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Finger Lakes Forest Therapy Offers Mindful Time in Nature

Fall in the Finger Lakes is filled with the kind of majestic beauty that takes your breath away. Cool air signals a changing of season as trees and bushes transformed by color beckon you outside. So, get out and experience Ontario County’s natural beauty in an interesting new way. Sign up for a Finger Lakes Forest Therapy shinrin-yoku-inspired walk. Shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing, is a wellness trend gaining popularity in the United States, with 30 years of research in Japan showing the powerful emotional and physical benefits of being in the forest. It just may be the new yoga…

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Playing Pokemon Go & Making New Friends in the Finger Lakes

“You see, sometimes friends have to go away, but a part of them stays behind with you."You may believe this quote is from a profound writer or compelling spiritualist, but it’s a quote from the Pokemon series’ main protagonist, Ash Ketchum.  That shouldn’t belittle this important message. In fact, Pokemon and playing games have a way of bringing people together. …

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Celebrate Earth Day: 7 Finger Lakes photos of our great outdoors

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day (or any day) than to retreat into nature and hike in the Finger Lakes. Some of our Finger Lakes Visitors Connection staff are avid hikers and recently explored Rob's Trail near the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. Here are seven great photos from their excursionin celebration of Mother Earth and the great outdoors…

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The Finger Lakes Are for the Dogs!

The Finger Lakes Are for the Dogs! When visiting the Finger Lakes, be sure to bring your fun loving, four-legged friend(s) along with you! The Finger Lakes Region was ranked #7 in the nation on the list of Top 15 Spring Break ideas for you and your dog on the I Love Dogs website. Don’t let the reference to Spring fool you or make you wait for Spring! Bring Fido along for the Finger Lakes fun, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall…

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You are never too old for a field trip

Everyone who works at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection just happens to live in different parts of Ontario County. So we have a lot of collective home turf expertise. Earlier this week, we spent the day in the “twin villages” of Manchester and Shortsville, as well as a mid-day stop in Clifton Springs. For those of us who live in other parts of the county, the day was filled with a lot of “I didn’t know that” moments. Here are my favorites…

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National Simplicity Day is simply spectacular in the Finger Lakes

One of my favorite quotes is “Live simply, laugh often, love deeply.” I have found that living in the Finger Lakes is the perfect environment to live by these three simple and important ideals. As National Simplicity Day (July 12) approaches, I like to celebrate the simple things in life. Simplicity is defined as the state, quality, or an instance of being simple . Too often we complicate our lives and forget that the simple things in life matter most. I could never give up my life in the country. There are so many instances where I give thanks for the simple beauty of the world around me…

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National Trails Day in the Finger Lakes

National Trails Day falls on the first Saturday in June. I really don't see the need for a special day to honor all of the phenomenal hiking trails in our country. I believe they deserve recognition each and every day, especially the beloved trails in the Finger Lakes that I explore regularly with my dog Shadow. Hiking and discovering new trails is a personal passion. Another passion is finding trail signs as Shadow and I trek around Ontario County. These signs share the story of the trail that lies ahead. They guide you on your adventure. They also provide a history of the trailblazers who came before us. Please join Shadow and me as we share our passion for the path less traveled, and a passion for the signs that guide us on our way…

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Earth Day offers great news for these Finger Lakes

Earth Day (April 22) came with two bits of great news this week, both of which center around Hemlock-Canadice State Forest, one of the most pristine and “forever wild” places in the Finger Lakes. No development is allowed here. First, a longtime resident of the town of Canadice in Ontario County sold 165 acres to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, so now the forest encompasses almost 6,900 acres…

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USAToday confirms the Finger Lakes have the best state parks in the country!

The Finger Lakes are home to some of the greatest state parks in the nation. For the people who live in the region, we know this to be true. USA Today confirmed our insider’s knowledge with the announcement this week of the top 10 state parks in the ENTIRE United States of America. American voters have designated Letchworth State Park as the #1 in the US. And as if that wasn't enough, Watkins Glen State Park came in at #3! Finger Lakes Visitors Connection would like to extend our congratulations to our friends in Livingston and Wyoming Counties, home to the "Grand Canyon of the East", Letchworth State Park. Kudos to our friends in Schuyler County, home to Watkins Glen State Park, the oldest state park in the Finger Lakes region…

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