Originally Posted by ridesmith
I'm looking for suggestions for good rides in upstate central NY, like east of Ithaca and south of the Adirondacks, i.e. day rides with twisty roads, nice back roads, scenery, good places to eat. Thanks for any ideas.
Just head east!
There is a wonderful riding area in the Catskills and north of them: basically the whole area constrained by Route 17 (future I-86) and Route I-88, all the way up to the Thruway.
Best riding is in the western section, much less crowded and less restrictive speed limits (and patrolling...
It is about 2 hours riding time north of where I live; anytime I have a day's time available for riding, I go up there. Any road you reach is fun.
My personal favorites are Beaverkill Road in Sullivan County, County Route 47 (Oliverea - Frost Valley), Route 42 (Peekamoose), side-roads off Routes 23, 23A, 23C and the area east of Delhi.
Last several times, I stayed at Lanza's Inn in Livingston Manor. Nice country inn with a pub and with a restaurant. Meaning: no long-distance walking to have drink and dinner once you check in and get out of your gear.
There are also some other nice places in the area. As a shameless plug, here is a thread
I started on ADVrider, trying to collect great motorcycling places to stay.