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Fall Foliage Drives and Discoveries


Fall in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is a time of beauty. The leaves are changing to warm vibrant colors. It's a time of pumpkin patches, fall festivals, harvest foods and drinks, and a time for being with family. Spend a day and take a drive on gently curved roads in the rolling hills through small villages and along the scenic highways and back roads, and discover some great stops along the way.

Keuka Lake in the Fall
Keuka Lake in the Fall

Perhaps one of the most breathtaking fall foliage scenic drives is on the way to the Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival. Happening October 8th and 9th the festival which celebrates and displays the beauty of the Cohocton Valley has been a tradition since 1966. The festival will have arts, crafts, a flea market, antique vendors, and food vendors. There will also be a petting zoo, car show and free horse drawn wagon rides.

Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival
Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival

The scenery around Keuka Lake is always beautiful, but it is undeniable there is a certain kind of charm when all of the leaves are changing and the air is cool and crisp. On October 1st there will be a fall festival of Bushels & Barrels on the Square from 10 am -5 pm. Enjoy Finger Lakes food, wine and beer tastings. Browse craft and produce vendors, and enjoy live music in the bandstand.

Hammondsport Village Square in Fall courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Hammondsport Village Square in Fall courtesy of Stu Gallagher

After take a drive up the lake and stop along the way at Heron Hill Winery, one of the ten most spectacular tasting rooms in the world as chosen by Travel + Leisure magazine. Not only does Heron Hill offer picturesque views of the Fall Foliage overlooking their vineyards and Keuka Lake, but be sure to sample their award winning wines when you visit their tasting room. Drive a little further down the road and enjoy a brew with a view at Steuben Brewing Company. Grab your flight of beers, both year-round staples and seasonals', and enjoy it looking out over the lake from the covered patio. Head back down the lake and enjoy dinner at a restaurant on the water.

Heron Hill Winery in Fall courtesy of Heron Hill
Heron Hill Winery in Fall courtesy of Heron Hill

There are fall specialties that people look forward to every year, and while they serve it up year-round, there is something special about cider in the Fall. Cider Creek Hard Cider is your answer to the question of where to sample deliciously crafted ciders in a warm and welcoming setting at their rustic tasting room. One of the best parts? The drive there is spectacular.

courtesy of Cider Creek Hard Cider
courtesy of Cider Creek Hard Cider

Roads lined with trees changing into their Fall hues lead travelers to destinations all over Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes where the season is being celebrated in the most delicious and delightful ways.

Fall in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes
Fall in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes

Keep an eye on the 2016 Fall Foliage Report for foliage updates, itineraries, packages, and more!

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