Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend? Why not treat your loved one to a weekend getaway in Finger Lakes Wine Country?  There are plenty of things to do in the region to honor the important women in our lives. Whether they prefer wine tasting, touring local museums, hiking among waterfalls, shopping, or dining; you can find it all in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

May is an ideal time to visit the region. With the

celebration in full swing, there are many special month-long promotions at wineries, accommodations, and tourism businesses throughout the region. On May 11, 2013, Finger Lakes Wine Country celebrates National Wine Tourism Day. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses are offering special events to celebrate the importance and fun of wine tourism.  Many of the wineries are offering wine and food pairings as well as educational experiences throughout the day. Many are also donating their tasting fees or a portion of wine sales to the local food bank in their respective county that day. In addition, some of the businesses participating, such as accommodations, have special Mother’s Day Weekend packages. For the mothers who love wine, this weekend could not be more perfect. For specific Wine Tourism Day details,


describe the imageIf you are looking to treat your mother to a cultural experience, Corning is a great place to do so. With two world-class museums and a lovely downtown, there is plenty to see and do. Visit the

where you can see a collection of glass spanning thirty-five centuries from ancient to contemporary. If your mother likes hands-on experiences, make a pit stop in The Studio where she can choose from a variety of glass-making classes and create her very own memento.

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Visit the

to see the “finest American Western and Native American art collection this side of the Mississippi.” Currently on view is the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West; an incredibly, thought-provoking collection of powerful images encompassing 125 years of the American West.

If shopping is a must, the opportunities are endless and unique to boot. The region is home to the charming villages of Corning, Elmira, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, and Penn Yan that offer nice selections of shops and local vendors. For more shopping information,


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has many interesting shops; you can find anything from antiques and local pottery to jewelry and clothing. The GlassMarket at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Trading Post at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art are two gift shops you must not miss for specialty items at every price point. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience is a visit to Windmill Farm & Craft Market between Dundee and Penn Yan.

hosts nearly 200 local producers, craftsmen, and food vendors.

describe the imageFor the outdoor adventure-seeker moms,

is a must-stop destination.  Now open for the season, the gorge trail winds over and under nineteen waterfalls. As you traverse the path, the view is ever-changing, especially in Spring as the landscape comes to life. Overlooking the gorge on either side are two rim trails offering different perspectives of the land and the gorge below.

As a tribute to all loving mothers and for a nice way to cap off your weekend, why not share in the joy and delight in a delicious brunch with your dear ones?

Here is a list of restaurants offering Mother’s Day Brunch, follow the links for details:

at Americana Vineyards

at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars

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