Author: 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!

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!

Finger Lakes Crossword Puzzle

Friday, April 10, 2020 2:00 PM by Valerie Knoblauch

At home for the foreseeable future? 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!

Summer is almost here, and that means taking advantage of the Finger Lakes’ great outdoors. Even if you don’t consider yourself the camping type, you may reconsider when you realize camping today can fit almost any type of personality.

If you want to bring your tent, hike in the woods, and set up au naturel, you can do that in Ontario County. But if you’re more like me and my “city-boy husband converted to the great life in Upstate NY,” you might prefer all the new choices available where camping has turned to glamping (glamorous camping).

The Finger Lakes isn’t only a beautiful place to make new memories with your loved ones. It’s also an area filled with nostalgic bliss—a place to share deep-rooted memories with the people you care about most. And historically speaking, the older generation tends to be responsible for carrying family legacies and holding the keys to a past long ago, but never forgotten. There’s a lot to learn from them to be sure, and many experiences to pass on and share together. But who says memories can’t be passed from kids to adults, too?

It’s National Travel & Tourism Week! This is such an exciting industry because it’s never the same and the workforce is growing. This blog is a hats-off to our visitors! 

From May 7 to 13, we value all of you for choosing our destination as a place to play and stay! And in the true spirit of my job, I can’t help but give you a few tips on how to play and stay in 2017!

Spring, I’ll admit, is not my favorite season in the Finger Lakes. I’ll be honest and say it’s a tad “muddier” than I’d like and the fluctuations in temperatures just tease me into longing even more for those generally ideal summer temperatures that the region is noted for. But, there are those bright spots of renewal and reminders that this is a special place to live – and a special place to visit, in any season! 

Often, it’s just the simple little things, but they are reminders of authentic Finger Lakes experiences that every visitor should try when they come here. 

Here are my top signs that we’re launching into another year of magnificence in the Finger Lakes.