Picturesque Villages & Rural Escapes
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Slow your pace, make the short drive to the Southern Hills region, and find contentment in these aesthetically pleasing New England inspired villages surrounded by rural character. Founded in 1787 by pioneers from Connecticut, the picturesque Village of Clinton was widely known during the 19th century as “Schooltown” for its many private secondary schools. Hamilton College, founded in 1793 and chartered in 1812, sits atop a hill overlooking the village. Today it stands as one of America’s oldest and finest liberal arts colleges. Root Glen, a trail system open to the public, is a favorite spot for quiet walks among the shaded red- shale paths to admire 65 species of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers. The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum includes over 6,000 works of art and artifacts, representing a broad range of cultures, historical periods, and artistic practices and movements. In 2018 Clinton earned the coveted designation as a Kraft Hockeyville USA community for its more than 100 years of hockey history! Off the ice throughout the year, visitors can stroll a delightful array of locally owned artisan shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. Spring through fall, the Clinton Farmers Market occurs weekly on the village green. Enjoy picturesque rolling hills and relax with a glass of wine at Brimfield Winery. Since 1903 the Clinton Cider Mill has produced fresh-pressed cider the traditional way. From Labor Day to Thanksgiving, stop in for fresh cider, house-baked donuts, and homemade pie. Clinton sparkles during the holiday season with the 5K Jingle Jog and the Shoppers’ Stroll, complete with horsedrawn carriage rides, parade, and a fire pit for s’mores. The villages of Waterville and Oriskany Falls draw visitors for their graceful settings, pleasing bygone-era architecture, unique eateries and eclectic stores. Oriskany Falls was aptly named for the waterfalls in the center of town, formed by Oriskany Creek. In September, check out Cruisin’ Into Waterville, a huge car show featuring classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles, a parade, 5K run/ walk, craft fair, BBQ, and a chili cook-off.