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Get A Taste of Spring During NYS Maple Weekend 2018!

March 9, 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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Come Out For the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Frostfest!

January 8, 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 15, 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 1, 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 13, 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 3, 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 22, 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 13, 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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Come Celebrate Sonnenberg Gardens Oktoberfest 2017!

September 15, 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 18, 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 11, 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 21, 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 8, 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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Don’t Miss the 13th Annual Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival

June 16, 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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Come Out For The 6th Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival!

April 24, 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 3, 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 24, 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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