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Geneva Music Festival‘s Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration

May 11th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Geneva Music Festival‘s Thelonious Monk Centennial CelebrationThe Geneva Music Festival is hosting a Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration with the legend’s son, T.S. Monk, and special guest Syndee Winters. June 9th at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY.

American jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, may have passed away in 1982 but his effect on the genre continues to echo on. Monk’s unique improvisational style made him a controversial figure during his early years in the jazz world. His numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, however, dispelled doubts of his genius. He remains the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.

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Get Set for the 2018 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival!

May 5th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2018It’s almost Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival time again! This annual event brings artists from all over to capture the beauty of the Finger Lakes in pigment, while you watch! June 5th through June 10th, 2018.

Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2018 is a week-long art-lover’s featuring a host of special events and more than 40 artists from across the U.S. and Canada.

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Don’t Miss the 3rd Annual Growlers, Grapes, & Grains!

April 13th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Growlers, Grapes, & Grains Tastings at GCCCThe third annual Growlers, Grapes, & Grains tasting event combines local craft beer, wines, and hard ciders with excellent food, live entertainment, and the Kentucky Derby on the big screen! May 5th, 2018 at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center.

Growlers, Grapes, & Grains is back for its third year and looking to be even bigger and better than last year, which is really saying something!

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Come Discover Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion

April 6th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Sonnenberg Gardens and MansionSonnenberg Gardens and Mansion opens for the season on May 1st. Now is your opportunity to see this gorgeous, Victorian era, country estate in spring’s full bloom!

“Sonnenberg” is German for “sunny hill” – and that is a fitting, if rather understated, name for one of our country’s most extensively preserved Victorian era country estates. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is 50 acres of formal and informal gardens surrounding historic Sonnenberg Mansion. The estate is one of just two public gardens in the New York State Parks System.

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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Wine and Herb Festival 2018

March 30th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Wine and Herb Festival 2018Come out and experience Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Wine and Herb Festival 2018! Wines paired with herb-prepared cuisine, recipes, potted herbs, and so much more: April 27th through the 29th, May 4th through the 6th, 2018.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s annual Wine and Herb Festival is your opportunity to sample wine-paired, herb-prepared cuisine at a Finger Lakes winery. There’s more to Wine and Herb Festival 2018 than just sipping and supping, however! Attendees will also be able to collect the featured herbs and veggies, along with recipes for the dishes.

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Get A Taste of Spring During NYS Maple Weekend 2018!

March 9th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

NYS Maple Weekend 2018If you love fresh, pure maple, you do not want to miss NYS Maple Weekend 2018! Every year at this time, Maple Weekend provides a chance to learn the maple sugaring process and to sample a variety of fresh, New York State maple treats. March 17th and 18th, 24th and 25th, 2018.

Spring is sproinging all around us and, here in sugar maple country that means it’s maple sugaring time! Every year, between mid-February and mid-April, the temperatures rise enough for the maple sap to begin flowing. Once it does, sugarmakers across the region begin the age-old process of tapping trees, hanging buckets, collecting sap, and boiling it down into that sweet and sticky treat we all know and love: pure maple syrup!

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Explore Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

February 23rd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Granger Homestead and Carriage MuseumStep back in time with a visit to Canandaigua’s Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum! This 1816 Federal-style home museum features over 100 horse-drawn vehicles and offers both house and carriage tours. The 19th century Law Office is also the location of a number of events throughout the year.

The Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum is an 1816 Federal-style mansion located in Canandaigua, NY. The historic home and grounds were home to Gideon Granger, Postmaster General of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. In fact, he also holds the record for his 13 years as Postmaster General. Granger (1767 – 1822) was also a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

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Enjoy a Finger Lakes Ski Vacation and Save at Sutherland House!

February 12th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Finger Lakes Ski VacationThinking of going on a Finger Lakes ski vacation? Great idea! There are a number of excellent places to ski here – and you can save by taking advantage of our Finger Lakes winter lodging special!

Spring is coming but that doesn’t mean t’s too late for a Finger Lakes ski vacation.

One of the great things about the Finger Lakes region is that we often have snow even when it’s not in the forecast. That’s because we get lake-effect snow. Lake-effect snow is snow caused by cold winds sweeping across Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The combination of normal winter storms and lake-effect snow typically ensures our area a long and robust ski season.

Consequently, the Finger Lakes region is a winter sports enthusiast’s dream with an excellent selection of both cross-country and downhill ski areas. Snowboarding, snow shoeing, skating, sledding, and more are also right at your fingertips.

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Romantic Finger Lakes Getaway Valentine’s Day Lodging Packages

January 12th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Romantic Finger Lakes Getaway Valentine’s Day Lodging PackagesLooking for a way to let them know just how much they mean to you? Treat that special someone to a romantic Finger Lakes Getaway with Sutherland House’s Valentine’s Day lodging packages!

New York’s Finger Lakes region is the perfect destination for your lover’s holiday this Valentine’s Day. Shopping, dining, galleries, wine trails and craft beer trails abound. Hundreds of annual festivals and events keep the area fresh, active, and alive. There is always something to do in the Finger Lakes, spring, summer, fall, or winter!

Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast is located in Canadaigua, just minutes from the northern tip of Canandaigua Lake. Being right near the center of all the action makes us the perfect choice for a romantic Finger Lakes getaway!

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Come Out For the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Frostfest!

January 8th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Finger Lakes Frostfest 2018The fourth annual Finger Lakes Frostfest features full-size ice sculptures and ice bars, plus music, food, drinks, and a huge fireworks display. All on the shores of Seneca Lake! 5pm to 9pm, Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

Once the New Year has come and gone things can seem pretty quiet during these long, cold winter months. As anyone who has ever visited knows, however, there is always something to do in the Finger Lakes and frigid February is no exception! In fact, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the annual Finger Lakes Frostfest!

Finger Lakes Frostfest may only be four years old but it has already gained a popular reputation, and why not? Where else can you enjoy full-scale ice sculptures with your drink and delicious local eats?

The ice sculptures at Finger Lakes Frostfest help to make this event so popular. If you’ve never seen a large one up close, you owe yourself the experience. Viewed in a group and in an outdoor setting, such as along the shores of Seneca Lake at Finger Lakes Frostfest, these fascinating works of art look almost otherworldly.

Another type of ice sculpture at Frostfest is also likely to catch your attention – the Ice Bars! Frostfest’s Ice Bars will make sure you don’t go thirsty with a variety of drinks and cocktails. The highlight, of course, is the signature Frostfest Martinis, poured through an ice luge into your glass.

Ice sculptures certainly take center stage at the Finger Lakes Frostfest but they’re not the only reason to attend!

Finger Lakes Frostfest 2018 also includes plenty to eat with both food tastings and vendors offering a variety of delicious, local plates. Better yet, you can enjoy them inside! Frostfest takes place both along the shores of Lake Geneva and inside the Ramada.

Along with all the food and drink, Frostfest also includes some great, live DJ’s spinning lots of popular, upbeat tunes. It all comes to an awesome end with a spectacular fireworks display from the Geneva City pier.

Finger Lakes Frostfest 2018

February 3, 2018 | 5pm to 9pm
41 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, NY 14456
There will be a shuttle service to and from downtown parking areas to Finger Lakes Frostfest 2018. Tickets can be purchased online at

Finger Lakes Frostfest Lodging
Sutherland House is less than a half-hour’s drive from the 2018 Finger Lakes Frostfest. Our historic, Victorian Finger Lakes B&B offers five sumptuous guest rooms in the gently rolling farmlands of Canandaigua, New York. Come, relax by the fire in our Victorian era parlor and let our tranquil setting rejuvenate your body. Book your room at Sutherland House Victorian Bed and Breakfast today!

Sip & Learn About Ice Wine at Casa Larga Vineyards

December 15th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Sip & Learn About Ice Wine at Casa Larga VineyardsLearn all about sweet and unique ice wines at the 5th and final Sip & Learn wine class at Casa Larga Vineyards. January 10th, 2018, 6:30pm to 8pm.

Ice wine is the delicious dessert wine made from grapes frozen on the vine. Because it requires natural freezing, the wine can only be produced in a few of the world’s wine-growing regions. The Finger Lakes just so happen to be on of those regions and Casa Larga Vineyards upcoming Sip & Learn class will focus on this unique wine making process.

Because ice wine grapes are left to freeze on the vine, they produce a more concentrated must. When grapes freeze, it is the water in them that freezes, not the sugars and other dissolved solids.

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The Sutherland House New Year’s Murder Mystery Weekend

December 1st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Sutherland House New Years Murder Mystery WeekendLooking for a fun and exciting way to ring in the New Year? Come catch a killer at the second annual Sutherland House New Year’s Murder Mystery Weekend. December 30th, 2017 to Monday, January 1st, 2018 at our Canandaigua B&B!

The Sutherland House New Year’s Murder Mystery Weekend is back by popular demand, and you can take part! There are many ways to celebrate the arrival of the new year but so many of them are just, well, typical. Take your New Year’s Eve out of the ordinary by solving a fun and exciting mystery at our historic, Finger Lakes B&B.

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Discover Ganondagan’s Native American Winter Arts Weekend

November 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Native American Winter Arts Weekend 2017The Native American Winter Arts Weekend provides an excellent opportunity to experience Native American culture and purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. December 2nd and 3rd, 2017 at the Seneca Art & Culture Center in Victor, NY.

Ganondagan, also known as Boughton Hill, was a bustling center of thousands for the Seneca people in the 1700’s. Today, the site is home to the Seneca Art and Culture Center where the Seneca preserve and display their living Native American culture.

The Native American Winter Arts Weekend is one of the many ways the Seneca share this living culture. The festival is a 2-day event of traditional storytelling, music, dancing, arts, and food. This year’s event includes a film screening, and, of course, the ever popular Native American Arts Market.

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Celebrate The Holiday Season at the Granger Homestead Festival of Trees 2017

November 3rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Granger Homestead Festival of Trees 2017The holiday season is almost upon us and with it the 2017 Granger Homestead Festival of Trees! Come see a wonderland of unique and expressive holiday trees, wreaths, and other decorations. November 10th through December 3rd, 2017 in Canadaigua, NY.

The annual Granger Homestead Festival of Trees, now celebrating its 23rd year, has become a much-loved Finger Lakes tradition. Christmas trees, wreaths, and other seasonal decorations will fill the first floor of the historic mansion. Each item has been created for the show by an organization, artist, or individual and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorites.

Even our Canandaigua B&B, Sutherland House, is getting into the act with a tree!

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Get A Taste of Canandaigua on a Finger Lakes Food Tour!

October 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Canandaigua Finger Lakes Food Tour!Discover the great flavors of Canandaigua on a Finger Lakes Food Tour. These leisurely, guided food tours will introduce you to some of the area’s best kept culinary secrets. Come see what you’ve been missing!

It has often been said that it’s best to come to the Finger Lakes with a healthy appetite. The Finger Lakes region has everything from roadside diners and hipster gastropubs to innovative farm-to-table offerings and fine continental cuisine.

We’re also home to the second largest wine-producing region in the country, with more than 80 vintners producing a variety of fine, award-winning wines. Not to be outdone, our craft brewing scene is also on the rise with more than 75 microbreweries in the area. Locavores will revel in the farm-to-table wonderland that is the Finger Lakes.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 NY Craft Brewers’ Holiday Release!

October 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

NY Craft Brewers' Holiday Release Festival 2017The Second Annual NY Craft Brewers’ Holiday Release tasting is just around the corner: November 4th, 2017 at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canadaigua, NY.

The annual NY Craft Brewers’ Holiday Release is a craft beer tasting festival like no other. The New York Wine & Culinary Center has partnered with the New York State Brewers Association to bring seasonal beers from all across NY for a special holiday tasting! This unusual tasting event presents a rare opportunity to taste a variety of limited release, holiday-season craft beers. Many of them are being specially brewed for this festival only!

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Enjoy A Scenic Fall Sky Ride on the Bristol Mountain Chairlift!

September 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bristol Mountain Sky RideEnjoy Finger Lakes fall foliage from a whole new angle: aboard the Bristol Mountain Comet Express chairlift! Bristol Mountain’s Fall Sky Ride is only available for a limited time, however – Weekends, September 9th through October 29th, 2017!

You may already know Bristol Mountain as the Finger Lakes region’s premier ski resort. People come from all over during ski season to enjoy the park’s 35 slopes and trails. The views of the summit are just as breathtaking – not to mention twice as beautiful – during leaf-peeping season?

Truth be told, Bristol Mountain never sleeps and offers a variety of things to do all year long. For those who love fall foliage, however, now may be the best time to visit!

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Come Celebrate Sonnenberg Gardens Oktoberfest 2017!

September 15th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Sonnenberg Gardens Oktoberfest Party 2017The first annual Sonnenberg Gardens Oktoberfest Party is almost here. Come out to Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park September 29th, 2017, 5:30pm to 9pm for an Oktoberfest celebration featuring live music, beer, wine, and delicious food!

Oktoberfest is a long standing German tradition typically held from mid-to-late September and ending the first weekend in October. The festival involves lots of food, beer, and good cheer. The event is Germany’s largest festival, lasting up to 18 days and annually attracting more than 6 million people from around the world.

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You’ll Have a Vine Time at the 2017 Naples Grape Festival!

August 18th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Naples Grape Festival 2017Come one, come all to the Naples Grape Festival! This Finger Lakes tradition, celebrated every autumn since 1961, is two days of live music, arts & crafts, food, drink, and everything grape. September 23 & 24, 2017 in Naples, NY.

The Naples Grape Festival has been celebrating everything grape every year, the last full weekend in September, since 1961. Thousands of visitors come from all around to enjoy the festivities. And why not? This wonderful Finger Lakes tradition has something for everyone – a testament to the versatility of the grape!

The local grape harvest is the impetus behind the festival and is represented in myriad ways throughout the event. Pies, breads, jams, ice creams, juices, fresh grapes, and more will remind you what the celebration is all about.

There will also be a wide variety of Finger Lakes Region wines at the Wine Tasting Tent. Adults over the age of 21 may enter to sample and purchase from a variety of vintners. Many of the wines featured in the tent are difficult to find elsewhere. The Naples Grape Festival represents a unique opportunity to add some unique and rare wines to your cellar.

Another “grape” big draw to the Naples Grape Festival is the World’s Greatest Grape Pie contest. Wait … grape pie?

Grape pies were created in the 1950’s and remain fairly unique to the Naples area. If you’ve never tried one, well, come out to the festival and you’ll have the chance to try a variety of them. Maybe even The World’s Greatest! The grape pie contest sees dozens of bakers competing for the honor of seeing their creation named “word’s best.” Not to mention the $100 1st prize …

The Arts & Crafts at the Naples Grape Festival are jury selected and remain a proud annual showcase of the talented Finger Lakes artisans. Vendors will display a wide variety of fine, one-of-a-kind, handmade items for the perfect, early-holiday gift shopping experience.

The Naples Grape Festival also sees an excellent selection of locally-made edibles to choose from. No taste bud goes untickled at this event, with vendors offering everything from crepes and Italian sausage to grilled pizza and steak on a stick. A great variety of drinks will be on hand to wash it all down with, too – from fresh squeezed lemonade and smoothies to a host of regional craft beers.

The final incentive for attending the Naples Grape Festival is the all the great live music. Every year, the festival selection committee searches out the best regional artists for a nice blend of rock, blues, jazz, and more. The variety assures everyone a good, toe-tapping time.

Naples Grape Festival 2017

September 23 & 24, 2017 | 10am to 5pm
169 N Main St, Naples, NY 14512
Visit or follow the festival’s Facebook page for more information and updates.

Naples Grape Festival Lodging
No matter what brings you out to the Finger Lakes region, Sutherland House is here to make sure your stay is the best it possibly can be. Our historic, Victorian, Finger Lakes B&B will bring you peace and comfort in the gently rolling farmlands of Canandaigua, New York. Plus we’re less than half an hour’s drive from the Naples Grape Festival. Book your stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed and Breakfast today!

On Your Marks and Get Set for the 2017 Finger Lakes Triathlon!

August 11th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Finger Lakes Triathlon 2017The Finger Lakes Triathlon is just weeks away, scheduled for September 10th, 2017. This annual fundraiser for hemophilia attracts thousands of runners and spectators to the shores of beautiful Canandaigua Lake every year!

Every September, more than 1,200 athletes from across the region come to the welcoming shores of Canandaigua Lake to compete in the Finger Lakes Triathlon. Over 2,000 eager fans and supporters are also on hand, ready to cheer the athletes over that final finish line. The Finger Lakes Triathlon has been a tradition in the area since 2002 and remains one of the largest held in Upstate New York.

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