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Waterfalls & Wine, Ithaca, NY 2017

Waterfalls & Wine, Ithaca, NY 2017

Stunning waterfalls of New York State combined with picturesque vineyards make this trip a summer delight. Three wineries, three state parks, and a cruise - this laid back and beautiful 3-day journey will be an experience to remember.

Package Includes:

2 Night’s Hotel Accommodations, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Luncheon Cruise, 2 Dinners, Wine Tasting at Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Visit Buttermilk Falls State Park & Treman State Park, Guided Driving Tour of Cornell Plantation’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Wine Tasting at Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Tasting at Myer Farm Distillers, Cheese Tasting and Tour at Lively Run Dairy, Stop at Taughannock Falls Overlook, Stop in Downtown Watkins Glen, Wine Tasting at Lakewood Vineyards, Baggage Handling and Transportation.



***ALL WOLF TOURS - Times and Itinerary are subject to change. ***




Day 1

We’ll begin our adventure at the breathtaking Six Mile Creek Vineyard located in Ithaca. Six Mile Creek Vineyard features one of the most attractive tasting rooms in the Finger Lakes coupled with lovely gardens framed by a fountain pond and breathtaking views of the Danby Hills. Their historic Dutch Colonial Barn has been transformed into their tasting room. Since opening in 1987, they have become well known for their wines, and here you will have a chance to sample and take it all in--relaxing way to start off your day! Our next stop takes us to Buttermilk Falls State Park. Buttermilk takes its name from its centerpiece, the classical 165 feet foaming cascade of water. The water mixes, twists and turns over the rock, looking like creamy buttermilk as it reaches the bottom. It is the largest of 10 falls along the creek. Minimal walking is required to enjoy the views. After some time to capture a few photos, we will depart for Treman State Park, an area of wild beauty and picturesque scenery. Just a short 5 minute walk along the Gorge trail from the parking area, view this beautiful, rugged natural wonder with cascading falls. Next, we will check into the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ithaca, NY (607-256-1100) for a two-night stay. The hotel features an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center with complimentary high-speed internet access, complimentary coffee and chocolate chip cookies in the lobby. Guest room amenities include a coffee maker, mini refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and flat-screen HDTV. After a brief time to freshen up, we will depart for dinner included at ZaZa's Cucina Restaurant specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with contemporary flair in an upscale casual atmosphere. Please choose one of the following entrees: Jail Island Salmon (maple balsamic glaze, whipped potatoes, and vegetable), Duck Breast (fennell crust, cherry demi-glaze, whipped potatoes, and vegetable), or French Chicken (balsamic herbs de Provence, whipped potatoes, and vegetable). ***If you have not already made you selection, please call our office at least one month prior to the trip date. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel to relax and unwind for the night.


Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and depart for Cornell Plantation’s Arboretum, named #1 of 50 most beautiful college arboretums for its rolling hills, panoramic views and beautiful gardens. The plantings in the arboretum, all hardy to the area, help foster the Plantation's scientific, educational and plant appreciation efforts. The rolling hills and valleys were carved out by Fall Creek following the retreat of the last glaciers over 10,000 years ago. We will have time to explore on our own the Botanical Gardens which include herbs, rhododendrons, perennials, plants of winter interest and much more and is tucked into the Northeast corner of Cornell University’s campus. Don’t miss the Nevin Welcome Center, located in the Botanical Gardens that includes fantastic interpretative exhibits. After a driving tour and free time to tour the botanical gardens and gift shop, we will depart for downtown Ithaca for lunch on your own before making our way to the Thirsty Owl Wine Company for a wine tasting. Located on Cayuga Lake, the vineyard offers breathtaking views of the lake and vineyards. While here, enjoy a tasting of fine and award-winning wines. Following the tasting, we will make our way down the road to Myer Farm Distillers. Nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, this distillery uses certified organic grain and is one of the largest and oldest currently operating organic farms in the Northeast United States. They offer a number of award-winning craft distilled spirits. While here, enjoy a tasting and time to browse the gift shop. Then, depart for a visit to Lively Run Dairy, where we’ll learn all about the process of making goat cheese. We will meet the herd of French Alpine and Swiss Sanaan goats that provide the milk for Lively Run’s cheeses that they make on site and that we will sample. Our final stop will be at the incomparable Taughannock Falls Overlook in Ulysses. Here, we can enjoy views of the Falls which has a drop of 215 feet and makes it one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains. The Falls are formed by a rock bed creek entering Cayuga Lake and are surrounded by a glen with walls climbing to 400 feet. After time to photograph this magnificent natural wonder, we will depart for dinner included at the Boatyard Grill. Surrounded by water, this nautical-themed restaurant offers wonderful views and delicious dining. Please choose from the following entrees: Eggplant Arrabiatta (panko crusted eggplant, arrabiatta sauce-tomato based-provolone, mozzarella and cavatappi), Grilled Salmon (Jail Island filet with jasmine rice and fresh vegetable), Georgie Peach Grilled Chicken (served with sweet mashed potatoes, Georgia peach chutney and fresh vegetables), and Maker's Mark Sirloin (with bourbon sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables). ***If you have not already made a selection, please call our office at least one month prior to the trip date.

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Day 3

We will check out of the hotel after breakfast and board the bus for a short drive to visit Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen. Lakewood includes 80 acres of vineyards planted on the western slope of Seneca Lake and features 14 varieties of grapes. After nearly 37 years of growing and selling the grapes, in 1988 the family decided to press their grapes for their first vintage and has had grand success producing numerous award-winning wines. We will depart Lakewood and venture to downtown Watkins Glen, where we will enjoy a narrated lunch cruise aboard Captain Bill's Legacy sailing on Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. Following the cruise, we will depart for home with meal and rest stops en route.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
Harrisburg Mall Harrisburg Mall -3501 Paxton St.
Park near Pole 32
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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