Romance, Wine, and the Perfect Valentine's Getaway in the Finger Lakes -- January 2014

The 2014 Finger Lakes Regional Travel Guide is Here!

Looking to warm up your winter plans with talk of spring and summer travel? Let the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance help with our information packed 2014 travel guide. This Finger Lakes regional travel guide is chuck full of information about area businesses, geographic information, and much more about the 14 county, 9,000 square mile Finger Lakes region. The 2014 Finger Lakes regional travel guide is still warm off the presses and waiting to be delivered to your doorstep in time for you to make your upcoming travel plans. Visit our website to order your copy today!


Valentine’s Day is Better with With 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 season 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.

            Sparkling Wine Dinner with the Inns of Aurora -- Toast your loved one with this limited menu four-course dinner. Each course will be paired with a sparkling wine from around the globe–from sparkling whites, to reds, to rosés.

Valentine’s Craft Night at Handwork Cooperative – Join us for Make-Your-Own Valentine Night at Handwork Co-op, 5-8pm. Guided by Caroline Spellman (the art of quilling) and Elizabeth Andrews (print maker and painter) - Get paper craft tips and techniques from Handwork artists and impress your sweetheart! Arrive early to see Artist Christi Sobel painting her colorful, wearable, and one of a kind art shoes in store.

Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Casa Larga -- Visit Casa Larga with your sweetheart for a wine and chocolate tasting - pairings that go together just like you do!

Say CHEEESE  – Do you and your sweetie love cheese? This event is for you. Take a jaunt before the hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day weekend and venture out a week before. On the weekend of February 8th – 9th, receive a wine glass, a wine charm from each winery and recipe cards as you savor the spectacular tastes of local artisan cheeses and fine wines along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

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!

Murder, Mystery Wine Tour Dinner –Come along with Experience! The Finger Lakes and Crime Solvers on a one-of-a-kind wine tour and dinner the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Taste some of Ithaca’s premier wines and enjoy a three-course wine dinner at Simeon’s On The Commons, all the while being neck deep in solving a mysterious murder! Have a unique and memorable event this Valentine’s Day season!


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 off 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 – 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 & 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 2014 Finger Lakes travel guide is available in both hard copy and electronic versions. Find instant gratification with the digital flipbook version of the 2014 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 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. Promotions! As a thank you for your business, these Finger Lakes retailers are offering up hot deals on the packages page of all year long. This page is also a quick link to Coupons and Special Promotions and Offers also being provided by area businesses. Be sure to keep checking this page since new deals and offers are continuously being served up! Cheers to steals and great Finger Lakes 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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