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The Sips of the Season


New York State is home to many unique destinations, but a favorite among the locals and out-of-towners alike has to be the regional tastes – including wines, hard ciders and beers. While these establishments are scattered throughout the state, certain areas are specifically populated with them, which makes wine or brewery tours easy, and a perfect fall activity!

The Finger Lakes Region is home to 130 wineries, thanks to the favorable agricultural location. Due to the climate, there is a large production of cool wines, especially riesling (which happens to be my favorite). With three wine trails along the Southern Finger Lakes region, a day spent wine tasting is a day well spent. The scenic drive around the lakes is breath-taking this time of year, and not to mention the delicious wines you get to sip while you’re there.

What is fall without hard apple cider? And what is a trip to Central New York without tasting some? My preferred fall beverage, I love to try both new and favored varieties this time of year. Did you know that many of the cideries in Central New York are over 100 years old? With original equipment and traditional methods, the commitment to their craft is evident in the delicious products they create.

Ithaca, NY, is one of the most beautiful destinations in the state, and is also home to unique shopping, thrilling outdoor adventure and delicious restaurants. And now, it’s becoming a major stop along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail. With breweries opening up all over the area, there is a type and a taste for everyone. Make sure you stop by Ithaca on your trip to New York -- you won’t regret it.

A tour throughout New York State is always an adventure, and I’m sure your mouth is watering now. So grab some friends and hit the road! And remember, always have fun responsibly.