Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Northern California
I grew up in upstate NY and the last time I was back visiting my mother, we took a drive to get her out of the retirement home. We came across a few lumber mills that had a lot of hardwood, you might want to contact a few in your area and see what they recommend. The price from the saw mill might be a while lot more reasonable than the big box stores.
If I were going to make a bench for myself in that climate I would use Ipe which is not cheap but, it will last a lifetime.