The green drumlins along the northern border of Ontario County are pretty and quiet.

But for seven nights each summer, one hill in particular becomes the epicenter of a 77-year-old theater tradition that draws hundreds to a multi-level complex of 10 stages and thousands to the seats below.

One of my favorite quotes is “Live simply, laugh often, love deeply.”

I have found that living in the Finger Lakes is the perfect environment to live by these three simple and important ideals.

As National Simplicity Day (July 12) approaches, I like to celebrate the simple things in life.

Simplicity is defined as the state, quality, or an instance of being simple. Too often we complicate our lives and forget that the simple things in life matter most. I could never give up my life in the country. There are so many instances where I give thanks for the simple beauty of the world around me.

In a private, secluded area off Townline and Murray Roads in Victor, Ontario County lies 100 magnificent acres of privately owned land. For 362 days a year, it is a quiet residential area. But for three days every year since 1990, this “NEIGH-borhood” transforms into an equestrian competitor’s paradise—and spectators can witness the entire competition from just feet away.

In May of this year, our tourism office had the opportunity to host the Midwest Travel Writers Association’s (MTWA) annual spring conference. they stayed at The Inn on the Lake  in Canandaigua.  We hosted 61 travel writers, photojournalists and industry suppliers for a four-night/five-day itinerary.  MTWA active members are writers, editors or contributors actively engaged in producing travel-related content for newspapers, magazines, web or specialty publications.  MTWA associate members are public relations professionals working in the field of travel and tourism.  We have hosted many travel writers in the past but this was our first time with an organized group of this size. What an adventure it was sharing the Finger Lakes with them!

Taking care of the "family antique collection" seemed to be the theme of the day when I recently took my Dad to a doctor’s appointment and my uncle was along for the ride.

My Dad is the kind of guy who gets a kick out being referred to as an antique. But in my book, antiques are valued treasures, and he is definitely one of mine. 

So, a funny thing happened on the way home from the appointment – where my Dad had some testing done.  While we headed out for breakfast I remembered that the Stanley Steamers were touring in Canandaigua.  These antique cars are all open-topped and run on steam and have the greatest horns ever.

Just because you’re on vacation does not mean you have to take a vacation from celebrating the country’s most patriotic of holidays, Independence Day, or Fourth of July.

Ontario County has several celebrations happening, ranging from a parade, a picnic and fireworks to a lakeside ring of fire.

The latter, Honeoye Lake’s ring of fire, is especially endearing to Finger Lakes residents. Flares are lit on shore all around the lake, encircling the water with beautiful brightness that ascends to the summer sky. The Ring of Fire is also a beloved end-of-summer ritual on Canandaigua Lake on the Saturday before Labor Day. 

Here is the schedule of events.

Geneva wins All-America City award

Friday, June 19, 2015 9:54 AM by Karen Miltner

As a newcomer to the tourism industry, my position at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection makes me look at the community where I live through a different lens. As I do this, a new philosophy emerges. It essentially boils down to this:

A great place to visit must also be a great place to live. 

Residents will learn about and love their community even more when they explore their own back yard like a tourist. Meanwhile, visitors more and more want to experience the life of the locals when they travel.

It’s a win-win all around.

My boyfriend Scott and I have saved the date (June 27) for a very special event. But we are not wearing anything special and we really don’t care if it rains or shines that day.

In fact, the more rain before Kirby’s Kompound Mud Bog, the better.  

What’s a mud bog, you ask? It pretty much boils down to grown men playing in the mud with their trucks. And a grown woman like me says it’s a hoot to watch.

Kayaking Canandaigua Lake and Beyond!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:00 AM by David Lee

One of the best ways to take in the Finger Lakes is by kayak. There is just something about kayaking in the Finger Lakes and watching the lake change as you are a part of it. Pictured above, some friends and I were out for a paddle on Canandaigua Lake - to Squaw Island!

Whenever I travel, one of the first things on my to-do list is to see where the locals shop for food. Of course I like eating at restaurants, but I love exploring the home cooking of different destinations even more, and a cook is only as good as the fresh, high-quality ingredients she buys.

Grocery stores, bakeries and ethnic markets are a year-round find, but in summer, the farmers markets are an open-air sampler plate not only of a community’s culinary bounty and inclinations but also of its cultural character.