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Where to Eat in the Finger Lakes Region

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

In the larger cities of the Finger Lakes Region there’s no end to the types of restaurants at which you can dine.  Rochester and Ithaca can offer you just about anything you can think of.  As you venture outside of that urban setting you’ll find restaurants more focused on showcasing local produce and products, supporting local farms and organic practices.

Local wines are a favorite and often make an appearance on the menu.  Many local wineries have a bistro or restaurant as well.

Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine – Lodi, NY

This restaurant may seem a bit out of the way, but it’s well worth the travel.  Sitting on a 10 acre farm overlooking Seneca Lake, this restaurant offers organic, farm fresh ingredients imaginatively prepared by chef and owner Suzanne Stack.  They have over 60 local wines on offer and many are paired with the menu.  It’s a true Finger Lakes gem that should not be missed.

The Restaurant at Benn Conger Inn – Groton, NY

Set in the former home of Benn Conger, an infamous bootlegger and raqueteer, this historic home gives the restaurant a cozy, unique feeling.   This is the perfect setting for an intimate get together or a romantic evening.

The Copper Oven – Ovid, NY

Located at Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, this restaurant specializes in wood fired pizza and their seasonal menu is entirely made from locally produced ingredients.  It’s the perfect place to stop for a relaxed atmosphere and a great glass of wine.

Moro’s Table – Auburn, NY

At Moro’s Table, the chef aims to use freshest, best ingredients available from the agricultural haven that surrounds the Finger Lakes region.  Dishes are based in simplicity to deliver a perfect balance of flavor.  At Moro’s Table your meal isn’t just what you’re eating it’s your entire experience, and they aim to make it as memorable as possible.

Rheinblick German Restaurant – Canadaigua, NY

Owners Gudrun, and Gary aim to give you a ‘view of the Rhein’ and a taste of their homeland at this authentic German restaurant.  Sit inside, or go out and take in the beirgarten as you enjoy sizable portions, delicious German draft beer, and a great, relaxed atmosphere after a day on the lake!

For a more complete list of places to dine in Finger Lakes see the Finger Lakes website.

Things To Do In The Finger Lakes Region

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

The Finger Lakes Region is probably best known for its wine.  With close to 100 wineries surrounding the lakes there is no end to the places you can see and go.  Many wineries offer tastings and tours where they will share the secrets of their process with you.

Some also have breweries and distilleries on the property or nearby.  Wine from the Finger Lakes region is ever growing in popularity and many people are comparing the area to the Napa Valley of several decades ago.

If wine is something that interests you, then you may be interested in following one of the many wine trails available, such as the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, or the Canadaigua Wine Trail.

Along with wineries, the Finger Lakes Region is home to many farms and is a large agricultural hub.  Why not add the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail on to your trip?

While driving through wine country is an excellent way to see the Finger Lakes Region you can’t beat a view from above! Take a ride in a hot air balloon or stop by the National Soaring Museum.  Check out the following video to learn a bit more about that.

Ridin’ the Thermals at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, NY from CAROL WHITE LLEWELLYN on Vimeo.

The Finger Lakes Region is also well known for its great hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation.

Nearby Rochester is known worldwide for its PGA golf courses, but the Finger Lakes Region has some fantastic courses too.  Play one on its own or as part of the Finger Lakes Gold Trail.

The Finger Lakes Region has a great mix of quirky and monumental history and its museums reflect this.  The Jell-O Gallery documents the history and marketing of “America’s Most Famous Dessert” and the Corning Museum of Glass displays masterful works of glassware in the town made famous by CorningWare.

Not far is the Harriet Tubman Home where the “woman called Moses” settled down after helping countless slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.  The Memorial Day Museum tells visitors how Memorial Day became a holiday after the Civil War, and the Susan B. Anthony House is the home of the famous women’s suffrage leader.

This is just a small sample of the attractions that the Finger Lakes Region has to offer.

Finger Lakes Region, NY

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Bordered by two well larger cities – Rochester and Syracuse – the Finger Lakes Region is remarkably little known by Americans and, even more surprisingly, by New Yorkers.

The tiny, finger like lakes that streak through the rolling hills and sloping vineyards make the region ideal for boating and summer fun, as well as making it an ideal location for winemaking.

The Finger Lakes Region is New York’s largest area of wine production, with close to 100 wineries operating in the area, many of which are open to the public.The area is especially known for Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Seyval blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Videl blanc as well as several American varietals.

It is also home to two of America’s oldest wineries The Pleastant Valley Wine Company on Keuka Lake, which opened in 1860, and O-Neh-Da Vineyard on Hemlock Lake, which opened in 1872.

This region has a rich and interesting history that lends to its charm and beauty.  Prior to European colonization it was a central part of the Iroquois homeland. In the 19th century it was right in the middle of the Second Great Awakening that swept over New England.  Several Underground Railroad sites have been documented throughout the region. Seneca Falls is the birthplace of both the women’s suffrage movement and the LDS Church.  In more recent history, the Finger Lakes Region was the birthplace of CorningWare!

The Finger Lakes region offers fabulous boating, fishing, hiking and more, and is well known for its outdoor recreation.  It’s also well known for its excellent wineries, and enthralling history.  So whether you are looking for an adventurous vacation or something more relaxing, there is something in this delightful area for you!

Adirondack Flying Service Applauds the Athletes of Ironman 2013

Posted on: July 28th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

It would be impossible not to notice the arrival in Lake Placid of more than 2,500 athletes from 19 countries and 45 states.  We hope you and your family enjoy your time in the Adirondacks and we applaud your achievement.

Click Here for Ironman 2013 Results

Lake Placid in Review

Posted on: July 26th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid has a long history with winter sports, having twice hosted the Winter Olympics and continuing to have world class training facilities.  However, as it’s 3,000 year round residents know, it has so much more to offer.   For someone who enjoys rigorous exercise there is no end to the activities that they can experience in Lake Placid.  From hiking one of the 46 high peaks, to boating on one of the beautiful lakes, to cycling up Whiteface Mountain, there is something here for every athlete.

Relax and Unwind

For those who prefer a more relaxed vacation, Lake Placid is the perfect mountain getaway.  It’s serene lakeside location will allow you to relax and forget your worries as you chill on the beach or enjoy a massage at the Mirror Lake Inn Spa.

The village offers the perfect mixture of Adirondack flavor and charm that you will love as you stroll through the streets and view the local galleries.

Take in the Sites

If you’re looking for a family friendly vacation there are plenty of things to do in Lake Placid! Visit all the Olympic sites with an Olympic Sites Passport, and see the Miracle on Ice arena! Take a ride on a bobsled, and ride up the gondola for a great view from Whiteface Mountain.

Visit some local historical sites like Fort Ticonderoga and the John Brown Historical Site.

Of course the best way to see the Adirondacks is on one of our scenic flights, which will take you over the Olympic sites and other local famous areas.

Eat and Enjoy!

Lake Placid is also home to some of the best food in the Adirondacks.  Not only does it have some exceptional fine dining restaurants, it has some more homey feeling restaurants with food to rival any haute cuisine.

Lake Placid may be well known for winter sports but that doesn’t mean you have to be a sports enthusiast to visit.  There really is something here for anyone looking to escape city life for an extended stay or even just a weekend.


Where to Stay in Lake Placid

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

There are plenty of places to stay in Lake Placid, but if you’re looking for the best of the best you can’t beat Mirror Lake Inn, which was voted 2012’s #1 hotel in the Northeast.  Located on its namesake, every room offers spectacular views of the lake or the surrounding peaks and mountains and quick access to the beach.  The resort will give you a taste of simple Adirondack elegance, with their traditional furnishings and understated luxury.

The hotel boasts three restaurants where you can take afternoon tea overlooking the lake or enjoy a sumptuous dinner after a day of fun enjoying some of the complimentary canoes, kayaks or paddle boats on the lake.  It also has a sauna and full-service spa on the property.   If you haven’t already planned out your trip, there are plenty of organized activities offered by the hotel, including guided hikes, kayak trips, and sunset cruises.

Looking more for that cozy B&B feel?  Try the Stagecoach Inn.  This B&B is located in a romantic little house built in the 1820s, situated nearby the Olympic Training Center.  Many rooms have private balconies, and some downstairs rooms have private entrances. Your hosts, Mary Pat, and Tony are so welcoming you’ll feel like you were staying with old friends by the time you leave.

Staying at The Haus will allow you to be right in the middle of all the action! It’s located on Main Street and is central to just about everything.  You’ll have great views of Mirror Lake and be within walking distance of lots of great food and shopping.

For more lodging options check out our clients recommend.


Places to Eat in Lake Placid

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid offers a variety of places to eat from pizza, to sushi, to good, old fashioned American.  It is also one of the few areas in the Adirondacks that offers several fine dining venues.

Lisa G’s offers a relaxed atmosphere and features classic comfort food with a bit of a modern spin.  It’s the kind of place that has plenty of local regulars but where an out-of-towner won’t feel at all out of place.  They have daily specials delicious enough to rival any of the fine dining venues in town, and we like to think they’ve got the best burger in the Adirondacks!

Liquids & Solids at the Handlebar is a fun place that offers a seasonal menu which features produce from local farms in the Adirondacks.  For the beer aficionado, they have an extensive beer selection.

Veranda Restaurant is located in a manor house overlooking Mirror Lake.  Guests are welcome to dine on the covered deck, or inside the hearth room, where they can overlook the lake and enjoy the view.  The menu offers both traditional American and French haute cuisine. The restaurant is open only for the summer.

Generations aims to keep their food as locally grown as possible and purchases from many local farms.  They offer a family friendly atmosphere with beautiful views Mirror Lake.

Interlaken Restaurant requires just a short walk up Interlaken Avenue, but the walk is well worth it.  The wine collection at Interlaken has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2005.

Cafe Rustica offers fresh Mediterranean style food in homey atmosphere.  Their CIA trained chefs prepare delicious wood-fired pizzas and other tasty Italian delicacies.

Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery is a great place to stop by if you’re looking for a sweet treat with a little bit of local flavor.  Try their Maple Creme Soft Serve!

For a more comprehensive list of places to eat in Lake Places take a look at the places our clients recommend.

Things To Do In Lake Placid

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

For the outdoor enthusiast there is no shortage of things to do and see in and around Lake Placid.  Being surrounded by the Adirondack State Park, there is a plethora of gorgeous places to visit, including Ausable Chasm, High Falls Gorge, and many surrounding lakes.

The village of Lake Placid actually sits on Mirror Lake, which offers gorgeous views for kayakers or those who choose to take the leisurely 2.7 mile walk around the lake.  There are also over a dozen golf courses in the area, some of which have been there for over a century.  The area also boasts terrific cycling, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and much more.

Because of the surrounding mountains, Lake Placid offers fantastic hiking.  It’s “46 High Peaks” are often a goal for hikers, though some require great technical skill to reach the top, and many do not have marked paths. These trips are definitely for more experienced hikers only.  You may want to check out a guide to the peaks before deciding if that’s for you.

For those looking for more family friendly activities, a visit to the Olympic Center may be in order.  You can visit the famous Miracle on Ice arena and learn about what is considered one of the greatest moments in sports history.  See lots of great memorabilia in the museum, and learn some interesting facts about the history of the Olympic Games.

You’re able to tour many of the Olympic facilities, which are still in use, no matter which season, and when you reach the Sports Complex you can take a ride on the bobsled track, even during summer!  If you plan to visit several Olympic sites you may be interested in purchasing an Olympic Sites Passport.

If you’re not into hiking but still want to see those spectacular mountain top views, take a drive up Whiteface Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Highway, where after a short drive, you can ride an elevator to the top of the mountain.  For truly breathtaking views, however, you can’t beat one of our scenic flights.  On one of these twenty minute flights you’ll see the beauty of the Adirondacks from above as you soar over the peaks and lakes.  It’s fun the whole family can enjoy!

Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: July 22nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid and Mirror LakeLake Placid has become well known for its fabulous winter sports resorts and attractions but that certainly isn’t all it has to offer.

It’s 46 high peaks, and surrounding lakes lend itself to superb hiking, rock climbing, camping, fly-fishing, and even golfing.  For those who are more serious athletes, it’s home to the second oldest Ironman Triathlon in the U.S which is taking place this weekend.

Located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is one of New York’s hidden treasures. It was originally founded in the early part of the 19th century to mine iron ore.

By the 1840s and 50s abolitionists Gerrit Smith and John Brown had bought up much of the land around the village and granted it to former slaves. This later became known as the Freed Slave Utopian Experiment.

In the later part of the 19th century Lake Placid drew the eye of the rich and famous who came to form what may have been the United States’ first winter resort, with the help of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.

This began the area’s long history with winter sports. By the 1920s, Lake Placid had a ski association, a ski jump, and a speed skating arena, and in 1932 they hosted the Winter Olympics for the first time.

The area’s connection with winter sports continued to grow, however it wasn’t until 1980 that anyone but the most avid sports fan had probably heard of Lake Placid. In 1980 Lake Placid once again hosted the Winter Olympics, but this time the entire nation was watching as the USA beat the USSR in one of the biggest upsets in hockey ever seen – the “Miracle on Ice.”

While the village certainly offers the secluded mountain top feel, it isn’t difficult to access. Commercial flights are available at several nearby airports, including Montreal, Albany, Burlington, and even into Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Saranac.  Or you can fly directly to Lake Placid by air charter.