Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York has begun a ‘Fall into Wine Country’ promotion which offers accommodation packages and a special passport for fall-season deals and experiences to travelers visiting the area in the autumn harvest season of 2010.
A marketing association representing Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates Counties of New York State, Finger Lakes Wine Country is promoting the fall season by highlighting the area’s gorgeous fall foliage and the wide range of fall harvest activities that visitors choose from when visiting in the autumn months.
Visitors can attend fall festivals and unique museum events, experience harvest at the Finger Lakes wineries, and obtain fall-themed savings by booking a Fall into Wine Country package at participating accommodations. Some participating accommodations are the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake, the Holiday Inn Express in Horseheads, the Holiday Inn Riverview in Elmira, the Best Western Vineyard Inn and Suites, and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.
Travelers who book a three-night stay at a participating accommodation will receive the Fall into Wine Country passport. The passport offers visitors exclusive fall season experiences and deals throughout Finger Lakes Wine Country. These include a complimentary wine tasting at Hunt Country Vineyards and Lucas Vineyards; gifts with a wine purchase at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars; and private tastings at wineries such as Lamoreaux Landing, Three Brothers Winery, and Kings Garden Vineyards.
The passport also offers VIP seating at Veraisons Restaurant at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars, and complimentary glasses of Finger Lakes wine with the purchase of two appetizers at the Coldwater Bar at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.
Fall is a popular time of year to visit Finger Lakes Wine Country because the area’s fall foliage is among the most gorgeous in the United States, with hills and the landscape of vineyards becoming speckled with red, orange, and gold. The fall also means harvest time in the area. At harvest festivals, visitors can pick, sample and buy fresh Finger Lakes produce and take part in grape stomping. The Finger Lakes offers a variety of “U-Pick” farms where visitors can pick apples, berries, pumpkins and a plethora of other fruits and vegetables.
Among the many fall events in Finger Lakes Wine Country are:
● Harvest Hoopla on the Cayuga Wine Trail, September 1 to September 30: This is a month-long celebration of events at each of the area’s 16 wineries. Each winery is hosting an event to celebrate the harvest and visitors can enjoy fine wine, great food, music and much more. For more information, visit www.cayugawinetrail.com;
● Twain at the River in Elmira: Each Saturday of September brings a different “Twain at the River” event. On September 4, the event will be ‘Trolley to the River’; on September 11, the River Bike/Hike Tour; on September 18, the Samuel Clemens Croquet Tournament; and September 25, the Model Huck Finn Raft Race. Go to www.marktwaincountry.com for more information;
● Crystal City Jazz & Harvest Festival, September 10 to September 11: On Friday night, live jazz and blues performances take place throughout Corning’s Gaffer District, wine and beer tasting is on offer and complimentary limousine shuttles are available. Saturday sees children’s activities, hayrides, eating contests, a scarecrow competition and a Farmers Market. Visit www.gafferdistrict.com for more information; and
● Grand Prix Festival in Downtown Watkins Glen (N. Franklin St.), September 10: The road-racing heritage of Watkins Glen is being celebrated. The featured highlight of the festival is a tribute to the original Grand Prix races using the original 6.6 mile road course. The festival is free to attend. Find out more at www.grandprixfestival.com.