Friday, October 7, 2016

Finger Lakes

After leaving Wellesley Island State Park, we made another Harvest Host stop at a winery in the Finger Lakes.  Of course, we could not pass the Finger Lakes by as we head West. We stayed at the White Springs Winery & Glass Factory Brew House in Geneva, New York. If you are not into wines, there are a lot of micro breweries popping up, or as in this one, you get both with just one stop. Naturally, we had to do a wine tasting and we bought three bottles of wine. I like beers, but decided not to try a flight, because I might like the beers, and there is limited carrying capacity in the trailer.

Our trailer parked by the apple orchard at White Springs Winery & Glass Factory Brew House.


The vineyard was gracious enough to let us stay two nights. On the second day we took a trip around Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes.  After stopping for $5 breakfasts we made a stop at the Finger Lakes Distillery where I bought two bottles of their Maple Jack Liqueur. When I owned a home with lots of room for stuff, I would buy a case of liqueurs.  We also stopped at Knapp Winery and bought a case of their Pasta Red Reserve, our favorite table wine. I will not bore you with how many cases I would buy when I had a huge wine cellar. When we got to Watkins Glen, Jake and I hiked Watkins Glen Gorge. Then it was time to return to the trailer. There was no point in stopping at 6 or 7 more wineries as we would have in the past, because there just is not enough room for stuff in our trailer. Naturally I had to come up with a better plan. Here's the plan: stop at as many wineries as we can in every state. Thank you Harvest Hosts with helping us with our quest.

Views from my hike through Watkins Glen Gorge.






Jake and I got to walk behind this waterfall.



Jake leading me through the tunnel cut through the rock on the trail through Watkins Glen Gorge.



Once we returned to White Springs Winery & Glass Factory Brew House we bought a bottle of wine and some crackers and cheese so that we could sit on their patio and enjoy the view.  While we were on the patio another couple sat at a table near us and struck up a conversation. They had a flight of beers that also included a root beer.  They said the root beer was terrific and tasted a lot like A&W root beer.



After leaving the winery we went to Pymatuning State Park in Pennsylvania. We stayed there two days and now we are off to Paper Moon Vineyards in Ohio.

Originally I had planned to go across the northern states before heading South.  Well, the blog is called Destination Unknown. Aunt Shirley wants to see us in Oklahoma, so we will turn South after we visit friends in Iowa. Hopefully I can meet a blogging friend in Missouri as we pass through.

4 comments:

judy l said...

Love the pictures, can't wait to see more. The wine and cheese look great we will have to do it, maybe you can teach me to like it as much as you do. Keep the blog coming....judy

judy l said...

Love the pictures, can't wait to see more. The wine and cheese look great we will have to do it, maybe you can teach me to like it as much as you do. Keep the blog coming....judy

Yvonne Voss said...

The scenery is lovely. Keep on rolling...

Mark from Missouri said...

Seems like wineries generally have nice scenery. There is one down the street from our home. Good programs during the evenings on the weekends as well. Good reading Russ and Kay.