Finds The Jefferson Clinton Hotel Is The Ideal Getaway Spot For Touring Syracuse
Esther, Eunice and
I checked into the Jefferson Clinton Hotel at 416 S. Clinton Street, two blocks
away from the Armory Square area of downtown Syracuse and part of Clinton
Square. This 11 story upscale hotel had me relaxing in their Presidential Suite
on the 11th Floor. Dining room, full kitchen, living room and bedroom where the
cushy bed and desk was located. Although the hotel does not have a restaurant, a
full breakfast buffet is part of the deal and located in the lobby. The
amenities include a whole list of "in case you forgot" items.
As far as
eating, we went to Sakana-Ya-Sushi, a true sushi bar. Seats are at the bar and
the food rides along a conveyor belt. The plates are different colors and there
is a sign near your seat that states the price of the plate. If you don't see
something that you like, you can order from the waitress. Esther was being her
funny self here.
Being along the canal there are several opportunities to
travel by boat, which range from a 1-hour boat tour to renting a luxurious
houseboat complete with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and full
kitchen. That's the one we got to use offered by Bob Stivers at Stivers Seneca
Marine, located on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.
The boat first made its way
onto Seneca Lake before turning around to visit the canal. This particular part
of the canal is surrounded by homes and a few business enterprises. It's not odd
to see blue herons wait for the boat and then soar in front of it, stop, catch
up and repeat. The blue herons have their territory so another one will take its
place along the way.
The day brought misty rain and hard winds, which
made it a bit difficult for me to take over the wheel. We went into a lock but
Bob decided not to continue through, backed up and did a u-turn.
Palmyra which has been coined "Queen of Canal Towns", although I'm not sure as
to why. We didn't get to tour much of the town as time was spent at
Phelps General Store, a 19th century original general store with original items
and home. Located at 132 Market Street, it was constructed in 1826.
William Phelps renovated the store by 1875. It was then turned over to his son
Julius who closed the store in 1940. Upstairs I found the post-Civil War
Sibyl Phelps lived there with no electricity or plumbing.
Yes, there is an outhouse. Sibyl died in 1976. Seeing the items on the shelves
could certainly bring nostalgia to those over the age of 70. The store is just a
block away from the Erie Canal.
Nearby is Camillus, a town outside of
Syracuse. It was here that we visited my last stop on the Erie Canal and took a
more relaxed tour where the scenes were of walkers, joggers, and bike riders. We
saw the aqueduct system and much greenery. Due to the sun it was sometimes hard
to tell where the top of the water started and the reflection began. Rather than
a houseboat we were on a pontoon, which I was also able to easily pilot.
We first visited the Sims' Museum, a replica of the Sims canal store that housed
anything the canal fleet needed in the way of medicines, cooking tools, food &
water, kerosene & coal, apparel, animal feed & equipment, and hardware. There
was one of those great murals located on the second floor.
ending, I was looking forward to coming back not only Syracuse but to Lockport
in Niagara County and further canal areas of Saratoga.
By Merle Exit
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