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Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:30:01 PM »

The Finger Lakes Rally, NY
Date: July 17-20, 2014
Location: Babcock Hollow Campground, Bath NY
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There is more than just wineries here!
Museums,
(1) Corning Glass Museum, It is a day in itself. Great for kid and they are FREE!
(2) Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Can be done as a package with the Glass Museum
(3) Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport.
(4) National  Soaring Museum in Elmira.
(5) Mark Twain Museum in Elmira

KIDS KIDS KIDS
(1) Eldridge Park in Elmira. Restored Carousel and other rides perfect for kids of all ages
(2) Harris Hill Amusement Park. Great for the kids and next door to the soaring museum

Hiking & Biking & Water
(1) Finger Lakes Trail.
(2) Cohocton river, Tioga River, Chemung river

The fun never ends please join us for the 2014 Fingerlakes Rally!
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Re: Re: 2014 Mid Atlantic Group Trip/Rallies
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 07:06:24 PM »
Gary,
I know there's a group that wants to do a fingerlakes winery weekend but I need some direction.

When do the campgrounds close in that area?  Late or mid October?

Are there local wineries that group together for $30 you can visit 6-8 wineries and sample and have live music? 
We have about 8-10 wineries that get together for a spring and fall weekend. http://www.bvwinetrail.com/

I'm like to map the wineries and add campgrounds within to pick our place.
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Re: Re: 2014 Mid Atlantic Group Trip/Rallies
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 07:18:06 PM »
Looks like i will get on it!  Is there anyone else local to the area that can Help?

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 07:57:41 PM »
Here are some local campgrounds in the area.


View Fingerlakes Winery Rally in a larger map
Elmbois Family CGhttp://elmbois.com/$27small now
Cardinal CGhttp://www.campingfriend.com/cardinalcampground/$25 w/eonly 65 site, no map
Camp Bell CGhttp://www.campbellcampground.com/$30 w/ea little worried about shade from the pics
Hickory Hill CGhttp://www.hickoryhillcampresort.com/$55 w/e $65 w/e/sa lot of amenties, a lot of money
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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 09:00:18 PM »
Peter and I do the Seneca Lake (Watkins Glen) area wineries quite regularly. On that side of the lake, there are 18 wineries.

Tastings on most of them are very reasonable, $4-$6 for 5 or 6 wines.

Our personal favorite is Leidenfrost. There is even a distillery.
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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 05:28:25 AM »
There is also Watkins Glen State park as well, but take note only one loop has hydro and it fills up fast..  Also on the highway north from Corning to Watkins there is a K.O.A ...   

Also should be taken note...  On the approach to Watkins (from Corning) there is a steep hill with a 90 degree bend at the bottom (if you blow the red light you'll end up making a drive thru in the Pizza Hut) , think the signs states nothing over 2 tons allowed down the hill...  I know most do have a 2 ton trailer, but those with electric brakes will want to use a different road..   if you follow the signs for Watkins Glen raceway and move over one road to the West (this road also runs right past WG State park) you'll have less of a grade (still makes a 90 at the bottom of the hill.)


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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 08:01:48 AM »
Joe, as I told you at Francis Slocum, we have stayed at Camp Bell Campground and it is inexpensive and has nice facilities. They do have a loop that could work for the group with a pavillion I think. There are a lot of seasonals, but they are well kept. They also have discount tickets for Corning Glass Museum. We went up at the end of August a couple years ago and the weather was perfect, with 70's during the day and 50's at night. The row with site 23-31 are slightly shaded and have cabins in that row. Sites 65-91 are in an open field. All the others are seasonals the last time we were there.
We had looked at the KOA, but expensive so opted to go elsewhere.
Also, Watkins Glen International offers 3 laps for $25 in your own vehicle. We did it in our van and the girls loved riding around a real race track. You follow the pace car around and they stop on the front stretch so you can take pictures. Definitely worth it if you are a race fan.
Also, make sure you do the gorge trail at Watkins Glen State Park, definitely worth it.

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2013, 01:04:21 PM »
We would LOVE to do something like this -maybe even for a long weekend?

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2013, 01:15:16 PM »
I was thinking more along the lines of Keuka Lake. The have a Wine Passport which is good at 7or8  wineries around the lake. Cost ia $12 plus tax 8%. Heron Hills has live music most weekends.  Gary

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2013, 09:57:03 PM »
This is something we would be interested in going on.

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2013, 10:27:37 PM »
I've updated the map to include Keuka Lake wineries. 

chiefbowes, can you PM me or post a link to the wine passport?

acenorm, I do remember talking about the winery tour but get a little confused with 10 rallies going on.  Thanks for the reminder.  I'm checking out the campground now to reviews, dates and groups.  Looks like it's only 25min from the start of the wineries.
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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 11:44:11 AM »
I'll keep watching this one. We enjoyed touring Seneca Lake  several yrs ago & would be interested in trying other wineries this time. It's such a lovely area.
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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2013, 08:00:27 AM »
I had a lengthy conversation with the owner of Camp Bell Campground last evening. Wow, these guys have their act together.

Once we figure what our plans, they will work with me for some options which can include a shuttle bus to the wineries and/or several local museums.

The Corning Museum of Glass: The Corning Museum of Glass allows you to explore, experience and interact with glass. Explore the world's finest collection of historical and art glass which includes more than 45,000 pieces and represent over 3,500 years of glass making history.

There is also options to make your own glass.

Watkins Glen State Park: Watkins Glen State Park is the crown jewel of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Within two miles of its start, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls all along its course.

Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum: Explore 9 miles of scenic trails in the Finger Lakes area.

Rockwell Museum of Western Art: The Museum boasts the finest American Western and Native American art collection this side of the Mississippi.

Seneca Park Zoo: Seneca Park Zoo offers a public exhibition of animals in naturalistic environments.

The National Soaring Museum: The National Soaring Museum is an aviation museum striving to preserve the history of motorless flight.

Watkins Glen International: Watkins Glen International (aka "The Glen") is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York at the southern tip at Seneca Lake.

Seabreeze Amusement Park: Experience the fun and excitement of more than 70 great attractions at Seabreeze with your family.

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2013, 08:10:33 AM »
I had a lengthy conversation with the owner of Camp Bell Campground last evening. Wow, these guys have their act together.


Glad to hear, they were good to us when we were there. They are originally from PA, I believe, outside Philly somewhere.

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2013, 10:18:36 AM »
Both Seneca Park Zoo and Seabreeze are 1-1/2 hours north in Rochester.

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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2013, 01:59:30 PM »
a ride to wine and 19 waterfalls?! I'm definitely following this one closely.
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Re: Finger Lakes Wine Rally
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2013, 07:24:48 PM »
Visited Camp Elmbois today which is just above the west side wineries on Keuka lake.  It will be nice in a few years but to small today. Looks like Cardinal campground may be the winner for Keuka lake. Gary

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2013, 12:40:19 PM »
Some attractions that have been missed - Mark Twain museums; 2 in Elmira plus his gravesite.
You may also want to check out the Race Track events. They hold a weekend wine festival every year with (dry) camping on site and all wineries come to the track to display and sample their products.
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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2013, 04:54:38 PM »
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival is in July with no info out yet. Friends went and it was a ball. Camping is no hookups inside the track.

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2013, 10:31:26 PM »
Hmm. Interested. Would get a visit in with relatives while we are there.

Corning Glass has two public areas. The Museum and the Studio. The Studio is where you get to make stuff with glass for a fee, of course. Best to make reservations for a session. Easy to do. Some items require a cure time of 1-3 days. Sometimes there are master glass students there making neat stuff, too. You can sit and watch them work. Lots of art galleries in Corning as well. Also the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.

We have only stayed at Watkins Glen State Park. It's nice, if you get right on it, you can get site reserved together. Some of the sites are not for the bigger rigs due to trees in the way of turning to get into your spot. Electric loop is very shaded. Pool is always cold. If you start the waterfall trail from the pool parking lot, you can walk down to the bottom at the visitor's center. We park one car at the pool and one at the visitor's center so we don't have to fight gravity.

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2013, 02:27:22 AM »
At this point in time, sadly have to say that we are out...  :(  Got the results of the first round of vacation bidding ...  Not too good ...   Even with 17 years the best I could get was two weeks at the end of August beginning of September ...  >:(   Unlike some, I at least got summer ....

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« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2014, 11:46:11 PM »
Another thing to do if it is an off weekend for the race track is to do the "Thunder Road Tour"  you drive your vehicle on the track behind a pace car and complete about 3 or 4 laps, with a stop at the start/finish line for photos ...   

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2014, 10:24:36 AM »
I'm a newbie but am interested in this one!

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2014, 08:25:33 PM »
We are working on campground as we speak. More info soon.

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2014, 09:04:27 PM »
This rally is ready to go, BOOK NOW!  We will be planning winery and museum tours.
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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2014, 12:38:08 PM »
There is do much to do here and around here. I will be compilling a list, so let me know what you might want to do or see.  Gary

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2014, 02:31:39 PM »
The Corning Glass museum and shop is wonderful, but if you go give yourself a lot of time, it takes a while to go through it all.
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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2014, 10:17:38 PM »
The Corning Glass museum and shop is wonderful, but if you go give yourself a lot of time, it takes a while to go through it all.
And take lots of money and credit cards.  The gift shops (yes plural), are great, but can be very expensive. 

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2014, 12:36:21 AM »
Dont wait! We would like to use a use a tour company for the wine and maybe the museums. Gary

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2014, 03:16:24 PM »
We cannot attend. I don't have any more vacation days to burn.

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Re: Finger Lakes Rally, NY
« Reply #31 on: May 26, 2014, 04:25:13 PM »
Would love to revisit the Finger Lake wineries. We haven't been up there in quite a few yrs. However, that's my annual wknd down the shore with high school friends, so I won't be making this camping trip.
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