Posts Tagged ‘winter’

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


The Little Lakes of the Finger Lakes

December 8, 2009

The Little Lakes of the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is made up of 11 long slender bodies of water that form a striking resemblance to the fingers of an outstretched hand.  While the larger of these lakes are most notable and probably most popular lakes, for many area visitors, there is a Great Finger Lakes Find in the “Little Finger Lakes” located in western Ontario County~ Honeoye, Canadice and Hemlock Lakes.

Honeoye Lake translated by the Native Americans means “Lying Finger”.  Honeoye Lake is 5 miles long, has a depth of 30 feet and is a prime fishing spot in the Finger Lakes.  Coming into the winter months, it is the most popular lake for ice fishing because the water freezes quickly and maintains its solid surface throughout the winter months to become a natural playground for ice fishing, skating, and even ice boating. 

Cross Country Skiing fun

Many will enjoy the nearby Harriet Hollister Spencer Park state recreation area (be sure to click on this link to see a video of cross country skiing in the park).  You’ll find spectacular views of Honeoye Lake and the Rochester skyline to the north.  Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy miles of trails for hiking and in the winter it is a popular locale for cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and even dog-sledding. 

Aerial view of the Little Lakes


Canadice Lake is peaceful and tranquil.  The lake is 3 miles long with a depth of 91 feet. Perhaps named with a bit of humor, the Native American translation is “Long Lake” and while the lake is quite tiny, it has some of the most natural beauty of all the Finger Lakes.  In fact, only car top boats are allowed on the lake keeping it pristine and therefore a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, and relaxing.

Hemlock Lake is translated as “Sister Lake to Canadice” and surprising to many supplies drinking water to the city of Rochester. The lake is 8 miles long and has a depth of 96 feet. As the “sister lake” to Canadice its tree-lined undeveloped setting creates quite a contrasting experience to many of the larger, more populated lakes.  Both Hemlock and Canadice are remote and provide peaceful places to relax and enjoy nature.

Little Lakes Inn and Healing Center

At the end of a perfect day of fun in the Little Lakes, you can settle in for a great night’s sleep at The Little Lakes Inn & Healing Center, a completely restored Italianate-style inn, tucked in the cozy countryside along Honeoye Lake and one of the newest bed & breakfasts in the Finger Lakes.  Here you will find all the comforts of home and more.   

Thinking about your next get away?  The Little Lakes of the Finger Lakes is a Great Finger Lakes Find!

Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain

March 11, 2009
Spring Carnival Tubing at Bristol Mountain

Spring Carnival Tubing at Bristol Mountain

Last chance for snow fun is here!  Bring your friends and  family to the Spring Carnival weekend at Bristol Mountain Winter Resort  in the Finger Lakes.  It will be a great family fun weekend with the “slush” cup, tubing, snow volleyball, the Easter Bunny in person and also an Easter Egg hunt for the kids.  There will be live music, a cookout, prizes and more.  PLUS–kids 12 and under get a free lift ticket!  What more could you want?

Fun and Games at Bristol Mountain Spring Carnival
Fun and Games at Bristol Mountain Spring Carnival

The Summit Demo Center will have a Ski sale and the Summit Grille will be open for lunch. Check the website listed above for a complete schedule of events on March 21st  and 22nd, or call 585-374-6000 for more details.  Get your friends and family together and come out for a “last chance” day of snow fun in the Finger Lakes

Bristol Mountain Winter Fun Down Cold

February 18, 2009

skier-purple-hat-closestwinter-activities-128Woo Hoo ~ a great website with new videos posted on winter fun. It’s Travel Buzz at  Here’s the latest on some snow fun at Bristol Mountain–another treasure of the Finger Lakes!   Watch the video.  Bristol Mountain   What fun. If only I liked falling in the snow.  Bristol also has cross country skiing –that’s more my speed-even with lighted trails for night skiing.  So snowboarders, skiiers alike, this is a great place for winter fun.

One of the most scenic in the Finger Lakes

February 18, 2009

Greetings from the Finger Lakes and welcome to Great Finger Lakes Finds.  Over the next several weeks I’m going to share with you some of the most unique and fun things to see and do here in the Finger Lakes.  I’ll introduce you to some of the people who make it so special and also share some hidden secrets and great favorite foods of the region. 

Canandaigua Lake in winter

Canandaigua Lake in winter

It’s winter in here in Finger Lakes right now and there’s nothing prettier than the freshly fallen snow, the frosty crystal covered trees and, of course, the frozen lakes.  What a view!

Great place to take a family picture
Great place to take a family picture

The first treasure I’d like to share with you is what I think is one of the most beautiful views in the region, the view of Canandaigua Lake from the Overlook on County Rd. #12 near Naples, NY.  It is breathtaking no matter what season and one not to miss.  It’s becoming a family tradition that when our children and their families come home we go each time and take a picture at the Overlook to add to our favorite places and family photos to share.  After we took our family photos we went down along the lake in Woodville and had a great breakfast at Poor Richard’s–a  little diner near the boat launch with GREAT food!  I think that too, will become a family tradition. 

To find the County Rd #12 Overlook, just take Route 21 South out of Canandaigua and head to Naples. Just before entering the Village of Naples (and just a little past Monica’s Pies) is the right turn onto County Rd. #12.  It’s a sharp hairpin turn up the hill so watch for the signs carefully.  About 1/12 miles up the hill you’ll come to the overlook .  Absolutely awesome!  Enjoy!