Author: Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is the official tourism promotion agency representing Ontario County in the Finger Lakes region. Our team provides visitor information on wine trails, lake activities, historic attractions, spas, shopping, and more. Take a look around the website, request information or call our office to get more detailed itineraries, routes and trip planning suggestions.

These days, with experiences driven by data, reviews and all things internet, it’s easy to see how the information age has changed the way we vacation. With instant access to a world of research, your next relaxing getaway may require enough planning to make anybody’s brain freeze. But why dig so deep when a world of possibilities awaits with the help of a little throwback thinking? 

Just like everything else, summer vacation has taken on new meaning this year. International travel has paused, concerts are only seen on screens and festivals are going digital. In a way, it’s a return to the more relaxed days of yesteryear. No overflowing calendar, no frantic packing for that mad dash to the airport and don’t even get us started on cruises. But despite all this, one classic summer staple remains: the road trip.  

Ahh, vacation. That wonderful time when you get to slide out of school, push work to the wayside and relax with the family. If done well, there’s nothing more enjoyable than breaking out the board games and settling in for some stories as you kick back in the gentle ease of no responsibilities. We all know that a little time off goes a long way in the happiness column, but it’s important to remember the dollars and cents that go into crafting each successful getaway.

When planning the perfect vacation, having a travel budget is essential. Without it, an unexpected expense or two could make for a short-lived utopia. Fortunately, the Finger Lakes offer a plethora of options at a variety of price points to ensure a vacation that can be tailored to any travel budget. Mix and match or go straight down the line—we put together a list of options to fit any dollar amount.

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.

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.

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 …

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.