Calling all couples! Looking for a special way to enjoy the season with your other half?
It is absolutely stunning this time of year in the Finger Lakes. Actually, HomeToGo has recently released its 2022-2023 Fall/Winter Travel Forecast, and Keuka Lake in Yates County was named the Number 3 Emerging Destination in the United States. It’s so beautiful here, in fact, that we believe that this would be the perfect, most romantic backdrop for a full date day in the countryside.
We have pulled together a round up of the best ways to spend an entire fall day with your significant other here in Yates County. Enjoy fun activities, delicious flavors, and haunting scenery. From adventures on a rail bike excursion to a romantic dinner as the sun is setting, this day will be packed with activities that are sure to keep you having fun and making memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you’re a new couple or have already been married for years, this will be a fresh and exciting adventure! So, pull out your matching flannels, prepare your fall playlist, and get ready for a date like no other.
Here’s your itinerary for the perfect Fall Date Day in the Finger Lakes Countryside:
Taste Fall Flavors
There’s nothing like sharing a sweet treat with your significant other, especially when fall flavors are back in full swing! Head to Wager’s Cider Mill for an array of fresh products like apple cider, grape juice, apples and more. Watch apple cider get pressed and start your day with a donut made fresh right on-site, a perfect treat for you to share with the person you love!
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 countryside. There’s no better way to experience the fresh air and fall colors! This fun and relaxing activity allows for some great one-on-one time and is a unique way to enjoy some leaf-peeping with your loved one by your side.
Have a Picnic
Pack some food and enjoy a relaxing picnic at Keuka Lake State Park. Located in the heart of wine country, couples will appreciate this park for its gentle charm and stunning views of vineyard-covered slopes, glimmering water, trees ablaze with color, and clear blue skies, which all work together to create an ideal spot for a romantic meal.
One of the most fall-centric activities is apple picking, and Yates County is home to some great farms and thriving orchards! 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, and take some great pictures of each other with your finds!
Visit the Wineries & See Harvest Unfold
This one is a must for the fall! You and your significant other can have a romantic date while in the heart of wine country during grape harvest. Visit Fulkerson Winery on Seneca Lake where you can pick your own grapes, or Stever Hill Vineyards for both wine and beer, and relaxing stroll through the colorful vineyards. Find the complete list of wineries here to start exploring.
Finish off the day strong with a date-night dinner in the Finger Lakes. If you’re looking to treat your significant other to an upscale experience, you might be interested in an elegant evening at Burnt Rose Wine Bar & Restaurant. For something more casual, enjoy a cozy location with hot comfort food such as Antique Inn Restaurant. Whatever your style, there are plenty of places here to choose from!
Stop Along the Haunted History Trail
As the sun goes down, there’s no better way to bond than being scared together! There are three stops on Haunted History Trail of NYS in Yates County: Miles Wine Cellars, Bishop/Gillette Headstone and Spook Hill. A visit to any of these locations in the fall is sure to be a unique, thrilling, and memorable way to end your date day here.