Visiting the Finger Lakes

Hammerstone School is located in Jacksonville, New York. Set on a country road and surrounded by farm land, Hammerstone is a five mile drive from Cayuga Lake, with swimming and boating access at Taughannuck Falls State Park. The school is seven miles north of Ithaca, a small town bustling with restaurants, local crafts, swimming holes, gorge hikes, and farmers’ markets. Hammerstone is equally close to Trumansburg, a charming village. People come from afar for both the Cayuga and Seneca Lake wine trails, and to enjoy the natural beauty this area offers.

What to do in the Finger Lakes:

Wine Trails:

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail:

The first wine trail established in New York, Cayuga Lake now has15 wineries, one cidery, one meadery, and four distilleries.


    • Sheldrake Point Vineyard and Cafe, 866-743-5372, 7488 Co Rd 153, Ovid
    • Lucas Vineyards, 800-682-WINE, 3862 County Road 150, Interlaken,
    • Swedish Hill Vineyard, 800-549-WINE, 4565 Route 414, Romulus

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

New York’s largest wine trail, with 34 wineries, a distillery, two breweries and a meadery¬†


    • Red Newt Cellers and Bistro, 607-546-4100, 3675 Tichenor Road, Hector
    • Damiani Wine Cellers, 5435 State Route 414, Hector
    • Standing Stone Vineyards, 607-582-6051, 9934 New York 414, Hector

Outdoor Adventure:

Hikes, Swimming, and Waterfalls:

    • Buttermilk Falls, East Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca: hiking, swimming, waterfalls, picnic areas, camping
    • Taughannuck Falls, 2221 Taughannuck Rd, Trumansburg: easy walking trail, lake swimming, picnic areas, camping
    • Robert H Treeman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca: hiking, swimming, waterfalls, picnic areas, camping
    • Watkins Glen State Park, Rt 14, Watkins Glen: hiking, swimming pool, waterfalls, picnic areas, camping
    • Six Mile Creek Nature Preserve, Giles St, Ithaca: river walk, local swimming hole
    • Finger Lakes National Forest, Searsburg Rd, Hector: hiking, camping
    • Sapsucker Woods, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd,Ithaca, 1-800-843-BIRD. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s 230 acre bird sanctuary. Walking, nature observation.



Local dining, casual

    • Viva Taqueria (Tex-Mex), Aurora St, Ithaca
    • New York Pizza (amazing pizza!), Main St, Trumansburg
    • Maxie’s Supper Club (Cajun), State St, Ithaca
    • Saigon Kitchen (Vietnamese), State St, Ithaca


    • Hazelnut Kitchen, Main St, Trumansburg
    • Fine Line Bistro, State St, Ithaca
    • NorthStar House, Falls St, Ithaca
    • Just a Taste (Tapas), Aurora St, Ithaca


    • Ithaca Bakery (deli), Rt 13 and Court St, Ithaca
    • GreenStar Cooperative Market (grocery, deli), Buffalo and Fulton, Ithaca
    • Viva Taqueria Cantina, Aurora St, Ithaca
    • Good to Go (grocery, deli), Main St, Trumansburg
    • Ithaca Farmers’ Market, (Sat/Sun, Steamboat Landing at 3rd St, Tuesday, Cayuga St, Ithaca)
    • Trumansburg Farmers’ Market (Wednesday afternoon,, Main St, Trumansburg)


    • Gimme Coffee (snacks and coffee), State St, Ithaca, Cayuga St, Ithaca, Main St, Trumansburg
    • The Shop (snacks and coffee), Seneca St, Ithaca
    • Dewitt Cafe (brunch), Buffalo St, Ithaca
    • Carriage House Cafe (brunch), Stewart Ave, Ithaca


    • Corning Museum of Glass: Live glassmaking demonstrations, Make Your Own Glass, hands-on glass exhibits, and stunning glass art collections. 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY, (607) 937-5371
    • Museum of the Earth: Explore Earth through a unique mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY, (607) 273-6623
    • Johnson Museum of Art: Cornell’s free art museum, featuring permanent and rotating collections and views over Ithaca. 114 Central Avenue, Ithaca, NY, 607-255-6464