Finger Lakes Region, NY

Friday June 24, 2016 – Travel Day

New_York_-_Finger_Lakes_region_map_with_road_shieldsThis map shows the main Villages around the Lakes.finger-lakes-mapThis is what we are going to explore for the next 2 weeks.  If you look at a map of New York State, this is kind of west in the middle.  Everyone told us that this is a beautiful place and they were not kidding.  We will do a series of post on the different places we went while we are here.

First, let me fill you in where we left off.  We left Hamburg and headed to Orchard Park, outside of Buffalo.  We went to Colton RV to get our slide topper repaired.20160624_095445We can not say enough about Colton RV.  Everyone there was very nice and professional.  I wish they were in Florida, in case we ever need them again.  They fixed our slide topper, checked our inverter and dumped our tanks.  What more could you ask for.  A special thank you to Stacy for treating us so nice.

20160707_09022720160624_131907This is the Finger Lakes Moose Lodge 823 in Waterloo, NY.  They have 110 power, water and sewer.  Wonderful. Thank goodness the weather was very mild, because we could not use the air conditioners because of lack of power.  There were a few hot days, but we have been able to manage.20160624_131916Nice a level.20160624_131933Very wide site.  There are others campers to the left that stay here seasonally.  We are the only transients here right now.  They have 2 spots.  We got all set up and headed to Moose to introduce ourselves.  It was suggested that we go to Connie’s Diner for Dinner.20160705_15215020160626_13574020160705_152444It is owned by Italians, so there is a lot of Italian dishes on the menu, plus your usual fare.  Nice and clean and very friendly wait staff.

Saturday June 25, 2016 – Seneca Lakefinger-lakes-mapWe are staying in Waterloo.  We decided to check out Seneca Lake today.  We headed to Geneva and went south to Penn Yan.  There is a large flea market at The Windmill Farm & Craft Market near Penn Yan.windmill-top-bannerIt was very nice, but only open on Saturdays, so we had to go.20160625_084500Penn Yan United Methodist Church.20160625_08450620160625_084513The houses have so much character in the area.20160625_110613On to Watkins Glen.  Beautiful town and waterfront.20160625_11003820160625_110150Boats everywhere.20160625_110844Lake Tour Cruises.20160625_110732Since 1934.20160625_11093920160625_111049The water is so blue and sail boats everywhere. Beautiful!20160625_111042Looking north towards Geneva.20160625_113836The drive back north.20160625_11493920160625_11503720160625_123836The Farms are beautiful. The pictures don’t do it justice with the wheat and the corn. The colors are so fantastic.20160625_123841Big farms too.

We drove through Waterloo, The Birthplace of Memorial Day.20160627_124338The first Memorial Day was held in Waterloo, NY.20160626_135825National Memorial Day Museum.20160626_13584020160625_172521We got back to the Moose in time for a wedding.20160625_17283920160625_173204

Tomorrow we are heading to Seneca Falls and Cayuga Lake.

Hamburg, NY

Friday June 17, 2016

We left Geneva on the Lake early and headed to New York, by way of Pennsylvania.20160617_08015520160617_084200We can still see Lake Erie.20160617_084728And vineyards everywhere.20160617_08475320160617_084804We did not stay very long in PA. Drove by Erie, PA, but not much to take a picture of there.20160617_085655Miles of vineyards. So beautiful.20160617_104904This is where the Buffalo Bills play. We are heading to Orchard Park to Colton RV. They are going to look at our slide topper and let us when they can fix it.  Stacy at Colton RV was so nice to us.  She is probably the nicest person we have met that works for an RV Dealer.  We were there for maybe a hour. And off to Hamburg we went.  She even called us to let us know that she had contacted our Extended Warranty provider and they are going to take care of the repair.  This was on a Friday afternoon.  I am going to write a letter to her boss. Thank you Stacy.20160617_095136Welcome to Hamburg, NY.  Less than 20 miles south of Buffalo, NY.20160619_133207Moose Lodge 992.20160618_174449We have 110 power, enough to keep the refrigerator running and water.  What else do you need?20160618_174552Mike, the Governor of the Lodge, was so nice and got us all set up.  He gave us a lot of information about the area and where everything is that we might need.20160618_174511They have to have these for the winters here.20160618_174522They have a bonfire every Saturday night.20160617_135747First stop, Walmart.  This is one of the fanciest Walmarts we have ever seen.20160617_13580520160617_162437Friday night Fish Fry at the Moose Lodge. They have place mats with the calendar of events and advertisements.. Very clever.20160617_162446They can seat a lot of people.20160617_164230This is the fish dinner for $8.00. 20160617_164234I had the fish sandwich. 20160617_164302Erin the bartender, was super nice too.  We were happy campers.20160617_172316Then we won $100.00 on a pull tab. How fun is that?20160617_172327Great night in Hamburg, NY.

 

Saturday June 18, 201620160618_083551Decided to go sightseeing today. This is a lake front park.20160618_083612There once was a dance club here during 1940s.  It was destroyed by a fire in 1954.20160618_083643We could see the windmills in Buffalo, NY from here.20160618_083700A beautiful day.20160618_083728Rocky shoreline.20160618_091307We took Hwy 5 south to Old Lake Shore Road. The estates along this road were amazing!20160618_09132720160618_100328We ended up in Seneca Indian Reservation where they have very inexpensive diesel. $2.1120160618_10033120160618_10045320160618_100955We had lunch at Aunt Millie’s. I had a Buffalo Chicken sandwich, which is the best I have ever had.20160618_10100120160618_110114They are known for their pastries and pies.20160618_11012120160618_11012420160618_11013120160618_110137We did not have any of these, but they looked good.20160618_114403We went to Willow Creek Winery and had a wine tasting. There are several wineries in this area. This is Silver Creek, NY.20160618_114331This is the tasting room.20160618_114340This is a family owned winery.  They grow all their own grapes. 20160618_114428A crowd going in as we were leaving.20160618_115217Stopped at Liberty Vineyard.20160618_11515220160618_11522020160618_115251There are grape vines everywhere.  Most are privately owned and they sell their grapes to Welch’s. 20160618_11525820160618_11530220160618_121307Then to Merritt Vineyards. They advertised that they did tours, but that is not the case. We are really looking for an educational tour on wine making.  Apparently, the wineries up here don’t offer tours.20160618_12131420160618_12132120160618_121406The flowers are so beautiful here. 20160618_12141020160618_200734Nice sunset.20160618_201514We made it back in time for the Saturday night bonfire.  Met some new people and enjoyed our evening.20160618_204627And a full moon.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and the Moose Lodge is serving free breakfast to all the Dad’s.  After breakfast we might head into Buffalo and take a look around.