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A little bit about Cayuga County and New York’s Finger Lakes Region

Formed in 1799, Cayuga County was named for the Cayuga Indian Tribe, one of five initial members that formed the Iroquois Confederation in the 1500s. Cayuga (ka-yu-ga) means “people of the wetlands.”

Home to several historical figures like Millard Fillmore, William H. Seward, Harriet Tubman, and Ted Case, Cayuga County is well known for its historical significance and legacies. Walk in the footsteps of Tubman’s day-to-day life and explore museums and other sites relevant to our nation’s chronicle of growth. 

Beyond the historical value, Cayuga County is full of exploration opportunities to embark on. Take to the country and discover the collection of scenic lakes and partake in outdoor adventures like kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, hiking, biking, and fishing. Or, immerse yourself in the thriving arts & culture scene that includes music, fine arts, live theater performances, and other cultural establishments.

Of course, indulging in regional cuisine is a must while you’re here. Take a seat and enjoy our vast selection of local restaurants bursting with flavorful dishes. Settle in to experience the rich agricultural bounty of our local farms at one of our farm-to-table restaurants, or sip your way through wine tastings from our world-renowned wineries or savor seasonal crafts from our local breweries and cidery.  

There’s so much to see. There’s so much to do. Please don’t fret; we’re here to help you craft your perfect experience in Cayuga County.