There’s no more appropriate place to channel Jerry Stiller and shout “Festivus” than at a beer festival. (You can get away with a lot at events where the focus is on booze.) Even more appropriate would be shouting it at a Seinfeld-themed beer festival. This summer that micro-dream came true when Brewery Ommegang hosted their Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Belgian beer festival. In the spirit of Seinfeld, they dubbed it “A beer festival about nothing,” even though it was about the quality of good Belgian beer. Read more
On my visit to the Finger Lakes, the tourist board invited me to do all sorts of incredible things: taste wine at the vineyards surrounding Keuka Lake, stay at a charming bed and breakfast called the Black Sheep Inn, go for a morning sail on Seneca Lake, and take a scenic flight. (My wife and I chickened out from the flight.) But I was also invited to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Read more
Watkins Glen is the main town at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. If there’s one thing you learn about the Finger Lakes, everyone is mighty proud of their body of water. Ask anyone in the area, which lake is biggest and you’ll never receive a straight answer.
“Well, if you mean by shoreline, since Keuka is shaped like a Y, then Keuka Lake is biggest,” said a Keuka Lake local.
“Well, if you mean by volume, then it’s Seneca Lake,” said, you guessed it, a Seneca Lake resident. Read more
Most people around the world do not associate New York with wine (or even nature), but the Finger Lakes region has more than one hundred wineries (and some of the most beautiful scenery). While Seneca and Cayuga Lakes boast the greatest number of vineyards, the Y-shaped Keuka Lake, which is the most striking Finger Lake on the map as it’s the only unfinger-like lake, happens also to offer the most striking views, many of which can be enjoyed from the wineries. Read more
Wine and music lovers cannot claim to be such until they’ve experienced a concert at City Winery. The space, down on the corner of Varick and Van Dam, with its endless oak, is a charming wine hall–like a beer hall, but more elegant and with wine. Servers walk the tables offering tastings, sophisticated chatter fills the room, the menu is dedicated to the grape, including a few pours from City Winery’s cellar (which is on display downstairs), and live music takes over the night. Read more