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Old 06-23-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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I thought about going to Finger Lakes area. Everyone says how nice and beautiful it is but as a typical B camper I'm a wonderer and like to see, do and experiance a lot. In all the research I have done on the area I cannot find anything to see that I cannot find anyplace else. Yes there is a festival here or there as well as a winery but those will only take a day or two. Any views on what there is to see and do?
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:32 AM   #2
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Here's some spots:
Corning Glass Museum, Corning NY
Watkins Glen Gorge/State Park, Watkins Glen NY (the rock layers go back almost to the beginning of the earth)
Watkins Glen Int'l Raceway, Watkins Glen NY
Letchworth State Park, Castile-to-Mt. Morris NY (three beautiful waterfalls and a spectacular gorge; known as the Grand Canyon of the East)
Curtiss Air Museum, Hammondsport NY
Women's Rights Museum, Seneca Falls NY
Memorial Day Museum, Waterloo NY
Sonnenberg mansion and rose garden in Canandaigua NY
various sites along the Erie Canal; museum in Syracuse?
there may be some cruise and/or dinner boats on some of the big lakes
many, many wineries; I think Naples is a big tourist/wine village
and of course (a bit away from the Finger Lakes):
Niagara Falls NY & Ontario

Will probably think of more and re-post.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:13 AM   #3
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I was back up that way for a Cornell graduation two years ago. The wineries have taken root on both sides of Cayuga Lake. You can find brochures for the entire winery trail in any motel lobby in Ithaca. One guy I went to school with even opened his own cider mill!

Penn Yan, Geneva and Cortland are all nice towns. If you like glacial geology, see the drumlins around Auburn. If you like baseball, go to Cooperstown.

If you have the time, swing up to the Adirondacks: Blue Mountain Lake, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake are all nice spots. Fall colors are incredible - and less popular than Vermont.

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Lake Placid, anyone?
It's more Adirondacks than FL.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:25 AM   #5
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Does anyone know if any of the wineries will let someone spend the night boondocking in the parking lot?
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If you're too tipsy to drive after sampling their wares, I can't imagine them sending you out on the road. Unless they have accommodations (Inn? B&B?) as well, then they might expect you to rent a room.
If you know which ones you might want to visit, you could probably email them and ask. Tell them you're
planning a winery tour through NYS, and have a small van conversion RV that parks like a car.
That way there's no confusion.
Or contact the New York State Tourism Site.
http://www.iloveny.com/
They might be able to answer the question.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:30 PM   #7
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I never thought of the tourism office. I would contact a winery but at this point I don't know which one(s) we would visit.
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try that link. it lead me to a "contact us" form, at the minimum.
i clicked on the Finger Lakes part of the map, and then scrolled down, and found a link to
"Finger Lakes Wine Festival" around mid-July.
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Check out the Harvest Hosts program. Sounds like a cool idea!

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