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!

What do we have now that you could not have done 34 years ago (when National Travel & Tourism week was founded)?

Here’s my list!

Craft beer and brewery tours:


Breweries have taken over the Finger Lakes, in the best way possible. Hit the Finger Lakes Beer Trail to be a part of the hops and malt revival!

Roseland Family Fun Center

Knoblauchs play laser tag at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center

Bowling has been transformed with a new dimension, using lasers, electronics and sound systems. I’ve been there with the team and my family, and it is so much fun to see the “decades” of youth enjoy this activity!

Shopping local


Get into those Main Street stores. Sure, they’re not all new—but they do have a renewed focus on local, and everyone’s all about it. With Mother’s Day and my birthday coming up, you might want to visit one of those stores. Hint, hint. (May 13 color preference: electric blue; sizes will not be posted here!)

Eat what you cook

Celebrating a well cooked meal in the hands-on kitchen at the New York Wine & Culinary Center

I love to cook and I’m going to enjoy my start to National Tourism Week at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. A cooking/baking lust runs in our family, and there’s no place like the Culinary Center to have some hands-on fun and learn new techniques to take to the family dinner table.

Work it off on a bike trail! 


Have you been in the Geneva Bike Shop lately? Well, it’s one of my favorite places to be because everyone there has a passion for the Finger Lakes—biking of all sorts. Routes are available, rentals are available and you’ll feel good about yourself when you’re done!

Pet an alpaca (you read that right)


34 years ago, fields of strawberries were considered agriculture, llamas were mostly in South America and alpaca farms didn’t exist. Visit one of our alpaca farms. That’s right—we have more than one. In West Bloomfield, we have Lazy Acre Alpacas; in Honeoye, we have Golden Oak Alpacas. Love these critters—especially their hair (Usually makes me feel like mine is never out of place!) LOL, as they text today!

Ready to rest at a bed and breakfast?

Geneva on the Lake exterior garden

 Well, 34 years ago, you could have picked from one bed and breakfast and about eight motels. Today? There are 134 gorgeous B&B rooms to choose from AND three AAA Four Diamond properties to help you really live it up. I’ll give these three a particular call out because they exude the standards of top-notch treatment we want our guests to know we can dish out. Geneva On The LakeMorgan Samuels Inn and Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast. OK, so I can’t stop there because 34 years ago, we didn’t have TripAdvisor. But today we do, and that tourism review forum also helps us highlight some special places: Chalet Bed & Breakfast and 1840 Inn on the Main in Canandaigua.

Visitors, we love to have you come so we can strut our new stuff—as well as our old standbys! Come on and jump in!