Farm to Table, Friends, and Outdoor Adventures in the Finger Lakes -- July 2014

Farm to Table, Table to Mouth, DELISH!

Looking for the next incredible meal to post a photo of on your Instagram account?! Get up to the Finger Lakes region to learn all about how freshness and the farm to table movement beats ingredients out of a can, box, or bag, ANY day!

With some serious eats to be served up and discovered, there’s variety galore in the Finger Lakes region. Farm to table can’t get any fresher than along the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail where local dairies offer tours and tasty samples of fresh made havarti, chevre, and cheddar. Now that’s gouda! 

If you’re looking for a traditional meal with a fresh flare, don’t miss stops at Americana Vineyards and Winery & Crystal Lake Café for one of the best meals along the wine trail.

When along the wine trail, you can’t forget to eat or those small samples of wine add up quick! Fox Run Vineyards and Café serves up a mean cheese board paired with your favorite wine and Belhurst Castle has casual and fine dining right on site to pair with one of their wines as well! Ventosa Vineyards Café Toscana is the place for Italian fare along the Seneca Lake wine trail and for a meal with a breathtaking view of Keuka Lake, stop at the Blue Heron Café at Heron Hill Winery. The Ginny Lee Restaurant at Wagner Vineyards and Brewery will offer you cool refreshment with a delicious farm to table meal.

Afternoon tea or coffee sound like it will hit the spot? Don’t miss a stop to the Finger Lakes Tea Company while getting your shopping fix at Waterloo Premium Outlets. If a more caffeinated fix is in need, the Ithaca Bakery and Ithaca Coffee Company offer a great cup of Joe alongside a bakery treat. A little further north of Ithaca in King Ferry is the Man in the Moon Bake Shoppe & Café. With a dessert display like none other to end a great sandwich, you’ll find your stomach grumbling sooner rather than later.  



Hiking, Biking, Boating, and Fishing Galore

Outdoor enthusiasts will be in all their glory visiting the Finger Lakes and exploring all the natural beauty that the region has to offer. Whether you’re a kayaker, canoer, or prefer a little horse power with your water vessel, you’ll be sure to find the business that will have you out on one of the glimmering, shiny lakes in no time. Fishermen beware too, with the Governor coming to town in August for the Bassmasters Elite Governor’s Challenge tournament, taking place along Cayuga Lake; you’ll want to dust off your rod and reel, get some practice, and be sure to find that next lake monster here in the Finger Lakes!

If you prefer the quiet of a nature hike or bike along a trail, be sure to explore the vast variety of Finger Lakes State Parks available in the region or grab your bike for an exploration of some of the MANY hiking and biking trails all throughout the area.

With multiple water parks in the area, the Finger Lakes have even more ways to beat the summer heat. Roseland Waterpark in Canandaigua, Seabreeze in Rochester with four exciting roller coasters and Raging Rivers Waterpark, and Hope Lake Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in Cortland each offer a unique and exciting experience.

For nature, animal, and history lovers, the Finger Lakes offer a number of National Parks and nature preserves. For a history component, be sure to visit the Women’s Rights National Park in the diverse location of Seneca County or stroll along the historic Genesee Country Village. The Cayuga Nature Center on the Discovery Trail, Sonnenberg Gardens, and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo visitors to stroll through the grounds, explore wild animals, and learn about the beauty of the Finger Lakes.



Planning your vacation, in ANY season, to the Finger Lakes is just a click away

When it comes to planning the perfect vacation or getaway, wouldn’t it be nice to have all the information you need right in one spot? Take the hassle out of planning your next vacation, and visit The Finger Lakes regional website,  The user-friendly site offers travelers the ease of finding and booking the perfect vacation with BookDirect, a booking engine tool of which allows visitors to search available lodging via our property partner business’ reservation systems.

The BookDirect system links to hotels, motels, B&B’s, and vacation rentals to ensure that you find the accommodation perfect for your stay in the Finger Lakes! Simply look for the “Book a Room Now” icon on, enter the dates of your stay, and voila! Any regional accommodations that have availability during the dates you entered with the amenities you select, will appear right before your eyes. 

Before you book your trip, don’t forget to check out our packages page for great deals on your next Finger Lakes getaway. There is something for everyone and every occasion with packages such as family friendly, girls only, golf, honeymoon/wedding, outdoor fun and more!

To start planning your amazing Finger Lakes vacation, check out this great feature here! If you’re looking for more things to do or would like recommendations on ‘what the locals do’ or things not to miss, the friendly staff at the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance will be more than happy to send you a Finger Lakes regional travel guide and will be here year round to answer any questions you may have; not to mention help with all your vacation planning needs! Feel free to email us or call our office today at 315-536-7488.



Before You Know It Leaf Peeping Season Will Be Here

The official half way point of the 2014 year is here and past and that means that right around the bend, cooler temperatures will be upon us, the smell of pressed grapes will be in the air, and the leaves on trees and grapevines will turn brilliant hues of yellows, oranges, and red.

Come explore the Finger Lakes after the kids have gone back to school, things have quieted down, but businesses here in the region still have TONS to offer.

Mid-week visits at local Finger Lakes wineries will offer an expansive selection of wines to taste, a personalized one on one conversation at the tasting bar, and even a tasting/tour with a winery owner or winemaker if you inquire. On vineyard tours in the fall, you’ll see grapes being pressed, where the magic of fermentation happens that turns grape juice in to award winning wines. Visit a Finger Lakes Winery, Brewery, or Micro-distillery this fall!

If you’re looking for the most up to date happenings of what is peaking for foliage this season, be sure to keep an eye out on the I Love NY website. I Love NY will cover leaf peeping all across New York State so no matter where you are, you’ll see brilliant, beautiful colors.

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