Adventures of TiDi The Rambling Renns travel blog

Our site - #2

Our site from front of park

Big pond - party tent to the right

Big pond

Reeds around big pond

Small pond

Small pond - party tent

Pompous Ass Winery

View from deck - Switzerland Inn

View from deck - Switzerland Inn

Bully Hill Winery

Bully Hill vineyard

View of Lake Keuka from Bully Hill

View of Lake Keuka from Bully Hill

View of Lake Keuka from Bully Hill

Penn Yan Diner - Penn Yan, NY

Penn Yan Diner


Camp Elmbois is our kind of place. It is way back in the quiet back country near Keuka Lake which is one of the Finger Lakes. We were in site #2. There are 2 ponds on the property. They are catch and release ponds built by the owner's father back in the 1960s. The land where the park itself is was reclaimed from swampland and the ponds were covered in reeds. It is such a nice park now. They also have parties, reunions and weddings. Also they have paddle boats and kayaks that you can use. We went out a couple of times fishing. Caught a few bass and bream. Fun, fun!!

There are many wineries in the area. We visited several wineries while we were there. The oldest winery in the Finger Lakes region is Pleasant Valley Wine Company, popularly known as the Great Western Winery. It was founded in 1860. This winery also has a very interesting museum that we enjoyed. We didn't have a tasting there, but proceeded on to the one I really wanted to see - Pompous Ass Winery! Yes, that's it!! The price of tasting was $3 per person. When we finished we each got a $3 coupon towards any purchase. We couldn't leave there without getting a bottle each! After leaving the winery we went into a little town called Hammondspory and had lunch at the Switzerland Inn. We enjoyed a lovely lunch while sitting on the deck of the restaurant looking out over Lake Keuka. It was wonderful.

Our last day there we visited another winery. Bully Hill Winery is a very attractive place that sits on a hill above Lake Keuka. Quite lovely! We also had a tasting here. We got to try 5 different wines for $5 each and that included a wine glass we got to take with us. Amanda was our hostess. Listening to her was just as entertaining as tasting the wine!! She was so personable and kept everybody entertained! She likes dry red wines and was animated about it. We really enjoyed that so much. Tim bought a bottle of red. If you get a chance, check out their website. They have some interesting named/labels.

After we left the winery we caught a geocache or two and ended up in Penn Yan. We were looking for a place to have lunch and found the greatest little diner. It is the Penn Yan Diner and it is actually a train caboose and a dining car together. We talked with the owner, Carrie Ahearn, and learned a lot about the history of the diner. You can read about it at: http://www.pennyandiner.com/index.html. It is a great place to eat with a wonderful history.

We drove around a bit and covered a lot of the Finger Lakes area. It is really beautiful and a place that we will most likely visit again. We will be heading to Pennsylvania next . . . into the wilds!



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