Category - Outdoors

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.

One of my favorite quotes is “Live simply, laugh often, love deeply.”

I have found that living in the Finger Lakes is the perfect environment to live by these three simple and important ideals.

As National Simplicity Day (July 12) approaches, I like to celebrate the simple things in life.

Simplicity is defined as the state, quality, or an instance of being simple. Too often we complicate our lives and forget that the simple things in life matter most. I could never give up my life in the country. There are so many instances where I give thanks for the simple beauty of the world around me.

National Trails Day in the Finger Lakes

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 4:21 PM by Carol Hicks

National Trails Day falls on the first Saturday in June.  I really don't see the need for a special day to honor all of the phenomenal hiking trails in our country. I believe they deserve recognition each and every day, especially the beloved trails in the Finger Lakes that I explore regularly with my dog Shadow.

Hiking and discovering new trails is a personal passion. Another passion is finding trail signs as Shadow and I trek around Ontario County. These signs share the story of the trail that lies ahead. They guide you on your adventure. They also provide a history of the trailblazers who came before us.

Please join Shadow and me as we share our passion for the path less traveled, and a passion for the signs that guide us on our way.

Earth Day (April 22) came with two bits of great news this week, both of which center around Hemlock-Canadice State Forest, one of the most pristine and “forever wild” places in the Finger Lakes. No development is allowed here.

First, a longtime resident of the town of Canadice in Ontario County sold 165 acres to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, so now the forest encompasses almost 6,900 acres.

The Finger Lakes are home to some of the greatest state parks in the nation. For the people who live in the region, we know this to be true. USA Today confirmed our insider’s knowledge with the announcement this week of the top 10 state parks in the ENTIRE United States of America. American voters have designated Letchworth State Park as the #1 in the US. And as if that wasn't enough, Watkins Glen State Park came in at #3! 

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection would like to extend our congratulations to our friends in Livingston and Wyoming Counties, home to the "Grand Canyon of the East", Letchworth State Park. Kudos to our friends in Schuyler County, home to Watkins Glen State Park, the oldest state park in the Finger Lakes region.

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. 

As I write this, it’s 36 degrees outside (January 19, 2015), a relative “heatwave” given the temperatures we’ve had in the area (just yesterday it was 2 degrees – and no I did not forget the zero – that would be two degrees.  I enjoy stretching my mind to think what I should write in this blog. Of course, in those ponderings, I can’t help but think about the weather. After all, it’s right in front of me and envelopes us every day, for better or for worse.  I say we focus on the better! 
 
I thought back to my conversations in the last couple of weeks and although they’ve been about the weather a bit, I must say that I am amply impressed with how positive they are.  We Finger Lakers are, overall, a very positive bunch; at least the ones I hang out with. Maybe that’s why we’re in tourism because we tend to be optimists. How do I make the most of this situation?  It’s important to keep that tone and that attitude when you’re sharing why tourists should come visit here.

A Finger Lakes Adventure

Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:26 AM by Michelle Dawson

Mi”chelle” is coming out of her shell!

I moved to the Finger Lakes area 22 years ago from the sunshine state of Arizona. And, since I grew up there, I had always considered it my home. The reason I have always felt Arizona was my home is I never took the time or the effort to go out and see what the Finger Lakes area truly had to offer me until I took my position here at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (“FLVC”).