Deluxe Seneca Lake Package: Food and Wine Extraordinaire

If you are looking for a complete gourmet food and wine experience chosen from among the best Seneca Lake offerings, this two-night package is for you. After a gourmet breakfast at Sunrise Landing. you may enjoy some time to relax and take in the beautiful view and/or paddle a canoe or kayak on the lake. Then, we will transport you to the beginning of Apple Road where you will join a tour by “Experience Finger Lakes” to experience the “best of the west side of the lake”.  Your first stop will be at Kemmeter Winery, the boutique winery of Johannes Rienhardt. ...

Sunrise Landing to be Open for Seneca Lake Wine and Cheese

Sunrise Landing is re-opening for the 2016 Season on April 14 and so will be open for the annual Wine and Cheese event April 22 - 24. This extremely popular event combines the classic tastes of wine and cheese, all in one weekend. Over thirty wineries participate in the self-guided tour around the lake and participants experience how the combining of wine and cheese will  enhance both. Not only has the area grown in popularity for its superb wines but also for its many local cheeses. This weekend will give participants a chance to experience many new exciting combinatio...

Graft, A Watkins Glen Wine and Cider Bar

Now that Sunrise Landing is closed until mid April, the innkeepers can do a little exploring of their own.  Having begun that mission in earnest - we have made a wonderful discovery - Graft! It's one of the newest sensations in Watkins Glen. The decor is chic and the food extremely creative. They offer an extensive menu of small bites but most plates are meant to be shared by two. The chef is Christina McKeough who was the original owner of Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg.   Our first visit, Bob and I  stuck to our favorites - we both had a classic Caesar Salad made ...

New Philosophy at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine

The landmark Townsend home, built in 1903,  was carefully transformed into a restaurant by Robert and Suzanne Stack and opened over a decade ago as Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine. Two downstairs lake-facing rooms were converted into one cozy dining room offering magnificent views of Seneca Lake. An adjoining,  private library room with its table for ten and a wall of 300 cookbooks and Provençal pottery collection offered a private setting for small groups or parties, and a lovely lake view.  It is in this intimate and elegant setting that Suzanne  created her inimita...

Josh Fox visits Watkins Glen and Sunrise Landing

Thanks to grassroots coordinator Lee Ziesche,  and local organizer Leala Farnsworth, Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker and activist, Josh Fox,  brought his tour to The Glen Theater in Watkins Glen on Monday, March 2nd. The Solutions Grassroots Tour, "A Solar Home Companion" looks at the impacts of fossil fuel development and provides an alternate vision of sustainability for  the future.  As the title implies, Solar Home Companion is an old fashioned variety show lightly modeled on Garrison Keillor's  Prairie Home Companion.  Using music, stories, and  ...

Innkeepers Visit Glenora for Tasting and Tour

While Sunrise Landing is closed for "Inn Keeper renewal and Inn refurbishment", we take every opportunity to visit some of the exciting spots we recommend to our guests the rest of the year. Last Sunday, along with long-time  friends from Rochester, Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata, we had two special treats at Glenora Wine Cellars. We had read about their concrete egg tanks for fermenting wine and were eager to see them. The staff warmly greeted us as always and were happy to give us a mini tour before our Chocolate and Wine tasting. Breanna took us down into the wine ...

FOX RUN WINERY OFFERS COMPLETE FINGER LAKES TASTING AND TOUR EXPERIENCE

Last Wednesday, Fox Run Winery welcomed various members of the hospitality industry to sample their new wine tasting experience.  Bob and I have been waiting for the wineries to combine everything into one – and offer a complete experience – similar to what we experienced in Napa last year. Fox Run has gone above and beyond. Guests were welcomed by Fox Run’s Tasting Room Manager, Kyle Pallischeck.  This extremely personalized experience began with a 45 minute walking tour of their beautiful  vineyards and winery overlooking magnificent Seneca Lake. It was a ...

Riesling Wine is King in the Finger Lakes

Riesling is is a very popular wine in the United States. It is  food-friendly and affordable and is a diverse wine in that it can be bone dry or a sweet  dessert variety. Riesling is also king in the Finger Lakes.  Often called a  noble grape, it is the Finger Lakes’ most widely planted Vinifera variety.  There are almost 1000 acres in production and almost all wineries offer at least one Riesling.  The slate soils and micro-climate created by the glacial-formed lakes are said to what makes Riesling thrive here.  Finger Lakes wineries  continue to be  internat...