Exploring Watkins Glen, NY





The Finger Lakes


At the southern tip of Seneca Lake is the small village of Watkins Glen. The town is surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Watkins Glen State Park is just outside of town. It offers wonderful hiking past 200 ft. cliffs and 19 waterfalls. There are seven more waterfalls beyond the park that you can also see. It is also worth visiting the charming downtown with a number of shops, bars and restaurants. I recommend:

Watkins Glen


Watkins Glen

Rooster Fish Brewing: At 111 N. Franklin St., this is the local microbrewery that makes a number of ales, porters, IPAs, stouts and ambers.

Rooster Fish Brewing

Rooster Fish Brewing Pub: This is Rooster Fish Brewing’s local brewpub featuring their beer along with burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas and entrees. I really enjoyed their Cocoa Porter plus a wonderful Reuben sandwich. It has a fun, casual atmosphere. 223 N. Franklin.  

Rooster Fish Brewing Pub


Rooster Fish Brewing Pub

Graft Wine + Cider Bar: This is the area’s only bar serving locally produced wines and ciders. They also feature seasonal small-bites, snacks, salads, sandwiches and desserts. 204 N. Franklin.

Nickel’s Pit BBQ: This a casual downtown spot serving BBQ meals and craft beer and featuring live music and a patio. It is located in an historic building at 205-207 N. Franklin. I was sorry to have missed eating there, as it was closed for lunch when I was in town.

Nickel’s Pit BBQ

Glen Mountain Market Bakery & Deli, is a fun spot for breakfast and lunch along with breads and pastries baked fresh daily. 200 N. Franklin.

Glen Mountain Market Bakery & Del

Seneca Harbor Station: Located at 3 N. Franklin, in an 1876 Train Station, this is a seasonal restaurant with a mahogany bar, beach patio and Seneca Lake views. They also feature music on the patio during the summer months.

Harbor Hotel: This is a local hotel located at 16 N. Franklin St., right on the water in downtown Watkins Glen. It gets great reviews and has the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018.

Harbor Hotel

Though not my thing, you might enjoy Watkins Glen International. This is an automobile race track that features a number of races and events throughout the spring and summer.

Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen


Watkins Glen


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