Take a breather from work and bring your family and friends to Cortland County for a little rest and relaxation during Labor Day weekend! Pack a lawn chair to sit under the stars for an outdoor movie. Lace up your sneakers to stretch you legs on one of our hiking trails. Take a walk down memory lane in Cortland's Victoria-era stone castle. Keep your taste buds happy at one of the county's restaurants.
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There are over 30,000 acres of state forest land for hiking in Cortland County. The Finger Lakes Trail runs through Virgil where you'll be surrounded by beautiful meadows, water streams and great views of Cortland County's rolling hills. Or explore Tinker Falls, located in the Labrador Unique Hollow Area, for a quick adventure. A side trip to Lime Hollow Nature Center will add another 12 miles to hiking trails to the list.
Spend the day kayaking or paddle boarding with family and friends along the Tioughnioga or Otselic Rivers. If you're looking for the view, but not the exercise, pack a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy an afternoon at Little York Lake at Dwyer Memorial Park.
Cortland County has two breweries in Cortland Beer Company and Homer Hops Brewing, or you can duck low flying dragons at Dragonfyre Disillery. You can also pop in to the Finger Lakes Tasting & Tap Room which boasts wine, craft beer, cider, spirits and more from around NYS.
All this activity is sure to work up an appetite. Whether you're a foodie or just the burger and fries type, you'll find something to satisfy your grumbling tummy. If you'd rather enjoy a meal from the comfort of your home, many restaurants are still offering takeout and curbside pickup, including the brand new restaurant Yori House, a Korean-inspired eatery on Elm Street, Cortland.
Unearth some delightful historical treasures at one of Cortland County's museums. Explore the Victorian splendor of the 1890 House Museum, or spend the entire day at the CNY Living History Museum which houses three museums in one. Consider walking the "cemetrails" at the historical Cortland Rural Cemetery. Along with the beautiful landscape, locate the 20 educational signs that teach you about famous individuals buried at the cemetery, and facts about the over 160 year-old institution.
Cheerful & Creative, Cortland's very own paint & sip studio will be holding a class Friday evening. You'll have the opportunity to create a Back-to-School door hanger to help you celebrate the beginning of the school year for your kids or your favorite teacher.
Enjoy an evening at the movies at Greek Peak Mountain Resort's Outdoor Cinema! The pop-up theater event continues September 4-5 with E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (PG). Popcorn, beverages and tasty eats from Trax Pub & Grill will be available.
Looking to shop till you drop this Labor Day weekend? Or maybe you need to pick up some last-minute hostess gifts for the weekend BBQ you're attending. From upscale boutiques to home decor, antiques and local craftwork, the county is full of shopping outlets to help find what you need. Don't forget about the local florists; They not only have a selection of beautiful bouquets, but gift shops filled with unique items. Happy shopping!
If you have a sweet tooth, Cortland County is the place to be be. We're home to an ice cream trail, featuring nine places and loads of delicious flavors. The county also boasts a great selection of bakeries if you'd rather indulge in some chocolate, cookies, cupcakes and more!
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