Author: Christen Smith

Christen Smith is Director of Marketing and Communications for Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. In her spare time she enjoys traveling (she and her husband, Mike, are working towards visiting all 50 states – they have six left), hanging out with her five nieces and nephews, listening to audio books, and traveling to the occasional NASCAR race. She’s also making it her mission to try every restaurant in the new FLVC visitors guide.

The anniversary of the end of Prohibition is almost upon us! Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933. And Ontario County is rejoicing with celebrations, deals and special events all around the Finger Lakes! 

The Summer Season at Bristol Valley Theater—or BVT, as us locals like to call it—kicks off in a few weeks! I’m all about local theater, and BVT has that cool community theater vibe, yet the actors come from all across the US. They attract some of the very best talent in the biz! Tucked away in Naples, New York, you'll find an intimate theater, top-notch wardrobe and props, and some of the very best talent around. Make plans now to check out a show this season!

It’s that time of the year again—Valentine’s Day—and love is in the air. Whether you find yourself single or with that special someone this year, there are plenty of things for you to do to in the Finger Lakes to make it a memorable day. Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so that gives us all even more opportunities to take advantage of lots of fun things leading up to the big day. Here are 14 fun options for those celebrating Valentine’s Day, single or together.

Tuesday, January 30 is an important day for your health and happiness. It’s National Plan for Vacation Day!

As part of U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off, National Plan for Vacation Day urges Americans to plan their time off early and stresses the importance of destressing by actively including vacations in your life plan. Don’t lose those vacation days, use them!

Check out our Infographic to help get you started on planning your perfect solo Finger Lakes vacation. Then use National Plan for Vacation Day to arrange your vacation in Ontario County. Traveling with someone special or taking a family road trip? Visit our website for inspiration and then make your plans to enjoy the upside of downtime!

The sandwich is a timeless classic with seemingly infinite arrangements. To craft the perfect sandwich is unto itself an art, so much so that those who craft them have been affectionately dubbed sandwich artists (just ask Subway)! In Ontario County’s Finger Lakes, we have sandwiches to rival our fiercest competitors, no matter how stacked the competition is. I love sandwiches, and our area has some of the best. Here are a few of my faves!  

To say Ontario County Historical Society Museum is a treasure is an understatement. I recently took a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, and I learned that it’s truly a treasure trove of amazing wonders and precious gems! Everywhere you look, there’s something new and amazing—and each piece is truly cared for and carefully documented by Museum Executive Director Ed Varno and his staff. “We hold and keep the county’s antiquity,” he told me. 

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in the Finger Lakes

Monday, December 11, 2017 10:00 AM by Christen Smith

Baby, it's cold outside. So, make the most of this winter by lacing up your skates and visiting these fun family spots for indoor skating! As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold to be outdoors. The Geneva Recreation Complex and the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center both offer indoor public skating all winter long. Take advantage of the variety of times these fantastic, economical rinks offer adult and kids.

Happy holidays. I do hope your Christmas and holiday preparations are going well. I love the Finger Lakes any season of the year—but I especially enjoy them around the holidays. And if you’re still looking for something to put you in a festive mood, there’s plenty of holiday cheer to be had this season! Here are a few

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!

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!