Finger Lakes New York Vacation
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NEW YORK FINGER LAKES

New York Finger Lakes, located midway between New York City and Niagara Falls in west central New York State, represent one of the truly unspoiled vacation areas in the USA. Well known for its picturesque lakes, wineries and lush forests, the region offers many opportunities for recreational activity. It is home to 25 State Parks and a variety of museums and historic homes. The countryside is dotted with wineries, orchards, dairy farms, resorts and country inns.

The Native Americans believed the Finger Lakes were formed when the Great Spirit reached out to bless the region and left behind the imprint of his hand. Geologists report instead that the unique features of the area - the 11 long narrow lakes lying side by side, the wide valleys and the deep gorges with rushing waterfalls - were formed by the grinding action of Ice Age glaciers. These geographical features are found nowhere else in the world.

The glacial sculpted area of Finger Lakes Travel Region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Viewing scenery is probably the most favorite outdoor activity in this region. The area is well known for some of the state's best scenery and fishing opportunities and also includes the famous resort, Watkins Glen, which is located along the shores of Seneca Lake. Waterfalls and deep cool gorges abound. Bounded by Lake Ontario to the north and the state of Pennsylvania to the south, the Finger Lakes also offer a myriad of water-oriented sports including excellent fishing, boating, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Camping opportunities, multi-use trails, hunting, picnicking and winter sports prevail as well.

New York Finger Lakes
Wineries
Because of the location and climate there are dozens award-winning vineyards surrounding many of the lakes, complete with wine-tasting tours for a relaxing weekend.

Picture yourself driving along a narrow, long, beautiful lake carved by glaciers over 10,000 years ago. The lake winds among gentle sloped hillsides that drop to the lake. The sign of a boutique winery comes into view. As you enter the winery you immediately sense by the decor and welcome that this is a special place. The wines are of exceptional quality, deserving the earned reputation of consistently winning medals, including the coveted Governor's Cup. It is also enjoyable to hear more about the winery's history as well as its goals, dreams and values. You leave confidant that each bottle will add the perfect touch to a special meal or get together with friends. You realize that you have discovered one of the best kept secret in the Finger Lakes- Keuka Spring Vineyards. This is a place you will return to and share with friends.

SPOTLIGHT

Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes Welcome to Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes, a AAA 3 diamond approved establishment offering an Air Conditioned, Pet Friendly, Children Friendly and Disabled friendly, development of English architectural Style Vacation Rental Cottages or " Real Homes" surrounded by 57 acres of farmland overlooking the Western Shores of Seneca Lake in the beautiful finger lakes region of upstate New York and close to Watkins Glen. Read more...
Filigree Inn in the Finger Lakes... Your innkeepers, Don and Connie Simmons invite you to experience The Filigree Inn at their Bristol Mountain bed and breakfast. The pleasures of yesterday are blended with the tasteful comforts of today. We invite you to join us for a memorable stay lodging in a Country Inn Bed & Breakfast in the Finger Lakes of New York with uncompromising comforts and charm.
AREA DIRECTORY
Want to explore the area? You can make reservations, look for other lodging, attractions, events, get maps, directions... county by county. Use the the links below!


Area Golf Courses
Cortland County has five great public golf courses offering fantastic golf at a price so low it will astound you! Courses are open as seasonal weather permits so call ahead in the Spring and Fall to be sure. Click here for detailed information about each course.
Taughannock Falls
Waterfalls
Wineries don't do it for you? Because of the geologic nature of the area you will find splendid views of waterfalls and gorges in the area. One of the most famous...Watkins Glen State Park... is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek.
Watkins Glen
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WINERIES
The region's towns are something in themselves. From historic Hammondsport to Ithaca, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, (and excellent night life, we might add), to Cortland and its fantastic golf courses. There are lots of other recreational activities available here in the Finger Lakes. The fishing is stupendous. Wind surfing, boating, scenic hikes, bike tours. Use the directory above to explore it all. You name it and we have it. Why not try a vacation here this year? It will be the vacation of a lifetime!

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