Things to do in & around NYC during Super Bowl Week 2014

asiseeit_fayette_headshotOn Sunday, February 2nd the sports and entertainment world will be focused on the city of New York, as it plays host to Super Bowl XLVIII. Though the game will actually be played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, NJ (home of the NY Giants & NY Jets) much of the pre-game hoopla will occur on and around the island of Manhattan. Though activities and events began during the first week of January, most of the high-profile companies as well as the Super Bowl Committee itself will open their venues during the week leading up to the big game.

The nice thing about “Super Bowl Week” is that even those who don’t have a coveted ticket to the big game can enjoy many of the free activities positioned around the city. And leave it to The Big Apple to haveNFLSB48 events galore scheduled leading up to the game. From shutting down Times Square to creating what will be known as the “Taste of the NFL”, NYC has entertainment covered for young and old alike. Here are some things to put into your planner if you are making your way to New York City during the last week of January and first weekend of February.

Cruise ship Norwegian Getaway leaves building dockThe folks at Budweiser in recent years have taken over a resort or large hotel in the Super Bowl host city and declared it the Bud Light Hotel, as it threw a week-long party for contest winners and various guests. This year Bud Light has upped the ante and gone big, real big! Instead of taking over a hotel, the beer king will be bringing in a cruise ship and calling the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier home from January 30- February 3. Located at the west end of 47th St., along the Hudson River, the Norwegian state-of-the-art cruise ship “Getaway” and US Navy icon will be the venues of meet and greets, concerts from top name artists, and over-the-top parties. Those looking to be guests in the “Super Bowl hotel” can take their chance at winning by downloading the FanZone app and taking it from there.

Jersey City will host “Football Fashion Week” with established and rising stars in the fashion industry. Former NY Giant great Carl Banks will actually be on hand to feature some of his latest designs from his company, Gillfootball-fashion-week-logo Sports. Several former NFL players and entertainers will be walking the runway in this event running from January 23-25.

For video game aficionados, The Museum of Moving Image will be the location in Astoria (Queens), as EA Sports presents an exhibition called “Madden NFL Football: 25 years and Running!” Visitors will be able to take in this interactive exhibit and see the evolution of one of the most popular sports video games of all time. 

TasteOfSB48Foodies Unite! The “Taste of the NFL” comes to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Pier 12 on Saturday, February 1st. This “foodfest” event will feature a chef from each NFL city serving their signature dish, alongside a current NFL player or legend.  So bring your hungry tastebuds and a camera for this unique celebration of sport and food. Visit http://www.TasteOfTheNFL.com for more information and get tickets.

The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ will host the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day on Tuesday, January 28th. Tickets must be purchased prior to the day of the event at SuperBowl.com, and the event will begin at 10:30am with seats reserved.

At Chelsea Piers- Pier 60, The NFL-Celebrity Bowling Classic will take place on Saturday, February 1st. Amateur bowlers will be teamed with NFL players, members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and America’s Wounded Warriors Project in a fun for all bowling event.  Each bowler will  receive a limited edition Super Bowl XLVIII  commemorative bowling ball, pin and shirt. Participants as well as guests/spectators will be entitled to a “NY/NJ Neighborhood of Foods” buffet, soft drinks and auction. Entry fees for this event start at $200.

Starting on January 29th the “Crossroads of the World”, aka Times Square, closes down! That’s right, from 34th St. up to 47th St. on Broadway, “The Great White Way” will be transformed into “Super Bowl Boulevard”.super11n-1-web Beginning at Herald Square on 34th St. venues like the ‘Super Bowl Theater’ and the ‘NFL Rush Zone’ kick off the 13-block sports fan nirvana. On 40th St. from Noon to 5pm daily, the Autograph Stage will offer free autographs from NFL stars. Then at 8pm, the Concert Stage comes alive with some of the best talent New York has to offer. Throw on an extra layer, embrace the cold, and enjoy the show! Though photo ops will be around nearly every corner of NYC during Super Bowl Week, perhaps no one block will better serve as a perfect backdrop than that located between 43rd & 44th Streets on Broadway. 20-foot high lampposts with the Roman numerals of the previous forty-seven Super Bowls will be the perfect place to snap that picture for the photo album. The Vince Lombardi trophy will also be on display in the same area for fans to capture that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the trophy. At the northern end of Super Bowl Boulevard fans will get the chance to kick a field goal through actual NFL goalposts near the Fox Broadcast set. Other media outlets will have booths scattered through the area like CNN and the NFL Network. Every block of the Broadway tribute to the NFL will be sponsored by companies such as McDonalds, M&Ms, XBoxOne, and more.

super-bowl-boulevard-new-york Other events during Super Bowl Week will include:
-The Waldorf Astoria hosting the Super Bowl Friars Club Roast of Boomer Esiason on Thursday, January 30th.
-The world-famous Apollo Theater celebrating Black History Month and Super Bowl Week with a two-night musical tribute event on Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st.
-Knicks and Nets NBA home games and Rangers, Islanders, Devils NHL home games throughout the week.

And oh yeah, don’t forget that the actual Super Bowl game kicks off on Sunday evening (around 6 EST), February 2nd.

Winter Wonderland: Lake Placid

ImageAs much of the country settles into another autumn, and the ability to enjoy the outdoors for activities becomes slimmer (unless of course you’re willing to fly south), travelers look for places that embrace the cooler temperatures. So with that in mind, let me introduce you to a spectacular place situated in the northern part of New York State known as the charming and history-filled village of Lake Placid. This jewel of a town is the perfect location for a weekend getaway orImage a longer vacation destination.

Regardless the season, Lake Placid has something for just about everyone. A visit to the Lake Placid shopping district is a must. This mile long strip in the quaint little town offers great restaurants, unique gift shops, and even outlet stores like the Gap, Bass, and Izod. I have found that starting my shopping days with my wife, Rachel; always seems easier by visiting the Goose Watch & Swedish Hill wineries first. A sample here and there pleasantly takes the chill off of the winter air and the price tags seem a little less damaging.

ImageIf skiing is for you, Lake Placid is perhaps the place to be east of the Rockies. Just a few minutes from town sits the world-famous Whiteface Mountain. Complete with dozens of trails, Whiteface has trails to fit every level of skier. For those looking for something different, maybe a visit to the Olympic Ice Stadium, where the USA hockey team made history in the 1980 Olympics with the “Miracle on Ice”, or a stop at the U.S. National Ski Jump and Bobsled courses can be added to your itinerary.

Throughout the holiday months of November, December and January a wide variety of fairs and sporting events, as well as visual & performing arts dot the weekly calendar in Lake Placid. November begins with the Shakespeare classic ‘Othello’ at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA). During the first week of November the village takes on an international flair when it hosts the Four Nations Women’s Hockey Tournament, with the American team welcoming teams from Sweden, Finland, and Canada. During Thanksgiving Week, The Big Little Art Show kicks off in Lake Placid at the Center for the Arts. The last weekend of November has former Saturday Night Live regular Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobules starring in the highly acclaimed ‘Jill & Julia Show’, filled with hilarious monologues and skits, while the National Theater of Great Britain also brings its ‘National Theater Live: 50 years’ presentation to the LPCA as well.

In December, the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track plays host to the North American CupImage Championship for bobsled and skeleton racing during the first week of the month. For first-time visitors to the sport, the 21 high-speed curves of the world class layout will surely thrill and mesmerize. Rounding out the first week of December is the annual Holiday Village Stroll. This year running from December 6-8th, the ‘Holiday Stroll’ consists of the Jingle Bell run/walk around Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake, free holiday movies at the LPCA, ‘Main Street Tastings’ food fest from the area’s favorite restaurants, the Nutcracker Ballet performance, visits from Santa Claus throughout the weekend, all capped off with the Christmas tree and yule log lighting on Saturday evening. A free matinee showing of The Polar Express at the historic Palace Theater and the always-popular Christmas candy-house making activity at the Generations Restaurant round out the weekend on Sunday afternoon. Throughout the holiday season, carolers will be heard up and down Main Street, while public skating will be available at the Olympic Center’s 1932 rink. During the middle of the month adults will get enjoy the ‘Santaland Diaries’ which promises to spread holiday cheer at the LPCA.

ImageTo round out the holidays Lake Placid rings in the New Year beginning on New Year’s Eve with the annual family-friendly event ‘Skating in the New Year’ at the Olympic Oval. Dinner specials and a variety of parties are also held at various resorts and restaurants in and around Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. Of course perhaps a trip to the Lake Placid region wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Santa’s Workshop located at the base of Whiteface Mountain.

From the immaculate Whiteface Lodge to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid’s accommodations are as varied as the December weather can be. When I stay in Lake Placid it is usually at The Whiteface Lodge. At first The Whiteface Lodge’s idea of elegance and rustic charm seem to be contradictory, but within minutes of checking in it’s easy to realize that The Whiteface Lodge is truly a unique experience. From itsImage superb restaurant, to its indoor/outdoor heated pool, The Whiteface Lodge seems to have every detail covered. This log-cabin style resort has many comfortable sitting areas and bars situated throughout its main area. The resort’s fun is seemingly limitless, with its own movie theatre and ice cream parlor operating three-times daily, a two-lane bowling alley, and a beautiful game room, that includes shuffle board, billiards, and darts. Outside, the year-round ice skating rink is breath-taking, as it sits in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain. Cross-country skiing is also available upon request.

Regardless of where or how long you decide to stay, a getaway to Lake Placid is truly a Winter Wonderland experience during the holidays. From tasty cuisine and beverages to warm your insides, to the seemingly limitless winter activities of the area, the region of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain will definitely become one of your favorite winter getaways for years to come.

Cooperstown Beverage Trail

For young and old, men and women, boys and girls, a great getaway can be found in Cooperstown, NY. Named after James Fenimore Cooper, the famous author of such classic writings as The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer, Cooperstown is a wonderful retreat to days gone by. With its National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum, and Fenimore Art Museum, there is so much to do for just about any interest.

One of my favorite things to do, wherever my travels take me, is to try the local wines and beers. Heck, send me to Russia and I’ll likely indulge in sipping their vodka. In the Leatherstocking Region of New York State sits the Cooperstown Beverage Trail. Actually also known as New York’s first “Cuisine Trail”, this compilation of wineries, breweries, and cider mills is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

First on the Trail is the Fly Creek Cider Mill. This is a great place to stop first because besides the cider samplings, they have food and snacks, along with more food and snacks. And best of all, many of the things they sell can be sampled for free. From fudge to cheese, ciders to fruit wines, the Fly Creek Cider Mill is a flashback to the early General Store days.

Next on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail is the Brewery Ommegang. I swear the first time I visited the brewery I heard angels sing from above as I drove up the majestic path to its welcoming archway. The award-winning Brewery Ommegang offers several great-tasting beers, including Rare Vos, Hennepin, and the unique Three Philosophers. Ommegang’s tasting building is spacious and offers a nice variety of lunch selections as well.

A third stop on my “nearly-annual” tour is the Cooperstown Brewing Company. Though modest in exterior appearance, the CBC is a fun place to gather with friends to taste a wide-variety of brews. My favorites are found in their line known as the Lil’ Slugger selections.

Rounding out the Trail is the Bear Pond Winery. Their wine selection ranges from a Spumante to a Riesling, to a Pinot Grigio, to a sweet strawberry May wine. Tours at the Bear Pond Winery allow visitors to stroll the vineyards, watch the bottling process, and then follow the grape to its final destination by tasting the wine in the inviting Bear Pond tasting room.

In addition to the Cooperstown Beverage Trail there’s The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened in June of 1939, with its induction of Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner. Since that day, Cooperstown plays host to more than 350,000 visitors each year. The Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of the game’s greats every summer during Hall of Fame Weekend.

Cooperstown isn’t all baseball though. The Farmer’s Museum offers a slice of the past with its many hands-on exhibits of the mid-1800’s. Visitors to the museum can see candlestick makers, blacksmiths, and more artisans work their craft in the 19th century surroundings. The Heritage Gardens section of the Farmer’s Museum offers a glance at everyday life over 150 years ago. Spending a day at the Farmer’s Museum will seem like an hour.

The Fenimore Art Museum is made up of eleven galleries that contain the finest in American folk art and North American Indian art. The museum is also the home of the largest collection of James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia and original documents. Visitors to the museum will not only enjoy the variety of collections, but will be in awe of the museum’s structure itself.

Cooperstown is also the home of the famous Otesaga Hotel and Resort, an experience that one should enjoy at least once in a lifetime. Adjacent to the Otesaga is the Leatherstocking Golf Club, a magnificent test of golf in meticulous surroundings. Of course any baseball fan shouldn’t pass up a visit to Doubleday Field, the Home of Baseball. History tells us that it is here where Abner Doubleday first invented the game.

Shopping and dining in Cooperstown is seemingly endless. The four blocks of Main Street are lined with tiny shops and eateries, most (but not all) with a baseball theme. Pictures, memorabilia, and autographs of baseball’s greats are packed into every nook and cranny of the village. Whether you’re in need of fine dining or just a snack, the village’s restaurants will certainly accommodate your appetite. My favorite stop for lunch in Cooperstown is Danny’s Market. I love the feel of a traditional NYC deli, and the food and company inside is one of a kind. Of all the times I’ve stayed in Cooperstown I find myself going back to the wonderful accommodations of The White House Inn. Owned and operated by Ed and Marjorie Landers,  this fabulous B&B annually accommodates Hall of Famers in town for visits and autograph signings. All of which have even autographed the wall leading up the main staircase.

So this summer, whether the kids are complaining that there’s nothing to do, or you’re just looking for a quick escape as a couple, consider Cooperstown as a weekend getaway or a week-long stay. It is most assuredly a time that will add to your summertime memories for years to come.

 

First-timers Guide to New York City

Before I start I must ask that you not judge or criticize me for what I am about to disclose. Just recently I got back from my FIRST trip to New York City. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, in between your smirks and chuckles- “Ed, you mean to tell me, that with everywhere you’ve been, you’ve never been to NY City? Really?” And the answer is- You are correct. However, with that now in the open, NYC will be a frequent travel place in my future.

For those who have never visited the ‘Big Apple’ before let me offer up some ideas that will make your first-time enjoyable. First, I recently vacationed there for 4 days, and though you can drive there and fight the traffic and pay outrageous parking fees, or fly if you’re coming from a longer distance, I chose to ride MegaBus. MegaBus provides service from Central NY (where I live) to NYC for about $80 roundtrip. They offer free WiFi and have power units at every seat. The four-hour and thirty minute ride was enjoyable and effortless. The cab ride to and from my hotel was about $12 each way. So for about $104 my travel to and from the City was paid for. Try driving for that!

When I got to my hotel, The Millennium Broadway, I found my view breath-taking. From my corner room on the 38th floor I overlooked both ends of Times Square. The lights and energy were already becoming infectious, and I couldn’t wait to get out there with the masses. My wife and I headed to Times Square and spent our first hour just taking in all that the world-famous area had to offer. After visiting some of the stores we headed to grab a bite to eat at a place we were told about more than once. John’s Pizzeria, located just off Broadway on  44th Street, is a refurbished church that has some fantastic Italian food and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The two levels and four brick ovens at John’s makes for a great dining experience.

A neat way to take in the City for the first time is to purchase a tour package. One of the best is the “Hop-on, Hop-off” bus tour. The double-decker bus company has three different tours around Gotham, and even offers a Hudson River boat ride. The neat thing about it is that your ticket is good for 48-hours. So for example on Day 2 of our trip we purchased our tickets right there in Times Square and enjoyed a 2-hour tour of Manhattan. As it makes its 20+ stops throughout the tour, riders can hop off at any location, and then hop back on the next bus coming through about every 30 minutes. Rachel and I hopped off at the famous Stage Deli for lunch. The experience was neat, our sandwiches were tasty, but our waiter was down right rude and nasty. Welcome to New York?

On Night 2 we took in a taping of the David Letterman Show. I was able to secure tickets by applying in advance online at the Letterman website. After the show we headed around the corner from the Sullivan Theater to a neat pub called the Irish Pub NYC. With a full menu and authentic Irish pub feel, this stop was a ‘winner’.

On Day 3 we started with a visit to the Times Square Starbucks, right next to the ABC studios. From there we hopped on the tour bus and hopped off at Canal Street (Chinatown). All that you have heard about this experience, is nothing until you are actually there. Purses, shoes, watches? You want Gucci? They’re all there- I think. At least that’s what the nice ladies and gentlemen tell me standing next to heavily padded-locker doors with their walkie-talkies .

From there we walked through the financial district and then to Ground Zero. We walked into the Winter Garden building and overlooked the new construction taking place on the hallowed ground. It was as moving as I had been told. From there we walked along the Hudson River to Battery Park, where we hopped back on one of the tour buses. As we traveled back uptown we got off near Bloomingdale’s and took in the 8 levels of shopping. Later in the day we stopped at the famous Serendipity 3 restaurant for dinner. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. Quite often they are booked several days in advance.

On Day 4 we had until about 7pm before our MegaBus was leaving from Madison Square Garden, and took full advantage of a great sunny day. We walked a few blocks from our hotel to Rockefeller Plaza, where we ate a late morning lunch at the Plaza’s Cucina & Co. Eatery. Unfortunately the tour of NBC was sold out already for the day, so lesson learned, always make reservations for nearly everything in NYC.

Around the corner from NBC is a fabulous little bakery called The Magnolia. Be sure to stop there for a quick little sugar-hit. As we walked just a few blocks further we reached Grand Central Station. Standing inside the often filmed iconic landmark was pretty neat, though I was disappointed that a FlashMob didn’t break into song and dance while we were there. As we headed back to Times Square in the afternoon we walked through Bryant Park. Its Citi Pond and Celsius Bar was a neat place to sit and take in the day. As we got back into the Times Square area Rach and I decided that John’s Pizzeria deserved another visit before we headed for home.

Though this may have been my first visit to NYC, I can guarantee you that there dozens of more trips planned in my head for the future. New York City is truly the “City That Never Sleeps”, with so much to see and do. While my next visit will likely include taking in a Yankee game, Broadway show, and a trip to one of the many museums, it will also include getting there on MegaBus, staying at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, and of course another trip to John’s Pizzeria.

Hoboken, Who Knew?

My son’s St. John Fisher lacrosse team recently played at Stevens Tech in Hoboken, New Jersey. My wife and I decided to head down to watch the game and enjoy the spring day.  I’ve got to be honest, we truly didn’t know what to expect from our first time visit to Hoboken. But you know what, who knew Hoboken was so hip and cool?

We were somewhat excited about checking out the famous Carlos’ Bakery, home of TLC’s Buddy the Cake Boss. However as we turned onto Hoboken’s main drag, Washington Street, we were amazed to see a line that wrapped around the corner to the bakery. We were told that the line was about a 90 minute wait. First thought- they’re just cupcakes and cookies. Time vs. pastries? Time won out, and we continued on. People willing to wait hours for Italian cookies, who knew?

Washington Street runs about 14 blocks from south to north, and is two blocks west of the Hudson River. And it is on the Hudson where you get a view of a lifetime. As I stood along the shore of the Hudson River, I looked across at a breathtaking view of Manhattan. The Stevens Tech campus is located along side the Hudson, and is an absolutely beautiful college setting. Imagine that? A classic college setting just a five-minute boat ride across from the ‘City that Never Sleeps’, who knew?

Back to Washington Street. Lined with classic brownstones, fresh flower markets, and immigrant delis, this street is a picture postcard of a traditional urban community. While Washington was home to a scattering of pubs and restaurants, along with general stores and boutiques, I couldn’t help notice the apparent large population of dentist offices. Yes, dentist offices? Maybe it’s because of all the sweets that people are willing to wait in line for. Who knew?

For lunch we asked around and two places kept coming up. Lisa’s Heroes (subs) just off Washington St. and Benny Tudino’s Pizzeria located smack-dab in the middle of the stretch. We ended up at Benny Tudino’s and were seated at a table along the street. The menu board stated that it was the “Home of the Largest Slice”, but never were we prepared to be served a delicious, single slice that was twice the size of our heads! Who knew? 

While making our way around the town of Hoboken I couldn’t get over the number of dog-walkers and stroller-pushers that filled the sidewalks. It all became clear when our waitress at Tudino’s explained to us that in the last fifteen years Hoboken has experienced a revival thanks to many young people choosing to make Hoboken home. It was then that I realized where the cool, relaxing vibe I had felt for most the day had come from. College kids, who knew?

So for an enjoyable day that is only minutes from New York City with an exciting feel, think about Hoboken, New Jersey. Hoboken, who knew?

Glenora Getaway

 If you’re looking for a break from your day-to-day routine; maybe a little getaway not too far from home, consider the Finger Lakes wine country. Whether you make it a trip with just a couple of friends, or a wine tour with a larger group, the west side of Seneca Lake is packed with wineries waiting for your visit. Most are open from 10am until 5pm daily, and welcome you with smiling faces and uncorked bottles. 

My wife and I recently took Rte.14 south out of Geneva on a Saturday afternoon and worked our way through some spectacular wineries along the way. Our first stop was at Fox Run Vineyards. After sampling several of their wines we took advantage of their small bistro/deli and grabbed a bite to eat. Their Arctic Fox white wine was fantastic, as was their turkey panini sandwich. Just a bit further down the road was Torrey Ridge. This is always one of my favorite stops because of its delicious Niagara wine. It is just like a green grape bursting in your mouth! Torrey Ridge is introducing two new wines with a fun flare and great taste. They are Redneck White and Redneck Red. Both pack a fruity, grapey taste; perfect for that small get together or kicking back on a weekend. 

The amazing thing about the folks along Rte. 14 is how they support one another. Throughout many of our conversations with the proprietors I’m always astounded by the way they suggest that we try stopping by a “competitor’s” winery. You don’t see that happen in many sectors of business. Another stop on our Sunday was exactly one of those suggestions. How the Seneca Shores Winery ever eluded my wine-radar, I’m not sure; but boy am I glad I found it. Rachel and I were blown away by the fantastic taste of several of their wines, along with the knowledge of how each was prepared.

Anthony Road Winery was another stop we made. Tony’s White (formerly named Poulet Rouge) is a great table wine, with a very nice taste and body.  The Thirsty Owl is a fun winery. Home of the great tasting- Liquid Wisdom. It is a white wine with a fun, grapey flavor. I think it is a perfect wine for a summer night sunset or lounging by the pool. Another winery that we hadn’t visited before was Miles Winery. Housed in a majestic, haunted mansion, perched overlooking Seneca Lake, Miles Winery was a neat place to visit for some wine sampling. 

At many of the locations we visited we were told over and over again that we should absolutely stop at the Lakewood Winery. Many of the people that we had conversations with grew to know that we preferred a semi-sweet wine, and maybe an occasional Riesling. They emphasized how good Lakewood was. And when we arrived, we were not disappointed. Their Niagara was fantastic! 

Our last stop, and final destination, was Glenora. Their winery is one of the most spacious, and offers an enormous selection of great-tasting wines. After a sampling of their Cayuga White, our favorite; Rachel and I checked in at The Inn at Glenora. Upon check-in guests are served a glass of sparkling champagne… Nice touch! When we got to our room we found the mini-fridge stocked with bottles of water and a bottle of wine. Another nice amenity. Our accommodations had plenty of room, with a sitting area, work station, and comfortable bed. The bathroom was very nice and clean. Perhaps the nicest part of any of the rooms at Glenora is their view. Every room at The Inn at Glenora comes with a lake-view of Seneca Lake. The rooms on the 1st floor have patios, while our room on the 2nd floor had a balcony.  Though the balconies aren’t huge (probably somewhere around (8’ x 5’), they offer up spectacular views and two comfortable chairs to relax in. 

For dinner we made our way to Veraisons, Glenora’s incredible restaurant. I would have to say that in my travels, Veraisons setting and atmosphere is one of the finest. Overlooking the grape vines and Seneca Lake, the restaurant has a warm, rustic setting. Though the room is quite large (able to be divided for private gatherings), you never feel lost in its size. Its cathedral ceiling and exposed beams add a sense of warmth and comfort. Make sure you bring your camera the first time you visit, so you can get a few pictures of the enormous and fabulous stone fireplace at Veraisons; it is breath-taking!  My “Trio of Pulled Pork” appetizer was fabulous. Served on mini Johnny cakes with apple chutney- wow! For dinner the chef prepared “Coq Au Vin Rouge” for me. Now typically if I can’t read it, or understand it, I’m not going to eat it, but boy am I glad I did. The braised chicken in red wine, dressed with bacon lardoons was amazing. Perfectly prepared and packing a tremendous taste. And on weekends, Veraisons is known throughout the Finger Lakes region for having one of the finest weekend brunches around. 

The nice thing about The Inn at Glenora is that they have several packages that guests can choose from. Whether it is including a sailing adventure to your stay or a complete dinner and breakfast for two, Glenora will accommodate your desires. Located at the southern end of State Route 14, just north of Watkins Glen in Dundee, Glenora is the perfect getaway destination any time of year. Don’t think that wine touring is an autumn thing. It can be a wonderful experience throughout the year. 

For more information or to make reservations at The Inn at Glenora, call 1-800-243-5513 or visit their website at www.glenora.com .