Upstate Niagra falls from New York

The Great Upstate

Road-tripping has always been a goal of mine. I still long to travel cross-country to see all the U.S. has to offer. For now, I settled for driving north for a few hours to visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and then continued on to stop in Buffalo before marveling at Niagra Falls.

A roadtrip makes it much easier to travel with the new member of my family–my 10 pound terrier mix, Guvna. He’s not the biggest fan of the car yet, but I hope with more trips to explore the great outdoors he will grow to love it. Since I planned on taking Guv, I did a little research and discovered there are many dog-friendly spots along the wine trail as well as places to stay and eat. 

First stop was Watkins Glen, NY where we had lunch in the marina at Seneca Lake to fuel up before filling up with wine. Luckily, it was nice enough to sit outside for lunch–always a plus with a pooch. The first winery we visited was Atwater Estate Vineyards–a beautiful spot with a porch made for sipping and staring at the view.

From that moment on I handed over my car keys to my designated-driver-dad and we headed up the road for a few minutes to Penguin Bay Winery. While I read these stops were all supposed to be dog-friendly, I still asked someone behind the bar if I could bring Guv in. The Penguin bartender answered with a hearty “hell yeah”, and so in Guv came and put his best sense to work.

Since we arrived to the area a little late, and had already consumed quite a lot of wine, we stopped at one more place before calling it a day. Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars was equally as beautiful and welcoming as the others. Guvna was given a biscuit as my mom and I sampled some of the best wine of the tour.

We stayed the night in the quaint, historic town of Penn Yan, NY. The hotel was not only dog-friendly for a small fee, but it was situated near a neighborhood perfect for an evening walk. 

The next morning we drove through the NY countryside and arrived in Buffalo by lunch time. This meant only one thing–wings. The Anchor Bar is known for having the orignal buffalo wings, and they sure are tasty. Since the bar isn’t for dogs, the parents were kind enough to bring out some takeout while Guv and I worked on our backseat behavior. 

Niagra Falls was our final destination for this trip, and it certainly was worth the drive. After walking along the U.S. side of the park, my dad and I boarded the famous Maid of the Mist to get a closer look–Guv stayed dry under Mom’s supervision.

I hope this is the first of many roadtrips. Next time we may even travel in style via camper–hopefully that will cut down on having to find dog-friendly spots to eat and stay the night, because this new pup parent loves to travel.

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