When the new year rolls around, many of us find ourselves picking up the pen and paper (or tablet, or smartphone) and making a list that only comes around once a year. Of course, I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions. While I’m not usually one to make any firm resolutions for the new year, I did decide to make one pertaining to the Finger Lakes.
This year, I resolve to (hopefully) do these five things in the Finger Lakes that I’ve never done before.
1. Explore Downtown Rochester
While I’ve been to Rochester (especially its suburbs) more times than I could ever count, I’ve only truly ever been downtown a few times. And I didn’t really get to do any serious exploring during those times. Usually we were on a mission and it was ‘get to our destination, do whatever it is we’re doing there, get back in the car, and leave.’ This year, I want to have a day where I seriously just take the time to explore a little bit and see what it’s like in the city. And I have to see High Falls – from the front! (I’ve only ever seen it from a crappy viewing area off to the side).
2. Keuka Lake Wine Trail
This past year of finally being 21 meant I haven’t had much time yet to explore all the wine the area has to offer. I went to a few wineries on Seneca Lake, but haven’t really ventured beyond that yet. This year, I want to definitely try to hit Keuka Lake. It’s one of my favorite Finger Lakes – if not my very favorite, and I know there are lots of fantastic wineries there.
3. Visit Tinker Falls
Between Cortland and Syracuse lies Tinker Falls, and I’ve been yearning to go see it for a few years now. It’s not a huge or particularly spectacular waterfall for any reason, but from the pictures I’ve seen, it’s a really pretty spot. It’s open all year round and it’s one of the best waterfalls in the area to visit during winter; when it ices over it creates quite a gorgeous veil. A local photographer, Stu Gallagher, that I highly admire has taken lots of photos there, and it inspired me to visit sometime.
4. Wine & Design
Have you ever seen photos or heard about one of those classes where everyone dons their best painting clothes and sips on wine while creating a masterpiece (or something close to a masterpiece)? For the past year or two, I’ll occasionally see photos of people I know taking part in those classes and it looks like so much fun! There are several throughout the Finger Lakes, and they’re not all painting but most are. The one I’m looking into taking sometime this year will probably be Wine & Design in Corning. Whatever I end up doing, I’ll be sure to take photos! Is there anything better than creating artwork while sipping Riesling?
5. Visit Salmon River Falls
I’m not sure if Orwell technically counts as the Finger Lakes or not, but it’s close enough that I’m including it anyway. This 110-foot waterfall is a gorgeous natural beauty, but caution is recommended. Several people have fallen to their demise from the top of this gorge, as there isn’t any fencing. When I go, I’m most likely going to hike up from the bottom and not even go to the top; I don’t want to risk it. And I’m sure I won’t be alone; when hiking it’s always recommended that you don’t go alone.
What about you? Did you make any resolutions this year? Are you planning on trying something new in your area? Let me know in the comments!