So You Know
This falls under the category of So You Know. If you are planning a trip to Palmyra during Hill Cumorah Pageant, this are things you should know.
The Hill Cumorah Pageant runs for 7 days. This year those days are Friday, 7/10, Saturday, 7/11, Tuesday, 7/14, Wednesday, 7/15, Thursday, 7/16, Friday, 7/17, and Saturday, 7/18. However, the tech crew is already here, and cast begins to show up this weekend.
Lodging is scarce. There is one hotel, the Palmyra Inn, and rooms run about $160 to $220 per night. There are a couple of Bed and Breakfast Inns – The Liberty House and Canaltown B&B. They run about $100/night (plus or minus) depending on the room. And then there is us, The Beckwith Mansion. We run about the same as the B&Bs.
The difference between us and a B&B is this… A B&B feeds you breakfast. We do not. However, you may use the kitchen for preparing food, AND you may use our laundry facilities (you must provide your own soap). While some find breakfast is a nice addition, many of our guest appreciate the included laundry facility use – especially if you have driven some distance or have small children.
New York State Laws limit how many people can stay in a room. Always inquire as to the legal limit when reserving a room, or tell your host how many people are in your group. Again, lodging is scarce.
Plan, plan, plan in advance. This is especially so when it comes to lodging. We’ve had tourist call begging to sleep on our floor or sofa. We legally can’t allow that. While there are campgrounds in the area, you will want to do your research well in advance.
This is NOT a region where you can drive through and find a room always. This is especially true during Hill Cumorah Pageant.
Also, if you want a family portrait while you are here, that’s my specialty. (See www.dbwalton.com) Many families contact me for an outdoor family portrait to remember their trip to Palmyra. We can go on-location or take the portrait in my studio (located on Main Street in Palmyra, New York.)
Family Portrait (Sacred Grove in Background)
When attending pageant, I recommend on the day you attend that you eat at the Rotary/Lions tent. Those proceeds go to local services. They usually have BBQ chicken, sausage with onions and peppers, burgers and a few other things. They also have a regional favorite called “salt potatoes” (they aren’t real salty, it is how they are cooked.)
The other meals I encourage you to visit our Palmyra restaurants. We don’t have a lot, but the ones near the Book of Mormon Publication site are: Happiness Garden (Chinese), Mark’s Pizzeria and Nima’s Pizza. A little further down the road you will find Chill-n-Grill (ice cream, burgers and hot dogs), Acropolis (diner with some Greek dishes), Athena’s (diner – burgers and sandwiches). Going the other direction you will find Yellow Mills Diner.
Time Commitment & Sightseeing
If you have never been here, and you are coming during pageant, I would budget at least 3 days:
1 day for the pageant and Hill Cumorah and the E.B. Grandin (Book of Mormon Publication site) Building
1 day for the Sacred Grove and to attend the Palmyra Temple (very close to each other)
1 day to see the Peter Whitmer farm and while you’re out that way, visit Sauder’s (a Mennonite store) and drop down and see Watkins Glen (it’s non-church related, but you’ll be glad you saw it.)
Watkins Glen State Park
I could give you a list that would keep you busy for TWO WEEKS while staying in Palmyra, but I realize most people don’t want to budget that sort of time to one place. (Sad, but true. This place is rich in family adventure stuff.)
I spent the day cleaning my studio and office. When Elizabethe got home from work it was a trip to the bank to do the deposits, and then dinner at Chili’s. It has been a busy day.