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Meet The Roadsters

Hi, I’m Chris. For the past few years, my family and I have absolutely loved spending time together in Bessie the RV. Like most first-time RVers, we’ve had lots of great experiences (and a few not-so-great moments) along the way.

This spring will mark our third year of  RVing.  Although we wouldn’t qualify for a “RV Blackbelt” just yet, we are definately “Newbie Ninjas.”  We’ve learned a lot in the past couple of years and have some helpful insights to share, particularly for those who are just getting started in their RV journey.

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Taughannock-ing on Heaven’s Door

This is the fourth article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region. 

After visiting Niagara Falls, NY, we enjoyed all that Watkins Glen has to offer, including a stay at Watkins Glen State Park, an incredible visit to The Gorge, and a lovely afternoon at Seneca Lake’s waterfront.  The fourth day of our Finger Lakes Journey found us departing from Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, our gorgeous Harvest Host destination, and headed over rolling country roads toward Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in New York. Continue Reading

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Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, NY & Harvest Hosts

This is the third article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.  

After an incredible visit to The Gorge and enjoying all that Watkins Glen State Park has to offer, the third day our Finger Lakes journey was spent enjoying Seneca Lake and the town of Watkins Glen.  Our evening ended with being wowed by the lakefront views at a winery in Hector, NY.

A Small Village With Big Attractions

The Village of Watkins Glen has a population of about 1,860 people.  As small as this town is, it’s quite famous for several things.  In addition to The Gorge, the town also has a  NASCAR racetrack, called Watkins Glen International.  The town is steeped in racing history, including the famous street race, Watkins Glen Grand Prix, which takes place on the hilly roads of the State Park and in the town of Watkins Glen. Continue Reading

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The GORGE-OUS Gorge & Watkins Glen State Park, New York

This is the second article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.  

After two days in Niagara Falls, NY, we braved the potholes and traffic on I-90 E and then took 14 South to Watkins Glen, NY (which took about 3.5 hours in Bessie the RV).  Once you get off I-90, it’s a gorgeous drive that took us through the historic town of Geneva, NY, and past wineries and farms along Seneca Lake. Continue Reading

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Free Winery & Farm Overnight RV Parking

RVing BEFORE Harvest Hosts

Picture this.  You are on vacation.  For several days, you hopscotch to various destinations so you can thoroughly explore an area. Or maybe you’ve been driving for hours and need a break. Out of necessity, you are grateful to come across the parking lot of a rest area, Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club to rest your weary head.

RVing AFTER Harvest Hosts

Now picture this… at the end of a long day of traveling, you pull into a winery or a farm.  An incredible landscape unfolds before you with beautiful flowers, trees, a vineyard, and sometimes, animals.  You step out of your RV, take a deep breath, pull up a chair and slow down for the night in lovely, peaceful surroundings.

Sounds perfect, right?  Speaking from experience, it is as perfect as it sounds.  Continue Reading

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Confessions of a Nature-Loving Insectophobe

There are so many things that I love about nature.  I have always had an affinity for water.  I love to look at it, sit by it, and if it’s warm and relatively clean, I love to swim in it.  I am awed by the power of wind and fascinated by the constantly changing sky.  I am an amateur photographer, and look upon my surroundings through my camera’s perspective, finding beauty in most every landscape.  That being said, most people who know me wouldn’t peg me for a “Nature Girl.”

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An Ode To Glorious Mosquito Lake State Park

We are fortunate to frequent one of Ohio’s most beautiful State Parks, Mosquito Lake.  I know, I know… the name.  It’s a little concerning.  Even better, there is a “Swine Creek” in Northeast Ohio, too.  Continue Reading

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Balancing the “Go-Go-Go” With The “Aaaahhh”

We live in Ohio and usually travel and camp in Bessie the RV regionally. When possible, we bring our car along, and it allows us to run errands, zoom all over the park and the city, etc.  Our Niagara Falls/Finger Lakes journey was our first big trip in the RV and we decided that Bessie would serve as both our home and our mode of transportation as we visited the region. Afterall, we told ourselves, portability and flexibility was one of the main reasons we bought a Class C RV.  Continue Reading

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Falling For Niagara Falls, NY

This is the first article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.  

I’ve been to Niagara Falls twice in my life.  The first time was fifteen-ish years ago, when my hubby (boyfriend at the time) cut an ad out of the paper for an all-inclusive Niagara Falls Valentine’s Weekend Extravaganza package that included food and a place to stay on the Canadian side.  We didn’t find out until later that the meal part of the package was a Denny’s coupon.

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“Why Do You RV?”

We are asked versions of this question regularly. Usually, it’s asked from a place of genuine curiosity. Every once in a while it’s asked sarcastically, and followed by the humming of “Dueling Banjos” (that creepy music from the movie “Deliverance”), or better yet, with an enthusiastic, “Shitter’s Full!” (an ode to Randy Quaid’s motorhome-driving character in the movie “Christmas Vacation”).  Continue Reading

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