Day Trips

Day Trip: Chittenango Falls State Park

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Chittenango Falls State Park is a nice little day trip for us. It’s only about 45 minutes from our home, in the town of Cazenovia, NY. It’s a 167 ft. waterfall that is stunning from every angle. There’s a lot to do in the park itself. You could have a picnic or bbq, or hike the trails around the falls. You could also go fishing, the kids could use the playground or you could take a walk on the nature trail.

My husband and I hiked the trails around the falls and got some nice photos. It was such a perfect day, not too hot, not too cool. The hike down to the bridge that crosses Chittenango Creek isn’t too bad. There are mostly stairs created from giant rocks and in some areas there are man-made wooden stairs. Once you hike down one side of the falls, you can make a return trip up the other side, which takes you across the road to Chittenango Creek, which is also a beautiful area.

After our hike around the Falls, we were a little thirsty, so we headed to Empire Farm Brewery, which is also in Cazenovia.

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Empire Brewing originated in Syracuse back in the early 90’s. The Empire Farm Brewery opened in 2016. The Farm Brewery cultivates their own hops, as well as various herbs and fruits. They had a freshly planted lavender field near the entrance.

The Empire Farm Brewery is also a restaurant and bar, which serves lunch and dinner 4 days a week (Thurs-Sun) and opens at 4pm the rest of the week. They had a tasting special, where you received 6 small glasses of beer for $13. We didn’t go that route, we opted for a single pint each. Next time we’re there, we’ll be a little more daring and try a mix of beers as they do have a quite a lot of original beer on tap.

Cheers to a fun day trip to Chittenango Falls and Empire Farm Brewery!

Finger Lakes Wineries

Finger Lakes: Winery Weekend

This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our Anniversary with a trip to the Finger Lakes in New York. It’s a beautiful area, with over 100 wineries in and around the lakes, of which there are 11 total. We stayed at a beautiful Inn on Seneca Lake, called the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars.

On our way down to the Inn at Glenora, we stopped at several of the wineries along the way. Each of the wineries have wine tastings. It’s nice to get a sample of many of their wines. I usually find a favorite and purchase one (or two) after the tasting. A few of the Wineries we visited were Fox Run Vineyards, Anthony Road Wine Company and Miles Wine Cellars.

In addition to having fabulous wines, they are beautiful locations to visit. The views are spectacular and the atmosphere is very inviting. Many of the wineries have cafes, restaurants and host weddings or parties. It’s not uncommon to see tour busses full of bachelorettes celebrating a bridal shower.

The accommodations at the Inn at Glenora were wonderful. It was quiet, private and had amazing views. We were given a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy upon our arrival as well as a free wine tasting. They also have a restaurant on premises called Veraisons. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had a more casual dinner in town (Dundee) and enjoyed breakfast at the Veraisons Restaurant. The food was wonderful, as was the view! I could have stayed there all day. We were so fortunate with the weather we had all weekend, there was barely a cloud in the sky.

This was such a nice way to celebrate our Anniversary. I can’t wait to go back, I mean, just look at the sunrise!