Suggested Day Trips
We want you to think of Mill Creek as a destination, not just a stopover. Regardless of the season, or the weather, there are a variety of attractions within an hour's drive from our cabins. The following are some of our favorite places (please check the individual sites for hours and seasonal closures, or email us with any questions that you might have).
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Watkins Glen/Corning: Take Route 414 south from Mill Creek. On the way to Watkins Glen, you can tour some of the wineries along Seneca Lake or stop by Skyland Farm Craft Gallery/Art Barn. In Watkins Glen, you can visit the state park and hike the gorge, or visit Watkins Glen International raceway. Continue south on Route 414 from Watkins Glen to Corning, where you can visit the Corning Museum of Glass, explore the shops and restaurants of the Gaffer District, and visit the Rockwell Museum of Western Art . You can take a sightseeing cruise on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen aboard the Stroller IV at Captain Bills or Seneca Sailing Adventures. There are several good restaurants to choose from in Watkins Glen, but four of the best restaurants in the area are within minutes from Mill Creek, on Route 414: The Stonecat Cafe, Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro, Dano's Heuriger on Seneca, and Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine.
Ithaca: Take Route 96 or Route 89 south from Mill Creek. On the way to Ithaca, stop by Taughannock Falls State Park (pronounced "ta-gan'-nok"), where you can either view this spectacular gorge and waterfalls from the overlook (the site of many weddings) or you can take the short hike up the gorge to the base of the falls. The park is located on Cayuga Lake, and it was once part of a private estate. Overlooking the park, is the original mansion of the estate, which is now a lovely inn and restaurant: Taughannock Farms Inn. Ithaca is only 15 minutes from the park. On the way, The Glenwood Pines is a great place for lunch! You could spend days exploring Ithaca, between the state parks, museums, galleries, shopping, restaurants, and colleges. The Ithaca Commons is a pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, with a number of unique shops, including two of our favorites, Handwork and American Crafts by Robbie Dein. Two places not to be missed while exploring the Cornell campus are the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A good site for additional information about Ithaca is VisitIthaca.com (be sure to watch the video).
Seneca Falls/Waterloo: Take Route 89 north from Mill Creek. As you travel up the west side of Cayuga Lake, you will pass a number of the wineries along the Cayuga Wine Trail. At the end of the lake, lies the Village of Seneca Falls. The village was the inspiration for Bedford Falls in It's A Wonderful Life. While there, you can visit the Women's Rights National Historic Park. Just a short drive from Seneca Falls, heading west on Route 318, you will find Waterloo Premium Outlets. On your way back, you can take a sunset driving tour of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. While there, you can stop and climb one of the observation towers to see Bald Eagles nesting.
Geneva/Canandaigua: Take Route 414 north from Mill Creek to Route 96A in Ovid. While traveling north on Route 96A, you will pass Sampson State Park and the former Seneca Army Depot. As you drive along the fence of the old army depot, keep an eye out for white deer. The depot is the home of the largest herd of white deer known to exist, but the future of this population is uncertain. Seneca White Deer, Inc is a group of very good folks who are trying their best to make sure that these animals are protected for future generations. At the north end of Seneca Lake, Route 96A intersects with Routes 5 & 20. A left onto Routes 5 & 20 will take you through the City of Geneva, and past the beautiful campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Canandaigua is about 20 minutes past Geneva, and is the home of Sonnenberg Gardens.
Dinner Cruises: There are dinner/lunch/sightseeing cruises on Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga and Skaneateles Lakes. One of our favorites is on Skaneateles Lake (pronounced "skinny-atlas"), operated by Mid-Lakes Navigation The picturesque Village of Skaneateles is located at the north end of the lake, just about an hour from Mill Creek via Route 89 north to Routes 5 & 20 east, just past the City of Auburn. The village has an abundance of shops and restaurants, and is the home of our cabins' featured photographer, John Francis McCarthy A visit to his gallery on Jordan Street is an absolute must see. If you are fortunate enough to catch John at the gallery, he has some wonderful stories about his many travels and the people he has met.
Fishing Charters: While there are a number of charter services throughout the Finger Lakes, for one or two guests we would suggest John Gaulke, Finger Lakes Angling Zone. For larger groups (up to 6 people), we have a hunting guide/fishing charter captain who lives only two miles from Mill Creek: Jim Morgan, Seneca Chief Guide Service & Fishing Charter
Boat Rentals: You can rent power boats on Seneca Lake at Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen, or at Roy's Marina or Stiver's Seneca Marine in Geneva. You can rent canoes or kayaks on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal at Fuzzy Guppies in Waterloo, or on Cayuga Lake at Puddledockers Kayak Shop in Ithaca.
Wine Tours By Boat: Water to Wine Tours offers a number of different tours and charters on Cayuga Lake. What a great alternative to a traditional limousine tour!
Horseback Riding: You can arrange a trail ride through the Finger Lakes National Forest with either D & K Ranch or Painted Bar Stables.
Zip Lines & Outdoor Adventures: Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures offers challenge courses with zip lines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Greek Peak Mountain Resort Adventure Center offers a mountain coaster, zip line tours, an aerial challenge course, euro bungee, laser tag, tubing and more. Both locations are also ski resorts and they are about an hour's drive from Mill Creek.
Looking for more adventure? How about a hot air balloon ride with Liberty Balloon Company? You can either launch from one of their standard launch sites or from right here at Mill Creek!
Take a glider ride at Harris Hill Soaring Center in Elmira, or take a tandem skydive with Finger Lakes Skydivers, only five minutes from us in Ovid.
Festivals, Fairs & Events:
Watkins Glen International, events throughout the season
Ithaca Farmers Market, every Sat. & Sun. from April - October
Trumansburg Farmers' Market, Wednesdays 4 - 7 from May - October