The Finger Lakes Distillery is located about one hour and fifteen minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn. It’s a beautiful drive around Seneca Lake with plenty to do after this tour. Hike Watkins Glen, enjoy lunch at Dano’s Heuriger, a fabulous Austrian restaurant, visit wineries, take a boat tour on Seneca Lake, and the list goes on. If you wanted to take the 11:00 am tour, we could arrange for an early continental breakfast. But, you should have no time enjoying our full breakfast at 9:00 and making it to the 2:00 pm tour. Don’t forget, you do need reservations.
If you have an interest in spirits, this would be one of many great things to do while staying at the 1795 Acorn Inn and visiting New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Personally, I love their gin.
Okay. So, better late than never. But, I am left wondering whatever happened to March?
It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and enjoy some fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua, 14424. 585‐394‐3915. www.visitfingerlakes.com.
If you’re looking to get out and explore great places in Geneva, the monthly Geneva Night Out is a perfect way to do so! On Friday, April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. follow the self‐guided walking map around downtown Geneva and visit participating venues where you will find performing artists, exhibits, and activities. For a map and more information on participating venues, visit www.genevanightout.org.
Celebrate Mother Earth Week April 14 ‐ April 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. each day at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan. Great for families on school breaks! April 14, 18, and 20 learn about the traditional Pigeon Dance, make felt bird ornaments, and hear the history of pigeon hunts in Warren, PA. April 19 and 21 will feature the thrilling Wild Wings program at Ganondagan. See live birds of prey up close! Free with museum admission. Seneca Art and Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 942‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.
Spring is finally here! Nothing is better proof of that than the spring flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through gardens laden with early spring flowers as well as orchid displays in the greenhouses. The show will take place April 21‐23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394‐4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.
Have a craving for a local live music experience? We’ve got you covered!
On Wednesday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. catch award winning song writer Austic McRae perform in the large meeting room at the Clifton Springs Library as part of the Tunes by the Tracks series. Free, though a $5 donation is suggested. Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Avenue. Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (585) 362‐3519.
The Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room concert series at Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room features local music artists with their own flair. You’ll only find original songs at this performance! Enjoy food or drinks from Buffalo Bills while you listen. This month the series will feature Lisa Bigwood on April 6 and Perry Cleavland and Paul Swiatek on April 20. Performances are free but donations are accepted. Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room, 19 West Main Street, Shortsville 14548. For more information call (585) 289‐4104.
On Fridays during April catch live acoustic music at the New York Wine & Culinary Center’s Upstairs Bistro. Hang out by the bar and partake of New York State beverages or grab a bite to eat while you enjoy the performance. Performances are scheduled for April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6 to 9 pm each day! The New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394‐7070 or visit www.nywcc.com.
On Saturdays bask in live local music at Brew & Brats! The lineup currently calls for Secondhand Sidekicks on April 1, Meyer & McGuire on April 8, Bob Dugan on April 15, and Men Behaving Badly on April 22. All performances start at 6 pm. Grab a savory brat or rich local beer while you take in the show. Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 BB State Route 64, Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 531‐4113 or go online to www.brewandbrats.com.
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.
Take a stroll through the nine gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion or visit one of the many historic homes and mansions in Ontario County, replete with period furnishings and architectural grandeur of the Victorian, Federal and Greek revival periods. Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
During the month of May head over to Geneva, NY and check out the Rose Hill Mansion and Johnston House both once working farms in the Finger Lakes.Take a step back in time to explore these historic estates and learn about historic farming techniques. Contact the Geneva Historical Society for tickets, tours and more! Located at 543 South Main St, Geneva 14456 (315) 789-5151.
Join the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection as it unveils the photography, art, local products and people of Ontario County that helped to make the happiest Visitors Guide ever! Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is showcasing travel happiness in Ontario County with the 2013 Travel Happiness Art Show. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on May 10 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars in Naples. For questions contact FLVC at (585) 394-3915.
The Ganondagan State Historic Site is now open! Learn about local Native American History at the site of a 17th century Seneca Village. Make sure to visit the self-guided hiking trails, the 1670 bark long-house replica and Visitors Center. 1488 New York 444 Victor, NY 14564 (585) 742-1690.
The signs of summer are starting to appear! Head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and kick-off summer at The Inn on the Lake – Sand Bar! Featuring live music weekly and great food specials! If you have a boat in the water, feel free to dock along the waterfront at the hotel to take in the sound waves! 770 South Main St. Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 394-7800.
Hit the links at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. In 2003 Golf Digest Rated it the #5 “Best New Public Course in America.” On Mother’s Day, Mom plays golf for free! 929 Lynaugh Rd., Victor. (585) 924-510.
Spring is here and summer is near! Time to hop on a bike and ride around the lakes! Bike rentals are available at R&E Bike and Skate, 168 S.Main St., Canandaigua, (585) 393-5680 and Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange St., Geneva, (315) 789-5922. Or, bring your own bikes and check out a fabulous resource at the 1795 Acorn Inn… Take Your Bike, a list of bike trails in the Finger Lakes.
I’m so excited to see Sarah McLachlan and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in Canandaigua, New York. The amphitheater was renovated a few years ago and a few thousand seats were added. Now they attract more “big-name” performers such as Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and more. They also still have their “Blasts From The Past” such as Journey, Moody Blues, B-52’s…
Earlier this month I saw Lady Antebellum and still am in awe. It’s just the perfect size venue. I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house… except for the lawn IF it’s raining.
Visit CMAC for upcoming concerts.