If you’ve been reading my blog for the last few weeks, you know that I’ve been soaking up October by photographing it. The weather has been perfect for it, and it’s a good excuse to get out of the house and just do something. Even if it is just driving around with a camera.
To capture peak foliage this weekend, I didn’t go very far. My oldest daughter and I headed for “The Bluff” of Keuka Lake. That’s the piece of land the dips down between the two branches of Keuka Lake, between Penn Yan and Branchport.
I took some video of our drive, and will get that up on YouTube soon. For now, you’ll have to settle for good old fashioned photos, which I took on my iPhone.
First let me quickly mention our lunch.
The Skyline Trading Post is right at the beginning of Skyline Drive off of route 54A in Keuka Park. It’s right up the hill from Keuka College, and actually situated right where Keuka’s ginormous athletic fields are. It’s essentially half convenience store, half restaurant.
Being that it is a restaurant inside of a convenience store and all, I was pleasantly surprised that the food was good, and real. I mean – not from a 1 gallon can that came on a Sysco truck. The french fries are hand made from actual potatoes (unbelievable, I know!) and you know how I love french fries that taste like potatoes!
They also offered fresh, made or order cinnamon donuts. I didn’t order one, because I wanted a reason to go back soon :)
We continued down Skyline Drive after lunch, mostly focusing on video, but I did stop for some photos.
Abraham Wagener built this mansion in 1833 because, I read, his wife was a kleptomaniac and he wanted to keep her away from temptation. Someone obviously lives here now, but I don’t know who. They must have the. most. magnificent. view. ever.
Right where this mansion is, is where the road starts to wind down the hill leading to Garrett Chapel, and then eventually to the Lake Roads that go up either side of the bluff.
Garrett Chapel is a favorite “hidden” spot of many. It is tucked away among the trees, overlooking the East (Penn Yan) Branch of Keuka Lake. You can hardly see it from the lake in the summer, as it is camouflaged by trees. You really can’t even see it from the road – you only know it’s there from the green fence that lines the side of the road. Some people park there, as there is a gate to get down to the chapel, but I park here, which is a little ways down from the fence and gate.
The quick history of Garrett Chapel: Paul and Evelyn Garrett built the chapel as a memorial for their son Charles, who died from tuberculosis.
It’s a quiet place, filled with detail and intricacy, as well as landscaped paths, benches, and a stunning view of Keuka Lake.
(I have tons of photos… I’m sure you don’t mind :)
Well that’s basically it, folks. I highly recommend a leisurely drive on Keuka’s Bluff and a stroll up to Garrett Chapel. You can return either by going back up the bluff, or down either side of the lake roads. Left or right, there are many thing to see either way – tiny old cottages and gorgeous overly-extravagant lake homes. But that’s a blog post for another day!
Come back soon for the video.