Summer Destinations: Finger Lakes

May 21, 2015

There are plenty of great destinations to visit this summer in the Finger Lakes, including:

Auburn Public Theater

Auburn Public Theater is an intimate, publicly accessible theater space in downtown Auburn, whose mission is to bring you a performance that leaves you talking, laughing and sharing with friends. There are shows for grown-ups with a cafe and bar, shows on the big screen, shows for kids and shows for families. Since 2005, the theater has welcomed over 80,000 patrons and performers for year-round theater.

Billsboro Winery

Billsboro Winery is committed to crafting dry wines (red and white) grown by Seneca Lake’s best vineyards. They are dedicated to focusing on small scale production, allowing winemakers to devote more attention to providing a high quality product for customers.  Commitment to quality is evident both in the glass and the experience provided in the tasting room.

Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab

The Cayuga Museum was founded in 1936 as the Cayuga Museum of History and Art. Their mission is to provide a forum for the public to realize, interact with and appreciate Cayuga County’s shared past and unfolding present to help shape a better future.

Cultural Council of Cortland County

The Cultural Council of Cortland County strives to encourage, promote and sustain arts and culture in Cortland County in order to enhance the quality of life. The council accomplishes their mission by assuring the availability of a variety of cultural experiences, opportunities and services throughout Cortland County. From the popular Arts and Wine festival every August, to First Fridays, to bus trips to the east coast, there's culture in every corner of Cortland County.

Doug's Fish Fry

Started in Skaneateles, Doug's Fish Fry has been serving since 1982. Their seafood is delivered by truck on crushed ice five days per week. The menu offers seafood, chicken, grilled items, steamed clams and lobsters, beer, wine and ice cream. Doug's Dipping Sauce is also available in a convenient take-home size at the Skaneateles or Cortland locations, at The Great New York State Fair, and online.

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

Headquartered in Auburn, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is a dynamic arts organization committed to creating theatrical experiences at the highest level of artistic integrity. The festival presents large-scale Broadway spectacles with high caliber talent from Broadway and across the country at its main stage, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; and new musicals in development at its cabaret-style venue, Theater Mack.

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Harriet Tubman escaped enslavement only to return south to lead Freedom Seekers north on the Underground Railroad. Guided by a deep faith and devotion to family, freedom, and community, Tubman chose Auburn and Fleming as her family home where she continued her fight for the advancement of freedmen and women, and cared for the sick and elderly. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, in partnership with the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc., invites you to come visit her homestead of almost 50 years and discover the lesser-known story of this remarkable woman's life in freedom.

Lake Ontario Wine Trail

Conveniently located between Rochester and Syracuse the Lake Ontario Wine Trail is home to boutique wineries, distilleries and cideries along with charming bed and breakfasts, farm mMarkets, unique shops and sites. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the diversity of the family-owned and operated businesses that love to share their stories along with their favorite products with visiting guests. Visit the trail website and begin your adventure today.

Mid-Lakes Navigation

Mid-Lakes Navigation is celebrating 50 years cruising on Skaneateles Lake. Founded with the purchase of a small antique tourboat in 1968 by Peter Wiles Sr., the company is still owned and operated by the Wiles family. From May through September you can choose a dinner, lunch or sightseeing cruise to suit your taste and budget. Mid-Lakes can also customize a cruise for a special family occasion or business outing. Find schedules, prices, menus and booking online.

Seward House Museum

Visit the historic home of William Henry Seward and his family. Serving as state senator, governor of New York, a U.S. senator, and as Secretary of State during the Lincoln and Johnson administrations, Seward was one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America. The museum provides guided tours to help you navigate the many fascinating aspects of this beautifully preserved home that houses one of the largest original collections in the United States.

Schweinfurth Art Center

Schweinfurth Art Center is a multi-arts facility in Auburn that hosts five major exhibitions a year in its three galleries, runs an internationally known quilting conference, offers art classes for all ages, and sells unique items in its gift shop. The Schweinfurth's classes include painting, drawing, ceramics, and sewing, and the art center is internationally known for its focus on fiber arts. The Schweinfurths summer exhibit, "Modern Quilts: Designs of a New Century" runs June 29 through August 19.

Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce

Skaneateles is hosting an array of unique events throughout the summer season, including: the annual library book sale July 5-8, the Curbstone Festival and sidewalk sales with great bargains and balloon art, July 19 through 21; and the 40th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show July 27-29. More information is available online.

Skaneateles Artisans

Skaneateles Artisans Gallery Under the Stone is a gallery located in the historic Old Stone Mill in the scenic Finger Lakes town of Skaneateles, NY. The gallery features a unique blend of high-quality art in a variety of mediums from more than 100 Finger Lakes and New England artists. When you come to shop you will find fiber art, faux-painting, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, wearables, wood, and more. Art makes a wonderful gift, either for yourself or someone else.

Willard Memorial Chapel

Visit the "Tiffany Treasure of the Finger Lakes." View a chapel totally designed by the Louis Comfort Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Built in 1892 for the Auburn Theological Seminary, the chapel is a National Historic Landmark. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours are available on the hour until 3 p.m. The chapel is available for group tours, weddings and other events.