The Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes and charming towns. Known for its wine trails and delicious local cuisine, the region of Seneca Lake is a great weekend getaway spot for wine connoisseurs and travel enthusiasts alike. In this blog post, we will be exploring the best places to stay, eat and drink around Geneva and Seneca Lake.
Where to Stay:
When it comes to accommodations, the Finger Lakes offers well-established hotels like the Holiday Inn, 41 Lakefront by Wyndham, and the Fairfield Inn & Suits by Marriott. However, if you're looking for something more unique, some of the best options include renting a short-term vacation rental via Finger Lakes Premier Properties, offering upscale cottage experiences with stunning lake views; or Geneva on the Lake, an elegant estate located on the north shore of Seneca Lake. No matter where you choose to stay, you'll be able to soak up the refreshing scenery and breathe in the fresh air.
Where to Eat:
Foodies, you're in luck! The Finger Lakes region boasts a plethora of farm-to-table restaurants and local eateries, featuring fresh ingredients and inventive menus. For an on-the-go lunch option, check out the FLX Wienery, serving gourmet hot dogs and sausages with delicious toppings (foie gras anyone?). If you're in the mood for dumplings to go, Sans Dumplings is an excellent choice. Offering up tofu, chicken, lamb, or pork dumplings, you'll have plenty of options to pair with some refreshing Kemmeter wines. For dinner, you can't go wrong with a reservation at the famous FLX Table, owned by a Master Sommelier and featuring a five-course meal of locally-sourced ingredients. Pro tip: make sure to add on a wine pairing! Other great dining options include Kindred Fare for its upscale farm-to-table cuisine, Anorah for its fusion of American and Mediterranean flavors, and Port's Cafe for its cozy atmosphere and seafood specials.
Where to Drink on Linden Street:
Ready to explore one of the most charming and lively streets in Geneva? Make your way over to Linden Street! Stop by Microclimate for a selection of rare and untraditional wines paired with local cheeses and small plates. Beyond FLX wine, they also offer up a fantastic selection of wines from Champagne and Bourgogne. Vinifera offers the best of FLX wine all in one place. Sit outside at the tables or make your way to the secret speakeasy downstairs for a Great Gatsby vibe! FLX Provisions is another option that specializes in Finger Lakes wines (including Master Sommelier, Christopher Bates' wine, Element) and also offers excellent craft beer choices. Lastly, if you just need a cocktail, look no further than the Linden Social Club. Sometimes we just need a good Negroni!
Wineries to Visit:
The Seneca Lake wine trail is the largest in the region, boasting over thirty wineries with an array of varietals. One must-visit winery is Hermann J. Wiemer, which features a classic "old world" style of viticulture, and produces award-winning Rieslings. Forge Cellars, located on the East side of Seneca Lake, has a no-nonsense, terroir-based approach to wine making, specializing in dry Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Lakewood Vineyards is another noteworthy winery featuring 15 different varietals, including traditional favorites like Cabernet and Merlot. Ravines Wine Cellars is family-owned with two locations, winning numerous awards for their Rieslings. Nathan K/Hickory Hollow, Atwater Vineyards, Lamoreaux Landing, Hector Wine Co. and, Fox Run Vineyards are other wineries to check out on your weekend excursion.
Where to Drink Beer:
For beer drinkers, the Finger Lakes region has its fair share of breweries, too. Twisted Rail Brewing and Two Goats Brewing both offer seasonal brews and casual atmospheres. Grist Iron Brewing Company serves food (mostly pizzas) and drink with a view. Lake Drum Brewing is another local joint that has one-of-a-kind brews to quench your thirst. For some delicious IPAs try the Seneca Lake Brewing Company.
In summary, the Seneca Lake region of the Finger Lakes is a dream destination for anyone who loves good food, great wine, and stunning scenery. Whether it's for a weekend or a long vacation, you're sure to fall in love with the charm of the region and make unforgettable memories. When planning your trip, be sure to check out some of the top-rated accommodations and dining options, and of course, make time for some of the best wineries and breweries around. So, pack your bags – adventure awaits!