Author: Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is the tourism promotion and management agency for Ontario County. Our mission is to create visitorship and economic vitality for Ontario County by marketing its tourism assets and positioning the area as a premier leisure and meetings destination.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sonnenberg Gardens Focuses on Women’s Suffrage for Fall Programs and Exhibits 

CANANDAIGUA – This autumn Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park will focusing on the history and contributions of the residents of this region to the historic Women’s Suffrage movement that gained the right to vote for women in New York State in 1917 and for all American women in 1920 with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. 

Christen Smith, Director of Marketing and Communications

Release date: July 12, 2017


Finger Lakes Visitors Connection Partners with Cheshire Farms Creamery to Create New Ice Cream Flavor: “FLX Visitors Confection”

CANANDAIGUA – Finger Lakes Visitors Connection has teamed with Canandaigua’s Cheshire Farms Creamery to create a brand new ice cream flavor in celebration of July, National Ice Cream Month.

The flavor, “FLX Visitors Confection,” is a salted caramel ice cream with a heavy fudge ribbon and homemade fudge brownie pieces. The limited-edition flavor is available at Cheshire Farms, 10 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, at least through the end of July.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sonnenberg Gardens Opens for the Season on April 29

CANANDAIGUA – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park opens its gates to visitors on April 29 for its 44th season as a public garden and historic home. Sonnenberg, originally built and owned by banker Frederick Ferris Thompson and his wife Mary Clark Thompson, opened as a public attraction in 1973 after ownership was transferred from the US government to a nonprofit friends group. Today, Sonnenberg Gardens is one of the premier tourist attractions of the region and is open daily May through October welcoming 35,000 people annually to its Victorian estate featuring a 40-room mansion, 9 historic gardens, and antique green house complex. The park is also a popular wedding venue and home to the Finger Lakes Wine Center. And located only one mile from downtown Canandaigua, a Sonnenberg visit is the perfect pairing with any visit to Canandaigua.

Food stats and facts

Friday, April 15, 2016 6:37 PM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

  • The Finger Lakes is the largest wine-producing region in New York State. 
  • Ontario County farmers grow a lot of cabbage for sauerkraut. The village of Phelps is known as the Sauerkraut Capitol of the World and celebrates its history with a popular festival every summer. 
  • It is estimated that nearly 70,000 grape pies, a Finger Lakes specialty, are sold annually in Naples.
  • Milk is the official New York State beverage. 
  • Scientists at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva are responsible for introducing five of the east’s most popular apple varieties: Cortland, Empire, Macoun, Jonagold.