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Places to Stay in the Finger Lakes Region

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

The Finger Lakes Region is a large and varied area meaning that there are plenty of places to stay.  You’ll find many beautiful inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels scattered throughout the region.

Skaneateles Suites Boutique Hotel – Skaneateles

Just half a block from Skaneateles Lake, and sitting in the heart of the Village, the Skaneateles Suites Boutique Hotel has all of Skaneateles at its doorstep.  Find great restaurants, wineries, and fun all within a few minutes walk.   Enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as free use of the kitchen during your stay.

Inn on Broadway – Rochester

At the Inn on Broadway you’ll soon realize you aren’t at a hotel that’s just like any other. Each space is designed especially for you, with your comfort in mind.  It is meant to feel like a home away from home, but with all the convenience of being at the office. Allow the Inn’s attentive and informed staff to help make your stay a memorable one.

The Federal House Bed and Breakfast – Lansing

Located in the historic hamlet of Ludlowville in Lansing, The Federal House is a newly renovated home built in 1815.  Salmon Creek and Ludlowville Falls are such a short walk that the sound of the falls can lull you to sleep at night.  Wake up in the morning to a gourmet breakfast cooked by your hosts from farm fresh ingredients.  This is the real country getaway experience.

Keuka Lakeside Inn – Hammondsport

Located in Hammondsport, voted 2012’s “Coolest small town in America,”  the Keuka Lakeside Inn sits on Keuka Lake, providing beautiful views.  They also have a boat launch, complimentary for guests, and boat docking.  The inn is a short walk to Hammondsport which is full of small town charm and there are plenty of wineries and museums nearby.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel – Watkins Glen

A luxurious hotel sitting right on Seneca Lake, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is a recipient of a four diamond rating from AAA for is excellent service and fine attention to detail.   Enjoy gorgeous views of the lake or village from your room and outstanding, personalized service from attentive staff, all in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region.



For more hotels, check out our previous post on places to stay in the Finger Lakes Region.

Places to Eat in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Finger Lakes is a large and varied region.  In larger cities like Syracuse you’ll find it easy to find any type of restaurant you fancy.  As you travel into more rural areas you’ll find restaurants that have strong ties to local farms and work diligently to highlight local produce and produce.

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

Finger Lakes Restaurant of the Week – Enjoy one of the Finger Lakes Region’s fine restaurants selected by the Restaurant of the Week.  Meals are all locally sourced and range from $10-$35 per person.

Two Goats Brewing – Hector

Sitting on Seneca Lake, Two Goats Brewing is a fabulous local brewer! They are a great place to stop by for a pint, and if you have a hankering for a meal, they’ve got the small menu thing down to a tee.  In fact they only have one thing on the menu, but if you’re in the mood for a roast beef sandwich you won’t find a better one anywhere around.  Picture tender, slow-cooked beef, thinly sliced and piled impossibly high on fresh, homemade buns.  It’s then topped with homemade au jus and horseradish sauce.  It’s a sandwich you’ll never forget.  Not to mention they have great atmosphere, live music, and amazing beer!

Pleasant Valley Inn – Hammondsport

The Pleasant Valley Inn is happy to serve you both in the pub for a more casual experience, and in the dining room for fine dining.  In both locations you’ll get delicious seasonal specials.  In the dining room, enjoy crab cakes, perfect prepared steaks, fresh seafood, or the house specialty, rack of lamb. The menu is prepared using locally sourced produce and products and the wine list highlights local wineries to pair perfectly with your meal.

Just a Taste – Ithaca

Enjoy Spanish tapas, with a twist! All meals are prepared using locally grown produce and products from farms in the area. Enjoy delicious cheese, gazpacho, spicy shrimp saute, roast duck breast and so much more.  And the great part is that you aren’t limited to one entree because tapas are meant for sharing!

Elderberry Pond – Auburn

Located on a certified organic farm, Elderberry Pond offers a menu that highlights the fresh produce available daily at their location and pasture reared meat raised on their farm and other local farms.  They also offer a selection of great local wines and beers.

Scuteri’s Cannoli Connection – Watkin’s Glen

This fantastic Italian bakery has been a local favorite since 1971.  They serve fresh cannolis every day along with many other Italian pastries and sweets, including tiramisu, biscotti, and rum cakes.   They also offer pizza on Saturdays.

For more restaurants check out our previous post on places to eat in the Finger Lakes Region.

Things to Do in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Canandaigua_Lake_scenicA favorite fall activity in the Finger Lakes Region is to visit a local U-Pick and pick your own produce.  Sample great, local, fresh fruits and vegetables, or get your perfect pumpkin for Halloween!

The Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour is also a popular autumn activity.  Occurring annually in October, it’s not only a great way to see all the beautiful foliage as you drive from farm to farm, it’s also a great way to learn about the difference between apple types.   Do an apple taste test and discover all the different types of apples and the varieties of colors, sizes, and textures they come in.  Or stick to tasting the amazing baked goods, apple butters, ciders, and other delicious apple products you’ll find along the way.  You might even win a door prize!

The U-Pick’s aren’t the only ones with a harvest festival! The Corning Museum of Glass offers their own version with the Glass Harvest  at the museum.  Find lots of fun harvest themed activities, like getting to blow your own glass pumpkin, going on a scavenger hunt to find all the fall-themed objects throughout the museum, see the world’s largest glass pumpkin, and enjoy a glass farmer’s market where you’ll find lots of great harvest themed glass objects for sale!

Autumn is an excellent time to go wine tasting.   You may even get to participate in some of the harvest process if that is your wish.  Finger Lakes has an extensive list of wineries and many of them offer free tastings.  Be sure to check out these wine touring tips to get the most out of your Finger Lakes wine tasting experience.

Elmira became a favorite haunt of famed author Mark Twain, especially after he married Olivia Langdon, an Elmira native, in 1870.  Discover why he loved it so much by doing Twain County’s “Find Twain Here” activities.   On the top of that list?  Visit the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College to learn about his works,  the Chemung Valley History Museum  to learn about his life in Elmira, and Woodland National Cemetery to see where he is buried.

October may mean harvest to some, but to others it means ghosts and ghouls! Join the Chemung Valley History Museum on October 18th or 19th for a night of screams and terror at their annual Woodland Cemetery Ghost Walk.

Kilpatrick’s Public House will be hosting the first annual Ithaca Oktoberfest on October 27th.  Join what is sure to become a treasured tradition and taste beers from local microbreweries as they compete for best beer.  Enter in the lederhosen competition for a chance to win a gift card good at over 90 locations in downtown Ithaca, and get a great picture of yourself in costume.   Enjoy live music from great local bands, and delicious food from local food vendors.

As always, fishing, hiking, and boating are great activities to do in the Finger Lakes Region.  Some fantastic places to do these are Letchwood State Park, sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the East” for its great cliffs, and the Catherine Valley Trail.

Autumn in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments


Not far outside Rochester and Syracuse lays one of New York’s best autumn destinations.

The Finger Lakes Region is perhaps best known as New York’s largest area of wine production, having close to 100 wineries in the area.

The gorgeous foliage turning the rolling hills and vineyards of the Finger Lakes Region gold, orange and auburn hued make autumn one of the most popular times to visit Finger Lakes.

Harvest time means that all the vineyards are busy hauling grapes from the vines and that you may even be able to be able to take part in a bit of grape stomping depending on the winery you visit.

Wayne County, as the second largest apple producer in the United States, hosts an apple tasting tour every October.  In autumn farmers markets begin springing up everywhere, bursting with fresh produce, and U-Picks offer harvest festivals where you can pick your own produce, sample delicious, fresh fruits and veggies straight from the vine. Finger Lakes farms grow lots of pumpkins, apples, berries and plenty of other delicious fall fruits and vegetables.

As in summer, autumn in Finger Lakes provides great hiking, camping, fishing and more! It is well known for its great outdoor recreation.  It’s also an excellent place to just come, relax, and do some leaf peeping while you enjoy a delicious glass of local wine and escape the city.



Experience Autumn in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

New_Boathouse_N_end_of_Lake_PlacidThe village of Lake Placid is such a great place to visit, especially in Autumn.

The scenery absolutely transforms before your eyes from the luscious green forests of spring and summer to the full range of colors that fall foliage has to offer.  There are also lots of great autumn activities to participate.

This weekend, Whiteface Mountain is hosting two awesome festivals!  The first is the second annual Lake Placid Brewfest where you can try world class beers from all over the country – and even some from Canada! You’ll also find beers that you can only find in the Adirondacks.

Going on all weekend long is the Flaming Leaves Festival where you can go watch America’s best ski jumpers compete at their sport.  Check out a great crafts fair, enjoy delicious BBQ, and play tons of great family friend lawn games and competitions all while listening to awesome live Blues music. When the jumpers are done take a trip up to the top of the ski jumps and get a view of the Adirondacks all its “flaming leaves.”

Besides these two great festivals, Lake Placid has tons of other great things to do.  Visit all the Olympic sites and see where history was made!  Find a U-Pick and pick your own fresh produce, wonder through fun corn mazes, and pick out your own pumpkins for carving!  Take a scenic flight with us and experience the Adirondacks as you’ve never seen them before! Or just spend the day wondering Lake Placid’s historic Main St. and checking out all the great boutiques and galleries.

Along with many great boutiques, Main Street is also lined with many wonderful places to eat.  Lake Placid is the hub of fine dining in the Adirondacks, and you’ll be able to find casual fine dining or haute cuisine to suite your needs in many places.  It’s also full of casual delis and cafes that focus on creating fantastic meals from locally sourced, fresh ingredients.  You’ll even find places that brew their own beer!

Lake Placid has plenty of lakeside resorts and mountain adjacent lodges that all make wonderful places to stay.  Experience a re-imagined, modern take on the Adirondack Great Camps of the late 19th century that made the Adirondacks a favorite destination for many of America’s billionaires.

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Lake Placid.  Experience the beautiful surroundings as the colors change, amazing fall menus packed with fresh, seasonal produce, and lots of great autumn festivities.

More Places to Stay in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid has so many wonderful choices for places to stay.  Enjoy luxurious lakeside resorts with heated pools and extensive amenities, and cozy b&bs with fantastic food and helpful hosts! Wherever you stay, enjoy gorgeous views and a great location.

Wildwood on the Lake – Wildwood is situated quietly on the banks of Lake Placid, not far outside the boundaries of the village of Lake Placid.  Spend your vacation sitting by the lakeside, or if the lake is too chilly for you, come in and enjoy the heated indoor pool, spa, and sauna.  Each room has a deck overlooking the lake unless otherwise stated, and rooms are equipped with every amenity you could possibly desire. It’s centrally located to all of Lake Placid’s great restaurant’s and boutiques, and of course, Whiteface, so there’s no end of things to do!

Lake Placid Lodge – Sitting at the edge of the village, on the actual body of water Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Lodge coins itself the “Great Camp for the new century.”  Experience luxury, elegance, and style the way Gilded Age millionaires did at the turn of the 20th century when they made the Adirondacks a favorite destination.  Stay in private lakeside cabins, or in sumptuous lodgings at the main lodge and enjoy their excellent hospitality.

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort – The first hotel in the Adirondacks to receive the Audubon Society’s Platinum Eco Rating for Hotels, the Golden Arrow is devoted to maintaining a sustainable, green hotel.  Sitting on the shores of Mirror Lake, the Golden Arrow offers a relaxed, serene environment in a great location.  The friendly and accommodating staff are eager to make your stay as wonderful as possible.

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High Peaks Resort – Beginning as a bed and breakfast in the 1899, High Peaks Resort has grown from its humble beginnings to become a world class hotel offering “Natural Hospitality™.”  With over 100 years of experience, you can bet these guys know what the hospitality business is about.  Enjoy your private deck with waterfront views of Mirror Lake, or look down over Main Street and take in Lake Placid’s beauty.  Experience a stay you’ll remember forever at your home away from home in Lake Placid.

Whiteface Lodge – A return to the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge creates the ultimate Adirondack experience.  Named the Northeast’s Best Mountain Resort by Travel + Leisure, Whiteface Lodge is everything you hope a mountain resort would be, with its serene lakeside setting, rustic yet luxurious ambience, and amazing amenitites.

Paradox Lodge – This unique bed and breakfast is worth a stay if only for the amazing food! You won’t be leaving the breakfast table hungry.  Their accommodations are relaxing and inviting with plenty of character, and owners Nan and Red will go out of their way to make your stay extra special.

For more places to stay in Lake Placid, check out our previous post, and places our clients recommend.


More Places to Eat in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Lake Placid has a variety of great places to eat.  Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, find something healthy, or even just find some good BBQ there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find it!

The Good Bite Kitchen  is one of Lake Placid’s best places for breakfast or brunch.  Though they offer an entirely vegetarian menu, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to find something delicious to eat here.  Enjoy hand crafted soups, quiches, pies and more!

Paradox Lodge Restaurant – Experience fine dining the Adirondack way. Every dish is cooked to perfection, the wine is carefully paired, and each dining experience is personal and intimate.  Reservations are strongly recommended.

Cake Placid – This is more than just an ordinary bakery! Get gourmet cakes, scones, muffins and more from Cake Placid.  Try fun flavors like Creamsicle or Blueberry Pancake and don’t be surprised if you come out having found the best cupcake you’ve ever tasted!

Chair 6 – Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Chair 6 uses fresh, local produce to create innovative, unique cuisine that brings the farm straight to your plate.  Try their twists on traditional favorites like their great specialty sandwiches for lunch, and delicious daily pastas at dinner.

The Scape Cafe – If you’re looking for natural, organic, whole foods this is your stop! The Scape uses organic, local ingredients to increase the flavor, freshness and nutritional value of their food. They have a great selection of sandwiches and wraps, as well as tons of fresh smoothies and organic juices. Stop by on Tuesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays for hot lunches.

The View Restaurant  – Located at Lake Placid’s premier luxury resort, Mirror Lake Inn, the View Restaurant offers a truly unforgettable dining experience.  Winner of the Wine Spectator’s Dining Guide Award of Excellence fourteen times, The View is committed to excellence and it shows in the effort and care that they put into each dish.  Menus are prepared seasonally using local and regional meats, cheeses and produce allowing diners to have the most flavorful and healthful meal.

The Brown Dog Cafe – A favorite with locals and tourists, the Brown Dog serves artisan sandwiches featuring imported cheeses, perfectly roasted meats and hand crafted breads.  In the evening the Brown Dog transforms from cafe to fine dining restaurant with an extensive wine list.  The atmosphere is especially romantic against the backdrop of Mirror Lake.

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery – Beginning over 16 years ago as a homebrew operation, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has become known in the area for their award winning lagers and ales.  You can enjoy some of their award winning brews at their brewpub where they offer a unique twist on traditional pub food.

Redneck Bistro, BBQ & Grill – If you’re looking for barbecue, look no further! This place has it all; pulled pork, short ribs, burgers, sausage, and so much more. The only thing bigger than the menu is the portion sizes!

For more great places to eat in Lake Placid check out our previous post and the places our clients recommend.

Things to Do in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Olympic_Bobsled_Run_Lake_PlacidAutumn is an excellent time to visit Lake Placid! Not only can you take in all the beauty of the Adirondacks, but you can see it in the autumn when the colors are changing and the mountains are covered in gorgeous hues of yellow, orange and red.  Lake Placid also has some great fall activities.

This weekend Whiteface Mountain is hosting the second annual Lake Placid Brewfest.   Sample brews from across the country, including California favorites like Stone Brewing Co., and Firestone Walker, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company, and even Canadian brewing experts Unibroue Brewery Chambly, and something from everywhere in between.  You’ll even get to try a few brews that you won’t see anywhere else from local breweries like Blue Line Brewery based in Saranac Lake, Great Adirondack Brewing Company, based in Lake Placid, and Lake Placid Pub & Brewery.  Your ticket gets you plenty of tasters and a commemorative tasting glass!

Whiteface is also hosting the Flaming Leaves Festival this weekend.  This two day festival celebrates the glory of autumn with good, old fashioned family fun! Come watch the nation’s top competitive ski jumpers compete! Listen to live blues music while enjoy great, fresh barbecue and enjoying tons of games and competitions.  Stop by the craft fair and tie dye a t-shirt! And of course, make sure to make it up to the top of the ski jump so that you can get a peek the beautiful foliage that gives this festival its name! The view from the top of the jumps is truly awesome.

Since Lake Placid is famous for its Olympic history, visiting the Olympic sites is a fun thing to do.  A great way to do this is to get an Olympic Sites Passport. This will give you access to all the sites and attractions as well as some discounts on other activities. That includes entry to the museum, a skate on the Miracle on Ice rink in winter, a ride down the bobsled run, and more!

The Skeleton Experience  at Whiteface is like sledding on steroids.  Flying down the track at 30 miles an hour is an unforgettable experience, especially when you’re doing it head first!

4X4 Alpine Epxeditions is like taking a safari through the Adirondacks.  Enjoy a private tour with you and four other friends through Adirondack mountain roads where your tour guide will explain the history of Whiteface and Lake Placid and tailor the tour specifically to you and your needs.  See remote areas of Whiteface Mountain that few people ever see and breathtaking views you’ll never forget.

Check out our previous post for more things to do in Lake Placid!



Autumn in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake_PlacidLocated in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is one of New York’s hidden treasures.  Though it’s best known for its amazing winter sports, resorts, and attractions, and it has much more to offer!

The same mountain ranges that make for great snowshoeing, skiing, and cross country skiing lend themselves to fantastic rock climbing, and hiking.  The forest is a great place to go camping, and autumn is a great time to go fly fishing!

Like much of the Adirondacks, the Lake Placid area was originally founded in the early part of the early part of the 19th century for mining operations.

In the mid 19th century, abolitionists Gerrit Smith and John Brown called the area home and granted much of the land they owned to former slaves in what would become known as the Freed Slave Utopian Experiment.

In the late 19th century Lake Placid began to develop the reputation it now carries as a resort town with the help of Melvil Dewey, who helped form the U.S’s first winter resort.

With the development of the winter resort, the area’s association with sport continued to grow until it came to host the Winter Olympics not once, but twice, in 1932 and in 1980.  In 1980 it drew worldwide attention when the U.S took a surprise win against the USSR in the iconic “Miracle on Ice” hockey game.

In autumn, Lake Placid has a variety of great activities, especially this weekend.  Saturday is Lake Placid’s second annual Brewfest where you can try tons of great beers from brewers across the country, including some you’ll only find in the Adirondacks! Sunday is Lake Placid’s annual Flaming Leaves Festival which offers an opportunity to enjoy great music, great food, and an amazing view of the Adirondacks in autumn.

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.

Relax in Wilmington, NY

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Whiteface_Mountain_from_Lake_Placid_AirportWilmington is a secluded mountain side resort town nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks.  It has all the beauty and great features that the Adirondacks has to offer, along with great Adirondack charm.

This weekend is Wilmington’s Oktoberfest hosted at Whiteface Mountain.  Drink delicious German brews, eat authentic German food, while listening to great live music, enjoying some great rides, crafts and all kinds of other activities that are fun for the whole family.  All the while you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of Whiteface Mountain, and the gorgeous color changing leaves in the Adirondacks.

Oktoberfest isn’t all that Wilmington has to offer.  There are tons of other things to do in and around Wilmongton, including a multitude of great activities on Whiteface Mountain.  Whether you want to learn about Olympic history or you’re hoping to make some athletic history yourself, Whiteface is a great stop to make.  

From nearby Lake Placid we offer scenic flights that you’re sure to remember forever.  Soar over Whiteface, and the Olympic Village, many of our local lakes and take in all of the beauty of the Adirondacks from above.  The view from these flights is especially breathtaking in autumn!

As you spend your day out exploring the town you’ll find Wilmington has lots of great places to eat that offer some Adirondack flavor.  Plenty of local, home style diners that offer down to earth cooking, restaurants offering farm fresh, home cooked meals and much more.

Wilmington has a great selection of lodging as well.  Whether you’re looking for a hotel that caters specifically to trout stalkers (autumn is excellent fly fishing season!) or a bed and breakfast to serve as a base for your Adirondack vacation, you’ll have no trouble finding a place to suit your needs.

Wilmington is a great town to come to, whether you’re looking to get out and explore the Adirondacks, or whether you’re looking to sit and relax on a big Adirondack chair while you read a book. It’s tranquil setting is perfect for anyone looking to relax while its rugged terrain make it a great place for any outdoorsman.  Come explore it!