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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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Road Scholar Courses

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What is Road Scholar?

Created by Elderhostel, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional learning opportunities for adults, Road Scholar is the new program name for learning adventures.  As the nation’s first and the world’s largest educational organization for adults, Elderhostel believes that learning is an integral part of mature life.  Since its founding in 1975, more than 4 million individuals have participated in programs all over the world.  Road Scholar programs offer you the opportunity to explore fascinating places and ideas with leading experts and local people who take you behind the scenes to gain an insider’s perspective on the world’s myriad heritages, cultures and environments.

Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive.  They provide lectures, field trips, cultural excursions,  experienced Group Leaders, lodging, meals, travel during the program, insurance, gratuities, and taxes.  Some meals may not be included to allow you to explore local restaurants.  New friendships, adventure and an active exchange of ideas are at the heart of all Road Scholar experiences. 

When you've chosen your program and are ready to register, go to or phone, toll-free 1-877-426-8056. 

How does Road Scholar work at Watson Homestead?

Look at our program list (link below) to see how we make use of fabulous Finger Lakes regional resources.  In the thirty-seven years that Watson Homestead has created Elderhostel and Road Scholar opportunities, over 19,0oo participants in over 625 program weeks have learned about our region's history and enjoyed our cultural assets. 

Currently we offer six different programs and two dozen weeks per year.  At the Homestead, Road Scholar participants stay in the main lodge, west wing hotel-style accommodations, where each room has two double beds and a private bath.  

In Road Scholar catalogs – or on line - look for Watson Homestead throughout the New York State listings.  Courses generally go on sale nine to twelve months prior to the start date.  Our courses vary in activity level from easy to spirited.   If you have questions about Watson Homestead's Road Scholar programs, please contact me at (607) 962-0541 (ext. 403) or at  Looking forward to having you with us!  Debbie Shannon, Road Scholar Coordinator

view a listing of all Road Scholar Program Courses at Watson Homestead ON Road Scholar.