March 15th doesn’t necessarily carry much importance…unless you live or you love the '315 area of Central New York. And, if you work for Visit Syracuse then '315 Day is pretty important around here. Which is why we asked some of the Visit Syracuse team “Why do you love the '315 area?” Let's check out some of their answers! 

Greg Snell

Sunset during a concert at St. Joes Amp

Title: Sales Team Leader

What I love about the 315 is the ability to raise a family in an area of NYS where we can experience big city feel events like NCAA Sports, Concerts, a State Fair and all types of festivals and entertainment while in the same location we can escape the city feel and take a boat on the water, dine lakeside in Skaneateles or experience a location like the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The best of both worlds all within our county borders.

Allyson Towndrow

eastwood brewing company syracuse ny

Title: CNY Welcome Center / Taste NY Manager

My favorite thing about Syracuse, NY and living in the 315 area is the Eastwood neighborhood. It’s a great place to live, shop, eat and work! There is a great sense of community, a village within the city! My favorite place to relax is Hieros! They have awesome sandwiches and serve up local beers from around Syracuse.

Brittany Juravich

Labrador Hollow State Unique Area

Title: Marketing & Creative Specialist

Growing up in the 315, I developed a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of our area. All the lakes, waterfalls, parks, and gardens of Onondaga County inspired my love for nature and hiking. Labrador Hollow State Unique Area holds a special place in my heart year-round, especially frozen Tinker Falls in the winter. Being centrally located within New York State also makes for great day trips to the Adirondacks, Catskills, or Finger Lakes to further explore the natural wonders of our state! 

Jeff Mickle

Upper Onondaga Parkway

Title: Senior Sales Manager

What I love about the 315 area is enjoying all 4 seasons throughout the year! Syracuse has beautiful weather, so watching the first snow fall in the winter, getting out on a boat in the summer, and seeing the leaves change in the fall are always awesome to experience.

Lindsay Raychel

Lindsay Paddle boarding at Skan Lake

Title: Content and Media Strategist

I love 315 because it has a bit of everything! We have every season and almost every kind of weather. We have beautiful, quiet and spacious outdoor settings but we have a bustling city life too. The Greater Syracuse area has a wide range of shopping and dining, I'm still working on trying it all! We have some of the most talented musicians and artists that share their unique skills with us-- the 315 really is a great place to live, work and play.

Liz Judge

A tank full of green beer with a giant picture of a man's face on the back surrounded by a crowd

Title: Marketing Portfolio Director

One thing I love about the 315 is Tipperary Hill, especially during March! Having grown up in the area I love the vibe and community feeling. The pride around the “green over red” light, the Irish history, and all the old neighborhood stories make it a special place in the Syracuse area. I don’t think there’s a better place in the country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and Green Beer Sunday)! From the neighborhood shops like BeeKind to the local watering holes like Coleman’s and Blarney Stone there’s always somewhere to celebrate being Irish on Tipp Hill! 

Chad Welch

a sunset in back of a red barn with people sitting on the lawn in the foreground

Title: Senior Sales Manager

I love the ease of access to both urban and rural experiences the 315 area has to offer.  There is such great food, drink, and entertainment options available for all ages.  And best of all, we have 4 seasons that make each one of these experiences unique all year long. For example you can stop by Heritage Hill Brewhouse any time of year and your experience will change based on weather, I personally enjoy watching the sunset there with my family.


Bridget Rooney

2 women smiling after completing the Shamrock 4-miler

Title: Social Media & Digital Marketing

I LOVE running. I love participating in races all throughout Onondaga County- with my favorite race being the Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run that celebrates the St. Patrick's Day Season in Syracuse, New York. It's so fun, because it's almost like a party throughout the neighborhood, you don't have to run it to come out and celebrate the day. Other runs that I have done in the area include the Parkway, the Syracuse airport, the Eastwood neighborhood, and in the city of Syracuse. I like the terrain that Syracuse offers. 

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