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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.

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…

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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Resolve to Play More

December 30th, 2011 by Gail

The close of a year encourages reflection. We consider the events of the past year with a critical eye: what was good, what not so good? What was successful, what not so successful? Are we where we thought we’d be? If so, how did we get here? If not, what got us off track?

Picture yourself here in 2012.

It’s good to ask these questions from time to time. If nothing else, such an exercise helps us crystalize the amorphous issues that clamor for our attention. New Year’s Resolutions help us prioritize.

Resolve to play more.

Everyone needs to come up with their own New Year’s Resolutions. For some, losing weight sits at the top of the list. For others, #1 is spending more time with family, or finding a different job, or giving up caffeine.

We can’t say what’s important for other people, but we firmly believe that somewhere on the list should be this simple statement: play more.

The Finger Lakes Region is a wonderful playground for adults. It is dappled with deep gorges, roaring waterfalls, and clear lakes. It has miles of wooded trails to explore, and is home to the only national forest in New York State. There are more wineries here than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Cultural activities abound in the Finger Lakes Region, as well. Nearby Ithaca is home to excellent restaurants, shops, and theaters. Cornell University and Ithaca College bring world class dance, music, and film to the area, as well as fascinating scholars. Art inspires art, and there are outstanding fine art galleries and museums in the area as well.

Resolve to play more in 2012. Travel to the Finger Lakes Region with good friends or family, because more people sometimes means more fun. Our Finger Lakes Vacation Rental, Clarks Cottage on Hidden Pond, comfortably sleeps up to ten people. It is spacious, elegant, and peacefully situated on more than 6 acres.

Close to the cultural activities of Ithaca and Cornell, our Finger Lakes Vacation Home is also close to parks, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, and dozens of Finger Lakes Wineries. Everything that you need for a fun vacation is here.

Make 2012 the year you put “vacation” on the top of your New Year’s Resolutions, and start planing a getaway to our Finger Lakes Vacation Rental.

Happy New Year.

 

5 Reasons to Plan a Getaway to the Finger Lakes, NY

March 30th, 2011 by KC Christopher

We know many reasons to plan a getaway to the Finger Lakes, NY, but you might not.  So we took the time to gather 5 reasons that just might convince you why your next short trip should be to this popular upstate New York destination.

Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Waterfall Trail

A walking trail alongside a waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of NY

1)  Finger Lakes Wine Region - voted “the most beautiful wine country destination in the world” in the 2010 Budget Travelers Reader’s Choice poll.  Want an exciting adventure tasting award winning wines in an unpretentious atmosphere alongside pristine lakes and rolling hills?  Come taste why our local wineries are truly coming into their own in competitions with the world’s best.

2)  Relaxed and Friendly Atmosphere - get away from your reality and take a break from responsibilities.  Clear your mind and recall what relaxing feels like.  Downtime.  Remember that?  Read for pleasure, see a movie, take a nap, and chat with other visitors over a splendid breakfast at a Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.  Reconnect with your precious one.  You will return home refreshed, renewed and quite possibly with a big smile on your face.

3)  Unrivaled Scenic Beauty and Waterfalls – when is the last time you were surrounded with more trees and grass than buildings and pavement?  Or listened to the captivating sounds of a waterfall and birds singing rather than traffic and sirens?  In the countryside of the Finger Lakes you can breathe in clean fresh air scented with nature, not exhaust.  The nighttime sky twinkles with a million stars unobscurred by city lights.

4)  Good for the Body, Good for the Soul – You may choose to take a leisurely stroll down our country roads, hike down the wide path to Taughannock Falls or rise to the challenge of the gorge trails through Robert Treman or Watkins Glen State Parks.  You could rent kayaks and paddle out on Cayuga Lake or bike along scenic back roads.  Maybe shopping or antiquing is more your style.  Any way you choose to put the body in motion, you will reap benefits for the soul as well as a good night’s sleep from a Finger Lakes getaway.

5)  Great Food - did you know that the Ithaca area has more restaurants per capita than NYC?  We have casual dining, upscale dining, ethnic choices and everything in between.  Many of our unique chef-owned restaurants feature locavore (locally farmed and grown organic ingredients and meats) with menus that change often to incorporate what is fresh and in season.  And Ithaca’s progressive culture pays attention to dietary preferences such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining options.  The world-renowned Moosewood Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Ithaca.

Isn’t it time you discovered how close you live to  the enchantment of the Finger Lakes?  It took me 40 years to find it, but once I did, we made it our home and I never want to leave.

Spring in the Finger Lakes, NY with Spectacular Waterfalls and Locavore Dining

March 18th, 2011 by KC Christopher

Spring is literally just around the corner, and in good old New York style, the weather here in the Finger Lakes, NY is changing exactly on cue.  Mitch and I joke that the seasons were created by observing NY’s climate.

winter waterfall scene in Finger Lakes, NY

Trumansburg's Taughannock Falls in winter

The snow melt has produced magnificent rushing waterfalls throughout our region.  With over 150 waterfalls to view, you could spend a week in the Finger Lakes and still not see them all.  Taughannock Falls State Park begins across the street from our bed and breakfast and the falls overlook is a peaceful two mile walk down country roads and hiking paths.

When it comes time for your dinner plans, we love to recommend restaurants that specialize in locavore practices.  Hazelnut Kitchen always pleases guests staying at the Halsey House, and their location is just three minutes up the road in Trumansburg on Main St.   This fine dining restaurant is set in a casual bistro atmosphere and the menu changes each month in order to feature local, seasonal ingredients.

Also this Saturday, March 19th, 2011 Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant on the Cayuga Wine Trail will feature their Tour of Europe Wine Dinner which features five delicious courses paired with wines and presented by Executive Chef John McNabb.

Yesterday delighted us with 60 degrees and sunshine, a great way for Mother Nature to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and it put us in the mood for some fun.  Today the forecast is for mid 60′s and just a slight chance of rain.  This should be just enough to melt the last remaining spots of snow and already the grass is turning green.

If you have never experienced the countryside of upstate New York, Spring is an excellent time to shake off the winter doldrums and come breathe the fresh air.  And, a bottle or two of some fine Finger Lakes wine will certainly enhance the mood.

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