Category - Foodies

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.

It’s November! Believe it or not, that means Christmas is rapidly approaching, and so is the shopping season! And with Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite local gifts you can buy, right here in Ontario County. Most are available all year long, but if you want to take advantage of Small Business Saturday, head out on Saturday, November 25, for this year’s national day of small-town celebration!

Though well-known to locals, those visiting the Finger Lakes may be wondering what this slice of peculiar purple pie is, and it would be a shame to miss out on it! An essential part of every Thanksgiving dinner or celebratory family gathering, pies bring people together. Everyone has a favorite, but bring this pie to your next family event, and you'll have the most unique pie of all. 

March means maple here in the Finger Lakes and boy do we have some greats ways to experience all that syrup! New York State Maple weekends are a great way to get into the action and get those taste buds stimulated!


Fun Fact: Did you know that New York State is the second largest maple syrup producer in the United States?

Traveling on a budget? Or simply want to give your wallet a break? Ontario County has plenty of groovy things to do that are free (or pretty darn close). From art demonstrations and live music to yoga on a farm and Pilates in a castle, here are ten super-fun Finger Lakes freebies. 

Perhaps you have come to the Finger Lakes to explore our world-famous Rieslings and our award-winning farm-to-table fare. That’s all well and good, but let’s face it, sometimes a cold beer and a hefty burger are exactly what the vacation doctor calls for, with a big side of local culture. From re-purposed shotgun shells turned into lighting fixtures to free legal advice from town supervisors, here are some of the best off-the-beaten-path watering holes, dive bars and neighbor joints in the Finger Lakes where you can easily feel like a regular.