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Around the Finger Lakes – Things to Do in the Area

The Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake wine trails are major tourist attractions. There are over 80 wineries within an hour’s drive of Merritt Hill Manor with new locations opening every year.  The Cayuga Wine Trail is only a little further for those who want to do the full wine circuit. The Finger Lakes Region is the largest wine production area outside California. We will be happy to help you plan your trip.

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Finger Lakes Tours

Finger Lakes Limo

There are ample shopping opportunities for antiques, crafts or the many popular retail shops. Visit the Windmill, a Mennonite Farm & Craft Market, open each Saturday. The Prime Outlet Mall is less than an hour away.  MacKenzie-Childs, manufacturers of highly eclectic art and gift items, is a most interesting stop. You can visit Hammondsport, Naples, Canandaigua and many other scenic villages. And don’t miss the many antique barns and shops across Yates County.



The Windmill


There are many beautiful parks and scenic gorges in the area. The natural beauty of the Finger Lakes formation by the recession of the glaciers is spectacular. The best place to start is one the area’s numerous state parks including Watkins Glen State Park, Keuka State Park (only 5 minutes away), or the Finger Lakes Natural Forest. Don’t miss the biking and hiking opportunities at the Keuka Outlet Trail.

Watkins Glen State Park

Sonnenberg Gardens

Dining – and there’s always a relaxing dinner on the lake

Port’s Café – 315-789-2020

Lakeside Restaurant – 607.868.3636

Village Tavern – 607.569.2528

The Pleasant Valley Inn – 607.569.2282

A little further away, but worth the travel time;

Red Newt Cellars – 607.546.4100

Stone Cat’s Café – 607.546.5000

Or for the very special occasion,

Bellhurst Castle, Glenora Wine Cellars or Esperanza Mansion

We will be happy to make reservations for you in advance of your arrival.

And finally, you can play golf (only 10 minutes away), take a boat tour, or visit a local museum of interest.  There a many more things to occupy your time, please check below.

Golf at Lakeside Country Club – We can make your tee time for you and you get our member rate discount!

The Esperanza Rose offers the most elegant cruise in the Finger Lakes.  Enjoy the beauty of Keuka Lake from the decks of The Rose.  This 65 foot vintage wooden cruising vessel offers a variety of excursions with three cruises daily.  For information and reservations please call 1- 866-927-4400.

Another daily cruise is the Viking Spirit where you can bring your own bottle of wine and snacks.  It leaves at 5pm and lasts about an hour – very casual.

Corning Museum of Glass

Glenn Curtiss Museum of Aviation

Women’s Hall Of Fame, Seneca Falls

Rockwell Museum of Western Art

Oliver House Museum

National Soaring Museum

About the Finger Lakes

Watkins Glen International Racetrack

Yates County

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Finger Lakes Wine Festival

UnCork New York

There is plenty to do in the Finger Lakes!

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