Overnighter: Watkins Glen State Park

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  • Where:  Schuyler County, New York
  • Where we stayed:  Candlewood Suites
  • What we saw: Watkins Glen State Park
  • Where we ate: The sweetest family diner called Sugar & Spice    – when you go, go hungry, the pancakes, omelettes are huge! I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t greasy like some small diners. For dinner, Hand and Foot in downtown Corning serves up fresh and tasty twists on sandwiches, Asian baos, and an impressive whisky, bourbon and cocktails.

We took a lovely little overnight trip to Watkins Glen State Park last month. We’d been 10 years before and really liked it there.  It’s not a super long drive – 4 hours, if the border crossing isn’t clogged up.

The short trip was the perfect chance to try out my new telephoto and wide angle Moment lenses for smart phones.  Small enough to fit in my pocket but made with high quality glass, they were a lot of fun to use, and I was able to capture details I might not have been able to using my iPhone.  I’m looking forward to using them on future trips when I don’t want to carry my DSLR and lenses.  The 3rd and 6th picture below were taken with DSLR just because I haven’t mastered slow shutter speed on the iPhone the way Pei Ketron has (I don’t know her, just love her waterfall iPhone photography).

Watkins Glen is a gorgeous state park, the state website says it’s the most famous of the Finger Lake Parks.  If you like stairs, there’s also 830 steps from bottom to the top of the 400ft gorge, but they are not too steep, so I didn’t have to worry about my knee getting re-injured by them. We plan to visit other parks eventually, but there’s so much to take in around every corner of the gorge that on both our visits we ran out of time and didn’t make it to any other parks.

If you’re in the area, go and enjoy!

*edited to add – my husband’s comment below is totally correct – go before the word really gets out!

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2 thoughts on “Overnighter: Watkins Glen State Park

  1. The pictures of Watkins Glenn, although superb, are difficult to do the park justice. It is a unique corner in America that is still somewhat of a secret and absolutely worth visiting. Everyone there was in awe of how Mother Nature carved such beauty from stone and continues to do so. We visited the location 10 years ago, so it is a special place for us and will continue to be so. Go see it before the secret is truly out!

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