A Romantic Honeymoon in the Finger Lakes

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! If you’re looking for the perfect destination to celebrate the start of your lives together, look no further than a honeymoon in the Finger Lakes at Idlwilde Inn. Our charming and historic Inn sets the stage for romance and relaxation, while our quaint lakeside location offers fun activities, access to the great outdoors and unique new experiences to share together. Keep reading to see how you can craft your perfect honeymoon in beautiful Watkins Glen, NY.


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Plan a Relaxing Rendezvous

If you’re looking to leave the stress of the wedding and family drama behind, then a plan to relax is in order. We recommend a gravity defying float at Inner Peace Floats. This is a new experience for many of our guests, which they all love and some even say that it’s life changing! They also provide massages and energy work to add to the relaxation.



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Heat Up Your Honeymoon to 4000˚

In nearby Corning, NY, we’re lucky to have the world’s largest glass museum which showcases the history of glass, exciting modern creations and all of the contributions to the world this small town has made. You’ll be able to see live demonstrations, and even take part in a hands-on glass blowing experience of your own. And don’t worry, if your self-made momento doesn’t turn out the way you planned, you can peruse the gift shop to find something perfect to mark the occasion. If that’s not enough reason to visit, the museum even offers a night of music, dancing and live demos every third Thursday of the month during their fun and free event known as 2300˚.



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Let Your Love Soar – Sailplanes, Fast Machines & Birds

For another new experience, we recommend that you check out the National Soaring Museum, which works to preserve the history of motorless flight. While you’re there, you can purchase a certificate to be used on your own flight in a sailplane with Harris Hill Soaring. Be sure to check out their website for hours and important FAQs. If vehicles with motors are more your thing, then the Glenn H Curtiss Museum is a wonderful place to stop in. They are dedicated to keeping our local history of motor vehicles and airplanes alive. You’ll be able to see full-scale aircraft reproductions and even the V8 motorcycle which launched Glenn Curtiss to attain the “fastest man on earth” designation in 1907. If you don’t care for man-made flying objects, but you still want your hearts to soar, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology surrounded by the beautiful Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary in Ithaca, NY. This center for the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds, allows you to take part in behind-the-scenes tours and guided walks – all for free.



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Celebrate Your Masterpiece of Love at Art Museums

If you appreciate beautiful things and like to discover them together, a visit to one or both of our favorite art museums is a must. Cornell University’s Herbert H Johnson Museum of Art in nearby Ithaca, NY, offers a wide variety of art from America and around the world for a global appreciation for art. For a quiet moment together, make sure to visit their Morgan Garden where you’ll be surrounded with peace and tranquility. For a more American experience, The Rockwell Museum in Corning celebrates artists who have contributed to the fabric of our own country, from native peoples to modern masters. This fantastic museum is handily close to the historic downtown with unique shops and eateries to explore as well.



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Connect with Nature and Each Other

Get outside to spend some quality time together exploring beautiful waterfalls, expansive lake vistas and adventurous hikes. Watkins Glen State Park is not only the most popular State Park in the Finger Lakes region, but it’s conveniently located just outside the door of our romantic Inn. We are happy to guide you to the best places to enjoy your favorite activities together including biking, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and more!



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Fill Your Lives With the Things that Make You Happy

No visit to the Finger Lakes would be complete without taking part of our region’s most popular activities; tasting and antiquing! Our area is rich with unique antique shops offering quality pieces oozing with charm and history. Stop into a few of these local gems to start collecting those special items to warm your new home together, while reminding you of your honeymoon at Seneca Lake. Then make some time to tour the Seneca Lake and Finger Lakes Wine and Craft Beer Trails to find your new favorite libations and toast to your wedded bliss. Bring home a few bottles to save for your first anniversary, or better yet, book your stay for your first-anniversary getaway as you check out of your romantic honeymoon at Idlwilde Inn.



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Book Your Romantic Honeymoon in the Finger Lakes!

Now that you see all of the fun things to do near Watkins Glen, NY, choose your favorite romantic room to return to after your days of adventure. You’ll wake in the morning to the most delicious homemade breakfast, which you can enjoy in our cozy dining room or on our expansive porch with fantastic views of Seneca Lake. We can’t wait to welcome you as you start your lives together in our quaint and quiet town in the Finger Lakes. Cheers!


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