Under-the-radar experiences invite you to linger longer in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Explore the trails and choose your trek!
Travel along I-86 and antique your way through Wine Country.
You never know what treasures you will find at the Early Owego Antique Center1 in charming downtown Owego. Close to 100 dealers and two floors packed to the brim grab your attention. At Antique Revival2 in Big Flats, find New York State's largest collections of Victorian-era antiques and decorative art—paintings, furniture, jewelry, carpets, lighting, you name it—in a beautiful setting. In Corning's Gaffer District, Twin Tiers Antiques Plaza is another antique-lover's destination, with two full floors of multiple dealers and an ever-changing inventory. At Crooked Lake Antiques4 in Hammondsport, an ever-changing potpourri of magical items includes vintage toys and dolls, art deco, furniture, silver, heirlooms, jewelry, and early lighting fixtures. Two floors of items from the 1800s to today sold by more than 40 dealers add up to irresistible shopping deals at the Erie Line Antique Center5 in Hornell. Amazing stuff!
Reconnect with nature as you hike, soar, or even trot through Wine Country.
How did ancient peoples survive? Find out at the Wilderness Way School1 in Owego. Learn to track, make fires, forage for food, and delve into other early skills while deepening your respect for the environment. Harris Hill Soaring Corportation2 near Elmira takes you—and thankfully, your pilot—up in a glider for a bird's-eye tour of the countryside. Back on ground, visit the National Soaring Museum. You'll remember this day. Painted Bar Stables3 near Burdett pairs you with a horse and trail to fit your riding skills (or lack thereof) for a memorable guided ride. Want more? Take their Cowboy Crash Course or a moonlight trail ride. Drive the revered Watkins Glen International4 course in your own vehicle around the Grand Prix circuit following a pace car. Soak up the rich history from The Glen's Formula 1 roots to today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Push off into the waters of Keuka Lake or pedal local roads and scenic byways with a bike, kayak, or canoe from Keuka Lake Kayak & Bike Rentals5 in Hammondsport.
Explore Wine Country's history and culture.
The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center1 in Waverly is the go-to place for rare rocks, fossils, arrowheads, pottery, and early tools dating from the Ice Age. The bonus? Live animal, historic, and Native American dance shows. Incredible European and American art as well as contemporary traveling collections are showcased at the Arnot Art Museum2 in Elmira, everything housed in a grand Greek Revival (circa 1833) mansion. At Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes3 in Corning, travel through earlier centuries with costumed guides. Visit a historic inn, log cabin, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and agricultural exhibits. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum4 in Hammondsport is a treasure trove for all ages interested in historic planes, vintage autos, motorcycles, and bicycles. Kids find plenty to explore in the Children's Innovation Arcade. See more than 100 wooden boats in Hammondsport's Finger Lakes Boating Museum5, including Lightnings, Penn Yans, Lymans, runabouts, and canoes. Ask about boating and restoration workshops.
Discover cool local restaurants as you sip and savor your way through Wine Country.
Julie and Ike Loveless' Owego Kitchen1 in a historic downtown building is the place to come for breakfast and lunch, especially if you love homemade scones, muffins, bagels, soups, sandwiches, and sweets. Local ingredients are used in food preparation at The Crystal Lake Café2 at Americana Vineyards in Interlaken overlooking Cayuga Lake. Try their house-roasted pork or turkey paired with a dry Riesling. So good. In the heart of Watkins Glen, GRAFT wine + cider bar3 garners rave reviews for its impressive selection of local wines and ciders. Food, including its vegetarian specialties, also gets high remarks. A rustic-style eatery with an inviting long bar and creative menu, Hand + Foot4 serves salads with a twist, perhaps adding edamame or lentils. Gotta dig their jam-packed sandwiches, Korean rice cakes, and outrageous selection of beer. Choose small or large plates. Hand-swirled, handmade ice cream, corn fritters, fried chicken, and salads using family recipes have made Seneca Farms5 on Keuka Lake in Penn Yan a weekly indulgence for locals.