2016 Travel Guide & Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

2016 Regional Travel Guide Now Available

The 2016 Travel Guide is printed and will be available very soon! Fill out this form to order you free 2016 guide to the Finger Lakes with the most up-to-date information about the region. Whether you’re looking for a way to enjoy the winter weather or getting a head start on planning for your summer vacation, the 2016 Finger Lakes Regional Travel Guide has everything you need to know about the Finger Lakes region.

Enjoy Finger Lakes Wine All Year

As the cool weather approaches the wineries keep their doors open. The Finger Lakes region is praised on their ability to please customers with wine and some do so throughout the entire year.

Enjoy the Staves and Steel Wine Tours at Glenora Wine Cellars. This special tours is a backstage pass to the four methods of winemaking at their wine cellars. Expand your knowledge of winemaking from this tasting leaving you with an unforgettable experience. Glenora Wine Cellars is just one of many in the Finger Lakes who are open 364 days a year. Glenora Wine is located on the southwest corner of Seneca Lake.

Overlooking Cayuga Lake, Goose Watch Winery began production in 1997. They’re open year round and pride themselves on providing an unforgettable experience through large group tastings (10 to 50 people).

Need a winery that has a great environment and a place to bring your four legged best friend? Heron Hills and Americana Vineyards are two great places to go. With award-winning wines and incredible retail space, both will surely give you a great experience.

Embracing green energy, Hunt Country Vineyards were one of three who received a National Solar Championaward. Hunt Country Vineyard’s handcrafted wine will draw you in and really appreciate the sixth generation family farm. Since 2010, their wines have received over 20 major awards in wine competitions across the country being recognized as a top winery. 

Celebrating its 30th year anniversary Swedish Hill Winery is promising to have its biggest case sale they’ve ever had. Wine tastings are offered daily from 9am to 6pm throughout the year and will leave you with a pleasant experience in a beautiful environment.

These are just a few of the many wineries in the Finger Lakes area that offer their services daily throughout the year; visit our wineries page for more options.

Get Outside this Winter!

With winter progressing, there are plenty of options to get outdoors right here in the Finger Lakes! Hit the slopes with some of the Finger Lakes finest mountain resorts!

Whether you’re an experienced skier or hitting the slopes for the first time Bristol Mountain has plenty to offer with 1200’ of vertical, 2 high speed quads and state-of-the-art snowmaking. The mountain has 35 slopes and trails that range from a beginner skill level to expert. 96% of the trails are lit at night making for a memorable experience, shredding down the hill after sundown. Bristol Mountain can be a fun, family bonding experience or a day to yourself, just you and the mountain.

Greek Peak is another Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes offering year-round activities. Greek Peak offers a number of trails and new this year the Peak Plunge. Peak Plunge offers skiers and snowboarders the ability to try new tricks, landing on a forgiving 50’ x 50’ jump bag.

Bristol Harbour is a beautiful ski resort that offers cross country skiing while having beautiful cinematic landscapes. It truly is a beautiful site in the Finger Lakes during this time that you’ll have to see for yourself. Shortly after the long day on the slopes cozy up next to the fire at the Bristol Harbour Lodge and feast on their lobster, lemon risotto or New York Strip Steak.

Visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Winter in the Finger Lakes is a beautiful place everyone should experience. These mountains will show the true beauty of the region as you look down and have a fun experience shredding down the slopes.

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s annual program of wine and food events features two brand new single-day affairs in 2016; Red Red Wine on March 5, and Veggies & Varietals on May 7. Both events embrace increasingly popular wine and cuisine styles, showcasing the bounty Seneca Lake Wine Trail members have to offer.

Red Red Wine focuses on red varietals our region is rapidly becoming better known for, ranging from dry vinifera wines like Cabernet Franc and Saperavi, to Meritage style as well as sweeter red blends. As with all events, participating wineries create innovative dishes to highlight the food-friendliness of these delicious wines.

As the name Veggies & Varietals suggests, all dishes offered will be 100% vegetarian, but those of any diet inclination are encouraged to attend! Participating wineries will feature recipes created with zero meat products that pair with the cool-climate wines the Finger Lakes is internationally lauded for.

Enjoy these self-guided tours around beautiful Seneca Lake from 10-5 each day. Ticket prices for both events are $25/pp, (designated driver tickets are available), and can be purchased online at senecalakewine.com or by calling (877) 536-2717. Use code “FLTA” to receive a $5 discount on all event tickets in 2016. To see the full 2016 event schedule, click here.

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