Which wineries do you visit?
Most typically, we visit Sheldrake Point Winery, Long Point Winery & Thirsty Owl Winery. Weather and logistics can have us visit Goose Watch, Bet the Farm or Varick Winery.
What about the weather?
Both of our boats will keep you safe, dry and warm. We will cancel for high wind, (docking issues) lightning and heavy rain (transportation from the dock to the winery)
What is the best day to tour?
Weekdays are best as weekends can be crowded at the wineries & docks.
How do I select my departure point?
Interlaken is the best for Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Geneva, Seneca Falls & all points west. Aurora is best for Auburn, Syracuse and all points east. Feel free to call for advice.
Why do I need to call the Captain on the morning of the tour?
Weather and logistics can alter the schedule by a small amount.
Where is lunch and is it included in the price?
Typically, Friday, Saturday and Sunday we stop at Amelia's at Long Point Winery. Wednesday is at Busy Bee Waterfront Café, as no winery bistro is serving. All other days it is the Bistro at Thirsty Owl. The lunches are all excellent, priced between $10 and $15 and not included in the tour price. Beer & wine are available at all stops.
Is tipping the Captain expected?
If you feel he has done a good job. On a narrated tour a suggested tip for the Captain is $10 per person if he has provided you with information and service. The Captain will tip the drivers of the winery transporters.
Are there bathroom facilities on the boat?
No, both departure points have facilities available and you are never on the boat for more than 25 minutes between wineries.
Can I bring a cooler?
No, however alcohol consumption IS permitted on the tour. As a courtesy to our winery partners, we recommend you purchase products for consumption during the tour. The first stop is 11:15 AM. Also, a large cooler with ice & bottled water is included on all tours.