New York State Road Trip – Go Girlfriend

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My mom recently moved to New York, but she hasn’t had a chance to explore much of her new state. So when I started planning a New York state road trip upstate, she was really excited not only to travel but to travel with me, her youngest daughter. Mom has not had the opportunity to explore New York State much so I found her excitement about the trip quite rewarding and I hoped that the experience would not let her down.

I highly recommend road trips as a form of travel with your aging parent. It’s a great way to bond – the travel time is great for story-telling, singing and making memories. I also recommend a road trip through Upstate New York for a dose of the outdoors and relaxation, stopping in the towns of Watkins Glen and 1000 Islands. Each destination is an easy road trip from NYC and both are not terribly far apart from each other, making it easy to do hit both in one weekend. For us, beginning in New York’s famous Finger Lakes area, made for a great stomping ground for people of all ages, with a diverse palette of food, activities, and most importantly, a sense of tranquility. Plus, there’s a beautiful scenic drive between them along part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, one of the first roads in America to be designated as a National Scenic Byway. You’re very likely to return home refreshed and with new memories to share with your loved one.

If there is time for an extra excursion, Chautauqua is a wonderful choice for a final stop on this trip. It’s located near Jamestown, which is past Buffalo, and has a number of special attractions you can’t see anywhere else including the National Comedy Center and the Lucy-Desi Museum. You won’t laugh nearly as hard anywhere else on this trip, or for days after you arrive back home – totally worth the additional driving.

By Holly Rosen Fink – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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1840 Inn on the Main – Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

1840 Inn on the Main - Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

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Coming to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region? Welcome to 1840 Inn on the Main. Also known as the Alfred Morris Gifford House, the Inn has been gingerly renovated and is decorated in many period furnishings, reminiscent of the era and boasts bold, carved fireplaces and doorways in the dining room and parlors. The large foyer features a majestic oak split staircase leading to four guest rooms. An additional guest room is located on the level, which may be suitable for guests with mobility issues.

Upstairs, there is also a guest area, which has filtered water, coffee/tea, as well as sodas in the guest refrigerator.

The spacious side porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture to relax with a good book or chat with friends old and new or just unwind and enjoy the sound of the fountain in the nearby flower garden while sipping a glass of wine.

Just one mile down the road from Canandaigua Lake, the 1840 Inn on the Main is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, and a hiking/biking trail.

Other amenities Include:

  • Central A/C
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private Baths
  • Bath Products
  • Robes Available Upon Request
  • Hair dryers
  • Private Parking
  • Continental Breakfast Available for Business Travelers

There are many great things to do in the Finger Lakes, including:

  • NYS Wine and Culinary Center
  • Canandaigua Lady Paddlewheel Steamboat
  • Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum – A federal style mansion and impressive antique carriage and sleigh museum.
  • Sonnenberg Gardens – A beautiful Victorian mansion estate with over 40 acres of unique gardens
  • CMAC – an open performing arts center
  • Ontario Mall Antiques: the state’s largest antique mall.
  • Canandaigua Country Club
  • Bristol Harbour Resort
  • Bristol Mountain
  • Roseland Water Park
  • Ganondagan – a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people.

Come stay with us at 1840 Inn on the Main to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Winery tours are available upon request.

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