Summer in the Finger Lakes is looking a bit different this year. However, this change in landscape has led to new (and creative!) experiences when exploring the region. From alpaca yoga to a completely new resort property on Canandaigua Lake, discover some of the most unique experiences available in Ontario County this summer.
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The Lake House on Canandaigua + Sand Bar
Named as one of Vogue’s “anticipated hotel openings of 2020,” The Lake House on Canandaigua will officially be open to guests this Friday, August 14! The first of its kind property will boast an event barn, outdoor pool, destination, spa, wellness center, signature restaurants and the locally adored Sand Bar. The resort is a great way to rejuvenate and still be right in the middle of the action in the Finger Lakes region. Its location gives you access to kayak, boat, and paddleboard rentals right across the street, proximity to downtown Canandaigua’s shopping, craft beverage and restaurant scene, as well as a short drive to many popular Finger Lakes stops.
Secret Wine Shop Dinners
World-class dining spot FLX Table has won the attention of many people since its inception, with its creative experience inspired by a dinner party. Now, it is offering one step further – a personalized, private dinner with your very own Sommelier for the evening! The dinners are available to book online and include a 4-course dining experience combined with the Big P.I.M.P.’n wine pairing. Your Sommelier for the evening will curate a pairing to your specific tastes and preferences. Book today!
Not sure about you, but our calendars are filled with Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting, and when it comes to happy hour, we look forward to logging off and pouring one out. On select evening, Kettle Ridge Farm has the answer with its take on happy hour – appropriately named Sappy Hour to mark its maple syrup roots! This picnic style event includes live music, New York state craft beer, wine, and mead from beverage carts, appetizer options from the Kettle Ridge Farm food truck and delicious maples creemees. Cheers!
Lazy Acre Alpaca Yoga
Downward dog turns to downward alpaca when you practice your yoga flow on an alpaca farm! Partnering with local yoga teachers, Lazy Acre Alpacas is offering alpaca yoga throughout the summer at different times of day to accommodate as many yogis as possible. Combine the relaxing benefits of yoga with the Finger Lakes landscape and magnificent alpacas for an experience you are sure not to forget!
Roof Top Bars
There’s just something about a rooftop bar that makes the drinks taste better, the conversations livelier and the experience elevated (quite literally!). With the gorgeous panoramic views of the Finger Lakes region, we love seeing our number of rooftop bars continue to rise. Sip outdoors at NYBP Victor Beer Hall, The Cracker Factory, Gleason’s Food and Drinks and the newest addition of Nick’s Chophouse.
New Ways to Wine Taste
Unable to visit us in person, but craving that glass of Finger Lakes wine? Many of our wineries are now offering virtual wine tastings! Heron Hill Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake has been offering virtual wine tastings complete with kits you can order ahead of time to taste along with the presenter. Are you in the region? Ravines Wine Cellars offers The Tasting Table Wine & Food Experience in addition to a tour of its cellar.
What to do with a large parking lot at a waterpark during the summer? Turn it into a drive-in concert party! Roseland Drive-In offers a chance for you to pack your car and enjoy live music right inside your vehicle, or from a chair directly in front of it. All cars and people will be socially distanced. Enjoy the live music we are so craving this summer!
Which ones are you adding to your quarantine bucket list? Tag us @VisitFLX and #FLXperience so we can follow along!