10 Reasons to meet in the Finger Lakes

There are plenty of good reasons to hold your event in the Finger Lakes, but we've limited them to these Top 10!

#1. Accommodations for Many Group Sizes and Budgets
In Ontario County you’ll find unique accommodations—from luxurious to the inexpensive. With about 1,700 hotel rooms across a spectrum of amenities, you’ll discover the perfect accommodations to give your group a good-night’s rest.

#2. Exciting and Unique Venues
Imagine hosting a board meeting or retreat in a unique venue that will delight and wow your attendees. From luxury state-of-the-art facilities to hidden gems, you’ll find one-of-a-kind off-site meeting spaces in Ontario County. We can help you excite your group with a venue they’ll never forget. 

#3. Getting Here is Easy
Our corner of the Finger Lakes is only a short drive from three major upstate New York cities, which are in turn accessible by bus, train, and air travel. Rochester (ROC) is about 40 minutes northwest from Canandaigua (the seat of Ontario County), while Syracuse (SYR) is about 70 minutes east. Buffalo (BUF) is approximately an hour and 30 minutes to the west. Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo each have an airport, bus, and train station.

#4. Unique Group Excursions
The best meetings often include time for team building. From ziplining at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures, to sipping a flight of wine in New York Kitchen’s education theater, your team will leave feeling connected and relaxed.

#5. Wide and Diverse Selection of Restaurants
From roadside diners and hipster gastropubs to classic fine dining and innovative farm-to-table eateries, we handle all kinds of appetites quite beautifully in the Finger Lakes, with lots of variety, freshness, originality and friendly, comfortable service in our restaurant selection. 

#6. Personalized Hospitality
We know there’s a lot of competition when it comes to choosing your meeting destination. When you bring your meeting to Ontario County, the team at Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is here to support you every step of the way. We are your one stop shop to find the perfect location for your meeting, conference, or event. 

#7. Scenic Beauty That Allows Attendees to Recharge
Think outside the box—and conference room—when you let attendees enjoy the scenic beauty of the Finger Lakes. Our four-season destination offers unique natural sights to bring a breath of fresh air and fresh thinking to your group.

#8. Finger Lakes Wine!
Wine, wineries, wine trails, wine tastings – these words are what comes to mind for many visitors to the Finger Lakes. No conference is complete without sharing a bottle in the heart of wine country!

#9. Shopping – Big or Small
Don’t go home empty-handed! Meeting attendees can shop 'til they drop in the Finger Lakes. They’ll find charming village shops with unique gifts including handmade jewelry, arts and crafts from local artisans and classic men’s and women’s apparel. Or you can make a stop at Eastview Mall. One of the largest malls in New York state, Eastview boasts more than 180 great stores, many unique to our region.

#10. Our Knowledgeable and Friendly Team
When you plan your meeting in Ontario County in the Finger Lakes, you have the expert help and resources of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at your disposal! With years of experience and intimate knowledge of the area, our staff will provide you with resources and tools you need to plan your best meeting ever!