Spring Is In Bloom in the Finger Lakes - March 2012

Spring is In the Finger Lakes!

Winter was kind to us here in the Finger Lakes with an unseasonably warm and relatively snow free winter. Summer is within reach and as a result of the warmer weather, businesses are opening their doors and hosting an array of events. Kick those winter blues with a trip up to the Finger Lakes! Within driving range of most major northeast cities, the Finger Lakes of upstate New York will have everything you’re looking for! Kick those winter blues with great shopping at unique area malls or quaint city shops. Stay at an area accommodation for a weekend getaway or explore one of our beautiful rental homes or cottages along the peaceful coastlines of one of eleven Finger Lakes. Explore red, white, bone dry, sweet and semi dry wines at one of our vast award winning wineries along one of our famed wine trails. Since the weather is warming up and summer is right around the corner, research and explore the large number of state parks available in the region that will make for the perfect daytime hike or weekend camp out. We’re sure this spring that you’ll want to shake off the winter cobwebs and make a trip to see all the natural beauty to be found in the Finger Lakes region!




Looking for a Place to Stay in the Finger Lakes? Look No Further Than FingerLakes.org

The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is very proud to announce the launch of BookDirect on our regional website, FingerLakes.org. BookDirect, a booking engine tool, was embedded into FingerLakes.org and links into our partner business’ reservation systems so that you can search regional availability. The BookDirect system links to hotels, motels, B&B’s, and vacation rentals to make sure you can find the accommodation perfect for your stay in the Finger Lakes!


BookDirect allows visitors to refine their search by the type of accommodation that fits their needs and the date range, as long or short, as they desire. There is also the availability to search for amenities so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. BookDirect then plugs directly into regional accommodation’s reservation systems to ensure that rooms are available with the specifications noted in the visitor’s search.


If you haven’t started planning your spring/summer vacation, check out this great feature here! FingerLakes.org and the friendly staff at the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance will be here year round to help with all your vacation planning needs!




Spring Into Savings!

With spring right around the corner doesn’t it feel like its time to shed that winter coat, slip on a pair of flip flops, and hit the shops? The Finger Lakes is home to many specialty shops, unique accommodations, and fabulous festivals. The launch of our coupons page has brought businesses together to offer a unique selection of ever changing coupons. These business coupons found here, are always changing and making it easier every day to make your trip to the Finger Lakes fun and affordable. Keep checking back frequently to get the most up to date deals! COUPON PAGE



The Easter bunny in the Finger Lakes!


Celebrate Easter in the Finger Lakes

Looking to celebrate Easter a little out of the norm this year? The Finger Lakes and the Easter bunny are hopping to see you in our region! If you’re looking to start off your Easter Sunday with a religious service, there are a wide variety of places of worship in all denominations. After service or if you’re looking for a Sunday excuse to gather up the family in the car, Sunday April 8th has a gaggle of Finger Lakes businesses serving up Easter specials and offerings!

Easter Brunch at the Brown Hound Bistro

The Brown Hound Bistro located in Naples, on the south west end of Canandaigua Lake is serving up a delicious breakfast brunch. If you’ve never been there before the Brown Hound is small and quaint and nestled along the wooded Naples area. The locals know that the Brown Hound is a well kept secret for their very tasty treats. Their Easter brunch menu includes:


Start with our complimentary basket of housemade pastries, then choose from below...

Cherry Cheese Blintzes

Nod to Passover – delicate crepes stuffed with sweetened cream cheese & sour cherry filling, served with sides of black cherry bourbon syrup & candied bacon  

Smoked Salmon Benedict

Atlantic smoked salmon, all-natural hickory smoked ham, poached eggs, dill-caper hollandaise all atop crispy johnnycakes with potato latke on the side  

The Full Monte Cristo

All-natural ham & turkey breast, melted cheddar & sauteed apples between slices of sourdough french toast, served with local maple syrup & potato latke  

Oatmeal Banana Brulee

Creamy oatmeal with dried cranberries topped with layers of caramelized banana, vanilla custard & a crunchy sugar crust, served with a side of candied bacon  

Cowboy's Mess

4oz filet mignon, cooked to order, crowned with our onion marmalade and served with potato latke, sourdough toast & two eggs your way – yeehaw!  

Very Veggie Tart

A wedge of flakey pastry crust filled with egg, onion, asparagus, sundried tomatoes & Lively Run feta cheese with candied bacon on the side  

This Kid

Two eggs scrambled with bacon & sourdough toast 

That Kid

Pancakes with choice of blueberries or chocolate chips and a side of bacon  

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Lakes, Grapes, Brunch, and Wine

What could be better than enjoying brunch with the family overlooking the sparkling waters of the lake and watching the grape leaves flutter in the wind? If this sounds like heaven on earth and you would like to sample award winning wines after breakfast, be sure to stop by Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars. The brunch at Glenora includes these mouthwatering offerings:

Carving Station Selections

Rosemary Infused Sliced Leg of Lamb

Roasted Fresh Ham Cured

Buffet Seared Salmon with Dill Crème, Spring Vegetable Lentil Soup, Greek Salad, Caesar Salad & Pasta Salad, Sautéed Chicken & Mushroom with Chevre & Tarragon Cream Sauce, Potatoes O’Brian, Home Style Miniature Chicken Pot Pies, Thyme Butter Green Beans, Wild Rice Pilaf, Herbed Biscuits, Assorted Rolls, Scones & Banana Bread

“Create Your Own Omelet” Station

Choose from an array of vegetables, meats, & cheeses…our Chef will prepare it right before you!!


Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler, Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Dark Cherry Bunt Cake, Cheesecake, Brownies & More!

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Looking for more events in the area on Sunday April, 8th, Easter Sunday? Be sure to check the regional events page for the most up to date things to do in the area!



Visit Rochester


 It’s Festival Season! The Perfect Reason To Visit Rochester

Bring the whole family and explore Rochester’s exciting and much anticipated festival season.  Take in hundreds of family-friendly festivals and world-class events year round.  Kick-off festival season in May with the largest collection of lilacs in the world, at Highland Park’s Lilac Festival.  This fragrant festival in the Frederick Law Olmsted designed park, features 1,200 lilac bushes in 500 varieties. Mingle through downtown to the sounds of jazz during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June. This rapidly growing music festival has become a signature event for Rochester and draws thousands of music lovers’ downtown every year. Headliners for this year’s festival include Norah Jones, Steve Martin, Diana Krall, Zappa Plays Zappa, Daryl Hall and Keb’ Mo.  Spend a summer afternoon watching the pros at the 2012 LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club. The LPGA tournament adds to Rochester’s deep golf heritage, which offers over 50 public and semi-private courses available for individual and tournament play. Visit www.visitrochester.com for a full list of festivals and events in the Rochester area.



Finger Lakes Weddings


Weddings Among the Finger Lakes Vines

Fresh crisp air greets the brides cheeks as she walks through the flutter leaves and grapevines towards the man of her dreams. The smell of grapes being pressed is in the air. The sun is shining and glittering off the lake like shining gems. The ‘I do-s’ are said and the bridal party and guests continue on to the reception venue where the Finger Lakes wine starts flowing, superb local made entrees are served and the beginning of the rest of the couples lives’ is off to an unforgettable start. If this sounds like a dream, it can be your reality. This is wedding season in the wine country of the Finger Lakes.

FingerLakes.org has a page specially dedicated to Finger Lakes weddings. If you’re looking to plan your wedding venue, reception, and everything in between be sure to make FingerLakes.org your one stop resource for everything new, old, borrowed, blue and more! Feel free to call the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance office and we will be sure to help guide you in the right direction to make your perfect day even more memorable!

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