The name Owego means ‘where the valley widens’ and a great place for views of the Susquehanna river and where the valley widens is along the new river walk...
Along the Riverwalk is the Parkview Restaurant. Originally named the Temperance Exchange Hotel, it’s the oldest continually operated restaurant in Owego.
“The restaurant has been open since 1867 with 5 different owners before my husband and I,” said Beth Johnson, owner of the Parkview Restaurant. “The restaurant is you could say, is homemade foods, we like to focus on comfort foods and we also just introduced a pub menu. So if you’d like to just come and relax in the pub we have some simpler foods. It’s always been a wonderful place to dine and bring your family. You don’t have to dress up. It’s kind of country comfortable here.”
The Parkview Restaurant is a participant in Owego’s Artwalk, which takes place the third Friday of every month from 5-9pm.
Another great thing to do in Owego is to play the I-SPY Historic Owego game. All you have to do is download the booklet, solve the clues and match the photos of historic architectural features to the clues. And if you bring in your completed booklet to the visitor’s center you can win a prize.
When you’re at the visitor’s center you can pick up a phamplet for a self guided tour of Owego’s Historic Homes. All you have to do is call the number and follow the prompts. The tour begins on Front Street starting at the Court Street Bridge. Because the tour is self-paced you may start or stop the tour at any time, replaying stops as often as you wish.
One of the great things about Tioga County is its rich history... The Newark Valley Historical Society strives to preserve and interpret the past and if you want to take a trip back in time come out to the Bemet-Bilings Farmstead, a living history museum.
“Rather than looking at a picture in a book or watching a movie you can come down here and actually see people as they lived in the 1740’s to the 1820’s,” said Gerald Rhodes a member of the Black Powder Guild of the Newark Valley Historical Society.
The Newark Valley Historical Society has great events going on throughout the year and starting the first weekend in July the Bement Billings House will be open for tours each Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4pm.
“Every Friday night we have depot Friday nights where there’s entertainment, music, movies anything like that and in July we will have a rendezvous on these grounds where hundreds of primitive campers will come in historic garb and spend over a week,” Ross McGraw, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Newark Valley Historical Society said. “It’ll be open to the public over the weekend and people are welcome to come.”
The primitive rendezvous is open to the public on July 20 and 21 from 9-5 and costs $5 for ages 12 and up.
Another great thing to do in Tioga County is to take a trip to Tioga Gardens to see the indoor rain forest. It’s filled with exotic plant life, waterfalls, fish ponds and more.
“It’s kind of unique,” Ed Kuhlman said. “You just don’t see that many large tropical plants growing all together in one place unless you’re in a very tropical place. So you can browse through there and see the waterfalls and banana trees and fruit and things like that, that you just wouldn’t see somewhere.”
A great way to enjoy the outdoors in Tioga County is on the water. If you’re new to kayaking or have never done it before you can take a day to test the waters at Route 96 Power and Paddle’s test pond.
“You can go to the pond, at any time just stop into the store first and try out all the different types of kayaks and stand up paddleboards, also there are pedaling kayaks there and pedal boats,” Owner of Route 96 Power and Paddle, Jim Signs said. “We have kayak classes going on at our test paddle pond and they’re more introductory classes however we can get into a bit more detail. We also have stand-up paddleboard classes.”
Route 96 Power and Paddle also rents kayaks, canoes and stand-up Paddle Board packages and after working up an appetite on the lake you can stop in to Punk’s Place just up the road for a bite to eat.
“Punk’s place is known for its great food at reasonable prices a wide selection, a family friendly atmosphere and most of all lot’s of fun,” David Homrighouse Advisor to Punk’s Place said.
“It’s a very friendly atmosphere but the food is fantastic. We’ve never had a bad meal here.”
Punk’s Place offers daily specials and they vary from pizza and wings to all you can eat crab legs.. For more information on any of the places you’ve seen featured in On the Road just log on to wbng.com and tune in next Thursday to see where we’re on the road next.