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New York's Falls to the Finger Lakes
New York's Falls to the Finger Lakes

Motorcycling Western New York this Autumn

by Doug Sitler

For motorcycle enthusiasts, the roadways in Western New York are pure bliss. So many different directions and places to travel. Many popular bike routes in the region are wide open adventures - relaxing cruises through rural farmland, quaint villages and even some natural wonders.

With the autumn colors about to return, here are 13 places that motorcyclists will want to visit this fall in Western New York.

Wyoming County

A spectacular ride awaits at Letchworth State Park. In the autumn months, the scenic 17-mile road through the park is nothing short of breathtaking. Stop at the overlooks along the way for expansive views of the 550 foot deep gorge. There are opportunities for up-close views of the park’s three major waterfalls. Lunch at the Glen Iris Inn overlooking the middle waterfalls is an unforgettable experience.

Craft brew lovers enjoy visiting Windy Brew in Strykersville for homemade beers, a beautiful tasting room and occasional live music. Visitors can even schedule time to work with the staff and brew their own beer. An added bonus - Windy Brew’s small pizzas are unique and yummy.

Situated in the rolling hills of Wyoming County, is the Byrncliff Bar & Restaurant at the Byrncliff Golf Resort. The restaurant overlooks the golf course and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Cyclists drive for miles to enjoy Byrncliff’s slow-roasted prime rib. It’s the perfect place to start or end a scenic motorcycle ride. 

Genesee County


Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant is a major stop for motorcyclists. As its name implies, it’s a rustic cabin restaurant and pub that overlooks a beautiful 20 foot waterfall right off Rt. 77 in Pembroke/Indian Falls. One glance at their parking lot, signifies that this is a biking destination. One of the favorite items on the menu is a Western New York delicacy – Beef on Weck (roast beef on a salted roll, often with horseradish, yum!).

Situated on Rt. 5 in the middle of LeRoy, Smokin’ Eagle BBQ & Brew is a biking, brew and barbeque haven. Set inside a 200 year old landmark building, the Smokin’ Eagle menu features over 70 slow-cooked items. Smoked wings seem to be many diners favorite. One patron reviewer said about Smokin’ Eagle, that it’s “a religious experience in the middle of farming country.” With an endorsement like that, this friendly place is a “must visit.”

When in the neighborhood, many cyclists enjoy a visit to Stan’s Harley-Davidson in Batavia. Stan’s places become a gathering point for motorcyclists who enjoy one of America’s most beloved brands. Visitors can view the shop’s new and preowned Harleys, as well as visit the retail area for Harley-Davidson merchandise.

Orleans County

The historic Village of Holley is an enjoyable destination for cyclists to pull over and enjoy a cozy small town. Located on the Erie Canal, the Holley Canal Park and Holley Falls is a pleasant place to relax, enjoy a picnic and watch the boats float by. The Holley Falls Bar & Grill is known for their great atmosphere and scrumptious seafood and steaks.

Bald Eagle Marina and Lures Restaurant are located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, in the Town of Kendall, New York. The marina resides in a cove, just a stone’s throw from the great lake. Bald Eagle Marina provides several options to have a fun afternoon at the lake. The private beach and beautiful lawns offer plenty of space for both adults and children to play or relax. The large decks at Lures Restaurant serve are the perfect setting to dine, socialize or sit back and enjoy the serene landscape.

End a day of riding by soaking in the always stunning sunsets at the Black North Inn in Point Breeze. Located at the mouth of the Oak Orchard River, the bar & grill is known for breathtaking view of Lake Ontario, seasonal dining and social atmosphere. Guests can arrive via boat, car or motorcycle for a quick lunch or enjoy a hearty dinner featuring seafood, steaks, prime rib, burgers and more.

Allegany County

Alma Pond, outside of Wellsville, is a destination for relaxationg. The pond is a serene 86-acre reservoir, set at the bottom of a deep valley. The views are spectacular. Alma Pond offers some of the best fishing in the area, where anglers expect to catch a largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies, bluegills and other species.

Mama’s Smokin’ BBQ in Wellsville is an excellent place to pull up to on a motorcycle and enjoy some delicious BBQ indoors, or on the patio. The locals love the friendly atmosphere and service. The smoked ribs, brisket and wings are other reasons why people make return trips. The only regret you will have about visiting Mama’s, is that you didn’t visit sooner.

Kent Beer Company in Andover is truly a hidden treasure. Master Brewer, Ed Kent, opened a small brewery on the family-owned farm. Visitors can enjoy brews made with local and fresh ingredients. Sit inside the tasting hall or take a seat outside, and look out over the farm land while enjoying a freshly poured brew. . Kent Beer Company also sells growlers, which allows you to bring home fresh beer made right on site.

Livingston County

Located directly on the shores of Conesus Lake, Beachcomber of Conesus is a wonderful destination for an afternoon bike cruise. The waterfront pub and cabana bar are delightful places to soak in the views, enjoy a cold beverage and dine on some delicious seafood. Beachcomber features two dining experiences with the Crab Shack Restaurant & Pub, and the more casual Dockside Grill. Live music is also a great reason to pay a visit. 

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