Autumn is drawing to a close. Most of the leaves have fallen, along with the temperatures, though there are the stubborn few still clinging to their branches, unwilling to move on to winter. Here in Ontario County in the Finger Lakes, the first snow has come and gone. But before we move on to winter, there's still more to celebrate this fall.

It’s November! Believe it or not, that means Christmas is rapidly approaching, and so is the shopping season! And with Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite local gifts you can buy, right here in Ontario County. Most are available all year long, but if you want to take advantage of Small Business Saturday, head out on Saturday, November 25, for this year’s national day of small-town celebration!

Though well-known to locals, those visiting the Finger Lakes may be wondering what this slice of peculiar purple pie is, and it would be a shame to miss out on it! An essential part of every Thanksgiving dinner or celebratory family gathering, pies bring people together. Everyone has a favorite, but bring this pie to your next family event, and you'll have the most unique pie of all. 

Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 Commemoration

Monday, November 6, 2017 8:00 AM by Peter Jemison

The United States and the Haudenosaunee entered into a treaty of peace and friendship on November 11, 1794.

For the Haudenosaunee, this brought an end to the Revolutionary War and the hostilities that existed between them and American settlers. The Treaty demarcated the lands reserved to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) by the terms of the treaty.

The treaty also spells out how disagreements that may arise are to be addressed by the executive branch of the American Government. The treaty tests the words of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies treaties as the supreme law of the United States. The Canandaigua Treaty bears George Washington’s signature and was ratified by the U.S. Senate in January 1795.

Fall is my jam. Not a jam that you produce using grapes and put on a piece of toast, though that sounds like tons of fun too. For some reason, fall has it all for me. Crisp, cool air (though not so much this year), changing leaves and plenty of activities to do.

One of those activities? Taking amazing Instagram photos. Sure, you shouldn’t plan a trip to the Finger Lakes surrounding a social media app, but sometimes it’s irresistible. Take it from a local, there are photo opportunities galore.

Three Places to Find Finger Lakes Foliage

Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 AM by Kelly Makosch

Riding home on my bike yesterday, I stopped at a light and watched as a single, red leaf fell slowly to the ground in front of me. That was the moment I realized, fall is here and it’s OK. The striking red of the leaf reminded me how much I actually love fall. 

This is our glory season, the time of year when our hillsides light with color and the lakes shimmer reflecting the golds, reds and greens of autumn. In beautiful Ontario County, there are so many places to get outside to soak in the fall color before winter truly arrives. Here are three great options to get you started. 

Fall in the Finger Lakes is filled with the kind of majestic beauty that takes your breath away.  Cool air signals a changing of season as trees and bushes transformed by color beckon you outside. So, get out and experience Ontario County’s natural beauty in an interesting new way. Sign up for a Finger Lakes Forest Therapy shinrin-yoku-inspired walk. Shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing, is a wellness trend gaining popularity in the United States, with 30 years of research in Japan showing the powerful emotional and physical benefits of being in the forest. It just may be the new yoga.

Any resident of Geneva will tell you that arts and the performing arts play a big part in making Geneva “Uniquely Urban.” The past is presented in the story and architecture of the Dove Block, on the Seneca Lake Mural, and the Musselman Wall; but here are ways you can discover Geneva’s next big hit.

Hiking the trails of Ontario County is fun to do in any season, but if you’re looking to add a new twist to your next adventure, consider Geocaching.

Simply put, geocaching is a treasure hunt. It’s the activity of hunting for, and finding, a hidden object by using GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates that are posted on the Geocaching website. The game is completely free, and you can download the Geocaching app to most smart phones, or you can purchase a hand-held GPS device to help you find hidden geocaches. Once you have the app or a GPS device, you can start finding hidden geocaches anywhere around the world!