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Clifton Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
2 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432      Phone:  315-462-8200

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Suggested Itinerary for a Day in Clifton Springs (PDF)
 

Clifton Springs Area Local Tourism & Events

Tourism in Clifton Springs, NY

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.

Annual Events

 

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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

Visit the Sulphur Springs Festival Web Site

Watch a short Sulphur Springs Festival Video

 

 

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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
 

 

Local Tourism

 

Warfield’s Restaurant

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_museumFoster 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.

For the complete story of the Foster Cottage, along with many more pictures, visit the Foster Cottage Museum web site.

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_parkJohn 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.

 

The Springs

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. 

Check out the video “Clifton Springs is...”

 

Special thanks to Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Chosen Technologies Solutions
& Stars of the video

 

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

Winter

  • 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
  • Christmas Display Contest
    Non-Residential & Residential Categories
  • Decorated Christmas Tree Sale / Auction
    Benefits Festival of Lights Fund
  • Festival of Lights
    First Friday Evening in December
  • Holiday Show at Ashton Place
  • Nutcracker Ballet
    Presented by Dance With Me Studios
  • Cuisle Mo Chroí Celtic Christmas Concert

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