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Penn Yan Diner

Besides all the beautiful scenery, world class wineries, distilleries, breweries, and cideries, the Finger Lakes also has an incredible culinary scene full of dining options including unique eateries like charming and nostalgic diners that remind us of yesteryear.

Whether you’re looking for a fun old-school diner for breakfast or lunch, you have plenty of great options throughout the region.

Visit these local mom and pop establishments in their quaint and vintage diners serving up some of the

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Our cultural centers and museums are still closed but we thought it would be fun to provide you with a list of must-visits when the doors open up again. Finger Lakes Wine Country is proud to have some incredible museums that make for the perfect way to spend a rainy day!

Here are 5 amazing Finger Lakes Museums to visit on a rainy or gloomy day, or any day too, some of them even allow you to explore them virtually - which we have noted here as well!

Rockwell Museum

Copy of The Rockwell Museum

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During these unprecedented times we are all staying home and spending a lot more time indoors. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or stop exploring the Finger Lakes Wine Country region all from inside your home.

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to the region, we have a few fun ideas and suggestions of ways you stay occupied indoors as well as explore Finger Lakes Wine Country virtually or through activities that can be enjoyed inside your home with your immediate family.



During these unprecedented times it's important that we as a community are strong together.

Want to help out your community during these unprecedented and uncertain times but not sure how?

We have a few suggestions of ways you can help your favorite businesses and Finger Lakes Wine Country community through ordering online or reaching out to others virtually to show support during this unique time.

Whether you’re a regular visitor or a lifelong resident, one thing that is for certain is the


  • 2 large bunches fresh collard greens (or one 16 oz. bag)
  • 4 slices bacon, cut in 1” pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup aromatic white Finger Lakes wine -Riesling or Gewürztraminer
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

If using fresh collard greens, remove tough stems and center

5 FLX Chilly Winter Ice Wine Cocktails

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Winter is coming to an end, so let us raise a glass to toast the season goodbye with some of Finger Lakes Wine Country region’s famous ice wines!

Celebrate the end of the season with these 5 chilly winter ice wine cocktails and drink recipes perfect for your next event or just for those lingering frosty Finger Lakes nights!

FLX Winter Ice Wine Martini

Shaken, not stirred! Served over ice and top it off with a frozen grape.

FLX winter Ice Wine Martini

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  • 1 oz Fulkerson Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
  • 2 oz Four

Winter Wonder in the Vines

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 11:00 AM by Kristy Wenz

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Mother Nature:

The Great Protector

Josh Wig of Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars on Seneca agrees adding, “Snow provides insulation and is welcome at any point in the winter. It’s the sub-zero air temperatures we have to watch for, but Seneca Lake’s temperature mitigation is usually enough to keep us from any severe damage.”

The Finger Lakes were carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age and these deep, fresh-water lakes, particularly Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga, provide moderating influences on the

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and Finger Lakes Wine Country has you covered

Tis the season of love and all things romance and Finger Lakes Wine Country has you covered with some fantastic ideas and places to enjoy your next getaway.

Get Inspired 

Don’t save all romantic getaways for February, these wine country escapes are perfect for any time of the year. The region is full of charming bed & breakfast, inns, and romantic hotels worthy of checking out, or checking in as we should say!

Belva Lockwood Inn

Belva Lockwood Inn is more than a bed to sleep in at night, this restored 5 room home from 1872 offers a unique, historic, and romantic experience in the Finger Lakes region located in Owego.


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Belva Lockwood Inn is a preservation in process as they take careful detail into combining the historic elements of the property and Belva Lockwood herself into the experience of staying in one of their cozy rooms. Belva Lockwood Inn is more than a bed to sleep in at night, this restored 5 room home from 1872 offers a unique, historic, and romantic experience in the Finger Lakes region located in Owego.Each room is individually decorated with antiques and beautiful furnishings from clawfoot tubs in the bathrooms to soapstone fireplaces. If you’re a history enthusiast you can get a quick history lesson on the details in your room, the property, and the incredible woman this Inn is named after.

Time to Sparkle with Finger Lakes Wine

Friday, December 20, 2019 4:00 PM by Kristy Wenz

Festive Sparkling Wine

It’s that time of year when sparkling wines are lining the store shelves and liquor store bubbly displays abound. Bubbles are a popular choice for holiday festivities and the honorary drink of New Year’s Eve, but all sparkling wines are not created the same. Here’s a brief rundown of four different methods for sparkling wine and the flavors you can typically expect (although each wine will present its own unique expression) – and you can find each of these types in the Finger Lakes. And yes, we

This week, the holidays will be in full swing and to-do lists will be a mile long. It’s one of the busiest seasons for people from shopping and baking, to year-end professional responsibilities and holiday parties. That said, it’s also one of the coziest times of the year and perfect for a little wine trail merriment.

With around 140 wineries in Finger Lakes Wine Country, not to mention breweries and eateries, December is the perfect time to attend holiday events, do a little gift shopping or

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