Category - Arts and Cultural Activities

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. 

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.

You are never too old for a field trip

Friday, September 11, 2015 2:44 PM by Karen Miltner

Everyone who works at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection just happens to live in different parts of Ontario County. So we have a lot of collective home turf expertise. 

Earlier this week, we spent the day in the “twin villages” of Manchester and Shortsville, as well as a mid-day stop in Clifton Springs. For those of us who live in other parts of the county, the day was filled with a lot of “I didn’t know that” moments. Here are my favorites.

Seeing Naples beyond the grapes

Thursday, August 20, 2015 2:04 PM by Valerie Knoblauch

“Grape Pie Capital of the World” or “Finger Lakes Simplicity” or “Easy like Sunday Morning” or “Nooks and Crannies” or “Where People are Just Plain Nice.”

What is the potential tagline for Naples, New York? When you work in tourism your mind often goes to taglines. What quick phrase can sum up the feeling you have when you’re in a place?  Naples is a small village of approximately 1,200 residents who are gearing up for what some estimate to be visitors to the tune of 70,000 or more for the Naples Grape Festival. The folks in Naples sure appreciate all those visitors, and the festival remains our most requested special event. Why not, we all agree.  It’s fun, it’s busy, it’s purple, it’s tasty. And, despite all of this, I suggest that people take the time to visit the “non-grape-festival-weekend” Naples as well. Why?  Well, let’s get back to the title conundrum. What is Naples, NY?

When you open up a craft brewery in the sauerkraut capital of the world, at some point, the local sauerkraut cheerleading squad will come knocking at your door.

That is exactly what happened to Mike Darling last year, just two weeks before the annual Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. This year's festival of fermented cabbage runs Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 in various locations in downtown Phelps.

Mike is the head brewmaster, keg washer and CMO (Chief Mop Operator) of Crafty Ales & Lagers, a nano-brewery that opened in 2013.

Gardens are a special treat around the Finger Lakes in the summer (and fall and spring). 

The neat thing about gardens is that the experience can change based on the company you keep. There’s a different mood and mission when you stroll a garden solo or as a hand-in-hand walk under the moonlight, or as a family on a nature adventure. 

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua has gardens for all these walks of life.

On January 23rd we celebrate National Handwriting Day in the Finger Lakes! It’s an important day, considering even with the changes of technology, we are still constantly communicating with handwriting. Growing up, I remember learning that penmanship was very important and that I wanted mine to be perfect and have a style. I remember in second grade that I couldn’t wait until it was my turn to be in charge of the chalk board for the week.

My Finger Lakes New Year's Resolutions

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:32 AM by AJ Shear

I recently read a statistic that 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top 5? It’s the usual boring stuff:
 
1. Lose weight
2. Get organized
3. Spend less, save more
4. Enjoy life to the fullest
5. Learn something new and exciting
 
I’m not too keen on these, so this year, I’ve decided to turn the top five New Year’s resolutions into Finger Lakes resolutions! Here’s how I recommend adapting America’s top 5 New Year’s resolutions to Finger Lakes resolutions.

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is pleased to be a part of the 2014 Sonnenberg Tour of Homes. We hope that you’ll all get out to take advantage of this fundraiser and glimpse of Canandaigua – and its lifestyle.

The tourism bureau moved into 25 Gorham Street in August of 2003. See the picture at right.  We actually had one member of the team call it the "Chia Pet" house.