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Vintage Classics

Itinerary for 3 days, 2 nights

Getting in Touch with your Roots History & Heritage  

Day 1

Witness life in a 17th Century bark long house at Ganondagan State Historic SiteWalk through a replica Native American bark longhouse that stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction in 1687.  Victor, 1 hour Ganondagan.org

Listen to the stories of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan. Explore the numerous contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years to the present day at this interpretive center.  Victor, 1/1/2 hours

Turn your imagination loose, at the National Museum of PlaySee the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play!  Rochester, 2 hours 

The George Eastman Museum is an international treasure, with the world's foremost collection of photography and cinema. Tour the home of George Eastman, the pioneer of photography and a leader in the development of motion picture film.  Rochester, 1 1/2 hours

Day 2:

Copy that … How many times was this said with the communication collection at the Antique Wireless Museum? This museum captivates visitors of all ages. Tour through the showcase of the different “ages of communication” with short wave radio, television, phonographs and telecommunication tools of the past.  Bloomfield, 1 hour 

Tea in the garden? Imagine an afternoon tea with Mary Clark Thompson at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, a Victorian-era mansion surrounded by  beautifully manicured themed gardens. Canandaigua, 1 1/2 hours.  Optional wine tasting available at the Finger Lakes Wine Center

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum is a delightful Federal mansion that was home to Gideon Granger, our nation's longest serving postmaster. You can also walk through the Carriage Museum and see over 110 horse-drawn carriages on display.  Canandaigua, 1 1/2 hours

Be sure to visit the upper deck for this narrated lake cruise on Canandaigua Lake aboard the Canandaigua Lady, a 19th century replica.  This double decker paddlewheel  boat cruise tour is one of the most relaxing scenic experiences you'll ever find in the Finger Lakes.  Canandaigua, 2 1/2 hours

 Day 3

Take a stroll and visit the quaint shops along Main Street in Clifton Springs, a town where visitors were drawn by the natural sulphur springs thought to have curative power. Explore the Foster Cottage Museum, once home to Dr. Foster, the founder of the Clifton Springs Water Cure. Clifton Springs, 1 hour

If you adore Greek revival architecture then you won't want to miss touring the Rose Hill Mansion in Geneva. This was once a large working farm overlooking Seneca Lake. There are 26 rooms furnished in the Empire style. This was home to the Robert Swan family who invented the drain tile to make his farm more profitable and productive.  Geneva, 1 1/2 hours

The Smith Opera House is an architectural treasure that offers live theater, music, dance, and cultural performances. You might be lucky and catch a classic film.  Geneva, 2 hours

Notable Historical Good Eats

Pull up a seat and pass the sampler platter of locally made sausages, kraut and potato salad at Brew & Brats. Pair your family style meal with a glass of wine from Arbor Hill Grapery, a cold craft brew or a handmade root beer in the 100 year old carriage barn. Be sure to add some time to stop in the gift shop and buy some locally made specialty products, featured on the Food Network.   Naples,  2 hours

 Historic dining awaits you in this 1808 stagecoach tavern with made from scratch recipes handed down from generations at the Holloway House. Step back in time for a casual dining experience for lunch or dinner with signature homemade breads and desserts.  Bloomfield, 1 1/2 hour

Enjoy a meal at Warfields. This restaurant features elegant country fare in the historic district of Clifton Springs. Relax with small town ambiance complete with a beautiful English Garden with trickling waterfalls. Clifton Springs, 1 1/2 hours

Amazing ambiance, décor and delicious food await you when you dine in a 100 year old castle overlooking Seneca Lake at Belhurst Castle. Amazing décor and ambiance Take time to shop in the Belhurst Wine Gift Shop.  Geneva, 2 hours