Take a tour of Widmers winery and grape fields.
The official tour of the "cellar" takes about a half hour and it is interesting if you have never been on a wine tour before (otherwise it is the same old, same old). After the tour you are invited to taste some of the wines (and they show you the best techniques for judging wines).
After that you are lead to the gift shop where you can now buy some of the wines you saw being aged and have already tasted. The gift shop also has momentos and souveniers of your visit (mugs, refrigerator magnets, tee shorts, etc.).
The whole visit takes about an hour and a half. You can also take outdoor pictures of the country side from up on the hills overlooking the grape vines. Everything but the gift shop was free.
Small stores set up side by side like a little village with entertainment in the main square.
Artists and crafts vendors exhibit and sell their wares in their own private shops that are connected via a country walkway that gives the shoppers the ability to easily go to the shops that most interest them. At one end of the rows of shops is an old fashioned farmers' market where you can get fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, honey and knickknacks like cornhusk dolls.
The crafts people give live demonstrations of their specialties (glass blowing, chain saw art, bead work, quilting, ec.)
Open very weekend in the summer, from 10am to 5pm, the stores provide a unique experience in shopping. Parking and entertainment are free. Food vendors are also available for finger foods and beverages. There are over 70 shops to browse among the beautiful hill country of Naples.
Naples includes these communities:
Hunt Hollow... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cd146/
Semans Corner... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cdb65/
part of Woodville... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/ce110/
The annual Grape Festival is held in Naples the last weekend of September. It draws tens of thousands of people to this normally quiet rural area. In the town, arts and craft vendors abound along with live entertainment. There is the grape parade and the grape pie contest.
Food vendors and wine tours are there for the asking (and the price); every other event is free.
It takes place along Main Street and Memorial Town Park on route 21.
Because there are so few roads into the area, the traffic jams are horrendous (taking an hour to travel 3 miles is not unheard of). Many of the surrounding communities provide park-and-ride facilities. Parking in Naples itself is a nightmare.
see the website below for details of time and date and suggestions for transportation.
Naples is placed in the top 20% of safe places to visit in New York State. All of its crime statistics show that the crime rate is half of what an average city would be. During the fall there is a lot of tourism in the area and the large crowds provide a target area for thieves.
Also during the wine tasting season there are a lot of people on the road who may have had a bit too much tasting; so drive defensively.
There are also 5 registered sex offenders in the area (see website below).
You can feel pretty safe in your visit to Naples but remember to practice security procedures like locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight (in the trunk of your car rather than on the back seat). Don't make yourself a target. Be smart and be safe.
We generally call it cross-country skiing but the official name is nordic skiing... skis where the heel is not attached to the ski and you can "walk" by lift-and-slide technique.
The Cummings Nature Trail has 15 miles of natural trails which are kept cleared in winter. There are periodic stopping stations where you can get warm. The people running the center provide basic lessons... you should be able to ski proficiently after about 20 minutes of instructions. They encourage people to trail-ski in groups or at least pairs to prevent problems. There are exposure warnings posted when the temperatures stay below freezing and the wind chills stay below 20F.
You can call the phone number below to get information on costs and equipment and bests times to participate. The center is open normally from Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
to get there:
6472 Gulick Road
from Naples, go west a short distance on route 36 then north on Gulick Road about five miles.
from Honeoye Lake, go east a short distance on route 33, then south on Pinewood Hill Road and south for five miles on Gulick Road
$35-$45 will get you 18 holes and a cart (discounts also apply depending on age, tee time and day of week). Eighteen holes here is a long half day because of the topography. I suggest getting a cart unless you are in very good shape.
For the most part, the fairways are open with wide roughs and only a random tree near the fairway. So if you play smart and control your swing (instead of over-powering) then you will find that you will have no problem staying in the fairway. Some of the teeing areas are waisted (have trees close to tee area) but the trees are not so close as to cause much problems. Four holes have water hazards and they are near the green so second ball placement is critical on those holes. Several holes have elevated tees or elevated greens which means you will have to do a club adjustment to prevent hitting over or under the target.
When you finish you can stop in at the restaurant (Pub 1056) for a beverage and finger foods. They have a regular dining room or you can sit outside on the deck which is more comfortable when a nice breeze is blowing.
If you want to spend a night in Naples and do not already have accomodations, you might try the Inn at Reservoir Creek. I have not done so, but if you are interested, just check out "The Inn" option on the home page shown below. That way you could be up early and just roll out of bed and right onto the fairway. It is listed as one of the top five Bed and Breakfast places in the area.
Equipment: The pro shop on-site provides any needed equipment you neglected to bring. They even have a clothing line. The people at the pro shop can perform minor equipment repairs and give you tips on how to play the course. You might want to get a box of balls to have for the holes with water hazards.