Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Our tour begins at the Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Romanesque building includes an interior completely executed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. The site is believed to be the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist. As a treat you will hear music on the historic Steere and Turner Tracker Organ.
Next, you will enjoy a visit to MacKenzie-Childs, a world renown producer of artisan majolica ceramic
designs, located in Aurora, NY. Upon arrival, group will be welcomed with a brief meet and greet, followed by a virtual video tour of the studio presented in the theater that takes you behind the scenes from design through production showing artisans at work as they handcraft and paint the ceramics. Group will tour the Farmhouse, which is the company’s showcase property, decorated to the hilt with the company’s colorful designs. Free time to browse the gift shop where artisans may be at work demonstrating their craft.
After our tour, travel to Skaneateles where you will visit Strawberry Fields, a hydroponic strawberry farm. Learn how the plants are grown vertically using hydroponics and time to visit the gift shop.
All aboard the Judge Ben Wiles for a 2-hour sightseeing BBQ dinner cruise on Skaneateles Lake.
After our cruise we will travel to Seneca Falls, to the Hampton Inn. Baggage handling is included. (D)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Please have bags out for baggage service pick up.
Travel from Seneca Falls to Interlaken area. Here you will enjoy a visit to Lively Run Dairy where you will learn all about goat cheese, taste a variety of goat cheeses made on site and visit the goat barn.
Next, visit Taughannock Falls Overlook in Ulysses, NY. Enjoy wonderful views of the fall’s cataract
with a drop of 215 feet making it one of the highest, east of the Rocky Mountains.
Travel to Ithaca NY for a guided driving tour of Cornell Botanic Gardens for a guided driving tour plus enjoy time on own at the nearby Botanical Gardens. The Gardens and Arboretum features collections of maples, oaks, crabapples, conifers, dogwoods, urban trees, nut trees and others in the 100-acre site. A stop in the Nevin Welcome Center includes interpretative exhibits, restrooms, and a gift shop.
Our last and final stop will visit to Six Mile Creek Vineyard in Ithaca for a wine tasting!
What a wonderful ending to our Finger Lakes Getaway, before traveling home! (B)