For many people who think of New York State, their first thought goes to The Big Apple, Broadway and high-rises but for others, the natural world is the star of the show. Known as the Finger Lakes Region of New York, this area in Central New York covers some 9,000 square miles of rolling hills, mountains, waterfall, vineyards, gorges and of course, lakes. One of New York State’s most popular recreation areas, in fall travel to the area really heats up as the leaves begin to change colors, the festivals celebrating area foods and of course the grape harvest truly offers visitors hundreds of amazing options when it comes to travel. Pristine Agency invites you to take a closer look at 5 amazing destinations/experiences in the Finger Lakes Region in Fall.
Take a wine tour
One of the most well-known and popular wine regions in America, a trip to this region in fall just begs for a wine tour. Home to 3 unique wine trails featuring almost 60 wineries, this is a fun, exciting and enjoyable way to explore the region and find something unique to bring home. Choose from the Cayuga Lake Wine Trial which features 16 wineries as well as one cidery, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail which features 8 local wineries or the Seneca Lake Wine Trail featuring 35 wineries.
Enjoy a color tour
Whether you choose to hike, bike or drive, there is no shortage of color in this area as fall approaches. One of the most popular places to enjoy the fall colors and get out and enjoy nature is at Watkins Glen State Park. An amazing state park, Watkins Glen is filled with gorges, 19 waterfalls and of course, beautiful and brightly colored leaves in fall.
If you prefer to drive, NY 14 South near Seneca Lake, CO 16 or West Lake Drive near Canandaigua Lake and NY 89 North near Cayuga Lake are a few of the most popular and stunning areas.
Go apple picking
The Finger Lakes region is known for its many vineyards, apple orchards and of course, pumpkin patches. A stunning rural farming area, you can’t miss a trip to a U-pick orchard when traveling through the region. Take a step back in time when things were simpler and enjoy a special time with your family picking fresh fruits right off the trees. One of the most popular is the Apple Barrel Orchard which is a third generation family owned fruit farm.
Known as a food lovers paradise, this part of New York is filled with food, fresh from the rich agricultural lands of the region and made with care. Choose from a lakeside bistro or winery with amazing fresh cuisine paired with award winning local wines or relax at one of the many casual dining restaurants for some brick-oven pizza or a bowl of homemade soup.
Enjoy a festival
Last but not least, one of the best reasons to enjoy a trip to the Finger Lakes Region in fall are the festivals. Sometimes small and others quite large, they are all amazing and offer their own appeal. From the Keuka Lake Wine Trail Harvest Celebration of Food & Wine in September to the Corning Wineglass Marathon or the Watkins Glen International Finger Lakes Beer Festival in October, these are just the beginning. As winter approaches, enjoy many other shopping and holiday festivals as well throughout the region and much more.
Perfect for a romantic retreat or a fun family vacation, the Finger Lakes are waiting for you to explore them in fall and start making memories with the ones you love.