Create your own wide-open escape today in the Finger Lakes Countrysides!
The Finger Lakes Countrysides is a place teeming with lakesides and shorelines, wine, beer and craft beverages, amazing food, outdoor trails and wide-open spaces. It is a place where you can plan an active adventure or kick back and relax. A place where you can create a vacation that is all your own, and at your own pace.
Visit and you’ll find new experiences, friendly faces, fun times, and a familiarity you just don’t get elsewhere. Feel at home in our home, in the Finger Lakes Countrysides.
Not sure where to start? Check out our overnight accommodations to begin planning your next getaway!
10 Ways to Enjoy the Finger Lakes Countrysides
#1 Take a hike (or bike)!
There are so many trails around here for all ability levels. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking to breathe in the fresh air, you’ll find a serene spot here to enjoy. Our top picks are the Outlet Trail or the Keuka Lake State Park – but check out our Guides page for more points of interest and trails.
#2 Explore the lakes.
Yates County is lucky to border 3 different Finger Lakes: Keuka, Seneca and Canandaigua. It’s been a hot summer, so the lakes have brought much enjoyment to many. You can go for a swim at one our lakefront parks, rent a kayak or any motorized boat, get some fishing in or simply find a quiet spot for some moments of solitude. Visit our Water page for more inspiration!
#3 Visit the wineries.
There’s got to be a reason why we were named “Best Wine Region” for multiple years by USA Today, and are in the running again in 2020, right? Wineries are operating a little different right now to adhere to safety and health guidelines, so we recommend planning ahead before you visit as some wineries may require a reservation for a tasting. It’s best to call or message them ahead of time!
#4 Grab a pint or craft cocktail.
There’s no shortage of quality craft beverages around here! Grab your family and best friends and enjoy the simple things in life – good company, good drink and creating memories. Visit our drink page for some must stops!
#5 Shop Local.
Yes, the shops are open and are ready to welcome you with a smile that is real as they come! Though a mask is required, your shopping experience will be a positive one. From gift shops and country stores to farm stands and New York’s first and largest rural market, The Windmill Farm and Craft Market.
#6 Enjoy a scenic drive with stops along the way.
The beautiful drives are among the most memorable experiences when visiting here. The rolling hills, pristine lakes, and small-town, countryside vibes create the ultimate package for a scenic drive. Don’t forget to stop by a farm stand or capture the moment with who you’re with!
#7 Indulge in the sweet things in life.
And we’ve got a lot of sweet things. Did you know there’s such thing as award-winning ice cream? We’ve got that here. Some favorites to discover are Seneca Farms and the Spotted Duck. We’re a little biased, but we’ll let you decide! We also have a wonderful candy shop on Main. St. Penn Yan, The Keuka Candy Emporium. From homemade chocolate, vintage candy you forgot existed to bubble tea and ice cream, you’ll find something to love.
#8 Enjoy a meal.
The restaurants are open and ready to serve you! Though they are operating at 50% capacity right now, they sure are still delivering a pleasant experience. Many have outdoor seating if you prefer open air, and you can always order food to go to enjoy elsewhere like a picnic table at a park or where you’re staying.
#9 Explore arts, culture and history.
You can now visit the various art galleries, The Yates County History Center (call ahead to schedule a visit) or admire the visual bounty and structures. Take a look at our Arts & Culture page for places of interest.
#10 Reconnect and recharge.
The Finger Lakes Countrysides is an ideal place to get away from the day-to-day. We’ve all faced hardships and uncertainty lately, and it’s so important to take care of yourself even more now. We’re all in this together, and if we can provide a place or time for you to slow down and fill your cup, that will be enough for us.