One Week Trip

For a week-long vacation, consider staying at a lakeside home for unbeatable views, space to spread out, and a kitchen. Check out the weekend itinerary to get started. Additional days in the region mean you can mix and match more arts, wineries, and adventure fun.

Day Three

► At the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, the 1883 architecture is as gorgeous as the paintings. The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate in Corning is home to an important collection of Western and American art. (1.5 hours each)

Drive The Glen at Watkins Glen International. In Elmira, ride a glider at the National Soaring Museum. (1.5 hours; 2.5. hours)

► Taste treats: find cocoa delicacies on the Chocolate Trail in Corning, while the Cheese Alliance trail spans all lakes. (3 hours)

► Along the way, stock up on local ingredients to make dinner at your vacation home.

Day Four

► Travel by boat to Cayuga Lake wineries with Water to Wine Tours from Interlaken, 23 miles northeast of Watkins Glen. (5 hours)

► Take in some music. A number of wineries offer nighttime concerts, food, and wine. (2 hours) Browse events >>

Day Five

► Get in touch with nature by spending a day in the Finger Lakes National Forest between the southern portions of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. After horseback riding, hiking, or biking, grill your own lunch. Then opt for fishing, blueberry picking in summer, or cross-country skiing in winter. (4 - 5 hours)

► Tonight: camp; get to know Elmira or Corning better; or head west to Keuka Lake.

Day Six

► At the south end of Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, take a hot air balloon ride; several companies offer them. (3 - 4 hours)

► More winery visits are a must in this town where the grape-growing scene began. Try lunch at Heron Hill Winery before a tasting. (2 - 3 hours)

► End the day strolling downtown, checking out the antiques, pottery, and sweets the region is known for. (1 hour)

Day Seven

► Penn Yan's Windmill Farm & Craft Market is less than 20 miles from Hammondsport, with 200 shops in addition to endless Amish cuisine and carnival food. (2 - 3 hours)

► Follow historic railroads along the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail. Enjoy fishing, paddling, and rafting—and snow sports in cold weather. (2 - 3 hours)

► Area farms and roadside stands are great for last-minute souvenirs.

 

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