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.

CANANDAIGUA – The year is 1908 and Mrs. Mary Clark Thompson, one of the original owners of Sonnenberg Gardens, is celebrating the opening of her Aviary complex’s new Peacock House. Guests as well as a rare white peacock are arriving at Sonnenberg when the maid discovers a hidden cache of diamonds. Intrigue and mystery abound! 

Watkins Glen, New York, August 12 - Ventosa Vineyards 2011 Lemberger, Estate Grown from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted "Governor's Cup" trophy at the 2015 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 11 & 12 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. The "Winery of the Year" award went to Paumanok Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island.

GENEVA, NY – GAEL Brewing Company, the newest microbrewery located at 4180 State Route 14 in the Town of Geneva is hosting its Grand Opening celebration on Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The celebration, rain or shine, will consist of live music from the Party Mix band; free birthday cake for “Cousin Liam” and other activities. Bring a chair, a picnic lunch and we will provide the beer for sale. 

 Palmyra, NY – In just a matter of days, the roles will be cast, the stages set and a rural New York hillside will become home to one of the world’s largest outdoor theatrical productions, the Hill Cumorah Pageant.  The seven performances are July 10 & 11 and July 14 – 18. The Pageant is presented annually by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an all-volunteer cast.  Performances begin nightly at 9:00 p.m. with seating for over 7,000.  The Hill Cumorah is located on Highway 21, two miles north of Interstate 90, Exit 43.  Both admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. 

CANANDAIGUA --- The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection won recognition at the Public Relations Society of America, Rochester Chapter, annual PRism awards held on Thursday, June 18 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Titled Christmas on Us, the Facebook campaign ran before the 2014 Christmas holiday and sought to bring visitors into Ontario County during the holiday season. The campaign was a special holiday promotion offered by Ontario County hotels and Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Visitors staying two nights at any of the participating hotels during Christmas received a third night free as long as one of those nights was actually on Christmas. 

Canandaigua, NY - The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival will take place on Friday, July 17, from 12 to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will include artists and crafters, food vendors, live music and activities for kids as it returns to Historic Downtown Canandaigua this year.