What could be better than wine and waterfalls? Add in rural scenes and automobile racing and you have Watkins Glen NY, at the tip of Lake Seneca, one of the Finger Lakes. Recently, we made an off season visit to this region exploring nearly a dozen waterfalls and wineries.
We stayed at the wonderful Glenora Inn, which is about 8 miles north of Watkins Glen on the west short of Lake Seneca. The rooms overlook the vineyard and lake, and also offer a nice winery as well. Drive towards the lake and you encounter Glenora Falls, which amazingly is in the backyard of a private residence. What a view each morning, and the sounds of the falls at night must be amazing.
Enjoy a visit to nearby Miles Wine Cellars, tasting their wines (quite good) while learning of the tragic tale of a newlywed couple that died shortly after buying the home. And how they have not left this world, haunting the home and winery. Apparently they are friendly. Buy a bottle of their Ghost wine (see our youtube video of this special - Miles Wine Cellar - Ghostly wine bottle).
Back to the waterfalls, visit the Watkins Glen Gorge for a beautiful hike along the river (which was closed when we arrived due to the dangerous ice). And drive down Main Street in Montour Falls, where you cannot miss the magnificent falls right in town.
Drive up to the top and cross the falls above for a fantastic view of the area.
We highly recommend a side trip the inspiring Taughannock Falls, near Lake Cuyoga and a visit to the Thirsty Owl Winery and drive past the very small Black Diamond Diner, made from the cab of a train. Lunch at the Little Venice Ristorante in Trumansburg was a nice surprise.
During the warmer weather seasons, a visit to the storied Watkins Glen racetrack is a must. We have spent many a summer day and night at this track, camping in the infield. If you love racing, this track offers many unique photographic experiences.
View the full set of images from this trip (coming soon) and add the New York Finger Lakes region to one of your photography (and wine) destinations.
Learn to take inspiring waterfall pictures with our Technique Corner series - starting with Part I, equipment. And join us at Bushkill Falls on May 17 - learn more about this exciting NJ Photography Class & Workshop.