The weather has turned a bit chilly this week, making it feel like fall. Hard to believe last weekend it was in the 70’s; today 50’s. I just switched on the heat in the Inn and the fireplaces have been operational now for about a week or two. The leaves will be turning quickly now as it seems every day I’m out and about I see more vibrant color.
If you’re seeking out a great place for fall family fun, look no further than 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. until Halloween. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.
One of my favorite things to do weekends in October, enjoy the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. Ride the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this tranquil 15 to 20 minute ride featuring great views of the hills and valleys around the Bristol area. Sky Rides are $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for Seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 11, 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. (585) 374-6000.
Discover beauty and history as you cruise the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, with a Community Day on October 17, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around. A $20 donation to the Historical Society will get you four passes to the community day event locations and a map of the trail. The packet includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. (585) 394-4975.
Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting, sculpting, and jewelry making. During the Naples Open Studio Trail watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more about their craft or pick up some of their wares. October 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 24 artists or pick and choose your favorites. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com. The 1795 Acorn Inn B & B is conveniently located on the trail.
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 invite you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar. Participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 16 to18 and 23, 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Further participate in the fun by attending in period costume, if you so desire. Prepaid reservations are required. General admission tickets are $24 or $20 for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. (585) 394-4922.
Limited time event! – The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum will be open to the public on Sunday, October 18. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was once a major economic driving force in Ontario County, and a collection of artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad will be on display at the museum. Come see a slice of history that helped shape the region. Admission is free; donations are welcome. 8 East High Street, Shortsville, 14548. For more information call 585-289-9149 or visit the website.
Touring tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.
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! 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.
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.
Just wanted to say… Go California Chrome! I hope this horse wins the Triple Crown. I love the fact that this horse came from a humble background. The horse and those associated with him have such an interesting story. Though I don’t much care for horse racing, being the animal lover that I am, I am excited to see the Belmont Stakes. Guess we will all know in a few minutes. Good luck California!