The Finger Lakes wine region is large, the lakes themselves are long, and there is no way we can see all of the area on the five-hour wine country excursions included on Friday afternoon as part of the conference. In fact, we limit the drive time to no more than one hour from Corning, which means you won’t be able to see the northern half of any of the major lakes. Because of this, we have partnered with two local winery associations to provide an overnight Pre-Conference Excursion and a day trip Post-Conference Excursion within the Finger Lakes region.
Pre-Conference Excursion to Seneca Lake
The 2015 Pre-Conference Excursion will be hosted by the Seneca Lake Winery Association with a visit to the northern half of Lake Seneca. Wineries are spread throughout Seneca Lake and this is the only way you’ll be able to visit the northern half of the region as part of the conference.
The excursion will start with a pickup on Wednesday, August 12 at either the Radisson Hotel (12:30 PM) or Elmira Corning Regional Airport (1:00 PM) and will end no later than 5:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel on Thursday. Details will be announced in early 2015 and registration will open at that time. The excursion will only be open to registered conference participants and those already registered will receive first notice. There will be an additional cost for the excursion.
Post-Conference Excursion to Cayuga Lake
The 2015 Post-Conference Excursion will be hosted by the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, which has 17 wineries, one cidery, one meadery, and four distilleries. Again, many of these businesses are located on the northern half of the lake, too far from the conference location to visit during the Friday excursions, so that signing up for the post-conference excursion is the only way you’ll be able to see the entire Cayuga Lake area.
The excursion will start with a pickup on Sunday, August 16 at the Radisson Hotel at 1:00 PM and will end no later than 9:00 PM back at the hotel that evening. The excursion will start with the group split into two and heading to two separate wineries, both located on Cayuga Lake. Each group will then take a boat and transfer to the other winery before regrouping as a whole for dinner. The excursion will only be open to registered conference participants, maximum attendance is 50 people, and those already registered will receive first notice. There will be an additional cost for the excursion. Registration will open soon.