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Its streets paved with American Road Racing heritage, Watkins Glen is village of fast-paced thrills and meandering-paced pleasures. Its 2 biggest draws are the renowned Watkins Glen International race track, and the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Watkins Glen State Park. For casual drinkers or connoisseurs, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail provides a tasting tour of some of the region’s best, whilst nearby Finger Lakes National Forest offers endless recreation, with over 30 miles of hiking trails.

Things to see

Located just outside the village, Watkins Glen State Park exists as if it were straight out of a fantasy novel. Swathed in peaceful woodland, the centerpiece of the 1,000-acre park is its 400 foot deep glacier-formed gorge. A trail weaves through the gorge and creek, leading visitors over stone bridges, up and down 800 steps, and past 19 shimmering waterfalls as they cascade down mossy rock shelves. Home to the smell of burning rubber and the sound of revving engines, Watkins Glen International exists in stark contrast. Famous for being the venue of the United States Grand Prix from 1961-1980, the race track has gone on to host events including Formula One, the World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR. An early stop off on the wine trail north, graced with rolling green views, Lakewood Vineyard’s crisp, earthy, and fruity wines can be sampled onsite. Operated by the Stamp family, the winery produces everything from pinot noir to chardonnay.

Hotels in Watkins Glen

The hotels in Watkins Glen accommodate all tastes and budgets, whether you want a characterful rental cabin, a quaint B&B, or a sprawling lakeside lodging with all the mod-cons. The larger hotels in the area include some familiar chain names, all of which offer lots of amenities. Among them you can expect gymnasiums, swimming pools, and business centers; whilst in-room you’ll find cable television, internet access, refrigerators, and microwaves. Some of the hotels in Watkins Glen sit within especially scenic locations, where guests are greeted each morning with a view. For those driving in or renting a car, most accommodations options offer guests complimentary parking.

Where to stay

Wherever your hotel in Watkins Glen, the village’s small size puts all its commercial offerings within easy walking distance of one another. The main drag is Franklin Street, a typical American thoroughfare offering a blend of national chain and local businesses. Here retail therapy ranges from brand outlet stores to shops selling gifts, crafts, and antiques, whilst restaurants pair local produce with the region’s fine wines. The village also puts you in good stead for exploring numerous attractions in the Finger Lakes area. You’ll find captivating exhibits at the Schuyler County Historical Society, stage spectaculars at the Clemens Center, and vibrant works at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.

How to get to Watkins Glen

If you intend to fly in, Watkins Glen sits within convenient reach of multiple airports. Ithaca-Tompkins Regional sits 30 miles from the village and offers connections to Detroit, Newark, and Philadelphia, whilst Elmira-Coming Regional sits just 20 miles away and offers connections to Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, and Philadelphia too. Greater Rochester International and Greater Binghamton Airport are situated just an hour away, whilst Syracuse Hancock International is an hour and a half’s drive. Between the 3 of them, they serve most destinations in the United States. Those driving in will find Watkins Glen along New York State Route 14, which becomes Franklin Street as you enter the village.

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