The happy couple seemed to glow in the soft sunshine of Canandaigua Lake, posing effortlessly in love on the waterfront promenade. They stood in a moment of perfect autumn weather, and the kind of natural beauty that’s made New York’s Finger Lakes a beloved and understated wedding destination—and as much of a treat for guests as it is for the newlyweds.
As one of the country’s favorite wine and food regions, the Finger Lakes now rivals Napa, Sonoma, and even some European destinations for its local vintages, seasonal gastronomy, and all-around natural grandeur; scenic lakefront hills give way to rolling vineyards and historic town centers.
“The summer wedding season is so busy that we commonly see engaged couples reserving event dates midweek, and in the off-season,” says Valerie Knoblauch, CEO and president of Visit Finger Lakes, and a lifelong local resident. “Wedding-support businesses like bakeries, caterers, photographers and videographers, salons, and bridal retailers have really boomed over the past five years.” Knoblauch attributes the region’s nuptial popularity to the delicious essence of the Finger Lakes—primarily its food and wine, showcased by rich farmers markets and growing cideries and creameries.
Each season here brings something special to experience, whether budding spring or splashy summer, radiant fall or cozy winter. There are Finger Lakes wedding venues to discover for every romantic vision, and they just so happen to also make up some of the best places to stay, eat, and explore in every lake town in the historic region. Here are some of the destination wedding scene’s favorites, from a waterfall-backdropped vineyard to an industrial setting inside a historic factory.
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At the top of Seneca Lake is the happening small town of Geneva, home to The Cracker Factory. A former factory turned multi-use event space, the Cracker Factory can accommodate up to 376 people on its 6,000-square-foot, climate-controlled second floor, where hardwood floors, exposed beams, and bricks glow with lofty natural illumination and soft light strands. But it's the details that feel so special here, like the turntable stereo with you-play vinyl, and the separate big bar room with shuffleboard and pool tables, surrounded by custom furnishings made by Cracker Factory owners Brandon and Amy Phillips. (Their studio occupies the first floor.) In the year ahead, look for a new outdoor patio space off the second floor to polish off the venue’s versatility.
A ceremony on the elegant grounds of the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is
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In August 1944, the coastal Breton city of Saint-Malo was nearly wiped off the map. The opening scene of the Netflix limited series All the Light We Cannot See conjures the ferocity of the battle: an American squadron traverses the English Channel in darkness, dodges anti-aircraft fire, then releases its bombs on the Nazi-occupied French port.
December is upon us and for folks in Miami— or in the art world— that means: Art Basel Miami Beach. From December 6 to 10 (by-invitation private viewings are on December 6 and 7), the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to 277 galleries; 25 of which will be participating for the first time, with two-thirds hailing from North and Latin America. In mediums ranging from paintings and sculptures to photography and digital art, some of the resounding themes this year include works that speak to nature, as well as cultural and spiritual geographies.
Let’s face it: New York’s Sutton Place, located in the East 50’s near the East River, isn’t exactly known as a happening part of town. The restaurant options, for one, are few and far between, and the places that do exist are average at best.
Revisiting Panem, the dystopian country in which The Hunger Games novels and movies are set, in prequel film The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes offered director Francis Lawrence an opportunity to present the world through a new lens. Set 64 years before those earlier works, the new film (based on a 2020 novel of the same name) showcases the familiar country just 10 years post-war—the thriving political Capitol, 12 outlying districts. As part of reconstruction, the Capitol has introduced the series' titular competition.
It's about 70 degrees in Pennington, New Jersey, a warm afternoon for October, as we trek from the tomato tunnel to a sprawling rice field. We're on the Blue Moon Acres farm, about 50 miles southwest of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and 75 miles from LaGuardia Airport (LGA).
Girl dinner doesn’t have to be basic. And if you know someone who indulges in girl dinner on a regular basis, this gift guide will help them make the most of doing the least, deliciously of course. Whether it’s specialty tinned fish, internationally sourced snacks, gourmet pasta or dishware that make girl dinner feel gourmet, these girl dinner gifts from around the world elevate the humble meal to a truly gift-worthy occasion.
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