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If You Go – New York’s Finger Lakes

Where2Stay

Radisson Hotel Corning
125 Denison Parkway East
Corning, NY 14830
607.962.5000
www.radisson.com/corningny

Hammondsport Lodging
Hammondsport, NY
607.246.4063

Two locations, Champagne House and Gulfstream House, both centrally located in downtown Hammondsport, just minutes from the public beach at Keuka Lake.
www.HammondsportLodging.com

Belhurst
4069 Route 14 South
Geneva, NY 14456
315.781.0201

An opulent and historic property on the shores of Seneca Lake that includes on-site restaurants and a vineyard. Accommodations are available in Belhurst Castle, Vinifera Inn and White Springs Manor.
www.belhurst.com

The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars
5435 Route 14
Dundee, NY 14837
800.243.5513

On the shore of Seneca Lake amidst vineyards. Offers 30 guest rooms plus a two-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to six.
www.glenora.com

Holiday Inn Riverview
Elmira, NY
877.863.4780

Two locations in the Finger Lakes area for this moderate chain. One in Elmira the other in Horseheads.
www.FingerLakesHotels.com

Where2Eat

Bully Hill Vineyards
8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive
Hammondsport, NY 14840
607.868.3490

Open for lunch and dinner, the casual restaurant at the first small estate winery on Keuka Lake showcases fresh, seasonal ingredients in innovative dishes. The signature dish is a crab cake smothered with scallions atop a Portobello mushroom. Smoked options like pulled pork and barbecued brisket are also popular. Weather permitting, dine outdoors to best enjoy the view.
www.BullyHill.com

The Cantina
111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
607.974.TACO

Located adjacent to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, this cozy fast-casual Southwestern eatery boasts a tasty menu with options like tacos, burritos and salads.
www.974taco.com

Fox Run Vineyards Café
670 Route 14
Penn Yan NY 14527
800.636.9786

The menu at this homey café features gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. It’s a great option for lunch or an afternoon snack.
www.foxrunvineyards.com

Halsey’s Restaurant
106 Seneca Street
Geneva, NY 14456
315.789.4070

Consistently fabulous. At this relaxed fine-dining restaurant, trust your server to recommend wine pairings so that you can focus on whether to choose a daily special or something off the menu. You can’t go wrong, really.
www.HalseysGeneva.com

Hill Top Inn Restaurant
171 Jerusalem Hill
Elmira, NY
607.732.6728

The views from this Irish-themed family restaurant are inspiring. Opened in 1933 with the third generation now at the helm, the place boasts attentive service and a welcoming vibe. Classic American fare dominates the menu while specials such as prime rib and crab legs vary by night and season.
www.Hill-Top-Inn.com

Joseph’s Wayside Market
201 Main St
Naples NY 14512
585.374.2380

This family-owned open-air farmers’ market was founded in 1955. Pick up some local produce or baked goods to enjoy on a picnic; also look for culinary treasures like local jams, jellies and honey to enjoy even after you’ve returned home.
www.josephs-wayside.com

Lakeside Restaurant
13780A West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY
607.868.3636

First opened in 1936, this casual restaurant is accessible by boat or car. The lunch menu centers on burgers, paninis, wraps and other sandwiches while the dinner menu offers salads, pasta dishes, seafood and local meats. Weather permitting, dine outside to best enjoy the view.
www.LakesideKeuka.com

Market Street Brewing Company
63 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14830
607.936.2337

Located on historic Market Street in downtown Corning, this brewpub offers six fresh beers brewed right on the premise alongside upscale casual fare. Don’t miss the sautéed scallops and crimini mushrooms finished with fresh rubbed sage and rich heavy cream over roasted red pepper, vegetable, ricotta ravioli. So good!
www.936-Beer.com

Red Newt Cellars
3675 Tichenor Road
Hector NY 14841
607.546.4100

This creative upscale menu is defined by local, seasonal ingredients. So don’t be surprised if biting into something like the house made ravioli filled with blueberries, garlic chevre and roasted fennel in a roasted garlic cream sauce and topped with parmesan inspires you to shake the chef’s and then the farmer’s hands. Or if the guy at the table behind you can’t quit muttering to himself about how tasty the short ribs are.
www.RedNewt.com

Mussels and grape tomatoes in a delectable sauce at Simply Red Bistro.Mussels and grape tomatoes in a delectable sauce at Simply Red Bistro. Photo by Hope S. Philbrick

Simply Red Bistro at Sheldrake Point Winery
7448 County Road #153
Ovid, NY 14521
607.532.9401

A meal here is sure to become a favorite dining memory. Open for lunch and dinner, this bistro combines seasonal ingredients with exotic spices with wonderful results.
www.sheldrakepoint.com

Sophie's Café's Harvest Wine Cake is made with the region's Riesling.The legendary Harvest Wine Cake at Sophie’s Café  is made with Finger Lakes Riesling.

Sophie’s Café
485 Maple Street
Big Flats, NY
607.562.2880

Whether you stopped in to enjoy a scrumptious quiche, sandwich or wrap, be sure to save room for dessert—yes, even if you stopped in for breakfast—because the fresh pastries here are special. If you can’t choose among the cakes, scones, brownies, muffins, cookies or whatever else was whipped up that day, buy several items and take whatever you can’t immediately stuff into your mouth home to enjoy later.
www.sophiescafeonline.com

Sweet Expressions
169 South Main
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585.394.5250

If you can resist these fresh-made chocolate truffles and other delicacies, then you are a stronger person than I. And yet it would be a darn shame to miss these tasty treats. Here find chocolates, candy and a selection of gourmet foods made in the Finger Lakes region, including mustards, preserves, maple syrups, pancake mixes, granola and much more.
www.sweetexpressionsonline.com

Wegman’s
multiple locations, including…
345 Eastern Blvd.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585.394.4820

The grocery store that other grocery stores aspire to be offers fresh produce, charcuterie, cheese and more plus packaged foods plus a huge deli with yummy value-priced ready-to-eat fare plus everything you need to prepare food at home. The goal at Wegman’s is to provide superior customer service and fresh products, says Perishable Manager Greg Ott, adding, “Whenever you turn a corner, we hope you find something unexpected. Going to Wegman’s is an experience.” It certainly is.
www.wegmans.com

Wildflower Café
223 – 301 North Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
607.535.9797

To pair with the fresh delicious craft brews made at Rooster Fish Brewing, the menu at Wildflower Café offers a range of pub classics like burgers, pizza, salads plus a mix of Cajun, Jamaican, Italian and Asian fare.
www.RoosterFishBrewing.com

What2Do

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Canandaigua Sailboarding
11 Lakeshore Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585.394.8150
Rent a HydroBike for $15 an hour ($7 for each additional hour) or $40 a day. Windsurfing, kayaking and SCUBA rentals and lessons are also available.

Corning Museum of Glass
One Museum Way
Corning, NY 14830
800.732.6845

A combination ticket to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art costs $16.50 per adult; children 19 and under are free. A free shuttle provides transportation between the two museums. “Make Your Own Glass” sessions cost $25 per person and can be reserved online at http://reservations.cmog.org.
www.CMOG.org

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
295 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585.394.1472

Carriage rides cost $20 for adults and $10 for children age 4-12 for a 45-minute tour; 10-minute rides cost $5 for adults and $3 for children age 4-12. Museum admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors and $2 for students K-12.
www.GrangerHomestead.org

Harris Hill Soaring Center & National Soaring Museum
51 Soaring Hill Drive
Elmira, NY 14903
607.734.3128

Glider rides cost $70 to $80 per person. Located next door, the National Soaring Museum boasts the nation’s largest collection of restored sailplanes and gliders and also has historical exhibits, interpretive displays and flight simulators. Museum admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors (60+), $4 for children age 5-17 and free for children under age 4.
www.HarrisHillSoaring.org
www.SoaringMuseum.org

New York Wine & Culinary Center
800 South Main Street
Canandaigua NY 14424
585.394.7070

Taste any single wine or beer for $2. Flights of five samples start at $3 and go up depending on the selections included in the flight.
www.NYWCC.com

Trolley into Twain Country Tour
Elmira, NY
877.863.4780 or 607.734.4211

Tours run from July 1 through August 31, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tours run on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fare is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
www.MarkTwainCountry.com

Watkins Glen International
2790 County Route 16
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
607.535.2338

Drive your own car three laps around the track for $25. Tickets for NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand-Am and other races vary, though best rates are generally on tickets purchased in advance. The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix is scheduled for September 11-13, 2009.
www.TheGlen.com

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
17 Aviation Drive
Horseheads, NY 14845
607.739.8200

Flight prices vary based on airplane and flight length selected. The WWII biplane ride cost $195 for a half-hour. The museum houses an impressive collection of historic planes and helicopters, WWII displays and flight simulators. Admission is $7 for adults, $5.50 for seniors (62+), 4 for children age 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.
www.WingsofEagles.com

Also worth a visit:

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
8419 State Route 54
Hammondsport, NY 14840
607.569.2160

This museum honors an inventor who held 87 U.S. patents, made the first pre-announced public airplane flight, held the motorcycle speed record from 1907-1930, made the first U.S. city-to-city flight in 1910 and more. The fascinating collection includes historic bikes, motorcycles, planes, camper, housewares and much more. Youngsters will enjoy an interactive play area and the chance to explore a scale model biplane. Admission is $7.50 per adult, $4.50 for children age 7 to 18, and free for children age 6 and younger.
www.GlennHCurtissMuseum.org

Patterson Inn Museum
59 West Pulteney Street
Corning, NY 14830
607.937.5281

History is comprised of the lives of individual people and this museum showcases the lives and lifestyles of folks who worked at and passed through this inn built in 1796. The property also houses the town’s first tavern, a log cabin, blacksmith shop, barn schoolhouse and more.
www.PattersonInnMuseum.org

International Motor Racing Research Center
610 S. Decatur Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
607.535.2779

This research library and archive aims to preserve the heritage of motorsports. The collection includes over 2,500 rare and reference books, periodicals, photographs, 1,000 race films, plus posters, drawings, sanctioned records and art.
www.racingarchives.org

Rockwell Museum of Western Art
111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
607.937.5386

This museum’s mission is to preserve Western and Native American art and culture. Exhibits include paintings, sculpture, beadwork and more. Interactive programs with prizes are available for free for children age 12 and younger. A combination ticket to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and the Corning Museum of Glass costs $16.50 per adult; children 19 and under are free. A free shuttle provides transportation between the two museums.
www.RockwellMuseum.org

Wineries

Photo by Hope S. PhilbrickPhoto by Hope S. Philbrick

Most wineries welcome tourists during normal business hours and many host special events and celebrations, particularly during the fall harvest season. They may charge a fee for wine tasting, such as $2 or more to taste three to five wines. In addition to tastings, they may offer tours of the vineyard, winery and cellar. It’s recommended that you call ahead to verify hours, costs and other details. (For more information about what to expect when visiting a winery, read about vineyards in Sonoma, California—the experience is similar throughout the world, although of course each winery boasts unique elements.)

Belhurst
Geneva, NY
315.781.0201
www.belhurst.com

Bully Hill Vineyards
Hammondsport, NY
607.868.3490
www.BullyHill.com

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Hector, NY
800.469.9463
www.clrwine.com

Dr. Konstantin Frank
Hammondsport, NY
800.320.0735
www.drfrankwines.com

Fox Run Vineyards
Penn Yan, NY
800.636.9786
www.foxrunvineyards.com

Glenora Wine Cellars
Dundee, NY
800.243.5513
www.glenora.com

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Dundee, NY
800.371.7971
www.wiemer.com

Hunt Country Vineyards
Branchport, NY
800.946.3289
www.HuntWines.com

Lakewood Vineyards
Watkins Glen, NY
607.535.9252
www.lakewoodvineyards.com

New York Wine & Culinary Center
Canandaigua, NY
585.394.7070
www.NYWCC.com

Pleasant Valley Wine Company
Hammondsport, NY
607.569.6111
www.pleasantvalleywine.com

Ravines Wine Cellars
Hammondsport, NY
607.292.7007
www.ravineswinecellars.com

Red Tail Ridge Winery
Penn Yan, NY
315.536.4580
www.redtailridgewinery.com

Sheldrake Point Winery
607.532.9401
Ovid, NY
www.sheldrakepoint.com

The Finger Lakes region has organized its over 100 wineries into several driving routes:

Canandaigua Wine Trail
877.FUN.IN.NY
www.canandaiguawinetrail.com

Cayuga Wine Trail
800.684.5217
www.cayugawinetrail.com

Keuka Lake Wine Trail
800.440.4898
www.keukawinetrail.com

Livingston County’s Little Finger Lakes “Wine Path”
www.FingerLakesWest.com

Seneca Lake Wine Trail
877.536.2717
www.senecalakewine.com

To learn more about New York wines, visit Uncork New York! at www.newyorkwines.org.

4MoreInfo

Steuben County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Corning, N.Y.
866.946.3386
www.CorningFingerLakes.com

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Canandaigua, N.Y.
877-FUN-IN-NY
www.VisitFingerLakes.com

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