Seneca County, N.Y. - There are tons of things going on in the Finger Lakes this holiday weekend. But here are 10 must do's to add into your plans:
#10. Friday night music pairings. Montezuma Winery (2981 Auburn Road, Seneca Falls, 315.568.8190) and Buttonwood Grove Winery (5986 Rte 89, Romulus, 607.869.9760). Or Americana Vineyards (4367 East Covert Road off Rte 89, Interlaken, 607.387.6801) and Wagner Vineyards (9322 Rte 414, Lodi, 607.582.6450).
#9. Kendig Creek Paddle. Get a kayak and guided tour from Canal Side Experiences (706 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, 315.651.4443) or Fuzzy Guppies (1278 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, 315.539.8848).
#8. Go jump in a lake. Swim in Cayuga Lake from Cayuga Lake State Park (2678 Lower Lake Road Seneca Falls 315.568.5163). Swim in Seneca Lake from Sampson State Park( 6096 Rte 96A, Romulus, 315.585.6392)!
#7. Experience a "Lock Through" on the canal. Both Canal Side Experiences (706 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, 315.651.4443) and Stivers Seneca Marine (401 Boody's Hill Road, Waterloo, 315.789.5520) offer boat tours through a lock!
#6. Go horseback riding through the Finger Lakes National Forest on a Tennessee Walking Horse. Call Happy Trails Walking Horses in Interlaken (8339 Main Street, Interlaken, 607-330-1198 or 607-330-2809) to set up your ride.
#5. Catch your dinner! Take out a fishing charter with Captain Jim Morgan of Seneca Chief Charters. (2250 Skinner Road, Lodi, 607.582.6089.)
#4. Feed your imagination. Stroll the Ludovico Sculpture Trail or take the "It's A Wonderful Life" walking tour. Info on both available at the Seneca Falls Visitors Center at the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry (89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, 315.568.1510)!
#3. Sunset Picnic! Go to Muranda Cheese Co. (3075 Rte 96, Waterloo, 315.539.1103) and Lively Run Goat Dairy (8978 County Road 142, Interlaken, 607.532.4647) for some artisan cheese. Pick up wine at Ventosa Vineyards (3440 Rte 96A, Geneva, 315.719.0000) or beer at Three Brothers (623 Lerch Road, Geneva, 315.585.4432) and head down to Lodi Point (Lodi Point Road, Lodi). (They have grills there too for the grill master in the group.) Then head up to Zugibe Vineyards (4277 East Lake Road, Geneva, 315.585.6404) for an after dinner glass of Pinot Noir and listen to the band on the outdoor stage!
#2. Go to a birthday party! Americana Vineyards in Interlaken is having their 30th birthday bash all afternoon and evening Saturday! Bands. Wine. BBQ. Wine. Games. Wine. Ice Cream. Wine. More bands. More wine. FIREWORKS! WINE! Going to be a BLAST! (4367 East Covert Road off Rte 89, Interlaken, 607.387.6801.)
#1. Watch the fireworks from the water. Stivers Seneca Marine is running the Rose Lummis onto Seneca Lake from the Geneva Waterfront (34 Lakefront Drive, Geneva) on Sunday from 9:00-10:30pm so you can watch the Fireworks from a boat! Only $20pp and seating is limited. Call 315.789.5520 to make your reservations TODAY!
Carol Fingar, Tourism Marketing Director, Seneca County Chamber of Commerce