While this has certainly been an odd winter, there’s still plenty to see and do in February in New York’s Finger Lakes. This time last year, a third of the Inn’s parking lot was covered in snow, at least three feet high and I had to shovel a path to the shed door. Today, nothing. But don’t let that stop you.
On February 6, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes village of Naples. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, s’more making, horse and wagon rides and all sorts of specials to be discovered at local businesses. Naples, 14512. Events are scheduled throughout the day. Suggested donation of $10 for a glass and map of the event. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
Celebrate all that’s great about ice wines at the New York Ice Wine Festival & Culinary Festival. Enjoy ice wine tastings, ice wine-inspired cuisine tasting stations, live music, tango performances, sleigh rides, winery tours, and more. Ice wines from all across New York State, all in one place! Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $65. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport,14450. For more information call (585) 223-4210 or visit www.casalarga.com.
Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. February 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, 14425. For more information call (585) 394-1472 or visit www.canandaiguaantiquesclassic.org.
Embrace the cold winter season at the second annual Finger Lakes Frost Festival! Outdoor ice sculptures, wine and food tastings, ice bars featuring specialty martinis poured through an ice luge, and fireworks! February 20, 5 to 9 p.m. Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva, 14456. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the Geneva Family YMCA at (315) 789-1616.
Experience the games and stories of the Seneca people. The Ganondagan State Historic Site presents Native American Winter Games & Sports. Try the traditional Haudenosaunee sport of Snowsnake, or race a snow boat; there will also be snow shoeing, dog sledding demonstrations, storytelling, traditional arts and native foods. Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, too! Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $10 donation per family is suggested. 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 924-5848 or visit their website.
Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. Strike up a few games of bowling. Afterwards head over to the 18,000-square-foot fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and more than 30 brand new arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaiuga, 14424. For more details call (585) 394-5050 or visit www.roselandbowl.com.
Enjoy a local craft brew with locally made specialty sausages and sauces in the warm, historic carriage barn of Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Choose from a wide variety of wine and gourmet food products. Plus, open mic night every Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64 Naples, 14512. For more information call (800) 554-2406 or visit www.brewandbrats.com.
Well, it seems like this winter has taken it’s sweet time to arrive. But, it finally has. Temperatures are chilly. Snow is falling. Trails are opening up at Bristol Mountain. I’ve shoveled a few times and feel that I will be hooking up the plow soon. Here we go…
Winter adventure awaits you at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy 35 slopes and trails, two terrain parks, state-of- the-art snow making, and inclines for everyone from beginner to expert. If you’ve never experienced night skiing, now’s your chance! 96% of the trails at Bristol Mountain have lighting which allows you to ski well into the evening. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. (585) 374-6000.
Calling all sports fans! Head to Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva to support the Statesmen and Herons, the men and women’s basketball teams, and catch a great game. Be sure to look online or call for game schedule dates and start times. Bristol Gymnasium, 300 Pultney Street, Geneva. (315) 781-3103.
Impress your friends and family by improving your culinary skills with a class at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. Choose from a variety of classes and learn from professionals while enjoying great food, drinks and company. For more information on what classes are being offered this month, call or go online. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. (585) 394-7070.
Don’t let weather keep you from those New Year resolutions – lace up those sneakers and hit our largest indoor walking track at EASTVIEW Mall in Victor. With over 180 specialty stores including the first Von Maur store in the northeast, you’ll have plenty to see as you walk the halls. If you’re looking for a fun, free family event, get out to the mall for Super Saturday, January 30. For more information call or visit online. Eastview Mall, 7979 Route 96, Victor. (585) 223-4420.
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. (585) 374-2870. www.brewandbrats.com Just a few minutes from the Inn.
The Smith Opera House has all kinds of events to entertain and delight. Whether you want to watch a modern masterpiece like Ava DuVernay’s Selma or if you’re drawn to a cinema classic like Gone with the Wind, they have a show for you. Call or check online to see a schedule of what’s playing. The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. (315) 781-5483.
If your eyeballs can’t get enough filmage, be sure to check out Main Street Arts Free Monthly Film Screening. This month’s feature will be Art and Craft, the story on the infamous art forger, Mark Landis. The film will be shown on Thursday, January 21 from 7–9 p.m. Enjoy free coffee and treats while you are captivated by this story of crime and intrigue. Main Street Arts. 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. (315) 462-0210.
Seems like that just is the tip of the iceberg… wineries are open without lines to taste, several antique shops are nearby, museums will entertain and educate for hours, ice skating at the Civic Center and the list goes on. And, let’s not forget to relax by the warmth of the fire and read a good book. There’s plenty to do or not.