Road Trip to a “Paper Town”

This weekend, Thomas and I headed out on a road trip adventure planned by yours truly of course. We drove about 4 hours north to a town in the middle of no where, NY. Why did I plan this you ask? Well, I saw that this area had some cool hiking and waterfall spots as well as a BLUE/GREEN lake nearby. I needed to see this for myself! I found an inexpensive airbnb nearby, in what looked to be a downtown area. To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting us into.


We did not actually go to a real paper town. If you are unfamiliar with the term, a “paper town” is one that is not on a map and no one really knows about it. This town gave off that vibe. Coming from a Jersey girl, this town was TINY. It was very small- had one grocery store, one cafe, one Italian restaurant, etc. The term “paper towns” comes from a book/movie by John Green. I highly recommend reading or watching it.

We arrived late on Friday night and had some cocktails and watched “The Office.” It was a pretty standard night for us, and there was literally no where to go out to in the area. The street was quiet.


The next morning, we woke up and headed to our first stop! The Tinker Falls trail. Let’s just say this water fall should have been called “tinkle falls” or “trickle falls” because there was very little water flowing. Still, it was a cool place to see and an adventure. We had a HOT weekend this weekend and it was nice to be shaded under the trees for this hike. We hiked, got lost, walked along the road back, but still had a good time.

We grabbed lunch at what seemed to be the only cafe in town. The food was OK. After this, we were pretty tired so we headed to Green Lakes State Park to relax and do some exploring.

Green Lakes State Park was PACKED. There were so many people, and to be honest the crowd reminded me of what would be the crowd at Six Flags or Dorney Park’s water park…. Thomas and I were not about the swimming area. It was hot, and overcrowded… so we ventured off on our own.


We found a great hammock spot to set up. The water was an unbelievable shade of blue and extremely refreshing. Unfortunately, the park rangers were walking around ensuring that people did not jump in and swim in the undesignated areas… but people did it anyway 🙂 Its about 200 feet deep in the middle, but I honestly do not see the concern for the park. If people swim at their own risk, isn’t it their own risk?

We may or may not have had some fun adventuring in that water… It was a hot day, and that water was super refreshing. I think a nice hammock hang was just what we needed- regardless of the fact that every 2 minutes someone would walk by and point out our hammocks or take pictures of us or say something to us about them..

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Any way, we then walked around the lake and did some exploring. We headed back to our airbnb and showered and got ready for dinner. We had dinner at possibly the only restaurant in town called “Basil.” Aside from a RUDE waitress, we had a nice time and listened to a local two-musician band. They were quite adorable.

Sunday, we got up and enjoyed brunch at the same cafe we hit for lunch the day before.  Unfortunately, we did not have time to hit the overlook so we traveled back home. We sang and enjoyed our road trip snacks. Overall, it was a good time.

If there is one thing I learned from this mini trip, it is that life does not have to be so complicated. Spending time in this small, remote town, reminded me how simple life can be and how I do not need to worry.  I think we all need to take some time once in a while to really think about this- how people live in these simple towns and how life does not need to be such an ordeal with obstacles.

Would you get away here? Have you ever visited a remote area?



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