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Getting Out and About On Finger Lakes Bike Trails

May 19th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Finger Lakes Bike TrailsSummer is just around the corner and there may be no better way to greet the season than from atop a bike saddle on one of the many Finger Lakes bike trails!

There is a lot to see and do in the Finger Lakes region, no matter the time of year. Once the weather warms up, though, getting out and soaking up all that the great outdoors have to offer is a must.

Our area offers cyclists a wide variety of bike trails and paths to choose from. Long trails and short trails, on-road, off-road, easy, hard, and everything in between! Many of the guests to our Canandaigua B&B are cycling enthusiasts, so we’ve put together a short list of popular and more moderate Finger Lakes bike trails with them – and you! – in mind.

Catharine Valley Trail 12-15 miles map
The Catharine Valley Trail is located between Watkins Glen and Midway in a former rail bed. The trail begins at the southern point of Seneca Lake, near the marina and Harbor Hotel in downtown Watkins Glen. The mostly flat trail is in contrast to the otherwise hilly region and provides some awesome scenery. Take the trail to Horseheads to easily extend your trip to 15 miles.

Canadice Lake Trail 8-9 miles map
The Canadice Lake Trail is a multi-use gravel and grass track that runs along the lake’s west side. Venture off onto the more difficult side trails to extend your ride another mile.

Crooked Lake Canal 7 miles map
This trail, also known as the Keuka Outlet Trail, connects the Keuka and Seneca lakes. Consequently, it is absolutely LOADED with gorgeous scenery, including waterfalls! The trail is multi-use, so watch for hikers.

Seneca Lake
The Seneca Lake area offers a variety of different trails. Popular loops a 7-mile Sampson State Park loop around the lake’s eastern shore. A different, 9-mile, paved loop can be found at the north end of the lake in Lakeshore Park.

Finger Lakes Bike Trails

As we said above – there are LOTS of Finger lakes bike trails to choose from. We’ve barely scratched the surface with our list. If you’d like to see more, check out this longer list of Finger Lakes hiking and biking trails, complete with maps and directions.

What about a bike?

Canandaigua bike rentals are available at RV&E Bike and Skate: 168 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393-5680 –

Finger Lakes Lodging
Sutherland House, in Canandaigua, NY, is particularly suited to bikers. We have secure indoor storage for your bicycles and bicycling equipment as well plenty of space for parking bike trailers. Looking to get an early start? Sutherland House has nutritious “to go” breakfasts to help you jump-start your day. In fact, no matter what you want to do during your Finger Lakes vacation, Sutherland House is here to help. Our scenic and convenient location in Canandaigua, NY puts the best of the Finger Lakes region right at your fingertips. Book your stay at Sutherland House today!

Come Out For The 6th Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival!

April 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2017 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival
The week-long, 2017 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival brings a host of art events and more than 40 artists from across the U.S. to Canandaigua, NY in a competition to capture the beauty of the Finger Lakes in paint. June 6th through the 11th in Canandaigua, NY.

If you’re an art lover, you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival. The opportunity to observe so may artists out and about and working on canvases is an uncommon pleasure.

“En plein air” is a French expression meaning “open air,” thus plein air painting refers to painting outside. Part of the challenge is to complete your scene before the light changes too much, thus you are in a competition with time and the elements with plein air painting. French impressionist painters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others were advocates of the method.

During the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, Canandaigua will open its gardens, vineyards, woods, and fields with character to the artists. The town is also opening its doors! Sutherland House is proud to be one of the many locals who volunteered to host an artist for the festival week.

The Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival includes a number of other events, as well.

Downtown merchants will “Adopt An Artist” to exhibit a particular artist’s work for sale throughout the week. An Art Walk and Reception for these artists will be held on Thursday, June 8th from 6pm to 8pm.

A Paint Out along the Canandaigua Wine Trail is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th, in Naples, NY. Participating wineries will host artists throughout the day with a Wet Paint Sale and Reception of their finshed works at Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars from 6pm to 8pm. Follow the wine trail to catch various artists at work throughout the day, then see all the results in one place!

June 10th will see the Quick Draw competition in downtown Canandaigua, testing the speed of the Plein air artists. A judging and sale follows at the Canandaigua Commons, between 12pm and 2pm. The Community Paint-Out event sees local and regional artists doing much the same as the Quick Draw. The show and sale from this event occurs between 1:30pm and 5pm. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, June 10th.

This year’s judge for the event, Sara Linda Poly, will be giving two painting workshops during the festival. Lots of other, smaller events will be held around town all week long.

An Public Exhibit & Sale of works completed for The Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition will be held on Sunday, June 11th, at Sonnenberg Gardens. The ticketed Preview Party & Exhibit, held the night before, will provide an even earlier opportunity to purchase art as well as talk with the artists.

Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival

June 6th through June 11th, 2017
Canandaigua, NY
Go to for tickets and more information, including a list of participating artists with samples of their work.

Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Lodging
Sutherland House is proud to be one of the many locals hosting a juried, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival artist! This festival is huge and rooms are going to go fast all around the area. If you hope to attend, reserve your room at our Canandaigua B&B now before it’s too late!

Attend The 2017 Rochester International Film Festival!

April 3rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Rochester International Film FestivalThe 2017 Rochester International Film Festival is three days, dozens of films, and thousands of film lovers. Thursday, April 20th through Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at the Dryden Theatre in the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY.

The Rochester International Film Festival has the distinction of being the longest-running, continually held, short-film festival in the world. The festival is a favorite venue for independent filmmakers. Each festival screens a wide variety of narrative films, documentaries, and animations created by independent filmmakers from all around the world.

The first Rochester International Film Festival was organized and held in 1959 by Movies On A Shoestring, Incorporated. The group’s name has a double meaning beyond the fact that amateur filmmakers have tight budgets. In the 50’s and 60’s they also tended to use narrow, 8mm film, often referred to as “shoestring gauge.”

Since that first event, the festival has grown. Now 1,000s of film lovers come to enjoy short films of all genres from filmmakers around the globe. Narrative films, documentaries, short-form animation, and more will entertain attendees.

Submissions to the Rochester International Film Festival go through a strenuous, multi-level review process. The only criterion being that each film must clock in at under 30-minutes in length. Even films that don’t make it into the festival may earn a Certificate of Merit for excellence in cinematography, storytelling, and other categories.

All films screened at the festival are awarded the Shoestring Trophy. Other awards include Certificate of Merit, Honorable Mention, and Best of the Fest.

Rochester International Film Festival

April 20 through April 22, 2017 – 8pm to 4pm
George Eastman Museum – Dryden Theatre
900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
At the time of this writing, the festival is still coming together. Stay up to date by visiting or following the festival on Facebook

Rochester International Film Festival Lodging
Sutherland House is just a half-hour’s drive from Rochester and the Rochester International Film Festival. Our historic, Victorian, Finger Lakes B&B will bring you peace and comfort in the gently rolling farmlands of Canandaigua, New York. You’ll feel like royalty when you take advantage of our five rooms and suites‘ plush amenities. Come explore the Finger Lakes region, then retire each night in indulgent splendor. Book your stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed and Breakfast today!

The 25th Annual Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Wine & Herb Festival

March 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Wine & Herb Festival Collect potted herbs and vegetables and savor wine pairings with herb-prepared dishes at the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 25th Annual Wine & Herb Festival. April 28th through the 30th or May 5th through the 7th, 2017.

Green thumb or not, you do not want to miss the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 25th Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Even the worst gardeners can appreciate a good wine!

This annual, popular celebration will help you get a head start on your herb garden as well as tickle your taste buds. The multi-layered event includes all 16 Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wineries presenting their wines paired with herb-prepared cuisine.

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Celebrate Maple Sugaring Time During NYS Maple Weekend 2017!

March 6th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

NYS Maple Weekend 2017New York is the second largest maple producing state in the country. Come experience the deliciousness of the season during NYS Maple Weekend, March 18-19, 25-26, 2017!

Spring means one thing in maple country: Maple Sugaring Time! As the weather begins to warm, the sap in the trees begins to flow. Once those pails are filled, the sugar houses begin the process of boiling it down into pure, delicious, NY maple syrup. The heavenly scent of maple on the air is just one of the many perks of the season.

Discover them all during NYS Maple Weekend!

NYS Maple Weekend is your opportunity to not only celebrate maple products but also learn how they’re made. More than 160 farms and museums across the state are participating. Why not break out of your stiff, winter routine with a fun-filled and tasty visit to a sugar house? Come see (and smell – yum!) the process, as well as taste pure, fresh NY maple syrup.

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New Year’s Murder Mystery Weekend a Fabulous Affair

January 24th, 2017 by sutherlandhouse

A great time was had by all.  Here are just a few of the photos taken by our guests at the New Year’s 2016 Murder Mystery Weekend.  We look forward to the next Murder Mystery Event on March 11, 2017!