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Finger Lakes is a massive and scenic area in Upstate New York and home of the nation’s oldest and longest wine trail. The first winery in the area opened in the 1980s and today it’s home to 200 wineries, and dozens of cideries, breweries, and distilleries of all kinds.

Starting off in Ithaca, NY you’ll get to ponder at the hills of Cayuga Lake
Many houses that stand on the lake have their own tiny piers so they can hop on a boat at any time
Stopping by at Finger Lakes Cider House, a local cidery serving some 18 varietals made on premises
Lucas Vineyards, the very first winery in the region
A quick stop at Seneca Falls, NY
Seneca Falls boasts a few historic buildings, this one with the remainings of an antique ad for Spearmint bubble gum
Billsboro Winery is focusing classic European varietal wines
Waterloo Village — named after the Waterloo in Belgium, where Napoleon was defeated.
Eerie Canal goes directly through the village
A charming street in Geneva, NY — a center of vibrant local business
One a local bank, the building was restored and turned into an event venue
A peak into Left Bank event venue housed in a restored bank building
Fresh-pressed cider by Red Jacket, one of the best treats on the road
Penn Yan, a village whose name comes from the first syllables of “Pennsylvania” and “Yankee”, as most of the early settlers were from Pennsylvania and New England (known as Yankees).
Staving Artist Woodwork in Penn Yan sells handmade wooden home decor, hand crafted from retired Finger Lakes wine barrels
A pier at Watkins Glen, NY. The village is a popular local leisure destination destination
Embedded navigational signs found on the sidewalks in Watkins Glen
The racing murals around the village are an hommage to Watkins Glen’s racing past as it was the home the US edition of Formula One race — Grand Prix, held here yearly from 1961 to 1980

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