Get an authentic experience when you travel like a local with one of our Tourism Ambassadors!
Julisa is the newest member of our ambassador team. She will be writing about the great places in Cayuga County to go for a walk or hike as well as the great shops and eateries in the area. Her blogs will also focus on allergy friendly places to visit and explore.
George is an avid fisherman and a seasoned local writer whose insider knowledge of all of the fishing hot spots in Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes is unparalleled.
As an experienced angler, he has competed and won the Bass Master tournament, he is a college bass fishing professor, and promotes fishing, tackle, and marinas. You may know him from his writings in national publications and his work with ESPN on two fishing shows.
Blogs from George Fiorelli...
Women on the water! Fishing enthusiast Michelle Barber is here to take you to all of the hotspots in Cayuga County!
Michelle is the ‘reel’ deal when it comes to Finger Lakes fishing and enjoying the beautiful water all around us, whether in a kayak or motorboat, or just shoreside.
A marionettist, muralist and full time artist, Dawn Jordan brings to life the spirit and beauty of the Finger Lakes. Other than her time studying in London, England and South Florida, she has lived most of her life in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. Her career accomplishments have included graphic artist, MacKenzie-Childs artist and running an advertising and design business. Outside of work, you will know Dawn Jordan for her amazing murals focusing on Erie Canal history, a passionate topic for her. Read about all her murals at: streetsmartart.com, and then head out and experience them in person.
Beonca Louis is devoted to community and family growth through faith and her role as Mindset & Online Business Coach. As a small business entrepreneur, valued topics like diversity and inclusion are always given focus in her one-on-one client sessions. She enjoys exploring Cayuga County parks and local restaurants with her husband and two children.
Michele spent her childhood summers on Cayuga Lake near Aurora, NY and enjoys fishing, sailing, waterskiing, and everything there is to do on the lake! After growing up in New Jersey, she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Business and has lived and worked all over the world. She is now a local real estate agent who travels all over the area with a handy camera in tow.
She chose to move to the Finger Lakes and call Cayuga Lake home full-time in 2003, professing, 'if you can live anywhere, why not live in the most beautiful place in the world!'
Joshua Marnell, who often goes by the moniker of Joshua Tree, is a Moravia native who lives and breathes the outdoors.
Whether kayaking at the nearby Owasco Flats Nature Reserve or Owasco Inlet, hiking trails and viewing waterfalls at Fillmore Glen State Park, or even yoga at Summerhill Brewery, there’s fun to be found all throughout southern Cayuga County and you can bet Joshua and his family have been there.
You might say tourism is in my blood. My great grandparents ran a rooming house (today, known as a B&B), and my parents owned a motel, so it is not surprising that I followed in their footsteps. After 17 years as the Director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, where promoting tourism was a big part of my job, I bought a motel on the west side of Skaneateles and ran it for 6 years. During that time is when I joined the Board of Directors of the Cayuga County Tourism office.
Now that I am semi-retired, It is a pleasure to support the great work, Karen and her staff at the tourism office do. It was Karen's idea for me to write a blog on drive-ins around Cayuga County. What fun it has been. Looking forward to my next assignment!!
Meet our newest ambassador: Vanessa Richards
Vanessa is a native of Moravia, NY and loves sharing the treasures of the region with everyone. As a former broadcast meterorologist she is no stranger to connecting to the community and has a knack for storytelling. She is excited to to be a Travel Ambassador and looks forward to highlighting all the wonderful things to see and do across Cayuga County!