“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”- Arthur C. Clarke
Cazenovia, NY – You know what they say about Upstate New York, right? It’s too beautiful to be visited just once. Well, that pretty much applies to a ton of other regions throughout the country. However, we couldn’t help but go back once again to this breathtaking area. And while we were there, we came across a town we’d love to share with you. It’s called Cazenovia, NY.
Located in Madison County, New York, Cazenovia is a small town with a population of around 2,800. Named after an agent of the Holland Land Company, Theophilus Cazenove, it can be found on the west border of Madison County. Within the town of Cazenovia there is also a namesake village. It lies on the southeast shore of Cazenovia Lake and is home to the namesake college.
A Visit to Cazenovia, NY Is Like A Trip Back In Time
This place has long been a center for culture, commerce, but also controversy. In 1793, the town of Cazenovia was founded by John Lincklaen. However, tourists have long favored the village, as it represented a refuge from the stressors of everyday life on the shores of the Lake. In order to gaze upon the past of the village, one need only take a stroll down Albany Street. There, buildings exemplify each unique style of architecture that serves as a window into a different historical period.
For example, the houses today found on Lower Lincklaen Street were built during the 1820’s and ‘30’s. They represent Greek Revival architecture. In 1847, construction of the Gothic cottage on Albany Street was completed. Its style is very evident, with its inset front porch and steep roof. In the late 19th century, the so-called “Lakeland” style of architecture began its life in several locations surrounding the lake.
Outdoor Attractions Are An Important Part Of The Charm
For a community that takes pride in being difficult to get to, Cazenovians sure know how to make visitors feel welcome. And given the fact that Cazenovia is a relatively small town, there is still a ton of interesting things to see and do. For example, one of our favorites is Chittenango Falls. This is a state park and waterfall, whose bedrock is actually 400+ million years old limestone. The waterfall itself is 167 feet high and boasts a ton of observation points, hiking trails and the like, which were all built in the 1930’s.
Stone Quarry Hill is also a definite must-see in Cazenovia. It is one of the very first outdoor sculpture parks in the country. That being said, it’s also a cool place to hike and walk, complete with quirky art and some out-of-this-world vistas of the rural landscape.
A Weekend Visit Or Permanent Relocation? Tough Decision, Believe Us
When it comes to places to eat, Les Pates et les Nouilles boasts a dark and cozy atmosphere with Asian fusion food. We loved it almost as much as Pewter Spoon. This place is cool for breakfast, but also open for lunch. A small menu offers mostly a few egg dishes, breakfast pastries, as well as homemade peanut butter on ciabatta bread along with citrus mint green tea. And if we had to make another suggestion, it would probably be the Seven Stone Steps or the Brewster Inn. The former is all about the pub standards like fish and chips, and burgers. The latter, on the other hand, is all about the fine dining experience.
The Farmer’s Market is the place you want to be when it comes to shopping. You’ll find it on Albany Street in Cannon Park every Saturday. It boasts breads, produce, fresh local cheeses and pottery. And above all, the people are very friendly and won’t mind talking to you about whatever. Lastly, the Lincklaen House is an ideal accommodation. Built in 1835 in the middle of today’s historic center of town, it’s the absolute perfect place to crash in style when in town for a weekend. No wonder the colonial décor and architecture were enough to attract the likes of John D. Rockefeller and President Grover Cleveland. After all, Cazenovia is THAT interesting.