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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.

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

Pub Night at Wagner Vineyards

Wondering what to do as a non-drinker in Finger Lakes Wine Country? There are many reasons why you might be searching for wine-free activities in the area. The two most common are; you simply want to explore the region or you want to know which wineries have non-alcoholic options when you visit with friends who both are and aren’t partaking. We’ve created your guide for an unforgettable day amongst the vines sans vino.

Sweet Trails
ice cream cones

Finger Lakes Wine Country is famous for its wine and the

Penn Yan

Tis’ the season for holiday movie binging! And if you are fans of holiday movies like we are, you might have noticed those Hallmark movies giving us the warm and fuzzy feels are set in charming small towns. These quaint villages are full of friendly faces and small town holiday cheer -- inevitably making your heart yearn for a white Christmas in a small town upstate.

Well, you are in luck! You can live out your holiday fantasies by visiting one of these Finger Lakes Wine Country picture-perfect

Fall Romance

When the summer heat fades to cozy cuddle weather, a romantic fall getaway in Finger Lakes Wine Country is the perfect mix of pampering and adventure. From pumpkin-infused spa treatments and fireside wine tasting to fairy-tale castles and waterfall chasing.

The leaf peeping and long walks remind you of the things that make fall magical. A picturesque getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country will allow you and your partner to take a break, create new experiences together, and turn up the heat on

pumpkins at Bradley Farms in Finger Lakes Wine Country

If leaf-peeping or delicious fall flavors don’t grab your attention, the fun fall events in Finger Lakes Wine Country will. This list of harvest and Halloween activities includes options for the whole family and adults only. Families will enjoy pumpkin picking, trick-or-treating, and a Dia de los Muertos Celebration at The Rockwell Museum in Corning. The more mature crowd will enjoy the Haunted Wine Walk at Hosmer Winery or the Wicked Realm Film Festival. Those looking for a fright will enjoy

Black Kayakers

As one of the best wine regions in the nation, there’s an unlimited amount of fun activities to enjoy in Finger Lakes Wine Country. That’s why we’re focusing on the ones that won’t break the bank. This list of free things to do in Finger Lakes Wine Country includes activities for the entire family and is a great starting point for visitors and residents building an itinerary.

Go For a Hike

The Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum in Elmira, New York offers free access to over 10 miles of hiking

Farmer's Markets

Thursday, August 10, 2023 4:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Farmers Market

Looking for local produce and unique handmade items? Farmer's markets can be found throughout the region almost every day of the week, and it's hard to take a drive through our countrysides without passing a few fresh farmstands.

Kid Friendly Wineries

Traveling with your family creates a lifetime of memories and Finger Lakes Wine Country has so much to offer families of all sizes and kids of all ages. These family-friendly wineries, restaurants, and activities cater to families by providing welcoming, easygoing experiences that visitors of all ages will enjoy.

From wineries with pet donkeys and glass-blowing workshops to kid-friendly restaurants and the New York Ice Cream Trail, we’ve found fun activities that the whole family will love.

Hannah SoFLX

Hannah Jones (she/her) is the Co-Founder and Board President of Southern Finger Lakes Pride. As a part of and an advocate for the LGBTQ+, she strives to make Corning and the surrounding areas a more inclusive and supportive home for the queer community who both live here and visit. In honor of Pride Month and to highlight just some of the reasons our region is so special, we reached out to Hannah and asked her to shine a light on some of the brave voices, safe spaces, and LGBTQ+ allies in