Spring Time Cheer in the Finger Lakes

Say Yes to a Finger Lakes Wedding

The Finger Lakes region is home to countless serene wedding venues waiting to host you and your special someone’s perfect day. Whether you’ve been dreaming of reciting vows surrounded by the twisting vines of your favorite winery, or saying “I do” on the shores of one of the stunning Finger lakes, this region has hundreds of venues available to make your day as special as possible.

Lakeside Golf and Country Club offers breathtaking views of Keuka Lake. Perfectly nestled in the hills of Penn Yan, this spot is an ideal wedding location. It offers a separate clubhouse and restaurant for hosting large weddings, while also boasting an 18-hole golf course onsite.

Always dreamed of tying the knot in a castle? Well now you can! At the Belhurst Castle in Geneva, you’ll find an elegant and romantic setting for your big day. The manicured lawn on the shores of Seneca Lake is the perfect spot for those who want to bask in the sun on their wedding day. Planning your nuptials in the winter? Design your special day inside the castle’s classic ballroom where you can view the lake from the expansive window views, and enjoy the delicious foods prepared by Belhurst’s catering staff.

If you’re looking to have a scenic outdoor wedding, make sure to check out the Toganenwood Estate. It features a beautifully restored barn that overlooks 900 feet of river with lush perennial gardens and over 80 beautifully mature trees. Inside the barn, you’ll find a large event space perfect for hosting meals and dancing. Or, host your wedding outdoors in one of the many picture-perfect spots.

There are also plenty of restaurants for your rehearsal dinner before the big day! Knapp Vineyard’s 40-acre estate grows over 5 types of vinifera and is the perfect spot for wine-lovers. The winery’s skilled culinary team prepares eclectic, gourmet meals from locally grown produce in its restaurant overlooking the vineyards. Let’s not forget it also offers the perfect opportunity to pair their tasty wines with your meals!

For some peaceful alone time, the Finger Lakes area offers many different types of honeymoon packages for newlyweds. 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn offers various romance packages that include weekend accommodations, meals, and chauffeured wine tours for the perfect getaway retreat. The quaint, colonial B&B is owned and operated by two caring hosts who are sure to make you feel at home!

For more information on Finger Lakes Weddings, visit our Weddings Page.

Upcoming Special Events

For all the theater lovers, April is a great time to visit the Finger Lakes. From April 12-16, “Matilda the Musical” will be showing at the Rochester Broadway Theater League. Based on Roald Dahl’s classic tale, this show is widely popular and perfect for all families. Also showing from April 8-10 and 15-17 is “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in the Elmira Little Theater. The award-winning comedy tells the story of two middle-aged sisters and their arguments with their third, movie-star sister, Masha and her boyfriend, Spike!

Feeling the need for speed? Come check out the opening weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI) Race Track on April 16-17. They’ve updated the track with new pavement and are letting YOU get behind the wheel. For $25, you’ll get to drive your own car around the twists of the newly paved track for three laps following an official WGI vehicle. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

One of the most popular events of the season, the Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend is coming soon! From April 22 - 24, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has gathered over 30 wineries around Seneca Lake to offer you wine and cheese samples in your own self-guided tour. For $40, you’ll have access to a wide range of wines and their diverse food pairings. Get a group together soon because tickets sell fast!

Throughout April, the Strong National Museum of Play is offering the “Best of the Fest”, a screening of award-winning educational short films selected by the Rochester International Children’s Film Festival. After you’ve taken your child to these screenings, explore the large interactive exhibits of play, as these film screenings are included in general admission for the month of April.

For a full list of events, check out our events page on FingerLakes.org.

Grab a Finger Lakes Travel Guide Today!

Tired of the dreary routine of bitter winters? Ready to get away and have some fun? Then a Finger Lakes vacation is perfect for you! Gaze over expansive water views, sip on locally made beers and wines and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the outdoors. Plan your trip easily using our 2016 Finger Lakes Regional Travel Guide. Inside, you’ll find tons of our favorite accommodations and attractions along with a map of the 9,000 square mile region. Order a free copy of your travel guide by following this link.

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s annual program of wine and food events features a brand new single-day experience called Veggies & Varietals, taking place on May 7. This event, like all Wine Trail events, embraces increasingly popular wine and cuisine styles, showcasing the bounty Seneca Lake Wine Trail members have to offer. As the name Veggies & Varietals suggests, all dishes offered will be 100% vegetarian, though not necessarily vegan, but those of any diet inclination are encouraged to attend! Participating wineries will feature recipes created with zero meat products that pair with the cool-climate wines the Finger Lakes is internationally lauded for.

Enjoy these self-guided tours around beautiful Seneca Lake from 10-5 each day. Ticket prices for both events are $25/pp, (designated driver tickets are available), and can be purchased online at senecalakewine.com or by calling (877) 536-2717. Use code “FLTA” to receive a $5 discount on all event tickets in 2016. To see the full 2016 event schedule, click here.

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