Sharpen your culinary skills (and your knives) and prepare a new dish at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. From pizza to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Check out the class schedule online or call the number below for more information. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7070.
Experience views from some of the 35 slopes at Bristol Mountain. The trails are breathtaking and provide a variety of inclines for every skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert. How does skiing under the stars sound? Almost all the trails have lighting for night time skiing. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.
Test your luck at over 1500 video gaming machines at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. If you work up an appetite you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Vineyard Buffet, or tantalize your palate at one of many other eateries within the building. Enjoy a variety of live music on weekends. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 State Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.
Explore nature while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education facility with 15 miles of groomed ski trails, a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing, and hiking trails, if there isn’t enough snow. Ski and snowshoeing equipment are available for rental for a small fee. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-6160.
Satisfy your senses with a wine and dinner experience at Ravines Wine Cellars. January 21 and 28, each dinner commences at 6 p.m. with a glass of sparkling brut and savory amuse bouche followed by a tour of the wine cellar which includes a tasting of the wine aging in the barrel. A beautiful four-course dinner with wine pairings begins at 6:30 P.M. Tickets are limited and required for this event, they are $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (315) 781-7007 Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva, 14456.
We love live music here in the Finger Lakes and one of our favorite spots to catch a show is at Brew & Brats in Naples. Cold beer, delicious food, and free live performances every Saturday from 6-9 p.m. are only a few of the reasons why we know you will love it here. Brew & Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples 14512. (585) 374-2870
Start the new year by clearing your mind, letting go of your stress, and learning some new poses at Grounded by Yoga. Be part of community yoga weekend on January 27-29. Classes during community weekend will be taught by student teachers completing their 200-hour yoga teacher training requirements and will only cost $1. Grounded by Yoga, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 703-4576.
On February 11, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes valley of Naples. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, and all sorts of special deals and activities to be discovered at local businesses. 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
This past Friday night Bristol Mountain had a Nordic Skiing by Moonlight event. It started with a little yoga by Melissa Endres, Spa & Fitness Director, Life Path Spa, dinner (hot dogs or burger), an hour of cross-country skiing by moonlight and then a bon fire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. The 1795 Acorn Inn hosted Snow East Magazine Travel Writer, Paris Wolfe, for the evening. Paris, Valerie Knoblauch, President, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and I had a chance to attend the event. It’s safe to say a fun time was had by all. And you should have seen that moon! Thank you to Drew Broderick, Director of Sales & Marketing Director, Bristol Mountain for hosting the event.
There is still plenty of skiing left especially after the eight or so inches of snow we had yesterday. Do I see cross-country skiing in my future this afternoon?
Don’t forget about our Stay Two Nights Get One Night Free Package. It makes for a relaxing winter getaway … and, you can get in plenty of cross-country skiing.
After seven winters in upstate New York… this is the first winter I’ve ever been cross-country skiing. And, I have to say… I love it. There are several great places to ski close to the 1795 Acorn Inn. Just 10 minutes away is Bristol Mountain. They have two groomed trails, one that is even lit and has snow-making capabilities. They have a special skiing by moonlight event this Friday, 2/18/11 and I’ll be there… not only for the skiing but the BBQ, bonfire and hot chocolate. And, just about 20 minutes away… Cuming Nature Center. Both have equipment rentals or bring your own. And, just 10 minutes away, Ontario Country Park has miles of open trails. Whether you are a beginner like me, or an expert, you are sure to have a great time. And, when you are done skiing, sit by our fireplace in the Gathering Room before soaking those muscles in our outdoor spa… open year round. A glass of finger lakes wine goes down well about this time…