The elegant, redbrick Woodcliff Hotel and Spa sits atop a forested hill, within easy reach of the charming town squares and wineries of the Finger Lakes region. There's so much to do onsite, however, that you might not want to leave the property. In addition to a 9-hole golf course and full-service spa, Woodcliff has an upscale eatery specializing in innovative comfort foods as well as sprawling grounds adorned with fountains and gazebos. You can try a few Finger Lakes wines at Horizons Lounge, which lets you build your own wine flight.
Live entertainment: Five nights a week from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Horizons Lounge
Can't-miss meal:Sunday brunch ($29 per adult; $15 per child 12 and under), which includes a complimentary glass of champagne, mimosa, or bloody mary after 12 p.m.
Tee off: The hotel's 9-hole golf course includes a practice putting green and an equipment rental shop.
Signature spa service: A 50-minute manicure or pedicure with a complimentary cocktail or glass of house wine (available Monday–Wednesday until September 30)
Fairport, New York: Picturesque Village Along the Erie Canal
Life in Fairport revolves around the Erie Canal. One of the most popular activities in this upstate New York village is boating—hop on the Colonial Belle for a 2- to 3-hour sightseeing cruise featuring historical narration. You can also enjoy the water from the canalway trail, a paved hiking and biking path that runs for more than 300 miles along the Erie Canal. Head to Packett's Landing for waterfront shopping and dining.
Fairport is only 15 minutes from Rochester, New York’s third-most populous city. Traditionally known as an industrial hub—Eastman Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb were all headquartered here at one time or another—Rochester has emerged as a cultural destination in recent years, thanks to the Rochester Philharmonic, the Strong National Museum of Play, and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House.