As the weather heats up, so does the fun at Americana Vineyards Winery. One of the most popular destination wineries in the Finger Lakes, Americana is a dog-friendly, family friendly winery 15 minutes north of Ithaca right off Cayuga Lake. Their tasting room offers 25+ award-winning wines and 20+ types of homemade fudge. Their new taproom has 10 Bacchus Brewing Co. craft beers on tap. And their adjacent Crystal Lake Café serves up from-scratch gourmet comfort food year round.
Add to that all the popular weekly and annual events they host on their sprawling, scenic grounds, and you can see why every visit to Americana is a "trip"! Here are some of their upcoming events, but for a full list go to americanavineyards.com/events. And be sure to follow Americana on Instagram (@AmericanaWine) to take part in their summer photobomb contest!
Outdoor Beer Garden Opening Party | 5.14, 4-8p
Woofstock: Local Rescuce & Shelter Benefit | 6.4, 12p-6ish
Whiskey Tango Sideshow | 6.18, 8-11p, gates open at 7p
4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash | 7.2, 12p-10:30ish
Carnival of Sounds | 7.16, 12-11p
Hallowine Spooktacular | 10.29, 8p-midnight
Friday Nite Pizza Party | 5-8p; live music 6-8p
Sunday Brunch | 11a-3p
Sunday Weekend Wind Down Music Series | 4-6p
Taste Til 8 | Friday-Sunday (Memorial Day Wkend-Labor Day Wkend)
The Finger Lakes are probably best known for the award winning wines from this region and for good reason. Natural setting and the growing experience of in region winemakers is making for extremely high quality red and white wines. The world class varietals are not all the Finger Lakes get to boast about either. Other farm based beverages have been making a name for themselves in this region. Craft breweries, cideries and distilleries have been opening up throughout the Finger Lakes.
The Finger Lakes embraces its wine culture, providing everyone (well, everyone 21 or older) with the chance to experience and learn about wine. Find out how to pair your favorite wine with dinner, learn about the wine making and production process, and ask your burning questions about wine or grapes at the different winery tours and events held throughout the year.
The different wine trails provide a connection easily navigable way to travel through the area while letting you taste what each has to offer. The Canandaigua Wine Trail takes you from just northeast of the city of Canandaigua all the way down the west side of Canandaigua Lake until you're just south of Naples; this route takes you to six wineries and four breweries. The other three wine trails, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, take you around the lakes that give them their repective names. The Finger Lakes Beer Trail includes craft breweries from across the Finger Lakes region and will not disappoint even the pickiest of beer connoisseurs.
There is no shortage of options when it comes to quality wine, beer, spirits and experiences in the Finger Lakes. The one thing that will remain constant, however, is the top tier product you will get no matter what you choose.