The 4 Hour Finger Lakes Experience – Yes It’s Possible!

A few weeks ago my wife asks me, “Let’s spend the day down in Naples and do something fun?” I replied, “Sounds like a plan!” Having a 7 month old and in the midst of remodeling our kitchen - time poverty was high in the “Lee” household.  The next challenge, secure a babysitter. Success! We found a babysitter and had 4 hours to experience Naples! We know that isn't enough time but off we went. I planned a quick itinerary in my head that started us out in South Bristol and finished in the heart of Naples.  To my surprise, the majority of these upcoming stops my wife had never experienced before and that was about to change…

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A day at the Ontario County Fair

Insider's note: In honor of this year's Ontario County Fair, we're bringing back a blog about 2011's fair by Insider Laurie Adams. For more information about this year's fair which runs July 22 - 26, make sure to visit www.ontariocountyfair.org.   Where can you take your family for a few hours of fun and entertainment and only have to spend $5? One place in the Finger Lakes is The Ontario County Fair in Canandaigua. For a $5 parking fee per vehicle, you enter the fairgrounds and never have to spend another cent unless you choose to. While the fair offers exhibits and many programs that are free to the public, very few of us can walk away from a country fair without spending a little more money to enjoy the other amenities the fair has to offer. But, I lured you with the tease that you don't have to spend more than $5, so first I'll explain how you can have a good time on so little money.  What can you do for free…

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Brew, Brats, & Bliss

“This is bliss”. Yes, those words actually came out of my boyfriend, Pete’s, mouth during our day…

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The Nose Knows Best

The “golden rule” of the Golden Nose Awards in New York's Finger Lakes: there is no good and bad –…

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What I Didn't Know About Where I Grew Up

This summer I moved back to the Finger Lakes after living in Connecticut for 28 years. It’s been fun rediscovering the events and festivals that I once took for granted. One way I decided to get back to the roots of the Finger Lakes was to take in a local festival steeped in tradition and legend…

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