For Immediate Release:

December 20, 2018

Media Contact:
Lisa Burns
Executive Director, FLRTC
O: 585-484-8844
C: 585-410-1528
Tourism Industry Continues to Grow in Finger Lakes Region As New Businesses Open 
Finger Lakes Region welcomes 16 new tourism assets
Pittsford, N.Y. -  The Finger Lakes Region has welcomed many new businesses, accommodations, attractions, culinary options and more over the past 12 months. The growth of assets in the popular vacation region matches the growth in visitors and visitor spending, as recognized by the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC), the official tourism promotion agency of the Finger Lakes Region. These offerings invite visitors to enjoy, indulge and experience the Finger Lakes - including the new tourism assets:

ACCOMMODATIONS
 
Within walking distance from the award-winning Letchworth State Park, Letchworth Farm B&B invites guests to stay in one of four beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms with access to the rest of the main house, sitting room, library and dining room. Letchworth Farm is located in Nunda, NY on a stunning, professional 88-acre equestrian estate. One of the hosts, Daisy, is an international level event rider and was Madonna's personal riding coach for many years. Guests are treated to a traditional English fried breakfast of English sausages, English bacon, farm eggs, black pudding, field mushrooms and tomatoes.
 
Another property graced with beautiful trees and gardens is BrickInn, located in Mt. Morris. This 1915 brick colonial has been lovingly refurbished, featuring completely updated guestrooms that are bright, fresh and comfortable with a touch of vintage flair honoring the home's original detail. Each new en-suite bathroom has a large tiled shower with rainfall shower head, heated towel warmer and heated tile floors. A full breakfast is served each morning featuring many locally produced items and a hot entrée of your choice - sweet or savory.

Corning's newest hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Corning , opened in August 2018, just two blocks from the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass. The hotel features 125 guest rooms, conference and meeting space, an indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant and wireless internet. It's also conveniently located across the river from the shops, galleries and restaurants that line historic Market Street.

CRAFT BEVERAGE
 
Since opening in August 2018, Liquid Shoes Brewing out of Corning, NY has quickly developed a loyal following. The space itself gives off a cool vibe, thanks to its open concept, fun décor and historic elements. In addition to its excitement for collaborating with other local businesses, the brewery's imaginative and highly drinkable brews make it one of the most popular spots in the region. Stop in for their Kung Fu Bicycle IPA, Blonde Ale or New England IPA to try for yourself!
 
The most awarded farm cidery in the country in 2017, Cider Creek Hard Cider opened a new tasting room just off the Village Square in Hammondsport. Visitors can sample Cider Creek's deliciously creative hard ciders as well as a rotating list of craft brews, wines and spirits from across New York State. Complete the visit with one of their popular wood-fired pizzas.
 
Ithaca's newest brewery, Salt Point Brewery, sits just north of the city on Cayuga Lake's east shore. Their great craft beer selection is paired with daily soups and a fan favorite - shredded buffalo chicken tacos topped with ranch slaw.
 
This fall, Trumansburg welcomed Bet the Farm to their winery lineup. This is the second location for veteran winery professionals, Kit Kalfs and Nancy Tisch. Bet the Farm is known for its Traminette (named Best Finger Lakes White Wine at the Finger Lakes Foodie Awards) as well as their unique Twice Noir blend.
 
Since its launch in early 2018, Hollerhorn Distilling has created an experience to be enjoyed among family and friends. Their spirit room combines live music, tasty food to bite or share and high-quality spirits that are handcrafted and bottled in Naples, NY.
 
WeBe Brewing is a farm and micro-brewery with emphasis on Belgian-style beers made in small, quality batches. Since its opening in March of 2018, the brewery has become a gathering spot in Geneva for all - including furry, four-legged friends. The husband and wife team, Dan and Colleen Lieberg, believe strongly in being a part of the community, and even work with a local farmer to recycle all of their spent grains so nothing goes to waste.
 
CUISINE
 
Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor in Hammondsport has been a local favorite for 30 years. In 2018, it reopened with a new look, new philosophy and new and improved offerings. It continues to serve its mouth-watering ice cream treats as well as tasty breakfast and lunch options. The landmark recently underwent an extensive remodeling and upgrade - but the quaint old-school diner vibe remains!
 
The oldest building on the Village Square in Hammondsport, originally built in 1828, received a face-lift and renovations in 2018. The Park Inn & Restaurant  opened in the summer - first as a dinner restaurant - followed by the inn in October with five tastefully appointed guest rooms. This December, the inn brought on Chef Dan Eaton, who revamped The Park Inn's menu and philosophy. Chef Dan is a longtime fixture in the Rochester dining scene and hosted "Cooking at Home" on Time Warner Cable for 12 years.
 
Stewart's Family Farm Creamery and Store  opened its doors in Howard, NY in early December. Already widely popular throughout the region for its products found across various farm markets, Stewart's offers a range of local farm products including beef, lamb, goat cheese, maple syrup and fresh baked bread. To sweeten the deal, Stewart's also makes their own goat's milk maple ice cream.
 
From the team that brought the award-winning F.L.X. Table to Geneva's Linden Street comes their newest venture - F.L.X. Fry Bird . Christopher Bates and Isabel Bogadtke are spicing up the streets and bringing chicken sammies and waffles to another level. Their deep-fried foods paired with spiked slushies (or slushy cocktails) make it a great stop during a wine tour or while enjoying the downtown late-night scene.
 
It's back! After a tragic fire in 2017, Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake  is back and better than ever. Their hand-crafted cocktails, affordable prices and relaxed atmosphere have been drawing locals and visitors to the north end of Canandaigua Lake for years. But it's their fresh angus steaks, seafood and pasta that make it a cut above the rest.

ATTRACTIONS AND SHOPS
 
The New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center highlights the role that New York and its residents have played in the struggle for women's rights, abolition, civil rights and the more recent  efforts for LGBTQ rights. Located in Auburn, known as "history's hometown," the center's interactive maps and displays, videos and historic speeches provide an intimate look  into the heroes, heroines and events that helped broaden the definition of human rights in ways  that have impacted the entire nation.
 
Since 1994, Lamplighter Publishing has been producing a collection of 190 rare books infused with biblical insights and heroic, godly role models to be emulated by young and old. Over 30,000 books are printed and hand-crafted at their bindery in Mt. Morris. New in 2018, Lamplighter Ministries Book Store, opened on-site in their beautifully restored historic home.
 
Bristol Mountain has been a favorite among skiers for years but has been upping its efforts to foster world-class talent. With its high point terrain park and freestyle aerial jump training and competition site, it is now one of the premier facilities across the country. In fact, Team USA plans on training on Bristol's slopes in January prior to the start of the World Cup.
 
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"We're excited to see businesses and tourism attractions thriving across the Finger Lakes region," says Rebecca Maffei, Chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council and Director of Tioga County Tourism. "Visitors have more reasons than ever to spend time in our area of the state. These assets not only attract new visitors, they encourage repeat visitors to come back and see what's new."
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The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

The breathtaking Finger Lakes takes its name from eleven lakes spanning the region like a giant handprint, stretching from its easternmost point in Onondaga County to its westernmost border in Livingston County, near Letchworth State Park. Boasting a mix of nature trails and natural beauty, wineries and breweries scattered across the region, and quaint villages close to large metropolitan areas, the Finger Lakes Vacation Region has a plethora of tourist attractions within its borders.

In January 2014, the 14 Official County Tourism Promotion Agencies of the Finger Lakes Vacation Region formed a 501(c)(3) organization known as the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC). The FLRTC Board includes representation from all 14 TPAs and counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates. For information about attractions and events throughout the Finger Lakes region, visit www.fingerlakestravelny.com or call 1-888-408-1693.