Photo by Finger Lakes Museum
How does Finger Lakes At-Hand compare to the other iOS Finger Lakes Wine apps? Let us count the ways!
First – We are are on your side, the visitor / user. All listings are editor-rated and there are no Wine Trail Association fees, advertising revenue to influence the ratings or get in the way of authentic truth.
Second – We believe in the “picture is worth a thousand words” mantra. So every listing includes multiple photos. You will have an idea of what the sign looks like, what the tasting room decoration and size is like, etc. No surprises but a good idea of the experiences to be discovered.
Third – Complete. We list over 122 wineries open to the public, not just the 80 that may be dues-paying members of some marketing organization.
Fourth – Many more trails – Five Wine trails and several other Finger Lakes multi-stop adventures. In addition to Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga we include the Lake Ontario and even the obscure Broome County trails.
Fifth – Finger Lakes At-Hand is a true “mobile, around-me design.” At any point, at any time, you can take a look around you or where you want to be and dynamically find out what is just around the corner. You will never regret the loss of the stop you would have otherwise missed. You are always in charge.
Six – You can use “near-semantic” search to focus on specific wine varieties, like Chardonnay, Riesling or Shiraz or finding nearby places to drink your purchased wines while “picnicking.”
Seven – The Finger Lakes is not just about wines. It is increasingly about brewers, distillers and cider makers who turn the fruits of upstate New York into interesting crafted libations. Finger Lakes At-Hand lists the best of these too.
Eight – Beyond agri-tourism, the Finger Lakes is full of nature preserves, waterfalls, gardens, museums, art galleries, cultural and historical attractions. They are all included in Finger Lakes At-Hand, in depth, in more than 300 listings.
Nine – Custom Itineraries / Tours – With a few screen taps, you have selected, sequenced and optimized your own top choices for a day out in wine country. On the road, you are automatically routed between your choices so you spend the maximum time at the attractions. You are never uncertain where to turn or lost or even slowed down.
Ten – Real-Time not static, paper-guide book. – Your results are always custom to where you want to explore or where you are and what you search for. Nobody gets the same search results as your custom lists. Results are always current – all new listings are included. Finger Lakes At-Hand is not a paper guide disguised as an app.
Eleven – Native iPad support. If you travel with a cell-connected iPad, Finger Lakes At-Hand provides a stunning on-the-road companion with more on the the screen in “list-mode,” more detail in “map-view,” and ultra-large photos.
What Finger Lakes At-Hand does not include: Virtually no accommodations, though a few have snuck in due to their winery affiliations. Just a few restaurants – and they are unique “destination-dining” establishments whose uniqueness and reputation merit a special consideration. So we have no Motel 6’s, no MacDonalds, etc. Oh … and no “events” – but you get “single-touch” direct-access to every listing’s web-site to access the event source itself for the very latest and most authoritative data.