Whether you’re a local or a visitor, one of the best things to do is escape for a while and recharge your batteries. That's why we've put together a full-day itinerary allowing you to see and taste everything the quaint Village of Homer has to offer. Eat, shop and support the wonderful businesses in and around the historic village.
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8 - GET EGGCITED FOR BREAKFAST
Jump start your morning with a light breakfast before you start exploring Homer. Walk into Sinfully Sweet Café, located at 17 S. Main Street, and your nose will be hit with an aroma of savory chocolate. Remind yourself it's early morning and opt for a breakfast sandwich and a cup of steaming hot coffee. There are bagel and wrap egg sandwiches that you can load with bacon and veggies, or try one of their delicious quiches.
Ok, let’s be honest; you’re going to purchase a few of those chocolate-covered peanut butter balls to go as well.
7 - A WALK IN THE PARK
Now it's time to stretch your legs and take a walk. In the center of the Historic District lies the beautiful green space that is the Homer Village Green. There are walking paths, benches and shaded grassy areas to relax. If your legs are feeling up for it, travel about a mile north of the historic village to Durkee Park. The beautiful setting is located on the west branch of the Tioughnioga River, with a playground and a fishing dock if you want to cast a line.
6 - HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE
Continue your walking tour, but look to the sky and take in the beautiful architecture that lines Main Street. The Olde Homer Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, encompassing a mix of residential, commercial and religious buildings. Make sure to check out the Homer Town Hall, the U.S. Post Office and the three Lenticular Truss Bridges located at Water, Wall and Pine Streets. These bridges were built in 1878, and span the West Branch Tioughnioga River.
You'll also find breathtaking examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne style homes, once owned by prominent residents of the village. Marvel at the three-story, Greek Revival style Elizabeth Brewster House (1909) with its four iconic columns. Walk by the Calvary Episcopal Church, built in 1832, or see if you can find one of the most unique residences in the village, the Octagon House.
5 - LUNCH BREAK
If you need to get your steps in for the day, take a 15 minute walk to Super Cream Dairy Bar for lunch. They’re not all about ice cream (though we recommend getting a scoop or two). Hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings and a grilled cheese menu are just a few of the delicious mid-day treats you can indulge in.
Hobo’s Bar & Grill is also an option. They have a menu loaded with lunch time staples including Chicken Spiedies, wings, salads and mac & cheese piled high with your choice to protein.
4 - SHOP TILL YOU DROP
You can't explore the Village of Homer without indulging in a little retail therapy. Check out these shops that cater to every taste and budget!
Arnold’s Florist: There's no denying fresh flowers have a magical ability to instantly brighten a mood. Luckily Homer has its very own florist in Arnold's Florist. So whether you’re just looking to treat yourself to a bouquet or a unique gift for that special someone, take the quick walk down Cayuga Street.
Ash Décor: From furniture to lamps, pillows to wall decor, and table linens, we guarantee you'll find the perfect pieces to elevate your space in the two-story shop. Entrance is located inside Bev & Co.
Bev & Co: Wonderful fashion awaits! The store caters to women of all ages with clothing and accessories. You will find outerwear, sweaters, tops and tunics with dresses, scarves, jewelry, skirts and pants. The store carries brands including Vera Bradley, Alex and Ani, Lulu B and Tommy Bahama.
Gail’s Antiques: The newest addition to the shopping scene, Gail’s Antiques & Collectibles is located at the corner of Wall and Main Streets, across from Dasher’s Corner Pub. Browse through a selection of antiques from the 1890s on to the Depression years as well as collectibles that range from kitchenware to glass, furniture to jewelry.
Homer Men & Boys: Founded in 1951, has been serving the Homer community and its visitors (including Bill Murray) for over 65 years. They sell casual clothes, workwear, plus boots and accessories for men, women and children. Don’t forget to find the World’s Largest Pair of Pants!
Olde Homer House: Find the perfect accents for your home! From their vintage shop to seasonal farmhouse décor, they have the perfect pieces to make your house a home.
3 - A LOOK BACK IN TIME
Did you know Homer was named after the Greek poet Homer, known for epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey? Or that three men from Homer had ties to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy: Francis B. Carpenter, painter of Lincoln’s portrait; William Osborn Stoddard, Lincoln’s private secretary; and Eli Devoe, foiler of an assassination plot.
There is so much history in this charming town and you can dive into the past at the Homer History Center located next to Key Bank on South Main Street.
2 - WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
After a long day of exploring all the great things Homer has to offer, you’re going to be craving a hearty meal. Dasher’s Corner Pub has a menu featuring a diverse selection of steaks, an array of seafood, handhelds, salads, and meals for the little ones. If you’re looking for an adult beverage, their bar boasts a well-rounded supply of bourbons and spirits, local craft and global beers, and wines from New York to California.
Looking for a place to start? Start off the meal with a Mason Jar Margarita and the Sizzling Potato Chip Platter with bacon, cheese sauce and blue cheese (trust us). Follow that with the Coquilles St. Jacques, a rich classic recipe loaded with bay scallops poached in wine with mushroom cream sauce over paprika risotto. If you have room for dessert, the Banana Cream Pie is heaven on a plate, drizzled with caramel sauce and chocolate shavings.
1 - LIFE WOULD 'B FLAT' WITHOUT MUSIC
If you’re lucky, you can wrap up your day with some live music at Center for the Arts of Homer. If this was a normal year, we would be finding our seats in the 400-seat Whiting Theatre to watch renowned national regional artists rock out. Unfortunately this is not a normal year, but that doesn’t mean the music stops.
The staff at Center for the Arts are getting creative, teaming up with local musicians to hold performances in the newly renovated parking lot. Keep tabs on future events at www.center4art.org.
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