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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!

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 21 experiences (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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5 Guarantees for Your Next Finger Lakes Camping Trip

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)…

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Small Town America - Finger Lakes Charm - Gorham, NY

I was on my way home from a family reunion a while ago and came over a small hill and literally stopped. I looked across the expansive fields of hay bales, into the white clouds, blue skies, and green, green, green. I knew that just about 18 miles away was Canandaigua – bustling with tourists and waterfront activity. Beyond that in another 20 miles is Rochester with nearly 350,000 people. Right now though, in my world over that hill, there were no people – and that’s the kind of moment that is just as precious in our tourism world.  Real, authentic, fresh air in the country!  I was in Gorham, New York…

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Vacation Fun for Your Whole Family Tree? Better Be-leaf It!

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…

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