I am planning a mama-daughter road trip to the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York for either this fall or next. My daughter is turning 5 this year (or else she'll be 6 next year, if we don't go this fall), and I'd love to take her on a 2-3 day trip. I'm imagining staying in a B&B or motel, doing some mild hiking in the parks, meandering through small towns, perhaps stopping in at an age-appropriate museum, and some basic mother-daughter fun times, away from daddy and baby brother . I went to the Finger Lakes with my family when I was younger and remember the stunning scenery in the fall in that area.
Please share any suggestions, tips, ideas, recommendations of the area. What to do, where to stay, etc. I've started researching it but would like actual people's opinions and experiences, which are more valuable to me than travel brochures and tourism websites.
Also, since we'll be coming from across the border (Ontario, Canada), I know I'll have to take our passports, and probably a letter from DH authorizing me to take her across the border by myself without him. Any other things I'll need to know?