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Author: Gillian Sears

Ice Cream and More at Reese's Dairy

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:00 PM by Gillian Sears

If you are craving something unique, Reese's Dairy Bar, part of the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail is just the place for you. The experienced staff delivers a delicious full food menu with plenty of side dishes, too. The signature treat however is the homemade ice cream and desserts. Many delicacies are made at the shop, from family recipes that have been tweaked and perfected over the years that

Discover Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:00 PM by Gillian Sears

Discover hydroponically grown strawberries as you tour Cayuga County and explore the beautiful Finger Lakes. Stand to pick delicious strawberries and experience an adventure not soon forgotten. Picking strawberries while standing has never been easier and more fun for folks of all ages. The strawberry patch is handicap accessible, as everything is grown on a smooth black tarp up off the ground.

Taste NY

Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:00 PM by Gillian Sears

Taste NY - Auburn is a division of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agriculture department. Located in the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, the shop carries products produced right here in the state of New York. They focus on hyper-local products produced in Cayuga County including raw honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, dairy products, lotions, soaps and baked goods. Some of the Cayuga County

Backyard Birding

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:00 PM by Gillian Sears

Backyard Birding is the fun craze that many people have enjoyed for years which has been getting extra attention lately. Whether you live in a bustling city or are surrounded by forests, anyone can take part. Explore the great outdoors through a window or head out on the trails to enjoy the fresh air, sights and sounds of songbirds nesting or migratory birds making their way north.

Osprey Image Birding Cayuga County - courtesy of scanlonheather

Take flight

New Hope Mills

Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:00 AM by Gillian Sears

New Hope Mills started in Moravia, NY as a flour mill servicing the local farming community since 1823. Nearly 200 years later the business is still alive. Doug Weed, the 3rd generation Owner and CEO fondly recalls days in his youth, mixing and packing flour at the location everyone in the NHM family calls, 'The Old Mill.' Working alongside his Father and Grandfather, Doug and his siblings and

Gretchen Christenson, owner of Gretchen’s Confections, has wanted to be a chef since she was three years old. Gretchen grew up with a love of cooking, inspired by watching her dear grandmother create magnificent meals for family and friends. She often dreamed of creating food that would put smiles on people’s faces and bring them great satisfaction. Gretchen eventually attended Le Cordon Bleu in

National Park Week is celebrated from April 18th-26th. We at the Cayuga County Office of Tourism consider ourselves fortunate that the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is located here in Auburn, NY. According to Jim Sano, VP of Travel Tourism and Conservation for the World Wildlife Fund states, “National Parks are sacred places where a country’s natural and cultural treasures are protected

Sustainable Vacationing

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:00 AM by Gillian Sears

In the spirit of Arbor Day and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, let’s celebrate Cayuga County as a future destination for a green adventure, in both senses of the phrase! Not only do we have beautiful landscapes to admire and enjoy, but many of our businesses are also mindful of the environment in their practices.Birding in the Finger Lakes - photo opportunities - Bald Eagle

Once social distancing and travel bans have been lifted, reduce your Carbon

Taste Our Great Grapes in Cayuga County

Friday, September 6, 2019 4:00 PM by Gillian Sears

USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019 has tabulated the votes, concluding the Finger Lakes Region is the favorite wine region in the country as determined by its readers. The Cayuga County Office of Tourism and the Finger Lakes Region are proud of this achievement- not only to be nominated, but to be selected by readers across the country as the favorite wine region for the second year in a row.

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