Schuyler County is home to an amazing combination of natural beauty, incredible people, exciting attractions, unique year-round events, and great schools and educational institutions.
We have a flourishing community of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Restaurants and eateries; a waterfront art gallery; sailing and boating companies; shopping and boutiques; financial institutions; business consultants; entrepreneurs; manufacturers; and more… the list is ever-growing. But these business owners don’t just work here – they live here. They infuse the local economy with jobs and money, but equally as important, they infuse the local consciousness with their spirit, their zest for success – and it’s contagious!
We invite you to explore Schuyler County and discover how great it can be to live, work, and play here! For more information or additional assistance, please give us a call at 607-535-4300!
Where Mother Nature meets Main Street...
Positioned at the base of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, Schuyler (pronounced Sky-ler) County was named in honor of General Philip Schuyler, one of the four major generals in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When counties were first established in New York State in 1683, they were very large and changed significantly in size and scope over time. Present-day Schuyler County boundaries were finally formalized in 1854. There are four "main" villages in the county - let us tell you a little more about them!
Located about 5 minutes from downtown Watkins Glen on the east side of Seneca Lake, Burdett is home to the Finger Lakes National Forest, the only National Forest in New York State! With beautiful views, wineries, breweries, and even a distillery nearby, you won't find any shortage of things to do. Aside from the Finger Lakes National Forest, other points of interest in the village include Painted Bar Stables (where you can take a trail ride on horseback); Berta's Cafe (a local favorite), Barry Family Cellars, Connections Retreat Center for People and Dogs, The Elf and the Oak (for the most fabulous sandwiches this side of the lake) and Finger Lakes Preserve (a sprawling fishing preserve where you can cast a line on a number of scenic ponds).
Though not a "town" per se, Hector definitely has some notable features including the iconic Hector Falls. You can't miss this roadside waterfall as you venture north on Route 414 from Watkins Glen. Hector is also home to many wineries, breweries, and Finger Lakes Distilling - the region's first stand-alone distillery. The stunning views in Hector - especially at sunset - are famous. Finger Lakes beauty at its finest!
Listed on the National Historic Register in 1978, the village of Montour Falls features a beautiful mix of architectural styles, quaint shops and restaurants, and even its own waterfall! Though there is no actual "Montour Falls" waterfall, you will find Shequaga Falls in the center of town. Where West Main Street meets Genesee Street, the town's Glorious T is the crowning jewel of its history. Places of architectural and historical interest include the Montour Falls Library, the domed Montour Falls Village Hall, and many of the private homes in the vicinity. Havana Glen Park offers quiet respite nearby, where a short walk on a stone path brings you to Eagle Cliff Falls. You can walk and play in the water under the waterfall. Havana Glen Park also offers a playground, ball fields, picnic tables, pavilions, and even camping.
If you come into the region from the southeast, you will likely pass through this quaint village, including local hotspot The Bucket Bar and Grill (you've got to try 'The Odessa Pile') to local wines sold with a smile at Odessa Wines & Spirits to a delicious stop at Sunset View Creamery. Speaking of cheese, Sunset View Creamery also happens to be the home of the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival. Held each year in July, this family-friendly event includes a host of activities: hayrides, wine and beer tasting, arts and crafts vendors, a petting zoo, live music, and of course, plenty of cheese sampling!
Located directly on the southern tip of Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen became internationally known as the host to the first post-World War II road race. The very village streets that welcome millions of visitors from around the world today are the same over which the green flag dropped on a 6.6 mile course from 1948 to 1952. You can still drive the historic race circuit yourself, just swing by the Visitor Center (214 N. Franklin Street) to pick up a map!
Today, Watkins Glen is known for its lake-loving vibe. Streets lined with shops and restaurants invite you to stroll from Watkins Glen State Park (with its 19 waterfalls, camping, Olympic-size pool, and picnicking) north to the lakefront. Grab dinner, a drink, or an ice cream cone along the way. Watkins Glen International just outside of town welcomes NASCAR, IMSA, IndyCar, and US Vintage Grand Prix Racing, among many other exciting events and festivals throughout the season. You can even drive your own car around the race circuit for 3 paced laps with the Drive the Glen program.
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Finger Lakes Beer Trail, and Finger Lakes Cheese Trail all wind their way through the area. Picturesque parks including Clute Park, Lafayette Park, and Seneca Harbor Park each offer unique experiences and different amenities. Swimming, walking, basketball, playgrounds, farmer's markets, Movies on the Lake, and more... be sure to check them out!
With so much to do right here, you'll be even more excited to learn that living, working, and playing in Schuyler County also puts you in close proximity to many other destinations and points of interest in the Finger Lakes. It's just a 30-minute drive to Ithaca, Corning, Elmira, Hammondsport, and Penn Yan from here, including The Corning Museum of Glass, The Soaring Museum, The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Cornell University, the Ithaca Commons, Harris Hill Amusement Park, The Rockwell Museum, Mark Twain Historic Sites, The Arnot Art Museum, and SO MUCH MORE!
Your best days are ahead in Watkins Glen and Schuyler County, where there is something special at every turn.