Corning, NY (Vocus) July 3, 2010
It’s back to basics this summer in Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York. Splashing in cool lakes, camping under the stars, cheering from the grandstands, visiting museums, enjoying an ice cream cone; summertime means classic family fun. A destination perfect for all interests; from rousing outdoor adventure, to award-winning wine paired with culinary excellence. Best of all, a Finger Lakes Wine Country vacation fits any budget. Summertime also means exciting events taking place through the region. Events perfect for the wine enthusiast, the artist, the sports lover, and everything in between.
Izod IndyCar Series at The Glen, Watkins Glen International, July 2 – 4, 2010
It’s not too late to make your plans for a weekend full of All-American fun. Visit Watkins Glen once again for the perfect Independence Day weekend. The Camping World Grand Prix features Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves, and promises great fun for the entire family. Camping, free Saturday night concert, fireworks, food, and of course racing! Choose from a wide range of ticket prices and kids 15 and under are FREE all weekend.
Elmira Street Painting Festival, Downtown Elmira, July 10 & 11, 2010
The Elmira Street Painting Festival is an art-filled, family fun weekend celebrating creativity – and it’s free to attend! Stroll through our historic downtown and marvel at the dozens of masterpieces evolving right before your eyes as artists take to the streets with chalk in hand. Browse the fine regional crafts and artwork of numerous vendors. Sample the varied tastes of our local restaurants, enjoy live music on two stages, or relax in the beer garden. This family-friendly event also features a kid’s canvas and numerous kid-friendly activities.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Watkins Glen International, July 16 – 18, 2010
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese will feature over 500 different wines from nearly 90 New York State wineries including historic wineries like Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars and Hunt Country Vineyards to newer wineries like Shaw Vineyard. In addition to wine tasting, patrons can watch cooking demos, take culinary classes, taste regional craft brewed beer, ride in an official pace vehicle, attend wine seminars and listen to live music. The Riedel Experience is a new addition this year. Participants will receive a VIP passport to enjoy a variety of exclusive experiences including a private tasting with winemakers and an exclusive sensory wine tasting class with Georg Josef Riedel, 10th generation of the Riedel Glass family.
Glenora Jazz Greats, Glenora Wine Cellars, July 15 & August 18
Live music and wine; what a perfect pair. Enjoy the summer sun alongside the vineyards and the lake at Glenora Jazz Greats, July 18 and August 15. Sunday July 18 will feature saxophonist Mindi Abair and Sunday, August 15 will feature the group The Rippingtons. For tickets call 800.243.5513.
SUMMER FUN NOT TO BE MISSED
Two Museums, One Great Price
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning’s Gaffer District offer a combination pass for adults for just $18. The best news is that kids and teens 19 and under receive FREE admission to both museums. Take advantage of the free shuttle between the two museums. Get hands-on at The Corning Museum of Glass with a Make Your Own Glass Session or see the magic of glass with a Hot Glass Show. Kids Rock! at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. Kids receive a special backpack full of fun activities to keep them busy while you wander the beautiful galleries.
Enjoy the creamy homemade flavor of the Cayuga Lake Creamery when you make a wine purchase at any 3 different wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the month of July. Pick up your Family Days card at any of the 16 wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Another delicious way to taste the local flavors of the Finger Lakes is to explore the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. Visit ten different creameries throughout the region to truly discover what fresh really means.
Hit the Wine Trails at One Low Cost
All three major wine trails in Finger Lakes Wine Country offer a passport program. The Riesling to Visit Passport for the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is just $12 plus tax and offers complimentary wine tasting at 26 wineries. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail Passport is just $10 plus tax and offers complimentary wine tastings at all eight wineries, plus other great coupons. The Vino Visa Coupon Book on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail offers complimentary tastings and other great deals along the trail. When planning a vacation to visit the wine trails, a great accommodation option is a lakeside vacation rental from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Wake up to the sun glistening on the lake and enjoy peaceful evenings overlooking the vineyards.
Summer Stay & See, Now Through September 9
Whether you’ve been coming to Finger Lakes Wine Country for years and years or this is your first trip, hold on to your hats because we’ve opened the doors to accommodations, attractions, and wineries, to bring you exclusive experiences like none other. Simply stay three consecutive nights (Sunday-Thursday) with a participating accommodation including; the Best Western Vineyard Inn, Hampton Inn Horseheads, Holiday Inn Riverview Elmira, Holiday Inn Express Horseheads, and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Upon check-in you will receive the Finger Lakes Wine Country Summer 2010 Experience Passport. The passport enables you to experience events and happenings that in most cases are not made available to the general public. Experiences include but are not limited to; a VIP tour of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, a guided vineyard tour at Rooster Hill Vineyards, a private dessert wine tasting in the view tower at Heron Hill Winery, a specialty wine cheese and chocolate tasting at Lucas Vineyards, and a reserve wine tasting with a winemaker or owner at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. The offerings are valid June 1-September 9, 2010.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The Glorious Garlic Festival, Fox Run Vineyards, August 7 & 8
One of the summer season's most anticipated culinary events in Finger Lakes Wine Country is back for another year! Fox Run Vineyards Annual Garlic Festival takes place at the winery over the weekend of August 7 & 8, 2010, 11 AM to 5 PM each day. Feast on food laced with fresh garlic, enjoy great musical entertainment, shop festival vendors, watch garlic cooking demonstrations conducted by local Finger Lakes chefs, watch a flameworker from The Corning Museum of Glass perform a flameworking demonstration, and savor the beautiful views of the vineyards and Seneca Lake under the big summer sky. The event is free to attend!
NASCAR at The Glen, Watkins Glen International, August 5 – 8
Gentlemen start your engines and get your tickets now for Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen NASCAR weekend. NASCAR's biggest stars come to Finger Lakes Wine Country on their traditional weekend at The Glen August 5-8, 2010. Don't miss "King of The Road" Tony Stewart going for his sixth win at The Glen. Tickets are still available!
Finger Lakes Wine Country is a world-class wine region in New York State that boasts excitement, affordability, and fun for everyone. Begin planning your escape to Finger Lakes Wine Country now at http://www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com to download a free travel guide, build your own personalized itinerary, and search our winery database. Or visit the Apple store at http://www.apple.com to download the free Finger Lakes Wine Country iPhone travel app. You can explore Finger Lakes Wine Country on any mobile device at http://www.FLWC.mobi. Are you wild about Wine Country? Prove it by entering our video contest.
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