A quintessential four-season playground, the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York is home to 9,000 square miles packed with wine, water, outdoor adventure, history and culture. From gushing waterfalls and gorges to over 16,000 acres of forest lands, this area serves as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Perhaps most widely known for its prolific wine production, the region’s more than 120 vineyards offer distinctive flavors and proprietary features that please even the most discerning palates. The terroir of the Finger Lakes is special because the microclimate created by the lakes produces warm, breezy days during the summer which can ripen the grapes.
Formed in 1799, Cayuga County is home to eight lakes, which is more fresh waterfront than any other county in New York. You can find plenty of things to do in Cayuga County, including comedy acts, film, dance and concerts at first- class arts and cultural institutions. History lovers will be astounded by the wealth of fascinating and well-preserved history in Cayuga County. Or spend the day touring wineries and sampling award-winning wines
In the northern part of the county, enjoy special Lake Effect wines at Colloca Estate Winery where Lake Ontario buffers a larger area along the lake plain, and provides temperature moderation. Enjoy Fair Haven and its charming small town feel while you visit multiple arts galleries and the beauty and protection of Little Sodus Bay.
Cayuga County’s smaller towns and villages are truly the essence of what the Finger Lakes are all about – rural charm with an air of sophistication. The city of Auburn will delight you with its history, culture and great places to stay from quaint B&Bs to hotels. Fine dining abounds at eating establishments such as Springside’s Oak & Vine, Moro’s Table, The Refinery, 1833 Kitchen & Bar and The Restaurant at Elderberry Pond. Theater aficionados can enjoy high quality plays at The Rev Theater Company, The Pitch and Auburn Public Theater. Chocolate lovers won’t want to miss Gretchen’s Confections where they take great care in hand-crafting each piece, using high quality, fresh, and often local ingredients.
Outdoor adventures can be found around every corner in Cayuga County. Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and explore the nooks and crannies of the famous Finger Lakes. Sign up for a scuba diving trip or even sky dive to catch the most incredible views of the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario.
Carved by glaciers, Cayuga Lake is the longest and second deepest of the Finger Lakes. From the Ithaca Commons to the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, there are plenty of things to see along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. Featured stops include Long Point Winery, Treleaven Wines, Bright Leaf Vineyard and Heart & Hands Wine Company, The Inns of Aurora, MacKenzie-Childs and Long Point State Park, where visitors will find boat launches, picnic facilities and swimming.
The family-friendly Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail is all about the unique treats that Cayuga County has to offer. Whether it’s honey or jam or homemade cookies, the trail has everything to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. The 17 stops along the trail include farmers markets, bakeries, farm stands and ice cream stands, all featuring locally grown or produced sweet treats. The Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail is open May 11 – December 2, covering three seasons of sweet treat goodies.
The never-ending array of activities, coupled with fine dining and world-class wineries, ensure that your visit to Cayuga County is indeed a very special experience