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Visit The Finger Lakes In Style

June 9th, 2016

Visit the Finger Lakes - Travel Tips

You’re over the Hamptons, and the Hudson Valley has become a little too New York. Where can you go for delicious cuisine, beautiful country, a laid back vibe and outstanding wine? Welcome to the Finger Lakes region, upstate New York’s secret destination for all these and more. Check out our best Finger Lake travel tips and book your romantic getaway.

Timing Matters

Located just west of Syracuse and featuring the towns of Naples, Geneva, Victor and Canandaigua, the Finger Lakes is smack dab in the middle of New York’s infamous snow belt. If you’re into snowmobiling, snowshoeing and the like then you’re in luck — the region sees plenty of the fluffy white stuff all season long. If you’re not, plan accordingly. The months from May through October offer the warm-weather-loving visitor plenty of outdoor time plus incredible views of the region’s gorgeous lakes. And yes, they really do look like fingers.

Embrace the Arts

With the famous Corning glassblowing factory just to the south, it’s no wonder that plenty of artists, weavers and potters call the Finger Lakes region home. If you love the visual and performing arts, you’ll enjoy a wonderful weekend upstate, where you can take a glassmaking workshop at the Corning Museum of Glass, satisfy your love of Americana at The Rockwell Museum, and view contemporary works at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira. Prefer to stay closer to one of the Lakes? Wander through the region’s various shops and studios and check out work from the artisans who call the Finger Lakes home. You’re sure to discover a one-of-a-kind creation that will make a perfect memento.

Find Your Wild Side

Hikers, paddlers, drivers and flyers: there is something for everyone to love in the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Tanglewood Nature Center and Watkins Glen State Park are only a few minutes outside the region’s towns. Hike, bike and paddle through beautiful Finger Lakes scenery. If daredevil speed is the answer to your dreams, climb aboard a sailplane, or head to Drive the Glen at Watkins Glen. Stay at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and relax with a bottle from a Keuka Wine Trail vintner. You’ll love the water views. Looking for something more historic? Opt for the Esperanza Mansion, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Food and Wine (Of Course)

With the beautiful countryside and preponderance of wineries, it’s no wonder that the Finger Lakes food and wine scene is spectacular. Seneca and Keuka are home to man of the region’s best restaurants. Whether you want casual or fine dining, you won’t be disappointed by the selection — or the wine list. Prefer to relax by cooking yourself? Visit regional farmers markets and buy your own produce directly from the farm. The Black Sheep Inn offers a Keuka Lake Wine Trail event package year round that includes food pairings and a complimentary wine glass.

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