Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Finger Lakes- Memorial Day Weekend 2010

May 27-31, 2010

OK - so the Finger Lakes are NOT in the Capital Region.... But they are only 3 hours away and it is beautiful there.  Plus, there are wineries and breweries and oulets.  What more could you want in a day trip?  But stay the night  and enjoy the area.  We camped at Keuka Lake State Park in Penn Yan.  It is one of my favorite places to stay. 
And of course we stopped at the Keuka Brewing Company for a taste of this and that (Briglin Road Red and their Porter are my favorites). Get a growler or two to take back to camp.  Join the "Growler Club" and get $2  off refills and free tastings....- I am a card carrying Growler Club Member!

You can't go to the Finger Lakes without going to a winery.  If you only have time for one, the place to go is Dr. Kostantin Frank's Wine Cellar.  They have THE BEST Champagne - Chateau Frank Blanc de Blanc or Chateau Frank Brut - both are fabulous.  And they have a really good Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
The new tasting room/deck is huge and has a great view of the lake.  If you haven't been to Dr Frank's in a while - you may remember a non-discript side entrance door that led to the tiny little room with the tasting bar and store.  They've upgraded - just a bit.

It was a very warm weekend.  Not the best time of day to take pictures.  You can see the haze in the air over the lake.

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