Natural Wonders and a Taste of the UK Tour
Adventure Pairings: Watkins Glen State Park & Seneca Lake Brewing: The Beerocracy
Watkins Glen State Park
It's not every day you get a chance to stroll among waterfalls, let alone behind them. Doing so forces you to slow down and appreciate the sheer wonder of nature (like how a small ambling stream could carve out a gorge that descends 400 feet through the stone). It's the sort of experience you'll remember forever.
Previously named the #2 attraction in New York State and the #3 state park in the entire country, Watkins Glen State Park (known locally as The Glen) will leave you spellbound with its dramatic gorge and 19 majestic waterfalls.
While you can see a few spectacular waterfalls without walking all that far, to truly take in the grandeur and magnificence of the main gorge trail which stretches about 1.5 miles, be prepared to hoof it.
If you're into photography, bring a tripod as some parts of the gorge are narrower and more shaded than others. At the very least be prepared to strike some selfie poses as The Glen has so many Instagram-worthy spots, you might be there for hours.
Tip: Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet and be prepared for a moderate hike, as there are over 800 stone steps through the main gorge trail. Note that the gorge trail is not wheelchair accessible. There are, however, a number of plaques describing the history of the gorge in the green space at the bottom of the park near the information center and shop. With an entrance located on the town's main street, the park is close enough to a number of restaurants to grab a meal or ice cream.
Spring, Summer and Fall Experiences
Hiking the gorge trail or two rim trails, photography, camping, picnic areas, playgrounds, gift shop,
*there are campsites available and a swimming pool, but you'll want to check ahead of time to reserve your spot and to learn if there are any restrictions in place.
Hiking along the rim trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Seneca Lake Brewing and the Beerocracy
It's also not every day you'll find a British pub in rural America. Leave it to the folks at Seneca Lake Brewing and the Beerocracy to offer a truly unique craft beer experience right here in the Finger Lakes.
For some beer-lovers, cask ales are the best version of draught beer. Unfiltered and without all the CO2 commonly found in keg beers, cask brews require a special touch. The payoff is a beer offering unusual textures and complex flavor profiles.
Taste some of their flagship ales, like Baker Street a tasty English Pale Ale (and a fun nod to Sherlock Holmes). Or grab a pint of Beerocracy Bitter, a lightly-hopped well-balanced British session pale ale, and enjoy the outdoor seating options.
Tip: a little heads up. Cask ales are just different enough from what most American beer drinkers are used to that they might catch you by surprise. If you're willing to try something different, Beerocracy is exactly what you're looking for.
Add to the unusual beer styles, the chance to step inside a turn of the century Tudor pub located in the heart of wine country and you'll start to understand how a visit to Beerocracy is one you'll remember.
Looking for a beer-centric getaway, spend the night in one of the two rustic chic glamping sites located on the property. Get some beers to go, then savor them while sitting in the Adirondack chairs, a fire crackling in the fire pit. What a great way to experience the beautiful countryside.
Add in another unique experience by stopping at FLX Weinery for dinner, or head into town and visit the Seneca Cheese Company for a cheese board and a variety of beer selections including a few local brews.
NOTE: While we hope you savor suggested Adventure Pairings, please do so responsibly. You can find information about drive share services online, like Main Street Drivers who will actually take you around in your own car. The Craft Your Adventure trail spans four counties and each has its own restrictions and guidelines. To assure yourself the best experience, you should always check with the brewery before going to learn about current safety protocols, hours of operation, to-go options, and more.