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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 naplesgrapefest.org 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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Raise A Glass at the 2017 New York State Wine Festival!

July 21st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

New York State Wine Festival 2017It’s almost New York State Wine Festival time! Two days of wines, food, live music, demonstrations, and more in Canadaigua, NY. August 12th and 13th, 2017!

The New York State Wine Festival (previously the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival) is a celebration of all of New York state’s incredible wines and wine producers. Thousands are expected to attend for a weekend of wine sampling and pairing.

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Experience the Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival

July 8th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music FestivalCome to the Finger Lakes to celebrate Ganondagan’s 26th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival! July 22 and 23 in Victor, NY. The 2017 Native American Dance & Music Festival promises performances by The Akwesasne Women Singers, Bear Fox, Kevin Locke, Iroquois Social Dancers, and the festival’s first ever juried art show!

Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival is the only event of its kind in Western New York, drawing over 4,000 people from around the country and world each year. This popular summer event features a wide range of Native American traditions. Native dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists will be on hand to display their talents and cultural heritage.

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There’s No Place Like Foam – The Canandaigua Finger Lakes Beer Trail

June 23rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Follow the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Beer TrailCraft beer fans: did you know that the Finger Lakes region is home to more than 75 microbreweries? It’s true. Best of all, they can be discovered along the Finger Lakes beer trail!

Craft beer popularity has grown by leaps and bounds in the US during the last 20 years or so. In a market once dominated by similar tasting, big brand beers, freshness, innovation, and regional flavor have made a resounding comeback.

The Finger Lakes are not immune to this trend. As I said above, there are now more than 75 craft breweries in the Finger Lakes – and there may be even more by the time I am done writing this post! Tasting rooms and brew pubs are all over the Finger Lakes, making tourings and tastings easy to come by. So easy, in fact, that numerous Finger Lakes beer trails have been created around them.

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Don’t Miss the 13th Annual Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival

June 16th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival 2017The 2017 Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival celebrates its 13th anniversary this year. The week-long event takes place July 14th through the 23rd, 2017 at the Finger Lakes Community College concert hall.

The Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival has been bringing world-class classical music artists to the Finger Lakes since 2005 – and this year is no exception! The 2017 season is set to once again explore some of the greatest chamber music pieces ever written via some of the scene’s top talent.

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Enjoy A New Perspective With A Finger Lakes Hot Air Balloon Ride!

May 26th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Finger Lakes Hot Air Balloon RideGet up, up, and away on a Finger Lakes hot air balloon ride and experience some of the most breathtakingly beautiful vistas you’ve ever imagined!

You already know the Finger Lakes provide unparalleled beauty and relaxation, now imagine seeing them from the air in a majestic and silent hot air balloon! Planes may be faster but nothing rivals the simple grace and elegance of hot air ballooning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

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