Author: Kendall Knaak

As one of the writers for the Visit Finger Lakes blog, and a born and raised Upstate NY girl, Kendall loves bringing the Finger Lakes experience to you!

Exclusive Wine Tasting Experiences

Monday, September 14, 2020 1:00 PM by Kendall Knaak

Our local vintners have upped the ante this fall and found many creative ways to enhance visitors’ wine tasting experience when visiting the Finger Lakes. You know what makes wine even better? Chocolate…or cheese… or s’mores. Is your mouth watering yet?

Located just shy of 5 hours from the heart of NYC is the heart of grape county – Naples, NY.  While Naples might stir thoughts of the Italian countryside, Naples in the Finger Lakes region is not to be overlooked! Particularly every September since 1961 when visitors from near and far travel to Naples for the annual Naples Grape Festival to celebrate the grape harvest, talented artisans, wine makers, local and regional music, and cuisine. 

Summer in the Finger Lakes is looking a bit different this year. However, this change in landscape has led to new (and creative!) experiences when exploring the region. From alpaca yoga to a completely new resort property on Canandaigua Lake, discover some of the most unique experiences available in Ontario County this summer. 

With five glacial-carved lakes surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque vistas around every corner, Ontario County in the Finger Lakes region is sunset central! Enjoy the natural light show from your favorite winery or brewery, on the water, or from your table at dinner.

We’ve rounded up a few of our very favorite places to take in those stunning Finger Lakes sunsets below. Check them out on your next visit and share your sunset photos on social media using #FLXperience.

7 Stargazing Spots in the Finger Lakes

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:00 AM by Kendall Knaak

The first thing we often hear from our city visitors is, “I can’t believe all the stars you can see!” It is true – the beauty in the Finger Lakes doesn’t set with the sun! 

Wherever you are visiting us from, here are a few spots that are sure to offer some brilliant stargazing landscapes. 

4 Rooftop Bars You Won’t Want to Miss!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:00 PM by Kendall Knaak

There’s just something about a rooftop bar that makes the drinks taste better, the conversations livelier and the experience elevated (quite literally!). With the gorgeous panoramic views of the Finger Lakes region, we love seeing our number of rooftop bars continue to rise.

Please remember that social distancing guidelines are still in place. Keep yourselves and our community safe by following all rules and regulations! 

Building the Ultimate Finger Lakes Picnic

Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:00 AM by Kendall Knaak

It’s what I like to call the Finger Lakes conundrum. There are so many trails to hike and vistas to see, but there are also some delicious foods to be sampled around the area. How is one able to do everything at once?

Enter picnicking.

Fusing together a rejuvenating hike with Ontario County dining, all while maintaining social distancing regulations is a perfect warm weather day activity, and I am here to make it even easier. So, lace up your sneakers, grab your picnic basket, and let’s hit the trail!