Be sure to get to Sonnenberg for the Annual Orchid Show! See beautiful orchids on exhibit
and for sale, or sit in on a seminar or lecture. March 1-3, 10 am – 5 pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922
Come meet the Wizards at the Wizard of Clay. Jim and Jamie Kozlowski combine their talents in making the trademark Bristoleaf® Pottery. Bet you can’t leave the area without it! Wizard of Clay Pottery,
7851 Route 20A, Bristol. 585-229-2980.
Stop down to the New York Wine and Culinary Center and sharpen your cooking and tasting skills.
On March 7, sit down and have a “Dinner & Discussion with Red Newt’s Winemaker & Chef.” Over din- ner, enjoy some of the Finger Lakes’ best local ingredients and award winning wines. For more details or to reserve your spot, visit www.nywcc.com. New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, 585-394-7070
Don’t miss a chance to get up close and personal with nature! Take your family to Cumming Nature Center’s 35th Annual Maple Sugaring event and enjoy sugaring demos and a pancake breakfast. Be sure to walk the trails while you’re there! March 16-17 and 23-24, 9 am – 4 pm. Cumming Nature Center, Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
Experience maple sugaring the old fashioned way during March! See demonstrations and taste the sea- son’s first maple syrup during Maple Weekends. Check out all the great farms and dates at www.mapleweekend.com.
Don’t miss this year’s Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain! Greet the change of seasons with a family fun day, Easter egg hunt on Saturday, a frozen stache dash, snow tube slides, live music, and much more! Free lift tickets for kids 12 and under! March 16-17. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Rt. 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
On March 19, enjoy the Loving Local Cheese event at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Featuring local cheeses and juices, it’s a celebration of some of the best Finger Lakes agriculture has to offer.
Sample Red Jacket Orchards juice blends; meet artisanal cheese makers and local dairy farmers! Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Dr. Geneva. For more information, contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 Cost $5 per person.
The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes will be an exquisite wine and food experience held in Geneva on March 23. Come learn about and taste wines alongside international experts including former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib, and, in the process, learn about the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the context of the world’s key wine producing regions. For tickets and more information, visit www.winesymposiumfingerlakes.com
Come to the greenhouses of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park for the Annual Orchid Show & Sale and bask in an oasis of warmth and vibrant color. This year’s event will be held Friday – Sunday, March 1 – 3 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day. Flower fans of all ages will delight in these exotic blooms, showcased in Sonnenberg’s historic Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex. On display, guests will find colorful Cattleyas and Cymbidiums, delicate Dendrobiums, pretty Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums and more. Educational seminars on orchid care will be offered at 11 AM and 1 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday for visitors. A variety of orchids will be on sale in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop for visitors to take home. On Friday, take advantage of special orchid re-potting services (for donation). Wine tasting will be available in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop on Saturday from noon – 4:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. General admission to the event is $5 per person to support the work of this community non-profit. For more details, call 585-394-4922 or visit online at www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua.
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 Manager Lisa Scott at 585-394-4922.
On February 9th 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 who 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.
Got a case of the Winter Blues? Not to worry. The Blues Brothers Revue is in town. On Saturday, February 9th head to the Smith Opera House, a historic wonder of Geneva, NY. Bring your friends and join in as the Revue pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, soul music and gospel in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Pricing $25 advance; $30 at the door. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456 www.thesmith.org
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.10 from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5. Finger Lakes Casino and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. (585) 394-1472.
Celebrate wonderful Finger Lakes ice wines this winter. The New York Ice Wine Festival (Feb. 16) at Casa Larga Vineyards and the nICE Festival (Feb. 25) at the New York Wine and Culinary Center will be full of Finger Lakes wine food and fun! For more details visit www.visitfingerlakes.com/events
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. 23rd, 10am – 4pm. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. 585-924-5848.
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 www.fingerlakesgiftsandlounge.com
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 23 and 24 from noon to 3pm. Visitors can also enjoy hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies and hot cider! Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
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.
See Clifton Springs all lit up for the holidays at the Festival of Lights! Experience the hot drinks & food, music, Dickens carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids activities and a visit from Santa. Dec. 7,
5 pm – 8 pm. Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Area, Clifton Springs. 315-462-8200.
Come meet the wizards at the Wizard of Clay in Honeoye. Jim and Jamie Kozlowski combine their talents in making the trademark Bristoleaf® Pottery. Bet you can’t leave the area without it!
Wizard of Clay Pottery, 7851 Route 20A, Honeoye. 585-229-2980.
Ice skate with your children at the Geneva Recreation Center or the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. For open skate times, call 315-789-2277 (GRC) or 585-396-7230 (GCCC). Geneva Recreation Center, 666 S. Exchange St., Geneva. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd., Canandaigua.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t golf in the Finger Lakes! OptiGolf offers high-tech virtual golf simulation on a variety of famous courses. www.victor.optigolfcenters.com. OptiGolf, 10 Commerce Drive, Victor. 585-924-4300.
In 2012, the Naples Hotel was featured on the hit television show “Ghost Hunters”! Now is your chance for a late night ghost hunt at the Naples Hotel on the evening of Dec. 14 from midnight – 4 am. You’ll explore three floors of the hotel while being introduced to a variety of technologies used in paranormal investigations. Call for reservations. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-5630.
If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas tree to take home, look no further than Victor Christmas Tree Farm! They have 10 varieties to choose from and the best part is you can even cut down your own tree! Victor Christmas Tree Farm, 1619 Murray Rd, Victor. 585-924-2079.
The Finger Lakes is a special place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season. Our many art galleries, main street stores, independently owned gift shops and Eastview Mall have a variety of gifts for everyone on your list! Go to www.visitfingerlakes.com and click on “Shopping and Spas” for more details.
Spend a day at the romantic Belhurst overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in Geneva. Start with a couples massage at Belhurst’s Isabella Spa, then enjoy a wine tasting at the Belhurst Estate Winery. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva. 315-781-0201.
Head to Brown Hound Bistro to see if you get the Golden Ticket! This winter, every time you have dinner at Brown Hound, you’ll receive an envelope with a mystery offer and the possibility of getting one of five Golden Tickets. Get the Golden Ticket and your entire meal is on the house! Brown Hound Bistro,
6459 State Route 64, Naples. 585-374-9771.
Celebrate New Years Eve at Bristol Mountain with music, activities for kids and a torchlight parade followed by fireworks. Dec. 31, 4 pm – 10 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
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.
Well, as it happens every year, fall slowly disappears in a blaze of red, orange and yellow. This year was and still is spectacular. The gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn are filled with foliage which come spring, summer and fall, are such a joy to see. But, as fall departs, there’s lots of work to be done. I raked up four bags of leaves yesterday. Doesn’t seem like much but I’ve been doing it for a while and the bags are packed. The minute I finished there were more on the ground. And this morning… it looks as if I didn’t even rake yesterday. It feels useless, but necessary. Today, the gutters get cleaned out, the gazebo is coming down, the fountain gets emptied and the outdoor furniture is getting put away… all in preparation for this week’s upcoming deluge (which most of the time, thankfully, is not as severe as forecasted) and then, the inevitable visit from Old Man Winter. Oh the joy!
Don’t miss the Naples Open Studio Trail! Local artists & artisans welcome visitors in their studios on this self-guided tour. October 6-7, 10 am – 5 pm. www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com. Naples Open Studio Trail, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-6563.
Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm or head to Red Jacket Orchards for fresh fruits and unique fruit juices. Red Jacket Orchards,
957 Rte 5 & 20, Geneva, 315-781-2749, www.redjacketorchards.com; The Apple Farm, 1640 Rte 444, Victor, 585-924-3420, www.thevictorapplefarm.com.
Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm with 100+ alpacas, spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on alpaca wool products. October 6-7, 10 am to 5 pm. Lazy Acre Alpacas, 8830 Baker Road, Bloomfield. 585-624-5477.
Enjoy the gorgeous colors of fall on a 90-minute, round-trip train ride over the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway. October 13. Departures: 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-374-1570.
Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick ‘N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun- house, farm animals & more. Daily 10 am – 6 pm www.picknpatch.com. The Pick ‘N Patch,
2205 Rt. 5 & 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.
Bring your family to the Fall into Canandaigua Festival! Enjoy a harvest festival complete with scarecrow contest, kids’ activities, music, wagon rides & specialty vendors. October 13, 10 am – 7 pm. Fall into Canandaigua Festival, Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-396-0300.
Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain! A 15-20 minute ride up the mountain, return via chair or hike. Weekends & Columbus Day through October 28, 12 pm – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival with sky rides, music, family activites and food. October 14, 12 pm – 5 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
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! October 20, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds,
County Road 10, Canandaigua. 315-462-3546.
Spend the night in downtown Victor sampling Finger Lakes wines and viewing art at various restaurants, galleries and merchant locations at the Victor Art and Wine Walk. 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26.
For more information, visit www.victorldc.com for more information. Downtown Victor. 585-742-6320.
October is a great month to visit the Finger Lakes. Fall is here and the leaves are vibrant.
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.