Are you interested in soaring with the birds by experiencing soaring first-hand? Take a sailplane ride on Harris Hill in Finger Lakes Wine Country.
The National Soaring Museum
sells sailplane ride gift certificates on behalf of Harris Hill Soaring Corporation
and can be ordered via phone at (607) 734-3128, or in person in our Windrider Gift Shop. This affordable experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to soar with the birds.Pricing:
Schweizer 2-33 sailplane: $75.00
Schleicher ASK-21 high-performance sailplane: $85.00
The high-performance sailplane provides a smoother ride with a more relaxed seating position and is an excellent choice for people who are taking a ride as a one-time experience. If you are thinking about learning to fly gliders, you may want to ride in the Schweizer 2-33; this is the type used for training. Click here to watch the Harris Hill video.
Harris Hill Soaring Corporation offers rides 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends from April through October; from late June through August they are open 7 days a week. The certificates do not expire and rides are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call ahead on the day you wish to fly; the sport of soaring is very weather-dependent. The ride lasts approximately 15-20 minutes, not including prep time. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the experience!Read more holiday ideas.
Holiday season = lots of holiday parties. Whether you are hosting a holiday open house for friends or co-workers, it never hurts to have a few new cocktail recipes in addition to some bottles of Finger Lakes wine.
Our friends at Finger Lakes Distilling
just sent out their holiday email
with some delicious recipes.
Here is one of our favorites from that email. Do you have a favorite holiday cocktail recipe? Share details below. We will post some of your submissions to our Web site.Visions of Sugar Plums
2 oz. McKenzie Rye
1 oz. Ginger Liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton)
3/4 oz. Aperol (Italian bitter/orange liqueur)
Dash of Simple Syrup
Dash of Fee Brothers Plum Bitters (or Angostura, if not avail)
Dash of Ground Cloves
Shake above ingredients over ice and strain into Martini Glass. Garnish with Orange Peel and serve.Explore more holiday ideas.
Finger Lakes Wine Country
is a world-class wine producing region for cool climate wines like Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and ice wine. Ice wines are especially cherished in our region because they can't be made in all vintages (you need precise cold weather to freeze the grapes on the vine) and are often produced in small quantities. Ice wines are usually bottled in smaller 375ml. bottles and best enjoyed as a dessert wine. Some highly regarded ice wines producers in the Finger Lakes include Hunt Country Vineyards
, Sheldrake Point Vineyard, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Recently the 2007 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
from Hunt County Vineyards received a 95 rating
(exceptional) from the Beverage Testing Institute. Priced at $39.95 this wine is an incredible value and would make a lovely addition to a holiday meal or a perfect gift for a wine lover on your holiday list.
Looking for an affordable and fun stocking stuffer? The Polar Passport, at just $12 (plus 8% tax) and valid December 6, 2010 - March 31, 2011, offers free wine tastings and wine purchase specials from 28 wineries along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
Visit the Trail during the best time of year, the off season! The Polar Passport gives visitors a convenient and affordable way to enjoy 28 of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries. And while most people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, the winter season is actually the best time to visit when owners, winemakers and vineyard managers are more available and are more likely to be available to chat in the tasting room. Click here to order the Polar Passport (one per person.)Get more Finger Lakes Wine Country holiday tips.
With the holiday season upon us and parties and socials galore, it is nice to have easy gifts everyone will enjoy receiving. The Finger Lakes Harvest Wine Cake is an almond butter cake topped with sweet apples and toasted almonds then soaked in a Finger Lakes Riesling wine. This exclusive cake is produced in Finger Lakes Wine Country
by the delicious Poppleton Pastries
. This cake can be sent anywhere in the country and comes attractively packaged.Order your Finger Lakes Harvest Wine Cake today
(available in two sizes.)Enjoy more holiday tips.
Mark Twain and his family are buried in Finger Lakes Wine Country at Woodlawn Cemetery.
2010 is also the year of Mark Twain as it is the 175th anniversary of the famed writer's birth and 100 years since his death. This year also brought the release of the complete Mark Twain autobiography that he specifically wanted published 100 years after his death.Watch the video about the Autobiography of Mark Twain.Purchase the Autobiography of Mark Twain on Amazon.More information on the year of Mark Twain.Listen to a recent report about Twain on NPR.
In addition, on November 30th Hal Halbrook, on the stage at the Clemens Center in Elmira, brought Mark Twain to life with his iconic one-man performance "Mark Twain Tonight." Enjoy reading more about this historic performance that included happy birthday wishes. Watch the 1967 Hal Holbrook performance of "Mark Twain Tonight."
Every woman wants jewelry for the holidays. At the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
in downtown Corning discover sparkling silver, turquoise, and gemstone jewelry created by individual artists from Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico. Shop the Museum Trading Post for a wide variety of unique gifts for everyone on your list. A special addition this year is a special one day jewerly trunk show on Saturday, December 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m..Take a sneak peek.
Happy Cyber Monday! On this busy online shopping day, we encourage you to visit the Web sites of a few of your favorite places in Finger Lakes Wine Country
for holiday gifts this year. Your perfect gift can be found in Wine Country whether you choose to give a wine club membership from a winery
(perfect gift for a wine loving friend), tickets to a Broadway show from The Clemens Center
, gift certificates to a few restaurants
, or best of all, accommodation reservations
for your sweetheart's 2011 dream trip to Finger Lakes Wine Country.See more holiday tips.
This year create a new holiday tradition by making your own glass ornaments at The Corning Museum of Glass
. Work along side professional gaffers (glass blowers) to create a beautiful glass ornament that you will treasure for generations. Best of all? It is affordable.
When visiting the museum don't forget to stop by the Christmas tree made completely out of glass ornaments!Read more holiday tips.