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Finger Lakes Epicurean Escape

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$699 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Discover Culinary Delights
Along the Shores of Canandaigua

The Finger Lakes region of New York is a destination for food and wine lovers. The fertile soil and gentle climate of the region has created near-perfect growing conditions for centuries, providing wineries and farms with delicious bounty. This perfect combination has drawn to the area innovative chefs known for their delectable, distinctive cuisine that pairs perfectly with the region's famous wines. With stunning vistas over lakes, fields and woods, all of your senses will be indulged. Begin your culinary getaway by checking into your Victorian bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Historic District of Canandaigua within walking distance of restaurants, shops and the breathtaking Canandaigua Lake. The inn has been beautifully restored and is reminiscent of days gone by. Take time to settle in to your alluring accommodations or explore your new neighborhood. In the afternoon or evening, you’ll head to the New York Wine and Culinary Center where you will create your own culinary masterpieces in their state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or skilled with a chef's knife, you will enjoy learning new tricks from highly-qualified chef instructors. To top off your culinary experience, sit down and savor the gourmet creations over enjoyable conversation.

Finger Lakes Epicurean Escape

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Deluxe Guest Room
Gourmet Breakfast
Hands-On Cooking Class
Gourmet Meal After Class
Canandaigua Wine Trail Tour
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-Inn Welcome to Inn on the Main, an 1840 Victorian bed and breakfast located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY in Canandaigua, New York. Located in the heart of the Historic District, the Inn is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, the New York Wine and Culinary Center, as well as breathtaking Canandaigua Lake.
Hands-On Cooking Class with Gourmet Meal You Created! The Hands-On Kitchen offers an ideal environment for people of all cooking abilities to learn to create their own culinary masterpieces. Experienced instructors and guest chefs guide students through the cooking process using professional Viking ranges and a char-grill as well as refrigerators and double-walled ovens. No student ever misses a single direction because the instructors can be seen and heard on 15 video monitors throughout the kitchen. Classes are offered for everyone: children, adult novices, experienced chefs looking to expand their skills, even students learning the culinary arts for college credit. Class focus and cuisine themes vary depending upon the season. To top off your culinary experience, sit down and savor your gourmet creations with new friends, fellow students and the chefs!
Day 2
Famous Gourmet Breakfast Enjoy a full breakfast served daily, as well an assortment of freshly-baked goodies from the Inn’s kitchen, available in the late afternoon and evening. Exclusively for guests of the Inn, breakfast each morning is included in your package, and is decidedly different from your everyday fare. Prepared with care, your breakfast is an enticing reason to get out of your comfy bed in the morning! Awaken to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, sizzling bacon and home-baked pastries from the kitchen. Linger over a complete gourmet breakfast on the sunny porch or in front of the Inn’s dining room fireplace.
Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail Tour Your tour consists of many scenic views along meandering country roads, stopping off first at Bristol Springs for a tasting of local wines and a variety of New York State cheeses. Next it is off to Widmer Wine Cellars, established in 1882, home to Taylor, Great Western, Manuschewitz & Widmer Wines. Widmer, known for its ports and sherries, also produces Niagara Chardonnay, and a selection of Champagnes. This winery is a good place to view how wine is produced, with their guided tour through the historic buildings a must see. As you leave Widmer, you will head through Naples Valley and onto Italy Valley, which provides a short scenic drive through the backroads of many vineyards. Your adventure continues along Keuka Lake, and will include Hunt Country, Dr. Franks, Heron Hill, Bully Hill, Pleasant Valley Winery, and your choice of 3 more wineries.
Day 3
Famous Gourmet Breakfast Enjoy a full breakfast served daily, as well an assortment of freshly-baked goodies from the Inn’s kitchen, available in the late afternoon and evening. Exclusively for guests of the Inn, breakfast each morning is included in your package, and is decidedly different from your everyday fare. Prepared with care, your breakfast is an enticing reason to get out of your comfy bed in the morning! Awaken to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, sizzling bacon and home-baked pastries from the kitchen. Linger over a complete gourmet breakfast on the sunny porch or in front of the Inn’s dining room fireplace.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Should you desire an extended stay, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
1840 Inn on the Main
Welcome to Inn on the Main, an 1840 Victorian bed and breakfast located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY in Canandaigua, New York. The Alfred Morris Gifford House has been lovingly renovated to anticipate the every need of travelers to the Canandaigua, NY area. Located in the heart of the Historic District, the Inn is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, the New York Wine and Culinary Center, as well as breathtaking Canandaigua Lake. Five guest rooms are available to accommodate guests. All rooms feature en suite baths, several with fireplaces and/or Jacuzzis.
Canandaigua, New York
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
This trip was truly extraordinary! We were blown away by the perfect organization, the accommodations, the cooking class, and the fact that we had our own driver for the wine tour. Guy and Jaynee are two of the nicest people we have ever met and they took great care of us. The wine tasting was a lot of fun as was the cooking class. We will certainly recommend Epitourean to all our friends and family and check with your website if we plan another getaway.
Jonas and Julia - June 2015
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