New York June 08, 2018
This Daytrip Will Take You To The Best Wine And Waterfalls In New York
‘Tis the season to pack your bags and hit the road! If you’ve been itching for a reason to get out of the house, Only In New York’s latest day trip is the best motivation to get out the door. Taking you to some of our most scenic parks and fantastic vineyards, this trip will quench not only your thirst but your desire to get outdoors and see some of our favorite waterfalls. So grab some friends who are ready to relax, because you’re all going to want to participate in this wine and waterfalls trip that has less than 2-hours of driving time!
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You'll start the trip at Wagner Vineyards in the small town of Lodi.
Known for being the first winery to open up on the east side of Seneca Lake, Wagner Vineyards can be found tucked right between the water and the Finger Lakes National Forest. Open since 1979, the vineyard is one of many amazing stops that you can make along the official Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Producing over 30 wines, you'll find a drink for everyone here at the vineyard. Wagner Vineyards offers Wine Tastings for $5 dollars (and include a coupon for $4 off a purchase of $20 or more), and Guided Winery Tours that are free to take during the week at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., and during the weekends at 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.!
To find out more about visiting Wagner Vineyards in Lodi, click here.
After you visit Wagner Vineyards, you'll head out towards Cayuga Lake to soak in the views of Taughannock Falls.
One of the most heart-stopping state parks that you can visit out in the Finger Lakes Region, Taughannock Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Flowing down, the 215-foot waterfall is nothing short of breathtaking to see in person. The park has an overlook area that's easy to get to, while you can also hike your way down into the gorge to get to the base of the falls.
To learn more about Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg, click here.
Next, you'll head back over to towards the eastern shores of Seneca Lake to enjoy some more wine at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.
Ready to taste some award-winning wine? Then let's make a stop at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in the town of Hector. The vineyard sits on a gorgeous property in the Finger Lakes that makes for a wonderful place to hang out on a beautiful day when you're ready to taste some wine in the sun. At the vineyard, you'll find plenty of picnic tables to set up shop at, as well as The Oasis - a tropical-themed party pavilion that has a beer and wine bar for a more casual setting. Offering tastings, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards charges $5 dollars per person and allows you to taste six different wines.
To learn more about visiting Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, click here.
Head past the southern shores of Seneca Lake and you'll eventually arrive at Havana Glen Park.
One of our parks that embodies just how gorge-ous the Finger Lakes Region is, Havana Glen Park is right in Montour Falls. The small park has a hiking trail that takes you right through an enchanting gorge, leading you to the 40-foot tall waterfall known as Eagle Cliff Falls. The trail is short and relatively easy to navigate, making it the perfect stop to enjoy on a daytrip.
To learn more about visiting Havana Glen Park in Montour Falls, click here.
If you're willing to make the time, you obviously
must make Watkins Glen State Park your next stop on this trip.
Considered to be our state's most beautiful state park, Watkins Glen is like stepping into a luscious green fairytale. Less than 5-miles away from Havana Glen, Watkins Glen State Park has a famous Gorge Trail that's 2-miles long and takes you past (and even underneath) a total of 19 waterfalls. Considering that it's on the way to your next destination, you might as well make the time to explore this mesmerizing scenery.
To learn more about visiting Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, click here.
After you've had your breath taken away down near the southern shores of the Seneca Lake, you'll make your way up to Lakewood Vineyards.
Part of the town of Watkins Glen, Lakewood Vineyards sits near the western shores of Seneca Lake. With 80-acres of vineyards, there's so much to see and taste right at Lakewood. Making wine since 1988, here you can experience a Guided Tour & Tasting, their Signature Tasting, or their Cellar Room Tasting that vary in price from $4 to $8 dollars per person.
To learn more about visiting Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen, click here.
One more delicious stop to make before your day is through, and that's to Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard.
Keeping heading north for another 10-minutes and you'll reach another charming wine destination - Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. Another large vineyard that has much for visitors to see and taste, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard has been creating delicious wines in the region since 1979. Inside the beautiful winery, you can enjoy tastings, where you'll get to sip on some of the best Rieslings you've ever tasted.
To learn more about visiting the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in Dundee, click here.
Since we started the trip with wine, it's only fitting that we end it with a waterfall at the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail.
A 7-mile long trail that's always amazing to explore, the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail can be found nestled in the town of Penn Yan. Right at the northern end of Keuka Lake's eastern branch, the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail features cascading waterfalls and lush scenery that will take you away from everything else.
To learn more about the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail in Penn Yan, click here.
If you’re looking for an even more leisurely road trip to take, check out This Mouthwatering Ice Cream Trail In The Finger Lake’s Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed Of!