Posts from April 2015

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.

It’s wedding season, and the Finger Lakes has become a destination for many couples who will be tying the knot.

In fact, the cover story for the April issue of Rochester Magazine says the past decade has been full of a lot more “I do’s” in the Finger Lakes by couples who traveled as far as California, Arizona Oklahoma and Florida. Even destination wedding central, Hawaii, has sent us brides and grooms who opted for gentle lakes over tropical lava as the backdrop for their special day.

There are so many picture-pretty spots in Ontario County for nuptial photos that I could never list them all here. But I was curious about the more unusual locales, so I checked in with two Ontario County photographers, Jan Regan and Steve Chesler, for their suggestions.

National Beer Day in the Finger Lakes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:35 PM by Karen Miltner

A question you often ask yourself as the afternoon is getting on in the Finger Lakes is this: Is it beer o’clock yet?

April 7 is one of those days when beer o’clock is around the clock. In other words, Happy National Beer Day.

The holiday is not just marketing blitz, but marks a genuine historical celebration to mark the end of Prohibition. The Cullen-Harris Act, which legalized beer sales, was passed by Congress on March 21, 1933, and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Thirsty beer drinkers had to wait until April 7 for the law to go on tap.

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.