Posts Tagged ‘Seneca Lake’

Red Dove Tavern in Geneva, NY

February 11, 2011

A group of us met at The Red Dove Tavern in Geneva last week.  Although I had heard great things, I had not been there before.  We had the best winter weather lunch! I had a field green salad, followed by an excellent beef stew served over horseradish smashed potatoes – delish!

The restaurant is cozy and casual, with a chalkboard menu that changes daily.  We talked with the owner, Rune Hilt, who says he gets his menu inspirations from the abundance of locally available foods. Rune, originally from the Philadelphia area, told us about his first visit to the Finger Lakes – it was a “scenic detour” on a trip from Philadelphia to Buffalo. Rune and his partner came back to visit the Finger Lakes several times, and when they were ready to open their own restaurant, they immediately thought of Geneva.

Seneca Lake and Hobart and William Smith Colleges were two pluses, along with the availability of local food and wine. Rune talked about his great relationships with Normal Bread, Red Jacket Orchards, Billsboro Winery and White Springs Winery. The Red Dove Tavern has installed a wine-on-tap system – a new innovation. Only a few local wineries are putting wine in kegs, but Rune is hoping that more will follow.  I, for one, am very happy that Rune and his partner chose Geneva as home for The Red Dove Tavern!

Submitted by Rebecca Donovan


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.

Let’s Go Hiking & Biking in the Finger Lakes

August 22, 2009
Hiking and Biking in the Finger Lakes

Hiking and Biking in the Finger Lakes

Lace up your boots, clip in your shoes and get going!  Experience, explore and enjoy four seasons of adventure in New York’s Finger Lakes.  Eleven crystal clear lakes along with the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario are resources for family fun, water activities and spectacular views and vistas.  The new Finger Lakes Hiking and Biking Trail Kit includes great hiking and biking ideas, maps and directions and even suggestions for places to eat and visit nearby. You can call this numberl (toll-free) 877-386-4669 or email us here to get your Ontario County starter kit.  In the meantime, here are some of the most popular trails in Ontario County:

Hiking with Friends

Hiking with Friends

Hiking – Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area, Honeoye  High in the hills between Canadice and Honeoye Lakes, you will enjoy spectacular views of Honeoye and the Rochester skyline

Hiking – Ontario Pathways in Phelps and Canandaigua Once an abandoned railroad line, this volunteer maintained countryside trail now has a canopy of trees and is an ideal location for birdwatchers and snowshoeing. 

Bike around the Lakes in Ontario CountyBiking – Stid Hill, Bristol   As the name implies, Stid Hill sits on the side of a hill. For those adventurous mountain bikers this is a must-do! printable biking cues for this trail  

Biking – The Bristol Hills, Canandaigua  These steep-sided valleys, wooded hilltops and sprawling vineyards provide a backdrop for some of the most stunning scenery in the Finger Lakes! printable biking cues for this trail 

Here’s another Great Finger Lakes Find for you–check out the Footprint Press for a series of trail books on hiking trails, water trails, biking trails, cross country ski trails and even waterfall trails that are located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Order a book here or read their outstanding blog here.

As always, for a complete listing for all the fun things there are to see and do in Ontario County, Finger Lakes go to

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

Great New Overnight Getaways-Podcast2thePast

May 26, 2009

PODCAST_LOGO_v8Visitors to the Finger Lakes area can take advantage of one of four travel packages developed around the Podcast 2 the Past program. You can customize the package to fit your travel interests and needs depending on time of year, accommodations preference and budget.  Choose from one of these four themes:

 Wine & Women Rock – With A Podcast!  Sit where history was made… on the steps of the Ontario County Courthouse  where Susan B. Anthony was tried for treason. Tour and taste at Widmer Wine Cellars  in Naples, where the winery dates back 100+ years. Tour Sonnenberg Gardens  & Mansion State Historic Park – learn of Mary Clark Thompson’s legacy. Tour and taste at Bully Hill , one of the most eclectic wineries in the Finger Lakes.  Package includes: Tour and tasting at Widmer Wine Cellars and Bully Hill, tour of Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens State Historic Park.  

prouty1Stretch Yourself – With A Podcast!  Expand your mind and body – relax at the Springs of Clifton , and visit two  of the following historic sites. Choose from: the Foster Cottage  in Clifton Springs, the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua, the Geneva Historical Prouty Chew House or the Rose Hill Mansion. Tour and taste at Bully Hill, one of the most eclectic wineries in the Finger Lakes. Package includes: Therapeutic mineral bath spa experience, tickets for 2 history experiences, and wine tasting for 2. 

Historic Valentown Museum

Historic Valentown Museum

Shopping, Then & Now – With A Podcast!  Tour historic Valentown – Ontario County’s first 19th century indoor mall. Here you will find thousands of artifacts and heirlooms. Now jump ahead and visit neighboring Eastview Mall featuring over 100 upscale stores, enjoy a $25.00 gift certificate to spend as you like. Gaffer District  is your next stop in Corning, enjoy this historic district for it’s shopping and entertainment center. Package includes: $25.00 gift card to Eastview Mall, shopping coupons from the Gaffer District. 

Elizabeth Blackwell Statue
Elizabeth Blackwell Statue

Leaders of the Past – With A Podcast!   

Discover the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum – Learn how this Hammondsport native thrilled the world with his exploits featuring early motorcycles, airplanes and seaplanes. Next on this fabulous history tour, taste the wines that revolutionized New York’s wine industry at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. Enjoy a walking tour of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ campus in Geneva.  Here you can admire Jacobean and gothic architecture and lovely landscaping. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree, and she did so from this location.  Package includes: Wine tasting for two, admission for two to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.

All Podcast 2 the Past travel packages include use of GPS unit and are based on double occupancy and availability. They include one night’s accommodation, $50.00 dinner voucher, breakfast for two and all taxes. Call 877-FUN-IN-NY today for more information on these and more Finger Lakes overnight getaway packages.

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.

Fishing Season Opens April 1st~Finger Lakes

March 16, 2009
Rainbow Trout Catch in Naples Creek

Rainbow Trout Catch in Naples Creek

There’s always a few things we look for as the first signs of spring in the Finger Lakes…the first robin, red winged blackbirds return, pussy willows or the first crocus to bloom, but for many, it’s the opening day of the fishing season on April 1st. 

Fish Shocking in Naples Creek

Fish Shocking in Naples Creek

On March 19, 2009, local anglers will travel to Naples for the Annual Fish Shocking that is done by the DEC in the Naples Creek.  DEC officials walk the creek with electric wands and the fish are “shocked”  and caught in nets. The fish are then tagged, measured and weighed, giving eager fisherman the opportunity to view their next potential catch–or probably more commonly referred to as “the one that got away”! Be sure you have your camera.

Early Morning Fisherman

Early Morning Fisherman

The Annual Rainbow Trout Derby held in Naples, NY starts the season on April 1st with more than 500 anglers participating in this competition.   May 23rd  follows with the Annual National Lake Trout Derby in Geneva on Seneca Lake and on June 6th & 7th, is the Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.  Fisherman come from all over the United States and Canada to fish the waters of the Finger Lakes.  Cash prizes are awarded in several categories. 

fishinghuntingguidecover1A Great Finger Lakes Find is the complete Fishing and Hunting Guide for the Finger Lakes .  It is now available and it is FREE.  Call 1-877-FUN-IN-NY (877-386-4669) to get your copy  today.