SOURCE: Cross Border Showcase

Cross Border Showcase

May 24, 2017 15:35 ET

Outdoor Patios & Dining Open for the Summer Season in Upstate New York

Views, brews, and waterfronts across the state of New York

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - May marks the start of beautiful weather in Upstate New York, as spring arrives in full swing. The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the delicious aroma of local food in the air -- enjoy it all with an outdoor restaurant (or two). Hop across the border to explore a vibrant food scene without leaving the sun behind.

Just over the border, enjoy lunch or dinner on the sweeping grounds of Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia. The outdoor patio offers an open, airy space for visitors to enjoy while dining on classic American cuisine -- everything from burgers to seafood. Regional favorites like Beef on Weck and fish fry also grace the menu.

Take in Rochester's stunning skyline and waterfalls from the deck or rooftop bar at the Genesee Brew House. Try a flight from one of the oldest continually operating breweries in the country, walk through history in the 100-year old building, and enjoy a Rochester classic, like Genesee Cream Ale with a view of High Falls.

For a quieter view waterside, stop by Label 7 located in Rochester's Schoen Place. Enjoy delicious locavore-inspired food on their patio, just steps away from the Erie Canal. Or try Victoire, a Belgian pub-inspired beer garden with a sunken patio in the heart of downtown. Hattie's at the Strathallan is the perfect rooftop getaway for cocktail lovers, or take in the views from a different angle at TRATA, where burgers, beer and brunches are the favorites on a rooftop overlooking Cobb's Hill Park.

Further into the Finger Lakes, Bar-Eat-O in Geneseo is a best kept local secret- and a must-try. Dine on their Main Street-adjacent patio, or take it to-go as you explore the surrounding valley. Or try the woodfire pizza in a historic train station at Ember Woodfire Grill (valley views included at no extra charge).

Further still, options abound as you make your way down to the Watkins Glen area. Stonecat provides breathtaking vineyard views, regionally-inspired cuisine, and a firm belief that food is life. Back on the lakefront, drink and dine on the shores of Seneca Lake at Seneca Harbor Station, or at The Village Marina for unrivaled views of the southern tip of the Lake. Just a short drive away in Ithaca, NY take in the splendor of Cayuga Lake at The Boatyard Grill.

Leaving the Finger Lakes doesn't mean leaving the sights behind. In Capital Region, pull up a chair on the shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake at Sports Island Pub and Lanzi's on the Lake. Enjoy two family owned restaurants where the views are only rivaled by the food. Firmly on dry land, let the views from the garden of the Schoharie Valley be the perfect complement to lunch at Apple Barrel Country Store.

For craft beer lovers, Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton, just outside of Syracuse, offers handcrafted, all-natural ales to complement the views from their patio or Beer Garden, with a farm-to-table restaurant to boot. The Colonial in Binghamton boasts the best burgers in the Southern Tier to match their craft brews.

These delicious outdoor eateries, and more await Canadian visitors! Visit the Cross Border Showcase program website at for more information and available discounts.

Cross Border Showcase Program

The Cross Border Showcase travel program encourages and entices Canadian visitors to explore deeper into New York State. The program showcases a unique collection of attractions and experiences that are all comfortably within driving distance from the Canadian border -- beginning in Western New York, Rochester and the Finger Lakes region to well into Central and Northern New York. The program's partners include accommodations, shopping destinations, family and four-season recreational activities, communities and tourist-friendly businesses. Many of the partners offer discounts for Canadian visitors. Current offers, information and destinations can be found at and by following the program's Twitter or Facebook.

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