The Finger Lakes are blessed with a multitude of wineries, the microclimate provided by large bodies of water make is great for vineyards, not to mention the scenic vistas that make for a great backdrop to wine tastings. A bit less known but, just as inviting, the many bars and pubs that ring the coastlines of the glacially formed lakes are some of the best places you’ll ever come across to eat, drink and just hang out. Give these a look see the next time you’re in the Finger Lakes.
The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles – My personal favorite place to bed down when in the Fingers due in no small part to their cozy tavern. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, it’s a vibrant spot where you might meet someone from Australia or from just down the road. The view of pristine Skaneateles Lake is about as good a backdrop to be found.
Village Tavern Inn, Hammonsport – A somewhat unexpected find in such a small village, The Tavern Inn boasts a beer menu more commonplace in large metropolitan areas. They always have something special on tap and the wine list includes several selections from New York. The Hammondsport area has a few of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in The Fingers; check out Dr. Konstatin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, 9749 Middle Road.
Village Marina Bar and Grille, Watkins Glen – Another setting on a stunning lake, the perfect place to have a beer and burger and feel better about the world as the wind and waves make those day to day worries recede into the background. All motor racing enthusiasts should try to attend at least one of the annual road races at the historic race track that bears the town’s name.
The Cafe’ at Fox Run Vineyards, Rt 14 Penn Yan – It’s not a pub by any stretch of the imagination but, you’ve got to have a snack at a winery when you’re in The Fingers and this is one on the best ones in the region. Gourmet sandwiches, good cheese and great wines make for an excellent afternoon break. Try a glass of one of their award winning reislings, you may want to take a bottle back home with you.