Embrace New York’s Finger Lakes Area

Sun-Sat, Oct. 15-21 & Oct. 22-28, 2017  $1,968

Trip Rating: Energetic Maximum Daily mileage: 4-8
Terrain: Gently rolling with some steeper areas
Elevation gains: Up to 500 feet

*** NOTE: The 2017 trips are filled. We encourage you to sign up for our waiting list. No deposit is required for the wait list. ***

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According to Native American legend, the Great Spirit laid his hands on this land to bless it, leaving imprints of his fingers, which filled with water … and became known as the Finger Lakes.

  • Explore state parks voted 1st and 3rd best in the country ~ and see why
  • Hike the rim of the "Grand Canyon of the East," and then river-raft through it
  • Discover 28 waterfalls and countless cascades
  • Hike Lake Ontario’s coastline, admiring rock formations chiseled by waves and wind
  • Ride horseback through golden woodlands and gentle streams
  • Tour rolling hills & valleys dotted with vineyards… crazy-quilt-patterned fields… woods ablaze in autumn colors… livestock grazing in meadows
  • Savor local wines and amazing vistas on our wine-tasting tour around Keuka Lake
Day 1

Revel in a waterfall wonderland at Watkins Glen.

Ride through golden woodlands and quiet streams.

Enter this land of vineyards, sparkling lakes,
and picture-postcard scenery.

Fly into the Rochester, NY, airport, where we’ll meet and drive you to our Ramada Geneva Lakefront in the charming town of Geneva, NY. Our lake-view rooms nestle on the shores of Geneva Lake, the deepest and largest of New York’s 11 sparkling Finger Lakes.

We’ll pick up drinks/trail food you’d like for the hotel. Then, settle into your room, stroll the 2.5-mile footpath hugging the lakeshore, or relax in a lakeside chair to bask in tranquility.

In the evening, we’re guests at nearby Bellhurst Castle to relish a brief tour of this grand estate, a delicious dinner, and warm ambience.

Day 2

Enjoy the sights as we travel through vineyards and bucolic countryside to Watkins Glen, at the base of Geneva Lake. Voted America’s 3rd best state park, Watkins Glen treats you to 19 waterfalls,plunge pools, and 200-foot ancient stone cliffs on this 3-mile hike. You’ll tread stone staircases, tunnels and bridges crafted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the ’30s,plus trek paths winding through old-growth forests.

After our hike, revel in more NY beauty on a one-hour horseback ride through rolling, autumn woodlands and gentle streams. Tour the stable, meet the horses, and munch your trail lunch at the farm. OR, opt for a beer, beef sandwich, and beautiful deck view at Two Goats Brewery.

Take in the views as we circle pretty Seneca Lake and return to our lakeside rooms to relax. Stroll to a favorite Geneva restaurant for pizza and pasta.

I feel so blessed to have these fun experiences, to enjoy this beautiful world, to have time away to think, and to challenge myself. I like spending time with my good friend and meeting the other women. These trips also inspire me to stay healthy so I can continue exploring new opportunities. ~ "Farm Wife"

Thrill to amazing canyon views and fun as you raft through the "Grand Canyon of the East" with an experienced guide.

Day 3

Find peace in a misty autumn morning
on the canyon’s rim.

Walk the canyon rim with views of the Genesee River
and its three majestic falls.

 

You’ll love this day! Enjoy picture-postcard scenery as we travel to Letchworth State Park, last year voted the country’s best state park! Called the Grand Canyon of the East, the gorge’s rock walls tower 550 feet above the Genessee River. We’ll hike 2.5 miles on the rim trail from the river’s showy Lower Falls to the majestic Middle and Upper Falls. After a trail lunch at the Upper Falls, we’ll river raft 5 1/2 miles on the Genessee River through spectacular scenery and fun rapids (below the waterfalls). If water levels are too low to raft, we’ll paddle inflatable sit-on-top kayaks.

Dine at the historic Glen Iris Inn, perched on a cliff overlooking Middle Falls. It is the former home of William Letchworth, who bequeathed this land to the state.

Trailbound allows me to experience so many new adventures with such a fun group of women. The trips also help me step outside my comfort zone a lot!~ "Fearless"
Day 4

Discover 28 waterfalls as we explore
the Finger Lake region.

Hike along Lake Ontario’s gorgeous shoreline.

Hike to Lucifer Falls, cascading 115 feet
down rugged terrain.

In the morning, hike 2 1/2 miles on the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail. This historic, flat path follows a lovely stream that was once a canal connecting Keuka and Seneca Lakes. This trail treats us to one of the area’s prettiest waterfalls. Then, circle beautiful Keuka Lake by van for photo ops and wine-tasting at three wineries that boast views as wonderful as their wines! In addition to wine-tasting at Bully Hill Vineyard, we’ll lunch there and tour the vineyards.

After relaxing at our hotel, celebrate at nearby Ventosa Vineyard with 2-for-1 happy hour, Mediterranean food, beautiful views, and live music.

Day 5

This day’s two hikes introduce you to Lake Ontario’s bluffs, coastline, and old-growth forests. Our Chimney Bluffs trail features rocky spires and chimneys chiseled by waves and wind. Sterling Nature Center also boasts beautiful wooded shorelines, panoramic vistas, and cobblestone beaches. Enjoy dinner at a favorite local Geneva restaurant.

 
Day 6

This show-stopping day treats you to 3 state parks, 5 waterfalls, and countless cascades. A gentle 1 1/2-mile round-trip gorge hike takes us to 215-foot-high Taughannock Falls, the highest free-falling waterfall east of the Rockies. We’ll then explore Treman State Park’s cliffs, forests, cascades, and waterfalls, including jaw-dropping 115-foot Lucifer Falls. You can choose between a 5-mile or 2.5-mile hike. Our next stop is Buttermilk Falls, which shows off two frothy 90-foot cascades. To top off the day, walk to the base of Ithaca Falls, 105 feet high and 175 feet wide.

Reminisce about our day ~ and our trip ~ over a yummy, lakeside dinner at the Boatyard Grill.

Day 7

Return home filled with memories, friends, confidence, and love of nature. We’ll transport you to Rochester’s airport within specified time frames.

Trip Difficulty Rating: Energetic

Daily mileage: 4-8

Terrain: Gently rolling with some steeper areas

Elevation gains: Up to 500 feet

Trailbound weeklong trips in this category: Sedona, NY Finger Lakes, Big Sur

Trip Costs

The trip cost includes:

  • 6 nights, double-occupancy,**at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, with WiFi, workout room, mini-pool, restaurant, bar, access to the shore path, and lakefront seating. Your room has 2 comfy queen beds, views of Geneva Lake, mini-fridge, microwave, and a safe.
  • Great daily hikes and explorations led by experienced, friendly women guides.
  • Transportation throughout the week, including shuttles to/from Rochester’s airport within stated time frames.
  • Wine tasting at three vineyards.
  • Park fees and permits.
  • Hotel maid tips.
  • Online photos of the trip.
  • Advance booklet packed with trip itineraries, details, and tips ~ plus area info and maps.
  • Unforgettable memories, warm friendships, renewed confidence, and great stories.

** A solo room upgrade is an additional $400/pp, pending room availability.

Because not everyone may choose to river-raft or horseback ride, those costs are not included in the trip price. Meals are also not included.

" I feel so blessed to have these fun experiences, to enjoy this beautiful world, to have time away to think, and to challenge myself. I like spending time with my good friend and meeting the other women. These trips also inspire me to stay healthy so I can continue exploring new opportunities." ~Farm Wife

" Trailbound allows me to experience so many new adventures with such a fun group of women. The trips also help me step outside my comfort zone a lot!"~Fearless