Come Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes! Spend an afternoon enjoying wine and food pairings at each of the Canandaigua Wine Trails six member wineries. You’ll also receive a wine charm and collect seed packets at each winery to take home, plus the wine trail will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Arbor Day Foundation to help plant new trees. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and can be bought online at www.canandaiguawinetrail.com or at any member winery. Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information call (877) 386-4669 or visit www.canandaiguawinetrail.com.
No two people see things the exact same way. This is the theme of an exhibit of 50 landscapes by 16 artists at Main Street Arts. See landscapes portrayed in a range of mediums and diverse styles. Opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and on display until May 13. Main Street Arts. 20 West Main St., Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (315) 462-0210 or visit www.mainstreetartsgallery.com.
There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend Finger Lakes style than pairing a local beverage with live music at Roots Café in Naples. Kinloch Nelson kicks things off with a solo guitar performance Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Catch The Lonely Ones on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. or Mulberry Soul Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Out of The Blue Trio performs Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. and Steve Grills & The Roadmasters wrap things up Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m. $5 cover for Mulberry Soul and Steve Grills, all others free. Roots Café, 197 N Main St., Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 374-9800 or visit Roots Café on Facebook.
Spring is finally here! Need proof? Check out the flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through the greenhouses and mansion. Raffle baskets with a variety of items from some of the area’s favorite shops, restaurants, and more will be on sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22-24.Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for ages 4-16 and free for children three and under. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.
It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and breathe the fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-3915 or visit www.visitfingerlakes.com.
Two centuries of art will be on display at Hobart and William Smith Colleges until April 22. The exhibit, titled, “Audubon to Warhol: Two Centuries of American Art on Paper” features American works on paper created from 1820 to the present. It explores technical differences and progressions as well as the various art “movements” of the period, such as social realism and modernism. The exhibit is open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Ln., Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781-3483.
Why not help with a good cause and learn a thing or two as well? The Iroquois White Corn Project needs volunteers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 for a Shucking Bee! Volunteers will shuck Iroquois white corn, a dietary staple of the Iroquois people dating back over 1,400 years. Help shuck the corn harvest and learn the many uses of this unique agricultural product. Iroquois White Corn Project, 7191 County Road 41 Victor 14564. For more information contact the project manager at (585) 742-1361 or visit online.
Sip and stroll at the Canandaigua Wine Walk, Saturday, March 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. Start at 143 South Main Street and purchase your glass for $8, from there visit various stores for tastings and samples from local wineries and restaurants. This month features the wineries of the Canandaigua Wine Trail! Find something truly enjoyable and perhaps bring some home with you. 143 South Main Street, Canandaigua 14424.
Catch a free film screening at the Main Street Arts Gallery. Thursday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Main Street Arts will be showing the Oscar-nominated film; Finding Vivian Maier. Learn about this mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photos and kept them hidden. Discovered decades later, she is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs 14432. For more information call (315) 462-0210 or visit online.
GAËL Brewing, the only Irish-American microbrewery in upstate New York, invites you to stop in to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17. Open from 11 a.m. until the last person leaves, drop by for a pint or two of their Templederry Irish Stout or Liam’s Irish Red. They’ll also be introducing the Crafty GAËL, a collaboration beer produced with Crafty Ales and Lagers in nearby Phelps. GAËL Brewing , 4180 State Route 14, Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 220-0190 or visit online.
Gear up for Maple Weekend in New York State. This state-wide event celebrates the production of all things maple. Visit Cumming Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12, 13, 19, and 20 to learn about maple syrup production and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Stop by the Wohlschlegel’s Maple Farm from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 19 & 20 and April 2 & 3 for a pancake breakfast, walk through the woods to see the sap gathering process, or to take a tour of the sugarhouse! The New York Wine and Culinary Center invites you to take a tour of Kettle Ridge Farm on Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m., after stop by the center for one of their many maple themed cooking classes!
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!
The spring feeling is in the air! That means it’s the perfect time to throw on those hiking boots and get out on the trails. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915
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.
Golf season is just around the corner. It’s time to brush off the clubs and head to one of the 9 golf courses located in Ontario County. For more information and special golf deals visit us online at www.VisitFingerLakes.com/golf
And they’re off to the races! April 18th is the first day of racing for the 2014 season. Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Watch the crazy rafts run down the stream in Shortsville / Manchester at the Wild Water Derby. Canoe and kayak slaloms, a raft parade, a flat water regatta on Canandaigua Lake, food and live music are all part of the fun. April 26-27. Located at Canandaigua Outlet / Red Jacket Central High School, 1506 Route 2, Shortsville.
Looking for a change of pace? Check out the newest offerings on tap in Ontario County. Now with a rising total of breweries, Ontario County has become a beer lovers paradise! Be sure to check out Twisted Rail Brewing and The VB Brewery. Twisted Rail Brewing, 20 Pleasant Street, Canandaigua 585-396-0683 / The VB Brewery, 6606 State Route 96,Victor 585-904-8166.
Come pet a an award winning alpaca at Lazy Acres Alapcas. Lazy Acres, recently competed at the National Alpaca Show winning three ribbons! The farm features tours, hands-on activities for kids and great shopping. Call today to setup a visit to the farm at 585-455-1203. 8830 Baker Rd, Bloomfield, 14469
Enjoy live music from local musicians at Arbor Hill Grapery’s Brew and Brats every Saturday night. While there, enjoy some local sausage from Hartmann’s and a local beer. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870.
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. 585-394-3915.
The 2013 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.
During the month of June check out all the exciting events happening in Geneva. Kicking off the month is Geneva Night Out on June 8th from 5-8pm starting at the Smith Opera House. Admission is free! Geneva Night Out features art and exhibits hosted by local businesses and galleries. For more exciting events, check out www.thesmith.org. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456.Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on June 10 showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg June 10-17. For more information or tickets to the event, visit sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
For the first time ever, on June 13-14, New York Wine and Culinary Center will host three prominent Master Sommeliers, all exceptional wine educators.The two-day boot-camp will help sommelier hopefuls with preparation and techniques. For more details visit www.nywcc.com. New York Wine and Cunlinary Center, 770 South Main. Canandaigua NY. 585-394-7800.
Shakespeare in the Park! Set in a 20th-century militaristic society, this accessible adaptation of Macbeth will appeal to audiences new to the play and those already acquainted with this renowned tragedy. Enjoy this 60 minute outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic thriller! Six performers play all the roles, blending inventive physicality, evocative design and original text to create this mesmerizing and chilling tale of greed and ambition on June 15 at 2pm. West Lawn Spa Apartments 11 East Main St. Rain Location: Chapel in Spa Apts. Clifton Springs.Connect with nature and hike the more than 50 miles of foot trails in the town of Victor. You’ll see a variety of terrain including open fields, wooded wetlands, hills and valleys with breathtaking views and a chance to explore the diverse wildlife of the Finger Lakes. For more information and trails visit www.victorhikingtrails.org.
It’s Strawberry Jam time! June 28 is your chance to come tap your toes! Live music will fill the air as you partake in everything strawberry: strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, jam, jelly, strawberries by the quart, and more. If you get hungry, enjoy a local chicken BBQ. It’s finger lickin’ good! Discover the delicious “Honeoye” Strawberry. Olde Village Market, Town Hall Lawn, Main Street, Honeoye NY
This past Labor Day Weekend I had the pleasure of hiking the Gorge in Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Only took seven years, but eventually I had the opportunity to escape for a few hours and on a holiday weekend no less.
Located about an hour’s scenic drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn, the Gorge is nothing short of amazing. On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Gorge was surprisingly cool and comfortable. Actually it was probably one of the coolest places to be.
One should be in relatively good shape for this hike as there are over 800 steps. Towards the end of the first half of the hike, my legs would not lift my body up one more step. I found myself needing to rest for a moment and then onward. The walk along the Gorge is wet, a little muddy and uneven, but not too difficult. The stairs are separated by short walks for much of the way.
We hiked up the Gorge and walked down above the Gorge. All in all, about a two-hour hike with stops for photos and a few rests. You don’t have to hike the whole thing. A shuttle bus is available to take you to the top. You can either hike up the gorge and get a ride down or get a ride up and hike down. I think I would do the former if I wasn’t going to hike both ways. Regardless of your choice, it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and a camera.
For more information about the Watkins Glen, visit the Area page of our web site…