Author: Christen Smith

Christen Smith is Director of Marketing and Communications for Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. In her spare time she enjoys traveling (she and her husband, Mike, are working towards visiting all 50 states – they have six left), hanging out with her five nieces and nephews, listening to audio books, and traveling to the occasional NASCAR race. She’s also making it her mission to try every restaurant in the new FLVC visitors guide.

Which Finger Lakes Mural is Your Favorite?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:00 AM by Christen Smith

Across the 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? 

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!

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!

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! 

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!

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’s Project 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!

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!  

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.

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!