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Ithaca - Seneca Lake - Keuka Lake - Erie Canal to Rochester

From Ithaca we had to ride up and over to the west side of Seneca Lake for our next destination. We rode slightly up Cayuga lake first, passing Taughannock Falls, which are actually higher than Niagara Falls. We rode down into Watkins Glenn, then up to our B&B on the west shore of Seneca Lake. The finger lakes have become a popular wine country. Within four miles of our lodging were about a half-dozen wineries. We did quite a bit of tasting during our day off.

http://www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com/

Ithaca to Seneca Lake...
 

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Seneca Lake to Keuka Lake

From Seneca Lake, we only had a short ride to our next destination on Keuka Lake. Instead of riding up and over the ridge, we first rode north up the west shore of Seneca Lake. At one time there was a functioning canal that connected Keuka Lake with Seneca Lake, it was later turned to a railroad like most of the smaller canals in NYS. It's now a nice rail-to-trail that connects to Penn Yan at the north of Keuka Lake. http://www.keukaoutlettrail.net/
Interesting fact - the only remaining mill on the outlet trail is the Birkett Mill, the largest producer of buckwheat products/pancakes: http://thebirkettmills.com/
They have a gigantic griddle on the side of the building that they used to create the world's largest buckwheat pancake in 1987: http://hudsonsaratogachefs.blogspot.com/2008/11/at-birkett-mills-in-penn-yan-ny.html

From Keuka Lake, we headed north and then home on the Erie Canal. We passed through a lot of Mennonite country north of Keuka Lake, then rode past Hill Cumorah (Where Joseph Smith said he found the gold plates of the Book of Mormon) http://www.hillcumorah.org/

I think due to exhaustion, we didn't seem to take any pictures on the last day of the trip. So this is the final post. I hope you enjoyed and I definitely recommend the Finger Lakes for anyone who doesn't mind a few hills and drinking wine (the Reisling is excellent).
 

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I could only wish.

My wife and I do make an attempt to circle each of the finger lakes... but considering the forecast for tomorrow is a high of 28F in Rochester, NY, it may be a little while before those trips are made. Winter is back in western New York.

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sweeeeeeet.

are you the new mb1?
 

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I grew up on the southern tier and those places are really familiar. I haven't been there in about 10 years, but it's always one of my favorite destinations. Did you go to Bully Hill? That's pretty fun & their wine's not bad either. When you were at Watkins Glen did you walk around or take the trail through the Glen? That's pretty spectacular.

Your pics are great. I can't wait until you go somewhere else. :)
 

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Bully Hill is a fun winery. The last time I was there the jokes with a bridal party went pretty far off the deep end for today's PC world. I found it highly amusing.

One of the newer wineries that is now one of my favorites is Ravines on Keuka Lake (nice review here). The owner has an impressive work pedigree (US and European wineries) and is often in the tasting room. His wines are a little more expensive, but are geared for the more sophisticated palate (nothing sweet and does a more minerally Riesling). He has been pulling his own on the national and international competitions along with Dr. Frank Konstantin Wine Cellars. He's certainly not just a hobbyist. The photo looking out at the lake with the SUV crossing the road is from Ravine's parking lot. If you can tell, you're actually looking at the center bluffs of Keuka Lake (the middle of the 'Y').

It's been a while since I've been in the park at Watkins Glen. I think we'll probably put that on the calendar for this summer. I was spoiled with thee impressive state parks with numerous waterfalls and gorges when I lived in Ithaca. As long as you enjoy true winter weather, upstate NY has a tremendous amount to offer for outdoor enthusiasts with dirt cheap housing prices.



Mr. Versatile said:
I grew up on the southern tier and those places are really familiar. I haven't been there in about 10 years, but it's always one of my favorite destinations. Did you go to Bully Hill? That's pretty fun & their wine's not bad either. When you were at Watkins Glen did you walk around or take the trail through the Glen? That's pretty spectacular.

Your pics are great. I can't wait until you go somewhere else. :)
 
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