Everything You Need to Know About Winter Getaway from NYC for Families

No matter the season, the Finger Lakes make for a perfect destination with so many activities in the surrounding area. If you’re looking to take a quick winter getaway from NYC for families, look no further. While summers in the Finger Lakes bring to mind afternoons by the water, the winter has so much to offer with dozens of outdoor sports and holiday-related activities. If you’re traveling with the entire family, renting a house from Finger Lakes Properties is the perfect way to enjoy your stay because you’ll have plenty of room and all the amenities of your own home.

As you begin planning your getaway, don’t forget to request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide! We’ve compiled this guide to help travelers discover the best of the Finger Lakes including our favorite restaurants, activities, and events.

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Why the Finger Lakes are the Perfect Winter Getaway from NYC for Families

Partake in Holiday Activities and Events

One of the best reasons to take a Finger Lakes winter getaway from NYC for the family is because of all the great events that take place leading up to the holiday season. Every November, the Candanaigua Christkindl Market sets up shop on the lawn of the Granger Homestead Carriage Museum. This Germany-inspired shopping experience gets everyone in the holiday spirit with raffle prizes, unique artisan venders, food tents, and holiday music. Head into downtown Ithaca to experience the 11-day Winter Light Festival with stunning light displays, a silent disco for the whole family, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. And, don’t forget to stop by the Watkins Glen Village Christmas with crafts, carolers, and holiday shopping opportunities.

Take the Kids Skiing or Snowboarding

winter skiing
skiing in winter

When winter rolls in, the Finger Lakes become the place in upstate New York for premier skiing and snowboarding. Whether your kids have experience these winter sports before, or you’re interested in teaching them for the first time, there are plenty of great trails in the area. You can sign the kids up for ski school or let more experienced riders follow you down some of the easier trails at popular resorts like Bristol Mountain, Labrador Mountain, or Toggenberg Mountain.

Try a New Winter Sport

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only winter sports you and the fam can participate in during your getaway. Why not try out something new, like snow shoeing? This is a great family activity because children of all ages can strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy a scenic walk along one of the many paths. For a winter activity that is a little more thrilling, try renting a snowmobiling and touring the area with a knowledgeable guide. You can also plan a day to try ice fishing for a taste of something new.

Get Cozy This Winter at One of Our Finger Lakes Properties

The Good Life vacation rental

Taking a winter getaway from NYC with the family to the Finger Lakes is sure to be an unforgettable trip with so many things to do from skiing to attending holiday events. For the best possible experience, find a Finger Lakes vacation rental. The Good Life rental is a five-bedroom home on Lake Canandaigua offers families plenty of room for every guest and the ability to stay close to all the best activities and attractions.

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Where to Experience the Top 5 Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

By: Zakary Klick

 

Wintertime in the Finger Lakes is a quiet time of year, but it is not without plenty to do. The area has many attractions for winter enthusiasts and all of them have the beautiful Finger Lakes backdrop. The air is crisp, the snowscape stunning, and the silence, serene. Having worked in the region for nearly 25 years, we at Finger Lakes Premier Properties have taken the time to sufficiently compile a list of the top 5 wintertime activities and where best to partake:

 

#5 – Snowshoe the Trails
Finding yourself close to the east side of the Finger Lakes? Snowshoe to the frozen Taughannock Falls near Ithaca along Cayuga Lake! Taughannock Falls is the tallest gorge in NYS with numerous trails. Coupled with the natural beauty of the area, strapping on snowshoes is a fun way to explore the Finger Lakes in the winter! For a guide to more trails throughout the region, visit GoFingerLakes.org.

Vacation Rentals in Close Proximity to Taughannock Falls: Blue Heron Lodge and A Shore Thing

 

#4 – Ice Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the Finger Lakes is in the winter. Keuka Lake, in particular, is famous for this style of fishing, especially for lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and landlocked salmon. Despite the shifty winter the last few years, the tip of Keuka Lake (in Penn Yan) typically freezes over for locals to enjoy the winter tradition during the first few months of each year. Book a vacation home along this section of the lake, drop a line, and experience Finger Lakes fishing in icy fashion!

Vacation Rentals on the tip of Keuka Lake (Penn Yan):  Cedar Lodge and Brandy Bay Serenity

 

#3 – Experience 2300 Degrees
Experience one of the most popular events at the Corning Museum of Glass. At 2300 Degrees you’ll be impressed with hot glass shows, live music, local wineries and brewery tastings, meet & greets with the artists, and more! This event is held on the third Thursday of each month, November through March, click here for more details.

Vacation Rentals near the Corning Museum of Glass: Seneca Fun & Sun and Absolutely Shore

 

#2 – Sip & Savor
Our region is home to over 100 wineries and breweries, and the winter happens to be one of the best times to get the complete tasting experience. With reduced traffic during the colder months, don’t be surprised if the person pouring your samples is the owner and winemaker. Take advantage of their extra attention by asking them about their favorite wines and places to visit. You’re sure to get some terrific local recommendations. To plan your winter wine tour, check out the local wine trails: Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Vacation Rentals with Close Proximity to Wineries: Crystal Palace and Sails and Sunsets

 

#1 – Shred
If you love to ski and snowboard, a visit to Bristol Mountain Winter Resort is a must-stop with 138 acres featuring 35 slopes. Or, if you’re looking to try something new, book a private class or lessons with their seasoned experts. Great for all ages!

Vacation Rentals near Bristol Mountain Winter Resort:  Family Affair and South Bristol Cottages

 

If you have any other winter-oriented recommendations of your own, let us know at marketing@flpplake.com.

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