Author: Jake Banas

Jake Banas is the Visitor Services and Marketing Assistant at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Originally from the Albany area, he first came to the Finger Lakes as a student at Keuka College. While in school, he developed such a love for the Finger Lakes region that he decided that he just didn’t want to leave! Jake has a passion for all things outdoors, especially hiking, kayaking, and nature photography. He also loves theatre and the arts, and is always looking for new experiences. Jake’s take on the Finger Lakes is that, “There’s simply so much to experience and there’s always something new to try.'

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day (or any day) than to retreat into nature and hike in the Finger Lakes. Some of our Finger Lakes Visitors Connection staff are avid hikers and recently explored Rob's Trail near the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. Here are seven great photos from their excursion in celebration of Mother Earth and the great outdoors!

Quiz: Name all the Finger Lakes by shape!

Friday, January 20, 2017 2:00 PM by Jake Banas

 

Can you name all eleven Finger Lakes by their shape alone? Take our quiz and see if you are a true Finger Lakes expert!

10 things to do in the Finger Lakes this winter

Friday, January 6, 2017 3:00 PM by Jake Banas

When winter weather comes to the northeast, a few misguided folk flock to the south but they don't know what they're missing! While the south may be warmer during the winter, there are plenty of ways to escape, relax and rejuvenate right here in the Finger Lakes that you would miss out on.

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. 

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

I realize I may get some flak for writing about Christmas before Thanksgiving (my mother, for example, would be appalled). But, at least to me, the spirit of the holiday season definitely starts to build up even before Turkey Day. Many towns have holiday lights in the park, or lights on homes, but in Canandaigua we have trees in houses.