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.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on November 2nd. At the event, Sonnenberg Gardens recognized these volunteers for their many hours of generous service. During the 2014 season, 250 people volunteered at Sonnenberg and shared over 22,000 hours. It is through their generosity and commitment that Sonnenberg’s legacy is kept alive in the Canandaigua community. 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State has been honored with the title of "Wine Region of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The publication cited the quality of wines, tremendous growth of the industry, and greatly improved business climate, particularly over the last four years with Governor Cuomo’s support. The award will be presented at the Wine Star Awards gala dinner on January 26 at the New York Public Library. 
The Johnston House closes for the 2014 season on October 26. Built by John and Margaret Johnston in the 1820s, the Johnston House originally sat on an important farm where John Johnston became a well-known advocate of improved farming techniques. Johnston was the first American farmer to use soil drainage tiles to increase productivity on his farm, which was considered by some in the 19th century to be “the most important agricultural spot in America.” 

Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week celebrates one of our country’s oldest alcoholic beverages, hard cider. The Finger Lakes Cider Alliance, a collaboration of local hard cider makers and orchardists, is thrilled to host the 3rd annual Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week! Craft Cider Week will run from October 3rd through October 12th, bringing together the widest variety of local ciders from the Finger Lakes.