Event Planning

No one knows the Finger Lakes better than those who live here. Experience! The Finger Lakes applies our over 30 years of living in the region to create the perfect events and itineraries for your group.

Call 607-233-4818 to book an event!


  • Conference Events
  • Conference group at Long Point in Finger Lakes

    Experience! The Finger Lakes also offers full destination management services for conferences and meetings held in Ithaca and surrounding areas. Whether it is a group of 10, 50 or 550, we work directly with conference planners to develop, organize and operate conference excursions tailored to meet the interests of conference attendees.

    Examples of Conference Excursions Designed for our Guests

    “Waterfalls, Wine, and Dinner” – This late afternoon tour was perfect for our guests who just completed a business conference and wanted a special evening in Ithaca. It began with an interpretive gorge walk down the Buttermilk Falls gorge trail where they experienced beautiful waterfalls, sink-holes, spires, and troughs. Then we whisked them away for a private after-hours wine tasting at Ithaca’s own Six Mile Creek Vineyard, where they tasted their wonderful selection of wines and grape-based spirits. The tour continued with a pre-arranged lakeside dinner at Ithaca’s very popular Boatyard Grill and ended with transportation back to their hotel.

    “Interpretive Gorge Walk on the Taughannock Falls Gorge Trail” – This tour was designed for a large group of international students whose host wanted to offer them a special way of experiencing the beauty of the Finger Lakes. We helped the host arrange coach transportation to Taughannock Falls State Park, where we provided the guests with an interpretive walk down the “large-group friendly” gorge trail. Each guest received special treats and amenities to round out their experience.

    “The experience was great and very enjoyable, with a lot of attention to detail and very friendly staff/host.”

    “Touring, Tasting, and Dinner on the Cayuga Wine Trail” – This tour was designed to cap-off a two-day inter-collegiate conference. The guests were first treated to fully guided, private wine tastings with carefully-chosen food pairings at Cayuga Ridge and Hosmer Wineries. Then they were taken to Sheldrake Point Vineyards for a private back-of-the-house vineyard and winery tour. After the tour, they were treated to a wine-tasting paired with artisanal cheese, and a lakeside dinner at the elegant Simply Red Bistro.

    Conference Wine-Pairing Receptions

    A guided wine-pairing is the perfect way to give any conference reception a unique Finger Lakes flair. Our regional wine experts will provide informative descriptions of local wine and food pairings that show off the fabulous bounty of the region: the program consists of Finger Lakes wines paired with samples of local cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate. This event will share with guests the art and science behind creating fabulous wine pairings while treating them to a truly local experience.

  • Corporate Events
  • Experience! The Finger Lakes works with companies throughout the region to provide unique and memorable outings for the employees or customers.  Whether it be a team-building excursion with staff, or a customer appreciation wine tour, we work with each company to design the perfect event. Examples of past corporate events include:

    • Afternoon wine tour with farm-to-table wine pairing lunch
    • Wine tour with private vineyard/cellar tour with the owner, wine tasting, and three-course wine-pairing dinner on Cayuga Lake
    • Team building excursion featuring group ropes course, eco-tour lunch cruise on Cayuga Lake, and walk to the base of Taughannock Falls
    • Private winery tour and tasting followed by a jazz-infused cocktail reception and dinner in downtown Ithaca.
    • Private distillery tour followed by a farm-to-table dinner along Seneca Lake
  • Motor Coach Receptive Services and Itineraries
  • Experience! The Finger Lakes provides receptive services for charter groups and motor coach tours interested in exploring the Finger Lakes. We offer full planning and itinerary development and provide step-on guide services to the wineries, gorges and other points of interest in the Finger Lakes.

    Examples of Custom Motor Coach Tours Designed for our Guests

    – Four-day/3-nights – Seneca Lake –
    Accommodations in Geneva, NY, Excursions included: MacKenzie-Childs, Seward House, Skaneateles, Winery Tour, Culinary Demonstration and Lunch at the NY Wine & Culinary Center, Afternoon Boat Cruise, Corning Museum of Glass

    – Three-day/2-nights – Cayuga Lake –

    Accommodations in Ithaca, NY. Excursions included: Ithaca Roaming Lunchtime Tour, Dinner Cruise, Waterfalls, Wineries and Shopping, Summerstock Theater Tickets, Guided walk to Taughannock Falls.

    – Two-days/1-night – Multi-lake Winery Tours

    Accommodations in Ithaca, NY. Excursions included: Winery Tour and Wine Pairing Dinner at a winery, Seneca Lake Banana Belt tour, Natural History and Geological Talk at Ithaca Falls