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September Touring Tips

September 1st, 2015by Innkeeper

Fall foliage is upon us. As you drive through this gorgeous countryside, leaves are turning. The mornings are cooler and crisper. You can just feel it in the air. We just planted mums at our front door. Soon pumpkins will be everywhere. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.

Looking for a great way to get out and experience what Downtown Geneva has to offer? Geneva Night Out is a free, monthly arts and cultural event. Friday, September 4 is this month’s Grape Harvest edition! More information, maps, and a complete list of participating businesses are all available at www.genevanightout.wordpress.com.

There’s no way to observe Labor Day weekend quite like the Finger Lakes Ring of Fire Celebration! This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, September 5 at dusk on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake. Gather on the lakeshore when the sun sets and watch as business owners and residents light red flares around the lake’s edge and bathe the lake in an entrancing red glow in honor of an old Native American tradition.

Having purple feet might be cause for some alarm, but not at the Casa Larga Purple Foot Festival! One of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S, the festival celebrates the grape harvest season through the old world tradition of stomping grapes. There will be live music, vendors of all kinds, kids crafts and games, wine tastings and seminars, and, of course, grape stomping! September 13, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $18 at the door; those under 21 get in free. Casa Larga Vineyard, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. (585) 223-4210.

Autumn means the return of the famous fall foliage colors of upstate New York, and the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain offer an excellent way to leisurely take in the view. Take a ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. Fall Sky Rides available September 12 through October 25 from noon to 4pm at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

Fall is just around the corner! If you are looking for pumpkins and corn mazes, a great place to find both is the Pick’n Patch! Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and then stop to pick out your pumpkins and fall decorating items. Fall fun for the whole family! Open September 17 to Halloween, 10am to 6pm at 2205 Route 5 & 20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.

September is grape harvest season which means it’s time for the annual Naples Grape Festival! Since 1961 the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area’s grape harvest. Wine tastings, arts and crafts, foods of all kinds, and area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz, and original music are just a few highlights! The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 10am to 5pm at Memorial Town Hall and Naples High School Grounds, Route 21 South, Naples, 14512.

Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.

August Touring Tips

August 5th, 2015by Innkeeper

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures has opened a new kid’s course, in addition to its regular courses. An adventure available for those of all skill levels. The Aerial Adventure park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, reservations are highly recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. For more information on pricing and reservations call 585-374-1180.

August welcomes Clifton Springs Community Concert Series! All concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Rotary Park on East Main Street. Dates and bands are as follows: August 6th, 78 RPM (Big Band); August 13th, Music Makers (Big Band); August 20th, Don Newcomb Band (Country, Classic Rock); August 27th, Tim O’Horn (Acoustic Adult). Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy these free concerts on the park lawn. East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432.

The 55th Annual Pageant of Steam will take place August 5th through the 8th. The pageant features steam-powered demonstrations and tractor pulls of all kinds plus food and events for the kids! Fairgrounds are located at 3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, 14424 and are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is $6 for adults, and kids under 12 get in free. 315-677-3876.

Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Becky’s New Car at the Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. This humorous, car-themed comedy will run August 6th through the 16th. General admission is $33, $31 for seniors, $17 for college students, and $12 for children 18 and younger. Visit their web site or call the box office at 585-374-6318 for show times and further information or to purchase tickets.

The Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival will take place August 8th and 9th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with events at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. Celebrating the agricultural richness of the Finger Lakes, the festival will include a wine garden featuring Riesling tastings, and craft beer tastings as educational wine seminars and other, family friendly events. Cost is $25 to enter the wine garden and $10 for entrance to educational seminars. 585-899-3226.

Have a craving to get in touch with your more artistic side? Then visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, located at 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, for Arts at the Gardens August 15th and 16th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This rain-or-shine celebration of artistic accomplishment will feature local artists who specialize in all kinds of arts and crafts. There will be free art lectures, a wine/beer garden featuring microbrews, a food court, raffles, and more. Special reduced admission is $6 for this event and includes access to the mansion and gardens. Call 585-394-4922 for more information. This is your Innkeeper’s favorite Festival. Can’t wait to go.

Touring Tips Courtesy of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.

Biking the Erie Canal

August 3rd, 2015by Innkeeper

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As an innkeeper, I don’t often get the chance to venture too far away from the Inn during the peak season, but… yesterday evening I got the chance to ride along the Erie Canal from Schoen Place in Pittsford to Fairport and back. Each year I try to have new experiences so that I can assist guests with things to do in this stunningly beautiful part of the country. I don’t think I will ever run out of things to do in the Finger Lakes. Much of the time though I am hindered by guests checking in and perhaps arriving after our check in hours, so it’s hard to plan. But, yesterday worked out just right. I often get nervous about going more than 10 minutes away from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast with a house full of guests. If a guest needs me, say they lock themselves out of their room, it could take me a while to get back. But it seemed like everyone was well settled yesterday afternoon so off I went.

We rode about 15 miles, which could be taxing for some including myself, but with plenty to see and do along the way, there’s opportunity to rest. And, of course, you don’t have to ride that far. My friends, who work out often and ride more frequently than me, led the way. We rode most of the way in the cool shade, though the outside temperature gauge read 85 when I parked the car. We chatted as we peddled and enjoyed each others’ company. The canal wasn’t crowded at all, though it can be at times, but we timed it perfectly. Occasionally a boat would go by, sailboat, motor boat, kayak, and there was the solo paddle boarder, but it was peaceful place to be. We even saw two fawns on the way back.

Pittsford is about a 30 minute drive through the country from the B & B. If you don’t have your own bikes, Towpath Bikes rents them at Schoen Place. The nice thing about bringing your own bikes is that you can go in the late afternoon/early evening like we did and beat the crowds and the heat. After an energetic ride, Alladin’s Natural Eatery in the Plaza is the perfect place to grab a bite. Greek and Italian fare. And, you can sit outside, upstairs or down, along the canal and watch the procession of boats, bikers, walkers, fisherman and ducks.

Some other areas I have ridden this year are the LeHigh Valley Trail, Ontario County Pathways, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. All thoroughly enjoyable. My favorite rides though have been Canadice Lake and the Erie Canal.

I am looking forward to riding in the fall as I am sure the trees will be gorgeous and their reflection in the tranquil waters of the canal breathtaking. The ride along Canadice and Hemlock lakes will be memorable as well as these lakes are watershed for the city of Rochester. The trees hug the shoreline and their reflection is pristine as homes are not allowed along the lake. No swimming or dogs either. Pure Peace.

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July Touring Tips Part II

July 20th, 2015by Innkeeper

And so July is flying by.  While most of our weekends are full for the rest of the month, we do have the Hotchkiss Room available on Saturday and Sunday, 7/25 & 26.  And, the Angell Room is available Thursday and Friday, July 30 & 31.  Hopefully you’ll find something in this blog that might encourage a visit.

Looking to get out on the water and escape the heat? Head over to Canandaigua Sailboarding and rent your personal watercraft of choice! If you are the adventurous type, be sure to try stand-up paddleboarding and take the waves head on! 11 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, 14424, 585-394-8150

Lights and music on a midsummer’s eve make for a glorious garden experience at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. On Friday nights in July, between 8 and 10 PM, the grounds come alive as musical artists perform a two-hour concert in the gardens. While watching the show, enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine from the Finger Lakes Wine Center,151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, 585-394-4922

Shakespeare in the Park: EJ Cantu and Katelyn Machnica will take you through some of Shakespeare’s most well-loved works including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more, along with music and stage combat! Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket, there is no cost to attend. July 18th, 2-3 PM, Rotary Park, East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432, 315-462-8200 www.cliftonspringschamber.com.

The Native American Dance & Music Festival is Ganondagan’s annual summer event, running July 25th and 26th. The Festival features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers. This event also features children and adult workshops, such as cornhusk doll making, cooking native foods such as fry-bread, interpreted programs in the Visitor’s Center and the Bark Longhouse, guided trail walks, and the family drum jam. Ganondagan State Historical Site,1488 State Rt. 444, Victor, 14564, 585-742-1690

A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? Sure enough, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend will begin on Friday, July 31st and end Sunday, August 2nd. Highlights include the Sauerkraut Festival Parade, Cabbage Bowling, and Famous Sauerkraut Cake! Located on Route 96 between Thruway exits 43 & 42, Phelps, 14532, 315-548-8900

Interested in a casual, comedic experience? Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Black Comedy, July 23rd through 26th and July 30th thru August 2nd. In a hilarious situation in which everything that could go wrong does, watch as the protagonist, Brindsley, struggles to make it through a disasterous dinner date with his new fiance and her no-nonsense father.151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512.

With food, games, rides, and shows of all varieties, the Ontario County Fair is sure to have something for everyone! Be sure to check out the 4-H animal shows as well as antique and car exhibits. The Fair runs from July 21st to July 25th, with events changing daily. Located at 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.ontariocountyfair.org.

July Touring Tips

June 26th, 2015by Innkeeper

I can’t believe it’s almost July. The busiest part of the busy season is upon us. Weekends are filling up fast but weekdays are still available and a little quieter in general. With our multiple weeknight discounts, a little more of a value as well.

What better place to celebrate the 4th of July than the Finger Lakes? Join us as we celebrate our country’s independence with food, fun, and fireworks! Fireworks will be on display throughout the region. For more information on dates, times, and locations call Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915, or go to www.visitfingerlakes.com/july-4-fireworks.

Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ farm store providing a unique culinary experience! Located in Geneva, come see what 50 years of mastering the art and science of growing quality fresh fruit and juice production tastes like! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva. 315-781-2749.

Be sure to check out the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Watch this beautiful religious story on an outdoor 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects and cast of over 650. July 10-11 and 14-18, 9:15 pm. Parking and admission are free! Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, 603 State Route 21, Palmyra. 315- 597-5851.

Don’t miss the 26th Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, an Olympic-style equine event featuring dressage, natural obstacle course and show jumping. July 10-12. Stuart Horse Trials, Murray Road, off County Rd. 41, Victor. 585-657-4523. For a complete schedule, visit www.stuarthorsetrials.org.

New Roseland Wake Park opens July 4th weekend! The only cable wake park in the Northeast, it features a five tower cable system allowing guests to wake board, knee board, wake skate and water ski without a boat. Learn to wake board and knee board at the Lil Bro Learning Center, or try Aquaglide, an inflated, floating obstacle course which will be fun for the entire family. For more information and pricing call 585-393-9253 or visit www.roselandwakepark.com

Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air by journeying to any (or all!) of Ontario County’s seven farmers markets. Stock up on the highest quality ingredients for your next meal or picnic or grab a delicious snack. Take the time to stop and enjoy, nothing is better than ‘farm to table’ freshness. For more information on times, and locations call Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915, or go to www.visitfingerlakes.com/farmers-markets.

Nedloh Brewing Co. is proud to host the second annual Hopsfest, July 18-19, featuring educational seminars with tips on crafting great beers, growing hops, home brewing and pairing beer with foods. Sample craft brews from Nedloh Brewing Co. and a number of other breweries from Upstate New York. 6621 State Route 5 & 20,
East Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.

You’re invited to the 172nd Ontario County Fair! Featuring a diverse line-up of events and agriculture fun! The Fair is great for the whole family and offers a variety of exciting activities for all ages. July 21-25. Tickets are sold on-site for events. 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua.

Come experience Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival on July 25-26 from 10am to 6pm. The two-day event features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers. 1488 New York 444, Victor. For more information call 585-742-1690 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

June Touring Tips

May 30th, 2015by Innkeeper

Come celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 5, 5 – 8pm and Saturday, June 6, 9am – 8pm. Weekend funtivities include: live musical acts, games for the kids, food, a Wine and Beer Crawl, and much more, including a parade Saturday evening! The Festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs. For more information, call (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com

Golf season is here, so grab your clubs and get out on the links this month! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses from Ravenwood in Victor to Reservoir Creek in Naples – each unique and challenging! For more information on golf in Ontario County, call us at 585-394-3915 or visit us online at www.visitfingerlakes.com/golf

Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on Monday, June 8 showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg Gardens, June 8-14. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

Enjoy the beautiful weather, sunshine, and spectacular views by taking a boat cruise on the Canandaigua Lady or Rose Lummis! Relax and delight in a wonderful ride on board The Canandaigua Lady, an 18th century replica paddleboat. 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-396-7350. Or come and explore the beauty of the deepest of the Finger Lakes – Seneca Lake on the lovely Rose Lummis, and the historic Cayuga- Seneca Canal. 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. (315) 789-5520.

Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2015 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Godspell”, playing from June 11 – 21 and “Who is Theo?” which opens on June 25. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.

If you love nature and being outdoors and are curious about the different flora and fauna out there – here’s your opportunity to learn about what you’re seeing. Uncover the wonderful world of trees during a Cumming Nature Center journey with Shariee Edersheim, senior naturalist. Saturday, June 13, 10 – 11:30 am. 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. (585) 374-6160.

New Roseland Wake Park is scheduled to open the end of June! The only cable wake park in the Northeast, it features a five tower cable system allowing guests to wake board, knee board, wake skate and water ski without a boat. Learn to wake board and knee board at the Lil Bro Learning Center, or try Aquaglide, an inflated, floating obstacle course which will be fun for the entire family. For more information and pricing, visit www.roselandwaterpark.com.

Roseland Waterpark opens for the season June 27! A thrilling waterpark with tube slides, body slides, YoBerry Splash Factory, giant wave pool, adventure river and the mammoth raft ride, the park is perfect for ages 3 and older. For more information and pricing, visit www.roselandwaterpark.com.

Touring Tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.  Thank you.

May Touring Tips

May 21st, 2015by Innkeeper

And they’re off to the races! The 2015 racing season has begun! Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington, 14425.  (585) 924-3232.

It’s National Bike Month! Time to hop on a bike and ride around the lakes! Bike rentals are available at RV&E Bike and Skate and Geneva Bicycle Center. RV&E Bike and Skate 168 S. Main St., Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393- 5680.  Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange St., Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-5922. For biking trail information, visit us online at Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

In the era before electric light, what did people do after dark? The Geneva Historical Society will be offering a special evening tour of Rose Hill Mansion’s first floor focused on how the rooms were used, especially in the evening. Find out more about the Swan family’s night life during the late 1800s and view the rooms yourself during an (electric) candlelight tour Friday, May 15. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets $10 pp. 3373 Route 96A near Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-3848. genevahistoricalsociety.com/visit/rose-hill-mansion/

Head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and kick-off summer at The Inn on the Lake – Sand Bar! Featuring live music weekly and great food specials! If you have a boat in the water, feel free to dock along the waterfront at the hotel to take in the sound waves! 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7800.

The Ganondagan State Historic Site is now open! Learn about local Native American history at the site of a 17th century Seneca Village. Make sure to visit the self-guided hiking trails, the 1670 bark long-house replica and Visi- tors Center. 1488 New York 444, Victor, 14564. (585) 742-1690.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park is now open on weekends! Soar through the air on one of the seven courses Aerial Adventures features with 100 elements featuring ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some of the elements reach almost 60 ft. high into the canopies of the trees. Reservations are highly recommended. 5589 South Hill Rd., Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-1180.

Weekend Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding on beautiful Canandaigua Lake starts Saturday, May 23. L.L. Bean’s skilled instructors will lead you on an adventure! Starting at only $25. (888) 552-5583. Make your reservation at llbean.com/adventure

Grape pies are a “must taste” in the Finger Lakes Region. Take a scenic drive on Route. 21 to Naples and stop at a roadside stand or go right to Monica’s Pies. Monica’s Pies, Route. 21 South, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2139.

Enjoy local talent with Tunes by the Tracks. Starting May 20, this is a regular event that features local musical groups but also gives you a chance to be a part of the fun, too because a jam session follows each performance. Stop by and be a part of the show! Clifton Springs Library meeting room Railroad Avenue, Clifton Springs, 14432. (315) 462-6189. cliftonspringschamber.com

Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.

April Touring Tips

April 23rd, 2015by Innkeeper

Learn and play exciting traditional rhythms and songs from countries all over the world! Beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided at the World Drumming Workshop with Jim Donovan. Use rhythm to relax and relieve stress. Create connection through music. $35 + fees. 7pm, Friday, April 10. Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Dr, Geneva. (315) 789-0400. genevaramada.com.

It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and enjoy some fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

With so many craft brew beers to choose from, sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones to try. At the Finger Lakes Brew Fest come enjoy sampling beer from 20 breweries. Entry fee includes 15 sampling tickets, a $5 beverage coupon, and $5 in Free Play. Brew Fest tasting from 5pm – 7pm, live music starting at 8pm – midnight. Saturday, April 18. For tickets visit getmyperks.com. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. (585) 924-3232.

Golf season is just around the corner. It’s time to dust off the clubs and head to one of the 10 golf courses located in Ontario County. For more information and special golf deals visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf.

Red Jacket Orchards is a “must stop” in the Finger Lakes Region. Located just 5 minutes from Seneca Lake, Red Jacket offers up some of the best fresh fruits and juices in the country. Enjoy a free tasting of juice and apples at the farm store. After a tasting, you will never look at apple juice the same again. Be sure to stock up on your favorites! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva. 315-781-2749.

For art lovers, head to The Assembled Image Reception now through April 30 4pm –7pm for an exhibition of collage and collage-inspired artworks by Denton Crawford, Lynne Feldman, Gerald Mead, Andrea Pawarski and St. Monci. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main St. Clifton Springs. (315) 462-0210. mainstreetartsgallery.com.

Antique hunters, listen up! With over 40 Antique Shops you can start an immediate search for your next treasured heirloom. Pick up an area map and follow the antique trail to merge your passion into action. Ontario County, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

April Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

March Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

February 27th, 2015by Innkeeper

Be sure to get to Sonnenberg for the Annual Orchid Show! See beautiful orchids on exhibit and for sale, or sit in on a seminar or lecture. March 6-8, 10am-5pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

March 7, the Assembled Image Gallery opens at Main Street Arts! An exhibition featuring collage, painting, and assemblage sculpture. Come taste the Artistic Life in the Finger Lakes! Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. 315-462-0210.

With a wide variety of films, concerts, and live performance to choose from, head to Geneva for an exciting night at the historic Smith Opera House! 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. 315-781-5483.

Don’t miss this year’s Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain! Greet the change of seasons with a family fun day. With an Easter egg hunt, Slush Cup, tubing for kids under 8, snow volleyball, music, and much more it’s the place to be! Kids 12 and under receive a free lift ticket with a paid adult. March 14-15,
Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Rt. 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Looking for new outdoor gear for the spring? Head to Victor, and visit Eastview Mall, L.L Bean and The North Face for all of your outdoor needs! Whether it’s a new backpack or some new hiking shoes, Victor is your outdoor recreation shopping destination. Looking for more great shopping ideas? Give us a call at Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915.

It’s Maple month! Experience maple sugaring the old-fashioned way during March! See demonstrations and taste the season’s first maple syrup during Maple Weekends, March 21-22 and 28-29 from 10am-4pm. Select farms are also holding pancake breakfasts! With Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm, Day Brothers Dairy & Maple, Schoff’s Sugar Shack, Stoney Ridge Farms, and Cummings Nature Center all in On- tario County, there is plenty to see and do! Check out all the great farms and dates for Maple Weekend at www.mapleweekend.com

Come “Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes” with the Canandaigua Wine Trail March 21-22 and celebrate the beginning of Spring. From 12–5pm taste 3 wines and 3 small plate tapas that pair with the wine at each winery. You’ll also receive a plant to put in your garden or give to a friend. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple, enhanced experience tickets are available. 585-394-3915, 877-387-4669.

If you’re looking to get out of the house, but are waiting until the first dandelion to be outside, head to KidVenture Dome, in Geneva. Loaded with fun activities for kids, KidVenture Dome offers a great way to get out and let everyone have some fun. Kids can play as long as they would like for $8 per child, except on Wednesdays when it’s only $2! After a day of fun take a break upstairs at the KidVenture Dome and catch a movie in the Jones Theatre. 499 Exchange Street, Geneva, 585-828-6705.

February Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

February 1st, 2015by Innkeeper

On Sat., Feb. 7, experience “Vintage Vines & Valentines”, a celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes valley of Naples, NY. The event features several local businesses that are offering everything from free tastings to meal discounts! For more details visit facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

Stop by Nedloh Brewing Company, where they are committed to restoring the tradition of hops growing and small breweries in the Finger Lakes. The brewery features a tasting room, retail shop, plus a hops and beer museum. Nedloh, 6621 State Rte. 5&20, East Bloomfield.  585-360-7272. Cheers!

Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. Sun., Feb. 8 from 9am-4pm. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-394-1472.

Head down to the beautiful and historic Naples. Artizanns showcases work done by more than 200 artisans. Stop by and pick out a special and unique gift so you’ll always remember your visit to the Finger Lakes. Artizanns, 118 North Main St., Naples. 585-374-6740.

Experience Finger Lakes wine in a unique venue at The Barrel Room. This winery tasting room showcases the barrel’s important role in the art of winemaking. Enjoy full wine tastings and flights at the oak stave- themed tasting bar while admiring works made by local artists. The Barrel Room, 72 West Main St.,
Victor. 585-289-5028.

Embrace the cold winter season with the first ever Finger Lakes Frost Festival on Sat., Feb. 21! The festival includes eight outdoor ice sculptures as well as an ice bar, throne, picture frame and ice logo wall. The drinks will be served up using a massive ice luge. The Frost Fest will take place at Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva. 315-789-1616.

Calling all art aficionados! Main Street Arts is featuring a solid gold exhibit now until Sat., Feb. 28. This ex-hibition showcases works in a variety of media by invited artists who use gold leaf, gold luster or gold paint to create their works of art. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. 315-462-0210.

Enjoy a local craft brew with locally made specialty sausages in the historic carriage barn of Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Choose from their 21 different wines and 47 gourmet food products. Open mic nightevery Sat., 6pm-9pm. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870

Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. Strike up a few games of bowling. Afterwards head over to the fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and over 30 brand new arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaiuga. 585-394-5050

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