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Finger Lake region

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Finger Lake region

My husband and I were conseidering a road trip to the Finger LAkes, but have no idea which area to choose since there are so many. we are in our early 30s, no children, like to do outdoor activities, like a nightlife atmosphere and a great view (also, good wineries). Suggestions..please. Thx

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1. Re: Finger Lake region

The 3 lakes best know for their wineries are Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga (Links below).

http://www.keukawinetrail.com/

http://senecalakewine.com/jc/

http://www.cayugawinetrail.com/

Dr. Frank's winery on Keuka has received a number of awards over the years so they are a must see if you end up on Keuka. So, check out the web sites for these 3 lakes. There are MANY fine wineries. Last year, I did 1 day down the west side of Seneca and then the next day up the west side of Cayuga. There are companies that offer wine tours so that you do not have to worry about drinking and driving.

Nightlife is limited in the Finger Lake region. You may want to consider Ithaca (Cornell University and Ithaca College). Ithaca also has a number of beautiful parks and gorges. They are also known for some very good restaurants perhaps partly due to the fact that Cornell has a Hotel Management school.

http://www.visitithaca.com/

One of my favorite parks is Taughannock Falls. They are higher than Niagara.

http://www.taughannock.com/

There is a wonderful inn near the falls called Taughannock farms. I booked a room last year and then had to change plans. You may want to check them out.

http://www.t-farms.com/

And, as far as nightlife goes......check out....

http://www.ithacanightlife.com/

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A drive along any of the lakes will give you excellent views. I particularly like the drive around Canandaigua and Skaneateles lakes.

I agree w/the earlier poster that Ithaca is the main nightlife choice. Even then, keep in mind that it is relatively small city (30,000 people) so it doesn't have as many options as bigger cities. But in my opinion, nightlife isn't the main draw to the Finger Lakes.

Ithaca is a great destination; it is at the southern end of Cayuga Lake and is close to many wineries. I am not a wine drinker so hopefully you can draw from other posters. The Knapp winery restaurant has a good reputation.

There are three wonderful state parks. The earlier poster mentioned Taughannock; there is also Buttermilk Falls State Park and my personal favorite Robert Treman State Park - there is an awesome swimming hole and the loop hike through the gorge is a great one. The Ithaca Farmer's market (Sat/Sun) is also a worthwhile stop. If you like gardens, Cornell Plantations is nice and there are beautiful waterfalls on the campus within walking distance. For dining, I like Just a Taste and Maxie's Supper Club but there are MANY other good options.

The village of Aurora on the east side of Cayuga Lake has a renowned inn and restaurant that is worth looking into.

Skaneateles is a popular, upscale and quaint small village. It is not as close to the wineries but is a more relaxed alternative to Ithaca. The dinner and mail boat cruises are popular and there's usually music in town on many evenings during the summer. The Mirabeau restaurant is acclaimed but expensive (too much so for my blood - haven't personally dined there). The Sherwood Inn is a good lodging/dining option. For more casual dining, I like the Blue Water Grill.

Geneva on the Lake and Belhurst Castle are popular, upscale lodging/dining options at the north end of Seneca Lake. Watkins Glen State Park is a must see at the south end. The Finger Lakes National Forest is nearby as well. Some winery restaurants I recommend here are Glenora, Stone Cat and Red Newt.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you both for these in depth suggestions. Nightlife atmosphere - I should maybe rephrase that. Where can you get a kick arse meal in a nice restarant that possibly has live music? I heard that Keuka is a hidden gem? I was just curious what part of the finger lakes is overall the best.

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You'll probably find everyone has a different opionion as to which lake is best. I haven't been to Keuka in years but, from what I remember, it is lovely and very scenic and....again...well known for its wineries (Dr. Franks in particular). Check out the following website for dining with music:

http://www.keukalake.com/dining.html

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You will easily find a "kick arse" meal and live music in Ithaca. Also probably in Canandaigua as well.

I am biased to the Cayuga/Owasco/Skaneateles Lake area because it is my home region. But the Keuka/Canandaigua Lake area is beautiful as well and is definitely a gem.

The towns at each end of Keuka Lake are smallish and have less options than a place like Ithaca. You are not to far from Canandaigua or even Rochester from Keuka and/or Canandaigua.

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