So let's say you're up trying to figure out what do this beautiful weekend and you haven't yet begun to fight the crowds at the Regional Market. Maybe you're sitting down to your first cup of locally-roasted coffee and know there's a lot to do but want to figure out how to squeeze in some foodie fun before Monday.
Too often I find, the "problem" with living here in Syracuse is that there are too many possibilities. There are way more than I can keep track of. Over the last two weeks or so, I've bopped around a few of my favorite haunts in the Finger Lakes and so I offer a bit of inspiration for making the most of your weekend.
Go to Geneva, NY and check out Normal Bread..
These beautiful loaves are the new darlings of the Finger Lakes. Pick up several loaves--they freeze well. Normal Bread will be closed for vacation beginning June 3 so this is the perfect weekend to visit. Heads up--they take cash and checks only--its a small, artisanal, one-man shop and worth the drive from the 'Cuse.
Drive a few minutes down the West side of Seneca Lake and check out Billsboro Winery...
Go to find out what winemaker Vinny Aliperti menas by "extreme winemaking" and then taste some. I couldn't leave with out a bottle of their Pinot Noir and their Apres Vidal Blanc ice wine.
Feeling peckish? Skirt over to Cayuga Lake and get lunch and a wine tasting at Simply Red Bistro.
Nestled among the Sheldrake Point vineyards, treat yourself to Samantha Izzo's creative menu using the best the Finger Lakes has to offer. Taste some Sheldrake Point wines on the way out and get some of their delicious Riesling Reserve.
You're so close--you can't pass by Cayuga Lake Creamery...
Cayuga Lake Creamery has the most incredilbe selection of hard pack ice cream and that's what I went for. But if you have kids in tow--or are a kid at heart, like my husband--you can't go wrong with their soft serve cones.
From this point, it is so easy to keep cruising down Route 89 towards Ithaca. So swing right around the end of the lake and as you come back north towards Syracuse, you can make a brief stop in the cute town of Aurora and run into Bet the Farm.
This is your chance to pick up wine, cheeses, crackers and other food stuffs from around the Finger Lakes, because let's face it: even if you wanted to, there's no time to stop at every one in one weekend. You need a good couple of weeks to get that job done. So Nancy at Bet the Farm has wine that you can't often find at the larger wine shops here in Syracuse--plus she's making her own wine too. Her Bet the Farm Traminette is my latest pick for a good, easy, summer white.
From Aurora you can saunter up to Auburn and and take Route 5 on home. If you leave for your day trip now, you might make it back in time to hit the Riesling tasting at the Savvy Wine Cellar in Camillus--that ends at 5pm when they run out or close, whichever comes first--so you need to get going! Have a great day!