1. Naples Valley
If you wander around the village of Naples in the Finger Lakes region of western New York, you’ll notice a particular fondness for grapes and the color purple. Here, the fire hydrants are painted purple, and so are the police cars – and they even have grapes painted on the doors.
This is a place where 70,000 grape pies are sold every year, where a Grape Festival is held each September, and where two wineries open their doors to the public for tastings and tours.
The village itself is a picturesque throwback to the 1950s, with a single Main Street and offshoots fanning up into the glacier-created Bristol Hills. Surrounded by the Hi-Tor Wildlife Management Area, with its turkey, deer, and the occasional bear, the spot where Naples is set is so beautiful, even longtime residents take the two-hour paddleboat tour around the lake to enjoy the fall foliage.
Wizard of Clay Pottery, north on Rte. 20A, spirits away fallen leaves from the hills and incorporates them into its Bristol-leaf pottery glazes. Fifteen studios offer an array of creations, from wildlife sculptures to glass works to pottery.
Hiking trails in Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill connect to the extensive Finger Lakes Trail System, and Grimes Glen’s 60-foot waterfall in the village is a restorative sight.
(Photo courtesy of visit-fingerlakes/Flickr Creative Commons)