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Livingston County Gains National Attention

Livingston County’s location between the Finger Lakes and the glacial geology of Western NY has continually piqued the interest of travel writers both nationally and internationally.  In a January 2018 Newsday article that ran in both Japan and Mexico City, this region was listed as “A Destination to Visit In 2018.”  Earlier this month, TIME and MSN listed the Finger Lakes and Western New York as one of the “27 Underrated US Destinations Everyone Should Visit in their Lifetime.”

The recent publicity stems from a collaboration between The Livingston County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Manhattan-based public relations agency, Quinn, to introduce travel writers to the Finger Lakes, Western New York, and Livingston County in particular. The partnership resulted in 29 articles in 2017 urging readers to spend time here, published in such prestigious media outlets as The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, CBS Boston, the Dayton Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post.

It might surprise locals to know that Livingston County is gaining a reputation as a destination for wellness vacations and silent retreats.  Both the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard and the Springwater Retreat Center in Springwater were highlighted as destinations for “digital detox vacations”.  Quiet walks on rolling hills, meditation, and yoga hold a lot of appeal to harried workers looking to step off the hamster wheel for a few days.

According to the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the official tourism promotion agency (TPA) for the county, many of the 2017 placements were in response to Letchworth State Park’s designation as the number one tourism attraction in New York by USA TODAY.  Under the headline “The Other New York”, The Arbuturian, also spotlighted Livingston County as a destination for history, wine, destination weddings, and of course, spectacular fall foliage. 

In addition to traditional print media, writers from a national blogging group called Macaroni Kid which focuses on family travel spent some time visiting Livingston County last summer and wrote over 53 unique articles for their readers recommending Letchworth State Park, the Glen Iris Inn, and nearby regional attractions such as the Genesee Country Village & Museum.


Media Contact:  Elissa Leuer, Director of Tourism & Marketing

585-243-2222 ext. 226 or

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