When visitors ask us about great places to enjoy the spectacular views  in the Finger Lakes, we often steer them to the County Road 12 Overlook in South Bristol. This overlook is a fantastic place to gaze northward at Canandaigua Lake, to see the splendor of the Bristol Hills, to take some photos and to have a picnic or simply a time out. Starting  August 1, the county will be doing some repair work on County Road 12 (just north of Fribolin Road), and the road will be closed to through-traffic at the north and south ends where it intersects with State Route 21. The work should be completed by September 22.

Does that mean you have to forfeit breathtaking views on the west side of Canandaigua Lake during this time frame? Hardly. Here are some abundantly scenic options (oriented from north to south).

Finger Lakes weekend Pokémon roundup!

Monday, July 18, 2016 2:00 PM by Jake Banas

From Pidgey to Pikachu we’ve got ‘em all in the Finger Lakes. Because of the mobile nature of Pokémon GO, the hit game from Niantic and The Pokémon Company, people of all ages are getting outdoors, moving and exploring. Here are some of our suggestions for family friendly places that are great for taking a tour, general hanging out, or learning something new, and also happen to be great for finding Pokémon. 

Onanda Park Dock GirlsFor the third summer in row my family is hosting a girl named Mimi from the Fresh Air Fund. The Fresh Air Fund is a program where children who live in New York City get matched up with a host family in a suburban or rural area to spend part of the summer with. My kids (Alyssa, Gavin, and Brody) and I were in search of a relaxing, fun day to show Mimi a slice of what the Finger Lakes has to offer.

A Finger Lakes Fourth of July

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:11 PM by Jake Banas

There’s something to be said about observing traditions, and celebrating the birth of our nation is, if anything, paramount to that rule. But whether you’re looking for a change of pace or want to create new traditions entirely, the Finger Lakes has some truly spectacular ways to celebrate all things U.S.A.

Fireworks: If there’s anything critically essential to celebrating the Fourth of July it has to be a good firework show and if there’s one thing we in the Finger Lakes know, it’s how to put on a good show! In fact, three of our communities celebrate with fireworks

Farmers markets are a great way to really experience local flavor in the Finger Lakes. Not only can you find fresh, locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, grains and dairy products, but at many markets you  can also purchase fresh-cut flowers and plants, crafts, baked goods, maple syrup, honey and homemade jams and other exclusive Finger Lakes treats.

While grape growing and wine making have a long history in the Finger Lakes and other parts of New York State, it was historic legislation enacted 40 years ago that ensured the industry would survive and prosper.

According to Hudson Cattell’s 2014 book, “Wines of Eastern North America,” June 4 marks the historic signing of New York’s Farm Winery Act of 1976. When then Gov. Hugh Carey signed the law, he was essentially creating a sea change for the state’s wine industry.