Posts from May 2016

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.  

What's New in Ontario County?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:26 AM by Karen Miltner

This edition of What’s New in Ontario County highlights three new businesses in downtown Geneva where you can drink, eat and shop.

Do you love vintage-hip fashions, antique housewares and furniture, design-décor fru-fru and truly unique costume and hand-crafted jewelry? Then Serendipity Boutique, pictured above, will provide a mega-dose of retail therapy.

Matt Meltzer of Thrillist.com can be credited with calling a spade, "a spade." His recent Thrillist.com article, titled Most Underrated Place in Each State, cites the Finger Lakes region as New York's most underrated place. Being a Finger Lakes native, I can agree that Matt was on target with his article, which pointed out the Finger Lakes deserves more recognition for wines, cheeses, fall foliage, boating, fishing and more. All my life, I've been one to root for the underdog - and this positioning as "an underrated region" brings out the fight in me! @mmeltrez article made me think.

Happy Mother's Day - Barbara J. Gifford, Sandra Banas, Jackie Miltner, Janice Hicks, Cindy Blair, Gayle Cappelluti and Taylor's Mom - this call out is for you ... the "mother's of our Finger Lakes tourism team!" I posed the question late on Thursday to everyone - if you could take your mother to just one local place on Mother's Day, where would that be? Drum roll - here are your tourism bureau's answers!

But, before I really get into the Mother's Day treat ideas, I want to make a special call-out to my assistant, Carol Hicks - who along with me - is a "Sandwich Mother." I actually don't know if that term exists or not, but if not, I'll define it as "the extra special woman on Mother's Day who balances being celebrated as a mother, as well as celebrating her own mother." (as opposed to a mother who only makes PBJ sandwiches for the kids). I know that Carol shares my sentiments about motherhood, and to use one of her favorite phrases, "it's awesome." 

I was on my way home from a family reunion a while ago and came over a small hill and literally stopped.  I looked across the expansive fields of hay bales, into the white clouds, blue skies, and green, green, green. I knew that just about 18 miles away was Canandaigua – bustling with tourists and waterfront activity. Beyond that in another 20 miles is Rochester with nearly 350,000 people. Right now though, in my world over that hill, there were no people – and that’s the kind of moment that is just as precious in our tourism world.  Real, authentic, fresh air in the country!  I was in Gorham, New York.

Nature’s Health Club takes to the Trees!

Monday, May 2, 2016 3:54 PM by David Lee

If you haven’t taken to the trees and explored the canopy at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures you are missing out. The Finger Lakes is a premiere outdoor recreation destination. Hands down it’s the best health club with a view. Thanks, Mother Nature!

The Aerial Park boasts seven challenging courses, two kids courses, 125-plus elements (elements are the fun stuff!) and (wow!) 5,000 feet of zip line.

The Finger Lakes Are for the Dogs!

Sunday, May 1, 2016 4:02 PM by Carol Hicks

The Finger Lakes Are for the Dogs!

When visiting the Finger Lakes, be sure to bring your fun loving, four-legged friend(s) along with you! The Finger Lakes Region was ranked #7 in the nation on the list of Top 15 Spring Break ideas for you and your dog on the I Love Dogs website. Don’t let the reference to Spring fool you or make you wait for Spring! Bring Fido along for the Finger Lakes fun, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall.