Leisure and Travel Blog

Author: Susan Marteney

More Birding in the Finger Lakes

Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:00 PM by Susan Marteney

I was inspired over the weekend to really look for and at birds wintering over in the Finger Lakes. I tested myself at home before we took a Saturday afternoon trip up to the Sterling Nature Center for a free birding walk.

Since I asked for and received a bird feeder for Christmas, it now takes a long time for me to do the dishes. The feeder is right outside the kitchen window and has become a

Lucky Living in the Finger Lakes

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:00 PM by Susan Marteney

Do you know someone who is not lucky enough to live in the Finger Lakes?

I feel for them. But aren’t we the fortunate ones?

One reason I know I am lucky to live in the Finger Lakes are the opportunities to buy locally grown and made foods all year round. There are so many Farmers’ Markets, small garden stands, pick your own strawberry farmsteads and other fruit venNew Hope Mills Productsders. But one of my favorite “off

Like many small towns in the Finger Lakes, Auburn pulls out the stops when it comes to Holiday decorations. Downtown is ablaze with colorful lights. Drive through any neighborhood and it seems like there is a competition going on. Lights are draped over the trees, bows and wreaths are on front doors and candles flicker in windows.

The Finger Lakes holiday season kicks off in Auburn on the Saturday

The Finger Lakes Region is a big kettle of nationalities. On any weekend, you can find a Greek, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, German or Italian Festival somewhere in the Finger Lakes. Some nationalities are more dominate today while others have melted into the background. One conspicuous group throughout the Finger Lakes is the Italians.

Across the USA, 11.3% of the population can say they are truly

Finger Lakes Apple Pie

Monday, September 30, 2013 8:00 PM by Susan Marteney

I love to make pies. Come fall in the Finger Lakes, I am ready to pick my own apples and create some excitement in a pie plate! The Finger Lakes is one spot where new varieties of apples are developed due to the proximity to Cornell University. This makes the Finger Lakes one of the best places for apple picking.

For 110 years, Cornell has been developing new tastes in apples. This year, they

Lavender in the Finger Lakes

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:00 PM by Susan Marteney

Situated smack between Auburn and Skaneateles on Rte. 20 which winds through the northern end of the Finger Lakes Region, Bee Attitudes Honey is a little touch of France in the Finger Lakes. Greeted by a field of purple lavender, guests approach a big barn where all the action takes place. Cornell-trained Master Beekeeper, Stephanie Williams, is assisted by her family – husband, Brandon; daughter,

A Visit to Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:00 PM by Susan Marteney

On a clear Saturday afternoon, my daughter, mother and I made an appointment to stop by one of our delightful Finger Lakes farms, Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery on Black Rock Road, south of Aurora. The farm is part of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and is located between Poplar Ridge and Ledyard Roads. They are also a stop on the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail. The drive through the fields and wooded

4th of July Events

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:00 PM by Susan Marteney

Now it may seem rather strange, but Auburn and the surrounding towns start off celebrating the birth of our nation a day early and have for years and years. Check out these 4th of July events which start on Wednesday, July 3 and carry on through the 4th of July weekend.

As the initial step in your the weekend festivities, stop by Market Street Park on Wednesday, July 3 in Downtown Auburn for the

On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, my daughter and I attended the Opening Reception for the summer exhibition, Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber, at the Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn. It was the perfect close to a busy day working in the yard and enjoying the start of summer here in the Finger Lakes.

We are big museum lovers and often visit The

Strawberry Fields

Sunday, May 19, 2013 8:00 PM by Susan Marteney

Come June what can beat strawberry shortcake made with berries you picked right here in the Finger Lakes? Not much is my answer. So get out there and enjoy! Make a scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake for dessert tonight!

I will share my shortcake recipe with you. My family likes old-fashioned baking powder biscuits, but with some sugar added. I served it last week to a bunch of gals who were over for