Editor’s Review of Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
From the excitement of Manhattan to the mountains of the Adirondacks and the Catskills, New York has a lot to offer families. Unfortunately, many people overlook the allure of the Finger Lakes in the western part of the state. From the time I was a young toddler, my family has returned often to this pastoral setting, where farmland rolls to bluffs high above the long lakes and waterfalls plunge down the many gorges. The terrain is ideal for days of outdoor activity in and around the water and nights of dining on produce found at local farms, paired with the latest award-winning Riesling.
One of the highlights of the Finger Lakes is the hike through Watkins Glen gorge alongside a number of spectacular waterfalls. Watkins
Glen is at the southern end of 38-mile Seneca Lake, where you can go for a sunset sail on a windjammer or kayak through a cattail-laden marsh and see countless herons, turtles, and beaver. It's also the ideal locale for a relatively new hotel, the Harbor Hotel, opened in July 2008. Set on the shores, rooms overlook the great expanse of water and the few boats that cruise along the lake. Smack dab in the center of Watkins Glen, you're within easy walking distance to many restaurants, including the resort's own Blue Pointe Grille. less
Our Editor Loves
- Great waterfront location
- Watkins Glen gorge and the wineries
- Outdoor dining with lake views and breezes
- Water Sports
- Game Room
- Kids'/Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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That same stone seen in Watkins Glen State Park is used for the fireplace and pillars of the Harbor Hotel's lobby, a nice welcoming touch. Then there's the outdoor patio with firepit to warm you up on those cooler nights, outdoor dining area for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Coldwater Bar, serving all the award-winning wines found in the Finger Lakes region.
We chose a corner suite on the second floor, one of 104 rooms in the hotel. Ask for a room with water view and you'll be spending most of your time on the patio watching the world go by. The spacious room has two queen beds, a flatscreen TV, and a refrigerator to hold all the bounty of wine and fresh farm produce you'll find when driving around.
The bathroom is just as roomy, featuring a shower, separate Jacuzzi tub and environmentally friendly soaps and shampoo created by Green of Natura. There are also hairdryers, irons and ironing boards in each room. The breeze flowing off the lake was far superior to any air conditioner.
A room with two queen-sized beds, patio, lakefront view and Jacuzzi starts at $229 in summer. You can reduce that price to $169 if you choose a room without patio and lake views, but it's worth the splurge to see the lake and be outdoors.
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