What you'll do
Defined by 11 finger-shaped lakes running north to south, the Finger Lakes is known for its natural scenic beauty, cultural richness, small town charm, great outdoors, and culinary splendor. Whether you enjoy the outdoors, a foodie, a wine or beer lover, or someone who cannot get enough of being on the water, the Finger Lakes is the perfect getaway destination.
- Bully Hill Winery
- Corning Glass Museum
- Belhurst Castle & Winery
- Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion
- Canandaigua Lady Cruise
- NY Kitchen Demo & Dinner
- Glen Curtis Museum
- Seven Meals
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Mon. July 11th (Day #1)
We’ll depart by deluxe motorcoach and head northeast to Hammondsport, located at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of New York. Here we’ll enjoy a sampling of wine at the Bully Hill Winery, located at the southern end of Keuka Lake, Bully Hill offers stunning views along with a great selection of wine. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel. We will have a catered dinner at the hotel on the edge of Keuka Lake. Here we’ll enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, soul-satisfying flavors, that sweet summer feeling, and beautiful lake views to go along with the great tasting food. (Dinner)
Tues. July 12th (Day #2)
After breakfast we will travel to Canandaigua to tour the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park. As we stroll through the flower-filled gardens, walk beneath the majestic trees and tour the magnificent mansion, we’ll come to see why this is such a special place. This serene 50-acre estate is just blocks away from downtown Canandaigua. Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson created Sonnenberg (Sunny Hill in German) as their Victorian summer home. It is distinctive for its extraordinary collections of period architecture, garden statuary, themed gardens of the world, including a Japanese Garden and Teahouse as well as a Lord & Burnham Greenhouse complex. We will enjoy wine tasting while on the estate, before departing for Wegman’s Fresh Market Café for lunch on our own. Here we can grab some sushi, a hearty sandwich, a slice of pizza, or a healthy salad. Look over the Hot Bars for incredible, international, freshly made dishes. Wegman’s has chef-prepared options for all to enjoy! This afternoon, we will enjoy a 90 minute paddle wheel lake cruise on the Canandaigua Lady. We are sure to see some gorgeous views of Canandaigua Lake, one of the 11 New York Finger Lakes. We will end our day at the New York Kitchen where we will experience a tasting, cooking demo, and dinner. Their mission is to educate, engage, and excite their visitors of the wonderful craft beverage, culinary and agriculture bounty New York State offers. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Wed. July 13th (Day #3)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out for an adventure in Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Following our trip to Watkins Glen, we will head off to Belhurst Castle and Winery. Located on Seneca Lake, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and voted one of the most romantic places in New York state. This was a private residence built between 1885 and 1889. It was previously used as a speakeasy during Prohibition, a casino, and a supper club. It certainly is a place filled with history, beauty, and breathtaking views. Here we will have lunch and allow time to explore the gift shop and as well as, time to walk around and enjoy the beautiful grounds. After Belhurst Castle we will make our way south to the Corning Museum of Glass. The Corning Museum of Glass is dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. Annually welcoming just under half a million visitors from around the world, the Museum’s campus is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the world’s foremost library on glass, and one of the top glassworking schools in the world. Following our time there we will stop at Market St. in Corning New York for Dinner on your own. Market Street has a wide array of restaurants to pick from for dinner. After dinner, we will head back to the Hampton Inn Penn Yan. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Thurs. July 14th (Day #4)
Enjoy your last morning with a delicious breakfast before leaving the hotel for the “Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.” Dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator, Glenn Curtiss, the museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation as well as antique motorcycles. Glenn began his career as a builder of bicycles and later motorcycles. In 1907 he was the “fastest man on earth” when he reached a speed of 136 MPH on his V8 motorcycle. He won world recognition as an aircraft builder and pilot in 1909 when he won the Gordon Bennett Trophy for speed at the First International Aviation Meet held in France (46.5 MPH). We will also see antique tools, toys, boats, home-furnishings, fire equipment, and much more! This museum truly is a place “where there’s something here for everyone” to enjoy. Here we will be having a boxed lunch in the museum before we depart for home. (Breakfast and Lunch)
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