Glenora is Seneca Lake's oldest winery. Bet you won't walk away without hearing that a few times during your visit. This winery won't slip by unnoticed as you travel along Route 14. It is quite large and has the advantage of sitting both close to the road and right by the lake. It's big, open, airy, full of delectable wines. Definitely worth a...more
This winery was a short 10 minute walk (all uphill) from the Rainbow Cove Motel. Being that it is organic, the winery uses no toxic or synthetic chemicals in the growing or the grapes or the making or their wine. It was the first organic winery in America. (1980) An in depth explanation of their organic process is on their web site. My...more
The vintners/owners (husband, wife) are very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed very much are time spent at this winery. On the day we visited, they had a marimba ensemble group playing, a local club selling sandwiches for a fundraiser and the Cayuga Lake Creamery, all in attendance. So much to see, and listen to and taste. It is one of my favorite...more
As it says in the brochure, "a quieter stop that's a bit off the path". You won't see this winery from the wine trail road of Route 14. Actually, there are quite a few wineries you will have to turn off Rt. 14 and travel a short ways (a mile maybe) to get to. There are always signs posted along 14, just keep an eye out and you can't miss 'em.more
I bet this winery gets a lot of visitors simply because it is so close to Watkin's Glen. It will be one (maybe the) first winery you come across if you begin your wine trail experience from the south. Nonetheless, it is a very nice winery and worth a visit where ever its location. Within the winery also is a German/Swiss restaurant and terrace...more
It is easy to circle the lake by car in one day. Of course you will not be able to stop at all the wineries!! Not even close. The brochure states there are 36 wineries around the lake. We visited 4 wineries in our travel time around the lake, which lasted about noon to 7pm.The ride around the lake varies. Sometimes you will be riding even with the...more
Located on the east side of Cayuga Lake, some folks suggested we visit this place for their fall festival. So we stopped by. Ehhh...this place did not thrill us. It is a former estate turned humongous shopping place. Hoity toity collectibles fill room after room. We gave it a quick run through and left.
Here's what their brochure says:
An internationally acclaimed design and manufacturing firm where a complete home furnishings collection is handcrafted by over 200 artisans in a converted 19th century dairy farm setting. Tours available!
What to buy: Decorative items for your home or for gifts.
What to pay: to give you an idea how expensive this place is: garden gloves--$32.00
cell phone holder- $30.00, tote bags- $200-300
or, how would you like to spend $68 for a small pet feeding dish?
Himrod is rated in the top 15% of safe places to visit in New York State. The only repetitive crime they have is vandalism and larceny (property theft). These are normally against commercial businesses and do not usually directly affect tourists. About the biggest danger a tourist has is a cold from tenting out in the damp mornings.
Still you should be smart and lock your valuables away and keep your car doors locked when you are away from the car. A couple of simple actions that will insure that you enjoy a safe and pleasant visit to Himrod.
We forgot to bring wine glasses! If you don't mind buying a few souvenir glasses at a winery you visit, no problem. Else wise, remember to pack your own. Unless drinking out of a proper wine glass matters naught to you. Our motel/restaurant proprietor gladly loaned us the use of his for the time being.
Binoculars were handy for scanning the lake.
Fondest memory: After a day out and about, hiking, scenic driving, and visiting wineries, each evening we would take out to the dock, wine and snacks and enjoy the view of the lake. ahhhh....bliss.