If you haven’t wandered around the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, you should. And take along a copy of “Routes 5 & 20” , and a Blog they feature “Dashboard Diaries” for an amazing collection of very cool things to see and places to go.
Dashboard Diaries explores what’s cool and quirky along the road between Skaneateles and Batavia, NY.
It’s written by two Central New York natives with an unflagging wanderlustâ€”and a firm belief that some of the most interesting places are right in their own backyards.
From the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce:
Travelers of Routes 5 and 20 have a new resource at their fingertipsâ€”a blog called Dashboard Diaries. Drawing from the popular â€œBest of the Best” pocket map published by the Routes 5 & 20 Committee, Dashboard Diaries takes a fresh look at some of the unique eateries, activities, scenic spots, and shops that stud the highway between Skaneateles and Batavia. The new blog lives online at Routes5and20.com, a site maintained by an alliance of chambers and visitor bureaus along the road.
â€œWhat we are doing is highlighting the contemporary value of this historic road,â€ says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. â€œThere are so many interesting stories and little-known gems all along the route. We want to provide a hub for anyone interested in sharing their impressions; as well as for those seeking insider info and candid reviews.â€
And while you are traveling, consider spending the night at Skaneateles Suites Collection of Places to Stay
Filmore Glen State Park
1686 St. Rte. 38
Moravia, NY 13118
Named for U.S. President Millard Fillmore, Fillmore Glen State Park is located adjacent to Moravia, in Cayuga County. A replica of the log cabin in which President Fillmore was born is located within the park.
Fillmore Glen State Park, an oasis of cool, dense woods crowding into a long narrow gorge offers spectacular views, unique geological formations, including five waterfalls, and a botanically rich glen. The park has 70 campsites, a stream-fed swimming pool and fishing in the Owasco Lake inlet. There are several little shops and eateries nestled throughout the Village of Moravia to enjoy. In the winter, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are permitted on unplowed roads. The gorge trails are closed in winter. Deer hunting is permitted in season.
Picture Skaneateles, and more from Warren at Picassa
The Charlie Major Nature Trail has had many improvements just this year. There is a playground and a picnic area that has been add to the Mottville end of the trail.
Ithaca Sciencenter Free Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 12-5 p.m.
Visit the Sciencenter for FREE on the first Sunday of every month, through March! Jan. 4 is also the last day to check out our “Spin: The Science of Rotation” exhibition before it travels to other science museums. Mark your calendar for more Free Sundays on February 1 and March 1.
The January Free Sunday is made possible with the generous support of Elmira Savings Bank.
Sciencenter, 601 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The exhibit this year will focus on the collection of the late Marie Rockwell. New dollhouses will be on display along with many returning favorites. With everything from miniature machinery and military figures to Barbie houses and wooden Victorian homes and greenhouses – this exhibit has something for everyone!
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
8419 State Route 54
Hammondsport, NY 14840
Summer Hours – May 1 – October 31
Monday - Saturday • 9 am to 5 pm
Sundays • 10 am to 5 pm
Winter Hours – November 1 – April 30, 2009
Monday - Saturday • 10 am to 4 pm
Sundays • 10 am to 4 pm
Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Aviation Museum • Early Aviation & Aircraft History • Antique Aircraft • Vintage & Antique Motorcycles • and more. (more…)