Small business saturday
Join us November 30, 2019, for Small Business Saturday, take the Shop Small Pledge with us and support our local economy! The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a shopper’s welcome station where you’ll receive your Small Business Saturday Passport, visit pop-up shops, bring the kids out for crafts, and more! But the benefits don’t end there. At any participating business or the Chamber, be sure to pick up your 24 Days of Shopping Small Passport containing even more discounts throughout the holiday shopping season, running December 1 to December 24, with amazing deals from our small businesses throughout Schuyler County and the Finger Lakes Region! For more information click here. #ShopSmall
The finger lakes
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! Speaking of planning a trip, our 2019 Travel Guide is here. You can download it here or request a paper copy in the mail here.
so much to do!
Wondering where to begin? Here are a few ideas! Watkins Glen State Park's Gorge Trail boasts 19 waterfalls along a 2 1/2 mile trail. The Rim Trail (which is dog-friendly) at the State Park is open year-round and offers a neat perspective, skirting the top edge of the gorge. Watkins Glen International offers a full schedule of adrenaline-pumping racing action. If you want to get up close and personal with the race circuit, check out Drive the Glen, where you can drive your car on the famed road course! Get out on the water with a sail on a historic schooner or perhaps a sightseeing cruise is more your style. You can even take a lunch or dinner cruise!
Explore the great outdoors and beyond...
Get outside and explore by hiking, biking, or horseback riding, and visiting the many waterfalls in the area, which always look extra-beautiful during springtime. If you're wondering what events are up next, you should mark your calendar for the Waterfront Festival in Watkins Glen on June 15 and 16 - and Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen June 28 - July 1. Check out our First Friday events in downtown Watkins Glen (called Friday on Franklin) and also Night Market, hosted at Seneca Harbor Park on the first Saturday of every month beginning in June.
In addition to all of the above, our area boasts many other acclaimed attractions including Seneca Lake and her many surrounding waterways, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Sugar Hill State Forest, the Finger Lakes National Forest; the Farm Sanctuary; the International Motor Racing Research Center, museums, galleries, and theaters, and so much more.
in close proximity to other great Finger Lakes destinations
We are also less than 30 minutes from other top destinations including the Keuka Lake, Cayuga Lake, and towns such as Corning, Elmira, and Ithaca; and within an hour's drive of Geneva, Canandaigua, and Seneca Falls - we are your perfect "home base" while vacationing in the region! Watkins Glen and Schuyler County on beautiful Seneca Lake is your perfect trip for your family vacation, girl's getaway, couple's retreat, or wedding. A new adventure awaits at every turn, and some of your best days are yet to come…
Featured Member: Single Island Shores
Located on the east side of Seneca Lake, guests will enjoy easy access to the area's top wineries and attractions. Whether you are looking for a cabin rental for a weekend getaway, or a vacation rental for the entire family, Single Island Shores is the perfect destination for comfort and relaxation. All of their lake cottages are built with rustic appeal and luxurious comfort. You'll enjoy beautiful lake views from every angle, including the unbeatable Seneca Lake sunset each evening. To learn more about Single Island Shores, click here.