
    May 25 2015

    B…I want to be standing right where those people are standing and then I want to drink that glass of wine.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      Sounds like you need to add Ithaca to your bucket list, then! It’s a beauty…

  • Gail
    May 26 2015

    Hi!! I love your blog!! May I know where you got the map section on top of your blog entitled “Places I’ve Been” <3 Thank you and have a safe travel, always.

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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      It’s a plugin called Interactive Maps. Hope that helps!

  • Steve
    May 27 2015

    I am going for E. I love the simple joys of life Meihoukai.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      A screen-free game at sunset is certainly one of them, Steve!

  • Eva Casey
    May 29 2015

    Photo B is definitely my fav! Welcome back to NY! It’s funny, I grew up Upstate as well (Syracuse, represent!) but I haven’t spent hardly any time exploring the area surrounding! Some friends recently moved to Ithaca so perhaps I need to pay a visit..
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2015

      Visiting far flung family and friends is one of my favorite ways to travel! Definitely sounds like it is time for a visit šŸ™‚

  • Amy
    June 1 2015

    Loving B and C! I can’t wait for some more East Coast posts to get me in the mood for my autumn road trip in New England – I am so excited!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      Lots and lots of East Coast coming up this summer! We kept commenting on this trip how gorgeous it would be in the fall…

  • Marni
    June 2 2015

    Photo B – anything that mixes wine and nature is a winner in my books!

    • Meihoukai
      June 3 2015

      You’d love the Finger Lakes then šŸ™‚