The Experience of Aurora

July 25th, 2012

The Experience of Aurora

The blog-front has been a little too quiet here, lately, but fortunately that means good things for the programming, events, and all of the activity and energy at the Inns of Aurora. The past month or so has been especially busy, and sometimes (thanks to the weather!) it feels as though summer is coming early this year! However, that’s the way we like it. Between last weekend’s two events, The Ithaca Beer Lunch, and our annual Easter Brunch Buffet, the Inns have all been b...

Things to Pack for Your Finger Lakes Vacation

July 19th, 2012


The Finger Lakes region in Central New York State offers recreation and relaxation year-round. If you prefer the natural scenic backdrop provided by the pristine lakes and gentle rolling hillsides, or you're the adventurous type that likes to hit the trails or the slopes, and feel the wind in your sails out on the water, you won't be disappointed by all that the Finger Lakes have to offer. With the largest selection of Finger Lakes rental vacation homes to choo...

Celebrating the 4th with a Bang

July 3rd, 2012

The Fourth of July is almost here, so how are you planning to celebrate America’s independence in the Finger Lakes? My family and I usually choose to have a cookout and enjoy the local fireworks.

 As a kid, I remember my favorite part of the holiday was packing up the car, heading out to the lake, and claiming our spot on the hill to watch the fireworks display over Canandaigua Lake. I never wanted them to come to an end, yet I remember the feeling of anticipation as I waited for the grand finale- no matte...

A Place for Hikers, Bikers, and Horseback Riders: The Keuka Outlet Trail

June 18th, 2012

While we all enjoy a beautiful summer day, the nice weather can be a problem in the Finger Lakes- it’s hard to decide what to do first! If you are having trouble deciding how to spend your day, consider going for a hike. The Finger Lakes Region has a variety of scenic trails to choose from, but one of my favorites is The Keuka Outlet Trail.

This 7-mile trail runs along the Keuka Outlet stream which connects Keuka Lake to Seneca Lake. Along the way, the trail passes by all kinds of great scenery including ...

Rediscovering the Finger Lakes this Summer

June 11th, 2012

As a lifelong resident of the Finger Lakes region, I sometimes find that I take for granted the beautiful area that I am so fortunate to live in. As an intern here at the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, I am rediscovering why so many people flock to this area as a vacation destination, and I am even learning about new places to visit and sights to see that I never knew existed!


Now that summer vacation from college is here, I am able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather, and although yo...

A Weekend in Wine Country -- Finger Lakes, NY

March 1st, 2012

Article courtesy of Tara Powers of 'Chip Chip Hooray'

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A Weekend In Wine Country -- Finger Lakes, NY

“It’s five o’ clock somewhere.”

A phrase you’ve often heard to describe consumption of alcohol at an hour that might otherwise be considered uncouth, no? Well. Let me tell you, friends, there is something weirdly freeing about uttering those words at the blissful hour of 10 a.m.

The wee...

Water Activities in the Finger Lakes

May 3rd, 2011

The weather is getting warmer and soon the water will be too. There is no better place to enjoy the water than in the beautiful Finger Lakes, a region named for its abundant freshwater. The Finger Lakes is home to eleven lakes that are scattered throughout the region. No matter where you are staying in the Finger Lakes you are bound to be close to one of them. The eleven pristine lakes are Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, and Otisco; along with nu...

Hop on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

April 11th, 2011

Living in the Finger Lakes Region the past couple of years it has been hard to try and avoid the famous wineries the region prides itself on. Each year when my parents come to visit the area we like to take a wine tour. Usually we visit the same wineries time and time again; the Seneca Wine Trail is normally our trail of choice. We are drawn in by the magnificent service, and spectacular lake views that each establishment has to offer. There are so many to discover, and they all offer their own unique atmos...

Experience the Beauty of Watkins Glen State Park

April 11th, 2011

With winter in the rear view mirror, its time to put away those heavy winter boots, and break out your shorts and hiking boots. A perfect place to visit is Watkins Glen State Park. It is one of the most recognized State Parks in the Finger Lakes Region, and there are plenty of reasons why.

Visitors will be awed by the 19 enchanting waterfalls. My favorite part about hiking the gorge is not only do you get to admire these magnificent waterfalls, but you get to hike so close to them. Another thing I love is ...

What I Love About Spring Time!

April 8th, 2011

            Spring can be such a fun time for people of all ages. The extra hour of daylight and warm sunshine makes everyone want to get outside. Outdoor activities are a great way to have fun in the warm, breezy spring weather.

    * Going for a walk, taking a bike ride, or going for a hike are all simple, fun ways to enjoy the weather with a friend. My boyfriend and I really enjoy going for romantic walks and hikes on beautiful sunny days. Our favorite spot to go hiking is Sugar Creek in Branchport. The n...

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