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 to enjoy in Skaneateles Lake, there is truly something for everyone at A Wicher Garden Bed & Breakfast. We would be happy to help you decide between the endless things to do here in the Finger Lakes region. 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 will have plenty to do with over 16 distinctive wineries and breweries to enjoy, many also offering specialty shops, fine dining, lovely gardens, and 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, experience the towns, enjoy the outdoors, 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 head out for the day’s adventures. 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 be 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 quaint village boasts nationally recognized restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and antique shops. In the warm season, it 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 Finger Lakes 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 via 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 about how the first commercially successful system of putting sound to film was created in 1923 at this site. 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 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. The historic Merry Go Round Playhouse continues to grow and thrive with its 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 that 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, take a tour of 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 as a fisherman’s paradise. Upstate New York consistently produces some of the biggest trophy fish, including salmon, trout, pike, walleye, bass, catfish, and carp. From our location there are public access launches within a 5-15 minute drive on three different Finger Lakes. Of course we have room here to park your boat as well. Nearby on Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes, kayaks and canoes can be rented for a leisurely exploration of the lakes’ shores. For those who want a day on the lake without their own boat, we can find that as well! And for the golf enthusiast, there are a number of different scenic courses to choose from within a short drive.
7. Resorts, Shopping, and Dining
With over 100 stores, the nearby Waterloo Premium Outlets is a “must” for shopping. Right next door to the Outlets, you’ll find the Del Lago Casino, where there’s plenty of gambling, dining, and entertainment to be had. The village of Skaneateles with its fine shops, boutiques, and artisans is a wonderful walking experience. When touring the wineries around the lake, be sure to 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 attraction! 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, a make-your-own glass studio, and shopping in the international Glass Market. For a fantastic day trip from here get an early start, drive through the Finger Lakes to visit Corning Glass, and while you are 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 “The Broadway of 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 Bed & Breakfast. Each season, five spectacular Broadway musical productions are performed by professional actors handpicked from NYC. The shows are performed from June through October only, and have sold-out audiences, so check the schedules at www.merry-go-round.com soon to make your plans – these shows are fantastic!
10. Absolutely Nothing – By Choice
This is the fun one. Your busy life rarely leaves enough time to just relax and enjoy the moments. Imagine this: lying in the hammock or walking the nature trail back to the pond. How about 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 Bed & Breakfast. We don’t remember days, we remember moments. Happy memories are made here.