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Watkins Glen State Park Fall

Spring in Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the seasons most underrated by travelers looking for an escape. But this spring, like its autumn counterpart, is abuzz with movement. The vineyards are busily being groomed and pruned, gardens are spruced up and prepped for new growth, and visitors and wine-lovers start to get a sense of what newly released wines will be available to taste and take home. Off the vineyard, as the snow melts and we welcome warmer weather, there are many great

Men Hiking

We’ve shared our Girl's Getaway, so this one’s for the guys. If you’re planning a Bachelor’s Weekend, annual reunion, or just a weekend away with the fellas. We’ve got some suggestions for your guy's getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Where To Stay:

The first step should be deciding on a place to stay. If you want a luxury hotel experience, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen was named the “Best Waterfront Hotel in the Nation” by USA Today. All guests have access to their indoor

Seneca Lake Pier in Watkins Glen New York

From grape growing to production, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest cohesive wine trails in North America. When you visit the 25-member wineries you are guaranteed to be tasting and purchasing wine made from grapes grown in the favorable conditions surrounding Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake is not only the largest of the glacially-formed Finger Lakes but is also the deepest lake within New York State. At 630 feet in depth, the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake make up 50% of the water in

Vineyard at Sunset on Keuka Lake

There are so many reasons why we love Finger Lakes Wine Country and even more reasons to visit. Here are 20 reasons you should put this perfect road trip destination at the top of your travel list this year.

  1. Finger Lakes Wine Country isn’t just an “upstate” destination. It is a state of mind. This is where you come to immerse yourself in nature, meet friendly and welcoming locals, relax, breathe, raise a glass, and repeat. Slow your pace and enjoy.
  1. It's the perfect road trip destination.

Parsnip Recipe

This gnocchi is very light in texture but robust in flavor – the parsnips’ sweetness is brought out further by roasting before incorporating it into the dough, and the tang of the goat cheddar sings cheerfully alongside the bay leaves and Meyer lemon punctuating the brown butter. The candied shallots are mellowed and deepened by caramelizing with maple sugar and rosemary, followed by a simmering bath in a cup of the Riesling. The bacon, which could easily steal the show, settles in comfortably

Cheers on Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Add these spring events in Finger Lakes Wine Country to your social calendar. Spring in the Finger Lakes is a sight to see! The flowers are blooming and the region is abuzz with exciting events for foodies, wine lovers, music lovers, and families.

Chemung Restaurant Week

When: Monday, April 1, 2024 - Monday, April 8, 2024

Time: Varies by restaurant.

Where: Participating restaurants in Chemung County will announce their specials throughout the week.

Cost: N/A

The 3rd Annual Chemung Restaurant

Southern Tier Balloon Tours

Spring Break is a great reason to escape to Finger Lakes Wine Country. The region is abuzz as the gardens begin to bloom and the vineyards are groomed and pruned. This Finger Lakes Spring Break Adventure Guide has great suggestions for your group gatherings and family trips. Including maple tastings, waterfall chasing, hot air balloon rides, bird watching, and more.

Finger Lakes Wine Country has so much to offer groups of all sizes and people of all ages. Including three distinct Wine Trails

Cheese

Calling all cheese lovers! In Finger Lakes Wine Country you can drink your way through our vineyards and taste your way through our dairy farm stands for a Cheese Lover's experience. Farm-to-table is the way of life here, so we’re highlighting the best creameries and dairy farms in the region. You can also visit Finger Lakes Farm Country, a local organization promoting agri-tourism within the region.

Agri-tourism is a travel trend that focuses on visiting farms, dairies, and ranches, to get a

Debra Bermingham, Bloomer Creek Vineyard

To celebrate Women's History Month, we asked wine writer and educator Maiah Johnson Dunn to do a follow-up on the Unapologetically Female piece she wrote previously. This time she focused on the women behind the scenes, the owners, marketers, vineyard managers, and cellar hands that make Finger Lakes Wine Country run.

Céline LeSeurre, Domaine LeSeurre Winery

Celine LeSeurre - Domaine LeSeurre Winery

Photos provided.

Wine is in Céline LeSeurre’s DNA. It only makes sense, having grown up around her grandparents’ vineyards in the

The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars

It takes courage and a sense of adventure to be a trailblazer and Glenora Wine Cellars was the first winery on Seneca Lake. Gene Pierce, along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple, and Howard Kimball jumped at the opportunity to open the winery after the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed.

In 1987, the winery expanded its production facility, and retail sales area and added a restaurant, The Wine Garden Café. This was the first winery restaurant on the western shores of Seneca Lake. They