If you zoom in to the map of the United States, specifically to the top right corner under Lake Ontario, you will notice a region striped with thin, long lakes. If you have an active imagination, you might also notice that they look like thin, long fingers. Welcome to the Finger Lakes, formed from glaciers two million years ago, (some) deeper than sea level, and as a collection, named after a crucial part of the human anatomy.
This fact itself was enough to entice me to visit the Finger Lakes, but if you need more convincing, keep reading! The Finger Lakes region is home to some of the best wineries, apple orchards, farm-to-table food, pretty little towns, gorgeous sunsets, and of course glistening blue lakes
The Finger Lakes region is perfect for growing grapes – the lakes create a microclimate that is not too cold in the winter, but has warm breezes in the summer to ripen the grapes. After Dr. Konstantin Frank proved that the European vinifera varieties could thrive in colder upstate New York, the region has perfected the art of making dry rieslings. If you shudder at any mention of Riesling, fear not, the Finger Lakes dry Rieslings are pleasant and err more toward dry than sweet.
Most wine regions could be categorized as romantic, but the beauty of the Finger Lakes comes from the lovely lakes that are the backdrop of the vineyards, and the laid back casual vibe. A lot of the tastings are free, and buying a good bottle for an impromptu picnic would not set you back very much.
With eleven lakes to choose from, all blue and welcoming – the Finger Lakes is a must for any lake lover. Lake Skaneateles was particularly glistening on a sunny afternoon while we drove by to lunch. The lakes all offer fun activities such as boating and kayaking in the summer, and beautiful vistas all year round.
Apple Orchards and Cider Tasting
Grapes are delicious, but apples shouldn’t be left behind, and the Finger Lakes has some gorgeous orchards. We went apple picking at Beak and Skiff, with the bonus of tasting freshly made apple cider at their onsite distillery. Their apple donuts are also delicious!
What could be more romantic than a picnic at an apple orchard, far from the maddening crowd, with a bottle of cider to top it off?
Farm to Table Food
Fresh food is the best food, and Elderberry Pond Restaurant will serve you just that. Their ingredients come fresh from their farm, and the chef makes sure they taste amazing. As a bonus – the ambience is lovely too. Perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner date!
The Sunsets in the Finger Lakes, especially over Seneca Lake are a destination unto themselves. The best part? It’s relatively unknown, so you might get them all to yourself! We were the only ones around to soak in this sunset, so we felt the calmness descend on us completely. Definitely recommend you try this one for yourself!
Are you convinced you want to plan a Finger Lakes Getaway? In my next post, I’ll have details on how to plan a perfect trip, including where to stay, what to eat, and the best wineries to visit!
In the meantime, pin these images to help plan your next romantic getaway!