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Top Photo-Worthy Spots in Yates County: Capture the Beauty of the Finger Lakes Countrysides

With its stunning landscapes, charming towns, and rich cultural heritage, the Finger Lakes region makes a beautiful subject or backdrop. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional photographer, or just like to know where the most photogenic spots are, you’ll find countless places in Yates County that your camera will love. Here are some must-visit locations where you’re sure to get that perfect shot.

Garrett Chapel

The Garrett Chapel, perched on a bluff overlooking Keuka Lake, is an architectural gem. Known as the “Little Chapel on the Mount,” it was built by Evelyn and Paul Garrett, who ran one of the world’s largest wine producers from 1902 to 1940. The beautiful stained-glass windows and serene surroundings overlooking Keuka Lake offer perfect photo opportunities.

The Birkett Mills Pancake Griddle

Capture the whimsy of the world’s largest pancake griddle outside of The Birkett Mills in Penn Yan. It’s a quirky and fun addition to any social media feed and makes a great story.

Rt. 54A Scenic Overlook

For breathtaking panoramic views of Keuka Lake, head to the scenic overlook on Route 54A. The changing seasons offer a kaleidoscope of colors, making it a favorite spot for photographers. Click here for a full list of scenic drives in the Finger Lakes Countrysides and even more amazing photo spots.

The Gardens at Folk Art Guild

The lush, tranquil gardens at the Folk Art Guild provide a serene backdrop for nature-inspired photos. From blooming flowers to intricate sculptures, there’s beauty at every turn.

USA Field from James Road

Get a unique perspective of Yates County by capturing the USA Field from James Road. Created as a symbol of unity after 9/11, this aerial view of farmland forming the letters USA is a sight to behold. The field has been the subject of photographs for people from all over the world for over 20 years.

Penn Yan Murals

The vibrant murals in downtown Penn Yan add a splash of color and culture to your lens. Each mural tells a story, reflecting the spirit and history of the area.

Keuka College Campus

The picturesque Keuka College Campus with its beautiful buildings and stunning lake views is a must-visit spot for any photographer. Don’t miss getting some photos of Norton Chapel.

Seneca Mills Waterfalls

Capture natural beauty at the Seneca Mills Waterfalls, located along the Keuka Outlet Trail. The cascading waters set amidst lush greenery create a magical setting. The waterfall is stunning to capture on its own and makes a great backdrop for group or family photos.

View of Penn Yan’s Main Street Bridge

Photograph the charm of small-town America with a shot of Penn Yan’s Main Street Bridge, especially beautiful when lit up at night.

View of Keuka Lake from McGregor Vineyard

McGregor Vineyard offers stunning views of Keuka Lake, vineyards, and rolling hills. It’s an idyllic spot for a sunset photo session paired with a glass of Finger Lakes wine.

Miles Wine Cellars Boat House

The boat house at Miles Wine Cellars on the shores of Seneca Lake provides a picturesque setting for photos. The reflections of the boathouse on the water make for a stunning shot no matter the season.

The Gazebo on Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve

Finally, don’t miss the gazebo on Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve, located at the Saunders Finger Lakes Museum. It’s a peaceful spot with scenic views of the surrounding countryside and Keuka Lake.

These photo-worthy spots in Yates County are just the beginning. There’s so much more to discover and capture in the Finger Lakes Countrysides. So, pack your camera and your phone and start exploring!

(And if you snap an amazing shot, don’t forget to tag @fingerlakescountrysides with #yesyates so we can feature it in a future post or blog!)