Winter adventure awaits at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy the highest vertical rise between the Adirondacks and the Rockies, 1,200 feet! The resort also has 34 trails, two terrain parks and two Nordic loops, as well as two high-speed lifts and a mountainside waffle hut. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
Stay warm this winter at the Smith Opera House. From concerts to movies, there’s something for everyone. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. For show details and tickets call 315-781-5483.
Step inside the Ontario County Historical Society Museum and learn about Ontario County’s rich history. Check out the exhibit “Tying the Knot,” which explores 200 years of wedding tradition between 1790 – 1990. Ontario County Historical Society Museum, 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.
Wine is great in the Finger Lakes! This winter visit one of our local wineries and breweries for tastings and products. For a list of wineries and breweries visit www.visitfingerlakes.com or contact the FLVC office for more details, 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.
We think it’s the only 2-story brick outhouse in the country! We’re serious, too! Tour the Phelps Historical Society Museum to see this unique feature and to learn about many other interesting facts of local history. Call for hours. Phelps Historical Society Museum, 66 Main Street, Phelps. 315-548-4940.
Take a class and beef up your culinary skills at the NY Wine & Culinary Center. From macaroni and cheese to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Reservations necessary. NY Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.
Feeling lucky? Head to Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and bet on some simulcast horseracing or enjoy more than 1,500 video gaming machines. The 10,000 square-foot “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet is also open daily. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Explore nature while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education center with 15 miles of groomed ski trails and a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
During the Naples Open Studio Trail, 20 talented and innovative local artists open their studios to visitors for an inside look at Finger Lakes artistic community. This year’s Open Studio Trail event will be Oct. 4 and 5, from 10am to 5pm. For a complete list of participating artists and locations, visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.
Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm in Victor. Or, head to Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva for orchard fresh fruits and unique fruit juices.
The Apple Farm – 1640 Route 444, Victor, 585-924-3420. Red Jacket Orchards – 957 Routes 5 and 20, Geneva, 315-781-2749.
The brewery business is continuing to expand in the Finger Lakes. Nedloh Brewing Co. in East Bloomfield will officially open for business Oct. 4 and will have six beers on tap. Stop by and try them all! Nedloh Brewing Co., 6621 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.
Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain with a 15-20 minute ride up the mountain. Once at the top, you can return to the bottom via chair or hike! Weekends and Columbus Day through Oct. 26, Noon – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival and Scottish Highlander Games featuring sky rides, music, family activities and food. October 12, 10am – 5pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
Looking for that “Leaf Changing Experience” this Fall? The Visitors Connection has put together a Top 10 list of “Leaf Changing Experiences!” Call the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915 or visit
us online at www.visitfingerlakes.com/top10 for your next Leaf Changing Experience! We are located at 25 Gorham St. in Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.
Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick ’n’ Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun house, farm animals & more. Open daily, 10am – 6pm. The Pick‘N Patch, 2205 Routes 5 and 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.
Experience hundreds of carved jack-o-lanterns twinkling in the dark along the trail. You won’t want to miss this year’s Great Pumpkin Walk! Oct. 18, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Road 10, Canandaigua. 585-234-7722.
Fall for the arts this October with music and more at Bristol Valley Theater. The theater is hosting a variety of music events, as well as A Taste of the Finger Lakes event and a haunted Movie Madness day. For more information on dates, tickets and times, visit www.bvtnaples.org or call 585-374-9032. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St., Naples. 585-374-9032.
Featured Tip: Hang with the alpacas!
Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm. 50+ Alpacas,spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on clothes made from Alpaca wool. New this year is pony and horse rides for the kids! Oct. 11 and 12. 8830 Baker Rd., Bloomfield. 585-455-1203.
October is certainly a busy month… and a beautiful one!
Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the traditional lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. August 30, 9pm. Located on Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.
Looking for a new and unique venue? The Barrel Room, located in the Village of Victor is just the spot. Featuring Treleaven wines by Kings Ferry Winery. The tasting room showcases repurposed barrels that were used during the wine making process. 72 W. Main Street, Victor. 585-869-5028.
Bring on the Camera! Starting Sept. 20, take the whole family to Bristol Mountain for a fall foliage sky ride. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and the valley below. On a clear day, a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake is visible from the summit. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
Apples, grapes, pumpkins, oh my! Stop by the Victor Apple Farm to pick your own apples or buy them pre-picked. If you’re looking for a grape time head down to Jerome’s U-Pick in Naples.
Joseph’s Wayside Market has everything from fruits and vegetable to homemade breads, syrups, honey and jams. We guarantee you will find what you are looking for! Victor Apple Farm, 1640 State Route 444, Victor; Jerome’s U-Pick, 8936 Route 53, Naples; Joseph’s Wayside Market, 201 South Main Street, Naples.
Take a step back in time when the North and South were divided. The Civil War Encampment at the Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum allows you to experience 1860’s camp life with cannons, period costumes, infantry drills & hands-on activities. Sept 26, 2 – 4:30 p.m. & Sept 27, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472
Visit these Geneva wineries all within a short drive on Route 14S; Belhurst Winery, Lacey Magruder Winery, Billsboro Winery, and White Springs Winery. Enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and spectacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. On your way back stop by the Lake Street Winery, located in the heart of downtown Geneva. Belhurst Winery 315-781-0201. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, Lacey Magruder Winery, 315-789-2528. White Springs Winery 315-781-9463. Lake Street Winery 315-325-4089.
Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 27-28,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.
Featured Tip: Grab a Brew and a Brat!
Head to South Bristol and stop by Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill Grapery. Serving up Finger Lakes Craft Beer and Hartmann’s Old World Sausage in a historic barn! Featuring live music on the weekends, Brew and Brats is a must stop for beer lovers. Come as a stranger, leave as family!
6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870
Don’t miss the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? This annual event features several family activities, as well as food products that revolve around sauerkraut! Jul. 31 – Aug. 3. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315- 548-5702.
Are you looking for a great #FLXperience? Craft Beer Week in the Finger Lakes is upon us. Visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/flxperience-beer. Celebrate Craft Beer at the Hopsfest August 9th and 10th at Nedloh, Ontario County’s newest craft brewery! For more information, visit nedlohbrewing.com 6621 State Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield.
Area wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists and musicians join together for a weekend long celebration of everything that makes this region amazing at the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Aug. 9 and 10,
10 am – 5 pm. Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-383-0380.
Looking to blow off some steam? The 53rd annual Pageant of Steam is a massive display of antique farm equipment dating back to the early 1900’s. Enjoy parades, tractor pulls, craft vendors and food. August 7-10, 9am-9pm. pageantofsteam.org Admission required. Pageant of Steam, Gehan Road off Rts. 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022.
The Seneca Lakefront comes alive after 5pm each Friday throughout August. Enjoy a full line-up of music in the “Live After 5” series from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront hotel. Be sure to checkout the full schedule at Ramada.com 41 Lake Front Dr., Geneva 315-789-0400.
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures provides family fun for all ages and sizes. An aerial park is a series of challenge courses interwoven within the forest canopy, the Aerial Park provides you with 7 different courses with varying levels of difficulty; including zip-lining! Up for a new great outdoor experience? To make a reservation visit bristolmountainadventures.com 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua 585-374-1180.
Get set to get wet! Roseland Waterpark offers fun for the whole family. Check out the giant wave pool, Splash Factory, extreme tube slides, dunk tank or hit the beach for volleyball. Stay cool and have fun. 250 Eastern Blvd Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.
You can just bet you’ll enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track in Farmington. Excitement galore, great food and fun. Also enjoy over 1,500 video lottery terminals, open daily from 8am-4am. 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
It’s Golf month in the Finger Lakes! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses, each unique and challenging! For more golf in Ontario County visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf or call us at 585-394-3915.
That certainly is only the tip of the iceberg concerning things to do in the Finger Lakes this month. You can most like look forward to another Touring Tips mid-month.
The Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York was just voted number eight of the top 10 most beautiful drives in the United States by Debra Ronca who wrote for howstuffworks.com. I would agree. And, there is so much more to do than just drive.
These photos were taken on my way home along County Road 32 from Wegmans the other night. The 1795 Acorn Inn is located just 10 minutes from Canandaigua in the town of Bristol, NY. The Finger Lakes are beautiful year round so any time of year is the perfect time for a visit.
Wineries, hiking, biking, boating, golfing, down-hill and cross-country skiing, antiquing, historical sites, art, waterfalls and attending many of this area’s festivals are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed much of the year in the gorgeous Finger Lakes.
Naples is a quaint town on the South end of Canandaigua Lake, just a 15 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn and a town one would pass through to get to the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Though small, there’s plenty to do in Naples…
1. Tour the Wineries… one of my favorites, Inspire Moore. The wines are great and I love their concept. The wines are called Love, Joy, Peace, Serendipity… Who wouldn’t want Moore? And don’t forget to try their Framboise, if they have it. It’s a dessert wine made from raspberries. To die for with chocolate. They have life music outside. Check out their event schedule. And a great restaurant, Roots Cafe, is located right in front of the winery.
2. Grab your camera. The photo opportunities are plentiful and free.
3. Sample grape pie.
4. Enjoy an evening of live theater at the Bristol Valley Theater.
5. Explore nature and relax (after a strenuous hike) to the soothing sound of waterfalls at Conklin Gulley or Grimes Glen. We have great resources at the Inn on Hiking, Biking, Waterfalls, Kayaking and Snow Trails.
6. Fish streams or the lake; even ice fishing in the winter. Brrr.
8. Escape for a romantic sunset.
9. Bring you bike or walking shoes and experience the natural beauty of the countryside.
10. Marvel at the talent and creativity of the area’s art community. One of my favorite art galleries is Artizanns. There’s something for everyone and you don’t want to miss it.
There you have it. Enjoy.
We have only one room available for this weekend’s upcoming Music & Art Festival in Canandaigua, New York. Our newly renovated Bristol Suite has a king-size bed, window seat overlooking the gardens, full length sofa, chair and ottoman and a private bath with separate tub and shower. The trim in this Suite has been freshly painted white with new wool carpeting throughout and decorated in soft blues and browns. Bright and spacious, yet romantic, the Bristol Suite won’t be available for long so book now. The rate is $245 per night with a two-night minimum. Price includes your full, gourmet breakfast served at 9:00 am. See you soon.