Check out this video we took throughout our day in Watkins Glen yesterday. More to come soon!
Yesterday was an amazing day in Finger Lakes Wine Country and Christina and I couldn’t waste it by being inside. We grabbed a quick lunch on Market Street and took the scenic drive to Watkins Glen. We headed immediately for the lake with Miranda, our newest FLX Girl. None of us thought anything of the fact we're going to be treking around Watkins Glen in our heels, later we came to regret it a bit! Anyway, right about to leave the dock was the beautiful Malabar VII. A crew member excitedly told us that Seneca Lake is happy to have the Malabar as it has been in the Caribbean waters of St. Thomas since 1965 and was also featured in the movie “High Society.” We were a little envious that we weren’t on the boat ourselves as we saw some of the passengers pulling out Finger Lakes wine. It’s ok, because the Malabar will be in Watkins Glen until October 9th before it heads out to the Florida Keys.
We took some great still shots of the Malabar VII pulling out and of the harbor in general. We all agreed that the sound of the boats is very relaxing. Since we were right by the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, we decided to drop in. No matter how many times I breeze through the double doors into the main lobby, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m instantly on a vacation. I wish! The rooms are all equipped with refrigerators, steam showers, flat screen tvs and wine refrigerators. I had an overwhelming urge to jump onto the perfectly made bed but I had to keep it professional as we were just getting a tour. The best part about the Harbor Hotel, besides the view, is affordable luxury. There is news that they are getting a spa but the staff isn’t saying anything just yet. Even without the spa, their pool and lakeview can be enough of a spa experience for me. They are excited to be celebrating their 1 year anniversary and we were too when we saw their dinner and drink specials. It’s never hard to find an excuse to make our way back to the Harbor Hotel.
We stepped out onto Franklin Street deciding our next move. Miranda headed over to a large stone building. Outside, we saw a banner that read, “I wine a lot.” Christina and I knew that we had happened upon a very good place. Miranda let us know that we had arrived at the Seneca Harbor Wine Center. Inside, we came across a huge wine tasting bar with free tastings, a great staff and plenty of wine. We resisted the urge to taste because despite our poor choices in wardrobe, all three of us wanted to check out the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park. Wine, heels and hiking the gorge is a bad combination but wine hiking and sneakers is a different story. It’s amazing how you can be five minutes from the bustling activity on Franklin Street but hear nothing but waterfalls once you are at the foot of the gorge.
It doesn’t take much to work up an appetite when you are exploring the 19 waterfalls in the gorge. We decided that we deserved a much needed treat, ice cream. We walked over to the Great Escape and enjoyed some delicious ice cream while relaxing by their old juke box. Ice cream at the Great Escape is a perfect way to end your day in Watkins Glen, in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country.
Also - make sure to listen to our radio show, Travel Tuesday with the FLX Girls on Blog Talk Radio. The show airs every Tuesday at 12 PM ET. The show gives you an inside look at what we're up in Finger Lakes Wine Country. This week, we're talking all about Watkins Glen. We'll be giving away the Watkins Glen Tour Guide, a beautiful book by Gordon Cooper. All you have to do to win is call in at 12:30 PM ET to 800.813.2958 and the first five callers will win a book! We'll actually be speaking with Gordon on the show this week. You don't want to miss this!