Castles, Lakes And Grapes Galore
Ontario County is full of impressive landmarks that speak to the history of the region dating back to the Native Americans who settled here and lived off the bounty of the land and water. History buffs will be fascinated by the distinctive history of the Finger Lakes as they follow the Castles, Lakes and Grapes Itinerary.
Length: 3 Days
Finger Lakes Welcome Center is a delightful introduction to the Finger Lakes.
Step inside and try local specialties with a bite from the Taste NY Market or shop items from Finger Lakes producers. Learn about the region with interactive kiosks and visitor information. Outside, you will find the best view of Seneca Lake where you can take a picture with the iconic I LOVE NY statue or go for a stroll along the water.
Finger Lakes Welcome Center
35 Lakefront Drive
Geneva, NY 14456
Suggested Duration: 1 hour
Next, check into any one of a number fine hotels, freshen up and head out for a delightful evening.
A true Finger Lakes dining experience awaits at Belhurst Castle. Start with a wine tasting in the Belhurst Winery tasting room followed by dinner at Edgar’s restaurant in the unmatched beauty of this century old historic castle overlooking Seneca Lake.
Spend the morning at the Hill Cumorah Visitors Center in Manchester and learn about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Finger Lakes. The Center offers interactive displays as well as free guided tours. Afterwards, walk or drive to the top of the Hill Cumorah to see the statue of the Angel Moroni, who is said to have visited Joseph Smith and directed him to the golden plates, which were translated into the Book of Mormon.
After a morning of fascinating Finger Lakes history, enjoy a lunch of seasonally fresh and locally sourced ingredients paired with wines from across New York at the New York Kitchen Café overlooking Canandaigua Lake.
A visit to Ganondagan State Historic Site and Seneca Art & Culture Center is next on the itinerary. Learn about the Native American community that was once a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people and their matriarchal society that inspired and eventually lead to a woman's right to vote.
No visit to the Finger Lakes is complete without a wine tour and tasting. A visit to Arbor Hill Grapery offers a full ‘grape experience.’ Sample wines, take a tour, browse the gift shop, and stay for lunch at Brew and Brats, specializing in craft beers and locally made brats.