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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870


Watson Homestead is a full service conference and retreat center, open year-round, serving 8000 - 10,000 guests annually.  In addition to hotel-style accommodations and meeting rooms, Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center has an indoor, heated swimming pool; climbing tower, historic one room schoolhouse, hiking trails, miniature golf, archery range, ball fields, covered picnic pavilion, full summer cabin area, playgrounds and a meditation labyrinth. Guests are served home-cooked, healthy meals buffet style in our dining room with a fireplace and panoramic view of 375 acres.  Call us today to book a day or overnight meeting or retreat.  Watson Homestead is an excellent location for youth, sports or organizational retreats, weddings, clergy or religious retreat groups, conferences, trade shows, banquets, seminars, quilt, scrapping, yoga and wellness retreats, team building and staff training retreats.

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Things To Do

Family-Oriented Festivals & Events

The Watson Homestead has been host to many fun and family-oriented festivals and events over the years, such as:

Fall Harvest Festival (October): Enjoy pumpkin painting, hayrides, crafts, swimming, bobbing for apples, a picnic dinner and more.

March Maple Family Weekend (March): Bring your family closer together in an event centered around the process of making maple syrup.  Families will learn how to tap trees, collect sap, cool sap and how to turn it into syrup.   

Muds & Suds Children's Challenge (May): Children, ages 5-12, navigate through an obstacle course full of mud, soap suds, and challenges.  It brings together some of a child's favorite things: Being Active, Being Outside and Getting Dirty.   



The Swimming Pool

Our seasonal pool is open May-November for scheduled swims. The pool contains locker rooms, restrooms and showers.  Be sure to check with Guest Services to reserve the pool as life guards are required.






The Labyrinth

The seven-circuit pattern is created out of creek stone and is located behind the pool building. Walking the labyrinth is a moving meditation engaging body, mind and spirit.  Physiologically, the right and left sides of the brain and fluidic system of the body are balanced.  Unlike mazes, which have dead ends, multiple paths and tricks that challenge the mind, labyrinths have one path – into and out from the center – all you do is begin the walk and follow the path, thus allowing your mind to relax and access peaceful mindfulness.  For more information on the seven circuit labyrinth, click here.


The Edsall Climbing Tower

36 feet in height, the three-sided climbing and rappelling tower is available for individual challenges and team building activities. Watson staff can help develop a climbing experience or a program to fit your needs. Time on the tower must be scheduled in advance and qualified staff must assist.






Take a hike or walk to a waterfall.  The hiking trails at Watson Homestead are part of the Finger Lakes trail system!   Please click here to view a map of the Watson Homestead trails.




Athletic Fields  Enjoy a friendly game with our wide selection of sports equipment.

Athletic Fields

Enjoy a friendly game with our wide selection of sports equipment.



Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf