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Things to Do in the Finger Lakes Region

From the scenic Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and its 16 wineries to explore to the shopping and outdoor adventures you’ll enjoy in Skaneateles Lake, there is truly something for everyone at A Wicher Garden Bed & Breakfast.  Whether you need help planning a day of recreation in Seneca Falls, want tickets to a show or reservations to the perfect restaurant, we are always here to help you with our large information center, maps, and our personal knowledge of the area.

 

1. Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and Scenic Byway

Picturesque and breathtaking, the pristine waterfalls and natural splendors of Cayuga Lake lend themselves to relaxing strolls in state parks, or scenic views enjoyed while traveling along the wine trail.  You’ll have plenty to do with over 16 distinctive wineries and breweries to enjoy, many also offering specialty shops, fine dining, lovely gardens, special events throughout the year.  Along the winery trail you will also find the lovely Village of Aurora where you can visit the famous MacKenzie-Childs ceramics studios and retail shop, and the City of Ithaca, home to Cornell University.  For more relaxing nature spots visit the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and numerous waterfront parks and waterfalls.  A year-round experience, each season brings about new encounters and special activities to enjoy.  Sample the wines, enjoy the outdoors, experience the towns, and relax your days away.  Click on Winery Getaways and Area Attractions for resources.

2. Hike the Gorges, Bike the trails, See the Waterfalls

Grab your hiking shoes, load up your bike, and let’s go.  Use our onsite Information Center guidebooks for hundreds of miles of suggested biking and hiking trails.  With seven state parks within a 45-minute drive or less, the hiking views are unlimited, the gorges and waterfalls majestic and varied and too many to count.  Your journey is sure to prove memorable.  Click on Area Attractions for resources.

3. Skaneateles Lake and Scenic Village

Skaneateles is a New England style village of uncommon beauty.  Just a 15-minute drive away, it is situated on the shores of Skaneateles Lake which curves south with 16 miles of breathtaking views, calming pastures and jagged cliffs.  The beauty and tranquility of the lake has made it a mecca for generations of vacationing families.  The quaint village boasts nationally recognized restaurants, galleries, boutiques and antique shops, and in the warm season hosts sidewalk sales, boat shows, concerts, community festivals and daily boat tours.  Visitors from all over the world come each year to enjoy golfing, boating, fishing, swimming, biking and polo.  During the holidays, the village is transformed into an old-fashioned Dickens’ Victorian village, with carolers, roasted chestnuts, and Scrooge sightings; don your best Victorian garb and enjoy!  Visit www.skaneateles.com for complete information.

4. Auburn’s Historic Treasures Tour and
Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival

Go back in time on your tour of the Seward Home Museum, historic home to William Seward, who is well known for negotiating the purchase of Alaska. Seward was Secretary of State to President Abraham Lincoln who is featured in the bestselling historical book "Team of Rivals". Nearby is the Harriet Tubman Home Museum; famous in American History for rescuing more than 300 slaves through the use of the Underground Railroad. Then it is on to the Willard Memorial Chapel, an extremely rare example of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s work. This breathtaking chapel is an unparalleled example of Tiffany’s famed stained glass work and more. Lastly at the Case Museum Research Lab at the Cayuga Museum, learn how at this site the first commercially successful system of putting sound to film was done in 1923. This is called "The Birthplace of Talking Films". Visit www.HistorysHometown.com for complete information on these wonderful historic sites, all within minutes of each other.

The City of Auburn is now home to a fun and exciting multi-faceted theatre venue, The Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival. The historic Merry-Go-Round Playhouse continues to grow and thrive with it’s Broadway quality shows. The Auburn Public Theatre has joined with a fun variety of theatre, music, film, comedy and variety shows year-round. Lastly, The Pitch is a chance for you, the audience, to preview and have input on shows which are still in the creative process! Please visit www.fingerlakesmtf.com for complete information on all these venues, or see the Events Page.

5. Seneca Falls: Birthplace of Women’s Rights

Visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame; learn about the organizers of the first women’s rights convention and the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement here in historic Seneca Falls, the birthplace of women’s rights.  While in town, visit and receive a tour at the Seneca Falls Historical Society, housed in an authentic 23-room Queen Anne Mansion.   The original lighting fixtures, framed paintings, fireplaces and more all exquisitely show the long lost artistry of the late 19th century.  If you have time, visit the Canal Museum of Seneca Falls, a 9,000 square foot museum showing how Seneca Falls was the pump capital of North and South America for over 100 years.

6. Fishing, Boating, Canoeing, Golfing

The Finger Lakes and nearby Lake Ontario have long been known for their world class fishing.  There is no other place in the entire world that produces consistent trophy-sized trout, salmon, bass, walleye, pike, carp, and catfish.  From our location, there are public access launches within a 15-minute drive on three different Finger Lakes.  Nearby, kayaks and canoes can be rented for a leisurely exploration of the lakes’ shores.  There are also many local golf courses within a short drive.

7. Shopping and Dining

With over 100 stores, the nearby Waterloo Premium Outlets is a must do for shopping.  The village of Skaneateles with its fine shops, boutiques and artisans is a wonderful walking experience.  Of course when touring the wineries around the lake, visit the Amish Traders Village, Ithaca Commons shops and local villages as well.  When the day is done and you’re ready for dinner, there are over 20 choices of fine dining restaurants within a 15-minute drive, in addition to the casual pubs and local diners where you can hear the local gossip. Click on Area Attractions for resources.

8. Corning Museum of Glass

We have added this world class museum to our list even though it is over an hour’s drive because if you have never been there, we consider it an absolute Must See!  Discover the world’s best glass collection and explore 35 centuries of glass artistry and history.  Enjoy live glassmaking demonstrations, hands-on exploration of glass innovations, make your own glass studio, and shopping in the international GlassMarket.  For a fantastic day trip from here get an early start, drive through the Finger Lakes to visit Corning Glass, and while you’re there visit the beautiful Market Street shopping district in Corning and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.  Visit www.cmog.org for complete information.

9. Merry Go Round Playhouse

This musical theatre, known as Broadway in the Finger Lakes, is located in the historic Carousel building in Emerson Park on the northern end of Owasco Lake, and is just minutes from A Wicher Garden. Each season, five spectacular Broadway musical productions are performed by professional actors handpicked from NYC.  The shows are performed from June through September only, and have sold-out audiences, so check the schedules at www.merry-go-round.comsoon to make your plans - these shows are fantastic!

10. Absolutely Nothing – By Choice

This is the fun one.  Your busy life leaves rarely enough time to just relax and enjoy the moments.  Imagine this: lying in the hammock, walking the nature trail back to the pond, and basking in the outdoor hot tub on a cool or snowy evening.  Or imagine this: enjoying a glass of wine on the porch rocking chairs overlooking nature, watching the birds, warming in front of the fire, conversation with your lover, and then sinking into a bed so cloud-soft you never want to get out of it.  You will find all this and more here at A Wicher Garden.  We don’t remember days, we remember moments.  Happy memories are made here.

 
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Drive Times

NYS Thruway...............20 min.
Syracuse......................40 min.
Ithaca............................40 min.
Rochester....................60-80 min.
Binghamton.................90 min.
Albany...........................3 hrs.
Buffalo...........................2.5 hrs.
NYC.................................5 hrs.

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