The 10 Best Things to Do in Hector, United States

March 15, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

Hector is a town in the northeastern corner of Schuyler County, New York, United States. The population was 4,854 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Hector Ely, who at the time was the firstborn son of the town founders. Hector is west of Ithaca, New York.
Restaurants in Hector

1. Finger Lakes Wine Country

Rochester, NY +1 800-813-2958
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 447 reviews

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Reviewed By 110deirdrer - Rochester, New York

I have been to the Finger Lakes wine region many times. Mostly in the Summer months but going in the Fall was also great with the beautiful upstate NY foliage.
In the past I wasn’t a big fan of NYS wines. They have come a long way, and some are outstanding. Ice wine from this region is some of the best I’ve ever had. If you’re not familiar with Ice Wine, the grapes are picked very late after having been frozen from the weather. Not artificially. That is how it gets it’s sweetness. It’s like dessert in a glsss! It’s very concentrated with a high alcohol volume. Don’t drink too muc of this! At least that is my understanding from some of the many winery tours I’ve been on.
If you like to partake in the tastings, I would definitely either have a DD or limo (always a blast)! There are so many wineries in the Finger Lakes that you need several visits to try them all. I live less than an hour away from many of the wineries, yet have still never been to all.
It’s a very fun weekend getaway. I highly recommend visiting if you enjoy wine and beautiful scenery.

2. Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

5712 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841-9714 +1 607-546-9463
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 273 reviews

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

Enjoy friendly staff, antique decor, and the casual atmosphere of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards on beautiful Seneca Lake. Visit us and see why the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (May 2008) voted us one of the Top 25 tasting rooms in the United States. Great wines! Great times! Home of the Red Cat.

Reviewed By Julie C

Wonderful wine tasting and personal service ‼️ went to several wineries on senaca lake and this was our favorite ‼️ great wine with a personal touch. The best wine was bramble berry which they serve with a bit of dark chocolate making the perfect match. Very reasonably priced , highly recommended

3. Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.

4408 State Route 414, Burdett, NY 14818-9785 +1 607-351-8019
Excellent
93%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 224 reviews

Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.

Family owned small winery ... Hippie Attitude with international gold medal winning wines ... Dry red wines to Sweet wines ... we grow all our own grapes utilizing our three properties...Spring 2018 our Solar energy will give us a zero carbon footprint... friendly, inviting, loving, customer service...two of our wines benefit the local shelter... Brickoven pizza and seating for pizza, cheese and wine...in business since 2000 ... father daughter winemaker team ... multi generational family winery with roots in Italy ... #OneLove ... Peace ...

Reviewed By oldgoalie00 - Medford, New Jersey

Stopped by as the first winery of the day and was met by Kimmie and staff. I like dry reds and my wife likes sweeter wines. This stop was recommended by one of my customers who told me I had to stop due to the winemakers expertise in dry reds. I have found that the Fingerlakes region shows lighter dry reds but these wines impressed. I enjoyed the selection of bolder dry reds and ended up purchasing the "Italian" blend which was delicious. My wife enjoyed the sweeter wines and a friend with us enjoyed the dry whites. All in all, a great stop and we will definitely be back!

4. Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

9224 State Route 414, Lodi, NY 14860-9641 +1 607-582-6011
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

One of the youngest wineries in the Finger Lakes Region (circa 1992), the vineyards overlook picturesque Seneca Lake and offers a wide range of estate bottled vinifera wines.

Reviewed By jessie j

While on a weekend away in the finger lakes my husband and I visited Lamoreaux. We had a great time- Laurie helped us and she was really nice and helpful. She showed us the difference between some of their Rieslings, which was really cool. Sh also didn'tt rush us which was a nice change from a few others we visited over the weekend. Great wine and a great staff- definitely worth a visit!

5. Rasta Ranch Vineyards

5882 State Route 414, Valois, NY 14841-9627 +1 607-546-2974
Excellent
59%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Rasta Ranch Vineyards

Reviewed By Nancy H - Pittsburgh

We've been going to the Grapehounds event with our Greyhounds for many years, and for all of those years, Rasta Ranch has been a highlight of our trip. With so many wineries around Seneca Lake, it's sometimes hard to stand out. But Rasta Ranch does! They have their own unique, funky, retro ambience that makes each visit a lot of fun. The tasting room is like an overload to the senses, with posters, clothing, jewelry, etc., etc. all with a 60's theme. And since we're old enough to have truly experienced the 60's, we just love coming there. Diane, the owner, is a great personality, so friendly, funny, knowledgeable and accommodating. Rasta has a lot of wine, not all of it for connoisseurs, but some of it is pretty darn good. The ones we like are too many to list, and we found so many that we like because we asked to try them, and were always permitted. One year, we brought sandwiches from Big Johnson's, and did a lovely tasting on the deck, then ate our food, accompanied by full glasses of Terry's Teaser. They are always so easy going and unpretentious, and actually seem to like having the Greyhounds visit. They've welcomed us with afternoon parties, great live music, and a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. They just seem to go out of their way to make sure that everyone has fun and enjoys being there, and we appreciate that!

6. Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

3962 Rte. 14, Dundee, NY 14837 +1 607-243-7971
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 253 reviews

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Estate grown wines are established from traditions of excellence and have a nationwide reputation for creating exceptionally lush, crisp and well-balanced wines.

Reviewed By Thomas P

This is one of THE best Riesling vineyards in the region and if you're a wine aficionado you must stop in for the Riesling flight, 4 wines, $10, served at once so you can go back-and-forth, "comparing and contrasting. Knowledgeable attendants will describe the differences in viticulture and leave you to decide your preference. Highly recommended.

7. Magnus Ridge Winery

6148 New York 14,, Rock Stream, NY 14878 +1 607-243-3611
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Magnus Ridge Winery

Reviewed By Bill K - Ontario, Canada

Visited: October 25, 2017

Beautiful location overlooking Seneca Lake. The shop is very quaint with many neat gift ideas - not to mention a large selection of their wines.

The proprietor was very pleasant and helpful. Of the 100+ (it seems) wineries along the lake, this one had the nicest front facing façade.

8. Hector Falls, Hector, NY

Route 414, Hector, NY
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Hector Falls, Hector, NY

Reviewed By JuneNY

I love waterfalls and I saw this one as I was driving by. There is a parking area available south of the falls on the west side of the road. I don't understand why recent reviewers are saying that there is no place to park. I parked and got out and walked back a bit and spent a few minutes taking pictures...........no problem. I would like to see it when there is more water going over the falls.

9. Finger Lakes Distilling

4676 State Route 414, Burdett, NY 14818-9730 +1 607-546-5510
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Finger Lakes Distilling

Finger Lakes Distilling is a New York State Farm Distillery. We use locally grown fruits and grains to produce a range of high-quality, handmade spirits Including vodka, gin, whiskey, grappa and a variety of liqueurs and brandies. Our tasting room directly overlooks the production area for a tasteful and educational experience!

Reviewed By Jim_Amenta - Berlin, Connecticut

If you like Whiskey, this is the place for you. My wife and I visited on a Saturday and had signed up for the tour. Brian McKenzie, the owner, conducted the tour. It so happened that we were the only ones that had signed up for the tour that day, so it ended up being a private tour which was awesome. Brian showed us all of the distillery, and explained the process behind distilling all of the different items they make. Very impressive.
After the tour we had a tasting of 3 spirits. All of which were excellent. Along with the tour, we received drink coupons so we went into the bar and had a drink. The drinks are not for the faint of heart. The whiskey is strong, as any good whiskey should be. We also purchased some whiskey and vodka before leaving.
I would recommend visiting the distillery if you have the chance, and definitely take the tour.

10. Wagner Vineyards

9322 State Route 414, Lodi, NY 14860-9641 +1 607-582-6450
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 275 reviews

Wagner Vineyards

Visitors to this popular winery in the Finger Lakes area can experience great wine-tasting, fine dining and tasting this establishment's newest addition- micro-brewed beers.

Reviewed By Mellayella - Welland, Canada

This is our second visit to Wagner, and it was a disappointment. We came on a Saturday (and as I have read thru reviews Saturday's in the fall are their peak times) so with them acknowledging this you would think they would be better staffed. There was one server at each bar that were all absolutely packed. The server only had enough time to pour the sample, yell out over the noise what wine it was and move on to the dozens of other people there. If you know you are busiest on fall Saturday's why not have more staff on. Maybe 3 per bar. I got zero info on the wines.
My husband and our friend tasted the beer. They were told it's busy so leave the bar, again no info on the beer. They were asked to leave their licenses behind for some reason as well....Maybe as assurance the flight board would come back? However because it's so busy when we wanted to get out of there we had to wait around after dropping the board off to get our licenses back.
The whole thing was a disappointment. Our first visit was much nicer. Apparently if you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday it's recommended you don't come.. or come first thing before it gets busy. For us that wasn't convenient as we stayed in Geneva.
Not worth the trip or the money.

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