Author: Melissa Knoblauch

Melissa Knoblauch was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Seneca Lake, and lives in Canandaigua with her handsome husband, Andrew. Melissa enjoys city life but loves all the Finger Lakes has to offer from the rolling hills and expansive views, to the locally produced and delicious cuisine. She is obsessed with Harry Potter and Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters and always has a least 3 full pounds of coffee on hand. She loves biking, hiking mountains, reading, and Netflix binging. Most often in her spare time she’ll be doing any of those while hanging out with her husband and their adorable cats Buddha Pistachio and Major Marmalade.

5 Autumn Alternatives to Pumpkin Spice

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:00 PM by Melissa Knoblauch

Once a year, the cherry blossoms bloom over the streets in Bonn, Germany, turning them into vibrant tourist attractions.

Once a year, on 11/11 at 11:11am, sunrays pour through five pillars in Arizona, perfectly illuminating the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Once a year, sweater-weather lovers across the nation lose their minds over the rebirth of … pumpkin spice.

Two of those, I needed to google. One, I did not.

Here’s the thing: While pumpkins get the glory, there’s plenty of space to take the place of the season’s most overrated passion project. I don’t want to ruffle too many feathers, but the fall fandom of pumpkin spice leafs me no choice! It’s time for five fall-ternatives to the pumpkin-spice life. 

There are few places more picture-perfect than the Finger Lakes in Autumn. Clear blue lakes encompassed by rolling hills bursting with reds, yellows and oranges, and expansive fields and farmlands of green are everywhere. The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of solo adventures, romantic escapes or family fun waiting for you in your backyard. So pack the car for a weekend getaway, and a backpack with hiking snacks and sunscreen. Here are some of my favorite ways to make sure you fall in love with Ontario County this season. 

Summer is in full swing. So whether you’re looking for ideas for date night or ways to entertain the kids on summer vacation, here are some of my top picks for things to do this summer. 

Festivals and events!

You can bet to find something happening almost every weekend during the rest of summer, no matter when you’re visiting. But if you’re looking for some cool things to plan a trip around, here are some of my favorites.

The summer months bring sunny-skied vacations, long laughing nights and rambling road trips, but when it’s time to hunker down and gather ‘round the dinner table, there’s no better place to grab ingredients for a fresh meal than a local Finger Lakes farmers market.

Often viewed as a great alternative to eating out, farmers markets provide a venue for farmers to sell directly to consumers, which translates to the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses in town. Need some arugula for that salad? Check. Some cheddar for Mom’s mac and cheese that you traveled hours for? No problem. How about some juicy strawberries for an afternoon snack? The farmers market has you covered.

18 Things to Do in 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:00 AM by Melissa Knoblauch

It’s March, folks. That means 2018 has come and if you haven’t already, it’s time to crumple that old crinkled list of last year’s to-dos, skyhook it straight to the trash and trade it in for this brand-new, shiny list for a whopping price of $Free.99! That’s right, it’s 2018 (aka TwentyGreatTeen) and adventure is out there. It’s time to giddy-up and go. Here are 18 things to do in 2018.

Autumn is drawing to a close. Most of the leaves have fallen, along with the temperatures, though there are the stubborn few still clinging to their branches, unwilling to move on to winter. Here in Ontario County in the Finger Lakes, the first snow has come and gone. But before we move on to winter, there's still more to celebrate this fall.