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.

With summer in full swing, the beautiful weather in the Finger Lakes has me dreaming of experiencing this area in a completely fresh way. Not by foot, not by car but by my favorite two-wheeled machine: the bike. I've set a new goal and, perhaps you'll join me.

I want to bike around all 11 Finger Lakes. Will I do them all by the end of the summer?

The Naples Grape Festival, held the last week of September since 1961, celebrates the area’s grape harvest, as well as local business owners, artists, farmers, musicians... I could go on.  For me, it also means celebrating the close of summer, and welcoming the start of fall. Knowing that some of you may have missed the festival this year or in past years due to other obligations – work, school, travel, Sunday football – let’s take a trip down festival memory lane and look through some of my favorite Instagram photos from the last few years of the Naples Grape Festival.

Come on, Ithaca, we thought you were tougher than that?!  I guess we’re just built a little hardier here in Ontario County.  I’m sure we can find some extra mittens for anyone in Tompkins County afraid to go out in a little snow.  Maybe you can use the white flag that's been waving as a scarf?

Of course, we're just having a little fun here with our good friends in Ithaca because we so appreciate their sense of humor regarding how to deal with this winter that seems to want to go on and on. We also know that all of us here in the Finger Lakes share wonderful winter assets that are worth bragging about - even as the snow is piling up and the temperature wants to hover around...brrrrrr degrees.