Leisure and Travel Blog

This time of year, the grapes are hanging heavy on their vines in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and harvest time is here. Vineyard owners are working 18-hour days picking, destemming and crushing grapes, then siphoning the juice into holding tanks and fermenters. All in all, it’s a pretty hectic time.

Harvest at TreleavenThe Finger Lakes grape harvest typically lasts about a month, so a harvest started

Best Places to Go Leaf Peeping in Cayuga County

Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:00 PM by Meg Vanek

To be honest to go leaf-peeping in the Finger Lakes, you do not really need to go anywhere- virtually everywhere you turn during the first two weeks of October, you’ll be surrounded by lush landscapes of red, yellow and bright orange. But for particularly magnificent views, check out these favorite spots.

Waterfalls at Fillmore Glen State ParkFillmore Glen State Park, located in southern Cayuga County, is known for its spectacular

Summer Road Trip to NYS Finger Lakes Region

Monday, July 30, 2018 6:00 PM by Meg Vanek

There is nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up and a cooler full of snacks in the backseat for a road trip adventure with family or friends. You may not need a map anymore with the advent of GPS, but you still need some direction when figuring out where to go. Look no further. New York’s Finger Lakes Region is arguably one of the best road trips in

You never know what you will find at the Route 90 50-Mile Garage Sale

July 28 and 29, 2018 Route 90 Sale - Shopping Adventure

Garage sale season is here and there’s nothing better than the Route 90 50-Mile Garage Sale if you are a garage sale enthusiast! Each year, all the towns and villages along New York State’s Route 90 Scenic Byway, stretching from Montezuma to Homer, come together to put on one of the largest garage sales

Start Planning Your Finger Lakes Summer Vacation

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:00 PM by Meg Vanek

The Finger Lakes stretch like narrow north–south slashes across western central New York. Their names evoke the tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy that dominated this area for more than two centuries. From east to west, the lakes are Otisco, Skaneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Hemlock, and Conesus.

Iroquois legend has it that the Finger Lakes were formed

Pruning and Tying

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:00 PM by Susan Higgins

The first months of the year are a quiet, peaceful time of rest and rebirth in our vineyard. After Autumn’s harvest, the vines store energy for the upcoming season, shed their remaining leaves, and transition to a state of dormancy. The once lush vineyard is transformed: only the vine trunks and bare canes remain, pointing upwards, and dreaming of their spring awakening. The winter vineyard

For casual and serious birders alike, The Finger Lakes are a treasure trove for birding, especially in the spring. From Sterling Nature Center on Lake Ontario to Howland Island Wildlife Management Area in Port Byron to Bear Swamp State Forest in Moravia, Cayuga County has plenty to keep bird watching enthusiasts interested. You may see Blue Jays, Great Blue Heron or even a Tundra Swan. Before you

Celebrate National Beer Day

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:00 AM by Meg Vanek

I think this would be a good time for a beer “ Franklin D. Roosevelt

National Beer Day is celebrated in the United States every year on April 7, marking the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted after having been signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a

Luckily, some smart person dreamed up the idea of a holiday that reminds us to let loose and break out of our workaholic patterns – NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY, celebrated each year on March 22.

Here are 5 goofy off ideas to help you get in the spirit and take time to ‘stop and smell the roses.’

If you need more ideas on how to best enjoy your day and goof off, visit our events calendar for the latest

New York State’s Maple Weekends

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 PM by Meg Vanek

Maple Syrup Weekends

Sponsored by the NYS Maple Producers Association, March 17-18 & March 24-25, 2018 Maple Weekend is when maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience first-hand how pure, mouthwatering maple syrup and maple products are made. It’s a family -friendly event with tours, samples, activities and of course fresh maple syrup and maple products to enjoy. In

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