Destination: Palmyra, N.Y.

by | Nov. 02, 2010


Autumn in Palmyra, New York is breathtaking. The colors of fall are presented in the form of apple orchards and vineyards as you drive up the rural countryside. The fall foliage is beautiful and idealistic, but this beauty is not limited to the autumn alone. The beauty of Palmyra extends to every season, making this historic city a great vacation spot for families to visit all year long.  Palmyra is truly a destination centered on the family.

Families can take day trips to tour historic Palmyra’s W.W. Phelps General Store and Genesee Country Museum, which will transport your family to life in the 1800s. Minutes away are also the Sacred Grove and the Joseph Smith farm. Taking your family on trips to church history sites will help you to find a balance between the spiritual and fun side of your vacation.

Terrie Taylor, owner of  the Palmyra White House hotel, sees her place as a means of “transplanting your family, setting up a home here in Palmyra, and just going away for the day.” The main draw to Palmyra and upstate New York is that there are so many things to see and do that are related with history and nature.

While there are tons of things to see and do in Palmyra, your family should not feel limited to only seeing the attractions there. Your family can continue your search for Church history sites by visiting the Peter Whitmer farm that is about forty minutes up the road near Rochester, New York. While in Rochester, you can stop off at the beautiful Finger Lakes region for a great day of fishing and boating tours. There are also museums to explore like the Strong Children’s Museum and the George Eastman House.

If you and your family are looking to further explore the nature and scenery of upstate New York, you can take a bike ride down the Eerie Canal bike path. This path is one hundred miles long and often praised as one of the best bike paths for cyclists. You can even take a day trip to visit the water falls at Watkins Glen or to see the famous Niagara Falls that are about an hour and a half drive from Palmyra. For baseball fans, there is the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, or you can spend a day at the Darien Lake amusement park. 

Sometimes vacations can be overwhelming because you want to see everything and make sure that everyone in your family is having fun. But, at the Palmyra White House you can feel free to just take a day and relax in the comfort of your pseudo-home with your family.  Taylor found that families enjoy staying in the Palmyra White House because “the fact that you feel like you’re in a home and not in a hotel room [on vacation] is fun in and of itself.”

Taylor hopes “the atmosphere I try to create at the Palmyra White House will help to bring families closer together . . . . Unlike at a hotel that often has to divide large families, the Palmyra White House allows families to relax from their vacation together.”  The Palmyra White House provides families with a large backyard where kids can run and play. There are also board games, internet, and TV to help you spend a nice relaxing day at home.

For a list of attractions and activities to do in Palmyra and upstate New York, go to thepalmyrawhitehouse.com.

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