The Finger Lakes Region of central New York is one of two main wine-producing areas in the state. Mecklenburg is conveniently located between the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. There are over 50 wineries within 15 miles, over 100 within an easy day's travel, and the closest one is only 8 miles away.
The region is fortunate to have many spectacular natural wonders, especially the deep gorges and waterfalls. Hiking trails afford ample opportunity for photography and sightseeing.
Nearby Ithaca is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and other institutions of higher learning, with the dynamic night life, sports, music and theatrical activities associated with student life.
If you are into quieter pastimes, the Finger Lakes National Forest is a 10 minute drive away. Sapsucker Woods is a world-class bird watching area with frequent guided tours led by professional naturalists from Cornell. The Museum of the Earth (15 minutes away) has paleontological exhibits and descriptions of the local geographical features that are the source of the area's geological wonders.