While you may think of the Finger Lakes as a warm weather destination, wintertime is a great time to stay in the Finger Lakes, when there are fewer crowds and tons of winter activities to keep you busy. Our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals put you in the thick of things when winter activities and local destinations can keep your heart warm.
Try Out Some Winter Sports
The Finger Lakes area is home to beautiful lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains that offer a multitude of winter sports. There are several world class ski lodges in the area where you can test your skills on the slopes, go cross country skiing through magical forested areas or try your hand on the moguls. Snowboarding is also popular in the region, as is snowmobiling. Bring your own gear or rent it at local outfitters, then return to one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals to relax in front of a roaring fire or whip up a hearty meal in a gourmet kitchen.
Soak Up Some Culture
When the weather outside is frightful, indulging in some cultural pursuits in the Finger Lakes is a great alternative. The cozy warmth and architectural beauty of the Smith Opera House in nearby Geneva offers first class productions. You can enjoy a symphony orchestra, a rock band or classic movies in this Romanesque gem of a theater.
There are several regional museums open year round in the Finger Lakes, including the George Eastman Museum, filled with photographs and film in a gorgeous Colonial mansion house. For anyone who is a kid at heart, the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester is ideal. Children will revel in the interactive activities and visits to Sesame Street and the Butterfly House.
Learn About Local History
The Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site will immerse you in the history and culture of the Seneca and Iroquois Indians through the Culture Center’s exhibits, recreations, films and special events.
When you’ve discovered all you can about Native American culture, travel to Corning’s Museum of Glass. Our vacation rentals in Skaneateles are located an easy drive from Corning, where you’ll marvel at the long (thousands of years!) and fascinating history of glass in its myriad forms. Stunning examples of the glass maker’s art and evolution will enthrall you. You’ll even have the chance to create your own decorative glass creation.
Indulge in Some Spirits
Even during the coldest month, the dozens of wineries, distilleries and breweries in the area offer tours and tastings. Try some of the finest wines in the world or try some regional liquors, ranging from moonshine to fine, aged whiskies. Because there are fewer visitors during the winter months, you’ll have more opportunities to talk to bartenders, distillers and brew masters. It’s a great opportunity to learn a bit about their craft.
Shop and Save
The Waterloo Premium Outlets, just off the New York thruway, will save you anywhere from 25% to 60% or more on name brand clothes, shows, home goods and luxury items. You can also visit the many local shops in the many picturesque towns like Skaneateles, where after Christmas sales will abound.
After days sent exploring the winter delights of the Finger Lakes area, you’ll welcome the comforts of our vacation rentals in Skaneateles , where beautiful surroundings and luxurious comforts will envelope you in warmth even though it’s cold outside.