32 – Rochester to Watkins Glen

We are in the beautiful Finger Lakes district of upstate New York. Monica and I were here five years ago and fell in love with the area. It’s very nostalgic to be back again.

We started the day with a quick zip into the downtown of Rochester to see three outstanding churches all within a few blocks of each other; Downtown Presbyterian (Tiffany windows), First Universalist (a ceiling rose window) and Christ Church Episcopal (Tiffany windows). I was extremely lucky to get into all three as they were not open to the public that early in the morning. However, the receptionists all complied with my mournful begging. Spectacular windows… only a sampling posted here. For all photos go to Gallery/World Windows.

By 10:00, we were cruising over the lush green hills toward Keuka Lake (west in the district and the one shaped like a sling shot). It was so nice to be off a four-lane highway and down to 70 km per hour instead of 120. Quite by chance we happened along a secluded little church at the foot of the long peninsula of Keuka Lake called the Garrett Memorial Chapel. It was open (to our delight) and filled with beautiful stained glass windows. Coincidentally, these windows were designed by Frederick Wilson who worked for Tiffany Studios and who also designed the windows of Reid Memorial Church in Richmond, Indiana (we were there about 1 week ago).

From there we visited two wineries that we had seen before, Dr. Konstantin Frank and Heron Hill, both on Keuka Lake… I had accidentally deleted the photos from my camera 5 years ago so I had to return the get and secure the photos this time… plus we bought really good wine which is better than what we remembered. (They have improved). Monica tasted while I had grape juice (I’m the designated driver).

Next we visited the Watkins Glen State Park to hike the gorge trail and get some incredible photos of the magnificent water falls (there are 19 falls within a 1.5 km trail). The weather was perfect… 18 degrees C and no wind. Even better, no masses of tourists as would be the case later in the summer. All the senses are fully engaged here including getting a bit wet from the waterfall spray… it is outstandingly beautiful. Bonus, I saw a snake!!!! Loved that.

By 5pm, we found our hotel… rested and blogged with a nice glass of wine, and at 7pm walked two minutes from our hotel to the lake shore for some evening photos and then next door to a great restaurant called The Wild Flower Cafe and Crooked Rooster Pub. Awesome food… deep fried brussel sprouts, salmon and jambalaya.

Here are the photo highlights of day 32 – Rochester to Watkins Glen


Author: nellyglass

Stained Glass Artist

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