Once you’re in the Finger Lakes, there’s lots to do. Stay for a few days and visit some of the wineries

Take a cooking class, tour the regions farmer’s markets, hike through some of the most spectacular state parks in the country (link to Filmore Glen). Bring your bike and cycle on the Erie Canalway or rent a canal boat and meander through the region’s waterways.

America’s past is very present in upstate New York. Visit the Seward House in Auburn What the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum is to art, the Seward House is to 19th century history. Harriet Tubman’s home is just down the road from the Seward House so stop by and learn more about her legacy, the underground railroad, and her motto to “keep going” even in the face of extraordinary odds. In Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement, you’ll can tour Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home, visit the National Parks Service’s Women’s Rights National Historic Park and the sites associated with the 1848 First Women’s Rights Convention, and even ponder whether Seneca Falls was the inspiration for Capra’s classic, “It’s a wonderful life.”

There are many sites on the web where you can find links to lodging and reviews of restaurants. There are also some specialized ones for the area, e.g. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance which maintains the website that provides links to lodging, services, and events. More specialized ones, such as 14850 Dining which focuses its listings on the Ithaca area (zipcode = 14850). Edible Finger Lakes which is both a beautifully illustrated magazine and a website covers the local dining, wining, and artisanal product scene in the Finger Lakes.

Trails:

The Cayuga Trails Club (CTC) publishes the best guide and maps (“Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region”) of the area. CTC is affiliated with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and many trails are part of the North Country Scenic Trail system. Buy your copy of the Guide and its maps and help support the trail system.

The Finger Lakes Forest’s website provides basic details on trails in the forest (e.g. length, difficulty level, accessibility, etc.) as well as additional information about camping, fishing, and seasonal activities.

Enjoy the adventures and share your discoveries along the trail!