Your Greatest Adventure Awaits in Central New York

New York’s Got it All

New York is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve sent photos and videos to friends and family all over the country. They are all envious that Jeff and I are fortunate enough to live here.

I’ve not yet seen the entire state. But, it does not surprise me that NY ranks as one of the five most-traveled to states in the nation. It seems to have everything from mountains (Adirondack) to beaches (Coney, Brighton and many, many more), wild lands (Catskills) and waterfalls (Niagara and hundreds of others).

Ten economic regions comprise New York State: Western NY, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island and Central NY (formerly Central Leatherstocking).

Central Upstate New York nee Central Leatherstocking Region

The Estate at Fly Creek is located in gorgeous Central New York region. Though, if you remember, everything north of NYC is considered Upstate by most residents.

Our eight-county region was originally named Central Leatherstocking Region in tribute to author James Fenimore Cooper. In his collection of stories set in Central NY, Leatherstocking Tales, Cooper created a character named Natty Bumppo. Natty went by different names in various books of the series. In one of the more famed novels, The Last of the Mohicans, Natty was Hawkeye. No matter the name, this character was a frontiersman and guide who wore leather stockings – or leggings – which were worn by both Indians and frontiersmen to protect their legs from brush and briars in the wilderness.

Central Leatherstocking Region was renamed to Central Upstate New York in 2010, in an attempt by NY legislature to create a new identity more representative of the region.

Let Me Tell You More about Central NY

Central New York, considered New York’s Heartland, extends from the Catskills across the Mohawk Valley to the Central Adirondacks – between Niagara Falls and New York City. Our history is steeped in rich historical folklore which runs deep through some of the most beautiful countryside found in North America. We are known for fresh produce, maple syrup and homemade goods from an abundance of family-run farms.

Here, travelers can appreciate distinctive culinary experiences, live music, theatrical performances, museums and exhibits as well as festivals throughout the year. With so many geological wonders – such as Howe Caverns and Erie Canal – forests and lakeside recreation areas, visitors can play outside in any season to their hearts’ content.

We live in a region where folks can delight in the ultimate rural American experience through food, craft beverages, and unique activities – fun for the whole family.

Experience More Rural America on US Route 20, America’s Main Street


US Route 20 Americas Main St
US Route 20 Americas Main St

A vital artery for agriculture and commerce, US Route 20 is considered America’s longest US federal highway. It began as a Native American footpath that developed as early Americans migrated west. 3,365 miles long, it stretches from Boston to Oregon. Route 20 is also New York’s longest highway – 372 miles from the border of Massachusetts to the border of Pennsylvania.

108 miles of the highway, which runs from Duanesburg in Schenectady County to LaFayette in Onondaga County, is called the New York State Scenic Byway because the rolling hills are dotted with charming small towns and old family farms. The area extending about 30 miles on either side is referred to as the Scenic Byway Corridor. Here, you will discover all the more of the rural experience, with lovely communities, shops, markets and events.

US 20 and Otsego County

Route 20 Scenic Byway takes you through Richfield Springs, East Springfield and Cherry Valley. From there it’s easy to hop off and spend time with us in Fly Creek, near Cooperstown – where you can discover New York State’s first cuisine trail, the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, interesting museums and, of course, baseball.

I have so much to tell you about Cooperstown and Fly Creek, I’ll have to wait til next week to share. In the meantime, please take a moment to learn more about the Estate at Fly Creek. Our eight-bedroom estate, situated on 335-acres, is a secluded rural vacation rental home perfect for multiple families to share. We are offering special Springtime rates until early June. So, this would be a great time to check out our availabilities, lasso a couple friends and bring your families. What an ideal home base from which to explore Central New York in the Spring. 

Or, call us today at 607-547-5216. We’ll be glad to answer any question you may have about our region and the estate.

Bobbi Parke

Bobbi Parke is one of the estate's caretakers and guest hosts. She and hubby spend much of their time readying the house for guests, keeping the property in tip-top condition and caring for the chickens and alpacas. They know they've done a good job when they witness the look of the joy in their guests' faces.

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