As I may or may not have said before, from where I live it takes me about the same amount of time to get to Seneca Lake as it does to Canandaigua Lake. But for some reason I have spent a lot more time around Canandaigua Lake than Seneca Lake. Maybe it is because it is closer to the high school I went to, maybe it is because it is on the way to Rochester and the rest of my family’s houses, maybe it is because we tend to spent a lot more time shopping in the Canandaigua area, or maybe it is a combination of all of these.
Seneca Lake is known as the Lake Trout Capital of the World. Every year, there is a Lake Trout Derby held where fishers try to see who can reel in the biggest trout. It is surprising how big some of them are. The lake is 38 miles long, and at its deepest point is 618 feet deep, making it the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes.
At its northern tip lies the city of Geneva. Geneva is home to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Old Victorian homes on route 14A are a sight to see before entering downtown Geneva. Some are home to college students and others are homes for year round residents. Downtown Geneva is home to many cute storefronts and many delicious locally owned restaurants. My favorite is Eddie O’Brien’s Bar and Grille.
At the south end of the lake lies Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen is home to Watkins Glen State Park. I highly recommend hiking the glen, (be prepared to get a lot of steps in and maybe get a little wet) and if you enjoy camping, the park also has a great campground. There are beautiful waterfalls and it is an amazing example of the power of water over thousands of years. Racecar fans may be familiar with Watkins Glen as it is the home of Watkins Glen International Raceway. One of my favorite things about Watkins Glen is that they have a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream store.
The lake itself is home to two other state parks that have swimming areas: Sampson State Park, and Seneca Lake State Park.
Seneca Lake also draws many visitors to its wineries. There are many to choose from, but all have great wine options.
Many beautiful bed and breakfasts line the lakeshore. Geneva on the Lake and Belhurst Castle are popular destinations. My senior ball in high school was held at Belhurst Castle and it was beautiful.
Being that Seneca Lake is so big, I am sure I missed a few things, but don’t worry, I will cover them in a later blog post I am sure.
Enjoy FLX Living!