Visit the Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, has the distinction of owning the world’s largest collection and display of glass art.

The museum is home to over 3,500 years of glasswork art from all corners of the globe. The works range from art like mosaics, portraits, sculptures, and windows to glassware like chandeliers, pitchers, and cups.

The building itself is a work of architectural art with plenty of minimalist design cues, clean colors and lines, and tons of natural light (all the better to view the glass art work). The building is split into sections, each with its own theme, from contemporary and modern glass art to some of the oldest glass art in the world, including a glass portrait of an Egyptian Pharaoh from circa 1500 B.C.

The museum also serves as a center of learning in regards to glass, the glass industry, and how to make glass and work with the material. The museum is a work space for master glassblowers, who teach visitors and artists their techniques in practical demonstrations and exhibits.

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Guide for Camping with Kids

Camping with kids is a bit easier when you have an RV instead of roughing it in a tent, but it can still be trying unless you are prepared. If you pack right, you can take even the youngest on a camping trip and enjoy it.

If you are just starting a family and are planning on more than one child – and are planning on doing a lot of RVing, when you walk through floor plans at Jim’s RV Center, keep this in mind. The appropriate space will allow your family to grow with the RV and will make camping a dream.

If your kids are very young, you might want to purchase side rails for the bunks – or find an RV floor plan that has no upper bunks for kids to fall out of. You’ll also need plenty of space for toys and extra clothing. What kid doesn’t love to go out and play in the dirt? If you’re going for a weekend and figure on two or three changes of clothing for each person, add at least two more changes for you if you have babies. Double it for kids of any age. Babies may spill food and older children are going to be out playing.

Be sure to bring foods that everyone loves. While some families want to go for the healthy meals even when camping, you can make it more enjoyable for children if you have their favorites on hand.

Use milk crates for toy storage for the kids. While you are on the road, you can store them in the basement storage, and then bring them out when you get to your destination. To keep the area clean, put the toys back in the crates and slide them right back into the basement storage overnight. This keeps the area clean and keeps your kids’ toys in your possession instead of someone – or something – else’s possession.

Pack your kids’ favorite snacks in small baggies. This gives them something to eat between meals, and it also helps you with portion control. It also saves space as you don’t have a large package taking up space in the cabinets or the fridge.

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Storage Ideas for Your RV’s Bathroom

RVs are certainly one of the most convenient methods of travel: transportation and lodging rolled into one awesome package. Admittedly, though, RVs are limited in their interior space. This can be especially apparent in your RV’s bathroom. You’ll probably have to get a little creative with storage to maximize the bathroom’s potential, but with just a few of these tips that’s no problem. To distill most of the following tips to one thematic concept though: go vertical.

Use Netting for Wall Storage

Netting is an ideal storage solution for bulky or oddly-shaped items. Attach storage nets to your walls to store shampoo bottles, soap boxes, toothpaste tubes, and other items that can be difficult to store in other areas. Storage nets can be purchased on Amazon.com or found at most big box stores.

Create Extra Shelving

Hang shelf systems over the sink or toilet for extra space. If you prefer not screwing things into the ceiling, you can accomplish the same thing by using behind-the-sink storage racks. Hang a small hammock under the cabinets to store extra items.

Command Hooks mounted on the inside of cabinet doors are great for just about anything that will hang. This saves tons of space in drawers and cabinets and allows you to use them for things that don’t hang.

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Try a Twist on a Classic Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a simple and classic favorite loved by both kids and adults. They’re a great go-to recipe for RVers since you don’t need many ingredients and they can be made quickly so that your day isn’t bogged down with cooking. But sometimes a plain grilled cheese just doesn’t cut it. If you want to spice up your grilled cheese, try this twist on the classic.

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 tbsp butter spread
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 21 slices of pepperoni
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce

Directions

  1. Spread about 1/2 tbsp butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of cheese on three slices of bread, on top of unbuttered side. Spread 7 slices of pepperoni on top of cheese for each of the three slices . Spread 1/4 cup of marinara sauce on top of pepperoni for each of the three slices. Spread another 1/4 cup of cheese on top of the sauce. Place remaining slices of bread on top, to form sandwiches (with butter side facing up).
  3. Place frying pan on stove and turn to medium heat. Once hot, carefully place one sandwich in the frying pan, cooking the bottom buttered side until golden and toasty and the cheese is melty. Then carefully flip over and cook until other side is also toasty and cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. If cheese does not melt to your desired consistency, you can briefly microwave sandwich for about 10-15 seconds before eating.

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Underrated Places in New York State

New York has plenty of amazing locations to visit in your RV, but some are underrated and you may not even be aware that they exist. Here are a few places that are lesser known but that definitely deserve a visit this summer.

Chimney Bluffs State Park

Located along the shore of Lake Ontario, Chimney Bluffs State Park is 597-acres large and lies just outside the town of Huron. The park is named for the odd clay formations that are heaped along the water’s edge that give the park the look of an alien landscape. Formed by glaciers during the last ice age, the deposits have been shaped by wind and rain over the centuries to resemble teardrops. Some of the bluffs reach as high as 150 feet into the air.

The park was generally hard to visit or reach until recently. Now, there’s a parking lot, service building, restrooms, picnic areas, and established hiking trails, which makes visiting the park easier and more enjoyable.

Darwin D. Martin House Complex

This national landmark was built by the renowned designer and architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s. The complex comprises six distinct yet interconnected buildings. The complex has been maintained and was recently renovated and now offers guided tours so that visitors can enjoy all of the complex’s minute details and learn about their significance within the context of the building and the time period they were built in.

Peekamoose Blue Hole

On a hot day, this is the place to go in New York. Peekamoose Blue Hole is a cold swimming spot fed by mountain streams. Not only is the water cool, but the entire area is covered in dense forest that provides excellent shade.

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Road Tripping on a Budget

When you want take a road trip you have to figure out what it’s going to cost – from getting the RV ready to groceries to gas – and gas is going to be the biggest expense. If you can manage to cut some expenses out, you’ll have more money for gas so that you can get where you want to go instead of choosing a place you won’t enjoy.

Check your RV before you go – make sure everything is working properly. It is cheaper to make an appointment for repairs and service at Jim’s RV Center than it is to try to find a place on the road to get it fixed. Additional budget tips include:

  • Buy groceries before you go. Remove meats from their store packing and pack them into sealable baggies for the freezer. This will save you a lot of space, allowing you to pack more into the freezer. This way, you can buy the bulk family packs for less money.
  • Use dry goods you have at the house. Many people keep their RV stocked with dry goods they bought on sale; and then rotate them out with goods in the house before their expiration date. This works well since you can always find things on sale, whether the grocery store is offering BOGO or you have a coupon.
  • If you have a Walmart card, get your gas at Walmart – you can save significantly on a gallon of gas. In some cases, you can save up to $0.15 per gallon.
  • Check campground prices before you leave. If an area you are going to has more than one campground, you might choose the one with the lower price per night if it has the amenities you want, such as hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.
  • If your destination is more than a day’s drive away, camp overnight in a parking lot. Some places allow RVers to sleep overnight in their parking lots.
  • If you are boondocking, haul water once you get to your destination. A gallon weighs 8.34 pounds and 60 gallons of water really adds up. The heavier weight costs more in gas to haul to your destination.

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Upstate New York’s Most Beautiful Places

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When you’re driving through upstate New York this summer in your RV, be sure to check out these exceptional places.

McGregor Vineyard

A vineyard? In New York?! Well, it’s located in the Finger Lakes region, so it’s actually not that strange. While not as well known as Napa Valley, Finger Lakes produces some pretty good wine in an arguably prettier setting. A prime example of this is McGregor Vineyard, which sits prominently on a bluff overlooking Keuka Lake. It’s a great place to grab a bottle of wine from the vineyard, set out a spread for a picnic, and simply enjoy the view.

Watkins Glen

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

Letchworth State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park offers views of tree-clad canyons, three spectacular waterfalls, 66 miles of trails, and even hot air balloon rides to see it all. The rock walls of the gorge rise up to heights of 550 feet in some places as the Genesee River cuts through it.

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A Sweet Treat for the Road

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When you’re out on the road this summer and craving something sweet, look no further than this recipe for crumb cake. Perfect for a light snack with tea or for after dinner with coffee, this crumb cake is as versatile as it is delicious.

The Best New York Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • butter and flour, for greasing the pan

Cake:

  • 1 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 + ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or line with parchment and lightly grease with non-stick baking spray.

Make the Cake:

  1. In a medium bowl sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla together until well combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently fold in with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and spread evenly from corner to corner – it will be a very thin layer.

Make the Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Pour the melted butter over it and toss together with a spoon until well combined.
  2. Use your hand to sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the top of the batter breaking the mixture apart into big crumbs.
  3. Bake 10 minutes and rotate the pan. Bake 10 – 12 minutes longer or until a toothpick comes out clean from center.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Dust the top generously with confectioners’ sugar and use a serrated knife to cut into squares or rectangles.
  6. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry place up to 4 days.

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Your Guide to Summer on Fire Island

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One of New York’s premier summer destinations is Fire Island. The 32-mile long, quarter-mile wide island is the longest of the four barrier islands that protect Long Island from the Atlantic. With miles of sandy beaches, several state parks and wilderness preserves, and quaint communities, it’s no wonder why. If you’re planning on heading to Fire Island this summer, check out this guide to learn about the various attractions available.

The Communities

The island is home to about 400 residents year round, but this number can swell to upwards of 20,000 during peak tourist season in the summer. There are a total of 17 communities that are located in the center of the island, all of them car-free and accessible by ferry only. Without vehicles available, the primary means of travel are bicycles, private boats, water taxis, golf carts, and wagons. The absence of cars makes for a small town feel to each community and the pace of life feels slower and more relaxed. Spending time in town offers tourists great dining and shopping options. Ocean Beach is the largest of these small villages and has the biggest downtown area, making it the unofficial capital of Fire Island.

The Beaches and Parks

The island features park facilities spanning most of the island’s length, from the Fire Island Lighthouse to the federal wilderness preserve at the opposite side. The Fire Island National Seashore maintains four main parks on the island; of these, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is probably the best, encompassing 8 miles of natural untouched beach. Another is Sunken Forest, an extremely rare 300-year-old maritime holly forest. All the beaches under the purview of FINS are lifeguarded.

There are numerous wildlife parks on the island, many of which offer swimming, fishing, marinas, picnicking, surfing, and camping opportunities.

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Visit Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen State Park is a lesser known park located in New York’s Finger Lakes region outside of the village of Watkins Glen, just south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County.

The lower area of the park is near the village while the upper area is open forest.

In operation to the public since 1863, it operated as a resort under private ownership until 1906, at which time it was purchased by the state and managed by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

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