Beat the Heat this July: Enjoy Summer Winds, White Wines and Weekend Events in New York’s Finger Lakes Region

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Vacation picks include something for everyone - Lavender Festival, MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale and Fresh Cuisine

Looking for a getaway – day trip or overnight? Beyond the traditional Finger Lakes visitor favorites such as antiquing, wine touring and lake recreation, the Cayuga County Office of Tourism offers seven new ways to spend the seventh—and hottest—month of the year:

Lavender Festival: Ol’ Factory Homemade Soaps and Scents, located on Olfactory Farm in Victory, N.Y., will host its third Lavender Festival on July 10 & 11. Visitors can peruse the expanded lavender fields and pick fresh bunches, enjoy the works of local artisans and vendors as well as take home lavender soaps, gift baskets and other specialty products. Learn how to cook and reduce stress with lavender. Enjoy children’s activities and lavender meal tastings (including lavender ice cream).

New York Dance Festival: The two-week festival creates a world stage for dance in the Finger Lakes. Multicultural performances, dance classes, lectures and gala event featuring dance, drumming and music will be held July 5–16. The festival culminates with a "Day in Dance" concert on July 16th at 7 p.m. at NYIDE Auditorium in Auburn, N.Y. For more information visit

MacKenzie-Childs Annual Barn Sale: An annual favorite for collectors, the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale, held July 16, 17, & 18 at the company’s Aurora headquarters, will feature more than 80,000 items including: handcrafted ceramics, enamelware, glassware, furniture, décor and more. Merchandise will include high-quality seconds and discontinued items. For directions, call (315) 364-7123 or visit and get a map to plot out your plan of attack.

Arts: The quilts of world renowned artist Nancy Crow will be featured in a solo exhibition of her work at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, N.Y. now - Aug 15. Nancy Crow has been the most significant quilt artist in the country for the past 20 years and she has been a leader in promoting and establishing quilting as a medium on par with other fine arts.

Broadway without the big city: The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, located in a historic carousel building in picturesque Emerson Park, offers Broadway performances without the big city hassle. The 2010 summer line-up includes Promises, Promises, Meet Me in St. Louis, Man of La Mancha, Ring of Fire and Church Basement Ladies. Find out dates and show times at

Vanish to the year 1585—Sterling Renaissance Festival: Come in costume, feast like a queen, and prepare thyself for an interactive family adventure that takes you back to an authentic English Renaissance Village. The Sterling Renaissance Festival runs through August 15 and has a full schedule of events, theme weekends, musical acts and attractions to entertain all ages.

Wine, Dine & Stay: The sumptuous tastes of summer are here and the Finger Lakes is home to an abundance of culinary delights based on fresh, locally grown and made ingredients paired with excellent wines. A special overnight package from Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn introduces visitors to Moro’s Table, a new restaurant that brings these farm fresh, local ingredients to salads, sides, seafood, and other tasty dishes. On the way home, make time to stop by The Produce Place in Union Springs or the Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery in King Ferry for fresh cheeses and pies.

Visit to learn more about summer events, activities, and lodging appropriate for the entire family.

About the Cayuga County Office of Tourism                                                                
The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is the designated Tourism Promotion Agency for Cayuga County and promotes the County’s attractions, events and lodging establishments. For more information call 315-255-1658/800-499-9615 or visit


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