Finger Lake Chocolate Tours

October 6th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Yes, the Finger Lakes wine tours are both popular and wonderful, but how about a chocolate tour for a change of pace?

There’s still time to experience a chocolate tour at our local chocolatier, Life’s So Sweet. The tours began in May and will continue through the end of October. Offered Thursday through Saturday, at 1 and 3 p.m., the tours of the chocolate factory include samples and a knowledgeable guide sharing information about the facts and history of chocolate.

The inviting smell alone is worth the trip!

History Behind the Artisan Chocolate

The dream made reality by Darlynne Overbaugh, Life’s So Sweet crafts artisan chocolates right here in Trumansburg, NY. Darlynne and her family have been creating candies and chocolate recipes for over 20 years.

Artisan Chocolate Finger Lakes NY

Some of the delicacies at Life’s So Sweet

Stop by the store in Trumansburg Mon-Sat 10 am – 6pm and Sunday 12-5 pm. Classic chocolates are available as well as unique confections such as  balsamic vinegar truffles and chocolate-dipped dried kiwi. There’s a tremendous variety available…you can visit their website at LifesSoSweet.com to get an idea of their offerings. The photos of hand-crafted chocolates and treats will tempt you to go in for a visit. Their chocolates are available throughout the Finger Lakes region. In addition, they look for fairly traded chocolate sources and those which do not use child labor.

Reservations for groups of up to 25 such as schools, clubs, bridal/baby showers and others are welcome. Non-profit and school groups can also tour at a discount. And private/off season tours can also be arranged. For more information, call (607) 387-4477. (LifesSoSweet.com)

$5.00 per adult and $2.50 for children 18 and under.

Finger Lakes Balloon Rides with Liberty Balloon Company

September 16th, 2012 by jenn

New York Finger Lakes hot air balloon ride

See the Finger Lakes region in a whole new way with a balloon ride offered by Liberty Balloon Company! Photo by Renee Zegarelli courtesy of Liberty Balloon Co.

Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region is well-known for its natural beauty. Many people come here to experience the tranquil setting of our countryside and waters. Outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and boating are favorite ways for seeing the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes National Forest, and the many waterfalls which grace this area. If you’ve come to New York’s Finger Lakes before, or you’re thinking about visiting for the first time, we also recommend an entirely different way to see this beautiful place… by hot air balloon!

The Liberty Balloon Company gives you a whole new perspective on the Finger Lakes. Each flight is about an hour and a half depending on location, wind, weather and other factors. Before each flight, passengers are briefed on what to expect. With the briefing, take off, flight, landing, post flight pack up and celebration, plus the drive back, the total experience takes between 3 and 4 hours. And what an experience it is!

Everyone aboard gets fantastic panoramic views. Especially during this time of year, you can see the tree tops in full fall color bordering the deep blue lakes and the curving horizon. Moving at a slow and peaceful pace up to 2,000 or 3,000 feet up, there’s no comparison to the view. As you slowly descend, the basket skims the tree tops — a truly unique way to experience the Finger Lakes autumn colors! Both sunrise and sunset flights are available. The season comes to a close at the end of October and reopens in May.

Although the company is based out of Rochester, NY, they have launch sites throughout Upstate New York including several around the Finger Lakes. In addition to balloon rides for groups, families, weddings and other celebrations, Liberty Balloon also offers gift certificates and services for corporate and educational events.

During your stay at our luxury Finger Lakes B&B, we will be happy to make the arrangements for you to experience a hot air balloon ride with Liberty Balloon. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions about their balloon packages, events, and programs, visit LibertyBalloon.com.

Romantic Getaways at our Finger Lakes B&B

September 2nd, 2012 by jenn

Finger Lakes Romantic Lodging

Our specials and packages add the perfect touch to your romantic Finger Lakes getaway.

Our elegant Upstate New York accommodations are perfect for a romantic getaway in the Finger Lakes.

Couples love our five gorgeous guest rooms. Private baths with walk-in showers, spa tubs for two, gas fireplaces, plush robes and pillow top king or queen beds are just some of the luxuries you can expect during your stay. Free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs with cable and DVD players are a given. And so is our hospitality which will make you feel welcome and cared for while respecting your privacy.

The Cayuga Wine Trail is minutes from the inn. Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a scenic 20-minute drive away, becoming all the more beautiful as fall approaches. The natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region will stir your heart with its waterfalls and pristine lakes. Stroll in autumnal forests, dine in fine local restaurants and take in a show at one of the many local theaters.

We have just the right packages to add a special romantic touch. Fresh flowers, a delicious local wine, sumptuous desserts and romantic games set the mood. In-room massages are also available as well as refreshing spa treatments at Day Spas. Let us know and we’ll be happy to make arrangements for you. See our Specials & Packages page to see more ways to sweeten your stay.

Here’s what some of our guests have had to say about their romantic anniversaries, honeymoons and getaways at our Finger Lakes Wine country inn:

My husband and I recently stayed at this fabulous B and B, for a 29th anniversary celebration! What a fabulous spot!! We loved our room, Serenity, and the entire property was above expectations! The house is so beautiful, with a wonderful dining room set for a fantastic breakfast! Very relaxing and special! The outdoor area, with Adirondack rockers set next to a pretty waterfall feature within a garden, was a great place to enjoy a glass of Red before dinner! …The bed was extremely comfortable, and the pillows and linens are super!! I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a bit of “special” in the midst of the everyday!!

~ TripAdvisor.com Reviewer from Cortland, NY

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My husband and I stayed here for our first year anniversary and it was amazing. The place looks exactly like the pictures on the website. We had breakfast delivered to our room and that was also incredible. The food was very good, Orange Cream French Toast, with fruit parfait beforehand. Excellent. Couldn’t have asked for more…

~ TripAdvisor.com Reviewer from Lewisburg, PA

Whether it’s a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday celebration or a vacation from your day-to-day life, our Cayuga Wine Trail lodging is ready to be your romantic getaway.

September 14-15, 2012 Finger Lakes Cork & Fork

August 16th, 2012 by jenn

Celebrate the agriculture, viticulture and culinary riches of the Finger Lakes region at the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork. This is a great opportunity to sample and buy fine locally produced food and wine. There will also be cooking demonstrations and educational seminars including expert food and wine pairing advice. As an added bonus, one lucky event goer will have a chance to win the Epicurean Experience Giveaway, a prize package worth over $1,000!

Seneca Falls

Experience Great Food, Wine and Friends during your stay in Trumansburg.

Held at 2973 Route 414 in Seneca Falls, New York, attendance is limited. To ensure your place at the table, buy your tickets in advance at any Wegmans grocery store or online at FingerLakesCorkandFork.com. You’ll also be supporting a good cause. Proceeds from the event will go to these area food pantries: the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Seneca County House of Concern. Below is the current Finger Lakes Cork & Fork event schedule:

Friday, September 14

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm ~ Dishing with the Chefs: Tapas made with local ingredients will be paired with a great Finger Lakes wine. Chefs will work with a local vintner and food producer and attendees will get to taste and talk with the chefs and wine/food partners.

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – After Dinner Dance: Dance and network while enjoying live music.

Saturday, September 15

11:00am to 5:00pm ~ Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Exhibition: Come to the Main Exhibition Hall and meet area food producers, restauranteurs and local winemakers. This is a great opportunity to taste and buy exhibitors’ wares.

11:30 am to 4:30 pm ~ Cooking Demos/Seminars: Watch and learn how to make a dish using fine local foods at the Cooking Demonstrations. The chefs preparing the dishes will also be available to take your questions. Educational Seminars will cover wine tasting, food preservation and gardening topics.

5:00 pm ~ Closing: The 2012 Cork & Fork ends with the announcement of the Epicurean Experience Giveaway winner.

If you love good food and wine, you won’t want to miss the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork in Seneca Falls. There’s still plenty of time to buy your tickets and book your luxury Finger Lakes lodging at the Halsey House.

2012 Summer Concert Series at Taughannock Falls State Park

August 2nd, 2012 by jenn

During your stay at our Finger Lakes B&B, the area’s natural beauty and cultural events give you so much to see and do. All summer long, there’s been an ongoing event that takes advantage of both. Locals and visitors alike have been enjoying the live summer concerts at Taughannock Falls State Park. There are still a few concerts left. If you love live music and dancing in a lovely outdoor setting, then this is just the thing for you.

Taughannock Falls

Take in all the beauty of Taughannock Falls

Go to Taughannock Falls State Park’s south lawn, spread out a blanket on the grass or bring a lawn chair and listen to live local musicians. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket of refreshments! The wineries of the Cayuga Wine Trail also makes their Finger Lakes wines available during the concerts. Sip your wine and enjoy the music and a view of Cayuga Lake. The weather is balmy and it’s a friendly and fun-loving crowd. These are not concerts to just sit and listen. Bring your dancing shoes and comfortable clothes–you’ll want to dance!

Here are the details:

Concerts are every Saturday, 7-9pm. The only fee is $5.00 per car parking. Drive to Taughannock Falls State Park off of NYS Route 89. The address is 2221 Taughannock Road in Trumansburg, NY, 14886. Take your blankets/chairs/picnic basket to the south lawn and settle down or get up on your feet for a night of fun. For more information, call (607) 387-6739 or visit TBurgEvents.com.

Saturday, August 4, 2012: The Purple Valley
You won’t be able to stay sitting when this Blues and Swing starts playing.

Saturday, August 11, 2012: Jorge T. Cuervas and The Caribe Jazz Allstars
Playing a variety of Latin Jazz styles, the band will make you get up and dance.

Saturday, August 18, 2012: Sim Redmond Band
This roots rock band will give you a reason to dance the night away.

After an evening of music and dancing, you’ll be happy to come back to our Finger Lakes inn to rest your feet and settle down in your luxurious room. Ah…

Finger Lakes Wine Tasting with Water to Wine Tours on Cayuga Lake

June 16th, 2012 by jenn

Here’s another fun thing to do when you’re in the Finger Lakes region. With Water to Wine Tours you can enjoy a scenic Cayuga Lake cruise while touring the award winning Finger Lakes wineries. Water to Wine Tours offers both private and group tours on the six-passenger II Special or the Isle of Skye which can take up to 15 guests.

Dusk at Cayuga Lake

A Beautiful Sunset on Cayuga Lake

Scheduled Boat Tours on the Finger Lakes
Water to Wine Tours has a number of tour options to suit your schedule and tastes. If your day is wide open, try the five-hour scenic boat tour. Experience Cayuga Lake’s crystal clear waters as well as three wine tastings. This is Water to Wine Tours’ longest boat tour option and it includes a picnic lunch. The other five scheduled cruises are generally about two hours and provide a nice range of experiences. You can try them all: Winery Tastings, Sunday Brunch, Tuesday Dinner and Happy Hour Cruises. There’s even a Bluegrass, Beer & Pizza option with live music!

All scheduled tours depart from docks at O’Malley’s Restaurant (Interlaken, NY) or the Aurora Inn (Aurora, NY). Go to watertowinetours.com for a full schedule and to book online. Reservations for scheduled cruises are highly recommended.

Cayuga Lake Private Charters
With its rich mahogany decks and plush seating, the II Special is an elegant vessel for a small private charter. The Isle of Skye is a charming long harbor launch that’s perfect for a larger group of up to 15. Guests can sit under the open sky or the cheery green canopy while watching the world go by. Private charters on either vessel are a wonderful way to celebrate as a group. It’s a unique setting for small weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and much more. If you just feel like being in a beautiful boat on the lovely Finger Lakes, that’s reason enough!

After a full day on Cayuga Lake, return to your luxurious Finger Lakes accommodations here at Halsey House Bed & Breakfast.

Summertime at the Finger Lakes

May 21st, 2012 by Gail

Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, NY. June 2009.

Walk to nearby Taughannock Falls.

There’s nothing like summertime in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Outdoor recreation abounds, restaurants have an abundance of local food, and wine flows in the many wineries. There is plenty to do and there are plenty of fine spots to relax and do nothing.

 

Pristine Lakes 

Our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast and Guest Houses are minutes from Cayuga Lake and a short drive from Seneca Lake. Cool off with a luxurious swim. Explore the shoreline in a kayak. Take a romantic sunset cruise.

 

Outdoor Concerts

There are numerous outdoor concerts every summer around here. Guests of our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast can drive 3 minutes to nearby Taughannock Falls State Park, where the Saturday evening summer concert series starts July 7. Wineries along the Cayuga and Seneca Lakes Wine Trails frequently have live music on the weekends. And free concerts are held Thursday evenings (June through August) at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in Ithaca.

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Wine Tasting with Mom

May 7th, 2012 by Gail

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show mom how much you care. You could send flowers and chocolates, or you could bring mom to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast for a weekend of wine tasting.

Cayuga Lake Wine Tasting

Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend with Wine Tasting at Cayuga Lake Wineries.

You know your mother would love to spend a couple of days with you. When was the last time you spent some quality time together? When was the last time you vacationed together? Don’t let any more time pass without making that happen. She’ll be thrilled.

Several Cayuga Lake Wineries are hosting several fun events during Mother’s Day Weekend:

  • Friday Night Concert Series at Americana Vineyards, which is just a couple of miles up the road from our Cayuga Lake Bed and Breakfast. Dee & The Lone Rangers performs from 6-8 p.m.
  • Anniversary Celebration at Swedish Hill Vineyard, May 12 from noon to 5 p.m. This is the winery’s biggest sale of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to stock up on some of your favorite Finger Lakes wines.
  • Copper Oven Restaurant at Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery opens for the season on Saturday, May 12. The wood-fired, white clay ovens make some of the best pizza around. The ingredients are “hyper-local” and uber-good.
  • Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at Americana Vineyards. Can you think of a better way to spend the afternoon on Mother’s Day than sipping wine while listening to the Yardvarks Stop and admiring views of Cayuga Lake? We can’t!

Several Cayuga Lake Wineries are serving Mother’s Day brunches, but we think you won’t want to miss the Mother’s Day breakfast we’ll be preparing at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

Additional information about winery events may be found at the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Make the weekend extra special. Add a Wine Tasting Tour or a Celebration Package to your stay at Halsey House.

 

 

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival

April 5th, 2012 by Gail

GrassRoots Festival Music Dance, lodging.

Mac Benford & The Truck.

It may seem like a long way off, but the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will be here sooner than you think. Between July 19 and 22, 2012, more than sixty performers will take to four stages. They’ll dance, they’ll sing, and they’ll make great music at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, which is less than a mile from our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival is not limited to one particular genre. Each year, there is a great variety of music on stage: Gospel, Swing, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Rock, Irish, Cajun, Latin, World Beat, Rock, African, Native American…. It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it’s good.

The 2012 line-up has not yet been released. Folks who have attended the festival in the past take it on faith that this year will be as superb as ever. If you’ve never been, looking at previous performers gives a good indication of what this year will bring. The list is too long to reproduce here, but it’s available at Grassroots Festival.

The GrassRoots Festival of Music is a good time, but it also raises money for good causes. It began more than 20 years ago as a humble concert that raised funds for a local AIDS support organization. It was a success. It grew. Today, funds raised by the event are donated to a number of organizations across the community and the world. Recipients include (but are not limited to) The State Theater of Ithaca, the Drop-In Children’s Center, Hospicare, and Doctor’s Without Borders.

2012 GrassRoots Festival, Trumansburg.

Dance!

The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg has been called one of the top ten music festivals in the country by USA Today. Come see why for yourself.

Our Trumansburg NY Bed and Breakfast is close enough to the festival for guests to walk there. Fuel a day of dancing with a gourmet breakfast here at the inn. Then, after dancing all day, pamper your sore feet with a soak in a large, whirlpool tub. Add a little luxury to the festival.

Additional information about the festival is available at GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance.

Photos from past GrassRoots Festivals by Jeff Folkins.

Spring on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

March 22nd, 2012 by Gail

Spring on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail means wine tasting and special events. It’s a wonderful time to take a few days off from routine life and indulge in one of life’s great pleasures, wine. A stay at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast completes the experience.

A number of special events are on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail calendar this spring. Individual wineries have events such as the ongoing Fish and Brew Fridays at Glenora Wine Cellars, and the Spring Winemaker’s Dinner on April 21 at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellar. The following events occur at all Seneca Lake Wineries.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail, wine tasting.

This spring, spend a few days wine tasting along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Cruisin the Tropics Weekend. We’ve had some wonderfully warm weather the past few days, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees. This is a perfect introduction to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s upcoming Cruisin the Tropics Weekend, March 23-25. While it’s unlikely the unseasonably warm weather will linger through the weekend, we can still enjoy this event, which pairs tropically themed dishes with award-winning Finger Lakes wines. More than 30 wineries around Seneca Lake will participate in this “fun in the tropics” weekend.

Riesling to Visit Passport. The wineries of Seneca Lake invite you to discover their Rieslings using their Riesling to Visit Passport, valid April 1 through July 31, 2012. The Finger Lakes Region of New York produces some of the finest Rieslings in the world, and no two are exactly alike. Use the Riesling to Visit Passport to enjoy a free flight of wines at each of the participating wineries.

Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend. A glass of wine is one of life’s finest pleasures. A glass of wine paired with cheese is cause for jubilation. When well paired, wine and cheese bring out the best in each other. Like a good marriage, they are better together than they are on their own. The Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend of April 27-29 invites participants to visit more than 30 wineries and sample new releases and old favorites, all paired with cheese. Some wineries will even pour samples from the barrel.

Smokin’ Summer Kickoff. Spring transitions into summer with the Smokin’ Summer Kickoff of June 8-10. Seneca Lake Wineries will have the grills going, and they’ll be showing off some delicious combinations of grilled food and wines. Who says barbecues are all about beer?

Most Seneca Lake Wine Trail Events are self-guided; you can visit as many wineries as you like over the course of the event. Special events aside, most wineries are open daily for visitation and wine tasting. The longer you stay at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast, the more Seneca Lake Wineries you can visit.

Consider getting together a group of wine-loving friends and renting Clarke’s Cottage, our Finger Lakes Vacation Home. Up to 10 people can stay comfortably in Clarke’s Cottage–enough for there to be a different designated driver for each day of the week.

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