Looking for a beautiful drive through scenic Central New York? Add Watkins Glen and the surrounding areas to your to-dos! A little over two hours from us in Clinton, NY, we spent one night and half a day exploring, dining, and taking photos for new shop goodies. As I learn more about NY state, I've so enjoyed getting out to the Finger Lakes and soaking in all that the region has to offer.
We stayed at the most beautiful pet-friendly Airbnb in Burdett that gave us plenty of space to relax, recharge, and enjoy the outdoors. Our drive there took us through country roads full of wineries, distilleries, and breweries galore. Tiffany thought of everything from a cozy living room to the most comfortable Purple mattress. We especially enjoyed the Adirondack chairs on the deck. We couldn't recommend the Boujee Bungalow more, it was so peaceful.
Not only is the cabin amazing but there's a full house nearby if you need more space – what a great way to gather with friends and family! In addition, there's a mowed path around the property that serves as a great trail to tire your pup out.
After a busy day exploring, this living room is just what we needed. The fireplace was the perfect touch for an extra cozy setting.
Pack your hiking boots! Although we couldn't go on the Watkins Glen Gorge Trail (not pet-friendly) we did get to enjoy outer trails as well as a few restaurants. Load up Google Maps to find picture-worthy stops of waterfalls, lakes, and scenic overlooks.
When you're ready to venture out for a great meal, Lucky Hare Brewing (with a second location coming in Owego) was a really low-key, super chill place to grab dinner with live music, tasty beer flights, fun patrons, and Babe's Burgers on the back deck.
The next day, we visited The Elf in the Oak and had another fantastic meal on their heated back patio – again this was dog friendly which made life easy for us! I enjoyed their BLT special and Jeremy tried the Chicken and Waffles and ate every last bite.
Before we knew it, it was time to head home and get back to the real world again. Jeremy booked a few photography jobs while in the area and we took our time heading home and stopped at a few wineries and garage sales for thrifting new-to-us items for the shop!
Overall, we really had a fantastic experience and wished we could've spent longer exploring everything – there's so much to see and you won't want to miss it on your next outing! To see more about the Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake area, check out their website.