It's only May and we are in the midst of a mini heatwave this weekend. Here's where to cool off with a beverage in the great outdoors.

There is a reason the song 'Day Drinking' by Country music favorite Little Big Town is so beloved. Who does not enjoy a mid-afternoon beer or cocktail while soaking in the sun on a great outdoor patio or deck? Better yet, make that a waterfront patio or deck!

Mother nature officially has turned the on the switch for warmer weather here in the Capital Region, and we are getting a full-on taste of summer this week with tons of sun and high temps way above average. After a long winter, we are so ready for it - and ready to get out to celebrate the season.

So maybe this week you are thinking about cutting out of work early or playing hooky to meet up with your crew for an ice-cold brew under the shining sun. Maybe you are looking for that Saturday afternoon al fresco destination to let loose with your favorite cocktail.

Find a designated driver and get ready to party! Here are the 30 ultimate destinations in the Capital Region for a little mid-May day drinking.

The Capital Region's 30 Best Outdoor Patios & Decks For Day Drinking

When it comes to having an outdoor cocktail or meal in the 518, these are the best of the best to enjoy the great outdoors this spring and summer.

See The Stunning Upstate NY Hotel Named Among The Best in the World

Travel + Leisure has ranked the top 100 hotels in the world, and one of them is right in our backyard. The gorgeous Lake House on Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes landed at #30 on the list. Here is what Travel +Leisure had to say about the Lake House:

"The Finger Lakes got a near-instant icon when this 124-room lakefront resort opened in 2020. Willowbrook Spa features Nordic-inspired barrel saunas overlooking the lake, along with a calming sunroom and a tranquil garden. Guests can swim in the outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, or go out on the lake in canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards"

Check out the stunning photos of the Lake House on Canandaigua below!

The Capital Region's Most Phenomenal Steakhouses [RANKED]

When it comes to having a tasty and satisfying meal, nothing beats a perfectly cooked steak. From filet, to NY Strip, to porterhouse and every cut in between, here are the Capital Region's Best Steakhouses according to GNA listenrs and Yelp.