Weekend at the Syracuse Nationals Car Show

A weekend at the car show with hotel stay and restaurants

Syracuse Nationals - spectacular car show

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 21, 2011

We decided to travel down to Syracuse from Ontario to see what was being promoted as the largest car show on the east USA. We had no idea what to expect, but decided to spend two days there and stay overnight in a hotel.

We arrived mid day on Friday 15th July 2011 and parked pretty close to the fairground - parking was free. We had to walk over a walkway which crossed over the main road to get the the fairground area where the event was taking place.

The entrance fee was $17 and I was a little frustrated that they did not offer multi-day tickets. We had to purchase tickets for this day then come back the next and buy them again. We purchased a program too which was $5 but every hour a number was drawn to win $100. Our program number was 10041 and 10033 got drawn - so close yet so far!

We decided to use this afternoon to wander round and get to know where everything was and the come back the next day to take photos etc. The heat was almost unbearable - well into the 90's, so we drank plenty of water and had several ice creams. Th prices for food, beverages etc was very good and did not seem to be inflated for the show.

Anyway, this is a car show and boy did they have cars. Apparently there were over 6,000 there and I can well believe it. I have never seen so many custom cars, hot rods, classics etc. They came in every style and every colour.

I was hoping we would win the lottery whilst we were there so we could buy a few, but it was not to be. A good proportion of the cars on show were for sale, so if you are in this market it was definitely the place to be.

In addition to the cars were hundreds of vendors selling everything a car enthusiast could want from engine parts, to t-shirts. There were some odd vendors there too selling baths and windows - but they didn't look busy!

We did not get around the whole site during the first afternoon as it got too hot and we decided to go to our hotel and come back the following morning.

The Saturday was busier as we had expected as more people were off work, but because we got there early the heat was almost bearable. We went row by row through the cars and I think we saw pretty much all of them. It was an amazing couple of days and we cannot wait to go back again next year.

There was a also some special guests from Happy Days, signing autographs etc. Joanie was there as was Henry Winkler aka Fonz. He was definitely the most popular and people were lining up for ages to see him. I didn't other but managed to get a very good photo of him anyway.

A brilliant show for car fans, even if like us you know nothing about the actual vehicles, you just admire their beauty.
New York State Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse, New York, 13209
(315) 487-7711

Beautifully cooked & lots of healthy sides

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 20, 2011

We stopped off here on our way from Syracuse to home in Ontario. This was our fist visit to Ruby Tuesday and we really enjoyed the experience. The server was very nice and polite. I ordered BBQ Grilled Chicken with snap peas and mash. It was wonderful. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the BBQ sauce had quite a bite. My husband had Chicken Fresco which was chicken in a balsamic dressing. He had mash and broccoli and loved his meal too.

I really liked the fact that there were lots of sides to choose from with items such as sugar snap peas, rice, baked potato, onion rings, zucchini, squash, cauliflower etc. You can also pick from premium sides which were mac & cheese, sweet potato fries and asparagus.

We did not have desserts but if they were anything like the main courses they should be great.
Ruby Tuesday
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02472
(617) 926-6070

Great meal and fabulous dessert

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 20, 2011

This restaurant was located just across from the Hampton inn we were staying at so we decided to give it a try - our fist visit to a Red Lobster. We were greeted at the door and given booth seating. The server was very pleasant and helpful with the menu. As you would guess the menu consisted mainly of seafood items, but there were steak and chicken items to choose from too. However both my husband and I chose to have the fish & chips.

The quality of the food is great, The fish was beautifully cooked with a very light batter, the fries were average fries. It was served with tarter and tomato sauces. I had plenty to eat, but my husband thought the fish portion was a little small.

We decided to try the desserts as they looked great on the menu. I had Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie. This was a large choc chip cookie with lava filling topped with vanilla ice cream and choc sauce. It was wonderful. My husband had the Chocolate Wave which was a choc cake with ice cream and choc sauce. He enjoyed it although it did look quite different to the picture on the menu.

The main course was good, the desserts wonderful and the service very good, so a definite recommendation.
Red Lobster Restaurant
2965 Erie Blvd E
Syracuse, New York, 13224-1455

Great location within Syracuse

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 20, 2011

We stayed here whilst visiting the Syracuse National car show and it was very convenient to the Fairground, literally about ten minutes along the interstate. In fact the location is very convenient to most things and is easy to get to. The only thing I would say is when you exit the interstate and take the right ramp, look out for the hotel sign as the actual building is set back off the road and you can easily miss the driveway - like we did. It is immediately after Chuck E Cheese's entrance.

The hotel is pretty new and has a large car park. The reception staff was very polite and cheery. She told us breakfast would be available between 6- 10am and tea and coffee 24/7. We were given a king room on the fourth floor. The elevators to the floors were very prompt and quick.

Our room was a good size with nice decor of brown and blue. We had a king bed with side tables and lamps. There was a sofabed with coffee table and dresser with flat screen TV on top. A desk area with chair and lamp and a mirror. There was a small wardrobe with iron & board plus spare bedding. The bathroom was a reasonable size with marble vanity, sink, large mirror, hairdryer. Bathtub with shower and of course a toilet. Everything about the hotel was clean and tidy.

You can help yourself to tea and coffee from the lobby 24/7 and in the morning a full breakfast buffet was available. There was fruit, cereals, muffins, bread, waffles and hot items. The hot items tend to be different every days at Hampton Inns, but on our morning we had sausage patty and scrabbled egg which was great. There are also juices available along with tea and coffee.

If you want to eat out whilst here there are a couple of places just across the car park. Chuck E Cheeses and Red Lobster. There are several other places within a short drive too. Overall this is a very nice hotel in a good location and one I would recommend.
Hampton Inn & Suites Syracuse Erie Blvd/I-690
3017 Erie Boulevard East
Syracuse, New York


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