Visit Ontario County

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 In 2015, New York was named wine region of the year in 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and the Finger Lakes is largely responsible for that accolade. Fodor Travel named Belhurst Castle among its top 10 winter spa resorts.

Also in 2015, the website ranked Geneva and Canandaigua near the top of the list (14th and 153rd, respectively) for attracting young job seekers. These small cities also scored high for affordable rent, low unemployment rates and thriving local economies.

Meanwhile the National Civic League deemed Geneva an All-America City, spotlighting the community initiatives to revitalize downtown and neighborhoods and raise graduation rates.

The media and national organizations are telling us what we already knew. Ontario County is not only a highly desirable place to live and work, but also to visit.

If you are planning a trip to Ontario County for you and your friends or family, or if you are organizing a conference for a large number of people, the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is here to help. The organization’s mission is all about increasing visitorship and strengthening the tourism economy in Ontario County. It works closely with the Office of Economic Development and its partners to showcase the many assets that make Ontario County a perfect location for visitors and business.

FLVC team members can help you find where to stay and what to do while you’re here. They can also assist with event planning, meeting planning, group visits and executive tours. Contact the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection by calling (877) 386-4669 or (585) 394-3915 or go to for more information.

Within the world of fine wines, the Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is a soon-to-be revealed secret. Nestled amidst bucolic farmland and the spindly glacial lakes for which the region is named, it’s home to some of the best cool-climate wines in America …with spectacular sights and a blossoming local food culture, the region is unlikely to stay hidden for long.

Anna Lee C. Iijima
Wine Enthusiast