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Monday, October 26, 2009

Trip to the Finger Lakes Day 1: Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake Part 1

Sorry for being remiss and not really taking you on vacation with me. We were on the go all day long and not much time was spent on the computer. What time I did spend was spent downloading photos!

We had a great time and certainly won’t be crossing the Finger Lakes off our list of potential places to retire. We both were extremely impressed with the area—beautiful hillsides rolling down to pristine lakes. Vineyards. Farm land. Waterfalls. Gorges. We managed to see all the lakes except for Owasco, Canadaigua (the furthest West) and tiny Otisco (furthest East). We were staying in a Bed and Breakfast in Skaneateles (pronounced Scan-ee-AT-les) on Skaneateles Lake called the Arbor House Inn.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Our room was not in the main house (pictured above), but in the renovated teasel barn behind the main house. Actually, it was a suite of rooms (full kitchen, living area and bedroom) with its own private deck. Since the room I had originally asked for was already reserved by someone else for the last night we were there, the owner drastically reduced to price of the suite, making it affordable for us. Here is the view off the deck. We used the deck the first night we were there, sitting outside and sipping a glass of wine, but the rest of the time it was raining.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Just a side note: Teasels were cultivated for more than one hundred years in the Skaneateles area. The stiff natural hooks on the burr head were used a tool for raising the nap of woolen cloth.

We were convinced our suite had a ghost because we would wake up in the middle of the night to knocking/banging noises that moved around in the wall or under the floor boards. We never did figure it out.

Here is part of the main street of Skaneateles reflected in the lake as seen from the pier.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

On our first day (Thursday) we drove down the east shore of Cayuga Lake. Each lake really does have its own “feel” to it. They are each different. The town of Aurora is a beautiful little place. We only skirted the bustling outskirts of Ithaca but the setting is lovely. The western shore of Cayuga is much rockier and more heavily wooded then the east. It is also home to Taughannock Falls State Park. We walked around a little bit and took in some of the fall color.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Then on to the real star of the park—the falls.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Taughannock Falls are the highest vertical falls east of the Mississippi River. They plunge 215 feet straight down into a rock amphitheater surrounded by rock walls as high as 400 feet. What a sight!


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

After the park it was time to make our way to Watkins Glen, our next stop. On our way we passed through the town of Trumansburg and made a note how lovely the area around it was. Down the eastern side of Seneca Lake we drove, passing vineyard after vineyard and arriving at Watkins Glen State Park just before noon.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more photos of Watkins Glen!


Hi Lynne

I was down with a head cold so I didn’t get a chance to read your blog until today.  Lovely, lovely pictures!  I have visited those areas including Rochester and such beauty!

Loved the rug hooking pictures and the goats.  Before you know it, you will be spinning and dying your own wool let alone, hooking it.

Hi Julie, it’s all your fault you know, the rug hooking part. wink Can’t wait to start on it and see how I get along.

Glad you you enjoyed the photos! More to come!

Great shots of your trips upstate, very beautiful country up there. Glad you caught the fall foliage, the pictures are gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks, Maggie! We were surprised to see the trees still had leaves and color since our own are here are pretty much faded and done. All that rain really did them in!

That is some waterfall.  Must be something to see in real life.  Sounds like you had a great time.  Too busy for the computer is a good thing!

Beautiful countryside, that I’ll wager most folks don’t think about when you say “New York”!

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