Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in the Finger Lakes

Monday, December 11, 2017 10:00 AM by Christen Smith

Baby, it's cold outside. So, make the most of this winter by lacing up your skates and visiting these fun family spots for indoor skating! As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold to be outdoors. The Geneva Recreation Complex and the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center both offer indoor public skating all winter long. Take advantage of the variety of times these fantastic, economical rinks offer adult and kids.

Happy holidays. I do hope your Christmas and holiday preparations are going well. I love the Finger Lakes any season of the year—but I especially enjoy them around the holidays. And if you’re still looking for something to put you in a festive mood, there’s plenty of holiday cheer to be had this season! Here are a few

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!

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day! I plan on taking advantage of this fantastic day by going for a hike with my faithful companion, Shadow. No matter the weather or your preferred activity, Ontario County’s Finger Lakes offers plenty of ways to experience the great outdoors! 

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. 

Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 Commemoration

Monday, November 6, 2017 8:00 AM by Peter Jemison

The United States and the Haudenosaunee entered into a treaty of peace and friendship on November 11, 1794.

For the Haudenosaunee, this brought an end to the Revolutionary War and the hostilities that existed between them and American settlers. The Treaty demarcated the lands reserved to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) by the terms of the treaty.

The treaty also spells out how disagreements that may arise are to be addressed by the executive branch of the American Government. The treaty tests the words of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies treaties as the supreme law of the United States. The Canandaigua Treaty bears George Washington’s signature and was ratified by the U.S. Senate in January 1795.

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.