While You're Here

This section of the site, which is still undergoing significant changes as of late 2017, provides a variety of useful information for new visitors to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. The two most popular documents previously listed on this page are our detailed Wines and Services page, and our How to Give a Large Group Tour primer. The former provides detailed information on various services provided by wineries, like which ones can host weddings or make custom labels for their wines, as well as detailing which wineries create which specific types of wines. While the latter is a handy introduction to setting up a group tour of our member wineries for 8+ people.

Our member wineries each reside in one of four counties, all around Seneca Lake: Ontario, Yates, Schuyler and Seneca. Below is merely a partial list of the many other fun experiences you can enjoy during your visit here, besides visiting our member winery tasting rooms of course. We also have many other fun things to do listed here.

Ontario County
Located in the northwest (upper left) end of our Trail, the most prominent community in this county is Canandaigua, located at the northern tip of Canandaigua Lake west of the town of Geneva. One great resource to learn more about this region is the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, which is similar to a chamber of commerce, with many resources dedicated to helping visitors to our region have a fun visit.

Deep Run Beach
4279-4281 East Lake Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585-396-4000
Come and enjoy the day at Deep Run Beach, just a short drive down East Lake Road in Canandaigua. Deep Run Beach is open for swimming and picnics from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There are 8 picnic tables, grills and restrooms available for public use. The beach has an on-duty lifeguard from 10:00am – 9:00pm. Take a dip in the lake to cool off from the summer sun and enjoy a good meal with friends and family at Deep Run Beach.

Ganondagan State Historic Site
7000 County Road 41
Victor, NY 14564
585-924-5848
Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction in 1687. Today, it is a destination where visitors can explore five centuries of art, culture, and history through interactive and multi-media exhibits at the Seneca Art & Culture Center, peruse the one-of-a-kind artisan items at its gift shop, tour a full-sized replica of a 17th-century bark longhouse, and enjoy self-guided tours through marked trails on the Site’s 500+ acres.  Major annual events include the Native American Winter Games in February, Native American Dance & Music Festival in July, Living History event in September, and the annual Canandaigua Treaty Day in November.

Yates County
This county straddles the middle-west (left) side of Seneca Lake, stretching over to nearby Keuka Lake. The most prominent community in this county is Penn Yan, which is roughly west of member winery, Anthony Road Wine Company and on the tip of the right tang on the fork of Keuka Lake. The Yates County Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for finding fun things to do in and around this county.

Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
The Trailhead where it begins near Seneca Lake is approximately located at 102 Seneca St, Dresden. There is no building structure here, but it will be very easy for you to find the Trail and begin traversing it. In the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes you can fish, hike, bike, horseback ride, snowmobile, or cross-country ski seven miles of wooded trail bordering the Keuka outlet created nearly 10,000 years ago between Keuka and Seneca Lakes from Penn Yan to Dresden, NY.

The Arts Center of Yates County
127 Main St, Penn Yan, NY
315-536-8226
The Arts Center of Yates County features diverse art from the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Check their online schedule for events, music, art, exhibits, workshops and more!

Schuyler County
This southern county wraps around both sides of the bottom of Seneca Lake. Its main town is Watkins Glen, and it is best represented by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Watkins Glen State Park
1009 N Franklin St
Watkins Glen, NY 1489
607-535-4511
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, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

Finger Lakes National Forest
5218 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841
607-546-4470
The Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge-called the backbone-between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lakes region. New York State’s only national forest, this multi-use land is reminiscent of western national forests with a great deal of open land and free-ranging cattle. The forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. The forest is managed to provide a diversity of native forestlands, shrublands and grasslands, including areas of native older forests, diverse wildlife habitats, quality recreation areas and forage for livestock.

Seneca County
Straddling Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, on the northeast (upper right) end of our lake, Seneca County is a place rich in both beauty and history, and probably its most well known community is Seneca Falls. You can find out more about this area by contacting the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park
136 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315-568-2991
Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

National Women’s Hall of Fame
76 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315-568-8060
Their comprehensive programming and multiple organizational venues give potential members and supporters several ways to become engaged with the Hall and the Inductees, both now and in the future, as they achieve their mission in a variety of ways while preserving their historical roots through the induction of great women into the Hall of Fame. The National Women’s Hall of Fame is at a dynamic evolutionary place in its history. They are excited about its potential, but most excited about the expansiveness of their vision and its anticipated impact upon womens’ lives — past, present and future.

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