The Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York has been a top growing destination for high quality wines for decades. Many flock to spend time in this wine country mecca to discover beautiful tasting rooms and vista views, and to taste an array of extraordinary wines of all styles. While the wine industry continues to see amazing growth, so has the craft beverage and food scene. If you’re a craft beer lover or foodie, a trip to Yates County needs to be on your radar. Your stomach and taste buds can thank us later.

Near the Water

Many come to the Finger Lakes for…you guessed it, the lakes! If being near the water is important to you, Plum Point Lodge, The Showboat Motel, or the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars are great places on Seneca Lake to lay your head after a day of indulging your taste buds.

Check out Climbing Bines and Tin Barn Brewing (opening Spring 2022) for beer stops and eat lunch at FLX Wienery or Tabora Farm & Winery. For a special treat, visit The Spotted Duck for an ice cream flight (yes, flights aren’t just for wine).

Walking Distance

Yates County

If convenience is what you strive for, you’ll want to stay in the village of Penn Yan. Penn Yan has a lot to offer, and you don’t need to hop in a car to have a day full of exploring. 

There are three hotels within the village limits that are walking distance to everything, as well as charming bed & breakfasts, or private rentals. Start your day with a big breakfast at the Penn Yan Diner, then work off your energy with a hike or bike along the Keuka Outlet Trail. When it’s time for a beer, Laurentide Beer Co. is your spot. Other great eateries for your dining pleasure are The 18th Amendment, Bk8d & Loaded, and Parker’s Grille & Taphouse.

Explore the Countrysides

Farming is truly the heart of the area and what makes the flavors of the Finger Lakes so special and unique. Immerse yourself in roadside farm stands, markets, and u-pick farms while you taste your way through great local spots. 

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There are many lodging options that put you close to mother nature like camping, glamping, and private rentals galore. Abandon Brewing offers barn vibes with amazing Keuka Lake views and LyonSmith Brewing is known for its distinctive English-style beer. Take a trip around the other side of the lake and pay a visit to The Olney Place for a memorable sandwich and a stellar tap list. 

With so many unique wineries, breweries, and restaurants glowing with local flare, it’s no secret that Yates County is on the rise for those seeking a getaway to indulge all their senses, especially their taste. Visit for more information on Yates County in the Finger Lakes of New York.