Featured Member News from Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Featured Member News from Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

2024 Literature Exchange

Grab your brochures and come on out to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center for the annual FLVC Literature Exchange on Tuesday, June 18. Don’t have any brochures to distribute? Feel free to still join us and collect from others. Please RSVP by June 12 with your intention to either distribute or collect. If you have any questions please call the office at 585-394-3915. See you there! 

Volunteer Opportunities for Ironman 70.3 Musselman

There are openings for volunteers for the upcoming Ironman 70.3 Musselman. Key areas are as follows:

 • 20+ people for Bike Aid station #2 at the Knapp Winery service road from 7-11 am on 7/14

• 20+ people for Bike Aid #3 at Seneca Lake Camp on East Lake Road from 7:00-1:00p on 7/14.

Unveiling the Ontario County Visitors Guide

This year we are inviting readers to experience Ontario County through the storytellers of our region! This 52 page magazine style guide and poster map contains interviews with local business owners and community members. If you are interested in reading the guide, distributing or displaying it at your business, they are available for pick up at our office (19 Susan B. Anthony Ln. Canandaigua, 14424).

Here is a little bit of the introduction to our latest edition of the Visitors Guide:

“Many people know our region for our wines. We invite you to not only taste our wonderful wines and craft beverages, but to also experience the Finger Lakes “Beyond the Tasting Room.” As you embark on your journey, enjoy this visitor’s guide as a testament to the trailblazers who have transformed the region into a diverse, vibrant, and welcoming destination.”

For your immediate viewing, you can click the link below to visit our Guides page, where a digital version is available.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection team headed out to support local events, help visitors get the supplies they needed, and experience the Total Solar Eclipse! The FLVC Team found that the events and watch-sites were very well attended by excited visitors and locals alike.

In Canandaigua, Jessica VanDeMar observed that Main Street Canandaigua and the Canandaigua lakefront were pleasantly busy. Valerie Knoblauch met with a photographer from NYS Courts who photographed the Ontario County Courthouse from our office roof while the celestial event took place, photo pictured above. Julie Maslyn visited Naples and despite the rain, saw that Gannett Hill and Carolabarb Park were well attended and full by the time of the eclipse. Patti Rose attended Winged Pheasant’s event and met the owner, as well as visitors who were from Pennsylvania. On the ride back, she stopped off on a small roadside lot to chat with a few other travelers who were observing the eclipse, one of whom was flying multiple drones to record the event. Tracey Burkey attended the eclipse in Geneva, which was bustling with activity. The shops, parks, and Seneca lakefront were filled with visitors from Brooklyn, NY., Denver, CO., Ithaca, NY., and students from Cornell. Theresa VanWormer also met visitors from Brooklyn at Lazy Acre Alpacas. There were over 100 people at the “Alpacalipse” event! She took photos, which included eclipse alpaca yoga, scavenger hunts, and welcomed visitors to sit and watch the sky from the pastures. Theresa noted that while there were a few locals she talked to, many visitors had made about a 5-hour drive to experience totality.

Collaboration between Ontario County businesses allowed visitors to get a taste of the whole county and inspired many of them to want to return for more. The FLVC team was happy to be able to assist visitors in supplying eclipse glasses, maps, coloring books for kids, and guides across the county on April 8, and are thankful to our partners and Ontario County for making the Total Solar Eclipse a safe and fun success!

Budget-Friendly Finger LakesTrip Planning

When planning the perfect vacation, having a travel budget is essential. Fortunately, the Finger Lakes offer a plethora of options at a variety of price points to ensure a vacation that can be tailored to any travel budget. Mix and match or go straight down the line—we put together a list of options to fit any dollar amount.

Where to See Lilac and Flower Blooms

Have you ever heard of the NY Blooms Report from I Love New York? This map provides information on where to find specific flowers across New York State. Pretty cool right? We wanted to share a more refined version of that list to make you a bloom expert in Ontario County:

🌸 Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site

Lilacs, tulips, roses, cherry blossoms, magnolia trees and more spring flowers in Sonnenberg’s 9 gardens. Blossoms will reach their peak in May/June but continue seasonally throughout the summer and fall.

🌸 Bristol Hills Lavender & Flower Farm

Peonies, roses, perennials, lavender and more will bloom throughout the summer. Lavender especially will reach its peak in July and August.

🌸 Aurora Lavender Farm

This U-pick Lavender farm offers lavender cooking and crafting classes, and has a gift shop with locally made honey and other products. Lavender peaks from July to August.

Unique Events

Father’s Day at Lincoln Hill Farms

Save the date and bring the father figure in your life to a one-of-kind entertainment experience. Come on out and meet the goats, enjoy live music throughout the day, play lawn games, participate in our Dress Like Your Dad Contest and enjoy good eats. Live music includes the Crazy Chesters Porch Project, Diamond and Steele Trio, Brian Ayers. Free to attend.

Promote Your Summer Events with the Partner Portal

As locals, we know that summer in the Finger Lakes is the best place to be! We are beginning to receive higher volumes of online inquiries, brochure requests, and foot traffic into the office as visitors plan their summer and fall trips. In the next few months, our website will receive a surge of already committed and prospect visitors who will be looking for upcoming events, camps, classes, attractions, concerts, lodging, experiences and more for their 2024 trip to the Finger Lakes. Our events page is one of the best ways to promote your business and get at the forefront of visitor’s minds. You can upload spring, summer, and fall events on our Partner Portal, where they will populate on our events page (the second highest visited page on our site, only surpassed by our home page). For questions or concerns about login, contact info@visitfingerlakes.com, or click the link below to log in to the Partner Portal.

The 2024 Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail Passport is Available

The 2024 Edition of the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail Passport is available for purchase! Explore over 30 miles of Finger Lakes Wine experiences with exclusive access to complementary tastings and deals at each winery on the trail. Perfect activity for planning your 2024 trip to the Finger Lakes!

Resident Survey Reminder

In the Ontario County Industry, we believe tourism is big business with big benefits. This survey collects data on residents’ opinions of tourism and its effects in the county both economically and within the community.

As business owners and industry partners, you know the value of tourism. We ask you to share this survey with your employees, friends, and family in Ontario County. This survey was created to retrieve data that will assist in better promoting the region, encouraging workforce development, and hearing the voices and needs of the community. The survey takes less than 10 minutes, click the button below!


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