Summer Fun In Our Own Neighborhoods

July 14, 2006

Being home to many historic places, significant events, and natural wonders such as the Finger Lakes, our region is rich in a heritage known across the state and nation. Often our community becomes a tourist destination for many from out of the area. Instead of taking your summer vacation elsewhere; I encourage everyone living here to explore what we often take for granted.

By staying in the area this summer you can avoid paying high gas prices for long road trips and costly hotel rooms. The Finger Lakes region sports many activities and events to suit just about anyone, right here in our own backyard. The region is home to some of the best fishing in the Northeast, historic places, premium shopping, water parks, museums, horse racing, golf, boat cruises, and dozens of wineries. Here are just some places and vacation ideas for you and your family to explore:

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park:

A late nineteenth century Victorian estate located on the north end of Canandaigua Lake, this location is a perfectly preserved example where people may learn about the lives and times of the wealthy families of the period. Full of formal and informal gardens, as well as the mansion, it recently became a state park and is open seven days a week through mid-October. There are many summertime events scheduled at the park.

New York State Wine & Culinary Center:

Located in Canandaigua, the facility serves as a gateway to New York’s wine industry as well as the doorway to the Finger Lakes region. The center is impressive in size as well as function, with nearly 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to education about and advancement of wine and culinary arts. It features classroom space for individuals looking to become world-class chefs or to simply hone their skills. The center also features a tasting room and information stations for learning about our state’s thriving wine and culinary industries.

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack:

Horse racing has the distinct heritage of being called “a king’s sport.” Located in Farmington, the track was established in 1962 and has hosted thousands of races, and underwent a recent multi-million dollar renovation to bring video gaming to the facility.

Fishing & Boating in the Finger Lakes:

The Finger Lakes are the most beautiful bodies of water in the Northeast, if not the entire country. Within the 129th Assembly District, Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes provide excellent places to fish or bring the family out on the boat for a day or weekend cruise and with Geneva and Canandaigua on the north ends of each respective lake; you can stop to shop, dine or tour museums in the downtown districts of these urbane communities.

Various Museums and Historic Sites:

Dotted across the Finger Lakes are many museums and historic places. For instance we have the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, which is where the first convention for woman’s rights was held. There is also the Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum in Canandaigua, which is the 1816 home of Gideon Granger, Postmaster General under Presidents Jefferson & Madison; and you can stop to see the various historic homes maintained by the Geneva Historical Society.

These are just a few ideas to get you on your way to a great summer vacation right here in our own backyard. For more information on places to visit this summer, please do not hesitate to contact my district office by calling (315) 781-2030 to ask for a New York Finger Lakes travel guide, or visit the New York Finger Lakes Web site. Summertime fun is right here in our own backyard.