The Local Experience

Our Mission: To provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation with great atmosphere and a local flavor unlike any other in Watkins Glen.


Our Area: Located in downtown Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of New York, The Local is within walking distance of many great local stores, restaurants and the Watkins Glen State Park!


 The Experience: Grab some brochures and a map from the lounge, and step into the beautiful outdoors of New York. Discover our steadily growing winery and brewery industry. (Distilleries too!) Hop on a tour boat or dinner cruise and enjoy the lakes. Explore the state and national parks and forests, hiking/biking trails and amazing waterfalls of the region. Go geocaching, swimming, and birdwatching while you hike. Check out the live music scene. Grab some libations and delicious food from our favorite restaurants! When the day is over, head on back to The Local for a relaxing place to wind down.

If you want to visit Finger Lakes wineries and breweries we can help you pick the best places to visit based on your tastes and drinking preferences. With over 80 wineries, breweries and distilleries around Seneca Lake there is no need to stress about planning ahead. Most of these businesses are open for tastings 10am-6pm daily and our staff will be happy to send you in the right direction.  Driving from Watkins Glen, the wineries and breweries are spread out over 40 miles on either side of Seneca Lake so you should plan to have a responsible and sober driver.  The closest winery is within one mile outside of Watkins Glen on the west side of Seneca lake. The farthest is at the north end of Seneca Lake in Geneva.

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