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Attractions near Our B&B in the Finger Lakes

The Pearl of Seneca Lake Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of the New York State Finger Lakes Region, which offers a variety of activities for everyone. The sports enthusiast, the wine connoisseur, the nature lover, the arts and crafts explorer, the music lover, and the romance seeker will all be satisfied in this setting.

Perfectly situated for wine tours in the Finger Lakes, we are located in the middle of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and minutes from the Keuka Lake and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails. Below on this page is a summary of what’s going on at the Seneca, Keuka and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails and at Glenora Wine Cellars, as well as a list of wineries, breweries and distilleries near our inn.

The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is New York State’s first and largest rural market, featuring more than 200 vendors. Now in its 28th season, it’s open every Saturday from 8 AM till 4:30 PM from the last Saturday in April through the second Saturday in December, as well as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Here you’ll find everything from hand-crafted furniture, quilts and home-baked breads to antiques, collectibles and fresh produce, many provided by local Mennonite families. It features free parking and admission and is located on route 14A, about 9 miles from The Pearl of Seneca Lake Bed and Breakfast.

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Visitors can walk the gorge path that winds over and under 19 waterfalls overlooking the gorge. It is located on route 14 in Watkins Glen, NY, 12 miles to the south. Other nearby state parks include Sampson State Park on the east side of Seneca Lake south of Geneva, and in the Ithaca area: Robert H Treman, Allan H Treman, Buttermilk Falls, and Taughannock Falls State Parks. Taughannock Falls has an incredible drop of 215 feet and is one of the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains.

For stock car racing, the Blackrock Speedway is located 3 miles to the west in the village of Dundee. The races are held on Friday nights. The season runs from April through November.


What’s happening on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in 2015:

. Preferred Pairings ————– May 16, 2015   (ticketed)
* Smokin’ Summer Kickoff —— June 12-14, 2015   (ticketed)
* November Deck the Halls —– Nov. 20-22, 2015   (ticketed)
* December Deck the Halls —– Dec. 4-6, 2015   (ticketed)

* These events are 3-day weekends: Friday – 1-5PM, Saturday/Sunday – 10AM-5PM.

For tickets, click on “Trail Events” at the Seneca Lake Wine Trail website.

 What’s happening on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail in 2015:

Keuka Passport 2015 —————— Through Dec. 31, 2015

For tickets, click on “Events” at the Keuka Lake Wine Trail website.

 What’s happening on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail in 2015:

* Holiday Shopping Spree I —– Nov. 20-22, 2015 (ticketed)
* Holiday Shopping Spree II —- Dec. 4-6, 2015 (ticketed)

* These events are 3-day weekends: Friday – 1-5PM, Saturday/Sunday – 10AM-6PM.

For tickets, click on “Events”, then “Trail Events” at the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail website.

 What’s happening at Glenora Wine Cellars in 2015:

Jazz Greats at Glenora (1)   –   July 19, 2015
Jazz Greats at Glenora (2)   –   August 16, 2015
Leaves & Lobster on the Lawn   –   August 29-30, 2015

 List of Wineries in the Area

The following wineries are located on the west side of Seneca Lake, to the north of our B&B. The numbers in parentheses indicate the distance in miles.

Herman J. Wiemer Vineyard (2.9)
Villa Bellangelo (2.6)
Shaw Vineyard Winery (3.2)
Heron Hill on Seneca (4.6)
Four Chimneys Organic Winery (5.1)
Earle Estates Meadery (7.0)
Torrey Ridge Winery (7.0)
Miles Wine Cellars (7.3)
Prejean Winery (7.6)
Anthony Road Wine Company (13.2)
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars (14.1)
Serenity Vineyards (14.1)
Kemmeter Winery (new) (14.5)
Red Tail Ridge Winery (14.6)
Monello Winery (14.8)
Fox Run Vineyards (14.9)
Billsboro Winery (19.8)
Lacey Magruder Vineyard & Winery (new) (20.6)
White Springs Winery (22.1)
Belhurst Winery (23)
Ravines Wine Cellars (25)
Lake Street Filling Station Winery [Geneva] (new) (27)

The following wineries are located on the west side of Seneca Lake, to the south of our B&B. The numbers in parentheses indicate the distance in miles.

Fruit Yard Winery  (0.4)
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars (1.4)
Starkey’s Lookout (2.1)
Glenora Wine Cellars (2.3)
Fulkerson Winery (2.8)
Rock Stream Vineyards (4.4)
Pompous Ass Winery (5.4)
Magnus Ridge Winery (6.0)
Barnstormer Winery (new) (7.0)
Lakewood Vineyards (7.6)
Castel Grisch Estate Winery (11.2) (on Lovers Lane off route 14)
Seneca Harbor Wine Center (11.3)
Chateau D’Esperance/NY State Wine Center (11.3)

The following wineries are located on the east side of Seneca Lake. The numbers in parentheses indicate the distance in miles from our B&B.

Barry Family Cellars (16.3)
Catharine Valley Winery (16.3)
Silver Springs Winery (17.1)
J R Dill Winery (19.0)
Atwater Estate Vineyards (19.3)
Chateau LaFayette Reneau (19.5)
Bloomer Creek Vineyards (20.3)
Damiani Wine Cellars (21.0)
Redbyrd Orchard Cider – Burdett (21)
Hector Wine Company  (21.6)
Leidenfrost Vineyards (21.7)
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (21.8)
Red Newt Cellars (22.1)
Rasta Ranch Vineyards & Nursery (22.5)
Logan Ridge Wine Cellars (22.9)
Tickle Hill Winery (23.0)
Sheldrake Point Winery (23.0)
Ryan William Vineyard (23.0)
Penguin Bay Winery & Champagne House (23.1)
Standing Stone Vineyards (24.3)
Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards (24.8)
Shalestone Vineyards (25.0)
Caywood Vineyards (25.1)
Silver Thread Vineyard (25.9)
Wagner Vineyards (26.4)
Idol Ridge Winery (26.7)
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars (26.9)
Kings Garden Vineyards (27)
Eremita Winery (27.5)
Boundary Breaks Vineyard (29)
Ventosa Vineyards [Geneva] (30)
Rose Hill Tasting Room (Billsboro) [Geneva] (new) (30)
Three Brothers Winery & Estates [Geneva] (32)
– Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars
– Passion Feet Vineyard and Wine Barn
– Rogue’s Hollow Winery
– War Horse Brewing Company
Zugibe Vineyards [Geneva] (34)

The following wineries are located to the west of us on Keuka Lake.

Barrington Cellars and Buzzard Crest Vineyards
Bully Hill Vineyards
Chateau Renaissance Wine Cellars
Crooked Lake Winery
Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars
Heron Hill Winery
Hunt Country Vineyards
Keuka Lake Vineyards
Keuka Overlook Wine Cellars
Keuka Spring Vineyards
McGregor Vineyard Winery
Pleasant Valley Wine Company (Great Western)
Ravines Wine Cellars
Rooster Hill Vineyards
Stever Hill Vineyards
Yates Cellars Winery

The following wineries are located to the east of us on Cayuga Lake.

Americana Vineyards & Winery
Bellwether Hard Cider
Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery
Chateau Dusseau
CJS Vineyards
Cobblestone Farm Winery (Varick Winery)
Dill’s Run Vineyard
Eleven Lakes Winery
Eve’s Cidery
Finger Lakes Wine Center
Frontenac Point Vineyard
Glenhaven Farm Winery
Goose Watch Winery
Heart & Hands Wine Company
Hosmer Winery
Izzo’s White Barn Winery
King Ferry Winery
Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant
Lakeshore Winery
Long Point Winery
Lucas Vineyards
Montezuma Winery
Ports of New York Winery
Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Stoney Meadows Farm Winery
Swedish Hill Winery
Thirsty Owl Wine Company & Bistro

The following wineries are located to the west of us on Canandaigua Lake.

Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery
Casa Larga Vineyards
Finger Lakes Wine Center
Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars
Heron Hill at Bristol
Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard
New York Wine & Culinary Center
Wilhelmus Estate Winery


Glen Race Track Schedule

The Watkins Glen Race Track is 15 miles to the south. Below is a listing of 2015 events at the track.

Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen   –   June 25-28
SCCA Majors Super Tour   –   July 3-5
Finger Lakes Wine Fest   –   July 10-12
Glenora US Vintage Grand Prix   –   July 24-26
Cheez-It 355 at The Glen   –   August 6-9
Finger Lakes Beer Festival   –   October 24

For tickets, click on “BUY TICKETS” at the Watkins Glen Race Track website.


Area Restaurants

Veraisons Restaurant Dundee (Glenora)  607-243-5513
Castel Grisch Restaurant Watkins Glen area 607-535-9614
Jerlando’s Ristorante Watkins Glen 607-535-4254
Seneca Harbor Station Watkins Glen 607-535-4541
Blue Pointe Grille
Harbor Hotel
Watkins Glen 607-535-6116
Wildflower Cafe
Watkins Glen 607-535-9797
The Decoy Rock Stream 607-535-2607
Ports Cafe South of Geneva 315-789-2020
Seneca Lodge Watkins Glen St Pk 607-535-2014
Edgars / Stonecutters Geneva (Belhurst) 315-781-0201
Red Newt Cellars Bistro Hector 607-546-4100
The Himrod Eagle
(our favorite)
Himrod (5 mi north) 607-243-5868


The Corning Museum of Glass is a world-renowned glass museum, located in Corning, NY, about 30 miles to the south. Here you can watch and even experience glassmaking, see a number of seasonal exhibitions, and shop at any of the 8 boutiques. At the Walk-in Workshop, the Museum’s hands-on glassmaking program, no experience is necessary. The Museum is open 9AM – 5PM daily.

While in the Corning area, you can also visit The Rockwell Museum of Western Art. The museum includes dynamic exhibitions from both the American West and Native American sources. In the adjacent Cantina, you can enjoy mouth-watering southwestern cuisine.

The Glenn H Curtiss Museum near Hammondsport on Keuka Lake is a must-see for plane and motorcycle enthusiasts. Guests can enjoy an invaluable collection of memorabilia from the early days of aviation as well as the history of the Hammondsport area.   A short movie in the 75-seat theater recounts Curtiss’s life and experience.   In the Restoration Shop, guests can chat with the volunteers as they restore original aircraft and create new reproductions.

Just a short drive south of us, you can enjoy the National Warplane Museum at the Elmira-Corning Airport, where you can see many early warplanes on display, and even take a vintage airplane ride!

Colleges & Universities

The Finger Lakes is also a great area for colleges and universities. Cornell University in Ithaca is an Ivy-League college, which has been described as “the first American university.” Close by is Ithaca College (shown in the photo), which was founded in 1892 as a music conservatory and has now expanded to a full liberal arts education. In Geneva (25 miles north of us), Hobart and William Smith Colleges provide Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees and Master of Arts in Teaching. Less than half an hour away from us on Keuka Lake is Keuka College, which offers 34 bachelor’s degree majors, and 4 masters’ degree majors.

The Mennonite Community

On the left above is a group of local Mennonites walking home from church. On the right is one of the many horse-and-carriages (along with bicycles) that are their sole means of transportation. Yates County has a very strong Mennonite community, which came here from Lancaster County PA, in the mid-seventies. We have a very rural setting, which is ideal for their way of life. The community here includes 6 churches and 27 one-room schoolhouses. The guests at The Pearl of Seneca Lake Bed and Breakfast enjoy shopping at the Mennonite quilt shop, bulk food grocery stores and furniture/woodworking shop.

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail