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Seneca Lake Pier in Watkins Glen New York

There are so many incredible things to see this summer in Finger Lakes Wine Country and unique ways to do so. Summer in this region serves as a constant reminder of the beauty of nature. With its quaint small towns, historic importance, and refreshing Finger Lakes attractions. Here are 14 unique ways to enjoy the great outdoors and explore Finger Lakes Wine Country by land, air, and water.

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KayakingIf you’re looking for ways to keep cool this summer you should explore our local lakes, rivers, and

beautiful red barn in Finger Lakes Wine Country New York

Farmers feed the world and Finger Lakes Wine Country has the ideal geography, climate, and soil for our farmers. Tucked away in upstate New York is a foodie paradise where farm-to-fork is always preferred and paired with a wealth of amazing locally-grown wines. This year escape to a charming place where you can relax, rejuvenate, and get your hands dirty the old-fashioned way.

Meeting the farmers is easy here. This three-day itinerary allows you to connect with some of Finger Lakes Wine

picnic tables at Spotted Duck Creamery in Finger Lakes Wine Country

In Finger Lakes Wine Country farm-to-table isn't a trend, it's a lifestyle. Serving things locally grown, produced, and sourced evokes a sense of pride in the region that is shared through taste, smell, and touch. As we all prepare to go safely back outside this summer, here are some of the places you should turn to for an authentic farm-to-table experience.

From farm brewed beer and farm-fresh produce to date night destinations and cow cuddling there’s something fun for everyone in the

summer views in Finger Lakes Wine Country

With its warmer temps and longer days, summertime in Finger Lakes Wine Country is a can’t-miss experience. Our lush countryside of rolling hills and sprawling vineyards offer picture-perfect greenspace to enjoy an array of outdoor adventures. Cool off in our pristine lakes, kayak on our winding rivers, or hike among waterfalls. Slow down with a sip of world-class wine or a locally crafted brew.

In the summer, there is no shortage of farm-fresh produce and local products available at our

Farmers Market produce

Finding the freshest produce of the season, handicrafts, baked goods, local ingredients and pantry items like meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, and seasonings is easy to do in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Our region boasts some of the best farmland in the state and with that comes food and handicraft products that are direct from the farmer or artisan to the customer, who can easily access these goods at our various farm stores and stands.

When planning a trip to our region, don’t miss out on

happy dog in a vineyardFinger Lakes Wine Country offers fun for the whole family including our four legged friends. From our wineries to outdoor adventures, attractions, and accommodation there are plenty of opportunities for pet friendly adventures in wine country.

This pet friendly guide to the region introduces just a sample of the varying businesses and activities that are available for well-behaved pets. We advise that you call before your visit to ensure all the activities you’re hoping to enjoy are pet friendly

spring blooms in the vineyards in Finger Lakes Wine Country

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

Vax Up FLX - Orlando Rodriguez

Travel has looked a little different this past year and the Finger Lakes Wine Country community has been working hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is our goal to safely welcome our visitors to enjoy everything our region has to offer from wine tasting, our quaint small towns, outdoor activities, and much more.

We have put together a helpful resource page for navigating a visit during this time as well as these Finger Lakes Wine Country travel tips below to help keep both our community

Early Owego Antique Center on Lake Street in Owego, New YorkAntique collecting has been around for ages and for some it's a newfound hobby or a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind object for your home or are a collector, the rush of finding something that speaks to you from the past is always exciting. Antique and vintage shopping is a modern-day version of treasure hunting and Finger Lakes Wine Country is teeming with antique centers and vintage shops for you to explore.

Collectors, historians, and those

Seneca Mills Waterfall in winter on the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail in Finger Lakes Wine Country New York

Finger Lakes Wine Country offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in New York State. The region is also a haven for waterfall chasing. One might assume that waterfall viewing is best done in the warmer months, but waterfalls truly come to life and are spectacular to see during the winter months. Enjoy sparkling snowy scenes when you visit these five magical waterfalls this winter.

For more ideas of how to spend this season in wine country read our guide to outdoor activities to enjoy in

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