When it comes to Upstate New York, there’s no shortage of sporting tradition. From the Buffalo Bills and their neighbor Sabres to the collegiate thrills of the Syracuse Orange, there’s always a game to get excited about. But while the athletes on the field serve as the main source of entertainment, almost equal in importance is a good atmosphere to soak in the sounds of competition. That’s why we’ve huddled up to find the four best places to watch sports in the Finger Lakes.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:00 PM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
For craft beverage aficionados, the Finger Lakes region is a treasure trove. Between the microbreweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, there are literally hundreds of ways to quench your thirst in the Finger Lakes.
Don’t know where to start? We have a few suggestions, courtesy of the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail.
Monday, December 16, 2019 9:00 AM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
American workers left a record number of vacation days on the table last year—768 million days, up 9% from 2017—according to new research from the U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos.
Find out why taking vacations is good for the mind, body and more.
Friday, November 8, 2019 10:00 AM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Thanksgiving is more than just cooking the bird! The best turkey days are celebrated by giving thanks to one of Mother Nature’s best agricultural gifts: the grapes in the ground that turn into wine by the pound.
What are the best wines to pair with your Thanksgiving meal? We asked our friends and wine experts on the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail to tell us their top recommendations.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:00 AM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Parties for hosting? Marshmallows for toasting? Caroling out in the snow? Scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago?
Yes to all that and more because it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The snowy season is upon us, and with it comes plenty of friends, family and fun. That also means it’s time to break out the thinking cap for some new, creative presents—and we know just what you need to put a little local flavor into your gift-giving game. So long, socks! See ya, shirts! Because …
Friday, November 1, 2019 8:00 AM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
From its founding as “Rochesterville” to the third-wave coffee age of today, the city of Rochester has laid claim to plenty of locations and experiences. Despite its recent resurgence, there are still plenty of gems that even the Flower City can’t offer. For these sights, sips and sounds, you have to venture just outside the ROC to the free-spirited beauty and relaxed nature of the Finger Lakes region.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:00 AM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
So long, summer. Hello, fall! It’s that time, once again, when pumpkin gets prime billing, sweaters become fashion statements and the leaves reveal their true talents. For many, the crisp air and cool breeze of this unfolding season are practically perfection. To enjoy autumn to the full extent, we’ve put together the Ultimate Finger Lakes Fall Fun Guide.
Grab your friends and family, pick your spots and get ready to go adventuring!
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:00 AM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Grab your telescope, blanket and bug spray because it’s time get ready for the total solar eclipse coming to a sky near you April 8 … 2024?! That’s right! We’re aware that’s about a lightyear away, but we already can’t wait.
And we’re not the only ones. There’s already been some media hype orbiting around 2024’s total eclipse. Amazingly, 2017’s eclipse was viewed by more than 150 million people! And 2024’s eclipse will last even longer than usual, taking the moon four minutes to move in front of the sun.
The best part—New York is one of 15 states in the U.S. located in the path of totality and the Upstate NY region is considered a prime viewing location!
So even though you have time to prepare, why not use the impending total eclipse as an excuse to scope out your perfect skygazing spot in the Finger Lakes? There’s no better (or more beautiful) place to navigate your way through stellar parks, celestial lakeside views and starry overlooks before the big day. To help, here’s a list of spots that shine bright in our eyes.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:00 PM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Warm weather calls for sizzling soirées, barbecue bashes, campfire celebrations—or pretty much any excuse to enjoy the great outdoors and good company. But whether it’s a thoughtfully crafted occasion or spur-of-the-moment backyard hangout, the best parties are the ones that keep your guests entertained, happy and full.
Pulling together all of the things you’ll need seems like a tall order with a long list of items to buy. But it doesn’t have to be a chore! And to prove it, we’ve prepared a list of outdoor party and hosting essentials—all from one convenient store.
So where can you find all the cooking gear, summer-fare favorites and outdoor comfort items to keep your party going? Wegmans, of course—the grocery store mothership of the Finger Lakes and the pride and joy of Upstate New Yorkers. It’s got everything you need to throw together a party in a cinch and enjoy it, too!
Calling all newly engaged couples! We know July is a big month for engagements, and we’re here to help you start your planning process with this roundup of our favorite Finger Lakes wedding moments found on Instagram. Get your Knot profiles ready to start planning your dreamy destination wedding in the Finger Lakes. For more wedding planning resources, click here.