Finger Lakes in New York is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Of course, there are beautiful places all over the world worth visiting. However, many will only get to visit them virtually, as in playing at an online casino South Africa.
But Finger Lakes is famous for its wine and beer and of course the wonderful scenery. There are fabulous waterfalls, state parks, gorges and the lakes to visit. It has become a wonderful spot for summer vacationing. Not many people are aware of just how fabulous a region it is and what the region has to offer in terms of natural beauty and attractions. The area deserves more attention.
Some of the must do things when visiting the Finger Lakes:
Visiting the wineries
There are well over 100 wineries in the region and therefore wine tasting is one of the most popular things to do in the Finger Lakes. There are a number of wine trails. Below are two to check out. The Keuka Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. It would be difficult to do too many but a couple is definitely doable and you get to enjoy the scenery along the way.
Keuka Wine Trail:
Keuka Spring Vineyards
When you enter the tasting rooms of the winery you will be presented with the many awards on display from their wines. You can try a variety of white wines which include a few of their Gewurztraminers and also their red wines. Save some room in your luggage so you can buy a few bottles to take home.
Hunt Country Vineyards
Great wine and a farmhouse lunch. The Hunt family make great efforts to be sustainable, running their vineyard and farms on solar power energy and they are certified organic. For instance, vin order to deal with weeds they use a mixture of clove oil and molasses. If sustainability is important to you, drop in and discuss the things they are doing in order to be more sustainable in their wine growing.
Dr. Konstantin Frank
One of the very best wineries is situated overlooking the Keuka Lake. Dr. Frank brought the vinifera grape varieties to the region and these preceded European wines that came to Northeastern US. It is definitely worth a visit to enjoy the wine and food and go on the tour and learn about the history of Dr. Frank.
This vineyard is also on the Keuka Wine Trail and known for their production of vinifera wines. The wine experience is really fun and you get to order warm brie to taste with the wine.
Seneca Wine Trail:
They don’t only have wine but they have their own craft beers too. A great location with views of Seneca Lake. On Friday Nights you have a real treat with Pub Night on the Brew Deck. Live music and dancing plus a great barbecue to enjoy.
Glenora Wine Cellars
Not only a wonderful winery with great tasting rooms but they have an amazing on- site restaurant called Verasions with wonderful views of the vineyards. You can enjoy steak or seafood dishes and of course wine. Here you can enjoy a lavish night out.
Situated near Watkins Glen they Fulkerson Winery has wonderful tasting rooms. They also have a great gift shop where you can buy equipment to make your own wine. It is located on a beautiful farm where you can rent out their farmhouse for a week if you want to extend your trip.
Finger Lakes is fast becoming a place for craft beers. There are over 75 craft breweries to check out. One such brewery near Watkins Glen on Seneca Lane is Two Goats Brewery. They offer draft Craft brews together with fabulous sunsets over the vineyards and Seneca Lake. Definitely worth a visit.
Ithaca has over 150 waterfalls within a 10-mile radius of downtown. Ithaca Falls is in the center of downtown and the amazing Taughannock Falls at Taughannock Falls State Park. Taughannock Falls is said to be 33 feet taller than Niagara Falls! And don’t leave Ithaca without visiting the campus of Ivy League school, Cornell University
Watkins Glen is located on the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The main street in Watkins Glen is filled with eateries and the Seneca harbor is only a short walk away. You should visit the Watkins Glen Park gorge trail where you can experience one waterfall after another. The trail has 19 waterfalls through a two- mile path and is not difficult and is suitable for every age. Don’t miss this magical trail.
At the Seneca Harbor you must take a trip on the schooner, True Love. The schooner was actually used in a classic film which starred Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story, back in 1940. You can enjoy a two- hour sailing trip while eating and drinking and enjoying wonderful music and the sunset with friends or with lovers.
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park is where you can see the New York waterfalls, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”. You would likely be happy renting a cabin for the entire week and enjoying the area. There are 3 large waterfalls and perhaps 50 small ones that flow into the Genesee River too. You can picnic, hike, swim or fish. You can also do kayaking or whitewater rafting. And of course enjoy the wonderful scenery.
Visiting Corning is definitely a must. It is surely one of the best small towns in the area. Market Street is very welcoming and there are so many different eateries to choose from at any time of the day. One such place is Hand and Foot. Poppleton’s Bakery offers a fabulous breakfast and for lunch it is worth visiting Market Street Brewing Co. where you can enjoy a great draft craft beer with your meal.
There are also some lovely boutiques and other quirky shops. Don’t forget to visit the Corning Museum of Glass where you can enjoy some very impressive glass blowing demonstrations and also experience some hands- on glass blowing. There are some wonderful glass artifacts to view, some dating back hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Don’t leave town without visiting the Rockwell Museum which has a wonderful collection of American Art. The Museum also has a very nice terrace with wonderful views over the town of Corning.