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Where to stay in the Finger Lakes area?

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Where to stay in the Finger Lakes area?

I will be traveling to the Finger Lakes area early August 2013 with my wife for three nights, Thursday through Sunday. I can't decide if we should stay in Ithaca or Watkins Glen. We like to walk and bike ride, outdoor activities including parks, swimming and biking. And we also enjoy history and or course wine tasting. I don't want to stay in a big town and would perfer the smaller quieter option. Should we stay in Ithaca or Watkins Glen, or does someone else have a different suggestion? Thanks! :-)

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1. Re: Where to stay in the Finger Lakes area?

I would definitely choose Ithaca over Watkins Glen as you have access to more attractions, lodging and dining. Also, Watkins Glen is usually congested by default but especially so around the second weekend in August, which is when the Nascar event takes place. Watkins Glen state park is definitely worth a visit though (it is around 20 miles from Ithaca).

Ithaca is very near three gorgeous state parks (Robert Treman, Buttermilk and Taughannock) where there is great hiking and good swimming. A great weekend farmers market is also worth checking out. There is alot of construction occuring in Ithaca this summer so that could impact a stay there.

There are excellent historic sites in Seneca Falls (Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, National Women’s Hall of Fame) and Auburn (Seward House, Willard Chapel, Harriet Tubman home, Fort Hill Cemetary). There are Erie Canal sites and Montezuma Wildlife Refuge near both of these towns as well.

If you are looking for smaller, quieter towns, consider Penn Yan or Hammondsport on Keuka Lake or Naples at the south end of Canandaigua Lake.

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In re-reading my post, I want to clarify that Watkins Glen state park is right in the village of Watkins Glen.

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If you're looking for a quiet place, close to wineries, shops, hiking, waterfalls etc. It's hard to find a better place to stay than The Quiet Place http://thequietplace.com/

We've stayed at 4 different properties. All were excellent! We're going back this Summer...5th year in a row!

Edited: 2:54 pm, May 10, 2013
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If you're looking for a quiet place, close to wineries, shops, hiking, waterfalls etc. It's hard to find a better place to stay that The Quiet Place http://thequietplace.com/

We've stayed at 4 different properties. All were excellent! We're going back this Summer...5th year in a row!

York, Pennsylvania
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rjr0810, thank you so much for your quick and thorough response. It sounds like you have a lot of local knowledge, which is really helpful. I did some checking and confirmed your suspicions about a NASCAR race that weekend I'll be up there. I don't want anything to do with all that congestion so I'll avoid Watkins Glen. Seems like I can't got wrong with Ithaca, but I'll have to do some digging into those other locations you mentioned as well.

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bluemoon4265, thank you for the suggestion. I checked out the webpage and their properties all look really nice and affordable. Thanks again for the suggestion. These properties will definitely be considered.

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I wouldn't be surprised if there was hotel/traffic spillover into Ithaca during race weekend. I love Ithaca, but I'm wondering if you wouldn't be a little better off looking north, e.g. Seneca Falls or Skaneatales. While I do prefer the southern end to the northern, the region is small enough that it really won't be too much trouble to drive (which you will have to do anyway).

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Good point mclee 19. We actually took bluemoon 4625's suggestion and booked a cabin through the quiet place. The cabins look to be in the area of Bristol Hills which seems pretty far away from Watkins Glen.

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Hi Dan...

In your original post you said "We like to walk and bike ride, outdoor activities including parks, swimming and biking. And we also enjoy history and or course wine tasting." With that in mind, these are some of the attractions that we enjoy that are close to all of The Quiet Place properties:

Hiking: nyfalls.com/waterfalls.html#Ontario_County http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24439.html

Swimming: www.townofcanandaigua.org/onandaenjoy.htm There's also a park & beach at the North end of Canandaigua Lake, but I can't remember the name...it's near the Wine & Culinary Center though.

Wine: http://nywcc.com/ http://www.canandaiguawinetrail.com/ http://www.keukawinetrail.com/

History: http://www.ochs.org/ http://www.sonnenberg.org/

Biking: tooooo many hills for us! I think if we wanted to ride bikes we'd go to The Erie Canal and ride Fairport to Pittsford on the "tow path"...it's flat! lol : http://www.fairport.ny.us/About_Fairport.cfm http://www.townofpittsford.org/home-discover

Have Fun!

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10. Re: Where to stay in the Finger Lakes area?

Thank you so much for all the great suggestions. We're really looking forward to this trip. You've been great help!