The WNY Depot Trail

Wine trail, beer trail, pottery trail, cheese trail…they are popping up all over the Finger Lakes area. We are here to show some love and start a new trend! This quick post about the Finger Lakes Depot Trail highlights some of the best places to go in the upstate, NY/FLX area, and they just happen to be in former Railroad Stations. Whether you are from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse or anywhere in between, we are sure you will enjoy these historic depots!

Ember Woodfire Grill

EMBER WOOD FIRE GRILL is a casual dining restaurant occupying the old historic train station in the village of Livonia in Livingston County. The inside of the station is expanded and redone. This place is pretty awesome, and their food compliments the atmosphere. Seasonal tapas style menus consist on fresh ingredients and are complemented with a wide selection of great local wine and beer.
Phone: 585.346.0222
Address:21 Livonia Station
               Livonia, NY 14487
Hours:Mon-Thurs: 4:30-10:30pm
          Fri- Sat: 4:30-11:30pm
          Sunday: Closed
Avon Depot Duffys

Duffy’s Pub

Duffy’s is located in Avon, running parallel to Rochester Street. Erie Depot-turned-pub, you can enjoy their typical pub flair of burgers, sandwiches, pizza and wings, all while eating trackside!(weather permitting of course) Quite the experience!
Phone:(585) 226-9250
Address: 100 West Main Street
              Avon, NY 14414
Hours:  Wed-Thur: 5:00-close
              Fri. 4:00-close
               Sat. 6:00-close
Closed Sunday and Monday & Tuesday for the winter
DR depot

D&R Depot Restaurant

Former B & O train depot where the food is homemade, the service is friendly and attentive, and even the background music is old fashioned. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner! Another special asset to the depot is that they have their own bakery, incorporated into the menu and available to take home items with you! Also, get catered food here as well, just as if momma made it.
Phone: (585) 768-6270
Address: 63 Lake Street (Rt 19)
               LeRoy, NY 14482
Hours:   Open 7 Days A Week For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner from 7am – 9pm
riley street station

Riley Street Station

Located in an old Pennsylvania RailRoad Station in the heart of downtown East Aurora, NY, Riley Street Station is like a pub on steriods. Commonly referred to a “Gastropub” offering a high quality spin on typical pub food. Two different bars and an opportunity to eat outside make this historic railroad depot an awesome place to get something to eat. Live music is also offered so you can party into the wee hours of the night.
Phone: (716) 655-4948
Address: 27 Riley St
               East Aurora, NY 14052
Hours:  Mon-Thurs: 11am-4am
            Fri & Sat: 11am-4am
arcade and attica

Arcade and Attica Railroad

Ok, so technically this is a few depots and a couple trains included in the mix but that makes it more fun! Take a trip back in time on their steam passenger train, a 90 minute trip through the countryside-which has virtually remained unchanged since the late 1800’s. This is really a great time for adults and kids alike!
Phone: (585) 492-3100
Address: 278 Main Street
               Arcade, NY 14009
Hours:  Memorial Day-late October- Check Website Schedual Here
medina RR museum

Medina Railroad Museum

Located in the old New York Central freight depot in Medina, NY, the Medina RR Museum is one of the largest freight depot museums in the country. The building itself was built in 1905-06, and is one of the largest (301ft. by 34ft.), last surviving wooden freight depots in the United States.
Phone: (585) 798-6106
Address: 530 West Ave
               Medina, NY 14103
Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-5pm
             Closed Monday and major holidays
Admission: Adults $7
                  Senior (60+) $6
                  Childeren under 18 $4
                  Under 2 Free

Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Located just 25 minutes south of Rochester, enjoy train rides and museum tours every Sunday from May through October. Their volunteers work year-round to preserve Rochester’s rich railroading history for you to enjoy!
Phone: (585) 533-1431
Address: 282 Rush-Scottsville Road,
                Rush, New York
Hours: Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 19 – November 3, 2013*
             *They have events that extend past these dates, including polar express!
Admission: $10.00 Adults
$8.00 Seniors (65 and over)
$8.00 Children (3 to 17)

Highland Park in Geneseo

Highland Park is located on Highland Road at the intersection of Oak Street. Looking to get some fresh air, Highland Park is for you. All you need in one area, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, pavilion.They even have a fenced in dog park with jumps and a tunnel for your dog to play in. There are rest rooms too. Summer recreation program for children and Ice skating in winter. The Depot is the former Erie Railway Station that was originally built in 1875 at the end of Court Street. In the depot was moved to Highland Park in 1976. Today it is used as a meeting spot for local organizations

Phone: 585-243-1177
Address: Highland Road at the intersection with Oak Street.
                  Geneseo, NY 14454
Hours: Closes at 10:00pm every night
hammondsport depot park

Depot Park in Hammondsport 

Ever thought of visiting 2012’s Coolest Small Town in America? And to top it off, they have a depot located in (well what would you know) Depot Park, right on the shores of the south end of Keuka Lake. Depot park, along with Hammondsport, gets busy in the summer with festivals and events almost every weekend. Go in for a swim or launch your boat next door!
Phone: (607) 569-3743
Address: Water street,
                  Hammondsport, NY 14840
Hours: We recommend going there in the warmer months to get the most out of Depot Park

Gatherings at the Depot

We couldn’t forget ourselves! Located in a brick 1915 Lackawanna  Depot, Gatherings at the Depot is a quaint Cafe/Artisan Gallery that specializes in specialty coffee drinks and delicious sweet treats. We also offer soups and salads for lunch. Our Artisan Gallery features only local artisans that display their original work, from paintings and photographs to baskets and scarfs, available for purchase. A lot of people just like to grab a coffee and a bite to eat (breakfast and lunch, including soups and sandwiches) and hang out with friends in our waiting room turned dining area
Phone: 585-382-9000
Address: 10 South Parkway
                  Leicester, NY 14481
Hours:Tuesday-Saturday 7am-3pm
Know of any other railroad stations turned businesses, comment below!