Central New York Region
The Central New York Region is home to everything unique that characterizes New York State. What does that mean, exactly? From big city lights to small town charm - and everything in between - we encapsulate all that makes New York, well, New York. You'll find it in CNY: Live theatre and entertainment, fascinating museums and halls of fame, historical landmarks, farmers' markets bursting with fresh produce, year round festivals, country style B&Bs, some of the best antiquing and golfing greens in the northeast and trail after trail of boundless nature. The list of what to experience in CNY is limitless, as we truly have it all.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Formerly known as the Central Leatherstocking region, in 2010 the New York State Department of Economic Development renamed the seven county area located just south of the Adirondacks, in the central section of the state and anchored by the Erie Canal as the Central New York Region.
Where did the previous "leatherstocking" name come from? It connects directly back to Cooperstown, in Otsego County. James Fenimore Cooper, son of William Cooper, the founding father of Cooperstown, became famous in the literary world for writing the "Leatherstocking Tales." The series of novels, depicting adventures of characters from early settlement times, actually helped to put Cooperstown on the map and drew the first tourists tothe area. The term "leatherstocking" comes from the type of clothing worn throughout the region by frontiersmen - a unique type of leather leggings. Even with the new name - the Central New York Region - the legacy of the Leatherstocking Tales is sure to live on through history.
Traditionally, the region has represented a sort of microcosm of New York State as a whole with its wide mix of experiences and attractions offered, from family-owned farmers markets and country style bed and breakfasts, to live musical shows and theatrical performances at upscale venues and high-end shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Put simply, no matter what name you call it, you'll be sure to find a little bit of everything New York-esque all in this one central, convenient location.