Letchworth State Park/Mt. Morris, Ardennes Brewery/Geneva NY


As advertised, Letchworth State Park turned out to be part Grand Canyon, with water rushing way below huge chiseled rock canyon walls, and part Niagara Falls, with high wide falls, the water at full volume after several rains, crashing down into the canyon, kicking up mist that the sunshine turned into rainbows. We came in from the Mt. Morris entrance, which seemed the closest from 390 driving up the southern route from Ithaca (slightly longer than the northern route especially if you take I-90, which we didn’t on the way back, opting instead for scenic country backroads. We had to drive about 11 miles inside the park to get to the Upper Falls where we trekked up stone steps to the top and then walked a short gorge rim trail to the middle falls. We skipped the lower falls but did stop briefly at the lovely old Glen Iris Inn. As recommended by the guy at the entrance, we picnicked at Eddy’s Tea Table, the name of one of several overlooks into the canyon and also stopped briefly to admire the view from Inspiration Point. (Never skip an inspiration point,)

At Upper Falls

On the trip back we stopped at the remarkable Ardennes Taproom and Brewery outside Geneva near the west shore of Cayuga Lake, located at a former sheep barn that looked far too fancy for sheep, made of stone, brick, wood and stucco. We sat at a picnic table, one of several dotting a long emerald green lawn with shady trees and tried a flight of Belgian beer and delicious frites. The rest of the bites menus looked great – mussels, lamb sliders.

Not your everyday Sheepbarn

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2 responses to “Letchworth State Park/Mt. Morris, Ardennes Brewery/Geneva NY

  1. How many waterfalls have you frequented this trip? One is more beautiful than the next!

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    On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 10:45 PM TakeBetsywithyou wrote:

    > betsyrubiner posted: ” As advertised, Letchworth State Park turned out to > be part Grand Canyon, with water rushing way below huge chiseled rock > canyon walls, and part Niagara Falls, with high wide falls, the water at > full volume after several rains, crashing down into the cany” >

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