Area Attractions

Boating + Cruises | Fishing | Hiking & Biking | Wine tasting |
DiningMiscellaneous | Additional Resources

Boating

In Watkins Glen, 13 miles south, you will find
Seneca Harbor and Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises.

Reagan’s Canoe & Kayak Livery Rentals is located only 3 miles north of the cottage. They will pick up and deliver. 440 Hall Road, Himrod 607-243-9100

We do not have a dock, but a public launch is located less than 3 miles north of the cottage at Severne Point on Severne Point Road, off Route 14, 8 miles south of Dresden. Hard surface ramp; parking for 12 cars and trailers. Good winter launch site. Operated by the DEC.

You can also launch your boat at Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen and at the Watkins Glen village launch site located off Route 414 on the canal portion of Catherine Creek. Hard surface ramps; parking for approximately 60 cars with trailers; fee.

Other launch sites and boat rentals are listed here.

Two marinas are located in Himrod, only 4 miles north of the cottage:

  • Alices Marina Inc.
    Plum Point Rd.
    Himrod, NY 14842
    607-243-8461
  • Gold Coast
    3414 N Plum Point Rd
    Himrod, NY 14842
    607-243-7524
    Boat Launch, Short Term Dockage, Gasoline
    Fishing
  • Roy’s Marina
    4398 Clarks Point
    Geneva, NY 14456
    315-789-3094

Hiking & Biking

Watkins Glen

A  small but busy town on the southern tip of Seneca Lake

Watkins Glen State Park– Enjoy the waterfalls, hiking path and pool. Located off of Rt. 14 in downtown Watkins Glen, this is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. A good work-out, the trail will take you under the waterfalls, so be prepared to get a bit wet!

Catharine Valley Trail

Hector

East side of Seneca Lake, 30 minutes from cottage

The Finger Lakes National Forest

Seneca Falls

North of Cayuga Lake, 30 minutes from cottage

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Bluff Point

Northwest branch of Keuka Lake, 40 minutes from cottage

Keuka Lake State Park

Dresden

10 minutes north of the cottage

Keuka Outlet Trail– connects Seneca Lake to Keuka Lake at Penn Yan

Penn Yan

Northeast branch of Keuka Lake, 20 minutes from cottage

Bluff Point Bike Trail– connects Penn Yan to Branchport
*This file will open as a PDF file.

See also:

New York State Parks in the Finger Lakes

Go for a 39-mile bike or driving tour of the area immediately near the cottage (Dundee, Himrod and Dresden): Click here* for a map and itinerary. The loop passes a number of local attractions. *This file will open as a PDF file.

Bike Rentals

Mountain bike rentals at:
Crossroads
Junction Routes 14 & 54
Dresden NY (less than 10 miles north of the cottage)
315-531-5311
mid April to end Sept.

Geneva Bicycle Center
489 Exchange Street
Geneva, NY, 14456 (22 miles north)
315-789-5922
info@genevabikes.com

Books

Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region by Rich & Sue Freeman
Take A Hike – Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region by Rich & Sue Freeman

Wine Tasting

No less than 15 vineyards lie along the western shore of Seneca Lake, with many more a short drive away on the eastern shore of Seneca or 13 miles to the west on Keuka Lake.

9 vineyards are eight miles or less from the cottage, with 3 or 4 within a mile. So really at the cottage you are only a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from some of the best wine in the country. Bring some back to the cottage to enjoy –we provide wine glasses and a corkscrew!

Wine tasting and events like “Chocolate and Wine” are year-round.

For more information, visit:

Book:

Wine Tour of the Finger Lakes: Where to Stop, What to Taste, and What to Buy in New York’s Premier Wine Region
by Grady Wells

Fishing license

Even to fish off of our breakwall you will need a NYS fishing license. You may be able to order one (2 weeks delivery) from the NYS DEC web site, and we know that you can pick up one for $25 for 7 days at Seneca Marine Bait and Tackle on Rt. 414 east in Watkins Glen (left off of Rt. 14 heading south from the cottage).

We provide rods, reels, line, lures, hooks, bobbers, sinkers and a net for casting or trolling. You may bring your favorite fishing gear, and live bait. We have a fillet knife.

We will also have lots of information at the cottage about fishing basics and fishing regulations, and the types of fish you may catch in Seneca Lake.

Guided Fishing Tours:

Dining

There are a number of restaurants within 15 minutes of the cottage, including

  • The Decoy
    (607) 535-2607
    4576 State Route 14, Rock Stream (between the cottage and Watkins Glen)
    Nice American fare in a slightly more formal, non-child-friendly atmosphere. One of the closest restaurants to the cottage.
  • Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
    (607) 535-2863
    401 E 4th St, Watkins Glen
    Nice but also good for school-aged and older kids.
  • House of Hong (Chinese)
    (607) 535-7024
    400 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen
    Good, and nice for dining in. Quiet but child-friendly
  • Jerlando’s Pizza Company
    (607) 535-4254
    400 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen
  • Wildflower Cafe
    (607) 535-9797
    301 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen
    Unusual sandwiches and vegetarian fare; good for older kids; nice atmosphere but leisurely service.
  • Holly’s Red Rooster
    12 Maiden Lane, Penn Yan
    315-536-9800
    20 minutes from the cottage. Family-friendly. Good American fare.

Click here for a web site with a more complete list of Watkins Glen area restaurants and more.

Miscellaneous

Watkins Glen also has the Watkins Glen International Raceway, the Watkins Glen Golf Course, and miniature golf at Seneca Harbor.

Penn Yan and Geneva, two larger towns, lie 20 minutes to the west and north, respectively. In Penn Yan, attractions include:

The Windmill Farm and Craft Market We recommend spending a few hours at the Windmill.
Lakeside Country Club (golf)

In the college town of Geneva, you can enjoy, among other things:

In Branchport, only nine miles past Penn Yan, on the northwest side of neighboring Keuka Lake, try “the most elegant cruise in the Finger Lakes” on the Esperanza Rose. Upscale dinner and lunch cruises, sightseeing excursions, weddings and corporate events.

In Seneca Falls you will find the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry (30 minutes from the cottage).

Other area attractions within an hour of the cottage include:

Canandaigua50 minutes away from the cottage on Keuka Lake, another Finger Lake to the west

Ithaca, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, is only 45 minutes to the east
well worth a day trip for plays, concerts (like the GrassRoots Music Festival), visits to Buttermilk Falls, Robert Treman State Park, and the other wonderful features of this small city.

Click here for more information on Ithaca.

Books about Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes:

Finger Lakes Panoramas by Kristian Reynolds
Seneca Lake: Past, Present, and Future by Carol U. Sisler

Groceries:

Martini’s Supermarket in the tiny town of Dundee, less than 6 miles west of the cottage (not a large selection, but good for basic needs)
Tops- one in Watkins Glen, one in Penn Yan
Super Wal-Mart in Watkins Glen
Wegman’s in Geneva (this is where we usually shop)

Additional Resources