There is a Lot Going On Around the Finger Lakes in January

January ushers in a new year of great things happening in the Finger Lakes. Visitors to the area are usually spending lots of time snuggled inside a warm cozy Finger Lakes vacation rental. However, cabin fever does set in at times. The urge to get out and do something fun can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do to lift your spirits and shake off the winter doldrums.
Skaneateles Winterfest – Skaneateles, NY
Come out and enjoy the festivities in this charming village by the lake. The Skaneateles Winterfest is a two-day event that features the best food, art and entertainment of the local area. Highlights include an ice sculpture of a chimney surrounded by fire, Taste of Skaneateles (with food from local restaurants), a scavenger hunt in local shops, Brew Fest, Ice Walk demonstration and the Polar Bear Plunge in Clift Park.
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
This popular wine trail is open and ready to welcome visitors that want to continue celebrating the new year. On the schedule is January Winemaker Wednesday, Bargain Bash, Pasta & Wine Weekend and January Preferred Pairings. A Wine Weekdays Passport is valid from January 1 to May 31. Tickets for other events are available.
Salt City Winter Antiques Show – Syracuse, NY
The annual Salt City Winter Antiques Show features over 275 dealers. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes because there is going to be a whole lot to see here. New this year is the Pickers Challenge/Finders Reward. Find certain items at selected booths, purchase the item and receive a coupon for an instant $50 cash reward.

West Lake Conservators, Ltd will be in attendance to give free preservation consultations. They specialize in historic art and artifacts such as paintings, archival documents, photographs, textiles, frames and painted objects. This is a two-day event.
Winter Village Blue Grass Festival – Ithaca, NY
Shake off the chill of winter by enjoying some good old-fashioned bluegrass music. This year’s featured performers are the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range. Also performing are Stuart & Beazley and the Willow Gardeners, Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, The Hickory Project and Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie. The weekend is filled with great music and educational workshops.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ithaca, NY
For over 50 years this acclaimed South African band has performed music that uplifts the spirit for audiences around the world. Their musical influences come from South African traditional music, gospel, pop and various cultural influences. The group’s collaboration with music legend, Paul Simon, won a Grammy award. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has gone on to win several more awards for their wonderfully rich musical sounds.

Contact the staff at Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals to book your January stay at one of our luxury vacation rentals.

Ice Skating, Hot Chocolate and Roaring Fires the Finger Lakes Way

While you are admiring the view from your lakefront Skaneateles rentals home during a winter stay you may have a sudden urge to go ice skating. This idea may come about while gazing at the sheet of ice covering up the lake. It sure would be nice if people could go out onto the lake and skate. There certainly is tons of ice and the scenery is breathtaking. But, even if the lakes aren’t frozen enough when you take your trip there are plenty of alternatives.

So, what can you do to satisfy this skating urge?

Go to one of the local skating rinks.

Ice skating is a popular activity during the winter months in the Finger Lakes. Skating rinks are a safe way to have a lot of fun and get some exercise. Each rink has a schedule for open skate times when anyone can come in and enjoy the facilities. All skill levels are welcome. If you have not put on a pair of ice skates in a long time this is a chance to renew that old passion. If you want to try out skating for the first time go for it!

Cass Park Ice Rink, Ithaca, NY

The rink at Cass Park is always buzzing with activity. The ice rink is open 7 days a week, except holidays and special events. Individual and group rates are available. This is a very friendly atmosphere for both kids and adults at all skating levels. You can even have a birthday party here.

Clinton Square Ice Rink, Syracuse, NY

Just a short drive from any of our Skaneateles luxury rentals, the Clinton Square Ice Rink is a large rink that attracts thousands of skaters during the season. Be prepared for crowds at the most popular times. The rink is open 7 days a week, except holidays. They have skating specials for groups, family night and a lunch time skate. A parent must accompany kids under 18 after dark.

Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, Canandaigua, NY

The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center rink plays host to high school and professional hockey games. They have open skating hours for the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Skating time is limited.

J. M. McDonald Sports Complex Ice Arena, Cortland, NY

Our Finger Lakes vacation rentals are also close to the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex Ice Arena, this is a fun place to skate for all ages. Enjoy public skating on weekends. There is a Monday through Friday afternoon lunch skate. Have a blast skating to music on Friday nights at their Rock ‘n Roll skate. Adults must accompany kids.

Wind Down Afterwards

After you have skated to your heart’s content, return to the cozy digs of your Finger Lakes rental property and relax by the fire. Enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate as you unwind and reminisce about the great time you had at the rink.

Contact us at Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals to plan your next winter vacation.


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