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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Tour Our Backyard Wine Country


5. Oddball Day

Left: Hector Falls. Right: The falls at Watkins Glen State Park.  

The Finger Lakes are waterfall country, and in spring, they’re at their fullest. Spend a day taking a driving tour of the falls that are viewable from the roadside. After lunch, the sun lights up Hector Falls, on the northbound side of Route 414, about a mile south of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. Drive south on Route 14, past Watkins Glen, to the tiny town of Montour Falls to view the wide curtain of Aunt Sarah’s Falls, and the massive multitiered 156-foot wedding cake of She-Qua-Ga Falls, tucked under a rugged bridge near Main Street. Next, head to Watkins Glen State Park. From the road, you can see where the twin tendrils spill down a massive cliff face. End your day with a flight of house brews at the Wildflower Café and the Crooked Rooster Brewpub, but call ahead to see if they’re still serving Thai Pumpkin Soup.

Published on Mar 12, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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