~Celebrate the best of autumn with scenic drives, seasonal wines and overnight packages~
Auburn, New York – August 18, 2010 – Immerse yourself this fall with gorgeous autumn colors lining lakes, waterfalls, charming villages and the picturesque countryside. New York's Finger Lakes Region offers scenic foliage, fresh harvest cuisine, festivals, markets, plenty of pick-your-own apples and pumpkins—and of course, wine. There are a variety of fun activities and overnight options to add to your fall foliage itinerary.
Wine, Dine & Stay: The Inn at the Finger Lakes : Explore the Finger Lakes wine trails, dining, recreation and other area attractions in Cayuga County which is home to more than 15 wineries and vineyards around Cayuga Lake. For less than $200 (weekend rate) spend an evening overnight while enjoying a wine reception at The Inn at the Finger Lakes http://www.innatthefingerlakes.com/wine-dining-packages.php followed by dinner at Moro's Table, a new restaurant that features the freshest seafood, local farm produce for salads and sides and a create your own tasting menu.
Take a scenic driving tour: Hop in the car and take in the abundant colors and picturesque landscapes that hug the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway http://www.cayugalake.com/. Don't plan to be in a rush—take in this 87 mile journey and pass along the villages, parks, shopping and dining. Or, get your legs moving along one of the walking trails. Visit www.tourcayuga.com and ask for a trail card to acquaint you to one of the many area trails.
"Fall" in love: Some of the most romantic Inn's and B&B's can be found in the Finger Lakes. In fact, Auburn, N.Y. is home to 10 Fitch www.10fitch.com known for its elegance, tranquility and romance. Many proposals, weddings and other ceremonies have occurred on the picturesque grounds which include lush gardens and a coy pond. Let the innkeeper schedule a special hot air balloon ride or chauffeured winery/sightseeing tour while you relax with your special someone.
Enjoy festivals and winemaking. Visit King Ferry Winery for its annual Harvest Festival, held October 9-10 http://www.treleavenwines.com/index.html. Activities include free tastings, live music, food and vineyard tours. For something different, King Ferry also offers a private session with the head winemaker. Visitors can participate in the harvesting process, learn traditional winemaking techniques and be among the first to try new vintages. For more information call 315-364-5100.
Peruse village markets. Stop by one of the many village markets for locally harvested produce and other goods. Through October 30, fruit and flower vendors, baked goods, meats and crafters display their seasonal favorites. A few include the Farmer's Coop Market of Cayuga County held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings on South Street across from City Hall and the Port Byron Farmer's Market held on Wednesday afternoons in Schasel Park.