Skiing, Romantic Dinners, and Fireplaces.. The Finger Lakes is Waiting for You -- January 2015

The 2015 Finger Lakes Regional Travel Guide is Here!

Picture it now; warm sun shining down on you, the sound of water lapping in the background, and a glass of cool delicious Riesling next to you. Is this a dream? No, it’s the reality of your potential spring, summer, or fall getaway to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Let the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance help you plan that getaway with all the information you’ll need located within the pages of the hot off the press 2015 Finger Lakes regional travel guide. This Finger Lakes regional travel guide is chuck full of information about area businesses, geographic information including a map, and much more about the 14 county, 9,000 square mile Finger Lakes region. Visit our website to order your copy today!



Snuggle Up for a Valentine’s Day to Remember

Romantic scenes can entice thoughts of fun days on the slopes with skis or snowboards, candlelit dinners, a nice glass of wine, and a fireplace to cozy up by. The Finger Lakes can be the perfect backdrop and a cost affordable one at that, to create a Valentine’s Day to remember. Quaint B&B or luxurious hotel rooms, or a vacation rental fit for royalty, there’s the accommodation fit for every couple. Fireplaces will ready to be lit, uncork the perfect bottle of Finger Lakes wine (even sparkling!) 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.


Vintage Vines and Valentines – The majesty of the noble grape comes to life in the village of Naples with everything from yoga, to food and wine pairings, to free live music and more!


Sip and Sparkle – Girls Night Out – Join the crew at Miles Wine Cellars for a night out with your best friends to relax before Valentine’s Day. Pull out the wine glasses, turn up the music and indulge in an evening of laughing and fun.  


Valentine’s Dining at Veraisons Restaurant – Choose a delicious offering from the daily menu or a unique Love is Blind Chef’s Tasting Menu which offers a unique experience with heightned senses. Sample each course blindfolded then feast your eyes on the full plated course to follow!


Inns of Aurora Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wine Dinner – Toast to the one you love with a four course paired dinner with a delicious sparkling wine.


Valentine’s Day Winemaker’s Dinner at Fox Run Vineyards – Finger Lakes chef Brud Holland has created a five course dinner paired with Fox Run wines that will be sure to highlight local ingredients and have you and your date’s mouth watering for more.



Winter Is the Season to Warm Up with Fun in the Finger Lakes

It’s official. Portions of the Finger Lakes have frozen so lots of winter activities are in full swing. Ice fisherman are trying their hand, ski resorts are making powder for perfect moguls, and  after hours live music events are tuning up on every corner just for you. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the winter wonderland that magically appears in the Finger Lakes.


Looking for the best fishing around, even in your hut on the ice? Look no further than suggestions and ideas from within the pages of the Finger Lakes fishing guide packed with even more useful tips for every gamesman:


Bristol Mountain Winter Resort – Nestled in the hills you’ll find the premier resort for all your winter ski and snowboarding needs! Bristol Mountain is family friendly, has beginner and advanced trails for every skill level, and is waiting for you to take on the fresh powder.


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.


Painted Bar Stables – Get back in touch with nature and your roots with horseback trail rides along snow dusted paths with Painted Bar Stables. Daytime and moonlit trail rides are available for every occasion.


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.


Americana Vineyards – 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! Trying their homemade fudge can’t be missed and a wine is waiting for every palate!


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.




Raise Your Glass, Skip to a Dance and Get Out on the Cayuga Wine Trail for Mardi Gras

Experience Mardi Gras at its finest along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail on February 7th and 8th. The wineries invite you to a New Orleans-style celebration, complete with beads! At the 13th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration, you’ll receive a wine glass, a wine and food pairing with accompanying recipe, along with beads and the chance to win prizes at every winery. Complete a scavenger hunt for the chance to win a variety case of wine. Recipes include Cajun style cuisine such as jambalaya soup, Cajun chili, barbecue bourbon pulled chicken and seasoned shrimp. Seven lucky partiers will win grand prizes towards a return trip to the Finger Lakes. Advance tickets are $30 per person plus handling fee and sales tax. Designated driver tickets are available. To reserve your spot at the tasting counter call 800-684-5217, or order online at This year’s event is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Radio Group.



The Finger Lakes Doesn’t Shut Down for the Winter! Events are Just Warming Up

Events and happenings in the Finger Lakes region start to really kick in to full gear in the winter time. Experiences are more personalized with business owners, managers, and even winemakers. Find unique experiences for a steal at area businesses on the Packages Page, special offerings at individual businesses on the Special Promotions Page, and even explore what’s happening on any given day listed on the regional Calendar of Events.

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