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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Tour Our Backyard Wine Country

With improved wineries, a new distillery, and restaurants to match, Seneca Lake is a closer alternative to Northern California.


1. Where to Stay

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.  

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel (from $159) opened just last summer and offers lakeside terraces, a display on early New York wines, and a compact but well-equipped gym.

The floral suites and manicured grounds of Geneva on the Lake (from $289) bear little resemblance to their past as a former monastery, but they’re an old-world favorite for weddings and celebrities (Clintons, the late Paul Newman).

On the lake’s eastern shore sits Magnolia Place (from $140), a meticulously updated 1830 farmhouse with wraparound porches, spacious Jacuzzis, and signature two-course breakfasts, including cinnamon soufflé.

Published on Mar 12, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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