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Dashboard Diaries" Blog Takes New Look at an Old Road

March 2010

Travelers of Routes 5 and 20 have a new resource at their fingertips-a blog called Dashboard Diaries. Drawing from the popular "Best of the Best" pocket map published by the Routes 5 & 20 Committee, Dashboard Diaries takes a fresh look at some of the unique eateries, activities, scenic spots, and shops that stud the highway between Skaneateles and Batavia. The new blog lives online at Routes5and20.com, a site maintained by an alliance of chambers and visitor bureaus along the road.

"What we are doing is highlighting the contemporary value of this historic road," says Lisa Burns, Livingston County Tourism Director. "There are so many interesting stories and little-known gems all along the route. We want to provide a hub for anyone interested in sharing their impressions; as well as for those seeking insider info and candid reviews."

The blog already contains entries from across five counties, with a focus on those places and activities rated "best of the best" in a local survey. A team of third-party reviewers is continuously traversing the road in order to provide new reviews and seasonal content, and more entries will be added all the time.

"The signs on the car gives them away," says Burns. "They're shaped like big NYS license plates, but with the Routes 5 and 20 logo."

Log on to Routes5and20.com to plan an itinerary, read comments, view photos, and share your thoughts about the special places along this "Authentic American Road."

The Routes 5 & 20 Tourism Promotion Group is a collaborative effort of the tourism promotion agencies of Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Livingston and Genesee Counties along with Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.