Spanning 14 counties, the Finger Lakes region has a little bit of everything — wineries, waterfalls, miles of waterfront (and scenic byways to showcase them), and historic landmarks — framed by rolling hills and swaths of farmland.
Start by scratching the surface of the local viticulture. Try the orange wine at Shaw Vineyard; discover Cornell-developed grapes at Goose Watch Winery; and don’t miss Hermann J. Wiemer, the can’t-miss vineyard for the area’s most popular wine, Riesling.
Between tasting rooms, soak up American history. In Auburn, the homes of Harriet Tubman and William Seward, Lincoln’s secretary of state, have been converted into popular museums. Seneca Falls celebrates its role in the famed women’s rights convention throughout town. And at Watkins Glen State Park, you’ll find hiking trails and 19 Insta-worthy waterfalls.
In Dundee, F.L.X. Table is the reservation to (try and) get. If you can’t snag a seat for its seasonal tasting menu, give the artisanal sausages at F.L.X. Wienery or the fried-chicken sandwiches at F.L.X. Fry Bird (slated to open this year) a try. There’s more than just wine, too. Bar Argos in Ithaca shakes up excellent craft cocktails while Auburn’s Prison City Pub and Brewery has more than a few medals for its craft beers.