October 23, 2021

Finger Lakes a finalist for Frommer’s 2020

Best places to go?

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Skiers go down a slope Saturday at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil.

From wineries to skiing, the Finger Lakes has an activity for everyone, said Meghan Lawton, the executive director for the Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau, explaining why she’s pushing people to vote for the Finger Lakes as one of a travel guide’s best destinations.

“It’s an incredible destination,” she said. “You can come in and enjoy the Finger Lakes any time of the year.”

She is asking people to vote to add the region to travel guide Frommer’s “Best Places to Go in 2020” list. The region has been listed as one of the five “Best of 2020 Reader’s Choice” destinations people can vote on as part of the list.

Voting runs until Sunday with the winner posted on the travel guide’s website.

Cast your vote
To vote, visit www.frommers.com/slideshows/848383 -frommer-s-best-places-to-go-in-2020

Some of the region’s biggest attractions include its history, arts, culture, craft beers and local wines, Lawton said. Big winter attractions include skiing and snowboarding in Cortland County at places such as Greek Peak Mountain Resort, she said.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which prohibited denying women the right to vote.

The Finger Lakes will celebrate its connection to women’s suffrage, ranging from Seneca County to the village of Homer. Additionally, Lawton pointed to the festivals such as The Great Cortland Pumpkin Fest, which was rated the fourth best fall festival in the country last year as part of USA Today’s “10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards,” and the natural foliage as large draws to the region in the fall. “We are always recognizing that this is a great place to visit and to be put on a worldwide stage would be great for the entire region,” Lawton said.

Jennifer Norris, who was skiing Saturday at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil with boyfriend, Sergei Dickstein, said the people help make the region great.

“It feels just very homey,” Norris said. “Everyone’s very welcoming.”

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Daniel Lynch and Natalya Gordinier observe Gracie Pond Saturday at Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortlandville.

Norris, who is originally from Geneva but now lives in San Diego, also liked the feeling of the cities and that they “have a small-town vibe and aren’t overwhelming but aren’t so small town that there’s not a lot to do,” she said.

Daniel Lynch and Natalya Gordinier of Homer were hiking at Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortlandville when said they enjoyed the environment and scenery of the Finger Lakes.

Lynch said his favorite place to visit is Skaneateles while Gordinier said she likes Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca.

“You’re sitting in the middle of a giant carved-out glacial lake,” Lynch said about Skaneateles. “It’s beautiful.”

He also liked that visiting places in the region isn’t very expensive and there is a good balance between urban and rural places.

As for Gordinier?

“I think you never get tired of visiting new places to go to and exploring new things,” Gordinier said.