Geneva (New York)Finger Lakes region of New York. The City of Geneva is surrounded by the Town of Geneva.
You'll need a car to get around the city, unless you only want to see downtown and the historical district. You can do that by foot.
phone: +1 315 759-5247address: 60 Seneca StSells a variety of Finger Lakes-originated merchandise. Yeah, there's wine (and beer), but there are also apples and ice cream and gifts—and even coffee. A little bit of everything, all from within 100 miles or so.
address: 492 Exchange StAn eclectic locavore shop with antiquarian books and paper, custom framing and printing, and locally inspired / created gifts.
The quality of food is rising in Geneva, but can still often be disappointing from a Continental or Big-City point of view. Fast food can mostly be found downtown. Nearly every variety is available, but you'll probably need a car to get there (see "transportation" section). Geneva also has some excellent pizza joints; if you don't get any pizza while you're in Geneva....well, you've wasted a trip, haven't you? Other options range from greasy spoon diners to the poorly prepared, over priced with ambiance that will demand your firstborn child as payment, and there are some places in between that are just fine, and to the locals, some of these places are classic.
Cam'sThin crust pizza.
Mark'sThick crust pizza.
Uncle Joe'sAnother good pizza place that does a terrific lunch special for about the price of a gallon of gas. They make their cookies in house.
Madderlake CafeConsistently good meals. The cafe looks humble, but is run by a couple who came east from the wine growing regions of California, where standards and competition are stiffer. The wine there is excellent, as one of the couple is a sommelier (the other is the chef). The food is higher quality than many of the 'fancier' restaurants around.
Cedar InnEverything fried, and then some.
Pinky's RestaurantOld school
Water St. Cafe
Parker'sA local classic which has expanded into a small empire across the region.
Red Dove TavernSomething a little more classy and with more character.
Stonecutter's Lodge the Belhurst CastleGood for a nice night out, especially in cooler weather. They often have live music and a fire going in the cobblestone fireplace, or one going outside in the firepit. And the wine is okay as well.
The Belhurst CastleSits just south of Geneva perched upon the lakeside....perfect romantic getaway, excellent bar, and functioning wine spigot in the hallway of the second floor of the castle.