Hotel at a Glance: 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House
The Finger Lakes area has a long and proud tradition of grape-growing and winemaking: As early as 1860, sommelier Jules Mason became one of the first people in the U.S. to begin producing their own champagne, working out of his estate and carriage house on 18 Vine Street in Hammondsport. Today, 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House carries on that tradition at its quaint B&B, where guests can embark on a half-day beer-and-wine tour (included with some deal options) that includes a welcome champagne toast and cheese plate, transportation, lunch, and tastings at five wineries and breweries in the area.
- Famous guest: Henry Ford is said to have frequented the property in the early 20th century.
- Complimentary breakfast of cereals, fruit, yogurt, and pastries served each morning
- Stroll through the orchards and enjoy a picnic on one of the tucked-away picnic tables.
- Cozy up in front of the outdoor fireplace
- Walk downtown, just a few blocks away, to grab a bite to eat or peruse the many boutiques.
Finger Lakes, New York: Rolling Vineyards, Deep Gorges, and More than 1,000 Waterfalls
Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region gets its name from the 11 long, thin lakes that were forged here by glaciers thousands of years ago. The upheaval created breathtaking geography—more than 1,000 waterfalls spill down the sides of the area’s famous rocky gorges.
In nearby Ithaca, travelers can commemorate the rugged setting with a souvenir T-shirt that proclaims “Ithaca is Gorges.” Ithaca borders the longest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and offers postcard-worthy views at the 100-foot-tall Ithaca Falls.
Ithaca is also home to Cornell University, one of New York’s two Ivy League schools. Like many of the villages in the area, downtown Ithaca’s historical buildings house bistros, boutiques, and taverns that serve local wine from the Cayuga Wine Trail.