Celebrate America’s birthday with not one, but four exciting days of fireworks displays!
Thursday, July 4
Corning Memorial Stadium,
: Fireworks follow a concert that begins at 8:30 p.m.
Clute Park, Watkins Glen: Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5
Dunn Field, Elmira: Fireworks follow the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. The
host the Cooperstown Hawks. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.
Saturday, July 6
Champlin Beach, Hammondsport: The
fireworks start at 10 p.m.
, Interlaken: Annual BBQ Birthday Bash with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 7
Stewart Park, Ithaca: (Rescheduled from Monday.) Pre-show events start at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk.
Holiday weekends are always a nice time to make your escape to Finger Lakes Wine Country
. If you're planning a visit for this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Easter brunch on Sunday.
The Ginny Lee Cafe at Wagner Vineyards
will be offering a wonderful brunch on Easter Sunday. Everything from traditional breakfast goodies to sauteed chicken breast with tomato basil and red wine to carved smoked pit ham with a Riesling fruit glaze, yum! Reservations are required. Give them a call at 607-582-6574.
Just down the road at Red Newt Bistro
you can enjoy granola coated french toast or brioche benedict. Also select from their Bistro lunch menu which includes artisan sandwiches and salads.Make your reservation by calling the Bistro at 607.546.4100. Or make your reservations online now.
Across the lake at Veraisons Restaurant inside the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars
you can enjoy carving stations of rosemary infused leg of lamb and roasted fresh cured ham with brown sugar. You can also hit up the make your own omelet station or enjoy an array of traditional choices like seared salmon or mini chicken pot pies. Give the folks at Glenora a call at 800.243.5513 to reserve your table.
|Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning|
Enjoy the weekend touring Mark Twain Country
and stay at the family friendly Holiday Inn Riverview in Elmira. Enjoy made-to-order omelets and waffles, Yankee pot roast, or Seafood Newburg, among many other family favorites Sunday morning in Anthony's Lounge right at the hotel. Give them a call at 607-734-4211 to make your reservation for your overnight stay and for brunch. Or head up the road to Corning and spend time on Saturday at The Corning Museum of Glass
, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
and shopping in Corning's Gaffer District
and stay at the Radisson Hotel Corning. Wake up to enjoy a traditional Easter brunch at the Grille 1-2-5. You can reach the hotel at 607.962.5000 to plan your stay or make reservations for brunch.
No matter where you end up in Wine Country this weekend, you're sure to enjoy it! Have a wonderful holiday weekend from everyone in the Finger Lakes Wine Country
The Wine Trails in Finger Lakes Wine Country offer the perfect holiday gift for under $20
passport and coupon programs. Each pocket-sized booklet is packed full of discounts for wine purchases and free wine tastings. They are the perfect wine-lover gift, especially if youre not sure what type of wine the person on your shopping list prefers. The gift recipient will love the opportunity to conveniently and affordably visit participating wineries. Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Vino Visa Coupon Book, $15, Valid through December 31, 2012 at 16 wineries, plus many attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. Coupon Book holders receive free wine tastings and coupons for wine purchases.
Keuka Lake Wine TrailPassport holders receive a free standard tasting and discounts/coupons for partner wineries. Seneca Lake Wine TrailPolar Passport, $12 + tax, Valid through March 31, 2012 at nearly 30 participating wineries. Visit any of the 20+ participating wineries, receive a free flight of wines at each winery, and the winery will stamp or mark the appropriate space in your Polar Passport.
If you're like me you'll be spending the weekend ahead prepping for the holidays right around the corner. Many of us will be hosting our family and friends at our homes for holiday get-togethers. While always exciting, this can also be a stressful undertaking. We're here to help! Below are a few of my favorite recipes from FingerLakesWineCountry.com
that would be perfect for any holiday soiree. Three different cocktails and two appetizers that will keep your guests merry and bright.Juniper RoyaleRecipe courtesy of The Starlite Room, http://www.thestarliteroomelmira.com/
3 oz Glenora Raspberry Spumante
1 oz Finger Lakes Distilling Gin
½ oz Orange Juice
½ oz Cranberry Juice
Splash of GrenadineRosemary & Riesling Mulled Wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp rosemary
1/4 cup honey
2 bottles Finger Lakes Riesling
Simmer (but not boil) the water, sugar, rosemary, and honey for 10 minutes. Add in the wine. Peel the lemons and add in the peels. Let sit for a length of time to seep in the flavors, without boiling. Strain out the larger bits and serve warm.Finger Lakes Wine Country Eggnog
1 3/4 oz Finger Lakes ruby port
1 3/4 oz Finger Lakes red wine
3 1/2 oz milk
3/4 oz cream
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1 pinch nutmeg
Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, and strain into a large highball glass over ice cubes. Sprinkle with nutmeg, and serve. Serve in a highball glass.
Spicy-Sweet Mixed Nuts
Recipe by Rochelle Bilow, http://www.rochellebilow.com/
Warning: these nuts are addictive. The combination of deeply sweet brown sugar and spicy chili powder will keep you coming back for more, and the addition of fresh thyme brightens the whole mixture, making it a worthy partner for a Finger Lakes Riesling. Make sure to serve these warm.
2 cups mixed walnuts, almonds and cashews
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes, until toasted and fragrant. Remove from oven and pour in a mixing bowl. Melt the butter and pour over the nuts. Add the thyme, sugar, chili and sea salt over the mixture and use a spatula to mix everything completely. Serve warm. Note: Feel free to use any combination of nuts you have on hand, or substitute chili powder for cayenne. Finger Lakes Fondue
Recipe courtesy of Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, http://www.lamoreauxwine.com/
1 tablespoon roasted garlic paste
2 cups Lamoreaux Landing 42 North (click here to buy
½ lbs. assorted Finger Lakes cheeses, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh local apple cider
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Rub the roasted garlic paste all over the inside of the fondue pot. Pour the wine and apple cider into the pot and slowly head up to a light simmer. Add the shredded cheese and mix well with a wooden spoon. Fold in the flour and seasonings until a good flavor and texture develops. If the mixture is too hard, add more wine. If the mixture is too soft, add more cheese. Guests should dip and stir in a figure-8 to help maintain consistency.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned in the coming weeks to the Finger Lakes Travel Journal for more great holiday tips!
We continue to usher in the holiday season in Finger Lakes Wine Country
this weekend with many exciting events. Both the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail are hosting their second weekends of holiday festivities, Corning lights up with a beloved annual event, and two of our museums offer free admission.
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail welcomes ticket holders to Deck the Halls and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is hosting the Holiday Shopping Spree. These annual wine trail events both feature wine, food, and plenty of holiday cheer. Tickets may still be available for the Holiday Shopping Spree. Visit www.CayugaWineTrail.com
Deck the Halls is sold out, but you can still take advantage of all the excitement on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail this winter with the Polar Passport. The Polar Passport offers complimentary tasting at participating wineries along the trail. Details can be found at www.SenecaLakeWine.com
The Crystal City Christmas celebrations are in full swing and tomorrow is the popular event, Sparkle. Sparkle is a street fair filled with twinkling lights, hot chocolate, plenty of festive entertainment, and every example of why this is in fact the most wonderful time of the year! Sparkle is free to attend and is not to be missed! More can be found at www.GafferDistrict.com
While Sparkle is an evening celebration, during the day you are urged to attend the Holiday Open House at The Corning Museum of Glass. The museum is offering free admission, activities for the kids, and of course, an opportunity to see the 14 foot glass ornament tree - and do some great holiday shopping in the Glass Market. More information can be found at www.CMOG.org
Across the Chemung River, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art is hosting a Jewelry Trunk Show and sale as well as having their Treasures Under the Tree, Holiday Toy Exhibit, on display. On Sundays throughout the winter month, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art offers free admission. More information can be found at www.RockwellMuseum.org
This is just a taste of all the holiday fun taking place in the region this weekend. For a full listing of events, things to do, places to eat, and where to stay, visit www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com
|Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards|
Another weekend is upon us and this weekend happens to be one of holiday festivities in Finger Lakes Wine Country
. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail
, Seneca Lake Wine Trail
, and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
all have exciting holiday events taking place this weekend. Event goers will enjoy delicious Finger Lakes wine paired with savory and sweet dishes that are sure to warm them heart and soul. Deck the Halls on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has sold out of tickets, but the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails may have tickets still available - but don't hesitate to buy as both of these events will sell out.
Take a few minutes to listen to this week's Wine Country Insider
for some other great ideas for the upcoming weekend!
Don't forget to book your Winter Wine Weekend
- great savings and a perfect getaway from the stress of the holidays. Treat yourself!
Have a great one!
We are still enjoying the stunning colors of fall in Finger Lakes Wine Country
, but the holiday season is just around the corner! While we may have a few weeks before we have to get serious about all things holiday, it's not too early to purchase your tickets to exciting events like Keuka Holidays
. In fact, these events are sure to sell out, so don't put it off.
I had the opportunity to chat with Erin from the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
about Keuka Holidays on the Escape to the Finger Lakes podcast
. Keuka Holidays takes place over the course of two weekends so event goers can choose the weekend that works best for their busy schedules. The event features wine, food, and lots of holiday cheer. Visit the eight wineries around the crooked lake and sample yummy dishes - everything from hearty stews with local root vegetables to light and sweet desserts - all paired with the award-winning wines from around the trail.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
Gather inspiration for your own holiday tables at this event. Perhaps you find a new dish you just have to share with your family or you find a wine that will pair perfectly with your secret stuffing recipe. Visiting the wineries during the holiday season is always a treat as the tasting rooms are decorated to celebrate the season.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.keukawinetrail.com/
or call 800-440-4898.
Enjoy a delicious and an affordable Easter Brunch in Finger Lakes Wine Country
. Anthony's Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview
is offering this menu for $17.95 for adults and $8.95 for children:
Made to order omelets and waffles
Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and home fries
Fresh fruit, Danish and pastries
Sausage gravy and biscuits
Carved Virginia baked ham
Seafood thermidor with pastry
Marinated grilled chicken breast with sautéed vegetables
Baked penne with marinara
Mashed potatoes with gravy
Baked penne with marinara
Green beans almondine
Delicious dessert bar (including chocolate cream pie, blueberry pie and apple crisp)
April 24, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please call 607.734.0402 for reservations and to book your hotel room.
Reminisce in the magic of Christmas mornings gone by with the Treasures Under the Tree Toy Exhibit
at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
. On display now through January 3, 2011, the Rockwell Museum will be transformed into a Western Wonderland, including a special Holiday Toy Exhibit in the Remington and Russell Lodge.
Watch the video: click here
Visitors are invited to travel back through time to see treasures under the tree. The holiday exhibit will feature a selection of children's vintage toys and memorabilia from the Victorian era, and also will include selections from the 1920's and 1950's. A holiday tree, adorned with Victorian ornaments, will set the scene for the celebration of treasures under the tree on the Western stoned-faced hearth in The Remington and Russell Lodge.
Some visitors may recall memories of the Rockwell Toy Collection' that Bob and Hertha Rockwell collected during their lifetimes. While no longer on permanent display, the holiday season is the perfect time to bring selected objects back for the community to enjoy.