Action News On The Road - Skaneateles

July 17, 2014 Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM EDT

This weekend is the annual Curbstone Festival in Skaneateles which means great deals and sidewalk sales. Skaneateles is a great place to find unique shops and enjoy a memorable shopping experience. Stop in to First National Gifts a one of a kind gift store located in a former bank, there are gifts, home decor pieces, jewelry, and more. Another great place to do some shopping is the Rhubarb Kitchen which sells everything from small kitchen appliances and utensils to speciality food items.
"It's a nice shopping environment," said Emma Cowley an employee at Ruhbarb Kitchen. "It's got cool things to look at, she's got brand new gadgets that she gets in, it's an experience I'd say. It's not just you're coming in to shop to get one specific thing it's it's the environment it's you're walking in the village and the lake is there and you come in and it's just it's a relaxing experience and it's cool to see the new things coming out."
Or head down the road to Roland's, one of the oldest establishments in Skaneateles for brand name clothing and foot wear for the entire family. And if you're shopping for little ones you'll definitely want to stop in to The Kinder Garden where you'll find a wide variety of toys, clothing, educational games, books, and more. After a long day of shopping you'll probably want to grab a bite to eat. At the Garage Eatz they're known for making some unique dishes like fried potato salad. The Garage Eatz is a restaurant that's housed in an old car repair shop.
"Cause we were a garage for fifty years prior to it being turned into a restaurant so we have orange shop rags for napkins and o rings that hold those together, and then we try to use a lot of garage terminology maybe in naming our dishes," said Owner Kristin Hunt.
They've been open for more than 10 years and focus on three commitments to their guests, they offer real eats, authentic service, and family flavor. They also try to use local indigents from other small businesses.
"We try to get as much as close to home, Hudson Egg Farm, you know little things like that as much as we can do because at the end of the day we're just a small business trying to make it and so we're trying to support all the other people doing that as well," Hunt said.
And patrons say the food is delicious.
"I had the pastrami sandwich and it came with a side of coleslaw and fried potato salad," Wendy Upton said. "I didn't know what to expect with the fried potato salad, and it was yummy. It's that deep fried crunchy with yummy potato salad inside."
Now Skaneateles has great has great shopping and great food, and a beautiful view of Skaneateles lake. Skaneateles lake is 16 miles long a great way to see it is aboard one of the Midlakes Navigation cruises.
"Midlakes Navigation is a family business. we were founded by my dad in 1968, so we've been doing this for a long time," said owner Sarah Wiles. "We started on Skaneateles lake, we've expanded to include cruises on the Erie Canal as well so we offer quite a variety of of options for people who want to enjoy the water ways of Central New York."
They offer lunch and dinner cruises, sight seeing cruises, and even a ninety minute mail cruise where they deliver the mail to shore line cottages.
"The lake is 16 miles long, our dinner cruise goes about halfway because it goes at a very slow pace, the mail boat is three hours and it goes all the way around the lake, today our sight seeing cruise is fifty minutes so we'll go down a couple of miles on one side and cross over and come back on the other side," Wiles said.
They have two vessels, the Barbara S. Wiles and the Judge Ben Wiles, visitors can sit aboard and enjoy the beautiful scenery and clear waters of Skaneateles lake.

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