Top 10 Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

#10 – Snowshoe the Trails
Traversing Finger Lakes trails is not only for the summer months. With the natural beauty of the area, strapping on your snowshoes is a fun way to explore during the winter months. Visit Cummings Nature Center with 15 miles of groomed trails alongside Honeoye Lake. Staying closer to the east side of the Finger Lakes? Snowshoe to the frozen Taughannock Falls near Ithaca along Cayuga Lake.
#9 – Attend Festivals
The winter is the perfect time to enjoy winter festivals. Experience the 15th annual “Wine on Ice” event at Elmira’s First Arena where wineries from across the state gather to pour their favorite wines. Enjoy local cheeseries and other shops at the festival. Or, experience one of the many self-guided festivals along the Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lake wine trails.
#8 – Ice Skating
Enjoy some good ole-fashioned fun while you glide across indoor skating rinks at the Geneva Recreation Complex (Seneca Lake), the Canandaigua Civic Center (Canandaigua Lake), or Ithaca’s Lynah Rink (Cayuga Lake).
#7 – Experience 2300 Degrees
Experience one of the most popular events at the Corning Museum of Glass. At the 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 3rd Thursday of every month through April 2017.
#6 – Ice Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the Finger Lakes is in the winter. Drop a line and experience the thrill of ice fishing alongside the locals on Honeoye and Keuka Lakes.

#5 – Artisanship
The Finger Lakes is packed with talent from artists who fill local shops with beautiful handmade items ranging from pottery to home furnishings. One of the most popular locations to shop and tour is the MacKenzie-Childs farm and store along the east side of Cayuga Lake.

#4 – Teach Your Taste Buds
Take part in a cooking class in the hands-on kitchen or demonstration theater of your choice at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The center features different events almost nightly and also features their Upstairs Bistro where you can dine on local ingredients and New York crafted beer and wines.

#3 – Be Inspired
Appreciate the rich, innovative history of our region by visiting one of our many museums. Stop into the historic Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and take part in restoring an original 1940’s P40 War Hawk.

#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 happens to be the owner and winemaker. Take advantage of their extra attention and ask them about the wines and their favorite places to visit. You’re sure to get some terrific local recommendations.

#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!

For more information on staying in the Finger Lakes or to book your winter getaway now, contact us at 888-414-5253. Don’t forget to check out our current specials on lakefront vacation rentals by clicking here!

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