The Finger Lakes’ Yates County: Home to World Class Smiles

There is no shortage of superlatives to describe Yates County. Awe-inspiring, magnificent, sparkling and friendly come to mind. Then again, we could go on and on.

Located in Upstate New York in the heart of the Finger Lakes, this scenic destination boasts a selection of lakefront views, lush vineyards and resplendent countryside. It’s a destination where everyone welcomes you with warm, wide smiles, and where home-cooked hospitality is second nature.

Yates County offers a unique blend of water, wine, and wilderness, ideal for family fun or just escaping from it all. The county has shoreline on three of the Finger Lakes: Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, and Seneca Lake, all of which provide beautiful scenery.

Yates is also the largest wine grape growing county in the United States outside of California and is home to more wineries than any other county in New York State. Winter visitors can enjoy an intimate experience at the local wineries during the off season. You may even get to sample some of the region’s renowned ice wine which is a specialty during the winter months. Sip some Mulled Wine by a crackling fire at the Water Street Wine Bar and you’ll quickly discover that there is no better way to spend a cold winter’s night. Grapevine Country Tours offers tours tailored to your specific wishes. Prepare for a relaxing ride through the beautiful region of the Finger Lakes. Whether you are a wine novice looking to learn and explore or a wine lover who knows exactly what you’re looking for, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has the right experience for you. Try several premium wines from exceptional grapes, grown in the favorable conditions surrounding Seneca Lake.

The landscape is graced with pristine Mennonite (horse and buggy) farms, award-winning wineries and farm markets. If you’re thinking about hiking in the Finger Lakes, we have some of the top hiking trails in the Northeast. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas in our countryside on a winter hike or cross-country skiing trip. Ice fishing is a popular activity so bring along your rod or rent one at a nearby store.

Agritourism is big business here as agriculture, fishing and forestry all combine to make Yates County one of the most sustainable tourist destinations in the country. Farms such as Green Acres Farm & Nursery welcome visitors with open arms by offering a wide array of garden products and homemade goodies, including the freshest candy apples you’ll find anywhere. Winter is the time for baking. Stop by Oak Hill or visit one of the many bulk food stores to get all the supplies you need. If you don’t want to make it yourself, visit Sabrina’s Bake Shoppe, Tabora Farm & Winery or the Flour Shop Café & Bakery for Christmas cookies.

Stay a night or more at a cozy bed & breakfast where you’ll be treated like royalty. The Red Brick Inn is a charming 1819 Federal Style home nestled in Crystal Valley between Keuka and Seneca Lakes which makes it the perfect starting point for adventures anywhere in the Finger Lakes region. The interior is decorated with some period furnishings as well as custom pieces made by a local Mennonite woodworker. New Vines Bed & breakfast features a farm-fresh gourmet breakfast that will energize you for your day of sightseeing throughout the region.

All in all, Yates County is a region of superlatives that only begin to describe the true essence of its people, places and attractions. Come experience Yates for yourself and you will surely leave with a wide smile on your face.

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