The Finger Lakes http://www.fingerlakestravelny.com , eleven pristine lakes spread like fingers across central New York, encompasses 9,000 plus square miles of outdoor adventures and bucolic scenery with a nice mix of urban hot spots to boot. The region is an ideal green getaway destination, easily accessible from key hubs like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington D.C. and Toronto, through the region’s gateway cities, Syracuse and Rochester. In addition to an abundance of Thoreau-esque lakeside retreats and spectacular scenery, the region offers over 100 world class vineyards, an array of trails (both culinary, historic and health centric), farm-to-table foodie delights and internationally acclaimed annual festivals.
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As an outdoorsman’s paradise, the region boasts gorgeous county and state parks with camping, canoeing, kayaking and gorge-hopping, like Letchworth State Park http://www.letchworthpark.com/ , “the Grand Canyon of the east” and Onondaga Lake Park, http://onondagacountyparks.com/onondaga-lake-park/ home of Wegmans Lights on the Lake - central New York’s top holiday attraction. Also recognized for breathtaking waterfalls, the drop at Taughannock Falls http://www.taughannock.com/ is around 215 feet, a larger drop than Niagara Falls. For a bird’s eye view, hot balloon rides http://www.stballoon.com/ in the region offer a spectacular spectacle for the senses.
For farm-to-table delights, restaurants abound, many of which work directly with Hendy Hollow Farm http://www.hendyhollowfarm.com/ , an 80 acre organic facility using its own ecosystem to thrive. For travelers on the go, their fresh produce is featured at the Elmira http://www.localharvest.org/elmira-farmers-market-M2859 and Ithaca http://www.ithacamarket.com/ Farmer’s Markets.
The Finger Lakes is also a thrill seekers playground from Watkins Glen International Racing http://www.theglen.com/ to fantastic skiing options in Greek Peak http://www.greekpeak.net and Bristol Mountain http://www.bristolmt.com to hang gliding at Harris Hill Soaring Center http://harrishillsoaring.org/ . Looking to shop-til-you-drop? The region is home to Destiny USA, http://www.destinyusa.com/ the largest LEEDÂ® Gold certified super-regional shopping center in the country. For eco-friendly accommodations, look no further than the environmentally eclectic, artisan detailed Hotel Skyler, http://www.hotelskyler.com/ the third hotel in the United States and tenth in the world to achieve a LEED Platinum status. Travelers can also spend time at Small Graces B&B & Forget-Me-Not Farm http://www.smallgracescottage.blogspot.com , which provides an intimate, digital free getaway where everything is organic from the food to the linens. Or, find respite at the Abner Adams House Bed and Breakfast http://www.abneradamshouse.com , a 200-year-old restored farmhouse on four acres of woodland with trails and gardens with a WindTamer turbine in the backyard to generate power. For more information about everything there is to do and see in the Finger Lakes please visit www.fingerlakestravelny.comÂ .