Found in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region, Keuka Lake is a close-to-home destination that's just as easy on the eyes as it is the tastebuds.
Looking at a map of New York state, Keuka Lake is easy to spot: You’ll know this so-called “Lady of the Lakes” by its distinct “Y” shape. It is because of this outline, and the glacial recession by which it was formed, that Keuka is the only lake in the country (and one of few in the world) whose waters flow both north and south. If you want to see it for yourself, you can create and print your own TripTik here.
A unique history
Its original name, "Crooked Lake," was changed to Keuka in the late 1800s when the wine industry began to make a name for itself. Leading vintners at that time wanted a more elegant name, one that was more in line with the production of fine wines.
- WINERIES: Try the Love My Goat red wine at Bully Hill, and check out the awesome, barrel-inspired tasting room at Heron Hill. A visit to Dr. Frank’s is a must (try the Rieslings), and Pleasant Valley Wine Company, the first bonded winery in the U.S., has several unique historic and beautiful buildings.
- HOTELS: Check out the Esperenza Mansion and also Vinehurst Inn & Suites: It's veteran-owned and may appeal to U.S. military active and retired.
- WHERE TO EAT: Ask if the crab cakes are available at Bully Hill Restaurant. Same goes for the salmon pizza at Union Block Italian Bistro. Both are featured as occasional specials, and may not be listed on the menu. The Village Tavern & Inn is another visitor favorite.
Keuka Lake is featured in detail in the cover story of the latest issue of Member Connection, the quarterly magazine produced exclusively for AAA Western and Central New York members. Look for your copy to arrive in the next few days, and read the story and the bonus online content we have put together, including information on AAA discounts around Keuka Lake and a sample itinerary to help you plan your trip there.
Top image courtesy of Bully Hill Vineyards
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