1. Watch the sunrise over Seneca Lake. Now, one would think the sunrise would be sunrise-over-seneca-lakebeautiful no matter the temperature, and that is correct. But, when the cooler weather arrives in the fall, a dense fog bank forms over Seneca Lake. The water maintains its warmth relative to the air and as a result, fog begins to rise, creating an incredible, ethereal scene. Best places to watch? From the pier house in Watkins Glen or from any picturesque spot on the west side of Seneca Lake.
  2. Warm up with some craft beer tasting. Cooler weather brings out sweaters, scarves, and… suds! With so many craft breweries popping up in the Finger Lakes, it only makes sense that there is now an official Finger Lakes Beer Festival. Held October 21 and 22 at Watkins Glen International, this festival featuresbeer over 30 New York State craft breweries and distilleries. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and fun with friends. To learn more or to purchase tickets, click here!
  3. Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls! With the summer heat over, fall is perhaps the best time to get out and explore the 44 waterfalls of Schuyler County. We’ve also had some rainfall as of late, so the waterfalls are recuperating from the summer drought. To view images and directions to all of the waterfalls, visit: http://nyfalls.com/waterfalls/. For a "can't miss" list from an outside perspective, check out this list of 10 New York Waterfalls You Should See by famed photography Stu Gallagher.
  4. Get your tickets to the wine event of the season – Deck the Halls! This popular event on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail takes place November 18-20 and December 2-4. It tends to sell out, so you should definitely get your tickets sooner rather than later. In keeping with the holiday theme, you’ll receive a grapevine wreath at your starting winery, as well as a custom ornament from each stop. Plus, you’ll enjoy a delicious food sample with a wine pairing at each participating winery. Now there’s a way to get in the holiday spirit! For ticket and event info, visit: www.senecalakewine.com.
  5. Take in the foliage. Yes, it’s technically late fall, but don’t worry – there are still OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAplenty of leaves on the trees. The picture to the right is of postcard-perfect downtown Montour Falls. Things are just starting to peak here in the southern Finger Lakes, so plan your visit today to take it all in before it’s gone!

For trip planning assistance, visit our website: www.watkinsglenchamber.com or give us a call at 607-535-4300 to talk with a travel expert.