Castles, Lakes and GrapesExterior of Belhurst Castle in Geneva

History buffs can take in some of the firsts and distinctive history of the Finger Lakes.

Length: 3 Days

Day One:

2:00 pm - Red Jacket Orchard is a delightful introduction to our glorious Finger Lakes. Just how many of those gigantic wooden apple crates can be stacked to the ceiling? You can find out when you check out their impressive juice processing plant with a behind the scenes tour. Then take time for a tasty shopping spree in their farm market store.

Red Jacket Orchards
957 Routes 5 & 20
Geneva, NY 14456
315-781-2749 or 800-828-9410
Suggested Duration: 2 hours

Check into your hotel, freshen up and then head out for a delightful evening.

5:30 pm - A true “Finger Lakes Experience” awaits at Belhurst Castle. You’ll be treated to a wine tasting at Belhurst Winery followed by dinning at Edgar’s restaurant in the unmatched beauty of a century old historic castle overlooking Seneca Lake.

4069 West Lake Road
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-781-0201
Suggested Duration: 2.5 hours

Experienced Group Friendly Hotels in Canandaigua or Geneva await you for you overnight stay and several local restaurants offer creative and tasty menus and dinner.


Day Two:

9:30 am - A fascinating visit awaits.  Learn about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Finger Lakes at the Hill Cumorah Visitors Center in Manchester. The Center offers displays with interactive audio and video as well as free guided tours. Walk or drive to the top of the Hill Cumorah to see the statue of the Angel Moroni.

Hill Cumorah & Visitor Center
653 State Route 21
Palmyra, NY 14522
Suggested Duration: 2 hours

12:00 pm - Wine vintages from across New York State coupled with a delightful and local lunch in a charming setting overlooking Canandaigua Lake are in store at the New York Kitchen.  A truly lovely way to enjoy a luncheon….and a nice glass of wine.

New York Kitchen
800 South Main St.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Suggested Duration: 2 hours

2:00 pm - Visit Ganondagan State Historic Site and Seneca Art & Culture Center, site of a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people.  You may be surprised to learn that the Seneca's matriarchal society inspired and eventually lead to a woman's right to vote.

Ganondagan State Historic Site
7000 County Road 41,
Victor, NY 14564
Suggested Duration: 1.5 hours


Day Three 

10:00 am - Begin the day in the right way.  A visit to Arbor Hill Grapery and a guide tour by the winemaker himself will add just the right ‘vintage’ flavor to your Finger Lakes tour.  Sample wines, browse the gift shop and even stay longer an enjoy lunch at Brews and Brats.  The beer vintages are
a pleasant surprise too!

Arbor Hill Grapery / Brews and Brats
6461 State Route 64
Naples, NY 14512
585- 374-2870 or 800 554-2406