Sharpen your culinary skills (and your knives) and prepare a new dish at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. From pizza to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Check out the class schedule online or call the number below for more information. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7070.
Experience views from some of the 35 slopes at Bristol Mountain. The trails are breathtaking and provide a variety of inclines for every skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert. How does skiing under the stars sound? Almost all the trails have lighting for night time skiing. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.
Test your luck at over 1500 video gaming machines at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. If you work up an appetite you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Vineyard Buffet, or tantalize your palate at one of many other eateries within the building. Enjoy a variety of live music on weekends. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 State Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.
Explore nature while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education facility with 15 miles of groomed ski trails, a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing, and hiking trails, if there isn’t enough snow. Ski and snowshoeing equipment are available for rental for a small fee. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-6160.
Satisfy your senses with a wine and dinner experience at Ravines Wine Cellars. January 21 and 28, each dinner commences at 6 p.m. with a glass of sparkling brut and savory amuse bouche followed by a tour of the wine cellar which includes a tasting of the wine aging in the barrel. A beautiful four-course dinner with wine pairings begins at 6:30 P.M. Tickets are limited and required for this event, they are $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (315) 781-7007 Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva, 14456.
We love live music here in the Finger Lakes and one of our favorite spots to catch a show is at Brew & Brats in Naples. Cold beer, delicious food, and free live performances every Saturday from 6-9 p.m. are only a few of the reasons why we know you will love it here. Brew & Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples 14512. (585) 374-2870
Start the new year by clearing your mind, letting go of your stress, and learning some new poses at Grounded by Yoga. Be part of community yoga weekend on January 27-29. Classes during community weekend will be taught by student teachers completing their 200-hour yoga teacher training requirements and will only cost $1. Grounded by Yoga, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 703-4576.
On February 11, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes valley of Naples. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, and all sorts of special deals and activities to be discovered at local businesses. 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
It’s difficult to believe that the “busy” season is coming to a close. As I drove around this spectacular area over the past two days, I found myself more in awe than ever. They said because we are in a drought and the trees didn’t get enough water, that the leaves wouldn’t be as vibrant as in the past. Well, they were wrong. In my brief opinion (having lived in upstate New York only 12 years) the foliage is the most beautiful that I have seen. Though we usually see peak foliage around the middle of the month, the leaves decided to hang in there a little longer and turn color in unison. Reds, yellows, oranges, greens and every color in between.
The photos, though pretty, don’t do it justice but they will help preserve the memories of a drive around Canandaigua and Canadice Lakes with my eighty five year old mother, Margot. As an artist who’s work is displayed throughout the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, it was my pleasure to see the joy and excitement on her face around almost every turn.
Until next fall…
Fall is always such a wonderful season. Just last night in a meeting we were asked what is our favorite thing about the fall. The cooler weather, apples, the leaves changing, the smell of fires, playing in the leaves, cooking and baking… the list goes on. What follows is only a small list of things to do at this time. How about some apple picking?
Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting and jewelry making during the Naples Open Studio Trail. Watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more about or to purchase artist’s work. October 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 14 artists or pick and choose your favorites. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.
Fall family fun can be found at the Pick’n Patch! This is your “one stop shop” with pumpkins, an 8- acre corn maze, mums, fall decorations, farm animals, kiddie train rides, and more! Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. For more information call (585) 526-6518 or visit www.picknpatch.com.
Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain weekends in October and Columbus Day from noon to 4 p.m. Ride the chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this 15 to 20 minute ride with great views of the surrounding hills and valleys. $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bristol Mountain will host its annual Fall Festival with live music, kids activities, food, beverage, and craft vendors. Admission to the festival is free. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 374-6000 or visit Bristol Mountain online at www.bristolmountain.com/fall-sky-rides.
Discover beauty and history along the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around with community themed events each weekend. Trail maps are available at locations throughout the City of Canandaigua. The map includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. For more information and a complete schedule of events call (585) 394-4975 or visit www.ochs.org.
What’s more in the spirit of the season than a “whodunit” style mystery at a mansion? The Fall Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park invites you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar as you participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 21-23 and 28-29, times vary by night. General admission tickets are $30 while admission for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members is $25. Prepaid reservations are required. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. For more information, including event times or for tickets call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org/events.
Don’t miss Western New York’s premier BBQ competition, the Finger Lakes Fire & Smoke BBQ Fest! Grilling teams from across the US and Canada will compete for over $10,000 in prizes and benefits local college students. This festival takes place Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4. Tickets are $6 per person per day, or $10 for a weekend pass. Lakefront Park, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, 14456. For more information, call (585) 402‐3508 or visit www.fingerlakesfireandsmoke.com.
It’s official, Fall is here! See beautiful autumn colors on display as you take a leisurely ride on the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. This tranquil ride offers a relaxed way for people of all ages to take in the best of seasonal views. Open weekends and Columbus Day, 12 p.m.‐ 4 p.m., September 10 ‐ October 30. Admission for adults is $11, children 3‐12 are $7, two years and younger ride for free, and seniors 65 and older are $8. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information, call (585) 374‐6000 or visit www.bristolmountain.com/fall‐sky‐rides/.
Kettle Fest is a family‐friendly farm festival which educates as well as entertains. Enjoy local food, beverages (both alcoholic and otherwise), live music, maple and honey demos, and local artisans; children can even learn about beekeeping and watch chicken races! Kettle Fest will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children under 13 get in for free. Kettle Ridge Farm, 515 Log Cabin Road, Victor, 14564.
Celebrate the annual grape harvest at one of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S.‐ the Purple Foot Festival. In addition to stomping grapes, enjoy tastings, live music, shopping, kids activities, and more. Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door for adults 21 and over; admission for children and teens under 21 is free. Casa Larga Vineyards & Winery, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.casalarga.com/events/purple‐foot‐festival/.
Held annually since 1961, the Naples Grape Festival is a celebration of the region’s grape harvest. This family‐friendly event is free and hosts food, wine, arts, crafts, live music, and more. Come see for yourself why Naples is the grape pie capital of the world! The Naples Grape Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 24 ‐ 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. Naples High School, 137 North Main Street, Naples, 14512.
Take in beautiful photos at the Ontario Pathways photo exhibit hosted by Clifton Springs Hospital and the Springs Integrative Medicine Center & Spa. While there, learn about the healing properties of the springs and the antioxidant properties of grapes. Both are used in services such as vino scrubs and minerals baths which are offered by the spa. Photos are on display Monday through Friday, 7 a.m ‐ 6 p.m., from now until Wednesday, September 28. The Gallery at Clifton Springs Hospital, 2 Coulter Road, Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, call (315) 462‐9561.
It truly doesn’t get much better than this as far as reviews go. Thanks Helen and Neil. Always my pleasure to have you stay and I look forward to seeing you again next year.
“The Ritz Carlton of B&B’s!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW
Our fourth visit and Sheryl never disappoints. The rooms are beautiful and well stocked with anything you may have forgotten or may need. Breakfast is always a treat and all food concerns are handled with ease. This place is just awesome and I have always stated its the Ritz Carlton of B&B’s!
Room Tip: We love the Bristol Room!
Stayed August 2016, traveled with friends
Deb & Bill & Cathy & Kurt grape stompin’ at the Riesling Festival in Canandaigua, New York. So much fun. Wine. Beer. Food trucks galore. And so much more. There’s always next year…
Fresh peach and blueberry parfait with vanilla yogurt and whipped cream followed by a Baked French Pear Pancake. Clean plates. Laughter. Now off to explore the Finger Lakes.
Celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Weekend activities include: live musical acts, including the Flint Creek Band, games for the kids, food, wine, beer, a duck derby, and more! The festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, including a schedule of events call the Clifton Springs Chamber of commerce at (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com.
The Western NY Bike Fest is a gathering of biking enthusiasts including off-road, road, recumbent, trike, tri, adaptive, experienced or new-to-biking enthusiast all in one place! The fest will take place June 4 and 5 at Dryer Road Park in Victor. Registration is $8 per individual and $14 at the gate. 7405 Dryer Road, Victor, 14564. (585) 314-6745. For more information visit www.WNYBikeFest.com.
If you’re a fan of strawberries this is the festival for you! The Honeoye Strawberry Blues and Cruise will take place Sunday June 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. along Main Street in Honeoye. The event features craft and artisan vendors, blues musicians, a car show, chicken barbeque, and strawberry products. Main Street, Honeoye, 14471. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.honeoyelakechamber.weebly.com.
Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés wine and food pairing event on Monday, June 13, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., showcases dozens of wineries and restaurants in the Finger Lakes Region, during peak bloom period of the rose garden’s more than 2,500 roses. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-4922. For more information or tickets, visit www.sonnenberg.org.
Stroll around Geneva during Musical Porches on Saturday, June 18 and enjoy diverse music being performed from resident’s porches. Start at 210 Washington Street to grab a map and meander from porch to porch. 210 Washington Street, Geneva, 14456. For more information call the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center at (315) 828-6588. How fun does this sound?
Come and enjoy professional theater in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2016 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. The lively summer program kicks off with Avenue Q which opens June 16 at 8 p.m. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-6318. For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org.
Roseland Wake Park is open! 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. 250 Eastern Boulevard Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393-9253. For more information and pricing visit www.roselandwakepark.com.
Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
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.
This year, the Ontario County Tourism office is celebrating our 30th anniversary of Tourism Promotion, but we are not alone! Below is an exciting list of area attractions who are also celebrating anniveraries!
The Ontario County Fair will be kicking off their 171st year of operation this month starting on July 22! Attractions include a demolition derby, horse shows, rides and more family fun! 2820 County Rd 10, Canandaigua, 585-394-4987. For a full list of attractions, prices and detailed event schedule visit www.ontariocountyfair.org.
Whether you like to enjoy the outdoors, championship golf or lakeview dining Bristol Harbour Resort can offer all of these luxurious options to you. The Lodge at Bristol Harbour is entering its 15th year of providing you with locally sourced dining and luxurious accommodations overlooking Canandaigua Lake. 5410 Seneca Point Rd. Canandaigua, 585-396-0060.
Located within the community of Naples, Artizanns: Gifts from the Finger Lakes is home to unique creations from over 200 Finger Lakes artisans. Join them for their 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 26, 10am-5pm. The celebration will include live music, BBQ, wine, beer, and coffee tastings (all local), and door prizes. The grand prize is a $100 dollar gift card to Artizanns. 118 N. Main St. Naples, 585-374-6740.
A night of theatre! Bristol Valley Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary of rich theatre history. Visiting Bristol Valley Theatre is a must do for all theatre goers with two productions in July including “Deathtrap” and “Les Miserables”! 151 S. Main St. Naples 585-374-6318. For a complete schedule visit www.bvtnaples.org.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ontario County Historical Museum building. The landmark on Main Street, Canandaigua is a Georgian Revival building designed by famous architect Claude Bragdon in 1914. Today, the museum currently displays two exhibits, “Tying the Knot: 200 Years of Wedding Traditions in Ontario County”, and “Desires, Opportunities, and Change”. 55 N. Main St. Canandaigua, 585-394-4575.
In the midst of its 120th year of operation, the Smith Opera House is recognized as one of the oldest operating opera houses in the United States! Current shows this month include “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “The Magic Flute”. Stop by and enjoy the show! 82 Seneca St. Geneva, 315-781-5483 For ticket availability and more information visit www.thesmith.org.
Naples, NY is nestled on the southwest side of Canandaigua Lake. Naples will be celebrating their 120th birthday this year! Home of one of the best grape pies and award winning wineries, Naples is a must visit! With a vast History, Restaurants, Lakes, Art and outdoor adventures, Naples is a destination that can cater to all varieties of visitors!