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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

Valentine’s Day in the Finger Lakes

Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:00 PM by Meg Vanek

Valentine’s Day in the Finger Lakes

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches and Valentine’s Day in the Finger Lakes can be a dream come true for lovebirds.

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to shop, dine and travel because you are ‘required’ to pamper yourself and your valentine in recognition of this holiday devoted to lovers. The Finger Lakes Region is arguably one of the most

Festival of Trees at the Ward O'Hara Ag MuseumFor years Christmas tree enthusiasts have flocked to the Ward O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum for their highly anticipated Festival of Trees, a magical event where beautifully decorated Christmas trees turn the museum into a holiday wonderland.

This year the Festival features almost 100 holiday themed trees. Each tree has a different theme, from babies to vegetable to ducks! Doors open

Bradford Heights and DelightsWith the holidays right around the corner, it seems like the perfect time of year to share a list of Finger Lakes inspired gifts from local producers, artisans, and specialty shops to include in your own Finger Lakes gift basket.

Sweet Treats

Bradford Heights Marketplace in the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn is part of the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail and features locally produced baked goods, raw

Autumn Harvest in the Finger Lakes

Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00 AM by Meg Vanek

One of the best times to visit Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes is during the autumn harvest, when you can sample, pick and buy the freshest produce and enjoy the glorious fall foliage for which the region is so well known. You can even become part of the harvesting process by picking your own apples and pumpkins or stomping grapes.

Wine Tasting at CJS VineyardsWine tours are one of the most popular visitor activities

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