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Finger Lake Wineries & Breweries (Part VII)

“There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.” -W. Somerset Maugham

Covid 19 changed a lot of things about the year and our summer in the Finger Lakes, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying picnics at wineries. We have a lot of favorite places to go, like Long Point State Park, Sheldrake Winery and Boundary Breaks Vineyard, but this summer we also had a chance to check out a few new places. 


Fall in Pennsylvania

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.” –Unknown

Fall in the northeast means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apples of all kinds and leaves that change from green to beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. It’s a great place to be when the summer slips into fall.


Sept. 24-27 Fall Lake Vacation

Interlaken, NY

“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing.” –Unknown

The theme to our summer has been family…lots of time with family. Our last mini vacation with our son and his family was at a cute house on Cayuga Lake. This house was located near Sheldrake Point, about halfway up the lake. It was the perfect place to relax, play and enjoy the view. We had time to visit Sheldrake Point Winery, the Finger Lake Cider House, Long Point State Park and Stewart Park. We also had lots of time to play in and around the water, ride on Tiny Pearl, paint rocks, play games and eat lots of great food. 

Aug. 12 – Carpenter Falls

“Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.” –Unknown

We haven’t taken the time to explore many new places this year, but the weather has cooled off a little and we decided to check out Carpenter Falls. It’s located along the southwest end of Skaneateles Lake. Carpenter Falls is a ninety foot waterfall that has carved a notch out of the rock and plunges into a deep round pool, which makes a great swimming hole on a hot summer day. There was plenty of water in the pool for a swim, but the waterfall was only a trickle since we haven’t had much rain this summer.

Aug. 6-10 – Keuka Lake Family Vacation

Penn Yan, NY

“My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me.” -Michael Imperioli

We were fortunate to spend another staycation with Kyle and his family. This time we stayed at a nice house in Penn Yan, which is located on Keuka Lake. We brought our little run about with us so we could explore the lake and go swimming. We enjoyed five days of playing with our kids, swimming, boating, eating well and relaxing…the perfect vacation. 


July 15-17 Cora’s Visit

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” -Lisa Weed

It was finally Cora’s turn to spend individual time on The Pearl. We were all excited about this special time and it was wonderful. She was so much fun and so entertaining. We loved getting to spend one on one time with her. This kind of time with our grands…is what life is all about. The weather was very windy while she was onboard, so we didn’t get to spend time on the Tiny Pearl. We couldn’t be out on the water, but we had plenty to keep us busy.


June 23-26 – Graham’s Visit

“Teach them to boat when they are little and they will have a lifetime of adventures!” -Author Unknown

The main reason we spend our summers in upstate New York is to be close to our son and his family in PA. Spending time with our family is the most important thing in our life at this moment. We love to explore new places, but we love our family more. We’re blessed to be able to spend half the year with Eric and his family in Texas and the other half with Kyle and his family. The bonus is we get to stay away from the extreme weather in both places. 

Family Lake Vacation

“The memories we make with our family is everything.” –Candace Cameron Bure

With all the Covid virus restrictions it’s nice we have a beautiful area in our own backyard to vacation in. Our PA kids were on vacation, so they rented a house on the lake. The house was only a few miles up the lake from the marina and had a nice little dock for Tiny Pearl. Graham was excited to drive the boat to the house…Cora had a chance later in the week to drive the boat. They really enjoy our boats and we love having them here.


Back to The Pearl

“Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with whom they are.” —Mehmet Murat ildan

Our trip east from Texas this year was our 41st trip since 2011. It was definitely the longest and the hardest…maybe because we’re getting older, but in reality I think it was the traffic. From the looks of our highways, our economy should be booming. We’ve never seen so many 18-wheelers on the freeways before. Between construction, accidents and having to be rerouted we lost four hours…making our 25 hour trip over 29. Our reward…spending three days with our PA family and filling up on love.

May Updates

“Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.” –Marvin J. Ashton

This is the first May in ten years that we’re still in Texas. It starts to get hot in Texas around Mother’s Day…the temperature rises and the humidity becomes almost unbearable. That’s why we’re usually gone by now, but Covid 19 has changed the world and we’re on hold. We aren’t sure if we’ll even be able to return to The Pearl this season.