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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:

* 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 Seneca Lake Wine Trail in 2016:

Polar Passport ———————- 12/7/15-3/31/16
Wine Weekday Passport ——— 1/4/16-6/30/16
Bargain Bash ———————— 1/9/16-1/18/16
* Pasta & Wine ———————— 1/15/16-1/17/16
* Chocolate & Wine —————— 2/19/16-2/21/16
Red Red Wine (new event) ———- 3/5/16
* Cruisin’ The Tropics ————— 3/18/16-3/20/16
* Spring Wine & Cheese ————- 4/22/16-4/24/16
Veggies & Varietals (new event) — 5/7/16
* Smokin’ Summer Kickoff ———- 6/10/16-6/12/16
* November Deck the Halls ——— 11/18/16-11/20/16
* December Deck the Halls ——— 12/2/16-12/4/16

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

Keuka Passport 2015 —————— Through Dec. 31, 2015
Keuka Holidays II ——————————– Nov 14-15, 2015

For tickets, check “Upcoming Events” at the Keuka Lake Wine Trail website.

What’s happening on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail in 2015 and 2016:

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

Mardi Gras ——————- Feb. 20-21, 2016
Bacon on the Lakein ———- Mar. 19-20, 2016
* Wine & Herb Festival I ——- Apr. 22-24, 2016
* Wine & Herb Festival II —— Apr. 29 – May 1, 2016
* Holiday Shopping Spree I —– Nov. 18-20, 2016
* Holiday Shopping Spree II —- Dec. 2-4, 2016

* 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.

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) =SLWT=
Shaw Vineyard Winery (3.2)
Heron Hill on Seneca (4.6)
Four Chimneys Organic Winery (5.1)
Earle Estates Meadery (7.0) =SLWT=
Torrey Ridge Winery (7.0) =SLWT=
Miles Wine Cellars (7.3) =SLWT=
Prejean Winery (7.6) =SLWT=
Anthony Road Wine Company (13.2) =SLWT=
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars (14.1) =SLWT=
Serenity Vineyards (14.1) =SLWT=
Kemmeter Winery (new) (14.5)
Red Tail Ridge Winery (14.6)
Monello Winery (14.8)
Fox Run Vineyards (14.9) =SLWT=
Billsboro Winery (19.8)
Lacey Magruder Vineyard & Winery (new) (20.6)
White Springs Winery (22.1)
Belhurst Winery (23) =SLWT=
Ravines Wine Cellars (25) =SLWT=
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) =SLWT=
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars (1.4) =SLWT=
Starkey’s Lookout (2.1)
Glenora Wine Cellars (2.3) =SLWT=
Fulkerson Winery (2.8) =SLWT=
Rock Stream Vineyards (4.4) =SLWT=
Pompous Ass Winery (5.4)
Magnus Ridge Winery (6.0)
Barnstormer Winery (new) (7.0)
Lakewood Vineyards (7.6) =SLWT=
Castel Grisch Estate Winery (11.2) (on Lovers Lane off route 14) =SLWT=
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.

Catharine Valley Winery (16.3) =SLWT=
Barry Family Cellars
Silver Springs Winery (17.1)
J R Dill Winery (19.0) =SLWT=
Atwater Estate Vineyards (19.3) =SLWT=
Chateau LaFayette Reneau (19.5) =SLWT=
Bloomer Creek Vineyards (20.3)
Damiani Wine Cellars (21.0)
Redbyrd Orchard Cider – Burdett (21)
Hector Wine Company (21.6)
Forge Cellars (at Hector Wine Company) (21.6)
Leidenfrost Vineyards (21.7) =SLWT=
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (21.8) =SLWT=
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) =SLWT=
Standing Stone Vineyards (24.3) =SLWT=
Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards (24.8) =SLWT=
Shalestone Vineyards (25.0)
Caywood Vineyards (25.1) =SLWT=
Silver Thread Vineyard (25.9)
Wagner Vineyards (26.4) =SLWT=
Idol Ridge Winery (26.7)
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars (26.9) =SLWT=
Kings Garden Vineyards (27) =SLWT=
Eremita Winery (27.5)
Boundary Breaks Vineyard (29)
Ventosa Vineyards [Geneva] (30)
Rose Hill Tasting Room (Billsboro) [Geneva] (30)
Three Brothers Winery & Estates [Geneva] (32) =SLWT=
– Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars
– Passion Feet Vineyard and Wine Barn
– Rogue’s Hollow Winery
Zugibe Vineyards [Geneva] (34) =SLWT=

=SLWT= Member of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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

Azure Hill Winery (Hammondsport)
Barrington Cellars and Buzzard Crest Vineyards (Penn Yan)
Bully Hill Vineyards (Hammondsport)
Chateau Frank Sparkling Wines (Hammondsport)
Chateau Renaissance Wine Cellars (Hammondsport)
Crooked Lake Winery (hammondsport)
Deep Root Vineyard (Hammondsport)
Domaine LeSeurre Winery (Hammondsport)
Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars (Hammondsport)   =KLWT=
Heron Hill Winery (Hammondsport)   =KLWT=
Hunt Country Vineyards (Branchport)   =KLWT=
Keuka Lake Vineyards (Hammondsport)
Keuka Overlook Wine Cellars
Keuka Spring Vineyards (Penn Yan)   =KLWT=
Lime Berry Winery (Hammondsport)
McGregor Vineyard Winery (Wayne)   =KLWT=
Pleasant Valley Wine Company (Hammondsport – Great Western)
Point of the Bluff Vineyards (Pulteney)
Ravines Wine Cellars (Hammondsport)   =KLWT=
Rooster Hill Vineyards (Penn Yan)
Stever Hill Vineyards (Branchport)
Vineyard View Winery (Keuka Park)
Yates Cellars Winery (Bluff Point)

=KLWT= Member of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail

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 (Naples)
Casa Larga Vineyards (Fairport)
Eagle Crest Vineyards (Conesus)
Finger Lakes Wine Center (Canandaigua/Sonnenberg)
Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars (Naples)
Heron Hill at Bristol (Canandaigua)
Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard (Naples)
New York Wine & Culinary Center (Canandaigua)
Raymor Estate Cellars (Bloomfield)
Wilhelmus Estate Winery (Canandaigua)


Glen Race Track Schedule

The Watkins Glen Race Track is 15 miles to the south. Below is a listing of 2016 events at the track.

Opening Weekend – April 16-17
SCCA Majors Super Tour – June 24-26
Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen – June 30-July 3
Finger Lakes Wine Fest – July 15-17
Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (NASCAR) – August 4-7
Glenora US Vintage Grand Prix – September 9-11

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