Posts Tagged ‘waterfalls’

Summertime at the Finger Lakes

May 21st, 2012 by Gail

Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, NY. June 2009.

Walk to nearby Taughannock Falls.

There’s nothing like summertime in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Outdoor recreation abounds, restaurants have an abundance of local food, and wine flows in the many wineries. There is plenty to do and there are plenty of fine spots to relax and do nothing.

 

Pristine Lakes 

Our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast and Guest Houses are minutes from Cayuga Lake and a short drive from Seneca Lake. Cool off with a luxurious swim. Explore the shoreline in a kayak. Take a romantic sunset cruise.

 

Outdoor Concerts

There are numerous outdoor concerts every summer around here. Guests of our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast can drive 3 minutes to nearby Taughannock Falls State Park, where the Saturday evening summer concert series starts July 7. Wineries along the Cayuga and Seneca Lakes Wine Trails frequently have live music on the weekends. And free concerts are held Thursday evenings (June through August) at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in Ithaca.

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Fall Hikes in the Finger Lakes Region

October 9th, 2011 by Gail

Fall is being a bit elusive this year. Leaves have started to change, but only just. Normally trees have exchanged their green for lovely shades of red, orange and yellow by this time of year. The good news is that if you’ve been too busy to schedule a getaway to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast until now, you’ll be able to enjoy the upcoming fall colors.

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls

Autumn is an ideal time to hike in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Summer heat has abated, winter snows have not yet arrived, and the air is generally crisp and cool. This year temperatures have been a bit warmer than usual, but not so warm as to be uncomfortable. It will simply feel good to splash cool water on your face during a hike to nearby waterfalls.

Taughannock Falls State Park is just 2 miles from our Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes Region. Intrepid hikers may want to start their hike here, at the inn, for the Gorge Trail at Taughannock Falls is less than one mile long and is wide and flat. It ends near the falls – a perfect picnic spot if you don’t mind getting a bit damp from the mist. More challenging is the Rim Trail, but it also boasts more stunning views. As fall colors arrive in the coming weeks, the Rim Trail is sure to be popular.

Enfield Gorge at Robert Treman State Park, Ithaca NY 2574

Enfield Gorge at Roert Treman State Park.

Stunning Robert H. Treman State Park, just 15 minutes from Halsey House, is a hiker’s dream. It boasts nearly 10 miles of hiking trails. Follow Enfield Creek along the Gorge Trail, enjoy expansive views from the Rim Trail, and explore the entire length of the park on the Finger Lakes/North Country Trail. Admire 115 – foot tall Lucifer Falls (and 11 other waterfalls), and pause at the overlooks off the Cliff Staircase. In warmer weather, the stream-fed pool at the base of a wide waterfall is deliciously cooling.

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park

Guests who don’t mind driving a bit farther for good hiking will enjoy exploring Watkins Glen State Park, which is approximately 30 minutes from our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. It is absolutely worth the drive.

Watkins Glen is considered the most spellbinding of the Finger Lakes State Parks, and it is certainly the most famous. Visitors stand in awe in face of the nearly 20 waterfalls that descend some 400 feet past high, layered cliffs. Trails lead happy hikers under waterfalls, over bridges, and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. A two mile hike will reveal breathtaking scenery. If nothing else, bring a picnic and enjoy it in splendor.

Spring in the Finger Lakes, NY with Spectacular Waterfalls and Locavore Dining

March 18th, 2011 by KC Christopher

Spring is literally just around the corner, and in good old New York style, the weather here in the Finger Lakes, NY is changing exactly on cue.  Mitch and I joke that the seasons were created by observing NY’s climate.

winter waterfall scene in Finger Lakes, NY

Trumansburg's Taughannock Falls in winter

The snow melt has produced magnificent rushing waterfalls throughout our region.  With over 150 waterfalls to view, you could spend a week in the Finger Lakes and still not see them all.  Taughannock Falls State Park begins across the street from our bed and breakfast and the falls overlook is a peaceful two mile walk down country roads and hiking paths.

When it comes time for your dinner plans, we love to recommend restaurants that specialize in locavore practices.  Hazelnut Kitchen always pleases guests staying at the Halsey House, and their location is just three minutes up the road in Trumansburg on Main St.   This fine dining restaurant is set in a casual bistro atmosphere and the menu changes each month in order to feature local, seasonal ingredients.

Also this Saturday, March 19th, 2011 Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant on the Cayuga Wine Trail will feature their Tour of Europe Wine Dinner which features five delicious courses paired with wines and presented by Executive Chef John McNabb.

Yesterday delighted us with 60 degrees and sunshine, a great way for Mother Nature to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and it put us in the mood for some fun.  Today the forecast is for mid 60′s and just a slight chance of rain.  This should be just enough to melt the last remaining spots of snow and already the grass is turning green.

If you have never experienced the countryside of upstate New York, Spring is an excellent time to shake off the winter doldrums and come breathe the fresh air.  And, a bottle or two of some fine Finger Lakes wine will certainly enhance the mood.

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