Finger Lakes, New York

Upstate New York is heaven on Earth when it comes to the natural world, we’re all aware of that. But, the west-central section of it is home to a pattern of lakes that look quite unusual when observed from a bird’s-eye perspective. Called the Finger Lakes for obvious reasons, they represent a very popular tourist destination; one that we’re incredibly glad to have stumbled upon. Because the Finger Lakes are narrow and long, they actually resemble the fingers of a hand; not to mention that the fact that they’re roughly oriented on a north-south axis only adds to the already obvious impression.

There are a total of eleven Finger Lakes and their names, from west to east are: Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake. The further eastern-bound Cazenovia Lake is on occasion referred to as “the twelfth Finger Lake”, due mostly to its similar shape. Additionally, it needs to be said that Finger Lakes commonly do not encapsulate the Oneida Lake; however, it has been referred to as the “thumb” on many occasions. So, if one was to compare the Finger Lakes to the fingers of the human hand, the Oneida Lake would be the thumb, whereas the middle finger would be represented by the Seneca Lake.

The thing that you should definitely look out for (in addition to the obvious, insanely attractive features) around the Finger Lakes are – wineries, believe it or not. When it comes to wine, the Finger Lakes region is to New York what the Napa Valley is to California. In excess of 100 vineyards and wineries can be found all around Hemlock, Conesus, Keuka, Canandaigua, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Since 1976, a great number of wineries have been open for visitors, and you know what that means – tasting Seyval blanc, Vidal blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot noir, Riesling, Chardonnay etc. Enjoying a delicious glass of wine is good for your health, not to mention what it will do for you if you drink it while gazing upon the breathtaking scenery of upstate New York!

Finally, culture is something that you’ll also have a chance to enjoy while visiting the Finger Lakes. There are quite a few museums in the region, many of which are internationally renowned. For example, the Strong National Museum of Play, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Seward House Museum William H. Seward, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Museum of the Earth, the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and many others.

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