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Summer Bucket List: Options Abound in the Finger Lakes
Column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua)

The Finger Lakes Region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of New York State, and there is no better time to experience all it has to offer than during the summer months. While known for its world-class wineries, the region truly has something for everyone – museums, shops, eateries, craft breweries and endless outdoor destinations – and I encourage residents and visitors alike to take a moment to explore behind the scenes and enjoy the area’s simple subtleties.

Whether you decide to take in some of the Finger Lakes’ natural beauty and charm, or sample some of the area’s local wines, craft brews or artisanal, high-end products, you’re sure to meet some of the region’s hard-working and creative small-business owners. Don’t know where to start? As an insider, I’d like to offer a few suggestions:

FINGER LAKES WINE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS REGION’S WINERIES

The Finger Lakes Region is proud to offer world-renowned wines, cultivated and produced by expert vintners who have helped the industry grow into one of the most valuable tourism niches in the state. This weekend, July 12-14, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival will showcase more than 80 wineries, regional artisans, music and culinary classes.

While at the festival, consider checking out the enhanced wine seminars on Saturday or Sunday, enjoy numerous musical line ups, or participate in the highly-celebrated Launch of the Lakes toga contest. Remember, if you’re not staying at one of the area’s charming bed and breakfasts or hotels, camping and glamping is also available on-site at Watkins Glen International. As always, please drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES, SUPPORT THE ECONOMY

The annual wine festival isn’t the only thing that draws people to the region – there is so much more to see and do during this time of year. Whether you’re shopping or dining local, you’re helping to support our local economy and strengthening our communities. Ontario County is home to antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, spas and lively downtown areas including Linden Street, filled with unique eateries and shops. In Seneca County, consider stopping into the one of many shops at Traders Village where you can find markets filled with produce vendors and hand-crafted furniture, as well as food, drinks and live music.

Still looking for more fun in the Finger Lakes? The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council offers a wide variety of things to do and places to go here, as does the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce.

Spend an unforgettable day, weekend or week in the Finger Lakes. This summer, take some time to soak up all the region has to offer. I’m certain that you’ll find there’s plenty of fun to go around!

What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030 or email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov