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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:

LAKESIDE DINING: 

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.

DECK  DINING:

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.  

GARDEN DINING:

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! www.VisitFingerLakes.com.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

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 www.VisitFingerLakes.com.

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.

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.

Apple Cider Molasses at Allens Hill Farm

March 22, 2009
Apple Cider Molasses

Apple Cider Molasses

Have you ever heard of Apple Cider Molasses?  This all natural sweetener is made from 100% pure, fresh apple cider and it is made right here at Allens Hill Farm in Bloomfield, NY. If you are looking for an ingredient that will give a completely new taste to some of your tried and true recipes, this is it! With its unique flavor, substituting a small portion of your normal sweetener with apple cider molasses can have a profound impact on the flavor and texture of any dish.

Apple Cider Molasses™ was first used on the American frontier. Sugar was almost impossible to come by, and if available, prohibitively expensive. Resourceful frontier cooks used what was available to produce an alternative from products which were plentiful. Sweet cider was transformed into a sugar substitute for use in all kinds of cooking and baking. Watch Apple Cider Molasses being made~ Watch the Video

Allens Hill Farm is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the country; the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. Rolling hills overlook long narrow lakes covered with farms and vineyards. Scenic old villages provide shopping, lodging and dining for those visiting the dozens of wineries. Be sure visit the farm and take home lots of fun recipes, specialty mixes, granola,syrups, glazes and more.

Canandaigua Wine Trail~Just the Right Size

March 19, 2009
Morning Grapes on Canandaigua Lake hillside

Morning Grapes on Canandaigua Lake hillside

With over 200 wineries located in the Finger Lakes, you’ll find  the Canandaigua Wine Trail is the perfect size for a day of fun.  CWT is a collection of 7 unique wineries and wine centers, some large and some small,  found along the western edge of the world-famous Finger Lakes Wine Region in New York State. The trail features many outstanding wines, a variety of shops attractions and restaurants and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake.  You’ll find more than just great wine!

Wine trail touring is only the beginning of your Finger Lakes experience. Make sure while you are here you soak up everything there is to see and do.  Events dot the calendar — year-round; grape pie is our tasty specialty — try a piece yourself!  Local art — reflecting the beauty of our region, our history, our architecture is on display, indoors and out. Make your trip along the Canandaigua Wine Trail something special. Sip our wines, savor our Finger Lakes Country lifestyle — and have fun. We know you’ll come back again and again!

Bring on Spring at White Springs Winery

March 16, 2009
Bring on Spring

Bring on Spring

Nothing to do this weekend? Let’s help Bring on Spring–Enough is Enough at the White Springs Winery on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes.  Saturday, March 21st, bring the family and friends for an afternoon of fun with acoustic rock & roll, great wine, finger foods, and prizes.  Music by the Castle Street Band from Geneva.  Admission is FREE.  1 pm to 4 pm.

White Springs Winery is located on Seneca Lake, Route 14 South just minutes from Geneva.  Great Wine. Great Views. Great Fun.  Don’t Miss It!

Finger Lakes Food Find~Grape Pie

February 23, 2009
Scrumptious grape pie

Scrumptious grape pie

Yep, grape pie!  Ever had one?  The Finger Lakes is well-known for this great food find and delectable dessert.  Not only are our wines making headlines, but this unique food is too.  So just what is grape pie?  The history of grape pies begins with an excess of concord grapes as white wines became more popular in the Finger Lakes and some very creative culinary minds in Naples.

Today, perhaps the most notable piemaker in the Finger Lakes is Monica Schenk of Monica’s Pies in Naples, NY, featured many times on TV’s Food Network Food Finds.  Monica’s now offers over 25 different kinds of fruit pies (depending on what’s in season), quiches and even more…her chicken pot pies are the best!  What a great winter comfort food.

Grape Pies, tarts and Healthy Purple

Grape Pies, tarts and Healthy Purple

But there are many other local  piemakers proud of their grape pies too. Up on the hill on scenic road County Rd. 12, Jane Gentner of Gentner’s Valley View made grape pies that were served in the White House.  Close by is Arbor Hill Grapery, a unique little winery, which in addition to grape pies and tarts also makes pie fillings, Healthy Purple, gourmet wine sauces, jellies, jams, vinagrettes and more. 

 

Everything Grape in Naples
Everything Grape in Naples

For a true taste of everything “grape” in the Finger Lakes be sure to come to the Naples Grape Festival held every year in late September.  There are grapes everywhere, from pies, to tarts, to ice cream (yes, grape ice cream), local wines, grape stomping, everything purple you can imagine (the fire hydrants are even painted purple).

Come visit the Finger Lakes and be sure to put “eating grape pie” as a must do on your Finger Lakes itinerary today!