New York State Fair starts NEXT WEEK!

New York State Fair starts NEXT WEEK!

If you ask around, you will probably find that very few people who live in or grew up in the Finger Lakes have not been to the NY State Fair. I know I went a handful of times as a kid and I was always in awe of the butter sculpture. To be honest, that’s the only thing I remember! We went about 5 years ago, and I remember that well because I was pregnant and fairly miserable. And still in awe of the butter sculpture. :) There is never enough time to see everything at the Fair in one day – concerts, rides, food, animals, demonstrations, food, and food (did I mention I was pregnant the last time I went to the fair?). And we’re excited to make the trek to the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse again this year.  My kids are 4 and 8.5 (God help me if I don’t add that point five in there) so we’ll be all over the place! A couple things we’re looking forward to: Demolition Derby (Seriously, we’re addicted) Midway Rides Food Truck Competition Sea Lions We’re not planning to see any concerts, but Chevy Court will be the place to find Everclear, Rick Springfield, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Nichols and more and they’re all free! At the Grandstand you can see Eric Church, Jim Gaffigan, Hank Williams, and Patti LaBelle. Tickets for those are on sale now. Overall the Fair covers a 12-day period (Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, 2015). A couple of special days you might be interested in: Fire Rescue Day – Tues. Sept 1 – Free admission for fire and emergency workers, and a special ceremony to honor them. Armed Forces Day...
Field Trip Friday: A Summer Bucket List of Finger Lakes Field Trips

Field Trip Friday: A Summer Bucket List of Finger Lakes Field Trips

I loved field trips as a kid. I always wanted to be the first off the bus so I didn’t miss anything. I wanted to be in the front of the group so I could hear everything our tour guide said. I wanted to see everything I could possibly see before we had to board our “cheese wagons”, as our Native American guide at Ganondagan referred to our busses. I remember that 7th grade field trip like it was yesterday. I’ve been brainstorming blog post ideas with my daughter (who will be entering 4th grade in the Fall) and trying to figure out what she would like to see and do in the Finger Lakes this summer. Waterparks are her number one answer, every time. I’m hoping for something a little more educational, although we will likely hit Roseland Waterpark at some point. Here is my 4th grader-approved list of Field Trips in the Finger Lakes that we plan to explore this summer! 1) Find old Steamboat landings on Keuka Lake I recently picked up “Steamboats on Keuka Lake” at our famed local book store, Longs’ Cards and Books. It is written by two local historians, Rich MacAlpine and Chuck Mitchell.    Keuka Lake has a rich history of steam boats and this book is filled with fascinating local stories from the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s. We’re planning to visit a handful of former steamboat landings on Keuka Lake that are accessible to the public (which ones? You’ll have to wait and find out! Hop on my email list so you don’t miss out!). We’ll do this throughout the summer, and we may...
Join me for FlipKey’s Summer Twitter Chat this Tuesday

Join me for FlipKey’s Summer Twitter Chat this Tuesday

Are you on Twitter? I was invited to co-host a Summer Twitter Chat with FlipKey, and I hope you’ll join us! We’ll be discussing Summer Travel plans. There are a total of 6 regional cohosts including Chris Clemens from Exploring Upstate. Along with FlipKey select TripAdvisor Media Group brands, we will be chatting about favorite summer travel destinations around the world. And since you LOVE the Finger Lakes as much as I do… we could use your ideas and suggestions for Finger Lakes & New York summer destinations! For more information about some great locations locations, check out FlipKey’s travel guides by clicking here. For a more interactive experience, use FlipKey’s virtual tours to experience 25 destinations on-the-ground (this is cool, check it out!) Use the hashtag #FKSummer and join the...
Top 3 Abundances in the Finger Lakes

Top 3 Abundances in the Finger Lakes

1. Old Buildings. I love old buildings… whether they’re fully intact and functional or falling apart and creepy. They’re just cool. Old barns, old brick buildings, and old houses are the best. Old warehouses and old factories creep my out the most though. 2. Lakes. We have 11 of them here. There’s always that question of “can you name all the Finger Lakes?” I always like to follow up with “but can you spell all the Finger Lakes?” We’re all pretty lucky that anywhere you go “in the Finger Lakes” you’re not too far from an actual Lake. 3. Photographers. Does this ever happen to you, where someone on Facebook posts something about needing a photographer, and 50 people reply with a name of 50 different photographers? I have dozens photog-friends, in real life and online. Some do babies, some do weddings, some do landscapes, some do aerial, some do portraits, some do it all. I enjoy photography as well, and I thought I had mastered the fancy-camera-remote-shooting-selfie pretty well, at least as far as selfies are concerned. But something I always wanted to have done is professional portraits. Like, portraits by a professional, not portraits of me looking professional. You know what I mean. So when my new friend Lyndsi from LYNDSI PHOTOGRAPHY asked if she could shoot some portraits of me for my blog(s), of course I said YES! And you know what’s really awkward? Modeling out front of a liquor store (Water Street Wine & Spirits in Penn Yan is a beautiful building, outside and inside). To be honest, trying to smile naturally for long periods of time...
Keuka Lake & Canandaigua Lake Drone Flight

Keuka Lake & Canandaigua Lake Drone Flight

My Friends. Stop what you are doing and take a drone flight over Keuka Lake & Canandaigua Lake, and some other gorgeous areas around the Finger Lakes. Credit: Laura Odorczyk, who posted this video in the I ❤️ Keuka Lake Facebook Group. Who doesn’t want a Drone after watching this? It looks like so much fun. You can pick one up with a camera and everything on Amazon! (Psst send me a link to your YouTube channel so I can post it here on my blog!) Where in the Finger Lakes would you like to see some Drone footage? This post contains affiliate...
Mother’s Day: Last Minute [Local] Gifts

Mother’s Day: Last Minute [Local] Gifts

Are you a last minute gift buyer? I am. I also am an online shopper, and those two don’t mix well. Luckily there are TONS of local books and gifts on Amazon (even with Prime shipping) that you can order TODAY in time to give to your mom on Mother’s Day. So here’s any idea: Buy your mom this book about Day Trips and Weekend Getaways in Upstate NY, and let her pick one for you to take her on this year. If your mom (or wife, or friend who is a mother, or anyone you know) hasn’t read Summer In A Glass, this book would also make a great Mother’s Day Gift. How about Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Traveler Collection? I’d love that for Mother’s Day! How about a MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Enamel Mug? Would your mom love a locally-crafted, world famous piece? Or perhaps just a mug? I couldn’t find any Mackenzie-Childs pieces with Prime shipping, so check to make sure your order will come before Sunday. What ever you buy your mom for Mother’s Day, just keep in mind Mother’s Day is to celebrate all has done for you (including ya know–life) and let her know you appreciate her! There are affiliate links in this...
Photography 4D – Finger Lakes Photography [Discount Code]

Photography 4D – Finger Lakes Photography [Discount Code]

Naturally as soon as I blog saying “hey I haven’t posted in a while, but I promise I’m still here,” I get a bunch of ideas and inspiration for blog posts. Goodbye, hibernation! Have you seen Photography 4D flying around on Facebook? Joe Scaglione, the guy behind the lense at Photography 4D is an Ithaca area photographer, and what I like about his work is it offers a new perspective. Some of his images that he posts on his Facebook page are really, truly stunning. Joe connected with me on my Facebook page today and wanted to offer my readers a discount on his photography at his site, photography4dstore.com. Are you up for a discount code so you can get some of these prints for yourself (or as a gift?)? Just enter “InTheFingerlakes” on Joe’s site, photography4dstore.com and get 10% off your order! Let me know what you pick out – I’d really love to see your...
Helllllooo March [Here, Let Me Distract You On This Fine Monday]

Helllllooo March [Here, Let Me Distract You On This Fine Monday]

It’s really, really nice to see March. Even though there is still a dense 12 inches of snow on the ground, and it snowed again today, and it’s still pretty freaking cold outside… now that March is here, it’s like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So it’s Monday. And I haven’t posted much this winter because I like to protest the season by becoming a hermit and not leaving my house. So I just thought I’d take a moment to mention some of my favorite online finds. I like to peruse Etsy every so often and search for anything Finger Lakes related. In the past I’ve featured some really cool items here and here. And this Finger Lakes Felt Map was one of my favorite finds, too. I love the idea of maps-as-art, especially when any of the Finger Lakes are involved. There’s a similar hand made map you can buy over at UncommonGoods as well. You can get almost any lake in North America, and they are made when you order then. Pretty neat! Have you been hitting the slopes this winter? I haven’t skiied in…oh… about 20 years (am I that old?) but if we were a skiing family, I’d love one of these Personalized Ski Art. Isn’t this cool? There’s a bunch more personalized gifts here too. Also check out this Mother Nestling Birds Necklace on UncommonGoods… #wishlist! Is that not the most precious Mother’s Day Gift ever?  #hint#hint! Click here to buy it for me your mom (or any one of these will do). UncommonGoods isn’t a Finger Lakes-based company, but they are...
Mid-Winter Hibernation Update from The Finger Lakes

Mid-Winter Hibernation Update from The Finger Lakes

Been a while, huh? I struggle to find things to post about in the Finger Lakes in the winter time, so this blog is usually pretty quiet this time of year. I’m still here, I’m just hibernating. So here’s what I’ve been up to lately… Just to prove I am still around :-) First of all, I cut my hair! Well, my hair stylist cut my hair… and I LOVE it. It’s short and light and it’s a style I had about a decade ago when I had time to blow dry. So in theory, I should look 10 years younger. Right? And the reveal… More like super serious car selfie… Anyone like to build stuff out of wood? I built a desk a few weekends ago. 4 legs, some 1×3 skirting, a pine table top, and lots of pocket holes, and boom! I have a desk again. Funny story. It might seem awesome to have your first name as your username on a social network like Instagram, but it’s actually a huge pain. It’s impossible to use it as a personal account, so I had some fun with it. Here’s something I shared on my personal Facebook yesterday: True story. I created a personal Instagram account literally the day Instagram launched. It’s the only social network I’ve ever gotten the user name “meredith”. But I didn’t use it much under that username, because I used @fingerlakesny account to build a blog audience for my Finger Lakes blog. Over the years, I got tagged in random people’s photos, comments from people asking if they can have my username, password...