Who’s the coolest?

Staff reports

There are 10 days left in a tight race for America’s Coolest Small Town, with the village of Hammondsport enjoying a narrow lead.

Hammondsport is one of 10 finalists selected from the original 647 towns nominated in the annual contest is sponsored by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine.

According to the contest Website, “Cradled by gentle hills on one side and beautiful Keuka Lake on the other, Hammondsport is a tiny town with a big reputation: The slopes surrounding the Finger Lakes hamlet are home to some of the most renowned wineries in the country. For a true taste of American history, visitors can tour the Pleasant Valley Wine Company, which, under the name Great Western Winery, became the first bonded vintner in the United States way back in 1860. Over 150 years later, the company still sells reds, whites, and a particularly long list of sherries and other sweet dessert wines.

Oenophiles have many other options, including the famous Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, which features picturesque views above Keuka Lake along with its Rieslings. Those more interested in relaxation can enjoy the town’s placid atmosphere, as well as its two public beaches on Keuka Lake and artsy shops perfect for treasure hunting (and tasting!) local products. Finger Lakes fruits, syrups, and jams find their way onto the tables at the four-room Lake and Vine B&B, an 1868 home equipped with a fireplace, library, and other cozy amenities.”

Voting is restricted to one vote per day. For more information and to cast a vote visit www.budgettravel.com