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If you think winter in New York means hibernation and no chance for excitement, you’d better think again. Leave it to the people who live here to find wonderful ways to beat the cold and make the most of those shorter days. We know how to turn up the heat on fun.

Corning Clocktower in Winter
Jake Cornelius

While the air here is some of the freshest in the country all year long, the outdoors is especially fresh and fabulous in wintertime.

Snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating. There are a number of fun ways to enjoy the scenic outdoors on your very own winter adventure.

Snowmobiling in Winter
Bob Magee

While Keuka Lake doesn’t usually freeze over entirely due to its depth, the northern and southern tips often do, which makes Hammondsport a great spot for ice fishing.

Ice Fishing on Keuka Lake
Jake Cornelius

Nearby Waneta and Lamoka lakes, and other smaller lakes in the area do frequently freeze. As a result, there’s often a lot of action taking place on the surface from ice fishing to ice sailing. As with any such activities, anyone interested in spending time on the ice is urged to use caution and to good judgment when determining the safety of the ice before adventuring out onto the surface as these activities are not regulated.

Ice Sailing
Bob Magee

Historically, winter used to bring a fair amount of snow, but these days the weather often remains moderate which means the world doesn’t usually freeze over. Those milder winters in particular find visitors taking advantage of the exceptional indoor activities to be found in “America’s Top Wine Region” (USA Today).

Winter Wine Tasting at Heron Hill
Bonnie Gustin Photography

Ice wine? Oh, yeah!

Sure, you can enjoy this decadent treat any time of year, but it’s only fitting to mention ice wine during winter as you won’t find many wineries in the region making this delicious dessert wine in the traditional method (you know, braving the frigid temperatures, picking the frozen grapes by hand, pressing that golden nectar for your enjoyment). Be sure to try the latest exceptional vintages at Weis Vineyards and Heron Hill Winery.

As a matter of fact, winter might just be the best time to savor our award-winning wines and brews and to visit our world-class museums, as the lines are small, the experience more intimate.

Hot Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass

“Party down when the weather turns cold and snow is forecast in the Finger Lakes. The small craft breweries, hard cider mills and wineries of the region welcome winter with seasonal offerings.”

David Latt, New York Daily News


For ideas creating your own magical winter escape, click here or call 607-936-6544.

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