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North America » United States » New York » Geneva October 9th 2020

Poet, novelist, and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont. His latest work of fiction is url=, which is Book Three of the Maine Murder Mystery series. Walking on the Gorge Trail of Watkins Glen State Park, located near the south end of Seneca Lake (one of the state's renowned Finger Lakes), I became immediately aware of the insignificance of the human sp... read more
Creek Running Through Resort Property
Vista from Porch of Cabin
Waterfall In Gorge

North America » United States » New York » Geneva June 19th 2018

Growing up in Geneva and the Finger Lakes, I did not truly appreciate the beauty and culture of the area until after I had moved away. I lived in Southern California for 10 years, and tasted throughout that area in various types of wineries. I've also tasted in Italy, Germany, Spain, and other areas in the U.S. I was convinced that I liked California Reds and Finger Lakes Whites and that was that. For the last ten years or so, the red wines in the Finger Lakes have improved dramatically, as well as the options for dry wines. I have worked at a local winery for more than two years and this has opened my eyes to the region as a whole. It helps that I get free tastings at any area winery as well as ... read more
Lacey Magruder
Toro Run

North America » United States » New York » Geneva June 27th 2017

Well, I have no excuse for not having posted for a while; I have been just plain lazy! That, and perhaps, deep down, I am not ready to acknowledge that we are so close to the end of this chapter of our life. It seems surreal that we have been gone for 10 months! We continue to meet new people along the way and it serves to demonstrate just how many nice people there are in the world! I know “Canadians” have a reputation of being so friendly and helpful, but honestly, everywhere we have travelled, we have met locals who are so willing to befriend you and go out of their way to give you a hand. It goes to show you that no matter where you are from; your nationality, religion, politics, culture, has ... read more
Docked at Brewerton
Brewerton Raceway
Ruins of an Aqueduct

North America » United States » New York » Geneva May 19th 2015

The final leg of the trip was spending a week relaxing with my parents at home. After camping, it was just a few mores til we got there. It's been 18 years since I lived there, and my room no longer exists, but it is always home. We ordered some good New York pizza (Cam's!) and just chilled for the rest of the night. We generally just hang out when I'm home like this, but my dad and I usually go wine tasting. This we did three times - so fun. We got a passport - for $15 you can get a booklet of a bunch of wineries and the tasting fees are covered, so we hit a few that we had never been to before. We went to the following: White Springs winery and brewery ... read more
Anthony Road Winery
Sauders Market
Sauders Market

North America » United States » New York » Geneva April 23rd 2014

I had booked business class again on my red eye to Geneva, via Atlanta on Delta. I had forgotten that domestic business did not automatically come with lounge privileges. I decided to purchase it for $25 to give it a whirl; it was not worth it. However, the flight itself totally was. I purposely booked another airplane with lay down seats, even though it took me to one of my least favorite airports (Atlanta) instead of my favorite airport (Detroit). That was worth it. I was able to get a solid three hours of sleep on the flight, immediately laying my bed down once we took off. So by the time I landed in Rochester, I felt refreshed. I always love getting to the airport and seeing my parents greet me - it makes me so ... read more
Sauder's Mennonite Market
Seneca Canal
Easter Sunday after egg hunt

North America » United States » New York » Geneva July 11th 2013

Thank you AAA tour book. We needed a break coming from Niagara Falls to Albany and Geneva-on-the-Lake filled the bill in grand style. The ad in AAA said 2 or 3 night minimum stays; but it was Sunday and we had a feeling they would find us a suite. Our instincts were correct. Our suite (that's all there is) was gorgeous. There was a full kitchen (which we didn't use) and a bottle of NYS wine in the fridge of our fabulous suite. We relaxed, had a great candlelight dinner with live piano, toured the beautiful grounds, peeked a corner of sunset from Seneca Lake, and ended up in the parlor chatting with the GM. Breakfast served on the Patio (complimentary Continental of fruit, coffee and pastry more than suited us; but full breakfasts are available ... read more
Art Galore at Geneva On The Lake
Meet at the Dock For Free Pontoon Rides
Meticulous Croquet and Bocci Courts

North America » United States » New York » Geneva July 11th 2013

Ventosa Vineyaards is at 3440 Route 96 A in Geneva, NY. It's a literal "stone's throw" from the NYS Thruway and accessible from either exit 41 (Seneca Falls / Waterloo) or 42 (Geneva). There are many wineries in the Seneca Lake region. We chose this one for its proximity to our inn on the other side of the lake and because it was near the NYS Thruway. We were on our way home from Niagara Falls and were watching our time. The winery is lovely. Great tasting room & gift shop, lovely porch overlooking the vineyard and the lake, lunch and dinner served daily, wonderful setting for weddings and banquets!... read more
Working Winery
Wes & the Winery View
Gift Shop & Tasting Room

North America » United States » New York » Geneva March 20th 2013

I flew late (midnight) the night of 8th March. I first flew into Amsterdam, where we landed at about 5am. I had more than 4 hours until my next flight, so I decided to explore a little bit. I had checked both my bags, so all I had were my kindle, laptop and purse with me. I actually managed to sleep pretty well on the flight, but I was feeling gross because I had worked right up to the last minute before leaving on my flight, having had no time to shower and change. When (YAY!) I see signs for a shower. And look - it was at the Mercure as well! I walked in, not sure what to expect and a nice lady was working the desk. She set me up for my 15 euro ... read more
Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam Airport
Amsterdam Airport

North America » United States » New York » Geneva May 29th 2012

I have been spending the last few days relaxing (sorta) at home with my family. I thought I would be sleeping the whole time, and in fact I had hoped to, but I do feel well rested, even on just a few hours of sleep a night. I took it pretty easy on Sunday, which was nice. Monday, Memorial Day, my Jersey cousins came to spend the day after having competed in a race in Ottawa. It was good to see so many before I take off; we tend to be able to get together at least once a year for some family time. This year has been more than usual, but their kids are so great. Lucy (my parents' Westie) has been following me around the whole time; I think she knows I am leaving ... read more
The clan

North America » United States » New York » Geneva May 27th 2012

My last week consisted of lots of goodbyes. I had lunch with some Fugroians at Victoria Pub on Monday, where some gave me advice on my new adventure, followed by cheesecake that afternoon. Malibu gave hosted an incredible luncheon - I believe Marianne made most of it, with other people contributing, like Patricia and Steve. Delicious chicken wings, and chicken with roasted vegetables to put on large sandwich rolls with hummus or ricotta spreads. Also some coucous and quinoa salads - Marianne said she wanted me to get a feel for what I might be eating; if it's that good there, I won't lose the weight that I'm expecting to!!! I had sushi with Pete on Monday, followed by bowling with him and Mike. Tuesday night was a final drink with Reina and Juan, and then ... read more
Gwosh and Bot
Renaissance Hotel

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