It has been a couple of years since the family and I have ventured away for a summer holiday break which is why this upcoming summer week escape to the Finger Lakes has us all really excited. We’re especially looking forward to seeing the 4th of July fireworks there. Last time we traveled for festive fireworks we went to Steamboat, CO and got to also enjoy our very first rodeo experience and a balloon festival.

More than anything, I am looking forward to getting away with the family and seeing some of my friends in the Finger Lakes Wine Country. To exploring a few new hiking trails and waterfalls.

Last time I was there two weeks ago, I revisited both Watkins Glen State park on a sunrise hike, as well as Taughannook Falls for an afternoon stroll with friends. I visited a few new wineries and went back to some favorites. The weather was beautiful the entire time, though we expect a few rain drops this time around – which is never a problem in the end either. Some of our favorite sites:

I can’t wait to drive along the farms and fields and watch the sunsets over the lakes. I’m excited about getting on a kayak with my kids and taking in the views from the water and then having a Wegman‘s picnic along the shore. I look forward to the silence and serenity and the slower pace and friendly faces, and then of course, taking part in all the festivities happening around.

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