Explore via GoFingerLakes.org!

Ready to explore? Check out Gofingerlakes.org, a new free guide to the best spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and outdoor recreation, across 6,000-square-mile areas of the Finger Lakes region, brought to you by our friends at the Finger Lakes Land Trust

Since 1989, the Land Trust has permanently protected over 19,000 acres of forests, gorges, wetlands, lake shores, and farmlands, with a mission to conserve forever the lands and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuring scenic vistas, local foods, clean waters, and wild places for everyone.

Gofingerlakes.org is an expression of that mission and an exceptional tool for exploring the beautiful natural wonders of this region. As you navigate this wondrous landscape, keep in mind the increasing threats to our priceless lands and waters, and consider what you can do to help conserve the beauty of this region.

It is our hope, and the hope of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, that your experience in the Finger Lakes will inspire you to join the efforts to help save the region’s valuable resources.

Consider becoming a member of the Finger Lakes Land Trust!

Congo Square Market Fridays 4-8 PM in Ithaca!

Congo Square Event

Brewing Soon in Ithaca: Liquid State Brewing Company!

Excitement is brewing in the Finger Lakes, as two long-time friends join forces to bring Liquid State Brewing Company, a brand new craft brewery and beer hall, to Ithaca‘s West End District this summer! Liquid State Brewing Company Logo

Locals and visitors will find Liquid State to be a tasty new addition to the Finger Lakes brew scene, crafting high quality small batch ales and lagers in their 20 hectoliter brew house.

Complete with German beer hall tables, patio seating, and ski ball, Liquid State Brewing Company will also serve other regional wines, beers, spirits, and ciders, as well as fare from Ithaca’s favorite food trucks.

Hikers, bikers, and runners will delight in Liquid State’s convenient location, located a short distance from the Black Diamond and Cayuga Waterfront Trails and just a few blocks from the downtown Ithaca Commons.

Co-owners Ben Brotman and Jamey Tielens, plan to open Liquid State’s doors to the Ithaca community in Summer 2017 and are sure to brew life into Ithaca’s quiet West End District, bridging the gap to the excitement of the downtown Commons.

Stay tuned for more news from Liquid State Brewing Company!

 

 

Save the date for Trumansburg Porchfest!!

Trumansburg, New York, is one of the gems of the Finger Lakes that you stumble upon along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, or on your way down to Ithaca, and it is home to the incredible Grass Roots Festival of Music & Dance.

It is a beautiful and charming village with a strong sense of community, a fabulous farmers’ market, and an exquisite array of talent, evident in its excellent restaurants, unique shops and inspiring musical traditions.

On June 17, 2017, come and see for yourselves, as Trumansburg hosts its first ever Porchfest! Roam around town, and listen to Trumansburg’s talented musicians performing on porches throughout the village.

While you are there…

Stroll through town for a cup of Gimme Coffee or a slice of New York Pizza. Pick up groceries or a bite to eat at Good to Go Market, treat yourself to a snack at How Sweet It Is, or have lunch at Creekside Cafe and dinner at Hazelnut Kitchen. Don’t miss the cupcakes or back patio at Felicia’s Hive 45, go bowling, browse the irresistible Sundrees boutique, or hang out at the “little houses” on Main Street to watch the village come to life with people, music, food and fun!

Hope to see you there!

March Magic at Isabella Spa~Salon at Belhurst Castle!

Get ready for spring, and treat yourself or someone you want to spoil, to the magic of luxurious pampering this March! Nestled inside the gorgeous Belhurst Castle, beautiful Isabella Spa~Salon is offering a variety of specials during the month of March on some of their fabulous spa treatments. 

Sweet Sixteen: A magical 80-minute massage is $16 off!
Enjoy a classic Swedish massage, featuring an intuitive, personalized blend of massage techniques customized to your specific needs.

Elite Eight: An 80-minute Royal Treatment Facial is $8 off!
The talented estheticians at Isabella Spa~Salon will give you royal treatment, targeting your skin’s needs and relaxing you into a state of blissful beauty, using aromatic organic skin care and trained massage techniques.

Final Four: An Extra Indulgence Pedicure is $4 off!
Relieve tired, aching feet and lower leg muscles with this invigorating pedicure. Enjoy a special foot soak, scrub, reflexology massage and masque, and finish with pretty polish.

These offers are valid during the month of March at Isabella Spa~Salon at Belhurst Castle and Winery in Geneva, New York. Contact Isabella Spa~Salon at Belhurst Castle for details and exclusions.

Valentine Specials & Events in the Finger Lakes!

Chocolate, wine, and Valentine specials–what’s not to love?!  Whether you are looking to spoil your sweetheart, pamper yourself, or celebrate the love of family and friends, let some of these specials and events inspire your plans!

Valentine’s Package at The Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an all-inclusive getaway to The Gould Hotel. Be pampered, and leave relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated! Enjoy overnight accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and wine in your room, a $50 dining voucher, and a continental breakfast. Package is available February 13-18, 2017. Contact The Gould Hotel for reservations and exclusions.

“Be Mine” Cozy Getaway Package at Geneva on the Lake!

Treat your sweetheart to a one-night stay in a beautiful Stickley appointed suite at Geneva on the Lake, and enjoy a complimentary bottle of award-winning Finger Lakes wine in your room upon arrival, a romantic candlelight three-course dinner with live music in the Lancellotti Dining Room, and a full breakfast or Sunday brunch. Request to add on a bottle of champagne, delicious Le Belge Chocolatier’s fine Belgian chocolate truffles, a half dozen beautiful roses, a signature Heart ornament designed and handmade by Jacques Schickel of Maryhill Claywork, or a one-hour massage. Offer valid: February 1 through March 31, 2017. Contact Geneva on the Lake for reservations and exclusions.

FEBRUARY 11, 2017: Preferred Pairings on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy an intimate wine and food pairing experience on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, in partnership with the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. The Preferred Pairings are a series of two, one-day events on February 11 or March 11. Each participating winery will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with Seneca Lake wines.


FEBRUARY 11-12, 2017: Chocolate, Wine & Roses Weekend at Americana Vineyards

What’s not to love? Celebrate this decadent and unforgettable pair with a visit to Americana Vineyards!
FEBRUARY 17-19, 2017: Savory World of Seneca Weekend on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy a wine and food pairing, featuring an amazing variety of cuisine from different nations around the world, paired with fine Seneca Lake wines and served in themed tasting rooms.
FEBRUARY 18-19, 2017: Wine & Cheese Lovers Getaway on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy a variety of creative and savory food samples prepared with spectacular cheeses and paired perfectly with the great wines of Keuka Lake. Receive a complimentary Keuka Lake Wine Trail glass at your starting winery!
FEBRUARY 17-26, 2017: Ithaca Loves Teachers!  Winter Recess Events in Ithaca, New York

Winter Recess is now in its 11th year, celebrating Pre-K through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the region with entertainment, activities, family fun, and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.  Relax, refresh, and renew among friends in a city built on education!
FEBRUARY 25-26, 2017; 15th Annual Mardi Gras Weekend on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Collect Mardi Gras beads as you travel the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, sampling food paired with regional wine, served Bourbon Street style! Compete in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a mixed case of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wine!

Cheers to you and yours!

Frost Fest is coming, and tickets are going fast!

Warm that winter chill at the Third Annual Frost Fest Ice Bar, 5:00-9:00 PM, at Ramada Geneva Lakefront, February 4, 2017, in Geneva, New York! 

Celebrate the beauty of winter in the Finger Lakes at Frost Fest!  Marvel at spectacular ice sculptures, sip on signature drinks, enjoy music, fabulous food, and discounted room rates, as well as local tastings, and a fireworks display!  All proceeds benefit the Geneva Family YMCA.

Participants must be 21 or over.  Purchase tickets at the YMCA or on brownpapertickets.com.

This event may sell-out quickly, so tickets may not be available at the door!

A Brand New Year…

And still, the beauty here never gets old.

Taughannock Falls, Ulysses, New York, by G. Knight

Finger Lakes Gift Idea for Wine & Food Lovers!

Are you looking for a last minute gift idea for the food lovers and wine aficionados in your life?  Treat your favorite people to a Wine and Dine Date Night in the Finger Lakes and an introduction to the best food and wine our region has to offer!

On January 28, 2017, the Fox and the Grapes Bed & Breakfast will host owner-winemakers Paul and Shannon Brock of Silver Thread Vineyard for the 2nd Annual Wine and Dine Date Night.  In addition to dinner and a one-night stay, guests will enjoy a guided tasting of Silver Thread’s boutique wines. Silver Thread is one of Seneca Lake’s most critically-acclaimed small wineries and a close neighbor of The Fox and The Grapes. The winery is closed during the winter months, so this event offers an exclusive opportunity to taste and purchase Silver Thread wines in January. The Brocks are experienced wine educators who captivate both expert and novice wine drinkers.

Following your tasting, you will be treated to a four-course dinner of Spanish cuisine perfectly paired with Silver Thread’s wines. The Wine & Date Night package for 2 includes the guided wine tasting, four-course dinner, a Saturday night stay at the Fox and the Grapes Bed & Breakfast, and a full breakfast the next day for $295(per couple, not including tax).

Contact the Fox and the Grapes Bed & Breakfast for details and reservations!

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season and plans to make memories in the Finger Lakes in 2017!

How to Pair the Perfect Wine with your Holiday Dinner?

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Belhurst Estate Winery: How to Pair the Perfect Wine

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