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October Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

October 2nd, 2014

During the Naples Open Studio Trail, 20 talented and innovative local artists open their studios to visitors for an inside look at Finger Lakes artistic community. This year’s Open Studio Trail event will be Oct. 4 and 5, from 10am to 5pm. For a complete list of participating artists and locations, visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm in Victor. Or, head to Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva for orchard fresh fruits and unique fruit juices.
The Apple Farm – 1640 Route 444, Victor, 585-924-3420. Red Jacket Orchards – 957 Routes 5 and 20, Geneva, 315-781-2749.

The brewery business is continuing to expand in the Finger Lakes. Nedloh Brewing Co. in East Bloomfield will officially open for business Oct. 4 and will have six beers on tap. Stop by and try them all! Nedloh Brewing Co., 6621 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain with a 15-20 minute ride up the mountain. Once at the top, you can return to the bottom via chair or hike! Weekends and Columbus Day through Oct. 26, Noon – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival and Scottish Highlander Games featuring sky rides, music, family activities and food. October 12, 10am – 5pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Looking for that “Leaf Changing Experience” this Fall? The Visitors Connection has put together a Top 10 list of “Leaf Changing Experiences!” Call the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915 or visit
us online at www.visitfingerlakes.com/top10 for your next Leaf Changing Experience! We are located at 25 Gorham St. in Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick’N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun house, farm animals & more. Open daily, 10am – 6pm. The Pick‘N Patch, 2205 Routes 5 and 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.

Experience hundreds of carved jack-o-lanterns twinkling in the dark along the trail. You won’t want to miss this year’s Great Pumpkin Walk! Oct. 18, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Road 10, Canandaigua. 585-234-7722.

Fall for the arts this October with music and more at Bristol Valley Theater. The theater is hosting a variety of music events, as well as A Taste of the Finger Lakes event and a haunted Movie Madness day. For more information on dates, tickets and times, visit www.bvtnaples.org or call 585-374-9032. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St., Naples. 585-374-9032.

Featured Tip: Hang with the alpacas!

Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm. 50+ Alpacas,spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on clothes made from Alpaca wool. New this year is pony and horse rides for the kids! Oct. 11 and 12. 8830 Baker Rd., Bloomfield. 585-455-1203.

October is certainly a busy month… and a beautiful one!

September Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

August 31st, 2014

Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the traditional lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. August 30, 9pm. Located on Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.

Looking for a new and unique venue? The Barrel Room, located in the Village of Victor is just the spot. Featuring Treleaven wines by Kings Ferry Winery. The tasting room showcases repurposed barrels that were used during the wine making process. 72 W. Main Street, Victor. 585-869-5028. 

Bring on the Camera! Starting Sept. 20, take the whole family to Bristol Mountain for a fall foliage sky ride. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and the valley below. On a clear day, a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake is visible from the summit. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000. 

Apples, grapes, pumpkins, oh my! Stop by the Victor Apple Farm to pick your own apples or buy them pre-picked. If you’re looking for a grape time head down to Jerome’s U-Pick in Naples.
Joseph’s Wayside Market has everything from fruits and vegetable to homemade breads, syrups, honey and jams. We guarantee you will find what you are looking for! Victor Apple Farm, 1640 State Route 444, Victor; Jerome’s U-Pick, 8936 Route 53, Naples; Joseph’s Wayside Market, 201 South Main Street, Naples.

Take a step back in time when the North and South were divided. The Civil War Encampment at the Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum allows you to experience 1860’s camp life with cannons, period costumes, infantry drills & hands-on activities. Sept 26, 2 – 4:30 p.m. & Sept 27, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472 

Visit these Geneva wineries all within a short drive on Route 14S; Belhurst Winery, Lacey Magruder Winery, Billsboro Winery, and White Springs Winery. Enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and spectacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. On your way back stop by the Lake Street Winery, located in the heart of downtown Geneva. Belhurst Winery 315-781-0201. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, Lacey Magruder Winery, 315-789-2528. White Springs Winery 315-781-9463. Lake Street Winery 315-325-4089.

Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 27-28,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240. 

Featured Tip: Grab a Brew and a Brat!

Head to South Bristol and stop by Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill Grapery. Serving up Finger Lakes Craft Beer and Hartmann’s Old World Sausage in a historic barn! Featuring live music on the weekends, Brew and Brats is a must stop for beer lovers. Come as a stranger, leave as family!
6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870 

You Are Not In Los Angeles Anymore

August 2nd, 2014

I never saw this at my Lowes when I lived in Los Angeles.  I love it here in the Finger Lakes.  I think he/she thought I was the one that was out of place… perhaps I was.

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1795 Acorn Inn Innkeeper Celebrates Her 10-Year Anniversary In The Finger Lakes

August 1st, 2014

Look what my wonderful, lovely, thoughtful guests gave me in celebration of my 10 year Anniversary.  It made me cry.  Thank you Heather, Ginger and Kristin for making my day.  Let’s pop open the champagne!

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July Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

August 1st, 2014

Don’t miss the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? This annual event features several family activities, as well as food products that revolve around sauerkraut! Jul. 31 – Aug. 3. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315- 548-5702.

Are you looking for a great #FLXperience? Craft Beer Week in the Finger Lakes is upon us. Visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/flxperience-beer. Celebrate Craft Beer at the Hopsfest August 9th and 10th at Nedloh, Ontario County’s newest craft brewery! For more information, visit nedlohbrewing.com 6621 State Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield.

Area wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists and musicians join together for a weekend long celebration of everything that makes this region amazing at the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Aug. 9 and 10,
10 am – 5 pm.  Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-383-0380.

Looking to blow off some steam? The 53rd annual Pageant of Steam is a massive display of antique farm equipment dating back to the early 1900’s. Enjoy parades, tractor pulls, craft vendors and food. August 7-10, 9am-9pm. pageantofsteam.org Admission required. Pageant of Steam, Gehan Road off Rts. 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022.

The Seneca Lakefront comes alive after 5pm each Friday throughout August. Enjoy a full line-up of music in the “Live After 5” series from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront hotel. Be sure to checkout the full schedule at ramadagenevalakefront.com 41 Lake Front Dr., Geneva 315-789-0400.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures provides family fun for all ages and sizes. An aerial park is a series of challenge courses interwoven within the forest canopy, the Aerial Park provides you with 7 different courses with varying levels of difficulty; including zip-lining! Up for a new great outdoor experience? To make a reservation visit bristolmountainadventures.com 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua 585-374-1180.

Get set to get wet! Roseland Waterpark offers fun for the whole family. Check out the giant wave pool, Splash Factory, extreme tube slides, dunk tank or hit the beach for volleyball. Stay cool and have fun.  250 Eastern Blvd Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.

You can just bet you’ll enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track in Farmington. Excitement galore, great food and fun. Also enjoy over 1,500 video lottery terminals, open daily from 8am-4am.  5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

It’s Golf month in the Finger Lakes! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses, each unique and challenging! For more golf in Ontario County visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf or call us at 585-394-3915.

That certainly is only the tip of the iceberg concerning things to do in the Finger Lakes this month.  You can most like look forward to another Touring Tips mid-month.

Finger Lakes One Of The Most Beautiful Drives In The United States

July 31st, 2014

The Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York was just voted number eight ofOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the top 10 most beautiful drives in the United States by Debra Ronca who wrote for howstuffworks.com.  I would agree.  And, there is so much more to do than just drive.

These photos were taken on my way home along County Road 32 from Wegmans the other night.  The 1795 Acorn Inn is located just 10 minutes from Canandaigua in the town of Bristol, NY.  The Finger Lakes are beautiful year round so any time of year is the perfect time for a visit.

Wineries, hiking, biking, boating, golfing, down-hill and cross-country skiing, antiquing, historical sites, art, waterfalls and attending many of this area’s festivals are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed much of the year in the gorgeous Finger Lakes.

The Top 10 All Time Most Fun Things To Do In Naples, NY

July 29th, 2014

Naples is a quaint town on the South end of Canandaigua Lake, just a 15 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn and a town one would pass through to get to the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.  Though small, there’s plenty to do in Naples…

1.  Tour the Wineries… one of my favorites, Inspire Moore.  The wines are great and I love their concept.  The wines are called Love, Joy, Peace, Serendipity…  Who wouldn’t want Moore?  And don’t forget to try their Framboise, if they have it.  It’s a dessert wine made from raspberries.  To die for with chocolate.  They have life music outside.  Check out their event schedule.  And a great restaurant, Roots Cafe, is located right in front of the winery.

2.  Grab your camera.  The photo opportunities are plentiful and free.

3.  Sample grape pie.

4. Enjoy an evening of live theater at the Bristol Valley Theater.

5.  Explore nature and relax (after a strenuous hike) to the soothing sound of waterfalls at Conklin Gulley or Grimes Glen.  We have great resources at the Inn on Hiking, Biking, Waterfalls, Kayaking and Snow Trails.

6.  Fish streams or the lake; even ice fishing in the winter.  Brrr.

7.  Taste Naples-made dippers, mustard, granola and sauces at Arbor Hill Grapery or Joseph’s Wayside market.

8.  Escape for a romantic sunset.

9. Bring you bike or walking shoes and experience the natural beauty of the countryside.

10.  Marvel at the talent and creativity of the area’s art community.  One of my favorite art galleries is Artizanns.  There’s something for everyone and you don’t want to miss it.

There you have it.  Enjoy.

Availability July 18 and 19 @ the 1795 Acorn Inn

July 16th, 2014

We have only one room available for this weekend’s upcoming Music & Art Festival in Canandaigua, New York.  Our newly renovated Bristol Suite has a king-size bed, window seat overlooking the gardens, full length sofa, chair and ottoman and a private bath with separate tub and shower.  The trim in this Suite has been freshly painted white with new wool carpeting throughout and decorated in soft blues and browns.  Bright and spacious, yet romantic, the Bristol Suite won’t be available for long so book now.  The rate is $245 per night with a two-night minimum.  Price includes your full, gourmet breakfast served at 9:00 am.  See you soon.

July Touring Tips Anniversary Edition Courtesy Of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

July 16th, 2014

This year, the Ontario County Tourism office is celebrating our 30th anniversary of Tourism Promotion, but we are not alone! Below is an exciting list of area attractions who are also celebrating anniveraries!

The Ontario County Fair will be kicking off their 171st year of operation this month starting on July 22! Attractions include a demolition derby, horse shows, rides and more family fun! 2820 County Rd 10, Canandaigua, 585-394-4987. For a full list of attractions, prices and detailed event schedule visit www.ontariocountyfair.org.

Whether you like to enjoy the outdoors, championship golf or lakeview dining Bristol Harbour Resort can offer all of these luxurious options to you. The Lodge at Bristol Harbour is entering its 15th year of providing you with locally sourced dining and luxurious accommodations overlooking Canandaigua Lake.  5410 Seneca Point Rd. Canandaigua, 585-396-0060.

Located within the community of Naples, Artizanns: Gifts from the Finger Lakes is home to unique creations from over 200 Finger Lakes artisans. Join them for their 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 26, 10am-5pm. The celebration will include live music, BBQ, wine, beer, and coffee tastings (all local), and door prizes. The grand prize is a $100 dollar gift card to Artizanns.  118 N. Main St. Naples, 585-374-6740.

A night of theatre! Bristol Valley Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary of rich theatre history. Visiting Bristol Valley Theatre is a must do for all theatre goers with two productions in July including “Deathtrap” and “Les Miserables”! 151 S. Main St. Naples 585-374-6318. For a complete schedule visit www.bvtnaples.org.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ontario County Historical Museum building. The landmark on Main Street, Canandaigua is a Georgian Revival building designed by famous architect Claude Bragdon in 1914. Today, the museum currently displays two exhibits, “Tying the Knot: 200 Years of Wedding Traditions in Ontario County”, and “Desires, Opportunities, and Change”. 55 N. Main St. Canandaigua, 585-394-4575.

In the midst of its 120th year of operation, the Smith Opera House is recognized as one of the oldest operating opera houses in the United States! Current shows this month include “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “The Magic Flute”. Stop by and enjoy the show! 82 Seneca St. Geneva, 315-781-5483 For ticket availability and more information visit www.thesmith.org.

Naples, NY is nestled on the southwest side of Canandaigua Lake. Naples will be celebrating their 120th birthday this year! Home of one of the best grape pies and award winning wineries, Naples is a must visit! With a vast History, Restaurants, Lakes, Art and outdoor adventures, Naples is a destination that can cater to all varieties of visitors!

Finger Lakes Beer Trail

July 7th, 2014

The Finger Lakes Region may be touted as “wine country,” but it’s quickly becoming a craft-brewing mecca worthy of international recognition. As the local tourism season kicks into high gear, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has recently released its 2014-2015 trail map, featuring a record 69 breweries and brew pubs.

With a visually stunning design and detailed listing of each destination, the map serves as the premier source for craft beer lovers and tourists looking to enjoy an abundance of locally brewed beers. According to Theresa Hollister, Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Partner of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, “the print map has become such a popular item among tourists and local residents that we had to increase production five-fold over last year.” With a print run of 100,000 copies, up from an initial run of 20,000 last year, this year marks the expansion of distribution to more than 200 AAA travel offices located throughout the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and West Virginia markets.

In addition to expanded production and distribution, the 2014-2015 beer trail map features a new larger size which was necessary to accommodate the addition of 22 new craft brewing locations. In less than a year, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has grown from 47 locations to nearly 70, today. In 2011, there were 24 locations. Such growth is evidence that craft brewing is serious business in the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions. In fact, over one-third of New York’s total breweries are located along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, contributing to an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion and support for approximately 9,400 jobs in the region.

The 2014-2015 Finger Lakes Beer Trail map can be found at breweries, tourism centers, hotels/motels, and other businesses throughout the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions. A black-and-white copy is also available online at fingerlakesbeertrail.com (click on the icon that says “trail map”). Upcoming events and suggested day-trip itineraries are also available on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail’s website.

The next time you’re looking for a road trip idea, why not pick up a copy of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail’s 2014-2015 print map and discover the variety of tasty suds the region’s craft brewers have to offer.

For more information visit fingerlakesbeertrail.com.

This article courtesy of “Life in the Finger Lakes” magazine.