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If you are visiting the Thousand Islands region of New York and looking for somewhere affordable to stay then the Wooden Boat Inn is Clayton is a good option. There are a handful of rooms and a cottage. The rooms are cosy (i.e. small) but comfortable. There are common areas, including a kitchen to prepare food. The Inn is centrally located and is within easy walking distance from the main downtown where there are plenty of shops and restaurants.
The Thousand Islands region of New York is located in the far north of the State bordering Canada. The border runs through the St Lawrence River which runs from Lake Ontario out to the North Atlantic. There are over 1800 islands in the channel, ranging from tiny to large ones. The area was popular with the rich at the turn of the 20th Century. There are two castles on these islands which are open to the public.
New York’s Finger Lakes Region is a beautiful part of upstate New York, with eleven lakes that run roughly north to south framed by lush green rolling hills. The area is famed for its wines and natural beauty. There are many things to see and do in the area including some amazing State Parks with incredible waterfalls and several cultural highlights including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum.
In July 1848 a group of 300 people gathered in the city of Seneca Falls, New York for a convention on women’s rights. At the end of this convention 100 people; 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments which laid out how society, in particular men, subjugated women and what the reformists would like to see change. Unfortunately, it took another 70 years for American women to get suffrage with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020.
The Wings of Eagles Discovery Centre in Horseheads, New York is a small aerospace museum and education centre. If you love aircraft and science then this is a great place to spend and hours two. It is family-friendly, especially if your children are a little older.
When the city of Syracuse, New York started installing traffic lights in the 1920s the Irish community didn’t take kindly to the set of lights put up on a busy intersection on Tipperary Hill. They did not like the fact that the ‘red light’, which they associated with the British, was above the ‘green light’ – green being the colour of the Irish. So, some youths in the area threw stones, breaking the red lamp. The city replaced the lamp only for it to be smashed again. The city eventually gave up flipping the light so the green light was at the top. These upside-down lights remain until this day and have become a local attraction.
If you are in the Finger Lakes Region near Ithaca then you might want to check out Gourdlandia. This is the storefront and workshop of Graham Ottoson, a former mid-wife turned gourd artist. She takes gourds grown in her garden, dries them out and turns them into beautifully carved lamps, bowls and other gourd oddities.
Watkins Glen is a small town on the bottom tip of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region, known for its outstanding beauty and winemaking. Watkins Glen draws people to the area as the location of the Watkins Glen International Raceway which often hosts NASCAR events. Our reason for visiting was nothing to do with racing – we were in search of natural beauty in the form of the amazing Watkins Glen State Park and its nineteen waterfalls
I love trains, especially steam locomotives so I was totally thrilled to find out that our New England road trip took us through Scranton, Pennsylvania home to the Steamtown National Historic Site which is full of old locomotives, rolling stock and a museum tracing the role the railroad played in the development of the United States.
The Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton is a tribute to the first mass transit systems that enabled people to move from their homes in suburbs into American cities, enabling their meteoric growth. Eventually, the trolleys were replaced as automobiles became mass-produced. This museum preserves the history of this gentler form of transport, offering a chance to see some restored trolleys and also the opportunity to take a ride through Scranton and see some of the important historical sites there.
Known as the ‘Niagara of Pennsylvania, Bushkill Falls is a set of eight unique waterfalls. the tallest of which is over 100 feet, which are accessible through a series of trails. The water of the Little Bush Kill and Pond Run Creek descends the mountain, toward the Delaware River, forming Bushkill Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Bridesmaid Falls, Laurel Glen Falls, Pennell Falls, and three additional, unnamed falls.
The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to the art of glass making and design. As well as galleries of glass art there are also live demonstrations of glass blowing and classes where you can make your own glass.
Taughannock Falls State Park is located on Cayuga Lake, 10 miles north of Ithaca, in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. From the parking lot, it is a short and easy 3/4 mile walk along the Taughannock Creek Gorge to the falls which plunge 215 feet from the top of the gorge. This waterfall is 33 feet taller than Niagara Falls and is the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountaions
The Rockwell Museum (nothing to do with Norman) in Corning, New York is an interesting and diverse collection gifted by local business owners Bob and Hertha Rockwell. The Rockwells had keen eyes for art and exquisite taste. They owned a department store in the area and used their store as a venue to display their remarkable collection of American art and artefacts, Carder Steuben glass, classic firearms, and antique toys. Today, the Rockwell Museum is a centre for the local community and has achieved prestigious status as a Smithsonian affiliate.
High-up in the California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains are two of USA’s most spectacular National Parks, Kings Canyon and Sequoia. Sequoia National Park gives you the chance to get up close to the largest trees on the planet whilst in Kings Canyon you can explore the most incredible alpine scenery with the backdrop of some of the tallest peaks in lower 48 States.
Summer Lake Hot Springs is a rustic resort located deep in the central region of Oregon known as the “Oregon Outback’. It is located about 90 minutes from Bend, Oregon. This is an ideal place to escape for a couple of days of relaxing; walking, hiking and of course soaking. There is no Wi-Fi here and the cell service is patchy – so it is real getaway from the daily routines.
Fort Rock State Park – Like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you’ll soon realize it’s even bigger than it looks! It’s an old tuff ring set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times.
Centrally located in Portland, close to all the action the Society Hotel offers a range of accommodation to suit most budgets; from bunk room to private rooms with ensuite bathrooms
One of Portland’s nicknames is the City of Roses, and this town has long been an incubator for the scented beauties. Nearly a century ago, a farsighted citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose test garden during World War I to preserve the species of European roses that might be decimated by the bombings. This amazing garden and its stunning floral displays continue until this day.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.
The Devil’s Punch Bowl is located between Newport and Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast. This Natural Area is run by the Oregon State Parks and there is a day-use area that is very popular with visitors