Drive four hours north and west of Manhattan and you’ll find yourself in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Named so because from the air or on a map, the lakes appear as an ancient handprint set in rocky earth by a giant, ancient deity.

Wineries, eateries, distilleries and natural beauty abound on the shores of the lakes and on the wide, open spaces of the plateaus in between. Here’s a weekend itinerary for sampling what the region has to offer.

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