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Red Creek Cottage is an immaculate and cozy three-bedroom, two-story cottage on the western shore of Seneca Lake 13 miles north of Watkins Glen, 22 miles south of Geneva, and 13 miles east of neighboring Keuka Lake.
With 200 feet of lake frontage, a stream bed with a drawbridge, and a couple acres of woods behind, our cottage is the perfect retreat where you can feel surrounded by nature and truly relax with family and friends.
It has a large sunny yard where you can sit back with a book or a glass of wine from one of the wineries down the road; a large shale beach (shale is smooth, flat rocks of various sizes), an outdoor dining table w/ umbrella seating 6, a large picnic table seating 8, many lounge chairs, gas barbeque grill, fire pit, two canoes, fishing gear, life jackets, a badminton and volleyball set and other recreational equipment. The water is shallow a long way out (great for young children), with deeper water, too, for older kids and adults.
If you don't want to lie in the sun, you can relax in the shade of the yard's mature trees (a large willow, maples, firs, birches, a redbud). There are usually no mosquitoes because of the breeze and the purple martins.
Please see the "Amenities" section for a complete list of our indoor amenities.
Red Creek Cottage lies on the shore of Seneca Lake in Yates County, a picturesque rural area full of farms and vineyards, antique shops and quiet country roads perfect for biking. It is 13 miles north of Watkins Glen and 22 miles south of Geneva. Watkins Glen, a small but busy town on the southern tip of Seneca Lake, is full of attractions like the waterfalls, hiking path and pool at Watkins Glen State Park, Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises, The Farm Sanctuary, the Watkins Glen International Raceway, and the Watkins Glen Golf Course.
Go for a 39-mile bike or driving tour of the area immediately near
the cottage (Dundee, Himrod and Dresden). Check our web site for a
Go for a cruise on the vintage schooner yacht "Malabar X."
Go fishing, kayaking, or hiking on your own or hire a guide through Summit to Stream Adventures, a few miles south.
A public launch is located 10 minutes north of the cottage at Severne Point on Severne Point Road, off Route 14, 8 miles south of Dresden. Hard surface ramp; parking for 12 cars and trailers. Operated by the DEC.
You can also launch your boat at Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen and at the Watkins Glen village launch site located off Route 414 on the canal portion of Catherine Creek. Hard surface ramps; parking for approximately 60 cars with trailers; fee.
Reagan's Canoe & Kayak Livery Rentals is located 3 miles north of the cottage. They will pick up and deliver.
Berger's Kayak rentals, in Watkins Glen.
Hiking: In addition to Watkins Glen State Park, there is the
Catherine Valley Trail (Watkins Glen, open year-round)
The Fingerlakes National Forest (Hector, 30 minutes from the cottage)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (30 minutes north of the cottage)
Keuka Lake State Park
The Keuka Outlet Trail (connects to Seneca Lake only 10 minutes
north of the cottage)
New York State Parks in the Finger Lakes
If you enjoy wine tasting, a number of vineyards lie within five miles of the cottage, and many more within a short drive. Wine tasting and events like "Chocolate and Wine" are year-round.
For more information, visit:
the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
the Finger Lakes Wine Festival
the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
the Finger Lakes Wine Tour Directory
the World Wide Web Travel Guide to Finger Lakes Wineries
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard (Award-winning Reislings. Not part of the Wine Trail, but very close to the cottage, as are a number of the other vineyards, and well worth a visit.)
Glenora Wine Cellars is 5 minutes south of the cottage
Uncork New York!
Penn Yan and Geneva, two larger towns, lie 20 minutes to the west
In Penn Yan, attractions include:
The Windmill Farm and Craft Market (Penn Yan)
Lakeside Country Club (golf, Penn Yan), and
the Bluff Point Bike Trail
Weaver-View Farms Amish Country Store
In the college town of Geneva, you can enjoy, among other things,
its Historic District and Prouty-Chew House
Seneca Lake State Park (great for kids)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Waterloo Premium Outlets
Rose Hill Mansion
Smith Opera House
Big Oak Public Golf Course
In Branchport, only nine miles past Penn Yan, on the northwest side
of neighboring Keuka Lake, try "the most elegant cruise in the
Finger Lakes" on the Esperanza Rose. Upscale dinner and lunch
cruises, sightseeing excursions, weddings and corporate events.
In Seneca Falls you will find the Women's Rights National Historic
Park, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the Seneca Museum of
Waterways and Industry (30 minutes from the cottage)
Other area attractions within an hour of the cottage include
the Corning Museum of Glass (45 minutes)
Balloons Over Corning
Harris Hill Amusement Park (Corning)
The Mark Twain Study, Elmira
Science and Discovery Center
The Planetarium at Corning Community College
LPGA Corning Classic
Mark Twain State Park and Soaring Eagles Golf Course
The Elmira Pioneers (collegiate baseball)
the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (history of airplanes, Hammondsport)
and, one of our favorites,
the Genesee Country Village and Museum, and the Genesee Country
Nature Center (a 19th century village with historic re-enactments,
In Canandaigua, 50 minutes away from the cottage on Keuka Lake,
another Finger Lake to the west, there are
the Sonnenburg Gardens and Mansions State Historic Park
and Roseland Water Park.
Ithaca, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, is only 45
minutes to the east and well worth a day trip for concerts (like the
GrassRoots Music Festival), plays, visits to Buttermilk Falls,
Robert Treman State Park, and the other wonderful features of this
For much more information about things to do and enjoy in the area,
try these organizations:
Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce (things to do around Watkins
Yahoo Travel Guide to Watkins Glen
Yates County Chamber of Commerce
Finger Lakes Wine Country
There are a number of restaurants within 15 minutes of the cottage,
Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars (5 minutes south of the
Rock Stream (between the cottage