News from Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

March Maple Weekends are here! Read the upcoming events section to get involved and enjoy with your family.

Maple Sugaring Weekends

Join RMSC Cumming Nature Center for their 45th annual Maple Sugaring Weekends. Visitors can enjoy steaming-hot stacks of locally-sourced pancakes & sausage inside the nature center before heading outdoors for trail demonstrations that explore the science of sap and the long cultural history of tapping maple trees in our region.

Partner Portal Orientation Recap

On February 15th and 27th, FLVC’s Partner Engagement Manager Jessica VanDeMar hosted two orientation events to familiarize our partners with and your capacity to input and update listings and events.

Thank you to all who attended the Partner Portal Orientation in February, we appreciate your participation and feedback on the event. A special thank you to Wood Library and 41 Lakefront Hotel for hosting us. 

In the future, FLVC will use this tool to maintain as a platform for our industry to communicate with each other. You can access the virtual training videos and log-in to update your events and listings on our website, or click the button below. 

Weren’t able to attend orientation? Reach out to Jessica for more information: [email protected]

Sonnenberg Named Winner of 2023 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards

Kudos to Sonnenberg for being awarded their 8th Couple’s Choice Award! Highlights of a Sonnenberg visit include the Lord & Burnham greenhouse (one of the few remaining in the country), the rose garden, the Japanese garden, and the rock garden. Sonnenberg is also home to the Finger Lakes Wine Center, where you can taste wines from 40 wineries – a great first stop to see what wines you are interested in sampling around the region. Congratulations to their incredible staff for making Sonnenberg a destination wedding in Ontario County.

“To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews within its Vendor Directory across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality.” – WeddingWire

The Finger Lakes Team Readies for Golf: The PGA

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Visit Rochester, and the NYS Golf Trail partnered last month to attend the Toronto Golf show to promote Ontario County’s destination golf courses. Pictured below are FLVC’s Tracey Burkey and Visit Rochester’s Rich Mackey who worked alongside Rod Christian from the NYS Golf Trail to promote all our region has to offer.

As a result of attending the show, we brought back 400+ new email leads to follow up with. Ravenwood, located in Victor, has already booked 10 groups as a result of the show. This was a great opportunity to connect with the Canadian golf community to expand our reach to those who enjoy all the Finger Lakes Region has to offer. 

If you have any special offers for golfers this spring, let us know so we can communicate even more reasons to come golf in the FLX. You can do this by editing your listing or adding an event at

Valerie and Cody Take the Cake at the Naples Historical Society

Every year, the Naples Historical Society hosts the Naples Chocolate Cake Contest, a sweet competition where anyone can submit a cake to be tasted and rated by a group of amateur judges. 

This year our very own President, Valerie Knoblauch received the honor of becoming a chocolate-cake judge, and she savored every bite! Pictured above are Cody Grabhorn, executive director of the Ontario County Historical Society, and Valerie Knoblauch putting their taste to the test. Congratulations and thank you to the Naples Historical Society for this fun event!

The Wedding March

Canandaigua wedding businesses are rolling out the red carpets for this special event. Enjoy wedding themed experiences at each business as you stroll through Downtown Canandaigua. Gowns, Attendant Attire, Jewelry, Flowers, Cakes, DJs, Local Venue Options and more. Fashion Shows, “Trash the Dress” Event, Beverage Tastings, Register to Win Opportunities and more!