New York's Finger Lakes Region beckons you. This region has some of the most beautiful scenery in New York State with crystal blue lakes surrounded by rolling patchwork hills, gorges and waterfalls galore. The natural features are sure to enchant, whether you are in Ithaca, known as the City of Waterfalls, or any of the many other charming locations. State parks, such as Watkins Glen, golf courses, hiking/biking trails, fruit picking, vegetable stands, dinner boat cruises, and waterways are around every corner for the outdoor recreation enthusiast. Historical sites, museums, shopping, horse racing at Tioga Downs and Finger Lakes wineries and restaurants abound in the unspoiled beauty of the lake country's quiet villages or dynamic cities. Choose lodging at our Finger Lakes wine country inns, and you'll find yourself planning your next trip before you even leave!
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The gorge at Watkins State Park with 19 waterfalls and Taughannock Falls, at 215 feet, 40 feet higher than Niagara are but two of the awe-inspiring natural wonders that will delight you as you tour the Finger Lakes region. With more than 650 miles of shoreline and bordered on the north by Lake Ontario, the region contains eleven major glacier-carved lakes. This exciting vacation land known for its ever-changing landscape, its rolling vineyards, peaceful canals, and charming villages is complemented by sophisticated cities housing world-famous museums, renowned performing arts centers, and fine restaurants. It is also one of the world's richest wine-producing regions and home to many famous wineries offering tours and wine tasting. Just follow the Finger Lakes wine trails through the rolling hillsides.
The stretch of the Erie Canal running through this region is especially picturesque, offering delightful restaurants, charming shops, historic sites, and canal-side festivals. The scenery is glorious from springtime through fall with its rich russet and amber foliage. Winter offers marvelous snowy landscapes and a host of sporting and cultural activities.
One of the most popular destinations in the Finger Lakes region is the Corning Glass Center & Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG), a world-class museum of glass objects through the ages. In the museum cinema, you can, without leaving your seat, travel at the speed of light to discover how glass, through fiber optic technology, is helping to draw the world closer together. Elsewhere on site, you can watch beautiful, collectible Steuben glass objects being hand blown by skilled artisans or try your hand at creating your own glass masterpiece. While in Corning stop by the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and wander down historic Market Street stopping into the many boutique shops, antique shops and fabulous restaurants. Nearby in Elmira you can explore Mark Twain sites. America’s favorite son, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) married a local girl, Olivia Langdon. The family spent summers at Quarry Farm in Elmira with Olivia’s sister, Clare. Mark Twain penned several books there, the best known being Huckleberry Finn. Samuel and Olivia and their children are buried at historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. The Arnot Art Museum in Elmira and the hand-carved wooden carousel at Eldridge Park should be added to your list of things to visit. While you’re in the area, be sure to learn about the history of sailplanes or better yet take a sailplane ride at the National Soaring Museum on Harris Hill. The Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is a must see to continue your exploration of the history of aviation.
Be sure to include a visit to the Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology (MoST), where hands-on exhibits explain scientific and technological phenomena as well as interesting facts about animals, computers, gravity, chemistry, light and color, sound, and stars. While at the MoST, take time to view the new Bristol Myers Imax Theater presentation. For children or the young at heart, the SCIEN-CENTER in Ithaca is a perfect stop, with 75 hands-on exhibits and an outdoor science park. And old and young are sure to enjoy the Genesee Country Village Museum, the nation’s third largest historic-town replica, located in Mumford. Also on site is a fine gallery featuring western art.
Not only photographers will enjoy the exhibits on photography, film, and technology at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester. But be sure to bring your camera, because the historic mansion and gardens of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, are a photographer's dream.
Visitors can also enjoy the collection of Americana, especially the dolls, on display at Rochester's Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum. The home of women’s rights advocate and suffragist, Susan B. Anthony, is also located in Rochester. It was there that she was arrested for testing the Constitution by voting in the 1872 election. At the northern tip of Seneca Lake, be sure to visit the Women’s Hall of Fame where America’s influential women, from abolitionist Harriet Tubman to astronaut Sally Ride are enshrined. Also open for tours is the home of Anthony’s friend and partner in the 19th century Women’s Movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In Aurora, visit MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., a 19th century estate overlooking Cayuga Lake, where you'll find period tableware and furnishings, Majolica pottery, glassware, and an outlet shop.
Come Play; Come Stay, at one of our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfasts. Our ESBBA innkeepers will be your guides to endless possibilities.