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Juneteenth

Since 2021 we've been celebrating Juneteenth in the Finger Lakes and this year was filled with incredible moments. From music performances and poetry to art and dance the Juneteenth celebration in Elmira, New York was a celebration of culture. The annual event is organized by the Elmira Economic Opportunity Program and was held on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Ernie Davis Park.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Although it's been celebrated for years in African American communities, Juneteenth is a new federal holiday

The Sober Curious Guide

Thursday, June 13, 2024 6:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

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Are you familiar with the term Sober Curious? It was coined by Ruby Warrington in her 2019 book and has grown into a cultural movement and lifestyle of limiting alcohol consumption or abstaining altogether. This is why we’re excited to share our Sober Curious Guide.

Sober curiosity is about choosing when and if you want to drink, instead of doing it to meet social expectations. According to surveys commissioned by NCSolutions, 41% of Americans plan to drink less in 2024. The most sober curious

The FLX Glamping Guide

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 7:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Glamping

We've shared some of the best places to stay in Finger Lakes Wine Country however, for those who want the chance to connect with nature without having to pitch a tent in the dark there’s glamping. This glamorous style of camping often includes a bed, linens, a bathroom, and breakfast. Here are some of the luxurious glamping options Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer.

There are so many enriching outdoor activities to do in Finger Lakes Wine Country during the summer. Glamping has become a

Pride

The Finger Lakes region represents a beautiful place that many visitors enjoy year-round. As our communities grow, welcoming people from around the country and the world who have decided to call Finger Lakes Wine Country home has helped us to become even more representative of who we are as a region. This is especially noticeable in how we continue to expand the spaces and places that embrace the LGBTQ+ community. At only a 5-hour average drive from many major cities (NYC, Boston, Philadelphia,

Farmer's Markets

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 4:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

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Looking for local produce and unique handmade items? Farmer's markets can be found throughout the region almost every day of the week, and it's hard to take a drive through our countrysides without passing a few fresh farmstands.

Spring Drinks

Late spring and early summer are ideal times to visit Finger Lakes Wine Country. The region is bursting with blooms. There are fewer crowds and just as many wineries and waterfalls to visit. Here are some of the wines, cider, and cocktails you should drink this summer in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Depending on your state, you may be able to order these items online to enjoy at home.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a summer staple and Finger Lakes Wine Country has some unique offerings. This

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

April showers bring lots of fun May events in Finger Lakes Wine Country. From Rosé in May and a Kentucky Derby Party to the Annual Wine & Herb Event and GlassFest. These are the May events you should add to your social calendar.

Sip and Paint Night at Wagner Vineyards

When: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM

Where: Wagner Vineyards, 9322 NY-414, Lodi, NY 14860

Cost: $40, Tickets available here.

You’re invited to Sip and Paint Night at Wagner Vineyards on Friday, May 3. Where you can expect an

Watkins Glen State Park Fall

Spring in Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the seasons most underrated by travelers looking for an escape. But this spring, like its autumn counterpart, is abuzz with movement. The vineyards are busily being groomed and pruned, gardens are spruced up and prepped for new growth, and visitors and wine-lovers start to get a sense of what newly released wines will be available to taste and take home. Off the vineyard, as the snow melts and we welcome warmer weather, there are many great

Men Hiking

We’ve shared our Girl's Getaway, so this one’s for the guys. If you’re planning a Bachelor’s Weekend, annual reunion, or just a weekend away with the fellas. We’ve got some suggestions for your guy's getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Where To Stay:

The first step should be deciding on a place to stay. If you want a luxury hotel experience, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen was named the “Best Waterfront Hotel in the Nation” by USA Today. All guests have access to their indoor

Seneca Lake Pier in Watkins Glen New York

From grape growing to production, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest cohesive wine trails in North America. When you visit the 25-member wineries you are guaranteed to be tasting and purchasing wine made from grapes grown in the favorable conditions surrounding Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake is not only the largest of the glacially-formed Finger Lakes but is also the deepest lake within New York State. At 630 feet in depth, the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake make up 50% of the water in