Historic golf resort along the Susquehanna River also includes a restful spa plus; comfy rooms feature free WiFi
Resort at a Glance: Traditions at the Glen Resort
Overlooking the gentle currents of the Susquehanna River, the championship golf course at Traditions at the Glen Resort has been challenging players since welcoming its first tee shots in 1937. Designed by renowned course architect John Van Kleek, the course is just one of the upscale attractions at this restful resort just outside Binghamton. There’s also an enticing spa, which houses heated massage tables, private treatment rooms, and even a salt therapy cave.
- Where you’ll stay: Traditional double-queen and king guest rooms keep guests connected with free WiFi.
- Start the day right with a continental breakfast available for $10.95 per person in the resort’s Tavern, which also features a cozy fireplace and full bar for cocktails later in the day. The tavern is open Friday and Saturday through the month of March and open Tuesday through Saturday starting April 1, with breakfast buffet open for $17.50 per person on Sunday.
- Stay active in the resort’s fitness center; it’s open 24 hours a day.
- Famous guests: Over its long life, the resort has hosted eminent guests ranging from former president Dwight Eisenhower and entertainer Bing Crosby to famed golfers including Ben Hogan and Patty Berg.
Johnson City, New York: History and Heritage in New York’s “Triple Cities”
Along with nearby Binghamton and Endicott, the village of Johnson City makes up part of New York’s “Triple Cities” along the Pennsylvania border. In the 19th century, this region earned the nickname “the Valley of Opportunity” thanks to its reputation for plentiful jobs and innovations from companies like Endicott Johnson and IBM (which was founded nearby). You can see evidence of the boom years through the iconic landmarks that remain, including one of Endicott Johnson’s famous Square Deal arches, as well as six antique carousels, which earned the town its second nickname: the Carousel Capital of the World.
In addition to honoring its past, the area also looks toward the present. In recent years, Binghamton downtown has nurtured a thriving arts and gallery scene, and cultural institutions such as the Roberson Museum and Science Center attracts visitors from throughout the region. Past or present, the region will always have a soft spot for its signature dish: the spiedie, which combines spit-grilled meats with soft Italian rolls and just a drizzle of the marinade that make each bite so flavorful.