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A Birthday Celebration in the Finger Lakes

It’s time to start enjoying the outdoors in the Finger Lakes and all of the wineries that surround the shores of the Finger Lakes.  Susan, Jeanette’s daughter from Pennsylvania, and Tina, Susan’s neighbor, helped us celebrated Jeanette’s birthday this past weekend by stopping at a few of our favorite wineries along Seneca Lake. There are so many many new wineries that are now open as one travels along route 14 from Geneva, NY to Watkins Glenn, but we choose just a few of our favorite places.

Our first stop was at the Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY. Jeanette and I frequently go there in the winter to the Stonecutters restaurant on Sunday afternoons just to enjoy the view of Seneca Lake and their beautiful stone fireplace. While the girls tasted some of their wonderful wines, I went out back to take a look at the gardens which lay between the Castle and Seneca Lake.  Such a beautiful setting deserves the front page on a magazine cover!

We drove along route 14 enjoying the view of Seneca Lake and the many many farms and vineyards which occupy the land around Seneca Lake. Our next stop would be Herman J. Weimer Winery. I had forgotten how much I used to enjoy the taste of their Dry Riesling wine. I also sampled their Gewurztraminer wine which they advertise as the “turkey wine” since it goes so well with turkey at Thanksgiving.

After we had our dinner in Watkins Glen, Tina wanted to go to Montour Falls “before they shut off the falls for the night”. Watkins Glen is a special place for Tina as her husband proposed marriage to her at Watkins Glen. And so we ended a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon in the Finger Lakes.

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