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Planning Summer RoadTrips Ideas and suggestions for the best summer road trips

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Finger Lakes New York

I have more than two days off in a row this coming weekend. Kismet, Cath and I (along with Porsche buddy and his Mrs) are heading south into NY and heading towards the Finger Lakes area. Leaving Friday afternoon, returning Monday (Queen Victoria's birthday is celebrated in Canada).

We understand there is scenery, wineries, and Watkins Glen to be seen. We've booked a B&B near Geneva NY.

Any inputs or suggestions??

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What a great trip!
We departed Ottawa Friday at noon - sort of. I took Mrs Porsche with me and Cath came along with Mr P as they had that work thing to do. We took the 416 to the Ogdensburg NY crossing. Despite the holiday weekend (Victoria Day - celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday) we managed to get through US Customs in about 15 minutes. From there we proceeded down rte 812 to rte 11 - good scenery, some twists, light traffic and good roads. That dropped us on to I81 just outside of Watertown where we waited for Cath and Mr P.

From Watertown we followed I81 to I90 making good time with no smokies to be seen. We got off the interstate at rte 414 and made our way over to Lake Seneca. On the recommendation of the B&B owner we grabbed dinner at the Crow's Nest (www.thecrowsnestrestaurant.com) which is located on a marina. Good company there - a DB9, a 57 Vette, and a 6 series BMW cabrio. The staff are friendly, courteous and attentive. The food is very good and reasonably priced, good selection of local wines and taps.

After dinner it was a very short hop to the B&B - Paradise on the Lake. Very nice rooms, great view over the lake to the west - hosted by Gary, a former school teacher turned inn keeper. http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=The...ra=ls&t=m&z=12

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Awwwww I didn't even see this thread until now. Did you take pictures of the girls roaming the countryside? it sounds divine!


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Sounds like a fun trip, any pictures?
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Sorry I missed this thread, I was out of town attending to a sick father. I live in the Finger Lakes region. Great spot for scenery, wine tasting, and twisty roads around the lakes. Glad you enjoyed the area. Besides the snowy winters...this area is great. Hurry back. Greg


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320Chick - we never let our girls roam free; not safe for the locals! Besides their so pretty some kurl might kidnap them! And I'm no Liam Neesen.

Greg - you were the guy I was looking for then - had solicited advice before departing. I hope your dad is better. We didn't see another SLK the whole time; one SL (W107).

We stayed at Paradise on the Lake (http://www.paradiseonthelake.us/) which is very nice and as I said above, we were hosted by Gary (Peg owns the place but also resides in Niagara on the Lake). It's off the road and the road in is a bit rough but passable if you take your time (by which I mean it won't ruin your detailing).

Breakfast was very good and they are happy to accommodate your own nibbles in the fridge (we brought our traditional bottles of champagne and apfelkorn as well as some charcuterie). One day was omelets to order and the next was stuffed french toast. Should you go, Gary's recommendations for dining and wineries were 4.0. We got to the point of joking that if Gary hadn't mentioned it, we weren't going in.

Day two started with a scenic trip to Auburn to pick up parts for both cars. Peter got all sorts of bits and bobs; most of mine were filters. CANADIANS TAKE NOTE: it's not a big secret but the parts down south are much much cheaper. NAPA and autosource amongst others will ship to the store of your choice for pick up. Pete had picked NAPA in Auburn (still a mystery) so I followed suit. They knocked an additional 10-15% off the list price. Pete had priced everything at the local Porsche stealer - what he got was roughly a 1/3 the price. I figure at least 50% over even third party types up here.

Greg - does this Auburn have anything to do with the classic roadster?

The rest of the day was spent touring down Lake Cayuga including a couple of wineries. The first is very close to the B&B and is really closer to Seneca Lake. Three Brothers - each with a different approach to wine making and a brewery that honors their dad, a WW2 vet. An interesting "event" but as wine goes, disappointing. Some were outright sugary. There are also numerous bus/limo tours that prowl the area and 3 Brothers seems popular, probably due to it's layout (Disney-esque). For fifty-something Canucks, these people (office party, stag and doe types) don't fit the winery type - much too loud, wooping and yelling even. Tacky (and I don't see myself as being a snob).

After we picked up the parts we drove down the east side of the lake to Ithaca; again great scenery, not much traffic and very nice roads. It is Amish country, so you may encounter the occasional buggy, and certainly fields being plowed by horse teams. I saw one five mule team plowing.

The other place we stopped was Sheldrake Point. Very nice set up, right on the lake, very nice setting including benches out by the vines to take in the scenery. Very knowledgeable staff and good whites. In general I found the terroir just doesn't suit reds. Just one opinion. http://www.sheldrakepoint.com/

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Sorry...a bit (a lot) slack in getting a few fotos up between being on the road and switching between ipod, laptop and netbook. (excuses..)

Day three we started off at Ventosa Vineyards which as a short blast from the B&B. Very classy looking operation. The "nice" people were probably still at church when we walked in....
Again, good whites but the reds were weak. Very nice venue with a nice view across the lake towards Geneva. If I owned it, I'd be doing a brunch big time. http://www.ventosavineyards.com/

We looped north through Geneva and down the west side of the lake. Geneva is a lovely little town and it was graduation at the local college (Hobart) so the streets were full of parked cars - obstructing some really nice architecture.. I would characterize this area as turn of the century (or late 1800s) industrial. You can tell it had really been prosperous at one time, but sadly that time has passed. The main street was suffering, but the grand dame homes along the street were still impressive.

We moved south along the western shore, enjoying good roads, and terrific scenery. If you tried to visit each winery along the way...you'd need a couple of weeks of touring or a couple of months in the local lockup! We elected to stop at Fox Run Vineyards (again on Gary's say so). http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

It's a lovely set up, with a view over the lake from a large "house" with veranda. They also run a small bistro as well as the tasting room. A great selection of whites and probably the best reds, but not on par with Cali nor euro/ozzie/SA reds. The also have some quirky tables and such made from barrel staves - but not the sort of thing one collects in the boot of a topdown SLK!

Still before lunch we moved a bit further south to Miles Wine Cellars. http://mileswinecellars.com/
Now this was an interesting stop with lots of history. The house was originally built as a terminus for lake ferries/boat traffic. It was also a stop on the underground railroad for escaped slaves on the way to freedom in Canada. During renovations several 1860s pennies were found in the cellar - a local historian says that it is likely a small offering by escapers for cover and food.

The house is also reportedly haunted - which adds some pizazz to the house which is also a small inn. The winery offers good whites and local reds (I've beat that to death, right?) but also three different beers. They are currently expanding to include the brewery and more rooms for the inn. The view from the bluff is very nice.

Past noon breakfast had worn off so we made our way to the town of Watkins Glen. We stopped at Seneca Harbor (sic) Station and ate at the Village Marina Bar & Grill. A great spot - lots of period pictures etc and a good menu. The food and service were very good. The outdoor patio afforded a great view of the period lake boats departing for the tour of the lake.

We had a brief visit with a touring band of bikers - all from the Niagara Canada area that had been on the road since Thursday. Our ladies agreed that touring a la four wheels beat two up on two wheels. (In our day, Cath and I did enjoy touring on our Goldwing...but with age comes wisdom..and an SLK! Sun, comfort and storage).
http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=restaur...staurants&z=16

The town is charming from our drive through and we plan to return to explore it properly. Clearly it welcomes the motoring crowd and depends on tourism. We made our way from lunch to Watkins Glen track - a brief but pleasant drive up hill. At the tracks we watch the Viper Club enjoying themselves. Bad timing on our part - at noon and 5pm you can do laps behind a pace car for 25$. A flying friend was also there the same weekend and said it was a blast (in his A4).

The weather continued to be on our side so we went back to town to see the gorge. Parking is $5 but otherwise free. You can hike the gorge one way (a shuttle will take you back to the entrance) or out and back (our choice...since the shuttle wasn't running) - 1.5miles and 500ft vertically. It's truly picturesque - mother nature can do some amazing things.


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