Things to do

Try dinner at the house.

SugarHill Owner/Chef Mike loves cookouts, and there’s no better place to have a delicious dinner utilizing local ingredients than at the house.  Mike  has been operating a successful catering company in New York City for over 10 years, and in 2005 he expanded to the Finger Lakes, a region that is reminiscent of his native California due to the abundance of produce and wine, though way, way colder.   Enjoy a leisurely buffet-style meal, or if you prefer, a more formal sit down dinner, all with your favorite Finger Lakes wines you purchased.

Ever consider taking a cooking class?

Consider taking that class at SugarHill!  As a former chef instructor, Mike will guide you through an informative and fun class in cooking.  How about a class in hors d’oeuvre preparation for the next get together you’re hosting?  Or the joys of chocolate desserts?   Best of all, you’ll love eating what you just made.

Wineries

The very best way to enjoy the wineries is to sit back, relax, and have us take you there.  We will drive you and your group to the wineries of your choice, or we can select the wineries which we feel are the best representation of our region.  We drive your car, which is a fraction of what you would pay by hiring a limo with driver.  At some point during the day you’re going to get hungry while wine tasting, so why not have us pack a picnic lunch of cheeses, salamis, hummus, crackers, and other items to nosh on giving you the stamina to taste on!  Minivans and 15 passenger vans can be rented from Enterprise if you are a large group.

Geneva, Canandaigua, Ithaca

There are tons of activities going on in the area.   Farm stands are plentiful and numerous, selling fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, jams, and more.  Mennonite farm stands offer some of the best selections in fresh and organic flowers and produce.Geneva is at the north end of Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes.  The large lakefront has a boat launch, swimming area, and walking and biking lanes.  Hobart and William Smith College is located.  Geneva is one of the starting points for the Seneca Lake wine trail, and home to Red Jacket Orchards, the finest cider maker in the area.  They offer numerous free samples of ciders, from Fuji apple, to strawberry cider, to a black currant cider.  A not-to-be-missed stop.

Canandaigua is similar in size to Geneva, and situated at the northern end of Canadaigua Lake.  The New York Wine and Culinary Center is located here,   They not only offer flights of wine from throughout New York State, but also offer beer and spirits tastings,  You can enroll in a weekend cooking class, and there’s an upscale restaurant on the second floor.  Sit at an outdoor table for a view of the lake.  Kayak rentals are available, and there is the Canandaguia Lady, a paddle steamboat from the 1900′s that offers leisurely tours of the lake.

Ithaca is an hours drive, where you’ll find Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the bestSaturday Farmer’s market in the area.  Taughannock Falls is an awesome gorge just outside of town, and there are a number of great places to eat.

And Beyond…

All of these places are between a 30 minute to 2 hour drive from the house.

  • Watkins Glen is 45 minutes south, and during the summer months hosts NASCAR races.  There’s also a great trail that follows the gorge which is in the heart of the village.
  • Corning Glass Museum – Corning, NY.  Take a tour, or sign up for a glass blowing class.
  • Letchworth State Park  -  Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, this is the 2nd largest gorge in the country after the Grand Canyon.  About 1.5 hours away.
  • Rochester – a short 45 minute drive, this city is the home of Eastman Kodak, great jazz festivals, and great restaurants.  The Rochester International Airport is the gateway to the Finger Lakes.
  • The Women’s Rights National Historical Museum in Seneca, NY is a half-hour drive.  Tour this free museum for some really insightful info and historical facts that helped shape this nation into the free society it is.
  • Erie Canal – a half-hour drive puts you on the legendary canal.  Take a 1/2 day tour along the canal and it’s locks.
  • Underground Railroad – Harriett Tubman, Frederick Douglass, John Brown
  • Bristol Mountain Ski Resort – purported to be have the highest elevation between the Adirondacks and the Rockies
  • Waterloo Shopping Outlet – Get your shopping groove on.
This is just a handful of interesting places in our area.  We can offer plenty more ideas.