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Fingerlakes Wedding

My wife and I had the recent pleasure of taking a beautiful road trip up to Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY for a friends wedding.  It is has been years since I have been up to the Finger Lakes region and after this trip, I am asking myself why?  For one, it is hard to find a more scenic drive then up route 14 along Seneca lake. We took my recent mid-life crisis 2002 Camaro Convertible and it was a truly pleasurable drive with the top town. There are tons of wineries to stop at. On the way up, we stopped at Fox Run Winery for lunch. Food & wine were  delicious as we sat outback on their beautifully landscaped patio, no crowds around, quite and peaceful.
     Belhurst Castle is a famous Fingerlakes Landmark. We were a little hesitant about staying there due to a good amount of negative reviews on some of the travel sites. However, our room was in the new section of the property. They have recently added a 6 million dollars addition called Vinifera Inn which contains new rooms, spa and catering hall. Our room was very nice, huge hot tub & very comfortable although a little pricey at $300 per night. The wedding ceremony and cocktail hour was outside right along the lake and very nicely done. The dinner & dancing was in their new hall, food was decent and we all had a good time.   All in all, it was a nice  experience at Belhurst and certainly didn’t reflect the negative reviews.
     The next day, we had breakfast at Geneva on the Lake where we got engaged many moons ago. It may have been the most expensive breakfast we have ever had, but the food and scenery out on their Greek revival patio are exquisite. No trip up to Seneca is complete without a stop at Watkins Glen State Park. This 2 mile, relatively easy hike up the gorge is unbelievable. Waterfalls and unparalleled scenery  reinforces just how many beautiful natural features we have in NY. My wife who is an aspiring photographer took so many pictures I though her camera was going to overheat! We finished off the day at Castle Grisch Winery which is located just outside Watkins Glen. This winery sits  on top of the mountain and the views are spectacular. We sat on their outside deck eating excellent home cooking, sipping wine as we watched a storm roll up through the valley below, perfect! Skip the trip to Napa and check out the Finger Lakes for excellent wine, food and scenery right in your own backyard.

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