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Christen Smith

Christen is a former editor of the Visit Finger Lakes blog.

Which Finger Lakes Mural is Your Favorite?

Acrossthe Finger Lakes, murals dot nearly every corner of our area. A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall or other permanent surface. And there are plenty to marvel in Ontario County! These gorgeous works of art promote local talent and engage the community by turning empty city walls into huge public canvases. Jump in your car and plan your next day trip by checking out each of our murals up close. How many can you find? …

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Things to Do: Geocaching—An Outdoor Activity Anyone Can Try

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.Remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines when you head out! 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…

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3 Ways to Kick-off Summer Fun in the Finger Lakes!

Summer in the Finger Lakes is finally here! The sun sets a little later, and the rolling green hills are a bit greener. There’s something about this time of year that seems to put a smile on people’s faces and add extra pep to their step. Let’s harness all that momentum and focus it on summer planning! Here are a few ideas to jump start your summer fun…

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Celebrate the End of Prohibition in the Finger Lakes!

The anniversary of the end of Prohibition is almost upon us! Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933. And Ontario County is rejoicing with celebrations, deals and special events all around the Finger Lakes…

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Bristol Valley Theater—Live from the Finger Lakes!

The Summer Season at Bristol Valley Theater—or BVT, as us locals like to call it—kicks off in a few weeks! I’m all about local theater, and BVT has that cool community theater vibe, yet the actors come from all across the US. They attract some of the very best talent in the biz!Tucked away in Naples, New York, you'll find an intimate theater, top-notch wardrobe and props, and some of the very best talent around. Make plans now to check out a show this season…

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14 Valentine’s Day Things to Do in the Finger Lakes

It’s that time of the year again—Valentine’s Day—and love is in the air. Whether you find yourself single or with that special someone this year, there are plenty of things for you to do to in the Finger Lakes to make it a memorable day. Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so that gives us all even more opportunities to take advantage of lots of fun things leading up to the big day. Here are 14 fun options for those celebrating Valentine’s Day, single or together…

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National Plan for Vacation Day is Real – Are you In?

The last Tuesday in January is an important day for your health and happiness. It’s National Plan For Vacation Day! As part of U.S. Travel Association’sProject Time Off, National Plan for Vacation Day urges Americans to plan their time off early and stresses the importance of destressing by actively including vacations in your life plan. Don’t lose those vacation days, use them! Check out our Infographic to help get you started on planning your perfect solo Finger Lakes vacation. Then use National Plan for Vacation Day to arrange your vacation in Ontario County. Traveling with someone special or taking a family road trip? Visit our website for inspiration and then make your plans to enjoy the upside of downtime…

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5 Finger Lakes Sandwiches to Sink Your Teeth Into

The sandwich is a timeless classic with seemingly infinite arrangements. To craft the perfect sandwich is unto itself an art, so much so that those who craft them have been affectionately dubbed sandwich artists (just ask Subway)! In Ontario County’s Finger Lakes, we have sandwiches to rival our fiercest competitors, no matter how stacked the competition is. I love sandwiches, and our area has some of the best. Here are a few of my faves! …

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Ontario County Historical Museum's Countless Hidden Treasures

To say Ontario County Historical Society Museum is a treasure is an understatement. I recently took a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, and I learned that it’s truly a treasure trove of amazing wonders and precious gems! Everywhere you look, there’s something new and amazing—and each piece is truly cared for and carefully documented by Museum Executive Director Ed Varno and his staff. “We hold and keep the county’s antiquity,” he told me…

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