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The town of Geneva (population 13,000) on the North end of Seneca Lake has a wonderful small town feel, with historic homes, a charming old town square and a "main street" (actually Exchange Street) that exudes local flavor. Pulteney Square sits at the heart of the original lay of the land, offering serenely beautiful views of Seneca Lake. The highly regarded, small liberal arts colleges Hobart and William Smith are located in Geneva.

The major industries in Geneva are tourism and winemaking, and touring the Seneca Wine Trail is the most popular combination of the two. Seneca Lake State park is a big draw—recreational activities on offer include hiking, fishing, swimming and camping. The park has two marinas, both with transient slips available. If you want to hit the links, the Big Oak Golf Course is one of the best in the area—it's a challenging course with water hazards and tricky greens.

There are plenty of B&B's and hotels available. In Geneva, you'll find major chain hotels, independent motels and a couple of boutique hotels to choose from.

Featured Recommendations

Edgar's Restaurant at Belhurst Castle Resort

Enjoy superb steaks, chops and seafood in an exquisite century-old castle! Private parties welcome!

Geneva on the Lake Resort

Savor a meal in the Lancellotti dining room and then relax in a Stickley-furnished suite overlooking Seneca Lake!

Seneca Lake

Picturesque vineyards dot the hills that surround Seneca Lake, and sports enthusiasts are drawn to its beautiful waters!