A weekend in the Finger Lakes
Welcome back to another edition of the Traveling Adjunct! Well, the semester is over and that means time to think about a getaway! Many people may think of the Finger Lakes of New York as strictly a wine region, but there’s so much to do in addition to wine tasting, like kayaking and cycling! So, for this edition of the Traveling Adjunct, I’m writing about my recent outdoorsy trip to “FL” – where I stayed, where I ate and discounts I scooped up!
My husband and I like to “run away from home” from time to time for a long weekend. When we planned our three-day “escape” to the Finger Lakes region of New York, we knew that we wanted to get in a good bike ride or two and maybe even a bit of kayaking. We chose to stay near Cayuga Lake since it was close to both the kayak rental place we found and to our anticipated bike rides. So here’s how we planned it:
We looked for discounts on kayak rentals and found a deal on Groupon with Fuzzy Guppies https://www.fuzzyguppies.com/ in Waterloo, New York. Normally, the cost for a half-day kayak rental was $35/person, but the Groupon deal was for two people for a half-day kayak rental for $30 total. Coincidently, Groupon was running a 20 percent off sale. So, we paid $24 for a leisurely afternoon of kayaking on the picturesque Seneca River connecting Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. We saw tons of turtles and water birds!
I requested a free bike/hike guide on the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. The guide is a collection of about 75 trail cards for cycling and hiking in the region. You can also print the trail maps online on the website’s Hike and Bike page. Although we debated whether to take our road bikes or our mountain bikes, in the end, we chose our road bikes and selected rides that were mostly on paved roads. One day, we did the ride named called Geneva Skyline Tour which was a 35-mile ride starting and ending in Geneva, New York, meandering through the scenic countryside and farmlands. The weather was perfect! We had planned to ride again that weekend, but unfortunately, the next day was pouring rain. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all!
As I mentioned, since it was raining cats and dogs one of the days we expected to ride, we decided to do what? Eat, that’s what! We had breakfast at Café XIX in Seneca Falls and it was delish! Some of the other yummy restaurants we tried during our trip were Moro’s Table in Auburn, Parker’s Grille in Seneca Falls, and http://www.ciccinos.com/ in Waterloo. And since we were burning off calories cycling and kayaking, a little ice cream couldn’t hurt. We made a stop at Love’s Italian Ice & Custard in Seneca Falls!
While it may not be the most romantic place in the world, we decided to stay at the Hampton Inn in Seneca Falls. We chose it not only because it was conveniently located, but also because we always know what to expect… and ok, and I’m trying to accumulate points for an upcoming trip….
Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog Traveleidoscope.com. Psst! You can also visit Traveleidoscope on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! And guess what – she’s now a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association!