If there’s one thing we know as New York residents, it’s that there’s no better place to be in the summer than the Finger Lakes. During our warmest months there’s nothing like spending a day by or on the water, soaking up the sun and taking full advantage of the fact that we can be outside without having heinous amounts of layers on to stay warm. Located right on the southern shores of Keuka Lake, you’ll find a wonderfully charming town that’s perfect for a summer day trip:
Once named the "Coolest Small Town in America" by Budget Travel, the small town of Hammondsport on Keuka Lake is the perfect place to visit.
If you aren't familiar with the Finger Lakes Region, Keuka Lake is the lake that people describe as resembling a Y or Wishbone shape. Found out between Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes, this remote area is filled with nothing but scenic views and small town charm. The small area was founded back in 1827 and now has a population of under one thousand residents.
While you may only be making a day trip out of this, it never hurts to know of good places to stay!
Just incase your day trip turns into a weekend road trip, there's no harm in showing you the best places you can stay in Hammondsport. Pictured above, you can see the Blushing Rose Bed and Breakfast, a wonderful place to stay in New York's wine region. Other great options for staying in Hammondsport? Check out Keuka Lakeside Inn and the Black Sheep Inn & Spa!
How to get here: 11 William Street Hammondsport, NY 14840
Time to enjoy New York's most famous wine region at Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars!
While this isn't the only winery you'll find in town, it's certainly the most well-known, especially along the Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Forever changing the ways of wine in New York, Dr. Konstantin Frank leaves behind a delicious legacy that all visitors can appreciate. With views of the lake and perfect glasses of wine, you'll have a hard time peeling yourself away from this winery on a beautiful summer day.
How to get here: 9749 Middle Road Hammondsport, NY 14840
Don't let the wine tasting end! Stop by the amazing Bully Hill Vineyards & Restaurant!
As if the wine tasting wasn't fantastic enough, this winery is fully equipped with one savory restaurant! With stunning views of the lake while you dine, you'll quickly fall head over heels for this place. Another plus? If you check out Bully Hilly Vineyards Facebook Page, you'll see that they're keeping up with the times and have become a Poké Stop. That's right! If you're into the latest Pokémon GO craze, you can not only wine and dine but also catch Pokémon too.
How to get here: 8843 Greyton H Taylor Memorial Drive Hammondsport, NY 14840
Enjoy a picnic down by the water at the local spacious park!
There's no denying that in the small town of Hammondsport you'll find a ton of mouth-watering places to grab a bite to eat. With a swimming area, plenty of picnic tables and a dock to explore, you won't mind packing your own lunch to enjoy some time by the water. The park is a great place to bring the family and everyone of all ages, you'll love the views of the lake from here!
How to get here: Use these coordinates - 42.401606, -77.215004. You'll find the park just before the intersection of NY-54 and NY-54A!
Another main feature of the town that draws in visitors? The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum!
One of New York's museums that everyone should cross off of their bucket list, this exciting museum features history on vintage aircraft and the pioneer of aviator himself, Glenn Curtiss! If you enjoy this place and are interested in seeing more historical boats, you can check out the Finger Lakes Boating Museum that's also right in Hammondsport!
How to get here: 8419 State Route 54 Hammondsport, NY 14840
So, you're feeling hungry again eh? Time to check out Hammondsport's waterfront restaurant Snug Habor!
Yes please! An amazing place to visit during the summer when you can enjoy your dining experience outside by the water, you won't be able to get enough of this restaurant. Serving all of your favorite American dishes, you won't go wrong with picking anything off of this menu. Sit back and relax, while you have the perfect meal by the water!
How to get here: 9068A Snug Harbor Drive Hammondsport, NY 14840
Have no interest in eating right along the water? Then go check out another amazing restaurant in town, Union Block Italian Bistro!
A local favorite, pictured above you can see just one of their many delicious pasta dishes. Serving visitors Southern Italian and Mediterranean-inspired food, you won't leave here without wishing you had saved some of your meal for leftovers!
How to get here: 31 Shether Street Hammondsport, NY 14840
One of the best things about Hammondsport? You can walk to pretty much everywhere you'll want to visit!
Pictured above, you can see one of Hammondsport's most favorited shops, the Aroma Coffee Art Gallery. Check out local works of art while you enjoy the many perks of stopping in to a small town cafe!
How to get here: 60 Shether Street
Hammondsport, NY 14840
So, spend some time by the water and see what this small town is all about, you won't regret it!
Have you ever taken a trip to Hammondsport? Tell us your favorite things to do when you're visiting this charming town!
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