5 things to do in Seneca Co. this weekend

With Columbus Day weekend coming and the leaves turning, there’s plenty of fall fun to be had in and around the Finger Lakes’ Seneca County. Here are a few ideas…1. Leaf-Peeping Boat TourStivers Seneca Marine | www.stiverssenecamarine.com | 315.789.5520Tour Seneca Lake aboard the Rose Lummis Saturdays and Sundays in October. The boat departs from the docks at the Geneva Lakefront at 2 & 4. Tours are an hour and a half, and only $15pp. 2. Cheese Trail Open HousesFinger Lakes Cheese Trail | www.flcheesetrail.comCheck out the artisan cheese makers right on their farms during their two fall Open Houses. The first is Columbus Day Weekend – Saturday & Sunday October 8 & 9 – from 10-5. The second is Saturday, November 4 from 10-5. Check out their website for a map of all the cheese makers participating.3. Pumpkin Pickin & MoreMeadeville Farm Pumpkin Patch | www.meadevillefarm.com | 315.568.2379Get your family’s fall spirit in full swing with a visit to Meadeville Pumpkin Patch. You can pick up your pumpkins and gourds, sure. But there’s also a maze, petting zoo and scarecrow village. On top of that there are snacks, live music on the weekends, and a bounce house. It’s a fun afternoon for the whole family! And they’re open noon to dusk.4. Discover a Boutique WinerySeneca & Cayuga Lakes | fingerlakescentral.com (click Wineries) | 1.800.732.1848You’ll probably hit all the big wineries during the Holiday Trail Events along Cayuga & Seneca Lake, so why not discover a new winery now? There are several worth a visit in Seneca County. Check out the brand new Eremita Winery in Lodi, in a remodeled historic church, or Silver Thread Vineyard, a small sustainable winery on Seneca Lake. Shalestone Vineyard has an almost magical fairytale quality to it, and Caywood Vineyards boasts a gorgeous view of Seneca Lake. On Cayuga Lake, check out Lakeshore Winery right on the lake, or Frontenac Point with their stunning vista views. And for something different, yet spectacular, Bellwether Hard Cider is a must visit! Click on our winery map for directions and details!5. Road TripCayuga Lake Scenic Byway | www.cayugalake.comBy car, by bike or by motorcycle, the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway is lined with some of the most beautiful views on earth. It’s 86 miles around the lake, taking Routes 89 down the west side & 90 up the east side – and dotted with wineries, museums, quaint shops, parks, waterfalls, antique stores and restaurants the entire way. You’ll go through Seneca Falls, Ovid, Interlaken, Ithaca, King Ferry, Aurora, Union Springs, and Cayuga – right through Cayuga Lake State Park, Taughannock Falls and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – with plenty to do, see, eat and drink the whole way.

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