Nestled at the southern tip of Keuka Lake and voted "Coolest Small Town in America" by readers of Budget Travel, Hammondsport blends fun outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery, and plenty of entertaining activities. This small town offers big-time adventure, award-winning wines and a prime vacation destination.
"At the base of Keuka Lake is my favorite of the Finger Lakes small towns, Hammondsport. Idyllic in every sense of the word, this village of 800 people boasts the most charming town square, veterans memorial &, like any good small town, both a tavern & ice cream shop. I love Hammondsport's small town friendliness & easy access to the chill-est of the Finger Lakes." – Christina Saul, View From My Middle Seat
One of the few Y-shaped lakes in the world and considered by many to be the most scenic of the Finger Lakes, Keuka Lake is large enough that you don't need to worry about crowds, but small enough that it's easy to access and navigate. Along its shores you'll find outdoor activities for any time of year, boat launches and places to rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, sunfish sail boats, and more. Book a fishing excursion or a sightseeing tour, enjoy lakeside dining, or sip exceptional wines with panoramic views of the vineyards that surround the picturesque lake.
GLENN H. CURTISS MUSEUM
An aviation pioneer, Glenn H. Curtiss had his hand in everything with an engine: from motorcycles to dirigibles and airplanes, he held the title of "Fastest Man on Earth" for four years. Explore wonderful exhibits of vintage aircraft, motorcycles, automobiles, and more to learn how Hammondsport got its wings.
FINGER LAKES BOATING MUSEUM
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is a nod to Hammondsport's roots, dating back over 100 years to the steam boat. The museum is situated on the shores of Keuka Lake and is the perfect stop for the entire family.
"The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is a great treasure. The place is kid friendly, with a special children's section where youngsters can draw pictures of boats, construct rudimentary boats, or even stamp sailor tattoos on their arms. Education plays a key role in the function of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. Seminars and workshops are scheduled regularly." – Don Knaus, Mountain Home
WINERIES & BREWERIES
We've spent more than 150 years building a reputation as a world-class wine destination. You'll find the first US Bonded Winery in Hammondsport, along with a winery founded by the man who revolutionized winemaking in the eastern US. Sipping wine along the shores of Keuka Lake is a breathtaking and relaxing experience you won't forget.
"Keuka Lake is home to Dr. Konstantin Frank, one of the oldest and most celebrated wineries in the region, as well as standout producers like Keuka Lake Vineyards, Ravines, and Heron Hill." – Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
If beer is more your style, you'll find some of the best breweries along the Keuka Lake. In 2014, Keuka Brewing Company was named New York State's "Best Craft Brewery" at the New York Craft Beer & Food Festival. The Finger Lakes Beer Company won a Silver Medal for "Best Craft Beer" in New York State at the 2015 New York Craft Beer & Food Festival. What's better than sharing a pint with friends on a beautiful lake?
"The Finger Lakes in western New York State have long been a top destination for wine lovers, but the region is quickly becoming a haven for beer drinkers as well." - Ben Jay, NY Times
What to do in Hammondsport
- Spend a day strolling around the Shopping Village Square and take a piece of the Finger Lakes home with you
- Get out on the water on the Keuka Water Taxi, rent a bike, kayak, or a boat to enjoy all the lake has to offer
- Check out the wine & beer tastings at various vineyards, breweries, a cider mill and distillery
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