A Fall Weekend Guide in the Finger Lakes Countrysides

Autumn flavors, fall foliage, and vibrant views are at your fingertips. There are so many things to do for any occasion, you’ll be planning your next trip before you even leave.

Get ready to activate all your senses while you explore all the goodness the Finger Lakes offers during the fall in Yates County.

Hiking Trails

There’s no easier way to appreciate the change of season than up close by foot. Discover waterfalls, majestic views and tree lined trails, suitable for all ages and skill levels. Check out the Hike & Bike Guide to choose your path.

Visit the Wineries & See Harvest Unfold

When you’re in the heart of wine country during grape harvest, you’re guaranteed to see tractors hauling grape bins, smell the scent of sweet native grapes in the air and feel the energetic vibe in the tasting rooms. Visit Fulkerson Winery on Seneca Lake where you can pick your own grapes and Hunt Country Vineyards on Keuka Lake and learn about the family’s rich history in grape growing and sustainable farming practices.

Hunt Country Vineyards
Hunt Country Vineyards

Craft Beverages

The emerging craft beer and spirit scene continues to please on all levels! Sip on seasonal brews, listen to live music or hire a local transportation company to take you on a tour.

Unique spots with great views: Abandon Brewing and Antler Run Distillery

cocktails at Antler Run Distilling with Great Lake view
Antler Run Distilling

Apple Picking

Farming and agriculture play a huge role in Yates County, so you can bet there’s some thriving orchards as well! Visit U-pick farms and farm markets and taste the farm-fresh bounty of the season. Pick apples at Apple Barrel Orchards, a fourth-generation family fruit farm.

Apple picking at Apple Barrel Orchards
Apple Barrel Orchards

Rent a Bike

Strap on your comfy shoes and discover historic downtown Penn Yan on a light bike ride. If you need to rent a bike, Shoreline Rentals has you covered. Visit shops, grab a coffee and check out the newest mural painted in August 2021 on the side of the Once Again Shoppe.

Haunted History Trail

There’s some spooky history lurking around! The Haunted History Trail of NYS has 3 stops in Yates County: Miles Wine Cellars, Spook Hill and the Bishop/Gillette Headstone.

Miles Wine Cellars
Miles Wine Cellars

Eat Cider Donuts

Is it really fall if you never indulged in a fresh cider donut? Be sure to stop at Wager’s Cider Mill where they have an array of fresh products like apple cider, grape juice, apples and more. Watch apple cider get pressed and donuts made fresh right on site. A true old-fashioned treat!

 Go on a Rail Bike Excursion

Finger Lakes Rail Riders is a rail bike experience that provides a guided tour while you pedal your way through the countrysides. A fun, relaxing way to get outside, learn history of the area and see stunning fall bucolic views.

Rail Riding in Yates County

Fall Foliage Paddle

Get the ultimate leaf peeping experience from the water! Finger Lakes Museum’s guided fall foliage event takes place on October 2nd. Here a different weekend? Bring your own gear or snag a rental and go on your own adventure any day!

kayaking Finger Lakes Museum

 Stock Up on Baking Supplies

Winter baking is just around the corner…make your life easier by stocking up on supplies. Oak Hill Bulk Foods carries a wide variety of unique and staple bulk food items at a great price. Be sure to grab a fry pie while you’re there!


For a comprehensive guide and resource for the area, check out our digital travel guide or request a copy. It’s suggested that you check ahead of time with individual businesses for up-to-date hours and current Covid-19 guidelines for the region.