Finger Lakes Festive Activies, Ringing in the New Year and Stayin' Alive Past 5pm -- November 2012

Holiday and Winter Festivities in the Finger Lakes

No matter what holiday you observe, or if you’re looking for a great winter getaway packed with tons of off season activities, look no further than the Finger Lakes! We have put together a comprehensive list of great events, shopping, community activities, and more. You can check it all out in the! The Finger Lakes is a great central location for all of your winter, Christmas, holiday, and New Year’s festivities!


Unique Holiday Shopping and Deals in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes is home to many specialty shops that provide distinctive gifts as well as exceptional shopping experiences. With the holiday season just around the corner, there is no better time for you to check out the region’s unique retail offerings. Be sure to check out our COUPON PAGE and PACKAGE PAGE for even more savings and Finger Lakes businesses partnering up to bring you great deals.

Shopping Experiences & Retail Destinations

  • Mackenzie-Childs - In the picturesque village of Aurora sits Mackenzie-Childs, housed in a 65-acre former dairy farm. Mackenzie-Childs is widely known for their whimsical hand-painted furniture and accessories. In addition to being a great place to pick up a gift, visitors can get a peek into production with studio and farm house tours offered daily.  MacKenzie Childs
  • Waterloo Premium Outlets- Who doesn’t love one stop shopping? When it comes to getting a variety of retail items at great prices, the Waterloo Premium Outlets has got a great market right in Seneca County. Closely located off of Route I-90 or fondly referred to by residents as a the Thruway, you’ll find all of your shopping needs at this unique regional shopping center. Waterloo Premium Outlets
  • Seneca Lake Wine Trail “Bargain Bash” This non ticketed event is a year end clearance sale! Many wineries provide discounts on a variety of retail items including wine. If you thought Black Friday was the time to get out and about for shopping, check out the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for great winter discounts.  Seneca Lake Wine Trail
  • Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles- Experience the warmth of the holidays and watch beloved Christmas story characters come to life in the beautiful streets of Skaneateles. Dickens characters will be strolling the streets and performing interactive street theater. Meet and greet with Father Christmas and enjoy your favorite holiday treats like roasted chestnuts while watching performances of classic Christmas carols and tunes. Find out more about exploring Christmas here.
  • Corning Museum of Glass Holiday Shop- The GlassMarket of the Corning Museum of Glass has a dazzling selection of seasonal favorites. Colorful glass designs of pumpkins, shiny apples, Christmas trees, ornaments, and holiday décor sparkle!
  • The Christmas House- The Christmas House in Elmira features local and specialty gifts, collectibles, and of course anything Christmas. On top of its immense collection, the Queen Anne-style Christmas House is also one of the most photographed buildings in the region. Christmas House
  • Destiny USA / Carousel Center- Located in Syracuse, Destiny USA is one of the region’s newest and highly anticipated shopping centers. Boasting 2.4 million square feet, Destiny USA offers traditional retail, fine dining, entertainment venues, and more! Destiny USA is also the largest LEED Gold certified retail commercial building in the world. Destiny USA



Ring in the New Year with Finger Lake’s Style

It all started with a region dedicated to agriculture. Then came the wine trails. Next, the beer, cheese, and distillery trails. The Finger Lakes certainly earns its reputation as an up-and-coming culinary hotspot. So, it should come as no surprise that there are now also a multitude of options for visitors looking to break out of their rountine, 2012 hot spot locations and jump into the new year with new friends or gather up the ‘old gang’ for an outing to a new venue! Check out these not to be missed locations for New Years event plans!

Celebrate the New Year in the Finger Lakes

New Year’s Eve Bash in Elmira– Ring in the New Year with the Sam Pallet Band at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview and dance the night away! Their New Year’s Eve package includes a buffet dinner, overnight accommodations, and open bar from 9pm – 1am. Champagne toast at midnight. Click here for more information.

Glenora Wine Cellars Hosts NYE 2012- Join the Glenora Wine Cellars and Veraisons Restaurant team for an intimate evening of dinner and dancing. Stay in one of their elegant rooms overlooking Seneca Lake and the Vineyards. Enjoy a champagne reception in our harvest lounge from 3-5pm. Enjoy tastings in the tasting room and an amazing dinner at Veraisons Restaurant. Party the night away and join the breakfast buffet from 8-11am on Sunday morning and a late checkout of noon. For more details click here.

With a variety of events to pick from, you’ll have a hard time deciding where you want to ring in 2012! Keep checking our Events Calendar for the most up to date submissions of New Years Eve 2012 events!



Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Events and More! Hang Out with Us Past 5pm

With every passing day the Finger Lakes is proving itself more and more as a destination that visitors are specifically seeking out and after their visit, proves to be a great time to illicit a return visit. New businesses are springing up left and right and there’s always something new and exciting to be discovered in the region. Since businesses are seeing this upward trend in visitation, local businesses are increasingly answering the question, “What’s there to do in the Finger Lakes after 5pm?” The Finger Lakes want to encourage you to stay out later, sip on a drink a little longer, order dessert, and shop into the evening in the winter and even more so in the summer!

Wineries like Americana Vineyards and Ventosa Vineyards offer live music with no cover charge in the evenings in the winter. Many area wineries are also open until 6pm to encourage you to stop by for a tasting or to purchase a bottle to take home with you! Accommodations like Black Sheep Inn and Vinehurst Inn & Suites have warm beds ready for you to stop in while Frosty the Snowman and his friends gather outside. Explore the wide variety of delicious plates served up by Finger Lakes dining partners. Stop by our neck of the woods and stay out a little longer to see what fun activities are going on in the Finger Lakes when the sun goes down.



Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Despite popular belief, the Finger Lakes stays gloriously open all year long! Looking for the perfect slope, hill, or cross country excursion? While last year we had less than impressive snow accumulation, we anticipate that the Finger Lakes will have plenty of snow in the coming months. Stop in at these winter favorite locations to get your fill of the frosty stuff.

Greak Peak Mountain Resort: Now enjoy great mountain living year round. Greek Peak Mountain Resort has a wide variety of activities from ski slopes to an indoor waterpark and outdoor adventure center. After a long day out in the elements, head inside for a head to toe pampering at Greek Peak’s own Waterfalls Spa. Don’t forget about a variety of vacation rental properties on sale as well.

Bristol Harbour Resort: Year round five season resort overlooking Canandaigua Lake offering comfortable, cozy rooms that will be perfect to snuggle up when the weather outside is frightful. New comfortable and sophisticated 2-4 bedroom cottages and LifePath Spa will warm you up to relax those tired muscles.

Belhurst Castle: Nestled along the shores of Seneca Lake is the beautiful and historic Belhurst Castle. Belhurst’s warm and inviting rooms will allow you watch the snow fly with a fire crackling in your room in the background. Enjoy onsite fine or casual dining, and all the relaxation Belhurst’s Isabella Spa can provide. Visit some of the nearby Finger Lakes wineries since winter is the best time to get personalized, one on one attention.

Labrador Mountain:

Located in the Cortland area, Labrador Mountain provides even more slope exposure for the dedicated outdoor enthusiast. Labrador Mountain offers 23 slopes, a terrain park, 2 cafeterias, a restaurant and lounge, meeting rooms and a variety of classes for any level of experience.



La Tourelle Resort and Spa in Ithaca New York

La Tourelle Resort and Spa is located on rolling hills overlooking Ithaca and the Cayuga Lake valley in New York State’s Finger Lakes wine country.

La Tourelle is a family owned and operated business dedicated to providing relaxation and pampering while encouraging adventurous experiences in the Finger Lakes region. A sustainable and locally supportive business featuring locally and regionally sourced food, wine, beer and coffee, and pesticide free and  locally sourced products in its massage, skin care and nail treatments.

Located on 70 acres of a former dairy farm, with hiking trails that connect with Buttermilk Falls State Park trail system, much of the bistro’s produce and herbs, and the spa’s medicinal herbs are grown in its own gardens.

55 rooms and suites * full-service spa * farm-to-table bistro *weddings, conferences and special events * hiking trails * pet friendly rooms * NYS Certified Green Hotel. Minutes from Cornell, Ithaca College, Downtown Commons and Cayuga Lake wineries. Holiday Gift Certificates and Getaway Packages

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