Chief Exploring Officer

Chris Clemens Rochester, NY Exploring UpstateChris Clemens is a Rochester resident born and raised. With a degree in Health Science from SUNY Brockport, he works as the Operations Manager for a small, nationally based not-for-profit organization, and drinks a lot of coffee. With a penchant for documentaries and random facts, he scours back roads and craves the adventure of discovery.

Beginning in 2011, Chris studied and blogged about New York’s religious history at Exploring The Burned Over District. Passing oddities, roadside attractions, interesting people, festivals and everything else along the way, he founded Exploring Upstate in 2014 to chronicle all that makes Upstate New York a land of adventure.

The Crew

One website is a lot for one guy. The following folks have all submitted stories and content to Exploring Upstate.


Ann Stachowski Profile PhotoAnn Stachowski is a Finger Lakes girl, born in Rochester and raised on the hills around Conesus Lake. She spent six years at SUNY Brockport, and escaped with dual Bachelors in Psychology and History, and a Masters in American History. She currently lives outside of NYC with her husband, cat, and many toy dinosaurs.




Profile Picture Barbara Ellen of Shop Local in Rochester, NYBarbara Ellen is born + raised Rochester, NY bred, and she imbibes all things Shop Local. Barbara blogs at, freelances for (585) Mag, collaborates with local artisans, + helps administer the Shop Local Rochester Facebook group. { Join! } If you’re interested in some dope language to capture the essence of your story, hit her up by visiting the blog. #shoplocal #thinkglobal



David Haas of Syracuse HistoryBorn and raised in Syracuse, NY David Haas operates the @SyracuseHistory Instagram account which he created in 2013 in an effort to help individuals realize and appreciate the rich history of the city.  David is actively involved in several neighborhood groups including the Eastwood Neighborhood Association and Tomorrow’s Neighborhood’s Today.  He has also volunteered on several other community projects, and advocated for change through various media sources.  David manages a not for profit program through the Learning Disabilities Association of CNY and is the Co-Leader of the Syracuse Chapter of the National Stuttering Association.  To learn more about his effort to raise community awareness about stuttering you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.


Jacalyn Meyvis Rochester, New YorkJacalyn Meyvis is a freelance photographer in Rochester, NY. When she’s not planning the next adventure, find her moon gazing and touching plants. Follow her on Instagram and see her work at




Jennifer Morrisey of Home In The Finger Lakes blog in Palmyra, NYJennifer Morrisey has lived in Upstate New York her entire life and is now raising her own family on a small farm in the Finger Lakes region. She is blogger at Home In the Finger Lakes where she writes about country life, shares kid-tested recipes and explores the unique local history of the Finger Lakes area. You can find her on Twitter, posting pics over on Instagram and sharing on Facebook.


Meredith Marsh of Penn Yan, New YorkMeredith Marsh is a native Upstate New Yorker, born and raised in the Finger Lakes. She teaches folks how to create awesome GoPro videos and family movies on her VidProMom blog and YouTube channel, and blogs about her adventures in the Finger Lakes on Meredith lives in Penn Yan, NY with her husband and two kids.



Michael Brewster of Syracuse, NYBorn and raised in Central NY, Michael Brewster has traveled the US extensively, but is most at home in the Finger Lakes. The beauty and history of Upstate NY continue to marvel and fascinate him. He enjoys local food, beer and live music. Find him on Twitter @brewcuse





Sarah White, Mindfully Frugal MomSarah White is the Mindfully Frugal Mom. Since the birth of her first child in 2008, she’s been finding creative ways to support her family by providing a well-rounded, cultured, and healthy home without breaking the bank.