West River, Canandaigua Lake
Kendall Knaak

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

7 Finger Lakes Gifts for Mother’s Day Quarantine Breakout Year

Last year, our team member, Kendall,wrote this blog for our quarantined selves and mothers. I thought it was worthy of a reprise with just a few edits. Given that many moms are freer this year because of vaccines, we know that there are a lot of reunions going. Many of Kendall's great ideas from last year are still great ideas for this year! Read on! For all of us, Mother’s Day is going to look a bit different this year. You may have been spending extra time with your mom than normal or unable to see her due to distance or because one (or both!) of you are essential workers. No matter how your Mother’s Day might look this year, here are 7 ways to show your mom, or the maternal figure in your life, just how much they mean to you! Many will even offer shipping right to her front door. …

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10 Smartphone Photography Tips for Better Vacation Photos

During this time of social distancing and shift to finding new outdoor adventures, I see some gorgeous Finger Lakes photography happening on Instagram! With all of the region's breathtaking vistas, it is such a remarkable experience watching visitors see our backyard in their own individual ways. A…

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National Plan for Vacation Day (in the Finger Lakes!)

Before you look ahead and plan your next vacation to the Finger Lakes, we must look back. COVID-19 changed us all, behaviors big and small seemed to shift – and that certainly applied to how Americans traveled in 2020! 33%. The percentage of paid time off left on the table last year by American…

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A Finger Lakes Winter Escape

If you follow us on Instagram, we know you’ll agree with us that there is just something magical about a Finger Lakes winter. From the snow-covered trees and hills to the breathtaking vistas around our lakes, winter sports enthusiasts and cottage core fans alike will find their place in our region…

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Take Out and Support Local For Your Christmas Meal

Leave the cooking to the experts this holiday season with a delicious Finger Lakes Christmas dinner to go (and some bonus in-person seatings, too!)! We are all celebrating a little bit differently this year, and most of us are celebrating with a much smaller number of close ones around our dining room tables. What you can control this year is serving your household a delicious meal from your favorite Finger Lakes restaurant or use this chance to try some place new…

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Festive FLX Gift Guide: Wine & Craft Beverages

There’s nothing like seeing the face of your loved one light up after gifting them the perfect holiday present! With the restrictions we are following this holiday season, we know that celebrating in person might not be possible, so Visit Finger Lakes is here to help.Check out our series of Festive FLX Gift Guides curated to help make your holiday shopping easier, and meaningful. Bonus – many of these options can be shipped! …

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