Explore the Finger Lakes

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Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce

Watkins Glen and Schuyler County are located on the southern shore of beautiful Seneca Lake in the heart of New York's incredible Finger Lakes Region. If you're planning a trip to the Finger Lakes and searching for lodging, dining, things to do, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and beyond - you've come to the right spot! A new adventure awaits at every turn, and some of your best days are yet to come...

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Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Founded in 1986, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a non-profit organization dedicated to its member wineries. The wineries of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail are real, local, industrious, and determined businesses that help sustain a beautiful and prosperous region.

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Summit to Steam Adventures

The Finger Lakes Region consists of eleven lakes carved from glaciers in central New York State. At Summit to Stream Adventures we offer the best in Finger Lakes fly fishing, charter fishing, kayaking and archery. We are a family run business located in historic Watkins Glen, NY, centrally located at the south end of Seneca Lake. We are just minutes from Ithaca, Corning, Elmira and Geneva.

We offer something for everyone.  Come and experience the Finger Lakes and Watkins Glen to the fullest.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will do their very best to make your next adventure unforgettable.

Located a short walk from The Red Kettle Inn.

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Watkins Glen International Racetrack

Track History

Watkins Glen International was established on the streets of Watkins Glen, NY in 1948 and is North America’s premier racing facility. The Glen has a long and storied past from its Formula 1 roots to its position as New York’s home for NASCAR.

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Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises & Restaurant

A visit to Seneca Lake is not complete without stopping at Captain Bill's, located at the southern end of Seneca Lake, in beautiful upstate New York.  Captain Bill's provides a magnificent view, and offers many other breath taking experiences. Take a dining or sightseeing cruise, or just stroll our beautiful lakefront with your family and friends. 

Located a short walk from The Red Kettle Inn.  Perfect location for a wonderful dinner or dinner cruise.

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Sail History, Sail True Love

True Love is a 67′ schooner located at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier in Watkins Glen, New York.  After a long and proud history, the True Love schooner offers incredible experiences right here in the Finger Lakes. From public sails and private charters to corporate events and the celebration of life’s precious moments, True Love is ready to welcome you aboard.

True Love made her movie debut in the 1940 romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story, where she appeared as a miniature model of herself. This movie would go onto produce, perhaps one of the most famous sayings in modern sailing; when Katharine Hepburn said, “My, she was yar.”

Seneca Lake is a short walk from The Red Kettle Inn.  Sailing True Love is one of our all time favorite adventures!

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Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge.

A short walk from The Red Kettle Inn Bed and Breakfast.

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Painted Bar Stables

Located in Schulyer County, N.Y., Painted Bar Stables is a just up the hill from Watkins Glen and a short drive from Ithaca. Our location directly on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail puts us in the midst of cascading waterfalls, breathless lake views and rolling glacier carved hills.

Operating predominantly as a pleasure riding facility, we work to share our love of the surrounding area and the beauty that it offers. Painted Bar Stables offers a unique way to encounter the beauty of the Finger Lakes from horseback. The multiplicity of rides offered give different and unique ways to see the grandeur of the local landscape, whether it be in our back yard on shorter rides, in the Finger Lakes National Forest on longer adventures, or under the stars on our moonlight trail rides.

Located a short drive from The Red Kettle Inn.

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Old Scrolls Book Shop

Old Scrolls Book Shop specializes in collectible first editions, used & rare out-of-print books located on the wine trail near Canandaigua, NY.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail--hiking, cross-country skiing--winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. 

Located near the charming town of Trumansburg, NY — a 25 minute drive from The Red Kettle Inn.

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Historic Montour Falls Library

It was the good fortune of the library that Jesse Woodhull, a wealthy lumber merchant who had been born and raised in Montour Falls, took an interest in the library. Woodhull bought the former bank building on Main Street from the estate of Hull Fanton in 1900. Woodhull hired an architect to add a beautiful, rounded Tiffany glass window at the southeast corner of the building, and in 1904 graciously donated the building to the village to serve as the library. One room of the library was devoted to a museum holding a collection of artifacts and documents about the village’s history. With more room, the volume of books grew from 630 at its beginning to nearly 9,000 by 1960.

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Corning Glass Museum

Established in 1951 by Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) as a gift to the nation for the company’s 100th anniversary, The Corning Museum of Glass is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. Annually welcoming just under half a million visitors from around the world, the Museum's campus is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the world’s foremost library on glass, and one of the top glassworking schools in the world.

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Rockwell Museum

More than a museum! Displaying exquisite pieces, The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American spirit, character and values through the eyes of American artists.

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Schuyler County Historic Society/Brick Tavern Museum

Welcome to the Schuyler County Historical Society! We are located in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York, just south of Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. The Society maintains three properties and is headquartered at the Brick Tavern Museum, a large brick Federal-style building built in 1828 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Brick Tavern Museum and the adjacent Wickham Rural Life Center have exhibits relating to Schuyler County’s rich history. Our collections include artifacts, books and documents concerning the county's people and events, valuable to genealogists and researchers. Museum admission is free, donations are welcome. A fee is charged non-members to use our research resources. 

Short drive from The Red Kettle Inn, in the town of Montour Falls, NY.

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SheQuaGa Falls, Montour Falls

If you’re on Main St., you’re treated to one of the most beautiful small-town settings in the state. Montour Falls, although seemingly flat, sits just south of Seneca Lake within a section of the Portage Escarpment that was gouged out by glaciers 18,000 years ago. Encapsulated by cliffs over 300 ft high, this area is a “waterfall mecca,” with hundreds of small runoffs and several more significant waterways trickling down the escarpment.

Located in the charming town of Montour Falls, NY — less than

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Historic Montour Falls Library

It was the good fortune of the library that Jesse Woodhull, a wealthy lumber merchant who had been born and raised in Montour Falls, took an interest in the library. Woodhull bought the former bank building on Main Street from the estate of Hull Fanton in 1900. Woodhull hired an architect to add a beautiful, rounded Tiffany glass window at the southeast corner of the building, and in 1904 graciously donated the building to the village to serve as the library. One room of the library was devoted to a museum holding a collection of artifacts and documents about the village’s history. With more room, the volume of books grew from 630 at its beginning to nearly 9,000 by 1960.

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Women's Rights National Historic Park

Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848.  It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today.  The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

Located in Seneca Falls, this area is rich in history and a day trip from Watkins Glen.  The Red Kettle Inn highly recommends a visit!

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It's a Wonderful Life Museum

The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum was opened on December 10, 2010. The Museum is located in a portion of what was the first movie theater in town, the Seneca Theater. The theater was built in 1913 by Charles Fornesi, the first Italian to immigrate to Seneca Falls.

The Museum started with one display case, 20 items from the personal collection of Karolyn Grimes (“Zuzu Bailey”) and a wall of quotes from Frank Capra that focus on his philosophy of the value of each individual. Over the years, items from the personal collection of Richard Goodson have been added to the display, including original call sheets containing the doodles of Jack Okey, Art Director for It’s a Wonderful Life, the original program from the premiere of the film at the Globe Theater in New York City, and the earrings worn by Violet Bick in the film.

On display is a certificate presented to Frank Capra by Governor Mario Cuomo on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, donated to the Museum by Frank Capra’s son, Tom.

The Museum illustrates why local residents have long believed that Seneca Falls was the inspiration for Bedford Falls, including information on Antonio Varacalli, whose true story might well be the inspiration for important scenes in the film.

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Harriet Tubman Home

The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. is an independent non-profit established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to manage and operate the homestead of Ms. Tubman. The Harriet Tubman Home is charged with sharing Harriet Tubman's core values with visitors through a guided tour of the property.  On January 10, 2017 the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park was established.

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Ganondagan State Historic Site

Ganondagan State Historic Site located in Victor, NY is a National Historic Landmark, the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. Spanning 569 acres, Ganondagan (ga·NON·da·gan) is the original site of a 17th century Seneca town, that existed there peacefully more than 350 years ago. The culture, art, agriculture, and government of the Seneca people influenced our modern understanding of equality, democratic government, women’s rights, ecology and natural foods.

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Historic Hammondsport and Keuka Lake

Beautiful and Historic Hammondsport sits at the southern tip of Keuka Lake.  It is a perfect day trip from Watkins Glen.  Loaded with antique shops, local shopping, restaurants and wineries — if you love the Gilmore Girls, you will love this town. 

Taylor Doose approved!

Keuka Lake is our sister lake and offers a beautiful wine trail.  The perfect day trip from Watkins Glen, NY.

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Museum of the Earth

The Paleontological Research Institution’s Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the general public with a unique opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. The museum’s 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through 4.5 billion years of history, from the Earth’s origin to the present day. Through hands-on, visual exhibitions and outreach, the Museum of the Earth encourages critical thinking about life on Earth in the past and today, and how our species is affecting the natural world.