About Us

10 year anniversary grapicExperience! The Finger Lakes is committed to sharing the best the Finger Lakes has to offer with our guests. The company is owned and operated by local Ithacans, Laura and Alan Falk, who are passionate about the region.

Since 2007, Laura and Alan have been totally committed to providing guests with the highest-quality experiences in the region: fun, informative, personalized, and affordable. Laura is a certified sommelier, a WSET 3 certified wine educator, and holds a PhD in food and nutrition, so our specialty is offering premium culinary experiences from immersive wine tours to personalized pairing events.

Today, Experience! The Finger Lakes has grown into one of the area’s most popular attractions and the top-rated touring company in the Finger Lakes. We are recognized by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, as one of the Top 10 wine tours in the United States, and the #1 tour in the Finger Lakes region. Our sight-seeing tours have been recognized by Best Things New York as one of the 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in New York State. Through our premium tours and custom events, our goal is to help our guests love the Finger Lakes as much as we do.

Come tour and engage in the region’s glorious bounty with us and find out why those of us who live here stay here, and those who visit come back again and again.

Our Story

Laura and Alan Falk have lived and experienced the Finger Lakes for over 25 years. After 20 years working “straight-jobs” – Alan as a software engineer, and Laura, first as a manager in a software company, and then as a nutrition researcher at Cornell University – they  began to yearn for the “next big adventure.”

Here is how they explain their story:
Our epiphany came in 2006 on a 3-week RV trip in Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks. We used a wonderful touring company to help plan our trip, and one morning while studying our custom  itinerary, we looked at each other and said, “We can do this! We live in a wonderful tourist destination, and while there is so much to do, there is nobody in the area that helps pull it all together for our visitors!”

Six-months later, Experience! The Finger Lakes, LLC was founded. We consider ourselves concierge to the region – providing our guests maximum enjoyment with minimal effort.