Columbus Day Weekend in CNY

Last weekend, the boyfriend and I hit a few local landmarks that we have been really wanting to check out. We knew that we had to see Letchworth State Park, Watkins Glen, and while we were out there, we might as well hit up some local wineries!

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We started our trip at Letchworth, where we met up with my sister and her boyfriend for a day of hiking. When we arrived, we soon realized that EVERY person in CNY was  taking advantage of the unusually sunny and warm weekend to see Letchworth. Nonetheless, we still got plenty of fresh air and enjoyed the views. There was also a craft fair going on there that we wandered through for a bit. I suggest packing a lunch and picnicking on one of the awesome lookouts they have. We definitely want to go back for a weekend trip, we only had time to see a small portion of the huge park!

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Next stop was Watkins Glen, after about an hour in the car, we arrived at our rustic lakeside hotel. The place was so quaint, next to a giant waterfall and overlooking Seneca lake. We had drinks by the harbor and dinner in town. I had a delicious stuffed mushroom for dinner and a few local beers.

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The next morning we were up bright and early to hit Watkins Glenn State Park. While I was anticipating more of a “hike” and this is truly a walking trail, we still enjoyed looking at the beautiful gorge. We hiked to the top, then  had a picnic lunch and laid out in the sun before walking back down.

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That evening, we drove along the lakeside road to a few wineries, I just can’t get over how AMAZING the views are on every road and at every winery around there! We sampled wines at four different wineries, from dry to super sweet, and brought home two bottles. When we got back to our hotel, the owner had lit a fire in the fire pit for the guests, so we took a few beers down with us and met a few other guests. It was really nice just to see the stars and the lake in the moonlight while keeping toasty warm with a fire! Wish I brought s’mores materials 🙂

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The next morning we had a hearty dinner breakfast before hitting the road. We stopped to pick apples at a local orchard, and got out for a little walk when we passed Geneva. Overall, our trip was a lot of fun! I highly suggest visiting everywhere we went. Hoping we can make it back to Letchworth to rent a cabin for a weekend next year!

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What did you do for Columbus Day Weekend?

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