Hey there Everyone! I hope that your Novembers (not a word) have been treating you well. The holiday spirit is definitely upon us and this past weekend, I spent it exploring the Finger Lakes Region of upstate NY. It left me feeling like I could tackle another week and was a nice way to relax and enjoy the outdoors and beautiful weather – and of course, the first of the holiday spirit tingles.

We hit up about 8 wineries, a distillery, a cidery and brewery. Lots of drinking. Lots of eating. Fluffy stuffed cheesy chive sourdoughs, roasted meat atop harvest salads and crisp clean glasses of cider and seasonal beer. Not too mention more wine sampling than was probably good for me!

During our stay we visited the William Smith Inn, a positively beautiful Bed and Breakfast built in 1873. “Designed by renowned architect Andrew Jackson Warner, this Italianate home features quarter-cut white oak floors with black walnut inlay, monstrous chestnut doors, floor-to-ceiling windows and incredibly detailed, ornate moulding.” Our host was lovely and a breakfast of fruit, granola, yogurt and baked french toast kept us full for the long car ride home through quaint farm land and winding rivers.


Twinkle lights in the wine storage room at Americana Vineyards


Chicken sausage, apple, walnut and aged cheddar salad.


A festive barn tasting room


Load of sourdough, cheese and chive that we ate in one sitting

The “night flight” beer sampler at the Ithaca Brewery


The stunning William Smith Inn in Geneva NY, a house built in 1870 and renovated to become the areas #1 rated Bed and Breakfast


The street view of the William Smith Inn


electric red colored berries near the entrance way


Reusable tote bags from the Ithaca Bakery, featuring one of my favorite fonts, Brothers!


Joe walking in the vineyards


baby pumpkins great you by the door of the Bellwether Hard Cidery

Here was a list of my favorites from the area if you’re ever traveling around the Finger Lakes!

Ithaca Bakery (they have a pretty sweet website too)

Bellwether Hard Cidery

Americana Vineyards & the Crystal Lake Cafe

Chateau Lafayette Reneau

William Smith Inn

Ithaca Beer Company

Thanks for stopping by everyone!