A few months ago I took a trip up to the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York to visit the author of this site, and tape a show for my travel podcast, The Weekend Travel Show.
Let me back up by saying I am in New York City a lot for work, and I threw a blanket over New York because of that. I assumed all of New York was a concrete jungle. Boy was I wrong.
Here are my 5 first impressions of the Finger Lakes Region:
1. Lots of Nature
Coming from Florida I am used to nature but I never thought upstate New York would be full of it. I was under the impression that it would be full of high-rise buildings.
2. NASCAR is Popular
I’ve been a NASCAR fan all my life but never knew how tiny the town of Watkins Glen was until I went to the race track. Watkins Glen is filled with narrow streets, mom and pop shops, and lots of hills.
3. People are Friendly
Again, referencing New York City, I was expecting people to be stuck up, rude, and driving crazy. I was wrong. Whether I was in Wal-Mart picking up travel supplies or checking into the Radisson Hotel in Corning, everyone welcomed me with open arms. It felt like a small southern town.
4. Lots of Wine
When I think of wine my mind automatically goes to Napa Valley over in California or the Pacific Northwest. I had no clue there was such a wine scene in the finger lakes region. On my visit I stopped by Hazlitt Vineyards and Wagner Vineyards and was blown away, not only by the amount of wine, but that there was so much of it; the Finger Lakes has dedicated wine trails.
5. Fresh Food
There’s an unbelievable amount of farm to table restaurants in the Finger Lakes region which made me even happier because a lot of the vegatables and produce you’ll eat were grown fairly close to you.
If you want to deviate from healthy eating for a little while then you’ll find a lot of restaurants with buffalo wings, hailing from nearby Buffalo, New York.
If you’re into wine, NASCAR, hiking, good food, or just down to earth people – consider a visit to the Finger Lakes region. You won’t regret it.