Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y.

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

The first stop on our fall Finger Lakes tour brought us to Owego, a small town on the Susquehanna River that makes a great "gateway" to New York's Finger Lakes region when you're driving in from the city. Owego's downtown is small but charming and full of the kind of shops you'd hope to find in a place like this...

For example, Hand of Man. It looks fairly unassuming from the front window but inside is a cavernous collection of Halloween, Christmas and other holiday trinkets. I live for these kind of places, but I know at least a handful of my friends who would cringe at the thought of such a massive compilation of kitsch.

BUT! I have to say, the store is extremely well organized and easy to navigate...it makes roaming and getting lost in the season fun. Plus, they really do stock things you'll actually want to buy - from high end and fancy to understated, minimalist gems. Altogether, during the Christmas season, Hand of Man stocks 10,000+ ornaments and 100 decorated trees. They also have a cafe that overlooks the river, but we didn't get a chance to check it out. Looks great, though, and had a good crowd!

I really, really loved it! One of my favorite finds on this trip.

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Across the street is Riverow Bookshop, another store that turned "I'll just take a quick peek" into an hour-long visit. You can pick up a cup of tea or glass of wine and browse three stories of new and old books. I spent a lot of time in the local section and then left with a handful of antique postcards that I'll...do something with, someday, when I don't live in a shoebox.

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Before heading off to some of Owego's surrounding farms, we stopped in for brunch at The Cellar Restaurant, which has great views of the river and really delicious seafood crepes. It's owned by a husband and wife, and everything the restaurant serves is made from scratch, so it's especially a great pick if you have any dietary restrictions. I don't, so I went to town on the aforementioned crepes smothered in lobster sauce. Yum.

They're also known for their homemade danishes, salad dressings and other desserts, which you can pick up to-go. Oh, and, Nerd Alert! The bar pictured below was reclaimed from an old 1900s speakeasy. Really cool.

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Downtown Owego, N.Y. - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

PHOTOS BY: Stjepan Alaupovic
MORE INFO: Finger Lakes Travel NY

2 comments:

  1. I lived in Owego for 5 years and you posted pictures of my 3 favorite places. Hand of Man was one of my first finds....before I even moved there. I could spend hours in Riverow Books and the Cellar was my favorite restaurant. Good Picks for your trip through Owego. :)

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    1. I'm so happy you think I did your former home some justice! The Cellar really is a special place...loved those views! And, I agree, Riverow Books' collection of vintage postcards is enough to keep a person entertained for the whole afternoon. I loved that so many of them were actually used/written on. Thank you for reading! I really appreciate your comment.

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