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.