Birthday Celebration Day 1
We celebrated my 61st birthday during a 3-night vacation in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Our home base was at the Best Western Plus The Hammondsport Hotel in Hammondsport, NY.
We departed our home in Warren PA shortly after 6:00 am on Wednesday, February 22. We followed routes PA-59 and US-6 to Coudersport PA, where we enjoyed a delicious and filling breakfast at Kaytee’s Family Restaurant.
After breakfast, we veered off US-6 and followed routes PA-44 to PA-49 to I-99. Shortly before entering I-99 we stopped at Cowanesque Lake near Lawrenceville, PA. While Bob took a nap, I went for a short walk from the parking lot to the beach.
Cowanesque Lake South Overlook
A short distance from the South Overlook was an overlook of the Cowanesque Dam.
Cowanesque Dam on Cowanesque Lake
Soon after leaving Cowanesque Lake, we turned onto I-99 north towards Corning NY, where we hopped onto I-86 east. It wasn’t long until we were on NY-414, heading towards Watkins Glen. We turned off NY-414 onto NY-16 and drove to Montour Falls, where we saw our first waterfall of the day.
Shequaga Falls in Montour Falls
Shequaga Falls did not disappoint. There was abundant water tumbling down the waterfall! After taking a few pictures of the waterfall, we headed towards Watkins Glen.
We saw another waterfall along NY-414 en route Watkins Glen.
a Montour Falls waterfall
We have driven by this waterfall during past visits to this area; however, we never stopped. The water flow had not been much more than a trickle of water. Well, as you can see, there was a lot of water falling this time!
We drove into Watkins Glen passing by the lower entrance to Watkins Glen State Park. A quick glance, as we were driving by, showed that the state park’s lower entrance parking lot is under construction.
We drove out of Watkins Glen on NY-414. We stopped at Hector Falls, our third and final waterfall of the day.
Hector Falls in Hector, NY
We decided to drive around Seneca Lake, so we continued on to Geneva via NY-414 to NY-96A.
In Geneva we stopped briefly at Pulteney Park before continuing around Seneca Lake on NY-14 to Watkins Glen.
Our Lady of Peace Fountain
Our Lady of Peace Fountain, with First Presbyterian Church in the background
In Watkins Glen we took a short walk at the marina.
Seneca Lake Marina in Watkins Glen
The Seneca Lake marina in Watkins Glen looks so different out of season, with no boats docked at the slips! Our plan to eat lunch at the Village Marina Bar & Grill was squashed, as the restaurant is closed for Winter.
Leaving Watkins Glen we took back roads to our hotel in Hammondsport.
We checked in to Best Western Plus The Hammondsport Hotel a little after 2:00 pm. After settling into our room, we drove the short distance to Hammondsport Village Square. At the suggestion of our hotel clerk, we ate lunch at Burgers & Beer.
Bob ordered a Taco Salad.
I ordered a Cowboy Burger, with an order of fresh cut fries.
The hotel clerk’s suggestion for lunch was excellent. Both of our meals were delicious.
We returned to our hotel at 4:30 pm, where we spent rest of day. I would like to say a word about today’s weather. Today’s temperature was in the low 60s. It was more cloudy than expected, and we did walk through a little bit of rain late this afternoon. What wonderful weather for the end of February!