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July 1st
Clute Memorial Park in Watkins Glen
Grab your lawn chair and blanket, and bring your family and friends to the park for an awesome show over Seneca Lake. Fireworks start at dark, around 9:45 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Elmira Pioneers Baseball Game
Fireworks follow the home game at Dunn Field against the Victor Railriders, starting at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.


July 2nd
4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash at Americana Vineyards
Pack up the kids,

10 Experiential Gifts for Dads

Friday, June 17, 2016 12:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

1. Geocache Adventure

Via Points of Inspiration


Be some of the first to embark on the new treasure hunt experience just launched by the Points of Inspiration Project. The geocache adventure is based around the already existing Architecture and Scenic View driving trails, with caches located at 33 different regional sites.


2. Kayak Tour


Mountain Valley Guides offers three awesome guided kayak tours on Seneca Lake. Take a trip up the eastern shore of the lake to the painted

Who says the Finger Lakes is all about wine?! Finger Lakes Wine Country is overflowing with all sorts of craft beverages. Most people associate the area with its booming wine industry, but the beer scene is rapidly expanding as well. In fact, New York State's craft brewing industries are the fourth-largest in the country.


In conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week celebrates the great local brews at more than 80 (and counting) breweries along the Finger

"The Finger Lakes makes it possible for parents to enjoy wine country without needing to leave the kids behind--or having to wait until the nest is empty. Parents like wine, too!"

-Kristy Wenz, visitor

1. Research wineries ahead of time.

Websites often mention kid-friendly areas, games, outdoor paths, and live music.

2. Prep your kids for winery behavior.

Ask them to stay near you, or in an area you designate as kid-safe. Remind them not to touch things that
The light body and wonderful berry flavors of
Swedish Hill's 2014 Maréchal Foch, an unoaked dry red,
pair perfectly with the chicken tortilla soup.

To celebrate the first buds and blooms of the season, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail hosts the Wine & Herb Festival each spring. Stop in to each trail member winery to savor herb-prepared cuisine paired with wine to compliment the dish. You'll also receive a wine glass, a garden plan (no green thumb required), and a plant carrier to fill with

Get Your Vitamin C Fix

Monday, April 4, 2016 6:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

What's the best way to celebrate National Vitamin C Day? With Finger Lakes Wine Country mimosas, of course!


Today--and every Monday--is Mimosa Monday at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, in Hector, NY. Stop in to the tasting room for your Vitamin C fix and enjoy a mimosa made with their Grüvee or White Cat Fizz and your choice of orange juice or grapefruit juice. Don't forget to try Hazlitt's other wines at their famous horseshoe tasting bar, including their classic varieties and award-winning

Buffalo Ghost Cheesy Fondue Recipe

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

1 cup Chef William Creations Buffalo Ghost Hot Sauce
1 lb. cream cheese
8 oz. or 2 cups shredded swiss cheese
8 oz. or 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz. crumbled bleu cheese
1 tsp. celery salt
1 cup heavy cream
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 cup Castel Grisch Chardonnay-Riesling (more if needed)
Crackers for dipping

  • In a large non-stick pot, add the Buffalo Ghost Hot Sauce and then break pieces of cream cheese into the hot sauce. Sprinkle the Swiss over the cream cheese, blend in, then add the cheddar.

Enjoying Easter and the official beginning of springtime in Finger Lakes Wine Country this weekend? Check out these wonderful spots to enjoy a delicious Easter brunch:

Photo by Ryan Yaskulski


Treat yourself and your family to a world-class Easter buffet with a breathtaking view at Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars. Get a taste of each of the buffet selections, or hit up the gourmet carving station--with rosemary infused sliced leg of lamb and roasted ham cured with brown

A warm mug of "winter goodness"
at GRAFT wine + cider bar.

Although mulled wine is most commonly enjoyed in the fall and around the holidays, National Mulled Wine Day is celebrated on March 3rd each year. Dating back several centuries to medieval Europe, mulled wine has been an evolving tradition in many different cultures. There is a variety of recipes out there, but "mulled" simply means that the wine (which is traditionally red) is heated and spiced, making it the perfect treat to


Chemung County

• July 2: Fireworks following the Elmira Pioneers vs. Victor Railriders game at Dunn Field. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

• July 3: Eldridge Park Picnic & Pops Concert, Elmira. 5-10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free bus shuttle from Wegmans parking lot. Handicapped parking entrance (only) is off Woodlawn Avenue

Schuyler County

• July 3: Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and Cayuga Health Systems will host free fireworks show at Clute Memorial Park, Watkins Glen, at south end