Really enjoyed this area over the recent July 4th weekend. Stayed at the Taughannock Farms Inn, which allowed great opportunities to visit the park area near the lake shore, where there was a lot of picnicking, fishing, boating, kayaking, and just laying out and taking in the great weather we had during those days. Not sure if there were a lot of other public access points to the lake other than in Ithaca. The drive around the lake is nice but long (I think the lake is 40 miles long). We visited Seneca Lake two years ago in 2012, also during July 4th. Both lake areas are gorgeous.
Traveling the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail was a lot of fun. There are 15 wineries on the west side of Cayuga Lake that are listed in the Wine Trail brochure. But there are numerous more not even listed. Most charged $3 to taste 6 (or 5 in some places) different wines. Granted, the amount of each wine is only about a mouthful, but still enough to give you a good idea of the wine quality, and perhaps entice you to purchase a bottle or more.
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