Watkins Glen Travel Guide
Directions at one of the Wineries
Watkins Glen State Park
This is one of the jewels of upstate New York. The stream has cut a deep chasm through the rock cliffs, creating numerous waterfalls and scenic vistas. The Gorge Trail winds through this beautiful place. Two other trails follow the tops of the cliffs. It's a moderately...
Downtown Watkins Glen
Strolling about Watkins Glen, one can get plenty of information at the Visitors Center, have lunch or a cup of coffee, or just enjoy the views. This is a very picturesque town. Look for the plaques along the sidewalk, which are dedicated to some of the NASCAR drivers who...
What a great place to hit the wineries. Bring a designated driver. There's about 40 around Seneca Lake alone.
Watkins Glen State Park
You have got to take this trail through the Gorge. Simply breath-taking experience (in more ways than one)
Wine Tasting in the Finger Lakes
My wife and I have enjoyed wine for a number of years, however we are certainly not wine snobs. When we lived in California we made several visits to Napa and Sonoma Valley and enjoyed the wine tasting. When we retired to Florida and met many people in our retirement...
Finger Lakes Wineries
I didn't have time to visit the wineries in this beautiful part of New York. But it's a popular thing to do, so here's some information on it. The sight of so many vineyards beside the road made taking photos irresistable. Just to be safe, I recommend a tour with a driver;...
Cruise on Seneca Lake
This is the largest, deepest, and in my opinion most scenic of all the Finger Lakes. The cruises are from the waterfront in Watkins Glen. The one I took is the Stroller IV, which offers short, narrated cruises around the southern end of the lake. See the US Salt Works,...
Captain Bill's Seneca Cruises has both sightseeing cruises and meal cruises. For $8, you can take a 1 hour sightseeing cruise which takes you past Hector Falls, lots of wineries, etc. They give you a lot of historical information, too, which is really interesting. They run...
See the glen that give the town its name
Yes, there is an actual Watkins Glen. This is a state park and is a fantastic place to hike, to look at great rock formations, to wonder at the force of water as it wears down rocks . . . . The glen is actually a mile and a half long with 19 waterfalls, and cliffs reaching...
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
1 Review and 381 Opinions If you are planning a trip to the Corning Glass Museum, treat yourself to an exceptional stay at the...
Rainbow Cove: Dining Among the Vineyards
Looking for a good restaurant that's off the beaten track? On the western shore of Seneca Lake, nestled among the vineyards, is Rainbow Cove. It's a small, unpretentious resort, away from town. The restaurant is good, but not too pricey. One of its most appealing features is...
The local burger joint: Really?
The community surrounding watkins glen is a mixture of cattle ranchers AND vegan enthusiasts. In this city you can have your choice: steak or nature/grain burger. The local fast food burger chain place was the first in North America to try selling veggie burgers to...
Watkins Glen is in Fingerlakes...
Watkins Glen is in Fingerlakes Wine country and a visit to the area would not be complete without visiting at least one of the nice wineries there. My favorite is Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. This winery is very laid back and cozy and it is aimed more towards the younger crowd. It is located in a nice area on a hill with lovely scenery and a nice view of the lake. The wine tasting area is designed like a pub and they serve you popcorn while you taste the wine. The wine is very reasonably priced too. My favorites are Cabin Fever and Brambleberry
Updated Oct 4, 2002
Timespell In the summer every...
Timespell In the summer every night at Watkins Glen state park they present a program called Timespell which is a laser and soundshow that tells the history of the park. It is OK I guess and I am sure children like it,but seeing big laser images projected on cliffs just wasn't my thing.
Written Oct 4, 2002
The town of Montour Falls lies south of Watkins Glen, on Highway 14. A stream winds its way through the town, making its way down to Seneca Lake. The town has a number of waterfalls, some visible from the highway and others a short distance from it.
45 minutes west of the city is an animal rights activist farm. For education regarding the environmental, political, ethical reasons not eat meat here is the place to be. Here you can inform yourself about the other aspects of farming that is not make public. If you or a...
Seneca Wine Trail
WG is a great starting point for a winery trip. Plan on taking the whole day if you want to make it all the way around Seneca Lake, or just a few hours if you want to see the ones closest to Watkins Glen. There are 25 wineries officially listed on the wine trail. There are...
Nearby in Ithica New York is the famous Moosewood restaurant. Now I can't say that I have been impressed because the two times that I have been there they had long line ups, fish as a menu choice of four options, and peas and pasta as a second choice. Save your dollar and...
WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK This...
WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK This is one of New York State's prettiest parks. There is a mile and a half walking trail and along the way you will see beautiful gorges, 19 waterfalls, and 300 ft Sandstone cliffs. I would suggest you visit here in the late spring to Autumn because...
John195123's General Tip
Camping with my uncles and walking around with them. What a wild night. They got all liquored up and partied all night while we young boys tried to sleep. It was great. We only got the cops called on us once. They stopped by the next morning. We left after that, leaving my...
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