Oh what a day is Day Three on this well planned Finger Lakes guided vacation. Today you’ll explore the spectacularly beautiful and interesting Canandaigua area. Your visit begins with a walking tour of the Sonnenberg Gardens followed by a guided tour of the exquisite 40-room Queen Anne style mansion. Then it’s onto the New York Wine and Culinary Center where you will experience a true celebration of New York’s beverage, agriculture and culinary industries! Partnering with area farmers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans, and entrepreneurs, the Center offers an array of inviting experiences. The New York Wine & Culinary Center features the best of New York, all in one beautiful and scenic spot on the northern shore of Canandaigua Lake. At the wine tasting you will learn about New York’s grape varietals, wine growing regions and even New York brewers as you sip and savor. I can vouch first hand of New York’s table reds – for years I had them shipped to me in Indiana! And… to complete your experience the Boutique gift shop features all locally inspired treasures – a terrific souvenir of your Finger Lakes Interlude.
An afternoon cruise on the Canandaigua Lady allows for a peaceful time as you hear the captivating history of the Steamboat Era, the lake and the Seneca Indians. Nothing says relax better than a slow cruise on a beautiful lake.
The last feature of this exciting day is dinner at Belhurst Castle where you will dine overlooking Lake Seneca. Like a little gossip? While researching I discovered this tidbit amid the history of this beautiful structure. On May 13, 1885, Mrs. Carrie M. Young Harron, wife of Samual V. Harron of New York City, came to Geneva, inspected “Otis Grove”, (Belhurst today) asked the price, and purchased the property that very day! After the purchase, Mrs. Harron moved to Geneva, accompanied by her manager, Captain Louis Dell Collins, a native of Rose, New York, while her husband remained in New York City. Shortly after her arrival in Geneva, Mrs. Harron divorced her husband, and married Captain Collins. In the spring of 1888, Mrs. Collins had the dilapidated house that she bought torn down in preparation for the four-story mansion she was building. This was an 1885 scandal – some things never change!!
Belhurst is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and it has been voted One of the Most Romantic Places in New York State. It has consistently won Awards of Excellence in the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program, and continues to be one of the most beloved destinations in the Finger Lakes. And lucky you, you get to spend an evening there and soak in all the beauty and history – not to mention the great food! Check out the complete itinerary – every day on this Finger Lakes guided vacation is a unique and fascinating experience and call soon to make sure you are included to this lively coach Interlude.
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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