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Melissa Knoblauch

Melissa Knoblauch was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Seneca Lake, and lives in Canandaigua with her handsome husband, Andrew. Melissa enjoys city life but loves all the Finger Lakes has to offer from the rolling hills and expansive views, to the locally produced and delicious cuisine. She is obsessed with Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters and always has a least 3 full pounds of coffee on hand. She loves biking, hiking mountains, reading, and Netflix watching. Most often in her spare time she’ll be doing any of those while hanging out with her husband and their adorable cats Buddha Pistachio, Major Marmalade, and Rio Tortilla.

Canandaigua’s Victorian Architecture

Several years ago, I was at a book discussion at a large bookstore in Rochester. One of the women attendees and I got chatting and had coffee when it was over. The woman was in Rochester for months, staying with her daughter, a university student who’d undergone a serious surgery. The woman said…

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Ideas Divertidas e Inspiradoras Mientras Estamos Distanciando Físicamente

Para decirlo a la ligera, COVID-19 está cambiando nuestras rutinas y actividades diarias y cómo estamos viendo la vida durante el tiempo de distanciamiento social. Pero en lugar de pensar en esto como cuarentena, piense en esto como una oportunidad para pasar tiempo de calidad en casa con su familia que generalmente no tiene. El distanciamiento social o físico es un concepto nuevo para nosotros, por lo que, si necesita algunas ideas de cosas que hacer mientras evita el contacto con otras personas fuera de su hogar, ¡tenemos lo que está buscando! …

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Spring Into Action With 5 Rejuvenating Activities

It’s this time eachyear when some of us emerge from our homes like grizzlies from their dens. Shaking off the indoors and winter temperatures to step into longer days and welcomed sunlight. People rekindle forgotten New Year’s resolutions with passion and excitement. You see the overeager among us in shorts and T-shirts, while the crocuses are still dusted with frost. Whatever category you find yourself in, now’s the time to get outside and spring into action!  What are you waiting for…

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Four Restaurants That Pair Best With March Madness

64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 1. You hoops fans out there know what I’m talking about. It’s March and that means one of my favorite sport experiences. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament. So many gamesthat my husband and I set up two TVs and our Macs to stream them. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your tourney-watching experience, I’ve done the work for you. You’re welcome, by the way. Here are my Final Four of Ontario County establishments so you don’t have to miss a single free throw, buzzer-beater or bracket-buster and can ultimately fulfill all your beverage, bar snack and basketball needs…

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Frightful Weather? Try These 4 Kid-Friendly Places Inside Eastview Mall

Winter in the Finger Lakes is ideal for kids who love sledding, skiing or snowball fights, but sometimes there are days when even the hardiest winter lovers don’t want to go outside. On those bitter, icy days when it’s too cold to even build a snowman, entertain the kids at Eastview Mall in Victor, NY. Far more than just a place to shop, Eastview is full of activities for the younger set. Here are four best bets inside Eastview Mall for keeping the kids busy and happy on the coldest of winter days…

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4 Ways to Enjoy Winter While Staying Warm

The winter air is quiet. Peaceful. Trees in the Finger Lakes are blanketed in white, fields of fresh clean snow glisten in the (sometimes rare) sunlight. Who doesn't smile when reminiscing about the gift of snow days, fort building or catching that elusive snowflake on your tongue? Sure, it gets a little chilly, but nothing a warm sweater and scarf combo can’t take care of. For those who enjoy winter but also love being warm, I’ve got four ideas how you can get out and stay warm while exploring Ontario County in the Finger Lakes…

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Family Fun, Less Sun: Here's Where to Beat the Heat

Here’s a question: On a scale from one to glowing red campfire embers, how hot have you felt this summer? If you answered anywhere in the range of hotter-than-a-pancake-on-a-frying-pan, you’re not alone. With temperatures deciding to go the way of scorched earth, it’s not uncommon to lather up multiple sunscreen applications, stick your head in the freezerand down enough water to fill a kiddie pool each and every day. In an effort to ease up on the aloe while still enjoying the sunniest slices of summer, we’ve come up with five ways to beat the heat…

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Fresh Food & Fun: 5 Can't-Miss Local Farmers Markets

The summer months bring sunny-skied vacations, long laughing nights and rambling road trips, but when it’s time to hunker down and gather ‘round the dinner table, there’s no better place to grab ingredients for a fresh meal than a local Finger Lakes farmers market. Often viewed as a great alternative to eating out, farmers markets provide a venue for farmers to sell directly to consumers, which translates to the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses in town. Need some arugula for that salad? Check. Some cheddar for Mom’s mac and cheese that you traveled hours for? No problem. How about some juicy strawberries for an afternoon snack? The farmers market has you covered…

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