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Bike Around Canandaigua Lake

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Biking in the Finger Lakes is challenging and thrilling. The steep glacier-cut hills require iron lungs and some fat gears, but the thrills you get from the many hilltop views of a lake stretching out for 15 or 20 miles are unparalleled. Canandaigua Lake is a beautiful ride as you get many great waterside and panoramic views as you make the circuit. I think it also has some of the most challenging hills of any lake circuit.

Most lakeside routes have very narrow, gravel-filled shoulders, and the more established, well-paved routes have cars traveling at 55 MPH, so it is best to start very early in the morning, or ride during an off-peak time of year like May or October.

Canadaigua route

The Route: About 43 miles

There can be strong winds coming from the west. I chose to ride clock-wise around the lake to avoid riding into the wind on the last leg. Stating from Kershaw Park in Canandaigua, I rode on Lakeshore Drive to RT 364 (red route on map).

Heading south, continue to Middlesex where you follow a left-right jog and pick up RT 245 (a parallel quieter route runs on West Ave (364). Continue on 245 south to Parrish Rd at the south end. For a great lunch stop, continue into Naples, before turning north on the west side.

Heading north on RT 21 you can take that  route to 5 & 20 and loop back to your starting spot, or you can pick up the more scenic West Lake Rd route, mid-way up the lake (blue route). This side of the lake seemed MUCH harder and hillier than the east side, but I was more tired too.

If you want to follow an alternative ride on the West Lake Road from town to Route 21, click here.

May 13, 2014 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

Brown Hound Bistro — A Lovely Stop — In Between

The Brown Hound features fresh, healthy fare, much purchased locally.

The Brown Hound features fresh, healthy fare.

Driving from Canandaigua Lake towards Naples and then veering towards the rolling hills of Bristol we came upon the Brown Hound Bistro — a lovely little restaurant — in between.

We did a quick wine tasting at  Arbor Hill Grapery, before we walked next door. A Grapery is a store that has LOTS going on with grapes — jellies, candy, gifts and of course wine. The tasting was generous and we sampled cheeses at the same time.

View of Brew and Brats (left) and The Arbor Hill Grapery

View of Brew and Brats (left) and The Arbor Hill Grapery

The Brown Hound is located between Canandaigua and Naples, in South Bristol. They offer brunch, dinner, and more, all with a focus on local foods and Finger Lakes wines. The Brown Hound is located in a tiny 100-year-old house.  We sat out on the wrap-around deck, which was not fancy, but very comfortable. and cool on a hot day.

Our waitress was friendly, fun and helpful — answering our endless questions about whether ingredients, checking with the chef through the kitchen window. We sat out back on the deck and it was about 80 outside and was perfect temperature on the shady deck. Starting with local wines and some amazing sourdough bread, we had plenty of time to relax and unwind after playing a round of golf.

Braised Scallops with Quinoa

Braised Scallops with Quinoa

My top recommendation:  the seafood bisque which had a roasted red pepper/lobster taste that was rich and creamy.

My husband enjoyed the Wild Mushroom Risotto:  Creamy, slow-cooked arborio rice with assorted mushrooms, parmesan, white wine, finished with white truffle oil and vegetable.

My friend enjoyed braised scallops over quinoa with peppers and other veggies. The quinoa was really tasty.

I had a tuna steak (“meh”) with sweet apples and a yummy radish cake (daikon).

We ate very early in the evening and I noticed that the tables were filling up early on a Saturday night.

The Brown Hound is just a few minutes south of Bristol Mountain ski area, The Brown Hound can be easily access via RT 21 from Canandaigua, or RT 64 from Bristol.

6459 State Route 64, in South Bristol.

Call for  a reservation 585-374-9771.


May 24, 2013 at 6:40 am 1 comment

Conklin Gully: Full of Falls

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A heavy rain the night before left pools full and surfaces glistening

I love gully hiking. Gully hiking with waterfalls and frogs are a plus, and Conklin Gully has lots of both. This gully is a spectacular treasure that has views on par with Watkins Glen, but is much less travelled and beautifully preserved.  The day I chose to hike was a perfect 70 degrees. There had been a heavy rain the night before so the creek was flowing nicely, and the rocks were glistening with color.

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One frog that was not afraid of me

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Here is the spot where you can park, right next to Parrish Hill Rd.

Conklin Gully is located in the High Tor Wildlife management Area at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, just north of the town of Naples. The easiest way to access the Gully is via a parking lot on RT 245 (Rushville Rd), just before Parish Hill Rd.

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Circular rock walls rise up from the creek bed

This is a hike that requires you to wear good shoes and to be able to hike in the stream. It can be very slippery in parts and if you continue up past several of the smaller waterfalls you are faced with much steeper climbs, requiring the use of ropes, tree roots and reckless confidence.

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Every turn brings a beautiful new set of waterfalls

Each bend in the stream presents a new breath-taking view of cascading water over angular planes of stone. Many of the waterfalls are 10’high or less. Sometimes the walls are mossy and lined with ferns, and sometimes you look up 100 feet, at sheer cliff walls.

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I'm still seeing this image when I close my eyes.

Several falls up I encountered a really bizarre sight. I pulled myself gingerly up over the top of a broad rock ledge only to face a solid carpet of dead millipedes. I must have discovered the sacred burial grounds!

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At this point there were no more ropes, trails or easy ways up. My kinda fun.

I followed the creek up for about 90 minutes and never ran out of creek bed. I finally came to a waterfall too high, slippery and steep to scale. Looking for the path where others had gone, I scrambled up several hundred feet of a very steep hillside, using stone ledges, tree roots and tree trunks. Warning:  Don’t look down until you get to the top.

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This is why you have to climb up to the top — so you can look back down

At the top I found a well-marked trail with red blazes. I followed that for another 15 minutes until I saw a wooden box mounted on a tree marked FLT.

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View from the red ridge trail.

At this point I heard the first rumblings of thunder. I turned around and started trotting back down hill. The red rail led to a blue trail. The blue trail led to the parking lot. I climbed into my car just as it started to pour.

This was the perfect hike. If you wanted to take younger children on this gully hike, the first half mile is pretty safe and full of frogs and waterfalls.

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Gully Map showing ridge trail (approximate) on south side.

August 21, 2011 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Mountain Biking is Tops at Ontario County Park

There’s no better place bring your mountain bike than the highest point in Ontario County, Gannett Hill Park, in the scenic Bristol Hills.

Continue Reading July 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Summer Art Festivals

Live Music at Corn Hill

Corn Hill Festival has art, food and great live music

The Finger Lakes region has a wonderful variety of artists and craftsman.

Here is a partial listing of some of the fun art festivals in the Finger Lakes Region coming up for 2011.

43rd Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival

July 9 and 10, 2011

Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

133 South Fitzhugh Street, Rochester

Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 262-3142

The Corn Hill Arts Festival is a juried show of premier fine arts and crafts. Consistently ranked as one of the top art shows in the United States, this two-day event offers a unique selection of handcrafted artwork of over 400 artists from around the country and Canada.


Penn Yan

Keuka Arts Festival in Boat Launch Park

Keuka Arts Festival

Jun 11 and 12, 2011

10 am to 5 pm

Boat Launch Park, Keuka Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527

(315) 308-7523

A juried, high-end arts festival featuring mediums of every sort. We also feature Finger Lakes Wineries, Micro Brews, local restaurant cuisine and a farmers market for local creations. We bring entertainment for the children and adults with face painting, drawing, balloon crafting, the magic man and many styles of music throughout the days. The venue is on the Keuka Outlet Trail and is accessible by boat, car, bike or on foot. Historic downtown Penn Yan is only a 1 block walk away.

A Holiday in Homer

Jul 16 2011

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Homer Green

Homer, NY 13077

(607) 749-2604

30th annual Holiday In Homer, sponsored by the Homer Congregational Church. Over 100+ crafters on the green in beautiful downtown Homer, NY. Entertainment all day – fun for the entire family. Visit our website at for more details.

41st Annual Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival

Jul 29-31, 2011

Fri 10am-6pm;

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

Columbus Circle, downtown Syracuse

(315) 422-8284

This spectacular 3-day showcase by 165 of the country’s most talented artists, crafts people, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse. More than 60,000 visitors will shop and browse among the art and craft exhibits and enjoy a wide variety of music, multi-cultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities. The festival presents an exceptionally wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative. Both 2- and 3-dimensional works will be featured including ceramics, fabric and fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, wood, painting, graphics, drawing, sculpture, and photography. Exhibitors participate from over 30 states and Canada.


Canandaigua New York

Perfect time of year to have an art festival right along the lake

38th Annual Waterfront Art Festival

July 30 and 31, 2011

Canandaigua, NY

The Waterfront Art Festival is a juried fine art & crafts festival. It’s held in Kershaw Park on Lake Shore Drive in Canandaigua New York. This puts the festival right on the north shore of beautiful Canandaigua Lake.  Come join us for a beautiful day in the park with your friends and family.



The Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival
September 17 and 18, 2011

Sat 10am-5pm

Sun 10-4pm

17th year


Fall is perfect for the Grape Festival, Art, food, music and lots of color

Naples Grape Festival

September 24th and 25th, 2011

The Naples Grape Festival will be held at the Naples High School Grounds and across the street at Memorial Town Hall from 10am til 5pm, rain or shine.

Enjoy wine, food, arts, crafts and local/regional music.  Bake a pie for the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample every thing “grape” that our valley has to offer.

CNY Fine Arts Show

Oct 17 and 17, 2011

Art Exhibit and Sale

Aspen House, Radisson

Baldwinsville, NY 13027

(315) 672-3769

Artist of the CNY Art Guild presents their works for viewing and for sale. The public may also vote for their favorite art piece.

Finger Lakes Artists and Crafters Network

March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Naples: Purple Passion of the Finger Lakes

Head out for a drive on a fall day, looking for some extra color, and you may find yourself heading towards Naples, NY. Located beyond the southern tip of Canandaigua Lake, Naples captures the small town charm of the Finger Lakes region, and adds a sweet little twist of it’s own.

Continue Reading October 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Summer Climbs in Grimes Glen, Naples

At the southern end of Canandaigua Lake is the town of Naples. This charming little town is branded around grapes. Even the fire hydrants are purple. Right in the center of town is Vine Street. Follow vine to the end and you’re at Grimes Glen. Bring water shoes or sneakers that are good for walking on a slippery creek bottom AND hiking up the steep cliff walls.

Continue Reading August 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm 3 comments

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