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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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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists and foresters, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines. • Learn about Iroquois culture during classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester. • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge. (for May & June: $859 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $709 no accommodations; and for September & October: ($899 per person double occupancy / +$125 single occupancy / $749 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #12667. Activity level 5: Moderately Challenging.