Travel Diary: Syracuse and the Finger Lakes


In this rather long post I am sharing quite a few photos that I have taken during our current trip. We’ve been traveling in New York State for the past week. It has been a wonderful trip so far.

Each fall Mr. MT Nest and I look forward to football season, an interest we share. For our entire marriage we’ve been college football fans. In fact, our second date was to a University of Miami (UM) football game. When we lived in south Florida, we had season tickets to the UM home games and since we retired and moved to North Carolina, we’ve made it a point to attend several away games each year for both UM (my alma mater) and Florida State University (FSU, Mr. MT Nest’s alma mater.)

In fact our teams are  rival schools, but we cheer for both teams except for the one game each year when they play against each other and we must pick a side. We often use our travel to football games as an opportunity to spend additional time visiting the city and state where the game is held. This year one of the games we planned to attend was the FSU game against Syracuse University that took place last Saturday in the Carrier Dome Stadium on the campus of SU. The photograph below shows the FSU players running onto the field prior to the start of the game. Unfortunately, this turned out to be the highlight of the game 😦



We are using the opportunity to visit Syracuse and the nearby Finger Lakes region of New York. The Finger Lakes area is well known for it’s wines, so we’ve been touring wineries in the area and, as a result, will be taking home several bottles of our favorite wines. We also have family who live in this area who we visited. And Mr. MT Nest has used our visit as a chance to conduct some genealogy research in towns where his ancestors once lived.

While we were in Syracuse, we found a wonderful place to get breakfast, the Rise N Shine Diner. They serve great fresh breakfast dishes and homemade baked goods. The Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Raisin Toast are amazing! The servers are friendly and efficient. One warning, if you go, be sure you’re very hungry as the portions are HUGE! It might be advisable to share a meal if you’re like me. Oh, it is a small place and it does fill up. We’re early risers, so it wasn’t a problem for us, but by the time we left each day, (we had 3 breakfasts there) there was a line of people waiting to get in.


I loved the cute décor. But my favorite thing were the two lighting fixtures, made from cutlery and wire whisks. I just had to take photos of it. From across the room…


From underneath…A metal shelf with lights woven through, cutlery with holes drilled in the handles hanging on each metal rung in the shelf. The cutlery actually can move. A whisk with a lightbulb inside the wires on each end. So clever!


After we left Syracuse, we headed to a lovely B & B overlooking Seneca Lake. We visited wineries on both Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Our favorites are: Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, Lakewood Winery, Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery, Boundary Breaks Winery, and Thirsty Owl Wine Company. This area is known for excellent Riesling and other whites, but several of the vineyards are producing great reds as well.

PicMonkey Collage Cayuga Ridge




The Finger Lakes also has a number of dairy farms and some  of them market farm fresh cheeses. We revisited one of our favorites, Shtayburne Farm, that we had discovered on our last trip to this area and we’ are taking home some great sharp cheddar, horseradish cheddar, and flavored Monterey Jack. Their cheese is outstanding and can be ordered here. It would make a great gift for a foodie.

Cheese Collage

The terrain in this area is gorgeous and we enjoy just taking in the magnificent views of the lakes and the countryside. Many of the wineries have outdoor areas where you can order lunch or just enjoy a glass of wine and take in the splendor.



The area also has a number of lovely waterfalls. We stopped along the road to view one of these, Hector Falls.


There’s also Taughannock Falls State Park with camping, hiking, a boat launch, and, of course, the falls.


As one of the original 13 colonies, New York is rich in history. For history buffs, (like Mr. MT Nest) there’s much to enjoy. Seneca Falls, which was at the center of women’s suffrage, has the Women’s Rights National Historical Park which we visited on our last visit to New York 3 years ago. I saw this humorous shirt in a shop window.


This visit, as we were taking an after dinner stroll down Falls Street and Cayuga Street, we passed by a historic church that played a role in the struggle for women’s rights, First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls.



We decided to attend worship there on Sunday and we found the service very inspiring.





There is another historic church in Seneca Falls, Trinity Episcopal Church, which is billed as the most-photographed church in New York. It’s photo has been used in the I ❤ NY advertising campaign. It is a pretty stone building.


We’re off to Cooperstown tomorrow and then we’ll be starting to make our way home with a stop first in Washington, DC. While we’re on the road, I may be unable to post. So I will be back next week. As soon as I get home, it will be time for me to get busy cozying Our MT Nest for the fall season. I will be bringing home a couple of purchases that will be used to help me decorate for fall. I hope you have a nice weekend, the first of Fall!



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2 Responses to Travel Diary: Syracuse and the Finger Lakes

  1. Linda Miller says:

    Great photos of a beautiful area of our country. We visited many years ago including The baseball Hall of Fsme After spending what seemed like the entire day in the museum I finally pulled my husband and oldest son out kicking and screaming! Enjoy!


    • carolyn says:

      We enjoyed our time at the Baseball Hall of Fame today and then moved on to the Fenimore Art Museum after lunch. Our time here has been filled with such a variety of activities. We visited family, purchased three cases of wine to cart home (not all for us), and restocked some of our favorite cheeses, and found a few other treasures. Mike was very successful with his genealogy research too. He visited several libraries and historical societies and was able to find some very interesting documents. So the trip has been quite successful.


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