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Tourist attractions & local treasures

Historic Canandaigua Boathouses

Rows of charming wooden boathouses on Canandaigua City Pier have a distinct old village “seaside “charm . The Historic Canandaigua Boathouses rustic beauty and unique personality make a visit to the Canandaigua Pier a Summer bucket list activity. If you ever find yourself in the Canandaigua area, make it a point to schedule time to …

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Phelps Sauerkraut Festival

Post Updated 8/1/2017 Nestled in the Finger Lakes region just north of Geneva in Ontario County is the small village of Phelps. First settled in 1793, today Phelps is a charming little community that once was the largest producer of sauerkraut in the world. I can only imagine the olfactory experience Phelps must have been …

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Upcoming Public Tour of Willard Asylum for the Insane

updated 4/22/2016  Willard Asylum for the Insane In a nutshell Willard officially opened in 1869. By 1877  Willard, at 475 acres (1500 patients) was the largest asylum in the United States1 .  In 1995 Willard Psychiatric Center closed its doors, but a portion of the campus is a  New York State Department of Corrections rehabilitation facility for inmates. Obviously, …

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Book Review: A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites

I remember when I first learned that salt potatoes are a regional dish. I was shocked that the rest of the country is oblivious to what is clearly the best way ever to prepare potatoes. Salt potatoes are so popular in Upstate New York I can not imagine a family picnic, carnival or fireman’s chicken barbecue …

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The local legend of a mysterious face of a woman showing in a white marking on a granite gravestone is shared by Chris Clemens.

Lady In Granite, Penn Yan, NY

I am excited to have a guest writer today!  The local legends surrounding the mysterious face of a woman showing in a white marking on a granite gravestone in Penn Yan is shared here by Chris Clemens, a local history buff, and  friend I almost  met at the Willard Tour. Thank you Chris for sharing this! …

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