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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.

March Events at Cayuga Lake Wineries

March 8th, 2012 by Gail

Special events take place at Cayuga Lake Wineries around the calendar, from summer concerts to winter holiday wine tasting tours. Yet spring, with its unpredictable weather, is a favorite time to visit the wineries along Cayuga Lake. Whether it’s warm or cold, rainy or sunny, Finger Lakes Wineries are warm and inviting.

Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Weekends

Spend some time exploring the wineries of Cayuga Lake.

Halsey House Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast is in Trumansburg, near the southwest shore of Cayuga Lake. Less than five minutes up the road are the first of a dozen wineries that dot the western edge of the lake. On mild spring days, it’s a pleasant bike ride up to American Vineyards or Bellwether Hard Cider. It’s also a very short drive.

Americana Vineyards hosts concerts every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Both local and touring musicians are featured, and wine is available by the bottle or the glass. There’s even food served at the winery’s Crystal Lake Café. For a schedule of upcoming events, please see American Vineyards.

Bellwether Hard Cider will host their almost annual Cidermakers Get Together and Potluck Dinner on March 18. This is a great opportunity for cider fans and home cider makers to get together and talk (and taste) cider. Anyone interested is welcome. Additional information available at Bellwether.

Read on for more March events at Cayuga Lakes Wineries.

  • Ladies Day Out at Buttonwood Grove Winery, 12-5 p.m. Live music, chocolate and wine pairings, jewelry, and more. Make it a Girlfriends Getaway at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.
  • Cheese at Sheldrake Point Winery. Every Saturday during the month of March, Sheldrake Point Winery is featuring a local, artisan cheese. Meet the cheesemakers and enjoy wine and cheese pairings.
  • Irish Wine? Why not! Raise a glass of green wine to St. Patrick and the Irish at Cobblestone Farm Winery. Enjoy fine wines paired with complimentary Irish stew and other traditional dishes on March 17 and 18.
  • Harken back to the old days and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with mead from Montezuma Winery. March 17 and 18.
  • Say Cheese & More on March 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All 16 Cayuga Lake Wineries are joining forces with local, artisan cheese makers. A weekend filled with amazing combinations of wine and cheese….. is there anything better? Discounts are given for people with designated drivers.
  • Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery and Hosmer Winery will have Spring Barrel Tastings on April 14. Winemakers will be present at both wineries, so it is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about winemaking.
  • Enjoy a French Country Dinner at Knapp Vineyards on April 21. The theme is Herbes de Provence. Each course will be paired with two wines from Knapp Vineyards.

Once you find an event or activity you like, book a room at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. Enhance your stay with breakfast in your room, or a picnic basket to take on your wine tasting tour. Make it a romantic retreat, a girlfriends getaway, or gather together a group of friends stay in our Finger Lakes Vacation Home, Clarke’s Cottage.

No matter who you travel with, remember this: the longer you stay, the more wineries you can visit.

Romantic Getaway in the Finger Lakes

January 6th, 2012 by Gail

Although 2012 has just begun, February will be here before we know it. We spend January recovering from the holidays and getting back into the swing of things at work. By the time February is upon us, most of us are ready for a little R & R: Relaxation and Romance.

Romance in the bath; Margaret's Retreat.

In fact, February is an ideal month for romantic retreats, especially here in northern climes. Snow is falling as I write, covering the countryside in a soft blanket of white. The crisp air draws lovers together for warmth: we walk hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder; we sit close to one another on the sofa; we curl up together in front of the fireplace. February inspires intimacy.

Give yourself over to intimacy. Treat yourself and your lover to a Romantic Retreat at Halsey House, an elegant Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

St. Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of the month, on a Tuesday; so we propose turning February into a Month of Love. Come when you can get away for a few days, no matter when that is. Our Romantic Nights Package will add romance to any night.

Curl up by fire in Elegance.

The Romantic Nights Package includes a bottle of local Finger Lakes wine (your preference, red or white), dessert for two, served in your room, and a fun, romantic board game (discretely placed in your room). Romance will flourish, whether you’ve been together for two month or 20 years.

Two rooms in our NY Bed and Breakfast have gas fireplaces to help spark a romantic mood: Indulgence and Elegance. Two rooms have two-person Jacuzzi tubs: Indulgence and Margaret’s Retreat. All rooms boast luxurious, Egyptian cotton bedding and feather pillows.

Our Finger Lakes Region Bed and Breakfast is home to dozens of award winning wineries, stunning waterfalls, and the cultural attractions of Ithaca and Cornell. On the other hand, you may not want to leave the inn.

The weekend after Valentine’s Day is President’s Day Weekend. Why not treat your sweetie to three nights of romance at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast?

 

Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Tours along the Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca Lake Wine Trails

June 26th, 2011 by KC Christopher

wine tasting along the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes area in New York state is a world-class wine producing region, attracting many visitors who wish to go wine tasting along the Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca Lake Wine Trails.

A convenient and safe way to do this is by arranging a wine tour with a local transportation company so that you can enjoy a worry-free experience without the need for a designated driver.  An added bonus is having your own tour guide along, with a driver who is capable of tailoring your tour to fit your preferences and desires.

Halsey House’s close proximity to these wine trails brings us many customers eager to experience wine tasting in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere the Finger Lakes wineries are known for.  We recommend a few local transportation companies that always treat our customers with great service and knowledgeable winery and restaurant suggestions.  Two are Guilt Free Touring and Quality Wine Tours.  Whether you are looking for an intimate tour for two or you bring friends along to share the fun and the costs, these companies always delight our guests.  Pricing begins at around $250 for car and driver for a party of two.

Experience! The Finger Lakes touring van

Another exciting option is to join a tour designed to show you just what is so special in this magical place of ours.  Experience! The Finger Lakes offers daily guided tours for up to twelve people.  This tour company isn’t just about wine tasting.  Mitch and I recently had the opportunity to accompany our fellow innkeepers on the Wine, Cheese & “Moo” tour.   We had the pleasure of visiting Keely’s Cheese Co. and Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, local artisan cheese-makers, and learned about the cheese-making process while sampling their cheese.  Then we moved on to King Ferry and Long Point wineries where we had the chance to pair the cheese with local wines.  This was a wonderful chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at great local businesses.

Experience! also offers an amazing collection of tours including Culinary & Wine, History of the Area, Gorges and Waterfalls, Hiking or custom tours personalized for you.  We highly recommend that you add one of their tours to your itinerary while you are visiting the Finger Lakes.

Spring 2011 Events on the Cayuga Wine Trail and Seneca Lake Wine Trail

April 17th, 2011 by KC Christopher

blooming spring flowers

beautiful yellow flowers blooming

Spring time gives us plenty of good reasons to getaway for a weekend and attend an event at either Cayuga Wine Trail’s Wine & Herb Festival or Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend.  The waterfalls are flowing and the trees are beginning to bud.  The landscape is coming alive after a long winter.   Enjoy a leisurely drive up the lakes as you take in the beautiful scenery between vineyards.  With the variety of wines available and numerous wineries to choose from, discovering your favorite wine is like going on a treasure hunt.  Bring friends along and share the fun or make some new friends along the wine trail.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend is being held from Friday, April 29th, at 1:00pm - Sunday, May 1st, 5:00pm.  This popular event, sponsored by Cabot Cheese and Macadam Cheese, pairs Finger Lakes wines with a taste of delightful treats prepared using a variety of cheese.  This is your chance to visit over 30 wineries and take home a recipe book featuring those tasty treats.  Visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail website for ticket information.

glass of riesling

Reisling, the star of the Finger Lakes wine

It’s time for the Cayuga Wine Trail’s 19th Annual Wine & Herb Festival, running two weekends; April 29th-May 1st and again on May 6th -8th.  What a great way to kick-start your gardens and restock your wine cellars.  Participants will sample wines along with herb-infused cuisine at 16 wineries and take home an herb or veggie plant from each winery along with recipes and a plant carrier.  Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance at the Cayuga Wine Trail website or any Wegman’s store.

 

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.

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 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.

Spring Events on the Finger Lakes Wine Trails

April 20th, 2010 by KC Christopher

Spring has come to Upstate NY and the Finger Lakes wine trails are grooming their vineyards for another great year.  To set this season off, the Cayuga Wine Trail is offering their 18th Annual Wine & Herb Festival on the weekends of April 23rd – 25th and April 30th – May 2nd, 2010.  Sample herb prepared foods along side fine wines, and take home wine glasses, recipes and herbs or vegetable plants from each winery. 

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend is also on April 23rd-25th, 2010.  This self-guided tour pairs the flavors of local cheese makers with wonderful Finger Lakes wines.  You will take home a gift item and recipe book, along with beautiful memories of the scenery along Seneca Lake.  Tickets are available at the door at certain wineries.  Click here for more information.

Check out the Halsey House B&B availablity calendar for your getaway weekend.  Come stay in ultimate comfort, taste great wines and take home herbs and vegetables for your garden or recipes for your kitchen.

Wine Tasting Tours

March 22nd, 2010 by KC Christopher

Halsey House has a list of recommended local limousine and touring companies to offer you tours tailored to fit your needs. Go wine tasting on the Cayuga Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Keuka Lake Wine Trail with your own personal designated driver. Bring friends along on a wine tasting weekend and share the costs as well as the fun. Prices are based on number of participants and duration.

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