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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.


Incredible Views ~ In Between

November 11, 2009
GFLF Dunton Rd Naples View
Scenic Views Between the Lakes

The Finger Lakes are well known for spectacular scenery and  beautiful lakes. You can travel the popular routes that run north and south along the lakes and be sure to enjoy scenic vistas. However, if you drive “between” the lakes from east to west, there’s a treasure of hidden beauty in the valleys and hills that surround the lakes as well. 


Scenic Over Look County Rd. 12

Two of the larger Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake and Canandaigua Lake, provide many of the most popular views.

This favorite view in the Finger Lakes is from the scenic overlook on County Rd. 12 near Naples looking north on Canandaigua Lake with South Hill and Bare Hill on the right.


GFLF Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake from HWS campus


Likewise, at the north end of Seneca Lake there is a spectacular view from Route 14 on the campus of Hobart & William Smith Colleges. 


But, in between these two magnificent lakes is also an area of panoramic pleasures.  You will travel rolling hills and farmland along scenic country roads, visit small towns filled with hometown charm. And, for the adventurous, there are valleys, waterfalls and gorges just waiting to be explored.

 Whether you travel by car, bike or on foot, the views are astounding.  Just look at this video and see Incredible Views ~ In Between.  Another Great Finger Lakes Find is here waiting for you…in between the Lakes.  Don’t forget your camera.

Stay posted, as the next Great Finger Lakes Finds blog will share the wonders of the “Little Lakes” of the Finger Lakes.

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

Great Places to Eat Outdoors!

July 20, 2009
Picnic with Friends in the Finger Lakes

Picnic with Friends in the Finger Lakes

Summer has arrived in the Finger Lakes and what is more fun than eating outdoors and enjoying your favorite wine and food.  The Finger Lakes  has many great places to dine outside. Whether you prefer dining lakeside with  spectacular views or something a little more secluded away from the hustle and bustle of the summer season, come and experience the great local cuisine in the Finger Lakes.

There are three different ways to enjoy dining outside in the Finger Lakes:  lakeside dining, dining on an outdoor deck or dining in a garden. Here are a few suggestions:


The Sandbar at The Inn on the Lake

The Sandbar at The Inn on the Lake

The Inn on the Lake located on the north end of Canandaigua Lake, has a covered outdoor patio for dining, as well as the Sandbar for more casual and leisure dining.  Come by car or on your boat.  On Seneca Lake in Geneva, you’ll find the Pier House Restaurant at the Ramada Inn, you’ll dine  under umbrella covered tables on an outdoor patio and enjoy the spectacular view of Seneca Lake.  At Belhurst, also located on Seneca lake, the Stonecutters Lounge provides a a unique, relaxing dining experience, with outdoor tables overlooking Seneca Lake, and there’s even an outdoor fire-pit. The perfect place to relax for the afternoon and evening. There are also docking spaces if you come by boat to Belhurst.


Dining on the Deck at Brown Hound Bistro

Dining on the Deck at Brown Hound Bistro

If your preference is more for those little hideaways that serve great food, don’t miss the Brown Hound Bistro . Brown Hound is located in a 100-year-old house nestled in the Bristol hills. The deck provides a European countryside ambiance with fresh flowers, evening candlelight, local artwork, and both rustic and colorful accents.  Nearby is  The Lodge at Bristol Harbour Resort with a spectacular view from its covered outdoor patio. Not only good food, but many claim this to be the best lake view in the Finger Lakes.  Other Finger Lakes outdoor deck/patio dining can be found at Simply Crepes in Canandaigua; Doc’s Lakeside Restaurant and also Rheinblick German Restaurant  located in historic downtown Canandaigua.  


The English Garden at Warfield's Restaurant

The English Garden at Warfield's Restaurant

You will  thoroughly enjoy dining in this park-like setting at the Warfield’s Garden in Clifton Springs. The English garden has a brick walkway which surrounds a pond, filled with oriental goldfish and water fountain. Gas lamps illuminate the gardens as well as the stone benches.  You can also enjoy a quiet lunch in the gardens at the High Noon Cafe located on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.  A perfect day to tour the beautiful gardens at the mansion and then relax and enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe. 

From picnics to patios there are many fine restaurants in Ontario County in the Finger Lakes. Here’s a listing of  where you and your friends  can  eat outdoors!

Need a reason to come to the Finger Lakes besides the great food? Here’s fun and entertainment for the whole family.


July 25& 26Native American Dance and Music Festival at Ganondagan in Victor.

July 25 & 26  Waterfront Art Festival, Kershaw Park in Canandaigua

July 30-August 2  Phelps Sauerkraut Festival at Fireman’s Field

4-Diamond Overnight Stays in the Finger Lakes

June 11, 2009

Isn’t it about time you treated yourself to a getaway vacation?  New York’s Finger Lakes are the perfect location.  Here are three properties located in Ontario County in the Finger Lakes that are consistent winners of the AAA 4-Diamond awards.  Just picture yourself settling in for a weekend or weeknight getaway at a place where sparing no luxury and “spoiling” you is what they do best.  These Great Finger Lakes Findsare Geneva on the Lake, 1795 Acorn Inn B & B and the Morgan Samuels Inn.  Here’s a preview:

Geneva on the Lake

Geneva on the Lake

Geneva on the Lake, overlooking Seneca Lake and formerly a  Monastery, is a historic landmark on 10 beautiful acres. The resort has received the coveted AAA Four-Diamond Award for 25 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geneva on the Lake is well-known for the friendly hospitality of the staff, the exceptional beauty of the villa and lakeside setting, and the gourmet cuisine served in Lancelloti’s Lounge. Each of the guest suites are furnished with Stickley furniture. The grounds of the resort are spectacular with a terrace, formal gardens, classical sculptures, and 70 foot pool. 

The Acorn Inn

The 1795 Acorn Inn is located in the Bristol Valley and offers Bed and Breakfast accommodations just a few miles from Canandaigua Lake. Acorn Inn is has received the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award for 14 consecutive years.  The Inn is surrounded by walled gardens and wooded areas.  Comfortable, intimate seating arrangements are scattered throughout.  A cascading fountain and bubbling ponds further promote relaxation. Noted for its rich décor, warm hospitality and superb attention to detail, you can’t help but have a relaxing stay at this historic Federal Stage Coach Inn  and leave with what is surely to be a treasured memory.

The Morgan Samuels Inn

The Morgan Samuels Inn

Morgan Samuels Inn, also located near Canandaigua Lake was the home of playwrite-Actor Judson Morgan from Famous “Canadian Morgans”. Morgan fell in love with this beautiful 1810 mansion and selected it as his upstate New York Farm hideaway. In later years, industrialist and New York governor hopeful Howard Samuels and his wife, Bobbie, raised their family in this gracious mansion. You’ll enjoy old world charm, hand carved beam, wide plank floors, a grand fireplace providing an atmosphere for relaxation as well as a Victorian porch and common room for viewing the gardens and surrounding acreage through floor to ceiling windows furnished in wicker and Orientals. Each and every room at the Inn has a delightful character and charm. A very cozy hideaway perfect for your next Finger Lakes getaway. 

Don’t be discouraged if their rooms are filled…there’s lots more lodging selections awaiting you at

Bird Watching in the Finger Lakes!

May 1, 2009
The Baltimore Oriole

The Baltimore Oriole

Spring in the Finger Lakes is a fun season of the year as we watch the earth come back to life with brightening skies, beautiful flowers in bloom, leaves and early spring buds on the trees. But it also means the  the migrating birds return.  I love to see the first colors in the trees (before the leaves actually come out). You’ll see the finches change from brown to a vibrant yellow, orange of the oriole, the blue birds are bright blue, the red of the cardinals, and perhaps most anticipated is the return of the hummingbirds as a sure sign that spring is here.

There are many natural parks and trails, bird watching can be done anywhere in the Finger Lakes, but here are a few great locations to view our feathered friends:

The Blue Bird is the official NYS bird.

The Blue Bird is the official NYS bird.

In Victor, you’ll find two favorite bird watching places. The Maryfrances Bluebird Haven has a trail of approximately one mile which circles the property traveling through open fields and through woods allowing visitors to see bluebirds in their natural habit.  Also the Ganondagan Native American Historic Site  provides several nature trails where you will see not only the birds, but many varieties of wildlife, plants and historic memorabilia about the Native Americans who lived there.

Can you tell?  Coopers Hawk or Sharp-Shinned Juvenile?

Can you tell? Coopers Hawk or Sharp-Shinned Juvenile?

On Canandaigua Lake,  you’ll find Kershaw and  Lagoon Park located at the north end of the lake and Cumming Nature Center  at the south end of the lake.  A variety of Hawks as well as the Bald Eagle have been sighted many times on Canandaigua Lake.


The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak returned in mid-April

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak returned in mid-April

Upcoming bird watching events  in May include: All About Bluebirds at Cumming Nature Center; Eagles at Hemlock (annual watch for the returning Eagles) or Tails and Trails narrated walk at Ganondagan. Get your binoculars out and your cameras ready to go and enjoy the spring colors of the birds.

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.

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.

Relaxing in the Finger Lakes~This Could Be You

March 25, 2009

Picture yourself with a good book and a great glass of Finger Lakes wine relaxing beside the water. This could be you in the Finger Lakes!  No phone, no e-mail, as much communication or as little as you want. Choose your favorite Finger Lake and I’ll tell you the best places to sit and just relax….Ahhhh.  Comments welcome.

The Inn on the Lake Canandaigua
The Inn on the Lake Canandaigua

Battle of the Paddle-Wild Water Derby

March 23, 2009
Rafters Race--Who will stay afloat?

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. 

Pick a theme, build your own.

Pick a theme, build your own.

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