Braddock Point Lighthouse stands just west of Braddock Bay on Lake Ontario. It was built to guide ships traveling to and from Rochester, NY and the Welland Canal in Ontario. When completed in 1896 the ornate 110-foot tower above a Victorian residence had one of the brightest lights on Lake Ontario. The structure was a copy of the Cleveland Light, which was torn down in 1895. The lens, lantern, and metal work were taken from that light.
The lighthouse was removed from service in 1954. At that time the Coast Guard tore down the top two-thirds of the weather-beaten tower, due to structural damage. The site has been in private ownership since 1957. The tower was rebuilt to 55 feet in 1995 and on February 28, 1999, the lighthouse was relit by the Coast Guard.
As of 2006 Braddock Point Lighthouse was on the the market for 1.9 million dollars, so if you've got the money, here's an excellent chance to own your own historic lighthouse.
Directions: From the Lake Ontario State Parkway west of Rochester, turn north on Lighthouse Road and then right on Clearview Avenue. The lighthouse will be on your left. The lighthouse is a private residence and due to the large trees blocking the view from the street, the lighthouse is best viewed from the water.
I was surprised how interesting this exhibit was. The steamboat was built in 1906 in Shelburne Harbor, Vermont. It is the only surviving side paddlewheeler now. The interior lounge area was very luxurious as was the dining room. Most of the trips made on this paddlewheeler were day trips on Lake Champlain. There was a very good movie to see onboard about the ship, it's history and restoration for Shelburne Museum.
Even though we had two rainy days we were able to spend most of the time inside the houses seeing the exhibits. One of the reasons I wanted to visit Shelburne Museum was to see their extensive display of duck decoys at The Dorset House. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed seeing great examples of Master Carvers from the Chesapeake Bay area and from the Great Lakes and Shorebirds from the Outer Banks.
We also were fortunate to see a Tasha Tudor exhibit while we were there. There is a long-running video that interviews her. The Prentis House holds the exhibit with good examples of the books she has authored for children.
Even though we had a complete day here at Shelburne Museum we were not able to see all the displays. The ticket is good for two days so we went back for another half day the next morning.
There is a jittney that comes about every 10 minutes and will take visitors on a tour of the museum grounds. It stops anywhere you would like to get off.
The museum is open 10:00 AM to 5PM daily, May 1 through October 31.
Every year towards the end of August, routes 9 and 9G become backed up with traffic for the Dutchess County Fair. This wonderful county fair just celebrated its 150th anniversary. All I can say is this fair is huge. It houses hundreds of vendors, dozens of rides and just about every kind of fair food you would ever want to eat. There is a separate children's area of the fair for families with really young children, that is children under 48" tall. You can bring shorter children on the bigger rides, but frankly they charge so much for tickets that you aren't going to want to. Bring your wallet for this fair. There is a $12 entrance fee for anyone over 12. This is only an entrance fee. All the rides cost extra. Tickets can be purchases for $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. Each child's ride costs 2 tickets until 7:00 PM, but the adult rides are 4 or more tickets a piece. The local 4-H chapter is highly represented at this fair. We always visit the animal barns to check out this years blue ribbon winners. The chicken barn is very noisy and the cow barn stinky, but who can resist those brown cow eyes. The Dutchess County Fair is also home to the best milkshakes ever. Be prepared to stand on line to get one of these delicious wonders. They are worth is though, and the price is reasonable, $3 for a 24 ounce shake.
The fair opens at 10 AM daily and closes at 10 PM. Parking is free, but you may have to walk quite a distance from where you park to the nearest gate. There are plenty of bathrooms and ATMS for those who run out of cash.
On the personal side, I do not recommend going on The Ring of Fire right after eating. I did this when I was 12 years old and I threw up all over the place. My friend Evelyn got so scared on this ride that she peed her pants. I still don't know which was more embarassing, I think peeing in the pants, you'll have to let me know what you think.
This fair isn't in Poughkeepsie, but about 10 miles north on route 9.
Unlike most of the Hudson River "castles", this one doesn't just have a view of the River, it's IN the river.
Bannerman's Castle, on Pollepel Island in the middle of the Hudson River, was built as both a home and a storehouse for military goods. For many years, people lived in and visited the picturesque landmark. A fire in 1969 destroyed much of what was left of the building, but the structure still stands and is undergoing restoration.
The best views of Bannerman's are from the Hudson, but it can be seen from Route 9D as you travel from Cold Spring toward Beacon, NY. Hard hat walking tours of Bannerman are available by boat or kayak - contact the Bannerman Castle Trust for more info (web site below).
Cooperstown New York, is very much off the Beaten Path. It is in a rural farm land area and situated on a large beautiful lake.
It has alot to offer for the effort of getting there. The well known Baseball Hall of Fame. The incredible Otesaga Inn on the Lake, the Glimmerglass Opera, the Farmer's Museum, the Fenimore House Museum of Art and Folk Art, a fabulous Golf Course.
Close by are other fun excursions, in Oneonta the Soccer Hall of Fame, The FlatCreek Cider Mill, breweries, etc, etc.
The mountains and hills are so pretty, it makes a very nice family trip...something for everyone.
The PHOTO is taken in front of the Baseball Hall of Fame during the parade of the "World Series Home Game at Double Day Field", featuring the winning World Series team of 2005, the BOSTON RED SOX.
They played against the Detroit Tigers who acutally won. Myself, daughter and her husband.
If you are in Upstate New York and you are visiting the Northern Edge of the Catskills, look for Jefferson on Rt. 10 between Stamford and Cobleskill.
There is a place you can go for brunch on Sundays (Saturdays also?) in the months of Nov. to May were they make and sell Homemade Maple Syrup and have their own Pancake House. Old fashion and located right in the Sap Boiling House, you sit at old tables and chairs, surrounded by antique maple syrup making equipment.
A great family outing for colder late fall, winter, early spring days.
They also sell gift baskets of syrup, jams, jellies, etc. Other gifts also.
It's worth the trip, a very pretty rural area, farms and hills, and streams. Near Deer Run Condominions, and Scotch Valley Ski area.
I find this a cool aspect of some big cities, New York City included. They seem to have managed to hang onto their old buildings, while building new skyscrapers. Makes for a cool juxtaposition of building types.
Tucked in the edges of the Hudson Valley in the town of Kent is a surprising retreat from the Western world. The Chuang Yen Monastery, located off Route 301 east of the Taconic State Parkway, is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, just 60 miles away.
On Sundays, the public is welcome to attend early morning meditations and classes, as well as a vegetarian buffet luncheon (at a minimal cost). But any day of the week, one can drive up the driveway and feel transported as they catch a first glimpse of the great hall, which holds the largest indoor Buddha statue in the United States. Visitors are also welcome to wander the grounds, enjoying the serenity of an Asian garden around a tranquil lake. (Look for the painted turtles.)
Yoga and Tai Chi classes are also held at the monastery.
This Hudson Valley institution was the dream of Cole Palen, and is being carried on during the summer by devoted airplane enthusiasts. WWI-era aircraft take to the skies in weekend airshows that are just like those you see in the movies. The planes perform stunts - such as dropping a roll of toilet tissue and cutting the paper with the wings - and even engage in a mock dogfight.
Besides the airshow, there are several hangars of antique airplanes and aircraft memorabilia, which are also open weekdays seasonally. Biplane rides are also available for $40 per person (we skipped doing this).
This actually IS the local "beaten path." The Appalachian Trail runs through Garrison from Fahnestock Park on the east and then over the Bear Mountain Bridge on the west. Hikers may visit Graymoor monastery for a meal and quiet reflection, not far south on Route 9 from the trail (which actually runs through Graymoor property before hitting 9).
Visit the place that glass scholars from around the world visit. Watch as glass object are made. You can later shop for different glasswork. When here you may want to check out the The Rockwell Museum of Western Art and the Historic Market Street, located in Corning's Gaffer District. Free shuttle bus service is available from the museum to these other places. This is a cool stopover in between canada and NYC.
It is truely beautiful to just to drive along some of the small highways in the state. The Finger Lakes region has many vinyards that give tours and tastes. The mountains are beautifully peaceful and offer lots of hiking in summer and skiing in winter.
A wonderful way to spend a summer day! There are a couple of places to rent boats on Greenwood Lake. We choose a little place on the western side of the lake and rented the boat for about 3 hours, but we could have rented it for the entire day. Where you rent the boat, New York or New Jersey , dictates where you can drive the boat. You are not allowed to go over state lines. (for insurance purposes, i believe)
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