Join us in Celebrating 52 Years of Earth Day FLX Style- April 22, 2022
Sustainability is deeply integrated into our way of life here in the beautiful and bountiful Finger Lakes region. Full of majestic scenery and endless open-air experiences, Ontario County is an outdoor playground that abounds with natural splendors. We pride ourselves in preserving open spaces, supporting local farms and small businesses, and treading lightly on Mother Nature in every possible way. From sustainable sipping and eating green to hiking, biking, and enjoying stunning scenery, you cannot help but be inspired to do your part for the planet.
Here is a curated collection of experiences to help you celebrate and honor Mother Earth and 52 years of Earth Day in the Finger Lakes.
Hop on a Bike or Take a Hike
Gorgeous lake views, diverse terrain, and well maintained trails make Ontario County and ideal place for a bike ride. The wide shoulders and light traffic, as well as a variety of off-road trails for mountain bikes, make it a picture-perfect ride. With bike trails to suit every experience level and ability, you will have no trouble finding the right path. Need a bike? No problem. Ontario County has three full-service shops that offer rentals, tune-ups, and friendly advice on where to ride.
A year-round hiker's paradise with trails suited for all levels, you can refresh, relax, and stay active while breathing in the fresh Finger Lakes air. Whether you take a leisurely walk or brisk jog, you will feel the stress of everyday life disappear as a renewed sense of peace takes hold here in the Finger Lakes.
Plot your course with Visit Finger Lakes’ Finger Lakes Trail Maps
Soak in stunning scenery
Every season in the Finger Lakes is beautiful but spring is special with the grass a particular shade of ‘spring green’ and tulips, daffodils and forsythia bushes peaking their heads out the first warm days. We do have rain in the spring but that means the gullies are rushing with water and the waterfalls are breathtaking. Grimes Glen offers one of Ontario County’s most scenic hiking experiences with several spectacular waterfalls, cool water flowing over rocks, and beautiful greenery.
Eat & Drink like a Locavore
Farm to table dining is a Finger Lakes way of life that draws hungry visitors to our bountiful table from all over the world! The abundance of local ingredients lends itself to all types of cuisine, many with a local flair. FLX Table in Geneva takes the farm-to-table dining experience to the ultimate level. Seating just 12 people at a single, large table, FLX Table features unique, three to five course dinner menus that change seasonally to take advantage of local ingredients at their best. It’s like you are at a dinner party without the work. Reservations required!
To complete the locavore dining experience, a glass of Finger Lakes wine, beer, cider or spirits is a must. To truly immerse yourself in the local beverage scene, follow the Rochester/Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Trail or the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail and experience the multitude of artisan craft beverages and wines from throughout the area. Inspire Moore Winery in Naples prides themselves in being a boutique winery, vineyard, and retail shop that is eco-friendly and focuses on sustainable practices from vineyard to tasting room.
Shop Small, Shop Local
Travelers can contribute to the local economy in a meaningful way by shopping small and supporting local entrepreneurs and family-run businesses. Ontario County’s independent, locally owned boutiques offer one-of-a kind treasures that won’t disappoint, support local business, and serve as fond reminders of your visit to the Finger Lakes. The farm store at Lazy Acres Alpacas features alpaca clothing and gifts. Downtown Clifton Springs offers unique home-town shopping including an art gallery and bookstore in a Victorian setting. Historic and charming Naples is made for the artsy shopping looking for the local and unique with its eclectic boutiques that carry everything from sculpture and original paintings to quilting and music supplies. The list of independent retail opportunities goes on and on.
How do you like to celebrate Earth Day in the Finger Lakes? Please tag us at @VisitFLX and #FLXperience and share your favorite earth-friendly experiences with us!