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Finger Lakes FOUND!

July 19, 2010

Sailing on Canandaigua Lake

On Friday morning, July 16th, 3.7 million readers opened their USA Today morning papers to find a full-page spread on New York’s Finger Lakes!  Extolling the virtues of the Finger Lakes Region, the article talks about its 11 eleven lakes spread like the fingers on two hands, great waterfronts, great wine and great second home market! 

Sunrise over the vineyards in the Finger Lakes

For those of us who have lived here all our lives, it’s tough not to scream, “I told you so”.  With that said, it’s a tribute to the 11 regional tourism promotion agencies who have continued to  work together tirelessly to promote the Finger Lakes as a premiere year-round destination.

Enjoying great food, wine and friends. What fun!

Area journalist, Katharine Dyson, says, “It’s a place that has a firm grasp on what’s important, like fresh air, farmers markets, little traffic, outdoor concerts, and lake water so clear you can see right to the bottom.”  And, according to many, it’s about the people who live here that make the Finger Lakes so welcoming to visitors.

It's a short hike to the waterfalls in Grimes Glen, Naples.

Great Finger Lakes Finds  mentioned in the article included: regional wineries, Watkins Glen Raceway, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, the New York Wine and Culinary Center, more than 1,000 waterfalls, boating, fishing, golf , ski resorts, and parks.  Others to explore include:

Letchworth State Park is known as “The Grand Canyon of the East”
For thoroughbred racing and casino gaming, visit Tioga Downs
Boating, Great Lakes fishing, and the Erie Canal
Cayuga Lake, the longest Finger Lake, is home to the Cayuga Wine Trail
Visit Mark Twain Country!
Ithaca is overflowing with lively culture, unique shopping waterfalls
Syracuse is home to fantastic sports teams like the NCAA basketball Syracuse Orangemen
A multitude of family-friendly museums and attractions in Rochester
NASCAR fans head to Watkins Glen International
Four seasons of family fun on Keuka Lake
Experience New York’s bounty at The New York Wine & Culinary Center

Start planning your next vacation get away!  Less than a day’s drive, New York’s Finger Lakes are here for you.


Routes 5 & 20–Best of the Best to See and Do

August 7, 2009
Enjoy the fun and see the best!

Enjoy the fun and see the best!

Pack up the family, get in the car and get ready to experience a lot of fun things to see and do along Routes 5 & 20 in New York’s Finger Lakes and more specifically in Ontario County.  We have the Best of the Best for you!  The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (official tourism bureau of Ontario County) along with four other tourism partners surveyed the locals and found out for you what they recommend is the best of the best to see and do along the Authentic American Road, Routes 5 & 20. 

Alpaca Farms

Alpaca Farms

From A toZ, there’s Alpacas, antiquing, apples, bistros, concerts, drive-ins, eats, fish, a gigglin’ pig, hiking, ice cream, JELL-O, lakes, museums, nature, orchards, pottery, scenery, theme parks, wineries and ZZZZZ.  What’s the “Z” — that’s the great sleep you’ll get in one of our local hotels or B & Bs, after a full day of fun along this historic route. 

Routes 5 & 20 Mini Map

Routes 5 & 20 Mini Map

The locals always know the BEST places to go.  So whether you’re driving, biking, or even hiking you’ll find the top picks along this fun and fascinating trail.  How about the best locally made gift, the best rainy day activity, the best picnic spot or the best scenic spot?  There’s  a  map showing the complete listing of  these and more along this 135 mile road trip–The Best of Routes 5 & 20!  Call today to get your FREE map~877-FUN-IN-NY or 585-394-3915.

Here’s more Great Finger Lakes Finds for upcoming events this month.

August 5-8th  Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua

August 8th – 25th Annual Cheshire Union Antique Show in Cheshire

August 15-16th Riesling Festival Canandaigua Lake

August 15-17th Billsboro Winery Plein Air Festival, Seneca Lake

Slice, Dice & Spice in the Finger Lakes

July 28, 2009

tomato boyAttention all Foodies! We’ve got food, wine and six months of fun for you here in the Finger Lakes. The Slice, Dice and Spice NY farm market Ultimate Burger Challengeis coming to the Finger Lakes.  In August, there will be local chefs paired with amateur “foodies” to create the best Finger Lakes burger and side, using fresh and local ingredients available from local farm markets. There will be three competitions, one at each of these local farm markets, Canandaigua on August 8th, Victor on August 12th and Geneva on August 13th. The best part?  You can enter any one of these competitions.  Complete information on locations and how to enter is available at

farmers marketThe day of the farmer’s market competition, each pro-am team will be given a budget and a time limit for shopping, preparing and plating a Finger Lakes inspired meal. The team will also have a ‘market basket’ of additional spices, and other ingredients to help with the process; maybe a cheddar out of Waterloo or a BBQ sauce from Rochester—all will be locally made or grown in the Finger Lakes.

 Farmer's Markets in the Finger Lakes

Farmer's Markets in the Finger Lakes

Following all 3 farm market competitions, the recipes will be re-created and posted to the Slice, Dice and Spice website and YOUcan vote online for The Ultimate Finger Lakes Burger! The winning recipe will be posted to the Slice, Dice and Spice website and the winning pro-am team will receive tickets to the Finals Iron-Chef Competition at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in October. Is this a Great Finger Lakes Find or what? 

ILNY_SDS_colorWait, there’s more!  Slice, Dice & Spice New York is a Progressive Taste Off is running from May 1 to October 25 highlighting the culinary and agricultural assets of the Finger Lakes.  It’s a showcase of people, foods, farms and restaurants.  Visitors learn, taste and have fun!  Don’t miss the fun  Call 877-FUN-IN-NY (866-386-3669) for complete listing of all the events featured in Slice, Dice & Spice in the Finger Lakes..