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A few weeks ago I  promised a report on my vacation in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.   As we wrap up summer 2010 on this Labor Day I hope you were able to enjoy some time off from the daily rat race.  My report is below.

 We stayed at a small cottage near Keuka Lake and after my morning bike ride around the lake we spent our day one going to the Corning Museum of Glass which was about a 30 minute drive.  We were at the museum for about 3 hours and the museum had art work from glass and glass products throughout the years going back  over 2,000 years as well as a lot of technology related to glass.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed our time at the museum in Corning.   In Corning there is also a Norman Rockwell Museum and if you buy a ticket for both museums the price is something like $20.  The ticket price for an adult to the Glass Museum is about $14 with a 10 or 15% discount if you belong to AAA.  We did not go to the Rockwell Museum.

 Day 2 began with a bicycle ride and then trip over to the Seneca Lake area via Watkins Glen which sits at the bottom of Seneca Lake.  We had lunch in a picnic area of the Finger Lakes National Forest.  We then drove to a winery on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and began a bike riding tour of some wineries on the East side of Seneca Lake.  We hit about 5 wineries in 7 miles of riding south and had some tastings, all of which were very nice.  On the way back we decided to go without stopping for any tastings as there is a winery about every mile or so on each side of the road.   On both sides of Seneca Lake there are over 40 wineries as well as several breweries.   Seneca Lake is 38 miles long and is the second longest of the Finger Lakes.   Cayuga Lake is the largest at just under 40 miles. 

Day 3 was our trip to Cooperstown to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame and Museum.  It was about a 3 hour drive through the hills of rural New York and it rained most of the day.  We arrived in Cooperstown around 1 PM and spent 4 hours at the Hall of Fame and thoroughly enjoyed the day.  The only bad thing about Cooperstown is its location.  By car, there is no real easy way to get there.  At some point you have to travel on back roads which are hilly and winding.  90% of our trip there was on those types of roads.  Despite, the difficulty at getting there I am glad I went there and would recommend it to any baseball fan. 

After my morning bike ride, day 4 was spent in Rochester visiting my wife’s Great Aunt which was about a 75 minute drive from our cottage.  When we got back to the Keuka Lake area we hit a few more wineries for tastings and then a nice Italian Restaurant for dinner in Hammondsport.  We had a glass of red wine from a local winery that we were visiting the next day.  The food was good and the wine was superb.  The wine was a proprietary blend from Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Winery.  This winery is probably the most well-respected winery in the region and has made a name for itself for its wine made from the Riesling grape. 

Day 5 was Saturday and our last full day of vacation and it began with my morning bike ride and then we were off to Herron Hill winery and Dr. Konstantin Frank’s.   Herron Hill was a very nice winery that had a delightful selection of wines and a great view.  Dr Frank’s winery was established in 1962 and has made a name by growing European grape varieties rather than native grapes such as Concord or French Hybrids.  We then went back to our cottage, had lunch and went to an outdoor flea market.  After a while at the flea market we went back to our cottage and sampled some wines we bought over the past few days.  Below is a list of wineries we visited:

  • Caywood Vineyards
  • Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars
  • Herron Hill Winery
  • Keuka Lake Vineyards
  • King’s Garden Vineyard
  • Lamoreaux Landing
  • Penguin Bay Winery
  • Stever Hill Vineyards
  • Wagner Vineyards

Next week I will return to alternating business and non-business topics.  Have a great week and enjoy what is left of our summer.


Written by pacelinebiz

September 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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