2013 Fall Trip South – Days 4 & 5 Conneaut, Ohio

Evergreen Lake Park in Conneaut, Ohio
Evergreen Lake Park in Conneaut, Ohio

We added another 200 miles to our trip today coming from Campbell, NY, and are spending 2 nights in Conneaut, Ohio. It’s just off I-90, Exit 241, on the shore of Lake Erie.

We are staying in Evergreen Lake Park, 703 Center Road. About a mile from the Exit. Very easy to get into and back on I-90 going either way.

Office at Evergreen Lake Park, Conneaut, Ohio
Office at Evergreen Lake Park, Conneaut, Ohio

Evergreen is nicely kept and fairly full of Seasonals. They keep a number of sites open up front for transients and overnighters including 6 nice, long pull-thrus. $21/night with Passport America for 50A and water. Dump station easily accessible on the way out. WiFi available at $2/day. No cable but plenty of local TV stations.

Swimming at Evergreen Lake Park, Conneaut, Ohio
Swimming at Evergreen Lake Park, Conneaut, Ohio

The Park has a small swimming lake, and a fishing pond with an island gazebo and resident ducks. Something that struck us straightaway was how friendly everyone is both in waving and speaking. Not something we find in every stop we make.

Fishing pond at Evergreen Lake Park, Conneaut, Ohio
Fishing pond at Evergreen Lake Park, Conneaut, Ohio

We arrived about 3pm, set-up, and went for gas and to have a combined lunch/dinner. A “Love’s Truckstop” is at the Exit where we came off so we gassed up there. $3.29/Gal. Haven’t seen that in awhile!

Loves gas stop and great food at Ohio Exit 241 off I-90
Loves gas and great food at Ohio Exit 241 off I-90

We always ask where there might be a good “mom & pop” diner nearby with good home-cooked food. The campground manager suggested we try a place called “The Beef and Beer” across the road from the truckstop. It didn’t look like much from the outside but the food was great! Don’t let the name fool you. It’s definitely a popular, local family restaurant.

(We went back for their Sunday turkey dinner.)

Harbor lighthouse i Conneaut, Ohio on Lake Erie
Harbor lighthouse i Conneaut, Ohio on Lake Erie

After a fine and reasonably priced dinner, we drove downtown to explore and ended up at the Marina where we took these photos.

Conneaut, Ohio sunset over Lake Erie
Conneaut, Ohio sunset over Lake Erie

Next day, Sunday, we decided to follow the Town’s Visitor Guide Map and locate the 3 local covered bridges. We found them but what the map failed to mention was that all were at the end of unpaved, gravel roads. Great fun and beautiful country.

Covered Bridges in Conneaut, Ohio
Covered Bridges in Conneaut, Ohio

Evergreen Lake Park will definitely be placed in our “Snowbird RV Trails of Fame” for Passport America campgrounds enroute in this direction.

Next stop will be down I-71 for a 2 night stop near Columbus, Ohio.

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2013 Fall Trip South – Days 2 & 3 Campbell, NY

Our second stop on this journey South is the Camp Bell Campground just off I-86, Exit 41 in Campbell, NY – just 141 miles from our previous stop in Oneonta, NY.

Camp Bell Campground in Campbell, NY
Camp Bell Campground in Campbell, NY

Camp Bell Campground is one of our regular stops when we go in this direction. Always a nice grassy pull-through with water and electric. Passport America rate is $22/night including Cable TV. It’s close to the Corning Glass Center which is really a must-see that we have visited and written about in the past, as is this campground (See: http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/campbell.htm).

A Keuka Lake Wine Trail Map
A Keuka Lake Wine Trail Map

Our favorite place to visit when we stop here is on the “Keuka Lake Wine Trail”. The Wine Trail begins just a few miles from the campground in Hammondsport, NY on the Southern end and circles the lake. The attached map shows 7 wineries but there are actually several more. All invite you to stop in, take a tour, and sample their product. The view from each of the wineries, over the vineyards and down towards the lake, is gorgeous, especially on a Fall day when the leaves are showing their colors.

Bully Hill Vineyards, Hammondsport, NY
Bully Hill Vineyards, Hammondsport, NY

Now, our favorite winery to stop by is the Bully Hill Vineyards, and it’s not for the wine! Actually neither of us cares for the Bully Hill wines, but we do love their restaurant. It offers numerous dishes but our favorite is their “House Special”.

House Special at Bully Hill Vineyards Restaurant
“House Special” at Bully Hill Vineyards Restaurant

It consists of a succulent Maryland crab cake and scallops on a huge portobello mushroom cap, served with french fries, gourmet salad, and thinly sliced cucumbers in their own special sauce. Everything is well prepared and seasoned to perfection and it is reflected in the prices. As we say, it is probably the most we will ever pay for a lunch ($70), but worth every penny. We shared a slice of homemade blueberry pie a la Mode for dessert and both felt the heavy use of cloves overshadowed any taste of blueberries.

Bully Hill Vineyards Restaurant overlooking Keuka Lake
Bully Hill Vineyards Restaurant overlooking Keuka Lake

After the nice lunch we continued our circuit of the lake taking pictures and just enjoying the 70* temperature and changing leaves.

On the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
On the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Keuka Lake Wine Trail overlooking the Lake
Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Finger Lakes Wine Country near Keuka Lake
Finger Lakes Wine Country
Marina near Penn Yan on Keuka Lake
Marina near Penn Yan on Keuka Lake

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Both gas and diesel are available at the Sunoco station at this Exit. Gas tonight is $3.739/Gal.
Tomorrow (Saturday) we head for our next stop which will be the first of two stops in Ohio.

2013 Fall Trip South – Day 1 Oneonta, NY

Snowbird RV Trail - Susquehanna Trail Campground, Oneonta, NY
Snowbird RV Trail – Susquehanna Trail Campground, Oneonta, NY

Our first day on the road was uneventful. The sun was shining, the leaves just beginning to turn, the temp a crisp but enjoyable 68*.

This first leg is an easy 137 mile trip from the Lake George Region of Upstate NY to the equally beautiful Southern Tier Region of NY State. First we go South on I-87, The Adirondack Northway, onto I-90, the NY State Thruway, for approximately 10 miles, and then we hop on I-88 and head Southwest.

We stop at Susquehanna Trail Campground (I-88, Exit 13) whenever we come this way. It’s a small campground beside the Unadilla River run by nice people. Very easy 1 mile off and back on the Interstate.

Since we have stopped here before and wrote about it (http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/susquehanna.htm) I won’t go into detail here other than to say I have updated the page with new information and photos and you may want to take a minute to visit it if interested.

Just an overnight stop here and tomorrow we head for 2 nights in the Finger Lakes Wine Trail area near Hammondsport NY where we hope to share with you one of our very favorite spots for lunch in the Eastern USA and a whole lot more. We hope you’ll stay on board and join us.

2013 FALL TRIP SOUTH (Revised) Sorry Canada!

2013 Fall Snowbird RV Trail South Part I - New York,  Ohio & Indiana
2013 Fall Snowbird RV Trail South Part I – New York, Ohio & Indiana

We have decided to not take our side trip through Canada when we head South next week. The problem is “dirt”. Actually “soil” is the better word. We have found that the Canadians at the border crossings take a dim view of travelers bringing potted plants into their Country and have severe soil restrictions. Should we happen to pass inspection going in, America’s counterparts on the border take a similar dim view of any dirt crossing back South. The crux of the matter for us is we like our house plants and have had them a long time. They have become art of our family. So until we can resolve this dirty dilemma we will truck on past Canada and spend our money in the USA.
We look forward to our new route with many new campgrounds and places to explore and again we hope to have you along with us for the trip. It begins again next Wednesday, Sept 25th.