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Home to several campuses and grand old buildings, Utica is a picturesque college town with the kind of laid back charm you'd expect in upstate New York. Its industrial past has left it with plenty of old warehouses and factories which have been turned into gentrified yet cozy pubs and restaurants. However, there's still a strong work ethic towards manufacturing, and the city hosts a large number of businesses producing locally made goods that have become household names.

Things to see

The vibrant red buildings of Utica College are modern and stylish, and the leafy campus has state of the art facilities with sleek, futuristic architecture sitting alongside the more traditional campus buildings. This is a college that's enthusiastic about sports, and just a short drive away under the dome of the Utica Memorial Auditorium you'll find their ice hockey team, the Utica College Pioneers, taking on their rivals in noisy, thrilling matches. The site also holds concerts and family friendly shows, as well as figure skating performances from the auditorium's team. There's nothing quite like a cold beer or ale during a game, and a trip to the Saranac Brewery means you can tour this fascinating local business and find out how their wide range of beverages are brewed. From pale ales to lager, there's something for every taste buds, and one of the best parts of the tour is the tasting room. There are even brewed soft drinks for the kids, so they can enjoy the tour too.

Hotels in Utica

Utica hotels are often part of a larger chain, and this means you can get a high level of comfort for a low nightly rate. There are lots of 2 and 3 star hotels in the area, and they offer plenty of facilities to make your stay easier. These can include indoor pools, fitness centers, free WiFi in public areas, free parking, 24 hour business centers, and front desks that are staffed around the clock to help with any queries you may have. Once you get to your room you can also appreciate all the little amenities that have been placed there for your comfort, and you might find refrigerators, microwaves, televisions with satellite channels, DVD players, coffee makers, and hair dryers, meaning you can feel right at home.

Where to stay

The downtown area of Utica is full of classic red bricked buildings, with beautifully built factories and warehouses from the early 20th century being converted into stylish apartments and shops. There are churches with grand spires and plenty of unique architectural features with buildings adorned with pillars, domes, and carvings. You'll find a lot of art deco features in buildings such as the cinemas, and traditional style pubs that are cozy and welcoming. The city also has plenty of dining options, with pubs and taverns serving traditional, rustic meals often recommended by locals, as well as plenty of upmarket, fine dining eateries.

How to get to Utica

The grand Union Station, with its Italianate style elegance, is in the heart of downtown Utica and runs on Amtrak's Empire Service, Maple Leaf, and Lake Shore Limited lines, allowing for direct travel to New York City, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Chicago, and Boston. If you want to arrive by air then Syracuse Hancock International Airport is the nearest hub and is about an hour's drive away. However, it can be easier to grab the shuttle service to Syracuse Regional Transportation Center, and then take the train to Utica which would take just over an hour as well.