Five Ways to Get Cozy With a Winter Stay at One of Our Skaneateles Luxury Vacation Homes

The cold, dark days and nights of winter don’t have to be miserable if you stay in one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals. We offer cozy comfort in luxurious surroundings that can turn the winter doldrums into an adventure you’ll cherish. This winter, take a trip to the Finger Lakes and discover a winter wonderland that is miles away from the every day and filled with ways to stay warm and savor some downtime.

1.      Use the Fireplaces

places to stay in the Finger LakesThere’s nothing like a roaring fire to warm up the atmosphere and make things cozy. Many of our vacation rentals in Skaneateles feature working fireplaces. Invite a few friends over and relax with your loved ones in front of a crackling blaze while you sip some warm drinks you’ve made in the gourmet kitchen of your home-away-from-home.  With lots of comfortable furniture, you can relax and chat or set up a board game to challenge your mind while the warmth of the fire soothes away your winter woes.

2.      Snuggle With Your Pet

We know your dog is a member of the family. That’s why many of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals are pet-friendly, check our property listings for details. Nothing makes a home cozier than being able to pet friendly vacation rental in Skaneateles NYsnuggle up on the couch and watch television or view the scenery with your furry best friend by your side. Take a walk through Skaneateles with Fido or throw a few tennis balls in the yard. Whatever you like to do in the winter is better with your best friend by your side, so be sure to rent a pet-friendly home and bring along your snuggle buddy to keep you warm and cozy.

3.      Take Part in Outdoor Activities

There are so many ways to warm up while soaking up the beauty surrounding you in the Finger Lakes. Downhill and cross country skiing are available at several top-rated ski lodges in the Skaneateles area. They’re just a few miles drive from any of our luxury rentals, and they’ll get your blood pumping as you combine some vigorous physical activity with taking in a gorgeous, winter wonderland. If skiing isn’t your thing, there are lots of opportunities for sledding, snow tubing, and ice skating; all activities that can warm you up while you burn off some energy.

4.      Savor the Flavors

Skaneateles offers everything from delicious diner fare to fine dining, just a short walk or drive from any of our vacation rentals. Get comfortable and feed your soul as well as your body with delicious, freshly prepared meals at places like the 1820 House, The Sherwood Inn, Willow Glen Café, or Bambino’s Bistro. Many of the local wineries and brewpubs also offer food in addition to whatever alcoholic offerings you sip. Warm yourself up from the inside out with some spirits and regional dishes that are unforgettable.

5.      Make a Connection

Skaneateles is home to lots of friendly folks who are proud of our region. Explore the historic downtown, where you’ll find quaint shops, luxurious gift items, and regional delicacies to take home. You’ll meet helpful shopkeepers and friendly locals who will welcome you with warmth and ensure you feel right at home. There’s nothing cozier than some time spent with friends, both old and new, and our luxury vacation rentals in Skaneateles, New York make it easy to do both.

Wintertime is a Great Time to Stay in the Finger Lakes

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 places to stay in the Finger Lakes 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 skaneateles new york vacation rental homesSeneca 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.


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