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Staycation: What to do in the Finger Lakes


Vineyard, overlooking Cayuga Lake

If you’re looking into having a mini­getaway that will take you beyond the shores of Lake Erie or Ontario, the Finger Lakes region is probably your best choice. You’ll find nestled here some of the things that make Upstate New York great and it’s less than two hours away. The best wine country outside of Napa Valley, beautiful state parks, concert venues, art galleries, historical museums and world class theatres makes this region worth checking out.

In addition to several features in this week’s this week’s print edition, we will be posting near by destinations and day trip ideas here on Artvoice Daily over the course of the week. Today’s picks focus on the Finger Lakes region, care of Artvoice Staffer Robert Creenan. To view all of the other posts as they are added, click here.



Harriet Tubman House in Auburn, NY: The most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman settled in the town of Auburn after escaping from slavery in Maryland. She then made numerous trips back to the southern states to help hundreds of other slaves escape to freedom, leading to the nickname, “The Moses of her People.” Her home is managed by the African Methodist Episcopal Zionist Church.

Phone: (315) 252­-2081
180 South St. Auburn, NY

Women’s Rights National Historic Park: A national historic park dedicated to the birth of the women’s rights movement, this is located in Seneca Falls, the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention. The sites included are the Wesleyan Chapel, where the convention took place, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, another prominent women’s rights advocate, and the homes of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock and Richard and Jane Hunt in nearby Waterloo.
136 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY

National Women’s Hall of Fame: Also located in Seneca Falls, the hall seeks to showcase great women of American history right where the women’s rights movement was born.

Phone: (315) 568-­8060
76 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY


Wine Country and Brewing

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail: The easternmost of the Finger Lakes wine trails, Cayuga Lake wineries include Americana Vineyards, Bet the Farm Winery, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Frontenac Point Vineyard, Goose Watch Vinery, Knapp Winery, Long Point Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Montezuma Winery, Ports of New York, Sheldrake Point Winery, Swedish Hill Vineyard, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Toro Run Winery, King Ferry Winery and Varick Winery.

Canandiagua Wine Trail: Wineries along Canandaigua Lake include Arbor Hill Grapery and Winery, Casa Larga Vineyards, Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellar, Inspire Moore Winery and VIneyard, Eagle Crest Vineyards, Finger Lakes Wine Center, and Treleaven Wines.

Keuka Lake Wine Trail: The wineries around Keuka Lake include Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, McGregor Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Bully Hill Vineyards, Barrington Cellars, Vineyard View Winery, and Pleasant Valley Wine Company.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail: Seneca Lake hosts more wineries than any other of the Finger Lakes. These wineries include Anthony Road Wine Company, Barnstormer Winery, Belhurst Estate Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard, Lakewood Vineyards, Shaw Vineyard, Hazlitt 1852, J.R. Dill Winery, Penguin Bay Winery, and Three Brothers Winery and Estates.

The Finger Lakes are also home to many craft breweries and distilleries to go along with their more famous wineries. Some of these include the Birdland Brewing Company, Black Button Distilling, CB Craft Brewers, Climbing Ales Craft Brew Co., Finger Lakes Distilling, Myer Farm Distillers, and Nedloh Brewing.


Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass


For Kids

Corning Museum of Glass: Learn all about how glass is made and have the opportunity to make your own. Current exhibits include Constellation, Ennion and his Legacy: Mold­Blown Glass from Ancient Rome, and America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex.

Phone: (800) 732­-6845
1 Museum Way, Corning, NY

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum: Dedicated to a pioneer in the fields of flight and motorcycles, Glenn H. Curtis from Hammondsport for a short time became the fastest man on earth in 1907 when he reached speeds of 136 mph on his motorcycle. He also made the first long­distance flight in America in 1910, between New York City and Albany. Collections include antique airplanes, cars, bikes, and motorcycles.

Phone:(607) ­569-­2160
8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY

Roseland Waterpark: Roseland is the largest waterpark in the finger lakes region, located on 56 acres along the shores of Lake Canandiagua. It’s 9 water attractions cater to the whole family, as well as water balloon tossing, canoeing, and beach volleyball.


Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park


Outdoor Activities

Erie Canal: Once the leading man­made waterway in the United States, the Erie Canal is now the site of different forms of water recreation, such as boat cruises, water sports, and fishing. It’s part of the New York State Canal System, along with the Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals.

Phone: (518) 237­-7000

Watkins Glen State Park: Watkins Glen contains the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Containing a two mile trail hike that takes visitors past 19 waterfalls, 200­ foot cliffs, caverns, and approximately 800 stone steps, this state park is sure to amaze whoever walks through it.

Phone: (607) 535­-4511
1009 N Franklin St. Watkins Glen, NY

Watkins Glen International Racetrack: “The Glen,” as it’s known, hosts NASCAR and Formula One racing, among various other auto racing events throughout the year. A campsite is also on the grounds for far distance travelers.
2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY

Montezuma Wildlife Refuge: Spreading across nearly 10,000 acres in Seneca, Wayne, and Cayuga counties, the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is home to numerous migratory birds as it’s situated on one of the most active flight lanes for these birds. The grounds also provide hunting for waterfowl and deer, fishing at May’s Point, and other observation areas.

Phone: (315) 568-­5987
3395 E Auburn Rd. Seneca Falls, NY

Finger Lakes National Forest: Covering 16,212 acres between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, this forest contains 30 miles of trails that go across rivers, gorges, and woodlands. Five acres are devoted to blueberry picking. Hunting and fishing are allowed for those licensed to do so. Camping is free.

Phone: (607) 546­-4470
5218 State Rt. 414, Hector, NY


Smith Opera House

Smith Opera House



Smith Opera House: Cosi Fan Tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. July 23, 25, and 26.

Phone: (315) 781­-5483
82 Seneca St. Geneva, NY

Hangar Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle book. July 16­-25, Charlotte’s Web, based on the E.B. White book, July 23­-25. Talley’s Folly, by Lanford Wilson, July 30 & ­Aug. 8.

(607) 273-­8588
801 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca, NY

Bristol Valley Theater: Rent, by Jonathan Larson, July 9­1-9. Black Comedy, by Peter Schaffer. July 23-­Aug. 2, Becky’s New Car, by Steven Dietz, Aug. 6-­16.

Phone: (585) 374-­6318
151 S Main St. Naples, NY


Art Galleries

Arts Center of Yates County: Juried Show of Paintings and Photography, June 22-­July 27. Art in the Finger Lakes, July 27-­Sept. 7.

Phone: (315) 526-­8226
127 Main St. Penn Yan, NY

Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art. Jack Squier: The Arts Make Life Worthwhile. Through Aug. 7. Cast and Present: Replicating Antiquity in the Museum and the Academy. Through July 19.

Phone: (607) 255-­6464
114 Central Ave. Ithaca, NY

Schweinfurth Art Center: Material Remix. June 20­-Aug. 16. Industrial Nature. June 20­-August 16.

Phone: (315) 255­-1553
205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY