Warm Up this Holiday with Amazing Meals, Wine, Beer, and Cider, and Seasonal Finger Lakes Activities -- November 2014

It May Be Cooling Off But Fall in the Finger Lakes is Just Heating Up

No matter what holiday you observe, or if you’re looking for a great fall/winter getaway packed with tons of off season activities, look no further than the Finger Lakes! We have put together a comprehensive list of holiday happenings, unique shopping opportunities, plating up some holiday feasts, community activities, and more. You can check it all out on FingerLakes.org! The Finger Lakes is a great central location for all of your affordable, diverse, and exciting explorations!



Leave the Cooking to Us

 Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday letting others cook and clean for you. Enjoy the company of your friends and family with the still lingering smell of grapes being pressed in the air. Celebrate the Thanksgiving bounty with a meal sourced from the freshest ingredients available throughout the agriculturally rich area found here in the Finger Lakes region.



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 and Black Friday just around the corner, there is no better time for visitors 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

  • 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
  • Cayuga Wine Trail 21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree Experience the Holiday with all the hustle and bustle along the Cayuga Wine Trail. Take home a souvenir wineglass, grapevine wreath, a unique ornament from each winery, plus a holiday recipe card. Participants in the event will be eligible to win one Grand Prize including luxurious stays at area accommodations.
  • 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, ornaments, and holiday décor sparkle! glassmarket.cmog.org
  • 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
  • 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.  www.mackenzie-childs.com
  • Arnot Mall – Right off of Route 17 and Route 86, Arnot Mall is the perfect shopping center in the heart of the southern Finger Lakes. Over 100 retail stores, a plethora of dining options, and theaters to watch the new hit movie, be sure to stop by for some big holiday deals.




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 routine. The trend for 2014 includes jumping in to 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 with Gusto in the Finger Lakes

The Inns of Aurora offers cooking classes to prepare the perfect winter soup and later in the year, ring in 2015 with them. Beautiful views of Cayuga Lake matched with crackling fires in the fireplace will make you wish you had heard about the Inns of Aurora MUCH sooner.

Look at the Reindeer Run! Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the third annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. For full event details click here.

New Year’s Eve Bash in Elmira– Ring in the New Year with the Sam Pallet Band at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview. 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 2014- 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 and a late checkout of noon. For more details click here.

Lego Castle Adventure School Break Week - Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure® exhibit, featuring LEGO models of real-world castles created by LEGO Master Builders. Join in the fun from December 20th through January 4th at The Strong.


With a variety of events to pick from, you’ll have a hard time deciding where you want to ring in 2015! Keep checking our Events Calendar for the most up to date submissions of New Years Eve 2015 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 proves to be a great time to illicit return visitation. 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, businesses are increasingly answering the question, “What’s there to do in the Finger Lakes after 5pm?” Finger Lakes businesses want to encourage you to stay out later, sip on a drink a little longer, and shop into the evening in the winter and even more 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 a stop by! 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 when the sun goes down.



Discover a Place with a Wonderful History –Where Waterway Run and Wineries Thrive

Discover a place with a wonderful history‐ where waterways run, and wineries thrive.

Centrally located in the heart of New York’s famous Finger Lakes region, and easily accessible off of the New York State Thruway, Seneca County is ideally nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.

From activities on the water, to attractions on the land‐ Seneca County features some of the best options for families or friends to experience a Finger Lakes getaway‐ while on any budget, and in any season.

Enjoy our hospitality.

From wine and cheese tastings as you tour our trails, to farm fresh produce or fine local dining, and ending the day with amenities and ease at luxurious accommodations.

Experience your own adventures.

From shopping and sightseeing, to history and heritage, recreation and attractions, and whatever else you’d prefer that it mean.

Explore it all.

Dockside, Countryside or Curbside‐ take in the fresh air and overwhelming beauty that surrounds such spectacular landscapes.

Learn more: www.fingerlakescentral.com

Discover Seneca County

…Centrally located in the Y of New York’s Finger Lakes…

Learn More: www.fingerlakescentral.com

Seneca County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

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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? Snow accumulation is a trend here in upstate New York and this year, 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.

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