The 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.