The Finger Lakes are known for producing excellent wine, particularly world-renowned Rieslings. That being said, the Finger Lakes have so much more to offer from taking a dip in pristine lakes, hiking forested hills and exploring quaint small towns. No matter which season, here are some ideas to get started.
With ample opportunities for hikes paired with breathtaking scenery, Taughannock Falls is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views plunging 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge and from below at the end of the gorge trails.
The Finger Lakes region of New York are home to 11 lakes reminiscent of human fingers, while Cayuga and Seneca Lakes are among the deepest in the United States. While each lake and surrounding area has its own unique personality, they all have one thing in common: everything from swimming to boating.
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The Inn a Taughannock, known for making a legendary Cosmopolitan, borders Taughannock Falls and affords stunning 180° views of picturesque Cayuga Lake. Built in 1873 for a Philadelphia business owner, the renovated boutique hotel at the foot of the Cayuga Wine Trail features fine dining with American and Mediterranean influences (think seared diver scallops with a spicy tomato relish), luxurious suites designed with Carrara marble and even includes pet-friendly accommodations for Fido.
While the Finger Lakes are abundant with waterfalls, gorges, lakes, wineries and so much more—you might think to yourself, what about the winter?Welcome to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort. With 35 slopes, a 1200-foot vertical drop and 2 high-speed quads, the views from the summit and trails are breathtaking, while providing a variety of inclines for every skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert.
The Finger Lakes area is New York's largest wine producing region.Over 100 wineries and vineyards are located around Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua, Keuka, Conesus, and Hemlock Lakes. Because of the lakes' great depth, they provide a lake effect to the lush vineyards that flank their shores. Which winery will be your first stop?