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The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars

It takes courage and a sense of adventure to be a trailblazer and Glenora Wine Cellars was the first winery on Seneca Lake. Gene Pierce, along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple, and Howard Kimball jumped at the opportunity to open the winery after the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed.

In 1987, the winery expanded its production facility, and retail sales area and added a restaurant, The Wine Garden Café. This was the first winery restaurant on the western shores of Seneca Lake. They

John W. Jones: A Wonder of Wonders

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 3:00 PM by Annette Richmond

John W. Jones

Courtesy of Wikipedia

John W. Jones is an essential part of Elmira’s abolitionist history and the definition of Black Excellence. As an agent on the Underground Railroad, he assisted over 800 freedom seekers make their way to freedom. As a sexton, he buried Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and treated each one with the utmost respect. His determination and work ethic made him the wealthiest black man in upstate New York.

I hadn’t heard of John Jones before I visited Elmira, New York

Collard Greens

Collard greens have roots in the African American community and to celebrate Black History we’re sharing a Finger Lakes Wine-Braised Collard Greens recipe and tracing the history of this ancient vegetable.

Collard greens date back to prehistoric times. They are the oldest leafy green within the cabbage family. Collard greens originated near Greece, but it wasn’t until the first Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in the early 1600's that America got its first taste of the delicious dark

Women Supporting Women, credit Alexander Suhorucov, Pexels

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we want to remind you of and introduce you to female tastemakers, women-owned businesses, female chefs, and of course women making history in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Especially after you’ve learned about the female wine makers in the region.

The theme for International Women's Day 2022 was Break the Bias. The women featured are doing just that. Gender equality is a struggle on all fronts including farming, business, hospitality, art, education, and

Untitled Bronze Sculpture

Finger Lakes Wine Country is proud to have some incredible cultural institutions and museums that make for the perfect way to spend a rainy day! Here are 5 amazing Finger Lakes museums to add to your visit or check out the virtual collections provided below to get some inspiration from home before your visit.

Currently you will want to reach out to each museum to plan your visit by making an appointment or reserving a ticket in advance.

Rockwell Museum

Rockwell Museum a Smithsonian Affiliate in Corning New York

What Frommer’s calls one of the “best