This trip is an annual "girls weekend" every summer for us. Seneca Lake is one of the Finger Lakes of central NYS-a beautiful area of vineyards sloping toward the lake, farms, boating, swimming, restaurants, shopping, history, other attractions like Watkins Glen State Park with its stunning gorge & waterfalls, Corning Museum of Glass. But we go for the wineries to taste, and buy for holidays and general pleasure. Seneca Lake has the most wineries, though Keuka, Cayuga & Canandaigua Lakes have wonderful wineries within easy drive as well as some other wineries dispersed among the other lakes.. Several Seneca Lake wineries have a long history, though the "Seneca Lake Wine Trail" came in to existence about 25 years ago with 30+ wineries now in operation. We have several favorite wineries that have not disappointed in the 10 years we've visited.Anthony Road (my personal favorite) Fox Run, Lakewood, Prejean, Red Newt, White Springs & Wagner always have a delicious variety of wines for every taste at reasonable prices. 3 Brothers, which is actually 3 wineries & a microbrewery is an outgrowth of Nagy's New Land Vineyards. 3 Brothers boasts a range of fine wines (Stony Lonesome) to sexy fun wines (Passion Feet) to goofy sweet wines of Bagg Dere & beer varieties (WarHorse Brewery). Wagner, 3 Brothers, Glenora & Hazlitt are large, popular with bus/limo tours so beware the large crowds on a weekend. Parking can be a challenge but all are worth a visit. Seneca Lake boasts many small wineries. At least 1 or 2 new wineries open each year. This year, King's Garden & J.R Dill were terrific finds. We bought several wines & will visit again. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail offers a "Passport" package that allows you complimentary tastings at participating wineries. The Passports are $12- a great buy considering the wineries charge $1-2 per flight of 5-6 wines but you have to order early in the summer season to get the Passport-they sell out. Most of the wineries reimburse the $ if you make a purchase. But if you don't get a passport (we didn't this year), the tasting fees are still a bargain-except- Chateau Lafayette Renau Winery-the most expensive tasting fee for what you get. $5 if you don't want the wine glass, $6 if you do. This winery offers tasting of at least 15 different wines. In my opinion, one cannot appreciate the different wines when so many are offered in 1 flight. We observed a group of tasters pretty well lit, a server most annoyed to serve drunken customers & treated us not intoxicated customers poorly as if we were with them. This is a disappointment since Chateau is one of the oldest Senca Lake wineries & has really gone down hill in recent years. My advice is visit the wineries that appeal to you, avoid a couple of the large wineries & visit the small ones-you will not be disappointed.
Aside from the wineries, there are plenty of accomodations to choose from, from campgrounds to 3 star motels & hotels, B&Bs. All depends on what you prefer.
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