Category - Hiking

Fall is my jam. Not a jam that you produce using grapes and put on a piece of toast, though that sounds like tons of fun too. For some reason, fall has it all for me. Crisp, cool air (though not so much this year), changing leaves and plenty of activities to do.

One of those activities? Taking amazing Instagram photos. Sure, you shouldn’t plan a trip to the Finger Lakes surrounding a social media app, but sometimes it’s irresistible. Take it from a local, there are photo opportunities galore.

Three Places to Find Finger Lakes Foliage

Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 AM by Kelly Makosch

Riding home on my bike yesterday, I stopped at a light and watched as a single, red leaf fell slowly to the ground in front of me. That was the moment I realized, fall is here and it’s OK. The striking red of the leaf reminded me how much I actually love fall. 

This is our glory season, the time of year when our hillsides light with color and the lakes shimmer reflecting the golds, reds and greens of autumn. In beautiful Ontario County, there are so many places to get outside to soak in the fall color before winter truly arrives. Here are three great options to get you started. 

Fall in the Finger Lakes is filled with the kind of majestic beauty that takes your breath away.  Cool air signals a changing of season as trees and bushes transformed by color beckon you outside. So, get out and experience Ontario County’s natural beauty in an interesting new way. Sign up for a Finger Lakes Forest Therapy shinrin-yoku-inspired walk. Shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing, is a wellness trend gaining popularity in the United States, with 30 years of research in Japan showing the powerful emotional and physical benefits of being in the forest. It just may be the new yoga.

Hiking the trails of Ontario County is fun to do in any season, but if you’re looking to add a new twist to your next adventure, consider Geocaching.

Simply put, geocaching is a treasure hunt. It’s the activity of hunting for, and finding, a hidden object by using GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates that are posted on the Geocaching website. The game is completely free, and you can download the Geocaching app to most smart phones, or you can purchase a hand-held GPS device to help you find hidden geocaches. Once you have the app or a GPS device, you can start finding hidden geocaches anywhere around the world!

“You see, sometimes friends have to go away, but a part of them stays behind with you." You may believe this quote is from a profound writer or compelling spiritualist, but it’s a quote from the Pokemon series’ main protagonist, Ash Ketchum.  That shouldn’t belittle this important message. In fact, Pokemon and playing games have a way of bringing people together. 

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day (or any day) than to retreat into nature and hike in the Finger Lakes. Some of our Finger Lakes Visitors Connection staff are avid hikers and recently explored Rob's Trail near the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. Here are seven great photos from their excursion in celebration of Mother Earth and the great outdoors!

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. 

The Finger Lakes Are for the Dogs!

Sunday, May 1, 2016 4:02 PM by Carol Hicks

The Finger Lakes Are for the Dogs!

When visiting the Finger Lakes, be sure to bring your fun loving, four-legged friend(s) along with you! The Finger Lakes Region was ranked #7 in the nation on the list of Top 15 Spring Break ideas for you and your dog on the I Love Dogs website. Don’t let the reference to Spring fool you or make you wait for Spring! Bring Fido along for the Finger Lakes fun, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall.

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.