Finger Lakes Activities to Enjoy This Summer

Upstate New York is open and summer is in full swing! Come enjoy the wide range of activities the Finger Lakes have to offer this season. There are so many options to choose from while still enforcing social distancing from horseback riding, kayaking, hiking at state parks, to taking in the sights, and more! Stay with us at Idlwilde Inn to take part in all this summer fun in Watkins Glen. Hurry up and plan your getaway soon – we’re filling up fast!

Family Kayaking Available on Lake Seneca in the Summer

Spend Your Day Out on the Water

To truly take in the glory of the Finger Lakes you have to get out on the water! There are many kayak rentals available on the shores of Seneca Lake, the largest Finger Lake in NY, Summit to Stream and Seneca Lake Kayak to name a few. To add a little sport to your day, grab a rod and reel because the waters of the lake are home to many different species of fish. Launching their 2020 season, Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises offers lunch, dinner, and cocktail cruises to round out your day on the water. Don’t forget to check out the Watkins Glen Pier, located within walking distance from the Inn. The sun is still rising and setting over the lake so find a spot and check out the amazing views.

Come enjoy the many vineyards here in the Finger Lakes in the summer.

Or Choose to Keep Your Feet on Dry Land

If being on land is more your speed, check out The Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Come take a stroll at one of the vineyards, enjoy a day surrounded by grapes and not crowds. The trail offers over 30 wineries, so schedule your trip ahead of time to suit your preferences! Do you have a love for horses? One of the wineries on the trail, Fulkerson Winery, has partnered up with a local stable, Painted Bar Stables, to offer a unique horseback vineyard trail ride package for July. Being cooped up in the house for too long really makes you want to get out and stretch those legs. Just within walking distance of the Inn, Watkins Glen State Park offers miles of hiking trails and spectacular scenery. Check it out, because the hiking trails are now open!

Many dining options to choose from in Watkins Glen, NY.

An Abundance of Dining Options

Come enjoy an array of fabulous and delicious dining options here in Watkins Glen. Many restaurants are now open with your choice of indoor and outdoor seating, or if you prefer, take-out to enjoy at various locations around the Inn. Consider yourself a lover of craft beer? Seneca Lake and the surrounding areas are home to many craft breweries. Come enjoy one of our favorites, Lucky Hare Brewing Company, whether an aficionado of craft beers or a newcomer to the craft there is something for everyone to enjoy. You might even spy Marcus, the Inn’s co-owner, enjoying a sour on their deck overlooking the lake. Make sure to take time to unwind and enjoy yourself. No need to worry if the night gets away from you; if you require a designated driver check out Main Street Drivers.

Summer Sunset at Idlwilde Inn on the Finger Lakes.

Book your Summer Getaway to Idlwilde Inn Now

Situated perfectly on the region’s idyllic rolling hills, the Inn flaunts panoramic views of Seneca Lake. With 15 guest rooms to choose from, featuring Victorian antiques and charming common areas; our Watkins Glen Bed and Breakfast is the ideal place to create an unforgettable experience with family or friends. Additionally, feel free to bring your canine companion along and stay in our dog-friendly rooms located in the Carriage House. We continue to offer the same sweet and savory breakfast, now served in several locations on the property; choose from our dining room with socially distanced tables, dining on our porch with a view of the lake, or in earshot of our garden fountain. Book with total confidence knowing our Idlwilde Inn team is committed to ensuring an excellent guest experience and guest safety. Stay small, stay safe!

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Stay Small, Stay Safe

The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority, and we have made some important changes to prepare for your future visit to Watkins Glen. Find out how you can stay small, stay safe at Idlwilde Inn; as well as top summer activities to enjoy while still implementing social distancing. We hope to welcome you soon!

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