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.

4 Ways to Enjoy Winter While Staying Warm

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:00 PM by Melissa Knoblauch

The winter air is quiet. Peaceful. Trees in the Finger Lakes are blanketed in white, fields of fresh clean snow glisten in the (sometimes rare) sunlight. Who doesn't smile when reminiscing about the gift of snow days, fort building or catching that elusive snowflake on your tongue? Sure, it gets a little chilly, but nothing a warm sweater and scarf combo can’t take care of. For those who enjoy winter but also love being warm, I’ve got four ideas how you can get out and stay warm while exploring Ontario County in the Finger Lakes!

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. 

8 Great Naples Grape Festival To-Dos

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 PM by Melissa Knoblauch

There is not a single word in the English language that rhymes with purple, which is only fitting for a festival as unique as its color. The Naples Grape Festival was born in 1961 and continues to come alive every September. Located in the valley, this annual festivity celebrates the great grape and all its tasty and talented offerings.  With gifted artists, vibrant musicians and expert wine makers, the Naples Grape Festival is one of a kind.

Don’t know where to start? Here are Eight Great Grape Festival To-Do’s. 

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.

Here’s a question: On a scale from one to glowing red campfire embers, how hot have you felt this summer? If you answered anywhere in the range of hotter-than-a-pancake-on-a-frying-pan, you’re not alone. With temperatures deciding to go the way of scorched earth, it’s not uncommon to lather up multiple sunscreen applications, stick your head in the freezer and down enough water to fill a kiddie pool each and every day. In an effort to ease up on the aloe while still enjoying the sunniest slices of summer, we’ve come up with five ways to beat the heat.

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.