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Valerie Knoblauch

The Finger Lakes runs deep in Valerie’s soul. She is a native from the Keuka Lake area. She has lived here her entire life, is the President of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and maintains an absolute encyclopedic knowledge of all things Finger Lakes. She takes a special interest in all the wonderful food and outdoor recreation of the area. Valerie has biked around all 11 of the lakes! One of her favorite activities in the Finger Lakes is visiting the wineries. Valerie can often be seen along the roads of the Finger Lakes taking breathtaking scenic shots and interacting with visitors. If the Finger Lakes had an award for its #1 fan, Valerie would most certainly win it!

It's Time to Play-ground!

Playgrounds have taken on new heights in Ontario County and it’s time for everyone to get out there and check them all out. Kids – ages – well – whatever age are sure to find a playground or two suited for them in the heart of the Finger Lakes…

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Distinctive Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Experiences

Lots of times when awards are given – the announcer will summarize the winner in a few short words or phrases. What is it that makes that award winner distinctive? Well, here we go, we’re doing that for this blog – and hope to make it a quick read for you so that you can get out on the trail faster…

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Bacon Makes Everything Better

“Bacon makes everything better,” was the statement that our waitress, Liz, made as our dinner guests were pondering our appetizer selection at Ports Café in Geneva. The clams looked appealing but when we learned they were dressed with bits of bacon, fresh corn, and tomatoes, the decision was easy…

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20 Plus Things to do

The last year and a half have undoubtedly been tough, but it also gave us time to reflect and appreciate how important travel is to our happiness and general well-being. Now that’s it’s time to pack your bags and hit the road again here is a curated bucket list of 20experiences (in no particular order) to inspire your 2021 travel plans. …

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Open Kitchen Experiences

I love restaurants that are bold enough to show their kitchen team and space in action for two reasons. I love to cook and I admire those who can cook – even with lots of eyes on them…

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Waters of the Finger Lakes Crossword Puzzle

I've done it again! I'm sure you're hooked on these fun ways to get a brain workout now. And we'll keep the activities coming! Are you feeling confident in your knowledge of the waters of the Finger Lakes? Test your knowledge with my crossword, if you can complete it,send it in and we may just award you with a prize! You never know what we're up to.  How many clues can you get right with just your brainpower? Here's your chance to find out…

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Finger Lakes Crossword Puzzle

At home for the foreseeablefuture? Us too. You've probably heard from experts about the importance of keeping your mind, body, and spirit sharp. I'm a big believer in keeping my mind, body, and spirit moving forward and staying positive. You can just ask my family or my team! I always have a new project in the works, and this time at home has allowed me to tap into new creative talents I didn't realize I had, like crossword creation. Why not test your knowledge of the Finger Lakes with this crossword created by me! Can I stump you? Let's see what you've got…

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