Finger Lakes Sampler: Nature’s Bounty, History, Art and Wine
Discover the Finger Lakes region as you visit the study where Mark Twain wrote “Tom Sawyer,” explore the Corning Museum of Glass and enjoy tastings at renowned vineyards.
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Program No. 1757RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy a feast for the senses in the Finger Lakes region as you sample all the best on offer in the region, from fascinating forays into local geology to the amazing history of glassmaking and insights into Iroquois culture. Revel in the area’s natural beauty, admire the quality and diversity of its historic sites and learn firsthand about its world-class wine industry during tours and tastings at several local farm wineries.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles. Standing up to three hours on field trips, gallery visits. Optional hike down Watkins Glen gorge.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Stop in at three of the more than 100 wineries located in New York’s largest and oldest wine producing region to taste from a flight of sweet and dry wines.
  • Investigate the 3,000-year history of glass at the famous Corning Museum of Glass and learn about Steuben Glass in the Crystal City.
  • Expert-led walks and field trips expose you to distinctive architecture and preserved historic properties and include visits to an aviation museum and the study where Mark Twain wrote his most famous novels.
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Kirk House
Kirk House is a leading writer and researcher on the history of the Southern Finger Lakes and aviation innovator Glenn H. Curtiss. For the past six years he’s served as director of the Glenn Curtiss Museum and he lecture internationally about Curtiss, the Father of Naval Aviation. Kirk is also an adjunct professor of history at Genesse Community College, and he’s written and published 12 books. For over 10 years, House has been putting his expertise and enthusiasm to good use as a Road Scholar instructor at Watson Homestead.
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