Saturday, May 6 is Derby Day at the Granger Homestead. From 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style as you sip on a mint julep, ride in a horse drawn carriage, show off your best race day hat and more. Tickets are $30 in advanced, $35 at the gate. Reservations are encouraged. For more information, visit www.grangerhomestead.org. For reservations, call (585) 394-1472.
L.L. Bean runs kayaking and stand up paddleboarding skills workshops and guided trips on beautiful Canandaigua Lake. This season will start on Friday, May 27. L.L. Bean’s skilled instructors will show you the ropes on a kayak or stand up paddleboard, then lead you on an adventure! (888) 552-5583. Make your reservation at www.llbean.com/adventure.
And they’re off to the races! The 2017 racing season has begun at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track! Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.
May is 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 Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393-5680. www.recreationalvehiclesandequipment.com. Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange Street, Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-5922. www.genevabikes.com. And don’t forget to check previous blogs. Your Innkeeper loves to cycle the area and has recommendations
For a cool place to unwind, head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and have a drink lakeside at The Sand Bar at The Inn on the Lake. If you have a boat, dock along the waterfront at the hotel. 770 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7800.
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park is open on weekends! Soar through the air on seven courses with 100 elements including ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some elements reach almost 60 ft. high. Reservations are recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-1180. This is another Innkeeper favorite. Can’t wait to go again.
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, 7599 Route 21 South, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2139. Yum. Yum. Yum. Bring a cooler to take some chicken pot pies home.
Bonus Tip! – Celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Weekend activities include: live musical acts, games for the kids, food, wine, beer, a car show, and more! Plus, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Occupational Therapy Association in Clifton Springs! 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.
Thank you to the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for providing these wonderful tourism tips. Don’t forget to visit their site for more information on things to do and see in Ontario County in New York’s Finger Lakes.