Posts Tagged ‘Finger Lakes Wineries’

Finger Lakes Wine Tasting with Water to Wine Tours on Cayuga Lake

June 16th, 2012 by jenn

Here’s another fun thing to do when you’re in the Finger Lakes region. With Water to Wine Tours you can enjoy a scenic Cayuga Lake cruise while touring the award winning Finger Lakes wineries. Water to Wine Tours offers both private and group tours on the six-passenger II Special or the Isle of Skye which can take up to 15 guests.

Dusk at Cayuga Lake

A Beautiful Sunset on Cayuga Lake

Scheduled Boat Tours on the Finger Lakes
Water to Wine Tours has a number of tour options to suit your schedule and tastes. If your day is wide open, try the five-hour scenic boat tour. Experience Cayuga Lake’s crystal clear waters as well as three wine tastings. This is Water to Wine Tours’ longest boat tour option and it includes a picnic lunch. The other five scheduled cruises are generally about two hours and provide a nice range of experiences. You can try them all: Winery Tastings, Sunday Brunch, Tuesday Dinner and Happy Hour Cruises. There’s even a Bluegrass, Beer & Pizza option with live music!

All scheduled tours depart from docks at O’Malley’s Restaurant (Interlaken, NY) or the Aurora Inn (Aurora, NY). Go to watertowinetours.com for a full schedule and to book online. Reservations for scheduled cruises are highly recommended.

Cayuga Lake Private Charters
With its rich mahogany decks and plush seating, the II Special is an elegant vessel for a small private charter. The Isle of Skye is a charming long harbor launch that’s perfect for a larger group of up to 15. Guests can sit under the open sky or the cheery green canopy while watching the world go by. Private charters on either vessel are a wonderful way to celebrate as a group. It’s a unique setting for small weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and much more. If you just feel like being in a beautiful boat on the lovely Finger Lakes, that’s reason enough!

After a full day on Cayuga Lake, return to your luxurious Finger Lakes accommodations here at Halsey House Bed & Breakfast.

Spring on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

March 22nd, 2012 by Gail

Spring on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail means wine tasting and special events. It’s a wonderful time to take a few days off from routine life and indulge in one of life’s great pleasures, wine. A stay at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast completes the experience.

A number of special events are on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail calendar this spring. Individual wineries have events such as the ongoing Fish and Brew Fridays at Glenora Wine Cellars, and the Spring Winemaker’s Dinner on April 21 at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellar. The following events occur at all Seneca Lake Wineries.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail, wine tasting.

This spring, spend a few days wine tasting along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Cruisin the Tropics Weekend. We’ve had some wonderfully warm weather the past few days, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees. This is a perfect introduction to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s upcoming Cruisin the Tropics Weekend, March 23-25. While it’s unlikely the unseasonably warm weather will linger through the weekend, we can still enjoy this event, which pairs tropically themed dishes with award-winning Finger Lakes wines. More than 30 wineries around Seneca Lake will participate in this “fun in the tropics” weekend.

Riesling to Visit Passport. The wineries of Seneca Lake invite you to discover their Rieslings using their Riesling to Visit Passport, valid April 1 through July 31, 2012. The Finger Lakes Region of New York produces some of the finest Rieslings in the world, and no two are exactly alike. Use the Riesling to Visit Passport to enjoy a free flight of wines at each of the participating wineries.

Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend. A glass of wine is one of life’s finest pleasures. A glass of wine paired with cheese is cause for jubilation. When well paired, wine and cheese bring out the best in each other. Like a good marriage, they are better together than they are on their own. The Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend of April 27-29 invites participants to visit more than 30 wineries and sample new releases and old favorites, all paired with cheese. Some wineries will even pour samples from the barrel.

Smokin’ Summer Kickoff. Spring transitions into summer with the Smokin’ Summer Kickoff of June 8-10. Seneca Lake Wineries will have the grills going, and they’ll be showing off some delicious combinations of grilled food and wines. Who says barbecues are all about beer?

Most Seneca Lake Wine Trail Events are self-guided; you can visit as many wineries as you like over the course of the event. Special events aside, most wineries are open daily for visitation and wine tasting. The longer you stay at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast, the more Seneca Lake Wineries you can visit.

Consider getting together a group of wine-loving friends and renting Clarke’s Cottage, our Finger Lakes Vacation Home. Up to 10 people can stay comfortably in Clarke’s Cottage–enough for there to be a different designated driver for each day of the week.

Spring Break in the Finger Lakes

February 26th, 2012 by Gail

Spend Spring Break in the Finger Lakes.

Spring Break is on the horizon, and all across the country, people are making travel plans. You could travel to Mexico or Colorado or France, but such trips require flying, and we all know what airlines do to plane fares at this time of year. We have a better idea. We suggest a trip to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

Spring should come early to the Finger Lakes Region this year, since we’ve seen very little winter weather. Conditions should be ideal for outdoor recreation such as hiking, horseback riding, and golfing. On fair days, guests may even enjoy boating on the Finger Lakes; most scenic cruises start in early to mid April, but paddling along the shore is fun any time of year. If it snows, bring snowshoes and skis!

The 150+ waterfalls scattered throughout the Finger Lakes Region are amazing winter, spring, summer, and fall. Some are still encrusted in ice at this time of year, while others maintain a steady roar. There are generally fewer people hiking to waterfalls in the spring, which makes it an ideal time for our guests to explore them. Two of our favorites are nearby Taughannock Falls and the magical, mystical Watkins Glen Falls.

Finger Lakes Winery

Explore the Finger Lakes Wine Country during Spring Break.

Wine tasting is another favorite activity around the Finger Lakes, and it is well-suited for cold or rainy days. Both the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail are home to more than a dozen wineries, many of which are quite close to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. A bit farther west, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail features eight wineries. Sip and spit, designate a driver, or consider a wine tour that will safely shuttle you from one winery to the next. One of the perks of wine tasting is that it allows you to try many wines, so that you know you like the bottles you purchase.

Enjoy a Romantic Spring Break with your sweetie at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast, or gather together a group of friends and rent our Finger Lakes Guest Cottage. Either way, you are sure to have a good time.

 

 

Best Places to Steal a Kiss

February 7th, 2012 by Gail

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the romantics among us are considering the best places to steal a kiss by the Finger Lakes. This blog is to help guests of our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast find such spots. Read on for inspiration.

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Steal a kiss as often as you can.

It’s hard to resist kissing the one you love when standing on the overlook at Taughannock Falls. The roaring water tumbles more than 200 feet to the quiet pool below; surrounding cliffs soar another 200 feet above the top of the falls. Hide in the mist and steal a kiss.

If standing in the presence of magnificent art makes your heart beat faster, visit Cornell University’s Johnson Art Museum during your stay at our Finger Lakes B&B. Permanent exhibits range from African sculpture to Tantric Buddhist ritual implements and contemporary prints and photographs. Find a corner by a window on the fifth floor, admire the stunning view of Ithaca and Cayuga Lakes, and steal your kiss.

On a pleasant afternoon, the deck of the Thirsty Owl Wine Company is a sweet spot to steal a kiss. The winery is perched the west side of Cayuga Lake and boasts more than 2,000 feet of lake frontage. Their Tasting Room is open daily until 5:30 p.m. (later on Friday and Saturday); sip a glass of their award winning 2010 Pinot Gris or 2008 Pinot Noir while watching the sunset.

The sofas in the bar at Madeline’s on the Commons seem to invite a quick kiss. Sink into a sofa as you enjoy one of their 24 cognacs, 63 scotches, or 100+ wines. Whether it’s a busy or quiet evening, you’re sure to find a moment to steal a kiss.

A dinner cruise is inherently romantic. Step aboard the M/V Columbia and float on Cayuga Lake as you feast on herbed Balsamic Chicken with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, Grilled Sirloin Steak with Red Wine and Mushroom Demi Glace, or a rich Vegetarian Lasagna. It sure sounds like a perfect place to steal a kiss. Cruises will recommence in April, but you can plan your spring romantic getaway to the Finger Lakes now.

People stay at the Halsey House for many reasons. Some come to the region for business, some to see family or friends, and some to visit Ithaca College or Cornell University. Quite a few couples stay with us in order to be pampered and have a romantic getaway. It doesn’t really matter why you’re here. If you’re traveling with your sweetie, take a few moments to go someplace special, and steal a kiss.

Resolve to Play More

December 30th, 2011 by Gail

The close of a year encourages reflection. We consider the events of the past year with a critical eye: what was good, what not so good? What was successful, what not so successful? Are we where we thought we’d be? If so, how did we get here? If not, what got us off track?

Picture yourself here in 2012.

It’s good to ask these questions from time to time. If nothing else, such an exercise helps us crystalize the amorphous issues that clamor for our attention. New Year’s Resolutions help us prioritize.

Resolve to play more.

Everyone needs to come up with their own New Year’s Resolutions. For some, losing weight sits at the top of the list. For others, #1 is spending more time with family, or finding a different job, or giving up caffeine.

We can’t say what’s important for other people, but we firmly believe that somewhere on the list should be this simple statement: play more.

The Finger Lakes Region is a wonderful playground for adults. It is dappled with deep gorges, roaring waterfalls, and clear lakes. It has miles of wooded trails to explore, and is home to the only national forest in New York State. There are more wineries here than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Cultural activities abound in the Finger Lakes Region, as well. Nearby Ithaca is home to excellent restaurants, shops, and theaters. Cornell University and Ithaca College bring world class dance, music, and film to the area, as well as fascinating scholars. Art inspires art, and there are outstanding fine art galleries and museums in the area as well.

Resolve to play more in 2012. Travel to the Finger Lakes Region with good friends or family, because more people sometimes means more fun. Our Finger Lakes Vacation Rental, Clarks Cottage on Hidden Pond, comfortably sleeps up to ten people. It is spacious, elegant, and peacefully situated on more than 6 acres.

Close to the cultural activities of Ithaca and Cornell, our Finger Lakes Vacation Home is also close to parks, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, and dozens of Finger Lakes Wineries. Everything that you need for a fun vacation is here.

Make 2012 the year you put “vacation” on the top of your New Year’s Resolutions, and start planing a getaway to our Finger Lakes Vacation Rental.

Happy New Year.

 

Spend the Holidays at our Fingers Lakes Bed and Breakfast

December 20th, 2011 by Gail

There are times to stay home for the holidays, there are times to stay with family, and there are times to try something new. If you feel like you need something different this holiday season, consider spending a few days at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast near Ithaca, New York.

Enjoy a cozy Christmas at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

Couples spending their first Christmas or New Year together may want to forego familial obligations and busy parties with dozens of friends. If all you want to do is gaze into each others’ eyes, cuddle by the fire, and enjoy lazy mornings, there is no place better for you than Halsey House.

Empty nesters may also find it refreshing to spend the holidays away from home. If your twenty somethings are busy exploring the world and unable to come home next week, hop in the car and head to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. Rediscover each other. In future years, your holidays will undoubtedly be filled with grandchildren; this year, make the season all about you.

There is much to do in the Finger Lakes Region, if you can pull yourself away from the warmth of Halsey House.

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Nearby Cayuga Lake.

Wine tasting is one of our favorite activities, especially during holidays. What better way to find gifts than to hand pick wines for the oenophiles in your life? The Finger Lakes Region is lauded as one of the best producers of Rieslings in the country; indeed, the Rieslings produced here rival some of the finest Rieslings in the world. This is particularly noteworthy at this time of year, as Rieslings are perfect for holiday toasts.

Several local wineries are hosting special events in the coming weeks. Red Newt Cellars invites Wine Lovers to attend Winelovers’ Night at their Bistro on Thursday, December 22, 2011. Try new wines or your old favorite wines; Red Newt Cellars offers an extensive list of wines by the glass, their own and others. Glenora Wine Cellars and Veraisons Restaurant are offering dinner and dancing on New Year’s Eve. Dozens of other wineries are open daily for wine tasting and tours throughout the holiday season.

Join us at Halsey House, a Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast, this holiday season. Try something new and different. You may find yourself wanting to come here year after year.

Follow the Cheese to the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

November 9th, 2011 by Gail

One of the great truths of life is that if you bring a group of people together, they’ll want to eat. No matter the occasion, no matter the location, people enjoy breaking bread together. Sharing a meal breaks the ice and creates a bond.

As the holidays approach, many of us are seeking new flavors for our tables. With holiday gatherings filling our calendars, we want simple dishes that will wow our guests. We want appetizers that will impress without taking hours to prepare.

Say cheese!!!

Visit the artisan cheese makers of the Finger Lakes Region on November 19, 2011.

It’s hard to go wrong with cheese.

A day spent traveling the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is sure to unveil gustatory delights. Opportunities to visit artisan cheese makers in the Finger Lakes Region are few, but these craftspeople are opening their doors to the public on Saturday, November 19, 2011. It’s a perfect time to spend the weekend at our Finger Lakes Region Bed and Breakfast.

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is comprised of thirteen cheese makers. Folks who follow the cheese are invited to tour the facilities and sample the cheese. Participants include:

  • Cowlick Farm, a Finger Lakes Micro-creamery producing pure Creamline Jersey cow milk.
  • 4 Tin Fish Farm, a micro goat dairy producing farmstead cheese from Alpine dairy goats.
  • Shtayburne Farm, a farm with fat happy cows and fifteen hand crafted cheeses.
  • Sunset View Creamery, a dairy run by the 4th and 5th generations of Hoffmans and a Farmstead / Artisan Creamery.

Following the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is a wonderful way to explore the farming communities of the Finger Lakes Region. It is also a fabulous way to find new flavors for your table. Imagine serving “Across the Pond” from Keeley’s Cheese Company, a semi-soft rind cheese made from raw milk and aged in an underground cellar that you’ve visited. You’ll be able to entertain your guests with stories of your Cheese Trail travels as you all enjoy the cheeses you brought back with you.

Why not make a weekend of it, using our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast as a base? Visit creameries on Saturday and Finger Lakes wineries on Sunday. Wine is the perfect accompaniment to cheese, after all.

Local cheese should be a part of any stay at Halsey House. Many wineries in the region serve local cheeses to wine tasters. Finger Lakes cheese is also available at a number of local farmers markets and shops, such as the Ithaca Bakery, the Ithaca GreenStar Natural Market, Red Jacket Orchards, and the Trumansburg ShurSave (close to our Finger Lakes B&B). In addition, some creameries are open to the public on a regular basis.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Cheese Trail on the 19th; you can still enjoy Finger Lakes cheese.  Please visit our Reservations page to reserve a room at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

A complete list of Finger Lakes Region creameries and dairies is available at the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

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