I had a conversation recently with a friend who moved to the Finger Lakes Region after spending many of her professional years in New York City. Her family is from this area, so she was able to adjust fairly quickly. One of the things she noticed was immediately different was the pace of everyday life here compared to the pace of a metropolitan area. This region is mainly rural, with villages and cities sprinkled throughout, and many of us would agree that living here is a little slower, a little easier. Driving through the country, and even the city, it seems the majority of people in vehicles are courteous and respectful. Shop clerks take the time to chat and share a little bit of what’s going on in their lives.
People may think that by living here, compared to a large city, they are giving up culture and good food. There are, however, many venues within driving distance for someone to experience good theatre, art and music. Each local city, whether large or small, features signature restaurants that serve excellent fare. Even nearby wineries and breweries provide delicious food and, of course, wine and beer. Don’t forget about dessert – there are a number of chocolate/candy shops creating innovative delicacies, like coconut-curry truffles, in the area (page 54). The locations of many of these establishments are simply beautiful – with views of rolling hills, farmland or the Finger Lakes themselves.
Another reason the region is special is because of the many opportunities to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. My editor’s choice this year from the annual photo contest (page 44) is a heartwarming photo of a man and his dog enjoying the scenery at Ontario County Park. This photo, taken by Julie Bertram, epitomizes the essence of why we love to live here: the simple enjoyment of spending time outside in a beautiful area with your best friend.
by Mark Stash