Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to visit the Finger Lakes Region. The leaves change colors and the rolling hills come alive with vibrant hues. The vineyards, surrounded by all this foliage, are a spectacular sight.
Much of the Finger Lakes Region is rural and farmland, so as the season changes to autumn there are a lot of new and interesting things to do in the Finger Lakes Region. Enjoy harvest festivals, increased farmers markets, visit U-Picks and pick your own fresh produce, and enjoy all the fun fall activities at each of these places! Pick your own pumpkins, partake in traditional lawn games, visit petting zoos, and more! It’s also harvest time at the vineyards, so you’ll get to see the beginning of the wine making process. Who knows, you might even get to participate in some grape picking or grape stomping!
Now that the racing season is over, you can stop by Watkins Glen International, the birthplace of American road racing, and drive your car around the track for just $25. You can also join them for Glentoberfest on October 26th and enjoy some great regional craft beer!
If all that driving works up an appetite, don’t worry, there are tons of great places to eat in the Finger Lakes Region. The vastness of the area and the large focus on providing fresh, local food, direct from the farm means there is no end to the options before you. In bigger cities like Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca, you’ll have no trouble satisfying any craving. In smaller towns you’ll find great places focusing on providing quality meals and service.
For the same reason that there is no scarcity of restaurants, there is no shortage of wonderful places to stay in the Finger Lakes Region. You’ll find beautiful bed and breakfasts in old, federal era homes that match perfectly their country setting and charming towns, and large, luxurious hotels that see to your every need.
The Finger Lakes Region is a largely rural area and many towns have beautiful, charming turn of the century architecture. It’s a great place to come enjoy a slower pace of life for a while. Come relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch as the leaves change colors before your eyes.