Archive for April, 2009

Golf in the Finger Lakes–Great Links

April 23, 2009

Bristol Harbour Golf

Golfers, are you ready for some serious GOLF?  The snow is gone and spring is in the air.  Don’t wait! Get your clubs and shoes out and head to the Finger Lakes Golf Trail.  Four great courses here in the Finger Lakes are just waiting for you and your golfing buddies to start the season.  

Ravenwood Golf Course

Ravenwood Golf Course

Bring your friends to explore the world famous Finger Lakes Region, and enjoy four of the most challenging golf courses available to the public. Bristol Harbour, Greystone, Ravenwood and Mill Creek—each course delivers a truly unique, memorable experience. Play them all for the immersion of a lifetime.  Golfing doesn’t get much better than this.

The Lodge at Bristol Harbour

The Lodge at Bristol Harbour

Overnight stays are available at these trail lodging properties: The WoodCliff in Victor, Bristol Harbour Resort, Holiday Inn Express or the Radisson Rochester.  

What are the most popular packages?  You can choose from the Standard Package which includes, three 18-hole rounds of golf at the courses of your choice, carts, range, and two-night accomodations or the Fabulous Finger Lakes Foursome and you get to play one round of golf at all four courses with cart and range balls included!  Get on the phone now and call 1-866-969-3548.  The Links are waiting.

Battle of the Paddle this Weekend~Finger Lakes

April 22, 2009

Rafters Race--Who will stay afloat? April showers bring May flowers in the Finger Lakes, but even more important April showers bring lots of water for the Annual Wild Water Derby on April 25 & 26.  Bring your canoe, kayak and raft or even build your own for a weekend of family fun and competitions on the Canandaigua Lake Outlet.  The spring waters are flowing off the hills and the “wild water” provides some challenging races for all–from beginners to the experienced–test your skills. 

There are races for all ages and perhaps the most popular is the battle for the “Most Entertaining” Raft award, all are handmade by racing teams and they come in all themes, sizes and shapes. 

The event takes places in Shortsville on the Canandaigua Outlet.  Bring the whole family out for the weekend for one of the first Finger Lakes Festivals of the year. Proceeds from the event benefit area non-profit organizations.  2008 Race Photo Gallery

Place Your Bets! Finger Lakes Opens today!

April 16, 2009

Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Racing Opens Today!

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Thoroughbred racing begins in the Finger Lakes today!  Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack opens April 17th for the 2009 horse racing season. 2009 marks the 48th consecutive year of thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region in Western New York, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has hosted over 62,000 horse races and entertained over 19 million fans since opening in 1962.  The horse racing season begins in mid-April and continues through November, Finger Lakes offers approximately 160 horse racing programs each season and simulcasting.   Getaway Gaming Packages are available.  Call your friends and place your bets!

Finger Lakes Fun~Go Fly a Kite!

April 13, 2009

kitemonth11Did you know that April is National Kite Month? Remember the fun of making your own kite and flying it high in the sky?  Bring the whole family–get out and enjoy the spring breezes at the Cumming Nature Center .  The  “Go Fly a Kite!” program is being held on Saturday, April 25 from 1pm–4pm.  You can bring your own kite to fly, or make and decorate one to take home. 

Join the fun in the Finger Lakes:

1–2pm: “Make a Kite” craft activity
2:30–4pm: “Fly a Kite” (weather permitting)
The kite-flying fun will be in the nature center meadow.

 

Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center

The Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Cumming Nature Center is a 900-acre preserve located 40 minutes south of Rochester, New York in the Finger Lakes Region near the village of Naples.

In spring, summer, and fall, walk six miles of gentle hiking trails through woods and wetlands. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy in the Visitors Center where restrooms are available.

The Best of Routes 5 and 20

April 7, 2009
What are your local favorites?

What are your local favorites?

Tell us your favorite things to see and do along Routes 5 & 20 in New York’s Finger Lakes.

Join in on the fun as the Routes 5 & 20 tourism promotion team (Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga counties and the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce)  reaches out to our locals to tell us the “best of” along Routes 5 & 20. From Darien to Skaneateles, there’s 135 miles of history, fun, architecture, food, art, music and more.  Tell us what you like most.  Take the short survey which enters you to win a $100 gas card.  Inquiring minds want to know!  Take the survey today!  Call 877-FUN-IN-NY for more information.

And They’re Off! Finger Lakes Race Track Opens

April 3, 2009
They're Off and Running at Finger Lakes

They're Off and Running at Finger Lakes

Thoroughbred racing begins in the Finger Lakes in less than two weeks.  Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack opens April 17th for the 2009 horse racing season. 2009 marks the 48th consecutive year of thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region in Western New York, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has hosted over 62,000 horse races and entertained over 19 million fans since opening in 1962.  The horse racing season begins in mid-April and continues through November, Finger Lakes offers approximately 160 horse racing programs each season and simulcasting.  

Take your chances on 1,200 video games at Finger Lakes

Take your chances on 1,200 video games at Finger Lakes

 But there’s more!  When the horses are done, you can take your chances in the Racino with more than 1,200 video lottery games to play!  Nickels, dimes, quarters…whatever your pleasure, that’s all it takes to start the fun and the wins.

 

 

All You Can Eat Buffet
All You Can Eat Buffet

For sure you’ll work up your appetite. It’s not just the games at Finger Lakes – there’s a dining experience to match!  Enjoy the Tuscan atmosphere at  the “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet!  Go back for more with so many delicious selections to choose from including: Mediterranean and Southwest cuisines, All American and regional favorites, fresh carved selections, and tempting salad and dessert bars. 

Thoroughbred Racing runs through November, but Gaming is yours all year long, seven days a week.  Don’t miss the fun!

Food and Wine in the Finger Lakes~ Learn More!

April 2, 2009
Great Finger Lakes Tastes

Great Finger Lakes Tastes

The Finger Lakes is known as Wine Country … and more! Since the late 1800’s the wineries have operated in the region, but it’s been since the 1980’s that the renaissance of wines has really taken hold. Add to that America’s interest in food preparation, local food specialties and wine and food pairings and you’ll find the Finger Lakes to be a great culinary destination. The New York Wine and Culinary Centerin Canandaigua is the place to begin your tour. The New York Wine and Culinary center opened in 2006 and provides classes (both hands on and demonstrations) to learn about the wine, food and agriculture of New York State.  The center hosts a tasting center for sampling all the wines of New York, a demonstration theater, hands on kitchen, exhibit hall, gift shop and restaurant.  The center is open daily and Spring culinary classes are now available.