Originally Posted by Over59
Nancy, if you still have the info I sent you last year maybe you could post it.
Here's some research information compiled by Over59:
We have a minor problem with Watkins Glen... maybe. Seem the weekend after
Labor Day is Vintage Race Weekend. They close the streets in town and race
vintage cars. Now I can't think of a better time and place for a Vintage
Rally but the technical complications would be overwhelming. Then the
weekend after that I think would be opening day Big E. I don't know if that
is a yearly event. If we could avoid a conflict with that event or
incorporate it if the Big E isn't a ritual, then the second weekend would be
good. Problem is getting sites the Vintage weekend. I think a future plan
to go then may be possible but would require more planning and a larger
group (see Group Camping below)
So here's the story.
Site 1 Mohawk Village, well shaded. Best sites are 80 to 90 for a group,
would make an Airstream Village scene and is close to the Bathhouse, which
Can reach down to 77 and up to 97 and still have a community feel for
everyone. The map of sites is not to scale. Site 81 has a large grass area
behind it which would make it great as a community site. No community
building in this area. Electric is 20 amp and 30 amp in same box but can
not be joined to make 50, one of the other. The few water faucets do have a
normal threaded connector with back flow protection so people could fill
their tanks. Dump station at the office is good with a water hose.
Reservations are open 9 months ahead of the date. However, even the
campground has reliability issues with the computer reservation system. I
had a hell of a time getting a site online. All reservations are handled by
Reservation America and calling by phone is best.
Site 2 The Recreation Building. This is in the area of the other three
loops. You can rent this for the weekend. Has picnic tables and fire
place. No kitchen ect. Behind it is a large wonderful field. Enough room
for a Regional. Dry camping only. If the ground is wet then sites in the
three loops and on the loop road itself are used as a backup. Price is 15
per AS per night plus rec hall rental which I'll have to recheck, I think it
was 150 for weekend. The field is huge and well kept. There are two
dumping stations in that area which can be used. That part of the
campground is closed after Labor Day except for Organized Groups, as in
official groups like WBCCI. This is where the NY Caravan stays on there way
to NYC. Advantage is everyone gets to be together without having to sign up
9 months ahead.
Site 3. Group Camping Area. This is a separate upper level to the
Campground. It is on maps as Hidden Valley Group Camp. This is the place
for a large rally in the future. It has a large hall with a professional
kitchen. Can be reserved 11 months ahead and goes fast for weddings ect.
Again a large beautiful field for dry camping. I'm not sure about the dump
situation. But this would be great if we could get is vintage weekend some
year. $500 plus 15 per per. Would take allot of planning and a strong
group to pull it off. But what a site for an East coast Vintage Rally or
joint Rally. Do you have NY unit contacts in the VAC. By the by has there
ever been a VAC National Rally aside from the International. ( making
There are two restaurants in town that make excellent donuts and breads, not
the Dunkin ....you know... This would make breakfast easy. Jane and I
were talking about bringing egg mixture all ready to bake for omelets pies
( I can't spell the Italian word) Again easy and not expensive. I don't
think it has to be so much work, coffee, milk (?), tea (?), donuts, omelets,
real Irish oatmeal (?), toast (?).
We went to the Corning Glass Museum, pretty good but no a kid thing. It's
really a glass museum in one part and a technology science museum in another
part. We didn't get to the whole thing so there may be more. It's an easy
20 minute drive and costs $12(?). They have a store with really cool stuff,
some amazing glass artist stuff for sale also.
There is the Seneca Lake lunch cruise, dinner cruise, and sightseeing cruise
on vintage lake boats. In the same area there is a miniature golf place by
The grape season last year and this year were not good. Wine tasting may be
less than impressive, but still fun. The better places will still have
earlier vintages to taste but this would have to be worked out just before
going. The best day for tasting is Friday before the weekenders show up.
Then there is the hike. It's a really big deal. It starts at the bottom but
going through a tunnel in the rock at the Park Visitor Center. There is a
connecting trail from the Campground which makes it easier for the young and
less hardy. I haven't looked at the topo maps to get the vertical but will
Travel: 90 is good, 88 has a few short bad spots but nothing you have to
avoid. Between Exit 41 and 42 on 90 along route 318 is the biggest outlet
center I have ever seen with easy Rv access. Near the 41 exit is a good
place for lunch with lots of parking area next to it. Go around Albany
using 87, it's how they send you to avoid the city traffic and backed up
toll plaza. NY uses the same electronic toll thingy as Mass, we love it.
Use 14 South if you come in from the North.
On Saturdays south of Penn Yan is this huge open air market ( The Wind Mill)
with Amish (sp) farmers, crafts, food, butcher, furniture, ect. about 30
minutes from WG.