Finger Lakes Guidebook

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Finger Lakes Guidebook

Food Scene

Wonderful restaurant in Geneva specializing in "Farm to Table" food and craft cocktails...paying homage to the beautiful Finger Lakes region
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Kindred Fare
512 Hamilton St
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Wonderful restaurant in Geneva specializing in "Farm to Table" food and craft cocktails...paying homage to the beautiful Finger Lakes region
The Belhurst is definitely worth a visit...fine restaurant, fun pub with live music...the grounds are beautiful
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Belhurst Castle and Winery
4069 W Lake Rd
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The Belhurst is definitely worth a visit...fine restaurant, fun pub with live music...the grounds are beautiful
A beautiful 2 century old inn and restaurant...was originally a stagecoach stop in 1807! Located in Skaneateles...worth the 45 minute drive
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The Sherwood Inn
26 W Genesee St
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A beautiful 2 century old inn and restaurant...was originally a stagecoach stop in 1807! Located in Skaneateles...worth the 45 minute drive
Great BBQ & vibe...has music and good beer
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Grist Iron Brewing Company
4880 New York 414
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Great BBQ & vibe...has music and good beer
Great food...nice bar and upscale restaurant
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Halsey's Restaurant
106 Seneca St
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Great food...nice bar and upscale restaurant
Wonderful restaurant and patio dining, open to the public. Pricey but worth it!
Geneva On The Lake
Wonderful restaurant and patio dining, open to the public. Pricey but worth it!
Per a guest: "Restaurant Sapalta serves breakfast and dinner daily! Plenty of dock space and fantastic farm to table food. Live music Thursday nights!"
Plum Point Lodge
3482 Plum Point Road South
Per a guest: "Restaurant Sapalta serves breakfast and dinner daily! Plenty of dock space and fantastic farm to table food. Live music Thursday nights!"
Good food...on the water. Generally need a reservation
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Ports Cafe
4432 West Lake Road
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Good food...on the water. Generally need a reservation
Great BBQ in a cool spot in downtown Geneva. In the summer they have live music in the street on Friday & Sat evenings
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The Rusty Pig
34 Linden Street
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Great BBQ in a cool spot in downtown Geneva. In the summer they have live music in the street on Friday & Sat evenings
Nice "tavern" type restaurant & bar...good food
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Beef & Brew
293 Main Street
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Nice "tavern" type restaurant & bar...good food
Beautiful place...good food. Sports bar out back
Cobblestone Restaurant
3610 Pre Emption Rd
Beautiful place...good food. Sports bar out back
Good Italian & pizza in downtown Geneva
Bellas Sicilian Ristorante
93 Seneca St
Good Italian & pizza in downtown Geneva
Wonderful patio overlooking Seneca Lake & outstanding inventive food
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Stonecat Cafe: Regional Cuisine & Bar
5315 NY-414
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Wonderful patio overlooking Seneca Lake & outstanding inventive food
Great patio with nice food overlooking Seneca Lake
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Fox Run Vineyards
670 New York 14
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Great patio with nice food overlooking Seneca Lake
Ice cream destination...they have 'ice cream flights"...people love it and dog friendly!
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Spotted Duck
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Ice cream destination...they have 'ice cream flights"...people love it and dog friendly!

Drinks & Nightlife

Go see Tom and Carrie & taste delicious beer. The venue is awesome & features live music as well. Some food is offered
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Bottomless Brewing
3543 E Lake Rd
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Go see Tom and Carrie & taste delicious beer. The venue is awesome & features live music as well. Some food is offered
elegant winery right up East Lake rd
Zugibe Vineyards
4248 E Lake Rd
elegant winery right up East Lake rd
This place is worth a visit! Winery, brewery and THE best gift shop I've ever seen. Restaurant on premise and awesome people watching...right up the road!
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Three Brothers Wineries and Estates
623 Lerch Road
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This place is worth a visit! Winery, brewery and THE best gift shop I've ever seen. Restaurant on premise and awesome people watching...right up the road!
Lovely winery with restaurant and live music year 'round on Wednesdays from 6-9p. Eat out on the patio...right up East Lake Rd.
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Ventosa Vineyards
3440 New York 96A
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Lovely winery with restaurant and live music year 'round on Wednesdays from 6-9p. Eat out on the patio...right up East Lake Rd.
Great beer, live music & an awesome view of the lake...what more could you want?
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Two Goats Brewing
5027 New York 414
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Great beer, live music & an awesome view of the lake...what more could you want?
Beautiful back deck overlooking the lake, also frequent live music!
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Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery
9322 New York 414
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Beautiful back deck overlooking the lake, also frequent live music!
Great vibe...food...often music
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Twisted Rail Brewing Company Geneva
495 Exchange St
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Great vibe...food...often music
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Ravines Wine Cellars
400 Barracks Rd
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From a guest: "Boundary Breaks is very dog friendly! Their dog Ziggy will greet you and they even have a fenced dog park."
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Boundary Breaks Vineyard
1568 Porter Covert Road
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From a guest: "Boundary Breaks is very dog friendly! Their dog Ziggy will greet you and they even have a fenced dog park."
Wonderful destination for wine, food & live music!
Buttonwood Grove Winery
5986 New York 89
Wonderful destination for wine, food & live music!
great local watering hole with good food, trivia nights and fun! "New American Cocktail Bar that Mixes Drinks Like We Give a Damn. Offering locally inspired food to pair with amazing cocktails and local brews; featuring barroom amenities such as dart boards, arcade games, jukebox, and live music!"
The Hog Wallow Tavern
10 Linden Street
great local watering hole with good food, trivia nights and fun! "New American Cocktail Bar that Mixes Drinks Like We Give a Damn. Offering locally inspired food to pair with amazing cocktails and local brews; featuring barroom amenities such as dart boards, arcade games, jukebox, and live music!"

Parks & Nature

Wonderful place to bike & walk...very close to the cottage. Also, boat launch
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Sampson State Park
6096 NY-96A
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Wonderful place to bike & walk...very close to the cottage. Also, boat launch
breathtaking trails!
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Watkins Glen Gorge Trail
971 N Franklin St
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breathtaking trails!
a lovely walk along the water!
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Seneca Lake State Park
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a lovely walk along the water!
While hiking at Taughannock Falls State Park, you can get spectacular views of the park's namesake, which plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs towering 400 feet above the gorge. There are hiking trails in the gorge and along the rim. See more hiking in the Finger Lakes here! http://www.newyorkupstate.com/finger-lakes/2016/05/finger_lakes_ny_easy_hiking_trails_hikes_outdoors.html
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Taughannock Falls State Park
1740 Taughannock Boulevard
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While hiking at Taughannock Falls State Park, you can get spectacular views of the park's namesake, which plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs towering 400 feet above the gorge. There are hiking trails in the gorge and along the rim. See more hiking in the Finger Lakes here! http://www.newyorkupstate.com/finger-lakes/2016/05/finger_lakes_ny_easy_hiking_trails_hikes_outdoors.html
Flint Creek runs from Naples through Flint and Canandaigua to the Erie Canal in Wayne County. In Phelps, you can follow a trail along the creek. The trail runs from the small parking area into the woods, and you'll be able to see a waterfall and a railroad bridge. You also can hike upstream on the creek to see another waterfall on the other side. Parking and admission: Free. Parking available along Flint Road or in a small lot near the William Street Bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDB1en33nE
Flint Creek
Flint Creek runs from Naples through Flint and Canandaigua to the Erie Canal in Wayne County. In Phelps, you can follow a trail along the creek. The trail runs from the small parking area into the woods, and you'll be able to see a waterfall and a railroad bridge. You also can hike upstream on the creek to see another waterfall on the other side. Parking and admission: Free. Parking available along Flint Road or in a small lot near the William Street Bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDB1en33nE
At Grimes Glen, part of the Ontario County park system, you can follow a trail that winds along Grimes Creek and see a 60-foot waterfall. You also can hike in the stream and view a second waterfall – about a half mile from the parking lot. The park, which is in walking distance from the Village of Naples, is open dawn to dusk. Modest picnic facilities are available next to the parking lot. Admission: Free.
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Grimes Glen Park
4703 Vine Street
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At Grimes Glen, part of the Ontario County park system, you can follow a trail that winds along Grimes Creek and see a 60-foot waterfall. You also can hike in the stream and view a second waterfall – about a half mile from the parking lot. The park, which is in walking distance from the Village of Naples, is open dawn to dusk. Modest picnic facilities are available next to the parking lot. Admission: Free.
The Ontario Pathways trail features 23 miles of trails built on abandoned railroad beds in Ontario County. The trail, which is mostly flat with some gentle hills, consists of two "legs" – one running north from Stanley to Phelps and the other east from Canandaigua to Stanley. There are a few detours around private property. The trail itself is composed of grass and packed cinders, so it's easy enough for the whole family. You can even bring along your leashed pets. There are free parking lots at various locations along the trail. Check the website's map for details. Admission and parking: Free. Phone: (585) 234-7722
Gifford Road Trail
The Ontario Pathways trail features 23 miles of trails built on abandoned railroad beds in Ontario County. The trail, which is mostly flat with some gentle hills, consists of two "legs" – one running north from Stanley to Phelps and the other east from Canandaigua to Stanley. There are a few detours around private property. The trail itself is composed of grass and packed cinders, so it's easy enough for the whole family. You can even bring along your leashed pets. There are free parking lots at various locations along the trail. Check the website's map for details. Admission and parking: Free. Phone: (585) 234-7722
Onanda Park on the west side of Canandaigua Lake boasts two portions – a lake side with beach access and the Uplands with 73 acres of hillside and two miles of groomed hiking trails. From the Uplands trails, you can view the gorge and a waterfall from two lookout decks. There also are rustic benches along the trail, allowing you a chance to rest your feet. Visitors may spot deer and other mammals, and about 200 species of birds have been recorded at the park. Onanda also features a marked educational trail, an interpretive nature center and hundreds of species of plants and trees. Admission and parking: Parking is free on the Uplands. https://youtu.be/JzTPo6wNs0U
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Onanda Park
4965 County Road 16
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Onanda Park on the west side of Canandaigua Lake boasts two portions – a lake side with beach access and the Uplands with 73 acres of hillside and two miles of groomed hiking trails. From the Uplands trails, you can view the gorge and a waterfall from two lookout decks. There also are rustic benches along the trail, allowing you a chance to rest your feet. Visitors may spot deer and other mammals, and about 200 species of birds have been recorded at the park. Onanda also features a marked educational trail, an interpretive nature center and hundreds of species of plants and trees. Admission and parking: Parking is free on the Uplands. https://youtu.be/JzTPo6wNs0U
The 16,000-arce Finger Lakes National Forest, between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, features more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails, including the 12-mile Interloken Trail, part of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference Network. While in the forest, you'll likely see birds, wildflowers and other wildlife. Managed by the USDA Forest Service, the National Forest includes woods, pastures, shrub lands and ponds. Admission: Use of hiking trails is free. Camping is available at Blueberry Patch Campground for $10 per night. Phone: (607) 546-4470
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Finger Lakes National Forest
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The 16,000-arce Finger Lakes National Forest, between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, features more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails, including the 12-mile Interloken Trail, part of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference Network. While in the forest, you'll likely see birds, wildflowers and other wildlife. Managed by the USDA Forest Service, the National Forest includes woods, pastures, shrub lands and ponds. Admission: Use of hiking trails is free. Camping is available at Blueberry Patch Campground for $10 per night. Phone: (607) 546-4470
Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre environmental education center, features six miles of gentle, well-maintained, themed hiking trails through forest and wetlands in the Bristol Hills. You can make your way to an observation tower that overlooks a 35-acre beaver pond and see marsh, meadow, stream and forest habitats on the Beaver Trail. Art lovers should check out the Helen Gordon Trail, an outdoor art gallery with paintings of birds and local animals by Helen Edinger and Jerry Czech, while history buffs should hike the Haudenosaunee or Pioneer trails. https://youtu.be/9P2ong2cOB0
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RMSC Cumming Nature Center
6472 Gulick Road
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Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre environmental education center, features six miles of gentle, well-maintained, themed hiking trails through forest and wetlands in the Bristol Hills. You can make your way to an observation tower that overlooks a 35-acre beaver pond and see marsh, meadow, stream and forest habitats on the Beaver Trail. Art lovers should check out the Helen Gordon Trail, an outdoor art gallery with paintings of birds and local animals by Helen Edinger and Jerry Czech, while history buffs should hike the Haudenosaunee or Pioneer trails. https://youtu.be/9P2ong2cOB0
https://youtu.be/0bJw0OWBdzg The Keuka Outlet Trail, between Penn Yan and Dresden, follows the towpath of the historic Crooked Lake Canal and is built on an old railroad track bed. The seven-mile trail features a gradual descent. Portions of the trail are paved while other parts feature a dirt, gravel and ballast surface. The multi-use trail is open from sunrise to sunset. Admission: Free.
Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
https://youtu.be/0bJw0OWBdzg The Keuka Outlet Trail, between Penn Yan and Dresden, follows the towpath of the historic Crooked Lake Canal and is built on an old railroad track bed. The seven-mile trail features a gradual descent. Portions of the trail are paved while other parts feature a dirt, gravel and ballast surface. The multi-use trail is open from sunrise to sunset. Admission: Free.
https://youtu.be/5OPjVLWEtzA The Naples park boasts 17 miles of multi-use trails among 400 acres of open space. A handicapped accessible trail leads from the west loop parking area to the overlook, where you can see Bristol Valley to the south and downtown Rochester to the north. The park also features nine other trails, ranging from easy to very difficult. After a day of hiking, you can enjoy a picnic at one of the park's tables. Just be sure to take your trash with you – the park's a carry-in, carry-out facility. Restrooms are available. Admission and parking: Free. Phone: (585) 374-6250
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Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill
6475 Gannett Hill Park Drive
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https://youtu.be/5OPjVLWEtzA The Naples park boasts 17 miles of multi-use trails among 400 acres of open space. A handicapped accessible trail leads from the west loop parking area to the overlook, where you can see Bristol Valley to the south and downtown Rochester to the north. The park also features nine other trails, ranging from easy to very difficult. After a day of hiking, you can enjoy a picnic at one of the park's tables. Just be sure to take your trash with you – the park's a carry-in, carry-out facility. Restrooms are available. Admission and parking: Free. Phone: (585) 374-6250
https://youtu.be/CNL8DVe_aTk The Finger Lakes Trail system boasts more than 950 miles of trails from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve – including branch trails in the Finger Lakes. Built and maintained by volunteers, the trail system is on private and public lands. The trails are for foot traffic only, so leave your mountain bikes and motorized vehicles at home. Admission: Free. Phone: (585) 658-9320
Finger Lakes Trail
https://youtu.be/CNL8DVe_aTk The Finger Lakes Trail system boasts more than 950 miles of trails from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve – including branch trails in the Finger Lakes. Built and maintained by volunteers, the trail system is on private and public lands. The trails are for foot traffic only, so leave your mountain bikes and motorized vehicles at home. Admission: Free. Phone: (585) 658-9320
Robert H. Treman State Park boasts nine miles of hiking trails and a rugged gorge, Enfield Glen. You'll encounter a dozen waterfalls – including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls – as you follow the gorge.
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Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Road
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Robert H. Treman State Park boasts nine miles of hiking trails and a rugged gorge, Enfield Glen. You'll encounter a dozen waterfalls – including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls – as you follow the gorge.
Fillmore Glen State Park is home to cool, dense woods and a long, narrow gorge. While hiking more than four miles of trails, you'll get spectacular views of five waterfalls.
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Fillmore Glen State Park
1686 New York 38
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Fillmore Glen State Park is home to cool, dense woods and a long, narrow gorge. While hiking more than four miles of trails, you'll get spectacular views of five waterfalls.
At Watkins Glen State Park, you can follow the gorge path as it winds over and under more than 19 waterfalls within two miles. Or you can hike one of the rim trails that overlook the gorge.
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Watkins Glen State Park
1009 N Franklin St
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At Watkins Glen State Park, you can follow the gorge path as it winds over and under more than 19 waterfalls within two miles. Or you can hike one of the rim trails that overlook the gorge.
The state Park is a wonderful peaceful place. It has a spray pad & large playgrounds for the children. Bike path, Pavilions & lots of space to spread out. Enjoy the lake, relax in the shade, a great day trip for $8.
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Seneca Lake State Park
1 Lake Front Drive
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The state Park is a wonderful peaceful place. It has a spray pad & large playgrounds for the children. Bike path, Pavilions & lots of space to spread out. Enjoy the lake, relax in the shade, a great day trip for $8.
Right down the road from Bluebell...wonderful kids playground, beach, camping, boat launch etc! Check out this virtual tour https://www.nystateparkstours.com/cayugalake/index.html
Cayuga Lake State Park
2678 Lower Lake Rd
Right down the road from Bluebell...wonderful kids playground, beach, camping, boat launch etc! Check out this virtual tour https://www.nystateparkstours.com/cayugalake/index.html

Essentials

If you're not familiar...Wegman's is THE grocery store in the USA...a wonderful experience and they have everything you need
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Wegmans
300 Hamilton Street
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If you're not familiar...Wegman's is THE grocery store in the USA...a wonderful experience and they have everything you need
The sweetest old-timey grocery store!
Ovid Big M
7174 Main St
The sweetest old-timey grocery store!
awesome shopping... Waterloo Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home.
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Waterloo Premium Outlets
655 New York 318
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awesome shopping... Waterloo Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home.

Entertainment & Activities

Very nice venue for gambling, eating, great shows & a MacKenzie Child store right inside!
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del Lago Resort & Casino
1133 Ridge Road
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Very nice venue for gambling, eating, great shows & a MacKenzie Child store right inside!
Our area offers cyclists a wide variety of bike trails and paths to choose from. Catharine Valley Trail 12-15 miles map The Catharine Valley Trail is located between Watkins Glen and Midway in a former rail bed. The trail begins at the southern point of Seneca Lake, near the marina and Harbor Hotel in downtown Watkins Glen. The mostly flat trail is in contrast to the otherwise hilly region and provides some awesome scenery. Seneca Lake The Seneca Lake area offers a variety of different trails. Popular loops a 7-mile Sampson State Park loop around the lake’s eastern shore. A different, 9-mile, paved loop can be found at the north end of the lake in Lakeshore Park.
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Watkins Glen
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Our area offers cyclists a wide variety of bike trails and paths to choose from. Catharine Valley Trail 12-15 miles map The Catharine Valley Trail is located between Watkins Glen and Midway in a former rail bed. The trail begins at the southern point of Seneca Lake, near the marina and Harbor Hotel in downtown Watkins Glen. The mostly flat trail is in contrast to the otherwise hilly region and provides some awesome scenery. Seneca Lake The Seneca Lake area offers a variety of different trails. Popular loops a 7-mile Sampson State Park loop around the lake’s eastern shore. A different, 9-mile, paved loop can be found at the north end of the lake in Lakeshore Park.
Best fishing charters on Seneca Lake...Lake trout capital of the world!
Roy's Boys Fishing Charters, Seneca Lake Geneva NY
4398 Clarks Point
Best fishing charters on Seneca Lake...Lake trout capital of the world!
Chef Samantha will come & prepare meals on-site! "Private Chef working around the Finger Lakes and beyond. I have been cooking in the region for over 20 years featuring many styles of cuisine that showcase regional, seasonal and local farmers and producers."
Simply Red Events
118 Seneca Street
Chef Samantha will come & prepare meals on-site! "Private Chef working around the Finger Lakes and beyond. I have been cooking in the region for over 20 years featuring many styles of cuisine that showcase regional, seasonal and local farmers and producers."
Boat Rentals!
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Stivers Seneca Marine
401 Boodys Hill Rd
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Boat Rentals!

Sightseeing

Christine's Cabby is a personal transportation service that specializes in wine tours & local rides in the finger lakes region of NY. She can take up to 6 people and is a local woman - owned business!
Christine's Cabby
720 Kennedy Road
Christine's Cabby is a personal transportation service that specializes in wine tours & local rides in the finger lakes region of NY. She can take up to 6 people and is a local woman - owned business!
PALS Car Service and Wine Tours
17 Grant Ave
Quality Wine and Brew Tours
35 Lake Front Drive
Very cool experience...be chauffeured around to the wineries in a vintage VW bus. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Winewagen/
Winewagen Tours
Very cool experience...be chauffeured around to the wineries in a vintage VW bus. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Winewagen/
Crush Beer & Wine Tours
10 E Main St