Watkins Glen Journals

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Watkins Glen

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A September 2005 trip to Watkins Glen by Samlawali

Village of Watkins Glen Photo, Watkins Glen, New York More Photos
Quote: Spending time with good friends and their young children while camping in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York can either bring you closer together or, well, let's just say that it can also make you stronger. This was a great weekend trip full of ups and downs. Come on in.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Watkins Glen

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Overview

Village of Watkins Glen Photo, Watkins Glen, New York
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HISTORY The Village of Watkins Glen was founded by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Samuel Watkins in 1828, who was the owner of over 25,000 acres in the area. Dr. Watkins was a well-known doctor from New York, whose original three-story dwelling is still standing in town, although it has had numerous renovations. Dr. Watkins originally named the village Jefferson, but after his death in 1851, his widow requested that it be changed to Watkins as a remembrance of his contributions to the town. Many people called the village Watkins Glen because of the local Watkins Glen State Park, and as a result, the town officially changed its name again in 1926 to Watkins Glen. ...Read More

Watkins Glen Campground

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Hotel | "Six Nations Camping Area/Watkins Glen Campground"

Watkins Glen Campground Photo, Watkins Glen, New York
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Best Things Nearby:WAL-MART! Watkins Glen State Park, Seneca Lake, close shopping, Watkins Glen International Speedway Best Things About the Resort:Showers and bathrooms were centrally located in each loop and scattered throughout the campground. Electricity and water hookups at many sites. Large sized sites. I would suggest a thick sleeping bag or air mattress and steel stakes for your tent as the ground is VERY rocky.Resort Experience:Watkins Glen Campground is a place away from everything but right down the road from everything. We chose this campground because my friend Michele has an aunt who lives nearby and we thought we would stop by and say hello. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2005

Watkins Glen Campground
Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen, New York
(607) 535-4511

Seneca Harbor Station Restaurant

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Restaurant

Seneca Harbor Station Restaurant Photo, Watkins Glen, New York
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After hiking in the Glen and doing some shopping downtown in the Village of Watkins Glen, we were starting to get hungry around 1:30 p.m. Driving about a half mile further into town we came to Seneca Lake and The Seneca Harbor Station Restaurant. The building that houses the restaurant is two stories high and is a train station that was originally built in 1876 and purchased by the Siemile's Family and restored it back in 1998. It has a great view overlooking Seneca Lake with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. You can also see the 150 passenger dining vessel the Columbia also owned by the Siemile Family along with the a sightseeing boat that has been entertaining passengers since 196...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Seneca Harbor Station Restaurant
3 North Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, New York
607/535-6101

Watkins Glen Gorge Trail Photo, Watkins Glen, New York
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After a restful sleep Friday night, we decided to go out on Saturday morning after breakfast at the camp and see the sites. Of course, the most popular is the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen; a 1.5 mile long hike at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The hike can be accessed from the lower level entrance through a tunnel and then follow the numerous steps upwards over stone walkways and bridges created back in the 1930s as a result of a public works project. Or you can choose to do what we did and pay three extra dollars per person and take the bus to the top and start from there. Either way will lead you past approximately 19 waterfalls, depending on how arid the weather has been, and numerous cr...Read More

Antiques, Souvenirs and NASCAR

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Antiques, Souvenirs and NASCAR Photo, Watkins Glen, New York
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Antiques/Souvenirs/NASCAR Collectibles North Franklin Street Watkins Glen, NY 14891 After our lovely hike through the Glen we noticed a row of stores located at the base of the hill that takes you to the campground. The only signs we could see were "Antiques" on the first building, "Souvenirs" on the second and "NASCAR" on the third. Heather, Rob and I decided to take a few moments and see what they had in store for the local tourists while Michele took Lil' Rob around town in the van for a quick nap before lunch. Rob wanted to see the NASCAR memorabilia and I wanted to check out the antiques. The buildings were easy to get to from the Glen, just cross the str...Read More