Cooling Down in the Finger Lakes Has Never Been Hotter -- January 2013

Valentine’s Day is Better with Withy Your Sweetie in the Finger Lakes

What’s sweeter than a piece of chocolate and cooler than a Finger Lakes ice wine? Your Valentine of course! Pack up your belongings and get out to the Finger Lakes for Valentine’s Day and then turn that day of love into a long weekend romance! At area accommodations there are fireplaces ready to be lit, wineries are ready to uncork the perfect bottle for sipping, and retailers will have that special gift you’ve been waiting to find. Finger Lakes businesses hearts are bursting with romantic offerings this Valentine’s Day season so stop by and see for yourself why the Finger Lakes was recently voted one of’s 2013 Best 4 Day Vacations!

Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Brown Hound Bistro  – Looking for a meal that will knock your socks off? Look no further than the cozy and quaint Brown Hound Bistro. The Bistro is offering a fixed price 4 course meal with options for each course including vegetarian options. This cozy home restaurant tucked in the gorgeous hills of Canandaigua Lake will be sure to have your sweetie swooning!

Vintage, Vines and Valentine’s in Naples New York  -- We’re all busy now a days and if you’re looking for an event that will cover all your Valentine’s Day bases visit the Vintage Vines and Valentine’s Day event in Naples. The event features a variety of Finger Lakes businesses pouring wine, displaying one of a kind gifts, to even offering you the opportunity to learn how to dance! You’ll groove your way into your lovers heart for sure!

Chocolate and Wine on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail – Nothing says romance and Valentine’s Day more than wine and chocolate. Grab your special someone and travel along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for a weekend filled with all the wine and chocolate your heart can desire! Now that’s sweet.

Make a Glass Heart at the Corning Museum of Glass – Nothing can say warm romance more than making a hot glass heart to take home to someone you love at the Corning Museum of Glass. Create a memorable hands on experience with your honey this Valentine’s Day at the Make Your Own Glass class at The Museum!

Cheese and Wine Lovers Weekend on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail – Maybe your sweetie doesn’t adore chocolate, but still loves wine. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail shares those perfect pairings of cheese and wine during their Cheese and Wine Lovers weekend. Get out and explore that beautiful “Y” shaped Finger Lakes Wine Trail!

11th Annual Mardi Gras – Chase away the winter blues and look to stir up some fun along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Mardi Gras event February 9th &10th. Experience the frivolity as you go from winery to winery receiving specialty Mardi Gras Breads, a chance to pick the lucky coin for instant prizes plus participate in a scavenger hunt for a sampler case of fine wines from the trail.



Winter Doesn’t Mean Hibernation - Explore in the Finger Lakes!

            Winter has officially arrived in the Finger Lakes this year despite last year’s minimal snow fall. Lakes are freezing, wineries are ready to pop the cork on that perfect wine bottle for your arrival, after hours live music events are tuning up on every corner, and slaloms are forming beautifully on ski resort hillsides just for you. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the winter season wonder in the Finger Lakes. Get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of frozen lakes and gorges or grab your ski and snowboard and make your way to one of these locations that are perfect for some winter fun.

Bristol Harbour Resort -- Overlooking Canandaigua Lake sits Bristol Harbour Resort which offers a great experience year round. Slide your way over to the ski slopes to enjoy a day out on the mountain or explore the nearby New York Wine and Culinary Center for a taste of local food and wine.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort – Greek Peak has got it all right on site nestled within the Cortland area. Greek Peak is the home of several ski trails, a lodge where you can grab a tasty bite to eat after a long day on the slopes, and even get pampered at Waterfalls Spa. Sink into relaxation at this beautiful lodge.

Ventosa Vineyards and Cafe – Within its Tuscan setting Ventosa Vineyards offers a taste of Tuscany in the Finger Lakes. Specializing in premium dry reds and Cabernets, Ventosa is looking for you to get out on a blustery winter night and warm up with a glass of wine and some hot tunes during their no cover live music series running continuously through the winter. Check out their website for a listing of acts and times.

Americana Vineyards and Crystal Lake Cafe – Americana Vineyards is a no brainer stop for anyone around the Ithaca area. Crystal Lake Café at Americana Vineyards is always serving up mouthwatering plates for lunch or a quick dinner during their free live music series as well! Wine is waiting for every palate!

Belhurst Castle –Fine dining, casual dining, a hot stone massage, and a cool glass of Riesling by the fireplace. Does this sound like a dream sequence or a day at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, New York? If you answered Belhurst, you would absolutely be correct. A day spent at Belhurst offers guests romance, elegance, and an atmosphere worth waiting for.

The Smith Opera House – Dinner and a movie are the keys to a successful date night right? At the Smith Opera House in Geneva you can do dinner and then a movie, or a concert, or even a theatrical evening to make a more than memorable date night. “The Smith” as locals fondly refer to it offers a full line up in both the summer and winter months to bust you out of your chilly winter shell and find the occasion to get out on the town.



Helpful Hints and Tools for Planning Your Finger Lakes Vacation

            Before we know it spring and summer will have rolled its way into our lives. Start planning your vacation today with these handy Finger Lakes resources. The 2013 Finger Lakes travel guide is available in both hard copy and electronic versions. Find instant gratification with the digital flipbook version of the 2013 Finger Lakes travel guide here. Whether you’re staying way up north or to the most Western corners of the region, you’ll find regional availability for your stay all year round at Search for accommodations and availability today at: and ‘Book a Room Now’.  


Rolling in the Savings

            The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is always looking to provide you with the best information to make your visit to the Finger Lakes one worth writing home about. There are such a vast variety of things to do here in the region to keep you busy but here’s another reason to stop into one of our local businesses. Coupons! As a thank you for your business, these Finger Lakes retailers are offering up hot deals on the coupons page of all year long. Be sure to keep checking this page since new deals and offers are continuously being served up! Cheers to steals and great #FLX deals.



Events Springing Up Like Wildfire in the Finger Lakes

            Looking to visit the Finger Lakes, but not sure what time of the year makes for a great visit? Keep checking in with the events calendar to find the most up to date listings of events and happenings here in the region. FLTA partners and always submitting new events and information from their business to make your vacation planning a snap!

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