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January Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Winter adventure awaits at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy the highest vertical rise between the Adirondacks and the Rockies, 1,200 feet! The resort also has 34 trails, two terrain parks and two Nordic loops, as well as two high-speed lifts and a mountainside waffle hut. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Stay warm this winter at the Smith Opera House. From concerts to movies, there’s something for everyone. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. For show details and tickets call 315-781-5483.

Fight off those winter blues with some chocolate! Sweet Expressions offers a variety of fudge, boxed chocolates, bulk candy, truffles, gourmet foods and gift baskets. Sweet Expressions,169 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-5250.

Step inside the Ontario County Historical Society Museum and learn about Ontario County’s rich history. Check out the brand new exhibit that explores the shaping of Western New York between 1680 and 1797. Ontario County Historical Society Museum, 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.

Wine is great in the Finger Lakes! This winter visit one of our local wineries for tastings and products. For a list of wineries visit www.visitfingerlakes.com or contact the FLVC office for more details,
25 Gorham St., Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

We think it’s the only 2-story brick outhouse in the country! We’re serious, too! Tour the Phelps Historical Society Museum to see this unique feature and to learn about many other interesting facts of local history. Call for hours. Phelps Historical Society Museum, 66 Main Street, Phelps. 315-548-4940.

Looking for a place to shed those holiday pounds? Our largest indoor walking track is at Eastview Mall in Victor. With over 160 specialty stores and four department stores, you’ll have plenty to see as you walk the halls. Eastview Mall, 7979 Route 96, Victor. 585-223-4420.

Take a class and beef up your culinary skills at the NY Wine & Culinary Center. From macaroni and cheese to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Reservations necessary. NY Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.

Feeling lucky? Head to Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack and bet on some simulcast horseracing or enjoy more than 1,200 video gaming machines. The 10,000 square-foot “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet is also open daily. Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

Explore nature while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education center with 15 miles of groomed ski trails and a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.

November Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

On Nov. 3 from 4-7 pm, taste your way through downtown Canandaigua during the Canandaigua Wine Walk. With your $5 wine glass, you’ll get a sampling of a variety of wines at various restaurants, galler- ies and merchant locations. For more information, visit www.downtowncanandaigua.com, Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-396-0300.

Celebrate the holidays at the Granger Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, treats and music, Nov. 9-11. And don’t miss this year’s Festival of Trees with themed decorations, Nov. 9-Dec. 8. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472.

Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to Eastview Mall, we can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit www.visitfingerlakes.com for a list of stores. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County.585-394-3915.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be coming to the Smith Opera House in Geneva at 7:30 PM on Nov. 9 with Jeff Tyzik, RPO Principal Pops Conductor and Kenneth Grant, RPO Principal Clarinet. Call for more details. The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva. 315-781-5483.

Warm up with a cup of coffee at the Opus Espresso and Wine Bar in Geneva. Opus is serving up their own roasted coffee, local cheeses, pastries, paninis and breakfast sandwiches. Opus Espresso and Wine Bar, 486 Exchange St, Geneva. 315-759-5388.

Commemorate the anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, a celebration of peace between the Iroquois & United State. Nov. 11, parade 1:30pm, ceremony 2pm at Ontario County Courthouse, dinner at 4:30pm at Canandaigua Primary School. Ontario County Courthouse on Main Street and Canandaigua Primary School on West Gibson Street, Canandaigua. 585-924-5848.

Gear up for the holidays with a class at the New York Wine & Culinary Center this month! From Soups from the Harvest to Autumn Wine and Food Pairing to Thanksgiving Secrets, there’s lots to choose from! Check out the website for schedules at www.nywcc.com. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.

On Nov. 23 at midnight, join guides from Next Level Paranormal as you step back in time to discover the haunts within the walls of the Naples Hotel. You will explore three floors of the hotel while you’re introduced to a variety of technologies used in paranormal investigations. Reservations are required. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main St, Naples. 585-374-5630.

Santa has arrived in the Finger Lakes! On Nov. 24, take a train ride with Santa through the Finger Lakes on the Lehigh Valley Railroad Santa Train. Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be available at the station and onboard the trains. 10 & 11:30am, 1, 2:30 & 4pm. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-869-1498.

Fall Is In The Air In The Finger Lakes

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Fall In Upstate New York

1. The leaves have begun to turn.

2. 46 degrees this morning

3. Highs in the 50′s today

4. Won’t get into the 70′s this week

5. Just had the fireplaces serviced last week and have used the Gathering Room fireplace twice already at breakfast

6. Furnaces are being serviced beginning of October but I may have to turn them on before I see Barry

7. I’m thinking about changing out my summer clothes for my winter clothes

8. It’s the end of September already

9. Bristol Mountain Chair Lift rides have begun and are on the weekends through the end of October

10. As soon as I see Cortland apples at Wegmans I’ll be starting my baked apples for breakfast

11.  Did I mention the leaves were turning?

October is filling up fast and availability on the weekends is very limited.  We have one room, the Bristol Suite available the weekend of October 19th and the Barn Suite is available the weekend of October 26th.  We still have a few options for weekdays, but those fill up quickly too.

Before we know it, it will be snowing and time for skiing.  But, I’m not going there yet.  Happy Fall.

September Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the tradition of lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. Sept. 1, 9pm. Canandaigua, Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.

Don’t miss these Geneva wineries along Route 14 S! Belhurst Winery, Billsboro Winery, White Springs Winery and Lacey Magruder Vineyard and Winery – enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and the spec- tacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, White Springs 315-781-9463. Belhurst 315-781-0201. Lacey Macgruder 585-260-1850. Also visit our friendly neighbors at Fox Run Vineyards and Anthony Road Wine Company. Fox Run 315-536-4616. Anthony Road 315-536-2182.

Bring the whole family for a fun day in downtown Victor at Hang Around Victor Day on Sept. 8, 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy live music and plenty of food and craft vendors. There will be a bounce house, clowns and games for kids and a dunking booth. www.victorchamber.com, Route 96, Village of Victor. 585-742-1476.

Join the fun for the Beer, Brats and Winetizers tour from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sept. 8. You’ll start at Mill Creek Café and head to Naples to tour and taste at Hazlitt, Inspire Moore, Roots Café, Brown Hound Bistro and Arbor Hill. Call 585-721-5169 for reservations and more details. Mill Creek Café, 8705 Main Street, Honeoye.

Get on your bicycle for two great cycling events this September. The Highlander Cycle Tour (Sept. 7 and 8) and the women’s-only Wine Country Ramble (Sept. 15 and 16) will take you through some of the best cycling terrain in the Finger Lakes. For more information, go to www.highlandercycletour.com and www.winecountryramble.com.

Celebrate the harvest season at the Purple Foot Festival on Sept. 16 from 11 am to 6 pm with grape stomping, vineyard hayrides, wine tasting, seminars, Italian dance classes, food,live entertainment and more. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. (585) 223-4210.

Enjoy an evening of history as you are guided from house to house on Gibson Street and encounter six personalities from pre-Civil War Canandaigua. Tours are Sept. 21 and 22 start at 7 pm at the Ontario County Historical Museum. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Call the Historical Society or visit www.ochs.org for more information, 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975. 25 Gorham Street Canandaigua, NY. 585-394-3915

Check out the Finger Lakes’ newest wine bar, Microclimate in Geneva. Microclimate takes Finger Lakes wines and puts them in flights with similar wines from around the world. 38 Linden Street, Geneva. 315-787-0077

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 29-30, 10am-5pm. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.

World-Renowned Horticulturalist and Writer Dr. Allan Armitage Coming to Canandaigua This September

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

CANANDAIGUA  – This September, Dr. Allan Armitage, Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, will visit Canandaigua to present gardening seminars at Sonnenberg Gardens and Finger Lakes Community College. Dr. Allan Armitage is the author of thirteen gardening books, including Armitage’s Garden Perennials – 2nd Edition (2011) and the classic Herbaceous Perennial Plants, considered the “bible” of perennials.  Dr. Armitage has given lectures around the world and appeared on The Martha Stewart Show. Numerous awards have been presented to Dr. Armitage throughout his career, including the Golden Trowel Award for his book Allan Armitage on Perennials from the Garden Writers of America; the Distinguished National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society, the highest award for teaching in the country; the Medal of Honor, the highest award possible from the Garden Club of America, and many others.

Dr. Armitage will present an all-day gardening seminar in Sonnenberg’s Carriage House on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  Topics for discussion will include “Tales from the Garden,” perennials, annuals, and “Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners.”  Preregistration is required for this seminar which costs just $60 per person or $50 per Sonnenberg member.  His trip will conclude with a presentation and book signing at Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM in Stage 14 on the second floor of the main campus. The FLCC event is free and open to the public.   Details about these events are available at www.sonnenberg.org or 585-394-4922.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Allan Armitage, visit his website, www.allanarmitage.net, where you can also find more information about his fascinating work in the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia.  Discover the research gardens where new plant material from most of the flower breeders in the world is evaluated.

Dr. Armitage’s visit has been made possible in part by support from Tesselaar, Inc., Finger Lakes Community College’s Horticulture and Conservation Clubs, BioWorks, Renaissance Goodie II Shoppe, Wegmans, Sonnenberg Garden Club, Miller’s Nursery and Canandaigua Surgical Care-Paul Whitehead.

Don’t miss this memorable weekend with the engaging Dr. Armitage.

Dr. Allan Armitage

Dr. Allan Armitage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Development & Marketing Manager Lisa Scott or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

Food, Glorious Food!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Thank you Brown Hound Bistro for my special treat last night!  I am hearing nothing but fabulous things from my guests at the breakfast table after they have enjoyed a wonderful meal the night before.  And, I’m extremely happy to say that some of them are even eating at your fine establishment two, even three, nights in a row.  When you find a good thing…  It’s quite fortunate to have you just a few miles down the road.  Such a quaint house in the country with indoor and outdoor seating, delicious food (doesn’t quite cover it) and such warm and friendly staff.  Keep it up!

Brown Hound Bistro - Look what's inside...

Could it look any more scrumptious?

 

 

 

 

Constellation Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I’m so excited to see Sarah McLachlan and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in Canandaigua, New York.  The amphitheater was renovated a few years ago and a few thousand seats were added.  Now they attract more “big-name” performers such as Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and more.  They also still have their “Blasts From The Past” such as Journey, Moody Blues, B-52′s…

Earlier this month I saw Lady Antebellum and still am in awe.  It’s just the perfect size venue.  I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house… except for the lawn IF it’s raining.

CMAC

Visit CMAC for upcoming concerts.

Live Music Outdoors in the Finger Lakes

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Guess who is going to see Lady Antelbellum at CMAC this Sunday? Check it out…  There are some great concerts coming up this summer.

Watkins Glen State Park Gorge – Simply Gorgeous

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

This past Labor Day Weekend I had the pleasure of hiking the Gorge in Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Only took seven years, but eventually I had the opportunity to escape for a few hours and on a holiday weekend no less.

The power of Mother Nature

Pure Peace

Located about an hour’s scenic drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn, the Gorge is nothing short of amazing. On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Gorge was surprisingly cool and comfortable. Actually it was probably one of the coolest places to be.

One should be in relatively good shape for this hike as there are over 800 steps. Towards the end of the first half of the hike, my legs would not lift my body up one more step.  I found myself needing to rest for a moment and then onward. The walk along the Gorge is wet, a little muddy and uneven, but not too difficult. The stairs are separated by short walks for much of the way.

We hiked up the Gorge and walked down above the Gorge. All in all, about a two-hour hike with stops for photos and a few rests.  You don’t have to hike the whole thing.  A shuttle bus is available to take you to the top.  You can either hike up the gorge and get a ride down or get a ride up and hike down.  I think I would do the former if I wasn’t going to hike both ways. Regardless of your choice, it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and a camera.

For more information about the Watkins Glen, visit the Area page of our web site…

 

Fall is coming...

 

Nordic Skiing By Moonlight

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

This past Friday night Bristol Mountain had a Nordic Skiing by Moonlight event.  It started with a little yoga by Melissa Endres, Spa & Fitness Director, Life Path Spa, dinner (hot dogs or burger), an hour of cross-country skiing by moonlight and then a bon fire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.  The 1795 Acorn Inn hosted Snow East Magazine Travel Writer, Paris Wolfe, for the evening.  Paris, Valerie Knoblauch, President, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and I had a chance to attend the event.  It’s safe to say a fun time was had by all.  And you should have seen that moon!  Thank you to Drew Broderick, Director of Sales & Marketing Director, Bristol Mountain for hosting the event.

Moonlight Cross-Country Skiing at Bristol Mountain

Roasting marshmallows... there were smores too

There is still plenty of skiing left especially after the eight or so inches of snow we had yesterday.  Do I see cross-country skiing in my future this afternoon?

Don’t forget about our Stay Two Nights Get One Night Free Package.  It makes for a relaxing winter getaway … and, you can get in plenty of cross-country skiing.