Danielle Benjamin

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I'm an influencer myself! I run my own blog and social media accounts, focused on travel. I look forward to connecting with you. Connect with my blog on Perlu.

With a Masters degree in English, one of my best strengths is writing and editing articles for my blog. After living abroad in Australia for 16 months, I developed a desire to see the world and write about it!


My blog is focused on giving people tips and tricks to save money and get the most out of their traveling experiences. You'll notice that I focus a lot on food, animals, craft beer, and budget tips. Located in Central New York State, I often feature events and places in New York from a local's perspective.


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Happy Birthday, @nystateparks! That’s right, today marks the 100th anniversary of the New York State Park System, commemorating the establishment of the State Council of Parks (SCOP) on April 18, 1924. And what better way to celebrate the centennial than by being at the very first New York State Park, Niagara Falls?! Tonight’s green and gold lights on the falls honor the celebrations. I can’t decide which photo I like better, you decide! Long exposure? Or short? But there’s more! Did you know that NYS Parks has created a Centennial Challenge encouraging people to visit the 250+ state park sites this year? You can take the challenge by downloading the @goosechase app and searching for “NYSTATEPARKS100”. The list has 100 activities to complete, but if you do just 24 of them, you will get a special parks centennial sticker AND be entered to win a gift set of centennial merch. . . #nysparks #newyorkstate #newyorkstateparks #happybirthday #niagarafalls #niagarafallsny #niagarafallsusa #westernny #nystia #statepark #waterfall #worldwonder #niagarafallsatnight #niagarafallsstatepark #centennial @niagarafalls_statepark

Cheers to #WineWednesday! It’s the perfect day to share one of the newest wineries I’ve discovered : @redtailridgewinery. This stunning winery is located in Penn Yan, NY, along the western shore of Seneca Lake and there are a few things that make it extra special: 🦅 The name Red Tail Ridge comes from the pair of red-tailed hawks that were spotted above the forest that was previously there. Red-tailed hawks are still seen soaring above the property often. 🪵 The trees that were cut down on the property were saved and repurposed to build the beautiful, brand new tasting room. (See the background of photos 2 and 3.) 🍇 The winemaker is a woman! Nancy Irelan has an extensive history in viticulture and is proud to be one of the females that makeup less than 18% of all winemakers. 🍷 Their Perpetuelle Change wine is a constantly changing wine, as the name suggests. The artwork on the label depicts the evolution from dinosaurs to raptors (another nod to the hawks). 💰 They give back! Red Tail Ridge is very focused on community. 10% of the sales from their Good Karma wine gets donated to local charities. . . #winery #redtailedhawk #flx #flxwine #flxwinecountry #fingerlakes #fingerlakesregion #fingerlakesny #fingerlakeswine #fingerlakescountrysides #pennyan #pennyanny #senecalake #myflx #redtailridgewinery #winelover #yatescounty

Is there anything better than beer with a view? This #WaterfallWednesday were heading to the oldest brewery in New York, @geneseebrewery. It also happens to have one of the best views! Genesee Brewery was founded in 1878 in downtown Rochester, right across from High Falls. And over 160 years later they are still serving up award-winning beers. Of course, you can get Genesee beers at your local grocery stores. But you can only try their experimental brews and the phenomenal brews right in Rochester. The first floor features the gift shop and pilot brewery. The second floor has a restaurant, and the rooftop has the views! PS don’t miss out on their annual Christmas celebrations with the lighting of their keg tree! What’s your favorite Genesee beer? 🍻 . . #geneseebrewery #geneseebeer #highfalls #rochester #rochesterny #roc #waterfall #waterfalls #waterfallsofinstagram #visitroc #visitrochester #thinknydrinkny #craftbeer #craftbeergirl #nybeer #drinklocal #cameradrinksfirst

Did my friends and I time Total Eclipse of the Heart so that the chorus played right when totality started? Yes we did. Did my friend Bryan hold the boombox over his head like he was in the scene from Say Anything? Yes he did. So enjoy this timelapse I put together from yesterday’s eclipse. The change from light to dark and then back again was amazing to witness, and it’s here in 10x speed. . . #syracuse #syracuseny #eclipse #totaleclipseoftheheart #totaleclipse #solareclipse #solareclipse2024 #2024eclipse

Well it certainly wasn’t the weather we all hoped for, but it was still an incredible experience! Full credit to my husband for the first photo - with the corona of totality behind a flock of birds - because he somehow had a slightly better view from the parking lot of Home Depot in East Syracuse than I did at the lakefront 😂 Photos 2, 3, and 4 are from my view during the eclipse at Willow Bay. Photo 5 is my eclipse survival kit - featuring the Path of Totality IPA and Cosmic Sangria Bombshell from @warhorsebrewing and @3broswine with eclipse glasses. How was your view of the eclipse?! Was it what you were hoping for? . . #syracuse #syracuseny #eclipse #totaleclipseoftheheart #totaleclipse #solareclipse #solareclipse2024 #2024eclipse

If you ever need a good laugh, check out @dustinnickerson - he never fails to make me chuckle, mostly about the commiserations of being a millennial. So while I was debating how far I would travel to see him on tour, when he announced he was coming to Syracuse, I immediately put the date on my calendar and asked for tickets for Christmas. (Thanks to my FIL for getting them for us!) Tonight was that night and Dustin lived up to every expectation and I laughed more than I have in a long time. Cheers to a perfect Saturday night 👏🏼

It’s officially race season at @wgi1948! I was lucky enough to be invited to tonight’s pep rally to kick off the 2024 season at Watkins Glen International. It was extra special since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the track + the new president, @dawnburlew_wgi, is the first female president of WGI + I got to take a high-speed lap around the track in a pace car with professional @arca_racing driver @andy_jankowiak! Such an incredible night and I’m so glad to have watched history being made at one of the world’s best racetracks. Stay tuned for more information about unique events held throughout the year at Watkins Glen. . . #watkinsglen #watkinsglenny #watkinsgleninternational #wgi #nascar #andyjankowiak #pacecar #carracing #bucketlistexperience #fingerlakes #flx #fingerlakesregion

Any day spent tasting craft beverages in the Finger Lakes is a great day! Today I finally got to visit a handful of local breweries/wineries/distilleries that have been on my list for ages. And I have to say, they lived up to the hype! One of my favorite stops from today was at @flxdistilling, the second oldest farm distillery in New York State. The distillery opened in 2009 and makes several award-winning spirits. I was quite surprised to discover that those spirits include soju and brandy - so of course I had to try them. Though I have to say that the gins were my favorite. The venue is gorgeous, and the staff was phenomenal in sharing some stories about the distillery (shout out to Scott who handled my tasting!). In addition to their spirits, they are known for their fabulous Kentucky Derby parties, and the stills have some of the best views of Seneca Lake. This is definitely a place that I will be back to visit again soon! Special thank you to @wgareachamber for hosting me on this visit to Watkins Glen! . . #flx #wgareachamber #watkinsglen #schuylercounty #fingerlakes #distillery #spirits #gin #craftbeverage #fingerlakesny #fingerlakesregion #senecalake #upstateny #thisisupstate #exploreny #distillerytour

Find the golden egg. Win $100 gift card to @noblecellar! I’m so excited to have partnered with Noble Cellar on this project because I love a good scavenger hunt! Sarah & Rob asked me to hide ONE of SIX golden eggs around Syracuse. Follow the riddle to lead you in the right direction. If you find the egg, post a picture with it and tag @wandercuse and @noblecellar to claim your prize! In the heart of blooms, where petals sway, Amidst a garden, where roses hold sway. Amongst the fragrant whispers, sweet and fine, The egg awaits, in a hidden shrine. With over three thousand, a floral sea, Where each bloom holds a secret, a key. In this garden of roses, where dreams take flight, Search near the chapel, bathed in light. A treasure awaits, amidst the rose’s embrace, In this sanctuary of beauty and grace. With each step taken, amidst the flowers’ bloom, Discover the egg, dispelling all gloom. In this realm where nature thrives, Solve the riddle, where adventure thrives. With joy in your heart and wonder in your eyes, Claim the prize beneath the skies. . Happy Hunting! . #easteregghunt #scavengerhunt #syracuse #cuse #syracuseny #noblecellar #goldenegg #iloveny #syracuseu

My latest review for @syracusedotcom is live! This time I took a trek out to Whitesboro to visit one of my favorite spots, @citycafe_315. Why do I love it? In addition to their cozy atmosphere and excellent service, the restaurant caters to folks with food sensitivities. The entire menu is gluten-free, dairy-free, and peanut-free. Head over to Syracuse.com to read all the details of my latest experience: https://www.syracuse.com/food/2024/03/have-food-allergies-at-this-whitesboro-eatery-you-can-dine-with-ease-dining-out-review.html . . #syracusedotcom #foodcritic #foodreview #foodie #centralnewyork #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutfree #foodallergies #foodsensitivities #whitesboro #oneidacounty #foodie #nyfoodie #eatlocal #supportlocal

The Wandercuse Local Bash is back! This Cinco de Mayo, head out to Freight Yard Brewing in Clay to celebrate with me and a handful of my favorite local businesses. I've got some more pieces in the works, but I am too excited not to share what I have planned so far. 🌮 @calle.tropical will be serving their famous enchiladas alongside some Cinco de Mayo specials 🧁 @exhalecafeandbakeshop will be there with lots of delicious desserts 🌸 @cuppacandles will have a DIY perfume bar 💍 @clayconfetti_co will be selling her incredible earrings 🎈 @blown_away_balloons_syracuse will be providing the decorations 🍫 @sweetonchocolate will be adding some delicious treats ... plus I've got more in store, so stay tuned! As a reminder, the event is completely FREE to attend and open to the public; each vendor will be charging for their own items and food. Can't wait to see you there 💜 . . #syracuse #syracuseny #visitsyracuse #cnywomen #centralnewyork #cuse #syracuseevents #shoplocal #wandercuse #buylocal #upstateny #upstate #upstatenewyork #nyfoodie #iloveny #newyorkstate #thisisupstate #newyorkblogger #supportlocal #shopsmall #craftbrewery

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