Three Bainbridge Trails Worth Checking Out

Susquehanna River Trail
The Susquehanna River flows through the Town of Bainbridge, and there are convenient opportunities to get access to the water for boating. Both canoes and kayaks can easily manage the calm water, which, though shallow in the dry months, can be navigated with small portages through the low water. In the summer months, the slow-moving river carries those who enjoy a lazy float lying in a tube. Views along the river include birds, such as eagles and herons, and river animals, such as muskrat and beavers. Just south of Bainbridge towards Afton, there are a series of cottages sitting high above the river at High Bank, a development that dates to the turn of the 20th century.


To access the river, people can either rent canoes or kayaks at Tall Pines Campground or put their own boats into the river at one of the access points: at the boat launch at William Payne Park on Front Street, at the finish line of the General Clinton Canoe Regatta at Gen. Clinton Park or at the NYS DOT boat launch off Route 7 north of Bainbridge across from the Hess Station at Route 7 and 8.


Finger Lakes Trail
The Finger Lakes Trail, the longest continuous hiking trail in New York State, cuts through the Town of Bainbridge on private land and state highway. The main Finger Lakes Trail is 549 miles from Allegheny State Park in the west to its junction with the Long Path in the Catskills in the east.  In Bainbridge, the recognizable yellow Finger Lakes Trail signs and white blazes on trees mark the trail’s path from Case Road to Route 206. Near the Welcome to Bainbridge sign on Route 206 west of […]

Small Town Eateries You’re Going to Love

Memorable meal experiences can happen in Bainbridge!  One-of-a-kind restaurants are part of the fun of visiting this town. Variety, quality and ambiance are the hallmarks of a Bainbridge dining experience.


Flashback to diner eating

The landmark Bob’s Diner has classic diner food, but with so much more! Stop in for the best burger around or for a breakfast selection that is served all day! Experience the vintage 1950s diner ambiance at Bob’s, including cozy booths and a counter that shines. (607) 967-3111


Surrounded by Sports

Numerous televisions, a pool table and nice setting make the Highway 7 Bar & Grill a fun dining experience. Soft pretzel stick appetizers and flatbread sandwiches are some of the specialties at Highway 7, along with garlic potato fries, steaks, salads and burgers. (607) 967-4102


Great pizza

Inside Rosa’s Restaurant & Pizzeria visitors find a comfortable atmosphere with tables and booths for dining in, a take-out counter, and quick and friendly service. Try their garlic knots, their thin crust New York-style pizza, their Italian meals, even burgers and chicken with large portions, good food and friendly service. (607) 967-3050.


An Intimate Cafe

Bainbridge’s cafes provide a hometown feel. Making everyone feel welcome is their hallmark not to mention she is also the cook! At S & S Café (967-7123), all the cooking is fresh and homemade. Breakfast and lunch include daily specials, and the pancakes and omelets are specialties.

Distinguished Dining

The Yaleville Inn (895-6811) is truly a destination dining experience. Visitors are surprised by its lovely quaint and rustic location, and Chef Bill’s very special, five-star quality food –always changing based on market availability, amazing and fresh.


Click here for more information on all the dining opportunities in Bainbridge.

It’s Always Showtime Thanks to a Caring Community!

Quietly hidden in the center of town, Bainbridge beckons visitors to come and experience a memorable performance at its vintage Town Hall Theatre on North Main Street. The theatre would be hard to recognize from the street, except for the simple theatre sign erected as a local Eagle Scout project some years ago and the small marquee advertising the next show.


The Town Hall Theatre is a unique 1910 vintage theatre on the second and third floors of the Main Street Town Hall building, and has been carefully and patiently restored to its original look. The theatre itself is something to experience – 250 seats, an upper balcony, beautiful restored tin ceiling, and tall columns that frame the wooden stage.


Coming to the Town Hall Theatre in Bainbridge is like meeting with an old friend for an intimate conversation. The wood floors creak as you walk up the steep stairs to the auditorium on the second floor. On a performance night, the smell of popcorn is in the air, and the sharp scuffle of chairs sliding under tables blends with the sound of auditorium seats opening and snapping closed.


People in the community treasure the theatre, and an active Jericho Arts Council brings entertainment to the theatre all year, inviting visitors and community members alike to enjoy some entertainment while relishing the theatre’s rich heritage and architectural beauty. The Arts Council was formed in 1976 to restore the theatre from years of neglect, and restoration was completed at the end of 2009. Now the Jericho Arts Council is the steward of the Town Hall Theatre, and the group hosts a range of performances in the theatre appealing to young and old.


The theatre is used for more than […]

An Oasis for Birds in Bainbridge

A variety of lively birds make their home in the wetlands wildlife preserve near the  I-88 onramp in Bainbridge.  Fun to watch today as they swoop and soar around the area, these birds dwell there now because some Bainbridge residents had a vision 35 years ago to provide such a place for the birds, and the future generations of people who would watch them.


A large, enthusiastic group of people attended the park’s dedication Nov 1, 1980, including friends and family of its namesake and those who worked nearly three years to make the park a reality. The Bainbridge Sportsmen’s Club dedicated the preserve to the memory of Marshall “Bud” Andrews. Bud was a clerk of the Village and Town of Bainbridge and an avid sportsman. As if to provide some authenticity to the celebration, large flocks of ducks took off and circled the park at the conclusion of the dedication.


The Memorial Park began as a 28-acre park, and expanded to 45 acres a few years later. A concrete dam was installed to maintain the water level and provide a consistently watered habitat.


The land was purchased from Ernie Newman by the Town of Bainbridge; 75% of the cost of acquisition was paid by New York State through the Neighborhood Park Land Acquisition program. The Bainbridge Sportsmen’s Club contributed the other 25% and paid for the survey and appraisal of the land. The Club manages the park according to a long-term lease with the Town of Bainbridge.


A large variety of birds have found their home there, from bald eagles to herons, wood ducks to smaller waterfowl. On any day when the birds are about, visitors can be seen lined along Back River Road, binoculars drawn and […]

Bainbridge Recognizes Its Famous Son Who Explored the West

Jedidiah Strong Smith, a contemporary to Lewis and Clark and pathfinder through the Rocky Mountains, was born in Bainbridge (Jericho at the time) in 1799. Two monuments in Bainbridge mark the significance of his life of the more than 70 monuments across the country that note his travels– in Utah, Nevada, Kansas, etc.


Jed lived in Bainbridge for the first ten years of his life. He moved on to Pennsylvania, and when he was 21, he began his adventures in the West, where he:

Discovered the South Pass over the Rockies
Traveled overland from California from the east to the west
Was the first known white man to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains from west to east
Was the first to open a trail from the Salt Lake Region to the Colorado River (I-15)
Was the first to open a route from California to Oregon;


His total miles travelled in the wilderness from 1826-1831 equals twice the mileage of the Lewis and Clark expedition.


He was described as a “Christian Gentleman on the Frontier.” He went out on his last trading party expedition and was killed by a Comanche War Party when he was only 32.


His name has been bestowed on rivers, mountains, parks and buildings. And in his hometown of Bainbridge, he has two memorials:

The first was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1950 – a plaque in the village park, identifying Smith as born in Bainbridge and as the Pathfinder of the Sierras.

A larger monument was erected in 2005 just northeast of the Village on State Route 7. In a triangle of green, the stone identifying the area as Pathfinder Park invites people to stop and wander – sit in […]

Beat the Summer Heat at Oquaga Creek State Park

Bainbridge claims Oquaga Creek State Park as its closest state park, and it is just over the southeast border of the Town of Bainbridge. The park provides a picturesque setting for residents to spend a few hours, the whole day or even overnight. The land beacons to visitors, especially in the summer, with a clean lake surrounded by tree-lined hills echoing the shouts of excited swimmers. Six miles of trails weave through the state forests and gentle slopes. Hiking is great in the summer, and the same trails are used for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter.


In the middle of the park is 55-acre Arctic Lake, a man-made body of water with a sand beach for swimmers, and black bass, bullheads and rainbow trout for fishermen, along with a car-top boat launch and boat rentals. The sound of excited swimmers echo in the lake area, and show the fun times


It’s a great place for families to enjoy the day, with a playground, a nature trail and food concessions. For those who want to camp, 95 sites are available and six rustic cabins, with dumping stations. There is also a full-service cottage to rent.


For more information, phone: (607) 467-4160 See more at: http://nysparks.com/parks/27#snformation


Address: 5995 County Route 20, Bainbridge

Trash To Treasure: Discover Antiquing in Bainbridge

If the mere thought of finding one-of-a-kind treasures makes you smile with excitement, Bainbridge is the place to satisfy your craving. Poke around the seven different antique shops in Bainbridge to see what treasures you find! Bainbridge has been around for over 200 years, resulting in many early American antiques circulating in local buildings and households that may land in these shops!


An easy drive will allow a visit to all the shops in one swing – a local antique shopping circuit. Each shop is unique and worth visiting.  The Iroquois Antiques and Collectibles is a multi-dealer experience in what used to be the local feed mill along the railroad tracks in town.  A large area of the building is filled with dealers, and good buys are spilling out onto the front porch. (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily). Another multi-dealer shop is Old Hickory Antiques on the north edge of town. It is an easy-to-navigate single floor building housing a variety of dealers. (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, noon -5 p.m. Sundays, closed Tuesday) Nearby and across Route 7, the vintage items at Harmonie Hall Antiques are displayed in a historic carriage house, one building of the several on the estate, including a house that dates to 1800. (Visit when you see the Open sign).


Near the center of Bainbridge, there is some additional antiquing to be done. Both Sincerely Abraham, at the 1830s Truman House, and Main Street Antiques, housed in a vintage early American storefront, are open “by chance or by appointment.”  Main Street Antiques is also open most Saturdays noon – 5 p.m. and includes oddities and unusual antiques.


Further out of town, the Bainbridge House Barnyard Sales is located on County Road 39 […]

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Different Finds Every Time: The Market in the Village Green

The Village Green is active with shoppers and vendors in the open-air market every Saturday morning, Memorial Day until November. On Labor Day Saturday, the park is particularly busy with vendors as the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce also sponsors Bainbridge Day, with lots of additional vendors and activities on the streets of Main Street.


The Village Green is an attractive setting for the flea market activities in Bainbridge, located at the corner of East and South Main streets, bringing an ever-changing weekly selection of goods for bargain shoppers. This well-landscaped space provides a gathering place for other events as well and a focal point for the town.


The Green is ringed by three white churches (one across the street) and criss-crossed by walking paths. It is reminiscent of a New England village green, something that the early Bainbridge residents, who were transplants from Connecticut and Vermont, desired in their developing town.


This common area was first laid out in 1875 and embellished with trees and shrubbery to establish an ornamental park. The distinctive fountain was added around 1900 along with the soldier’s monument. Other noted features of the park include a classic white gazebo and monuments to the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and World Wars I and II.

Local Flavor, Summer Treats

You’ve been patient – you’ve mowed the lawn on a hot summer’s day, encouraged your child’s ball team on the sidelines of a hot, dusty field at General Clinton Park or visited Bainbridge to shop and now you face a drive home. Surely a treat is in order, for you and the family,


Thankfully, Bainbridge has some local delights to choose from – and affordable, too.


What a treat to visit the memorable places in Bainbridge where ice cream cones are so big they can’t be compared to a regular community stands, or large, homemade doughnuts drip with the sugar that has just been drizzled on them. On vacation recently, I was struck by the huge price, small quantity and bland flavor of the ice cream cone I purchased at a stand out of town. I was dreaming of home … where the ice cream is abundant and flavorful. I had clearly taken such treats for granted.


Here are three places that provide sensational sweets:


The Bob’s Diner Ice Cream Shoppe is tucked in a comfortable and convenient setting behind Bob’s Diner. Bob’s is special because of the great milk shakes on the menu inside, which are also available at the windows of the Ice Cream Shoppe. Customers are served fun flavors of soft and hard ice cream that can be eaten on the patio, complete with children’s toys. People often linger at the patio tables, enjoying conversation with other ice cream eaters. It’s open every day until 9 p.m.


Another place for exceptional ice cream is Country Classics on Route 7 near General Clinton Park (Open every day, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.). At this local favorite, you can get great ice cream and grilled items during the […]

Fresh Food Options in Bainbridge!

Late summer and fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the fresh food choices offered in Bainbridge. From open-air produce markets to permanent storefronts, there are some  great speciality food shopping opportunities in Bainbridge.


Year-Round Maple Products
Baker’s Maple is a family-owned business producing award-winning maple products and providing pancake mixes, honey, and local art. Since 1982, the business has been making pure maple that is available all year and by mail order. During maple sugaring time in March, families are invited to learn more about the process of tapping trees, boiling sap for syrup and the making of other maple products by visiting the store. When spring is near, the smell of maple sap boiling for syrup wafts from the sap house.


Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 1 – 4 p.m. Sun.


Bulk Food, Distinctive Selection
Spend some time perusing the wide variety of bulk food items at Pine Ridge Grocery, where people come for baking supplies, deli meat and hand-made woodcrafts, similar to an Amish market. Most of the food items are packed in bulk (need a 50 pound bag of flour?) and the store has a large assortment of candies, dried fruits, snacks, nuts and spices. A large variety of dried beans and rice are in stock, as well as food for special diets. To top it off, the staff is very friendly and eager to answer questions or help with selections.


Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon – Fri.; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.


Locally-Grown Produce
From May until October, the Bainbridge Open Air Market takes place in the  Village Green every Saturday morning. A sea of tents and bright colors punctuate the park, as vendors offer fresh produce […]