Create your own wide-open escape today in the Finger Lakes Countrysides!

The Finger Lakes Countrysides is a place teeming with lakesides and shorelines, stunning country views, 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 this Spring

#1 Take a walk through nearby parks and trails

Visit a nearby park or stroll along the Keuka Outlet Trail to see Yates County come alive with springtime sites. See rushing waterfalls, blooming flowers and watch things come alive as the snow melts away. Check out our Guides page or more points of interest and trails.

 

#2 Explore the lakes for an early-season boat ride

If you’re someone who enjoys going out on the water, you’re in luck- Yates County borders three different Finger Lakes: Keuka, Seneca and Canandaigua. With the weather finally warming up, be sure to get out for that first boat ride of the season. 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, right? Our wineries range in size, personality and style, but we guarantee there’s a wine fit for every palette. Each season brings a different experience – quiet, intimate tastings in the winter and spring, busy, bustling wineries in the summer and fall. And the views! They just can’t be beat.

 

#4 Explore our breweries

One of the best parts of spring is the first time you can sit on a patio and enjoy a warm breeze and a local beer. Check out local favorites such as Laurentide Beer Company, Lyonsmith Brewing, or Climbing Bines Craft Ale Company. Visit our drink page for the full lineup and to see our local distillery stops!

 

#5 Shop local

You could spend hours upon hours shopping at our local merchants and markets. Find spring decorations, fresh flowers, tasty treats, souvenirs, and unique gift items. Head down to New York’s first and largest rural market, The Windmill Farm and Craft Market, for a taste of what makes Yate’s County so special this time of year.

 

#6 Enjoy a scenic drive

One of the best ways to take advantage of the season is by taking a drive down county roads to see the trees coming back to life. Our rolling hills, pristine lakes, and small-town, countryside vibes create the ultimate package for a scenic drive. We highly recommend that you take a ride around town and enjoy the stunning view this spring- there’s nothing else quite like it.

 

#7 Indulge in tasty treats

Enjoy tasty treats that will bring on the nostalgia and make you feel like a kid again. Visit our destination candy shop, The Keuka Candy Emporium, to treat yourself to homemade chocolate, vintage candy, and other sweets!

 

#8 Enjoy a seasonal meal

Yates County is full of variety when it comes to our food and dining scene. You’ll find many restaurants here that partner with local farms to create farm-to-table meals. One of our favorite restaurants is Sapalta, which updates its menu seasonally to utilize seasonal produce.

 

#9 Explore arts, culture and history.

Plan a visit to places like the The Yates County History Center or take a workshop at Sunny Point on Keuka Lake at The Arts Center of Yates County. There is so much to do and see here. Art and culture lovers will relish in the visual bounty and structures that reside in the area. 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. Whether you’re planning a friends getaway, a trip with the family, or a solo self-care vacation to relax and recharge, we can offer a place for you to slow down and fill your cup. Start the planning process now and browse our site for more getaway ideas!

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