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.
The Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York was just voted number eight of 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.
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!
It’s difficult to believe it’s July already. Time keeps flying by. Perhaps because there is just so much to do. Here’s just a tidbit of what’s happening this month around Canandaigua in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.
Celebrate Independence Day in the Finger Lakes! Fireworks will be on display throughout the region. For more information on dates and times, go to visitfingerlakes.com/july-4-fireworks or call
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915.
Enjoy the spectacular views and a great meal aboard the Canandaigua Lady. Take a cruise on this 18th century replica paddleboat — a must do while you are here. Lunch and dinner cruises, afternoon excursions. Relax and enjoy a beautiful ride. 205 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua. 585-396-7350
Sonnenberg Gardens Moonlight Stroll series is here! The gardens of Sonnenberg are always a sight to see, but especially under the moonlight. July 4, 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 from 8pm to 10pm, the Moonlight Stroll Music Series features live music, wine by the glass and refreshments. Gates open at 7:30pm. Admission is required. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ newly renovated farm store providing a unique culinary experience! Located in Geneva, come see what 50 years of mastering the art and science of growing quality fresh fruit and juice production tastes like! 957 New York 5, Geneva. 315-781-2749.
Be sure to check out the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Watch this beautiful religious story on an outdoor 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects and cast of over 650. July 11-12 and 15-19, 9pm. Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, 603 State Route 21, Palmyra. 315-597-5851.
Don’t miss the Stuart Horse Trials, an Olympic-style equine event featuring dressage, natural obstacle course and show jumping. July 11-13. For a complete schedule, visit www.stuarthorsetrials.org.
Stuart Horse Trials, Murray Rd., off County Rd. 41, Victor. 585-657-6980.
Take the family for a day of water and fun at Roseland Waterpark. 58 acre waterpark with a giant wave pool, raft ride, Adventure River, two body flumes and tube slides. Roseland Waterpark, 250 Eastern Blvd., Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.
You’re invited to the 171st Ontario County Fair! Featuring a diverse line-up of events and agriculture fun! The Fair is great for the whole family and offers a variety of exciting activities for all ages. July 22-26 Tickets are sold on-site for events. 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua.
Come experience Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival on July 26-27 from 10am to 6pm. The two-day event features live music and dance, Iroquois dance performances, artisan demonstrations, traditional storytelling, Wegmans Family Discovery Tent, Native Arts Market, interpretive programs at the Bark Longhouse. 1488 New York 444, Victor. 585-742-1690
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Moonlight Stroll Concert Series at Sonnenberg Begins on July 4
CANANDAIGUA – Lights and music on a midsummer’s eve make for a glorious garden experience as Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park kicks off its popular Moonlight Stroll Concert Series on Friday, July 4. The concerts in the series will take place each Friday night in July as well as the first Friday in August from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as well as family, friends or that special someone for an evening out under the stars as the gardens are lit once again.
Sonnenberg will be bringing a variety of talented musical performers to its grounds and concert goers will be able to enjoy the 2-hour concert as well as partaking of the beauty of Sonnenberg’s gardens for this is the one time each year that the gardens are lit and showcased at night. A romantic evening garden stroll is a rare treat, for the gardens take on a completely different demeanor – shadows grow long, hues deepen, and the fragrance of roses and other blooms become more pronounced as the evening air cools and gets heavy.
The series begins with the country band Flint Creek, on July 4th. Celebrate the Fourth of July with Flint Creek – music that is sure to get people wanting to dance and sing along. The second concert on July 11th promises to be a magical evening with the Tullamore Celtic Band accompanied by the Young School of Irish Dance. The traditional tunes and dance will make guests feel as though they’ve been transported across the ocean to the Emerald Isle herself. On July 18th, enjoy the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, a 19-piece orchestra performing jazz in the tradition of the Count Basie Orchestra. The Riddim Posse, a reggae band with a music style originating in Jamaica that blends elements of R&B, calypso, and rock, will be performing on July 25th. The concert series finishes on August 1st with the 4-piece, female fronted rock band, The Fools. With a variety of musical genres, there’s sure to be something for everyone at Sonnenberg this summer!
Sonnenberg’s own Finger Lakes Wine Center will offer wine by the glass for sale each evening. Light refreshments will also be available from the Friends of Sonnenberg. This year’s performance venue is the veranda of the Mansion and guests will be able to spread out blankets and set up seats on the lawn.
Admission at the door for each Moonlight Series concert will be $9 adults, $7 for Sonnenberg members, $4 for youth 6-17, while those 5 and under are free. Reservations are not necessary for all admission will be at the gate. The gates will open at 7:30 PM and all concerts will be held rain or shine.
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Marketing Coordinator Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.
The Canandaigua Plein Air Festival starts on June 4th and is back in its third year! Artists will work in various painting media on location in and around Canandaigua throughout the weekend. Be a part of the action on June 7th with the Community Paint Out – all local and regional artists welcome! For more details on event times and registration visit www.fingerlakespleinair.com. 585-394-0030.
Come celeberate the rich hertiage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on June 6-7th. Featuring a parade, live musical acts on Fri – Sat, games for the kids, food and much more! Experience Shakespeare by the Brook on June 14th at 2pm. Enjoy this 60 minute outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic “As You Like It!”. Located on the West Lawn Spa Apartments, 11 East Main St. Rain Location: Chapel in Spa Apts, Clifton Springs. For more information visit www.cliftonspringschamber.com.
Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on June 9th showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg June 8-14. For more information or tickets to the event, visit www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2014 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Oh, Coward” playing from June 12 to 22nd and “Next Fall” which opens on June 26th. For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.
Connect with nature and hike the more than 50 miles of foot trails in the town of Victor. You’ll see a variety of terrain including open fields, wooded wetlands, hills and valleys with breathtaking views and a chance to explore the diverse wildlife of the Finger Lakes. www.victorhikingtrails.org.
During Rochester’s Real Beer Week, stop by The VB Brewery on June 15th from 1-5pm for live music and fun! Featuring beer tastings from The VB Brewery and Lost Borough Brewing Company. Live music will be provided by “In The Loop”. 6606 State Route 96, Victor. 585-902-8166
Celebrate summer at the Finger Lakes Brew Festival on June 21st.The festival will feature local music, breweries, tastings and vendors. The festival will take place at the new Geneva Lakefront Events Center along the northern shore of Seneca Lake. Geneva Lakefront Events Center, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. 315-789-1616
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures features seven courses with 100 elements featuring ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some of the elements reach almost 60 ft. high into the canopies of the trees! Reservations are required. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000
The spring feeling is in the air! That means it’s the perfect time to throw on those hiking boots and get out on the trails. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915
Red Jacket Orchards is a “must stop” in the Finger Lakes Region. Located just 5 minutes from Seneca Lake, Red Jacket offers up some of the best fresh fruits and juices in the country. Enjoy a free tasting of juice and apples at the farm store. After a tasting, you will never look at apple juice the same again. Be sure to stock up on your favorites! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva 315-781-2749.
Golf season is just around the corner. It’s time to brush off the clubs and head to one of the 9 golf courses located in Ontario County. For more information and special golf deals visit us online at www.VisitFingerLakes.com/golf
And they’re off to the races! April 18th is the first day of racing for the 2014 season. Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Watch the crazy rafts run down the stream in Shortsville / Manchester at the Wild Water Derby. Canoe and kayak slaloms, a raft parade, a flat water regatta on Canandaigua Lake, food and live music are all part of the fun. April 26-27. Located at Canandaigua Outlet / Red Jacket Central High School, 1506 Route 2, Shortsville.
Looking for a change of pace? Check out the newest offerings on tap in Ontario County. Now with a rising total of breweries, Ontario County has become a beer lovers paradise! Be sure to check out Twisted Rail Brewing and The VB Brewery. Twisted Rail Brewing, 20 Pleasant Street, Canandaigua 585-396-0683 / The VB Brewery, 6606 State Route 96,Victor 585-904-8166.
Come pet a an award winning alpaca at Lazy Acres Alapcas. Lazy Acres, recently competed at the National Alpaca Show winning three ribbons! The farm features tours, hands-on activities for kids and great shopping. Call today to setup a visit to the farm at 585-455-1203. 8830 Baker Rd, Bloomfield, 14469
Enjoy live music from local musicians at Arbor Hill Grapery’s Brew and Brats every Saturday night. While there, enjoy some local sausage from Hartmann’s and a local beer. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870.
Antique hunters, listen up! With over 40 Antique Shops you can start an immediate search for your next treasured heirloom. Pick up an area map and follow the antique trail to merge your passion into action. Ontario County, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. 585-394-3915.
On Feb. 8 come experience “Vintage Vines & Valentines”, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes Valley of Naples, NY. The event features several local businesses that are offering everything from free tastings to meal discounts! For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines
More than 200 artisans showcase their work at Artizanns in Naples. Stop by and pick out that special gift so you’ll always remember your visit to the Finger Lakes. Artizanns, 118 North Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6740.
Looking to find your next favorite beer? Stop by Ontario County’s newest nano-brewery. The Victor Brewery is now open and serving up some of the finest beverages around! For all you beer lovers out there, the Victor Brewery is located at 6606 State Route 96 in Victor, NY. For more info visit www.thevbbrewery.com or call at 585-902-8166. Cheers!
Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. Feb. 9 from 9am – 4pm. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-394-1472.
Celebrate wonderful Finger Lakes ice wines this winter. The New York Ice Wine Festival on Feb. 15 from 11am-6pm at Casa Larga Vineyards will be full of Finger Lakes wine, food and fun! Come enjoy, tastings, live entertainment and seminars! For more details visit www.casalarga.com.
Get out for a day of winter fun…and while you’re at it, learn about our area’s history! The Native American Winter Games features a snowsnake game, dogsled run demos, snowshoeing, Native American stories & refreshments. Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am – 4pm.Victor Municipal Park, 1278 Brace Rd, Victor. 585-924-5848. www.ganondagan.org
Step inside from the cold this winter at Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, offering the finest locally sourced gifts, edible treats and beverages from the area. Stop in on your next trip to historic downtown Geneva and check it out! 60 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456 315-759-5247
Bring the whole family to cross-country ski on 15 miles of groomed trails, or snowshoe on a 3-mile loop at Cumming Nature Center. Nordic Hot Dog Days starts on Feb. 22 and 23 from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Visitors can also enjoy hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies and hot cider! Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to EASTVIEW Mall which is now home to Von Maur! We can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit www.visitfingerlakes.com for a list of stores, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County. 877-FUN-IN-NY.
Celebrate the holidays at the Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, carriage rides, treats and music, Nov. 8-10. This year enjoy a complimentary shuttle to historic downtown Canandaigua. And don’t miss this year’s Festival of Trees with themed decorations, Nov. 8 – Dec. 8. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472.
Commemorate the anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, a celebration of peace between the Iroquois & the U.S. November 11, parade 1:30pm, ceremony 2pm at Ontario County Courthouse, dinner at 4:30pm at Canandaigua Primary School. Ontario County Courthouse and Canandaigua Primary School, West Gibson Street to Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-924-5848.
Warm up with a cup of coffee at the Opus Wine and Espresso Bar in Geneva. Opus is serving up their own roasted coffee, local cheeses, pastries, paninis and breakfast sandwiches. Opus Wine and Espresso Bar, 486 Exchange St, Geneva. 315-759-5388.
In the Victor area doing some early holiday shopping? Cindy’s Pies from Naples have arrived at Casa Larga. Pick up a pie from Naples – in Rochester! Cindy’s grape, fruit and pumpkin pies are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards wine shop through Thanksgiving. A perfect addition to your Thanksgiving desserts. 2287 Turk Hill Rd Fairport 585-223-4210
Looking to catch a show or a movie on the big screen? Check out the Smith Opera House this month – featuring movies, concerts, and live theater! Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. 1-866-355-LIVE
Brush up on your cooking skills before the holidays at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Visit their website at www.nywcc.com to see the full line-up of cooking classes this month. 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua, 585-394-7070
Santa has arrived in the Finger Lakes! On Nov. 30, visit the Lehigh Valley open house. Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be available at the station. 10 – 5p.m. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-289-9149.