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Hop on a Mini Bus Rental in New York and Visit Schuyler County
Looking for your next big family vacation or out-of-town corporate outing destination? Consider going to Schuyler County. Get a mini bus rental in New York for your group and get ready to have tons of fun.
So just what can you do in Schuyler County? A lot. And we have come up with a list of suggestions on what to do and where to go. As long as you have a mini bus rental in New York to drive you around, going places is going to be easy and hassle-free.
Watkins Glen State Park
Schuyler County is also called the ‘Land of the Tumbling Waters’ because of its many waterfalls. Just head over to Watkins Glen State Park in the village of Watkins Glen, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, and be amazed at the beauty of its 19 waterfalls and its lovely viewing locations.
The waterfalls here include:
- Excelsior Gen Falls at State Route 414 North.
- Twin Falls at Templar Road
- Aunt Sarah's Falls at State Route 14
- Shequaga Falls at Genesee Street
- Deckertown Falls at Catlin Street.
- Havana Glen Gorge/Eagle Cliff Falls at Havana Glen Road, off of State Route 14
- Hector Falls at State Route 414 N in Hector
The park also includes a large picnic area, a campground, a swimming pool, among others. However, the main attractions are the trails through the Glen, particularly the narrow gorge trail which would surely leave you spellbound. It is even said that a hike through this narrow gorge along Glen Creek can be an almost spiritual experience.
Part of the Glen’s charm are the stone walkways and the bridges that were built in the 30's as part of a public works project.
Sugar Hill State Forest
Sugar Hill State Forest is located 7 miles west of Watkins Glen in the Allegheny Plateau and covers over 10,000 acres of land. You can go for a hike and explore, go horseback riding, bird watching, hunting, camping, or simply have a picnic. During winter, you can also go cross-country skiing and snowmobiling here.
Call the State Forest Office at (607) 776-2165 for more information.
Finger Lakes National Forest
Finger Lakes National Forest is known as the only national forest in New York State. It boasts 16,212 acres of land between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. There are over 30 miles’ worth of trails that showcase Schuyler County’s ravines and woodlands. You can go camping, fishing, and mountain biking here.
The Farm Sanctuary
Next to Sugar Hill State Forest is the Farm Sanctuary. This place serves as home to rescued animals that include pigs, cows, and sheep. So if you have kids in tow, they will surely enjoy seeing all the animals here. Call (607) 583-2225 or log on to http://www.farmsanctuary.org/ for more information.
Schuyler County is not just all about nature and beautiful landscapes. If you are looking for something sporty and something to give you that adrenalin rush, then there are places you could go to. You can get your mini bus rental in New York to drive you to these racing venues.
Watkins Glen International
There is definitely more to Watkins Glen than just nature trails and waterfalls. It can be a haven for motor racers and racing enthusiasts, too. The Watkins Glen International has been playing host to international automobile road racing, like the annual Vintage Grand Prix.
If you are looking for the thrill of Indy Car and NASCAR, WGI offers races at particular times of the year. You can even drive 3 laps around the track.
Watikins Glen International also hosts several festivals, concerts and wine tastings.
Check out the WGI site at http://www.theglen.com to learn about the track's schedule of events and the races.
International Motor Racing Research Center
If you are a big fan of motor racing and a visit to The International Motion Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur Street in Watkins Glen should be in order. The center has a wide collection of materials that represent the documentary heritage of both professional and amateur motor racing, focusing Formula 1, Sports Car, NASCAR, and Historic and vintage racing.
The Research Center also maintains archives for personal papers of drivers, authors and journalists, as well as historical newsletters and records of motor racing teams, clubs and corporations. You can also check out its collection of rare books, reference books, serial publications pertaining to cars, drivers, races and motor racing history. Aside from all these reading materials, there are also historical photographs, videos, films, oral histories, and memorabilia.
This modern facility has a reading room where you can do your reading and research, a film room, and display rooms.
If you are lucky, you might be able to catch famous race drivers who periodically hold talks at the center. Every few months, they change their display of a donated vintage race car at the Center's atrium lobby.
How would you like to go camping at Schuyler County and have one unforgettable experience? There are numerous campgrounds that you can choose from. Just make sure you get a sprinter van or a mini bus rental in New York, depending on your group’s size.
Clute Memorial Park and Campgrounds
This campground at 155 S. Clute Park Dr. in Watkins Glen is directly in line for the breeze off Seneca Lake and therefore offers some comfort if you are camping on a hot summer day. The park has been carefully landscaped and designed to be a wholesome family recreation spot.
The campground has full hook-up sites with water, electricity, water, sewer, and cable. There are tent and trailer sites, dock rentals, tennis courts, a skate park, boat launch sites, fishing areas, a dumping station, pavilions, a playground, and playing fields available, too.
Call (607) 535-4438 for more information.
Cool-Lea is open from May 15 to October 15. This campground is a great destination for back-to-nature family vacations. Located at State Route 228, in Odessa, Cool-Lea is set along the shores of the pristine Cayuta Lake, which was named after the Seneca princess Kayutah. For more information, call (607) 594-3500 or log on to http://www.coolleacamp.com.
Vickio's Deerfield Park
Vickio’s offers 44 REV sites, 27 tent sites, water and electricity, dump station, hot showers, a lake, a racecourse, a video arcade, pinball games, and a playground, among many others. This park is on 3378 Rte 329 W, in Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes. Call (607) 535-4384 for more information about Vickio’s.
Other camping grounds include:
- Lake Grove Park, at 2619 County Rt. 6 in Alpine
- Cayuta Lake Camping, at 2457 County Rt. 6 in Alpine
- Havana Glen Park & Campground, at Havana Glen Rd. in Montour Falls
- Montour Marina, at Marina Dr. in Montour Falls
- Paradise Park Campground, at 4150 Cross Rd. in Reading Center
When you are in Schuyler County, make sure to include wine tasting in your itinerary. Why? Because Seneca Lake, which is within Schuyler, has more than 30 wineries and you just have to try the best wines in the area! So hop on a mini bus rental in New York with your group and visit as many wineries as you can in one day!
The region has the ideal climate for growing native grapes, hybrids and specialty grapes like Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. There are also several specialized wine tours offered by groups of wineries as well as wine festivals.
So here is our list of wineries in Schuyler County. With a mini bus rental in New York, hopping from one winery to another would be a piece of cake.
Ventosa Vineyards. This vineyards is can be found on the east side of Seneca Lake. It is specifically located at 3440 Route 96A in Geneva. Call (315) 719-0000 for inquiries and log on to http://www.ventosavineyards.com/ to learn more about this vineyard.
Fruit Yard Winery. This winery in the west side of Seneca Lake specializes in fruit wines. Visit the vineyard at 5060 Route 14, in Dundee. Check out the winery online at http://www.fruityardwinery.com/ or call (607) 243-8866 for inquiries and reservations.
Kings Garden Vineyards. This vineyard at 9085 Route 414 in Lodi is located in the Finger Lakes “banana belt” region and is just a quarter mile from the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Log on to http://www.kingsgardenvineyards.com/ to learn more about Kings Garden or call (607) 582-7444.
Lakewood Vineyards. Lakewood Vineyards produces award-winning wines. Visit the winery at 4024 State Route 14, in Watkins Glen. Call (607) 535-9252 or check out http://www.lakewoodvineyards.com/ for more information.
Chateau Lafayette Reneau Winery and Inn. This winery consists of 140 acres of vineyards, woodlands, and ponds. It boasts of an old-world brick house and winery that complements the old-world, traditional European wine-making process it follows. It also has a panoramic view of Seneca Lake. Visit Chateau Lafayette Reneau at 5081 Route 414, 7 Miles North of Watkins Glen, in Hector. Check out its Web site at http://www.clrwine.com/ or call (607) 546-2062.
Here are the other wineries that you may want to look up:
- Anthony Road Wine Co.
- Belhurst Estate Winery
- Castle Grisch Winery
- Earle Estates Winery
- Fox Run Vineyards
- Fulkerson Winery
- Glenora Wine Cellars
- Hickory Hollow Wine
- Miles Wine Cellars
- Prejean Winery
- Rock Stream Vineyards
- Seneca Shore Wine
- Torrey Ridge Winery
- White Springs Winery
- Red Tail Ridge Winery
- Atwater Estate Vineyards
- Catharine Valley Winery
- Caywood Vineyards
- Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
- JR Dill Winery
- Lamoreaux Landing
- Leidenfrost Vineyards
- Penguin Bay Winery
- Red Newt Cellars
- Three Brothers WInery
- Tickle Hill Winery
- Wagner Vineyards
- Zugibe Vineyards
What are you waiting for? Relax, go and enjoy a few glasses of wine. With a mini bus rental in New York, you need not worry about drunk driving!