Clifton Springs grew from the well-known benefits of the sulphur springs which runs through the village. Back when various therapies were based more in conjecture and spiritual beliefs more than true scientific facts, Clifton Springs drew in thousands of visitors over the years for the healing properties the springs provided.
Today, no visit to the Finger Lakes area is complete without a stop in Clifton Springs. The quaintness experienced here is typified in the Victorian-era architecture and period buildings. Make sure you include a stop in Clifton Springs when traveling around the region. You won't regret it.
June: Annual Sulphur Springs Festival Downtown Clifton Springs
Held the first Friday (evening) and Saturday (morning into evening) of June, activities include: live music; car show; talent competition; entertainment & games for kids; food; chalk art; duck derby; historic fashion show; wine & beer walk; and more! The festival concludes with a giant parade of 1,000+ participants! Photo by 27K Photography
December: Annual Festival of Lights Downtown Clifton Springs
The charm that is evident during the day comes alive at night as downtown is bathed in festive holiday lights! Festival includes Santa; horse-drawn wagon rides; ice sculpting; live music & entertainment; street vendors; access to an historic chapel with rare Tiffany mosaic; and additional special activities for children. Enjoy complimentary hot drinks to warm your bones, and plenty of family fun to warm your hearts. Photo courtesy of FLVC Watch a brief Festival of Lights Video
You can start, or end, your day with a fantastic meal at Warfield's Restaurant. With a 5-star menu, and an affordable price, Warfield's has something delicious for everyone. Seasonal and monthly menus ensure you'll never get tired of their fine cuisine. Visit the Warfield’s Restaurant Web Site.
Foster Cottage Museum
Next, a visit to the Foster Cottage a few doors down will enlighten you to the complete history of Clifton Springs and its golden past. You'll learn about The Sanitarium and its impact on the area. Plus you'll be able to see plenty of exhibits highlighting many of the items found at the Sanitarium. Old photographs of Clifton Springs at the turn of the century are abundant. A must-see for history buffs.
The building was constructed about 1854 as a social center for Dr. Henry Foster, his wife, and his guests. He did not live in the residence to begin with, as he preferred to have rooms in his Water Cure Facility, now known as the Spa Apartments. Early residents were his brothers, Hubbard and William Foster.
The house is unique in that the siding gives the appearance of stone although it is made of wood. The front section of the house now serves as a museum for the Clifton Springs Historical Society. Much of the exterior has retained its original construction. Parts of the building that had fallen into disrepair have been renewed and strengthened. Located on Main Street, it's a fine example of period construction and must be seen when visiting Clifton Springs.
When visiting the museum, learn about why the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA, which followed a name change) was founded in Clifton Springs in 1917. Catch a glimpse of how that was then celebrated in Clifton Springs for its 50th Anniversary and again for its 100th Anniversary in 2017! For a video of the 2017 celebration, click here.
John Brown Memorial Park
Want to relax? Take a stroll over to the village park. Just a few steps from downtown Clifton Springs. The kids can work off some energy at the well-maintained playground. You can relax under the shaded pavilion; a replica of the one that was formerly located across the street from the Sanitarium, now the Spa Apartments. You can check out the sulphur springs first hand as it runs right through the park, and comes out of a fountain in the center of the pavilion.
After a long day of site seeing, shopping, and dining, relax at The Springs. Part of the Clifton Springs Hospital, The Springs has everything a 'day-spa' has to offer, with all the proven medicinal advantages as well. Dr. Foster was right about the sulphur springs. And today, you too can take advantage of the cleansing benefits with proven techniques and modern conveniences available today.
Years ago, Dr. Henry Foster believed that the Sulphur waters were a cure for many ills. Today, that idea still exists, but with sound medical principles and scientific facts to support that belief. The Springs at Clifton Springs Hospital offers a mix of holistic medical practices complimented by conventional Western medicine.
The Springs offers Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic Care, Classical Chinese Medicine, Energy Therapies, Holistic Nursing, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, and Massage Therapy among others.
Open Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm (6pm on Tuesday & Thursday) by appointment. They are also open every Saturday. The sulphur baths can usually be accomodated on the same day, but please call ahead. Their number is 315-462-0390. Visit The Springs web site here.
The Chapel Tiffany Mosaic
Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who founded Tiffany’s jewelry studios in Manhattan is responsible for the “fravrile“ glass mosaic that hangs in the chapel of the Sanitarium Apartments Building, otherwise known as The Spa Apartments on Main Street of Clifton Springs. Favrile glass is an iridescent glass with rich colors from deep blue to purple and from green to yellow-gold which resembles the colors in a peacock or the wing-covers of some beetles. Leonardo Da Vinci did the original painting of the Last Supper, but the rendition in the Spa Apartments chapel is a copy of the painting done by the American Artist, Frederic Wilson, which is a more gentle, quiet version of Christ and his disciples.
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Annual Events in Clifton Springs Subject to change. Please confirm with organizer. Sorry for any omissions. Click here for PDF version.
Throughout The Year
Clifton Springs YMCA
Clifton Springs Library
Main Street Arts Exhibits, Workshops, Film Screenings
Tunes by the Tracks
CSHS / Foster Cottage Museum
Phelps Community Center
YMCA Daddy-Daughter Dance
Valentine’s Dinner Dance Benefits Boy Scout Troop 59
Spaghetti Dinner Sponsored by CS Rotary Club
Old Tick’s Saloon Benefits House of John & PCC
Chicken & Biscuit Luncheon St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. Patrick’s Day Party at Ashton Place
Spring & Summer
Midlakes School Spring Theatre Production
Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored and Organized by CS Grange
68th Annual Spring Smorgasbord First Baptist Church
Memorial Day Parade Hosted by American Legion Post 457 Family
Strawberry Festival at Ashton Place
Sulphur Springs Festival First Saturday in June + Evening Prior
Museum & CS Community Day
Annual Golf Tournament Benefits House of John
Warfield’s Restaurant Garden Concert Series
Theater by the Brook Free Performance by Professional Actor(s)
Phelps – CS Community Theater Show
Concerts at Rotary Park Series
Annual Golf Tournament United Way of Ontario County
Fall & Holidays Season
Chicken & Biscuit Luncheon St. John’s Episcopal Church
69th Annual Pot Roast Supper First Baptist Church
Harvest Fest & Chili Cook-off at Ashton Place
Night Terrors (Haunted House)
Spooktacular! Friday before or of Halloween
Midlakes School Autumn Theatre Production
Winemaker’s Dinner at Warfield’s Benefits House of John
Veterans Day Ceremony Hosted by American Legion Post 457 Family
Small Business Saturday Drawing for $250 in CS Gift Certificates
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concert with Midlakes High School Chorus