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Read our blog to learn more about the Traditions hotel, our beautiful Glen, Binghamton and all the exciting people, events, activities and history that makes our property and city so fascinating.

02.04.19It’s Always Fine at the Phelps

Anytime you’re in the Binghamton area, make a return back in time to the Gilded Age with a visit to the Phelps Mansion Museum.

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front of the phelps mansion museum in binghamton new york

01.07.19The Best Movies Made in Upstate New York

Many of our visitors and guests may not know that our little region of New York has played host to some of our favorite movies.

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vintage film reels

12.03.18Now That’s Entertainment

Whether it’s a film festival, a Binghamton Devils game, a beloved holiday performance of “The Nutcracker,” classic film screenings, or a Broadway show, the Maines Arena & Broom County Forum Theatre is your go-to venue for all the best in cultural events, sports, concerts, and shows in the area.

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Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres in the 1921 Film The Sheik

11.05.18Four Fun, Family-Friendly, and Fabulous Things to Do

One of the best things about upstate New York is that it offers our guests scenic beauty and small-town charm along with a myriad of urban adventures and activities found nowhere else.

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3 Small Children Ice Skating on Indoor Rink

10.01.18Apples, Pumpkins, and Treats at Endicott’s Cider Mill

No matter the time of year, this part of the country always has something special to offer our visitors.

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apple cider

09.03.18Blooms and Butterflies Await at the Cutler Botanic Garden

A lovely and well-maintained collection of gardens, along with year-round access, makes the Cutler Botanic Garden one of the most popular attractions in Binghamton.

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Clusters of Orange Day Lilies on Green Grass

08.06.18Hit the Suffrage Trail and Relax in a Salt Sanctuary

A century ago, many brave women were harassed and humiliated as they led the fight to obtain equal voting rights in the United States.

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Mabel Capper and Suffragettes with Petition to Vote

07.03.18The Forum: Binghamton’s Home for the Arts

From the respective magic and menace of the Binghamton Orchestra’s rendering of “Scheherazade” and “Psycho,” to the thrilling performance of the Tri-City Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” and the “H.M.S. Pinafore,” to an array of dazzling concerts, live comedy, and additional entertainment, the Forum Theatre offers it all.

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movie camera

06.04.18Wild Encounters at the Zoo

Feed the goats, watch the Red Pandas frolic, and get up close and personal with African Penguins and Burmese Pythons, lemurs, cougars, and sloths, along with a host of additional reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, birds, and mammals.

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Brown and White Red Panda Eating Bamboo

05.07.18Savor the Sounds of the Binghamton Philharmonic

The thrilling strains of Rossini’s “William Tell,” Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, “Eroica,” George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and Aaron Copland’s “Our Town” and “Appalachian Spring.”

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Close Up Image of Strings Section Musicians

04.02.18Life in the Preserve Through the Seasons

Deer and dragonflies, snakes and salamanders, raptors and songbirds, frogs and turtles, trees and wildflowers – all these and much more are merely part of the flora and fauna that coexist in Binghamton University’s Nature Preserve. 

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Yellow Spotted Salamander

03.05.18Stars and More: The Kopernik Observatory and Science Center

On a 1,740 foot hill in Vestal, New York sits the premier observatory and science center in the entire state.

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Inside View of a Planetarium

02.05.18A Glass with Class: The Wines of the Black Bear

One of the more interesting wineries of the area, the Black Bear Farm Winery is dedicated to an alternative style of winemaking.

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Raspberries and Green Vine

01.08.18Outstanding Opera in Upstate New York

Imagine sitting in a plush theater seat as the lights go down, the musicians play, and the first exquisite notes of a classical aria reach your ears.

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Black & White Photo of Maria Callas

12.07.17Calling Children of All Ages: Come to the County of Carousels

As a child, George Johnson lived in poverty before growing up to become a successful shoe manufacturer and one of the region’s most generous benefactors.

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George W. Johnson Park Carousel

11.06.17Rod Serling: the Legacy of a Hometown Boy

Consider, if you will, the hometown of a six-time Emmy award winner. A town where almost everywhere you look are reminders of its most famous native son, and how his work affected, and still affects pop culture today.

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Rod Serling 1959

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