August Happenings Around the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Events

Like many people, you may be planning to take your well-deserved vacation during August, the last good month to enjoy the lazy days of summer. While planning your travels, check out our fabulous Finger Lake Rentals Skaneateles and also take a moment to see what kind of fun things there are to do that will coincide with your places to stay in the Finger Lakesvisit. Fortunately, when you want to get out and about around the Finger Lakes region there is certainly plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Bike Tioga:
Go out for a day of scenic bicycle riding during this event put on by the Rotary Club and Tourism Office. Take a scenic ride off the beaten path that includes both some hills along with flat terrain. This area is absolutely beautiful in the summer. Riders have their choice of four bike routes. Riders may stop along the way to enjoy refreshments while resting. Tour routes are in Chemung, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

21st Annual Glorious Garlic Festival:
Fox Run Vineyards is the place to be if you love food that includes the flavor of fresh garlic.  The Garlic Festival hosts Local chefs who will be on hand to give cooking demonstrations. Enjoy live musical entertainment, wine and food while taking in the beautiful view of Seneca Lake.

Canandaigua Lady Themed Boat Cruise:
Relax and have a great time while cruising on the magnificent Canandaigua Lady steamboat. The boat is having several themed cruises in August. On August 4th put your thinking cap on for Trivia Night. Prepare to sing along to Karaoke on August 18th. Take part in a tasty Root Beer Social on August 23rd. On Saturday, August 31st you will be in awe as you witness the Ring of Fire.

Monday Fundays at the Erie Canal Museum:
Each Monday during the month of August the museum is offering a unique fun-filled learning experience for the whole family. Children learn about history while participating in hands-on activities. Activities include a scavenger hunt and making homemade butter.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen:
Come and watch the excitement of NASCAR racing during this annual series while you stay at one of our Finger Lakes luxury rentals. Racing takes place between August 8 to 11. Top racing stars will be doing their best to out maneuver each other as they continue their chase for the Sprint Cup. Watkins Glen International or The Glen, as skaneateles vacation rentalsit is affectionately called, is located near Seneca Lake.

Farm-to-Table Wine & Cooking Class Tour:
Go on a truly unique Finger Lakes tour as regional chef Samantha Buyskes escorts you through the various stages of creating a delicious local meal. First stop takes you to a real working farm where you’ll get to see the source of food and taste organic produce. The tour heads to the Silver Thread Vineyards to soak up the winery experience. Finally, join Chef Samantha for a cooking demonstration as she prepares an exquisite meal with locally grown foods. Tour takes place on August 10.

Starkey’s Cookout – Wings, Brew & BBQ Festival:
Bring a large appetite over to Starkey’s Lookout on the shores of Seneca Lake. Starkey’s has become the place to be due in large part to its popular events. On August 17, they will be hosting this fun festival where you can taste local craft beers, munch on some succulent chicken wings and barbecue while enjoying live music. Children under 21 and designated drivers get discounted tickets.

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Summertime Means Baseball: The Finger Lake Region is Home to Several Professional Baseball Teams

Baseball is often considered to be the “great American pastime” because it is a game that is beloved by people from many walks of life. Pretty much everywhere you go in America during the summertime you’ll find a group finger lakes vacation rentalsgathering around the ball diamond to have some fun playing a friendly game. Lots of baseball lovers become lifelong fans of a Major League Baseball (MLB) team. However, you don’t have to have an allegiance to any particular team to enjoy going to watch a live game on a sunny day. This is especially true if you are visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York.

When baseball loving guests arrive at their favorite Finger Lakes Rentals vacation spot they are often surprised to find out that they can enjoy live professional baseball. The region is home numerous professional and semi – pro teams including three active MLB affiliate teams that provide plenty of summertime fun for fans.

The three teams are:

Binghamton Mets – AA affiliate of the NY Mets

Rochester Red Wings – AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins

Syracuse Chiefs – AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals

All three are part of the U.S. minor league baseball system. Or, put in more casual terms, they are a farm team for their major league counterparts. Professional farm teams give fans a glimpse of players at different stages of their careers. Affiliate teams are considered training grounds for talented players on the rise. Rookies with potential to play in the major leagues are groomed at the Triple-A level before getting a shot at big league play. You can come out and watch a future sports star in the making.

Another great reason to come to these games is that you get to see popular major league players that are temporarily playing minor league ball. Usually, these guys are recovering from an injury and getting themselves back into tip-top shape.

Minor league baseball offers just as much excitement as any professional game, except you can enjoy all of the fun without shelling out big bucks for seats. All of the Finger Lakes affiliate teams have ongoing special promotions where they give away free hot dogs, cola drinks and various cool items. For instance, the Syracuse Red Wings has a birthday promotion that features balloons, game tickets, your birthday announced to the whole park, a mascot visit, personalized cake and a special gift for the birthday guest of honor.

Celebrity appearances and autograph signings are also popular happenings at the ballpark. But, of course, the main attraction is spending a day watching teams play the time-honored game of baseball. There is nothing quite like sitting in the stand with family and friends as you root for a player to make it safely across home plate.

While you are enjoying your stay at a Finger Lakes Rental property, consider taking a day trip to a nearby stadium to enjoy a professional baseball game. You are sure to have a fun time while seeing some of the game’s best players in action.




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