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Winter Getaway in Wine Country

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

655px-Ice_wine_grapesThe Finger Lakes Region is one of New York’s most underrated travel destinations.  It’s a wonderful place to visit year round, but in winter it provides the unique opportunity to enjoy plenty of classic winter activities, all in the heart of wine country.

While wine tasting may be one of the region’s most famed activities, there are many other activities to enjoy in the Finger Lakes Region. Winter is a great time to enjoy many of your favorite winter sports, including downhill skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

The region’s rolling hills and low lakes create frost conditions unique to the Finger Lakes Region, allowing wine makers to ability to make ice wines in winter.  This is one of the regions specialties.   There are several different wine trails to follow in the Finger Lakes Region, taking you to many different wineries around the lakes and allowing you to sample ice wines and other wines.

If you plan to follow a specific wine trail, you’ll find lots of great bed and breakfasts, inns, and hotels along the way.  As many towns in the Finger Lakes Region are smaller and more rural in nature, you are more likely to come across a bed and breakfast or inn than a large hotel.  However you will not have to sacrifice comfort.  Many of these inns make their names by selling luxury and providing all the comforts of home.

The same small town, rural nature that lends many of Finger Lakes’ towns to avoid large hotels also gives way to many restaurants having strong ties with local farmers and artisans.  Restaurants in the Finger Lakes Region promote strongly the farm-to-table ideal, using fresh, local produce, cheeses, meats, and other products to create amazing meals.  Many restaurants also have strong ties with local wineries and work hard to pair local wines carefully with their menus.

Offering skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and all kinds of winter fun, as well as romantic bed and breakfasts, and amazing food, all in the heart of wine country, the Finger Lakes Region is the perfect winter getaway.  Whether it’s for a weekend or an extended stay, there’s no end to the fun and relaxation you’ll find here.


More Places to Stay in Finger Lakes

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Finger Lakes is a varied region dotted with many quaint, charming bed and breakfasts and boutique inns which provide excellent personalized service.  Closer to Rochester and Syracuse it is much easier to find larger hotels, however in most areas small inns are more common.

Bragdon House – Geneva, NY

This gorgeous home built in 1907 features two floors dedicated to guest comfort and relaxation.  Come enjoy your home away from home as you lounge on an overstuffed sofa by the fireplace and read a book, or relax in your room on your plush king sized bed.  All guests enjoy private baths and breathtaking views  of the lake from each room and the veranda.

Inn on the Main – Canandaigua, NY

Inn on the Main was built in 1820 and has been lovingly restored to allow you to stay in ultimate comfort.   Located in the Historic District of Canadaigua, this inn is just steps away from great shopping, restaurants, and culture, as well as Canadaigua Lake.

Juniper Hill – Trumansburg, NY

Located on four acres, this beautiful lodging is just a short walk from downtown Turmansburg which offers great antique shops, restaurants and more.  It’s also a short distance from the Finger Lakes cheese trail, and located between the Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake wine trails. Built in the 1920s, this Colonail Revival mansion brings back all the elegance and comfort of the roaring 20s. The main floor allows guests to relax and socialize and also serves as the Art Gallery at Juniper Hill, showcasing early 20th century American Impressionist art.  A stay at this unique inn is one you will always remember.

The Halsey House  – Ithaca, NY

This luxury inn is located in the Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake Wine Trails.  It features spacious guest rooms, complete with en-suite baths, walk in showers and whirlpool tubs, perfect for relaxing after a long day out in the snow.  Located just outside Ithaca, the Halsey House is just minutes away from one of the thriving cultural centers of the Finger Lakes Region, featuring fantastic theatre, arts, and amazing restaurants.  Enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast every morning before you head out to take in all that the Finger Lakes Region has to offer.

For more places to stay in the Finger Lakes Region check out our previous posts here and here.

More Places to Eat in Finger Lakes

Posted on: January 1st, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Restaurants in the Finger Lakes Region have strong ties with local farming communities and wineries.  Simple, fresh, seasonal food paired with delicious local wine is never hard to find.

Huzelnut Kitchen – Trumansburg

Established in 2007, Hazelnut Kitchen has strong ties to the local Finger Lakes Wine Trail and local farming communities, allowing it to provide a farm to table experience.  At Hazelnut they aim to provide simple, delicious meals using seasonal fresh produce from local producers.

Crystal Lake Cafe – Interlaken

Located at Americana Vineyards on the Cayuga Wine Trail, the Crystal Lake Cafe is a member of the Finger Lakes Cuilnary Bounty.  They feature local produce and produce including cheeses, meats, and ice creams. Enjoy a wide range of fare from their seasonal menus, ranging from salsa, soup, burgers, more.  End your meal with some cheese cake covered in ganache, or delicious brownies.

Ports Cafe – Geneva

Enjoy seasonal vegetables, cheese and fruits from local farms and artisans along with delicious fresh fish, or prime steaks.   Taste some of their delicious pastries and desserts made on site by their pastry chef! Also fine a great selection of local wines and craft beers for your enjoyment.

For more places to eat in the Finger Lakes Region check out our previous posts here and here.