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Best wintertime activities in the Finger Lakes

Wintertime in the Finger Lakes is a very quiet time of year, but it is not without plenty to do. The area has many attractions for winter activities and all of them have the beautiful Finger Lakes backdrop. The air is crisp, the snowscape serene, and the silence is beautiful. The area's best innkeeper's have a few suggestions for the best wintertime activities in the Finger Lakes. Here is what they have to say.

Wine trail events on Keuka, Seneca or Cayuga lakes - During the winter, the events are well attended, but not to the point of being too overcrowded.  There are some fabulous events like Holiday Shopping Spree, Keuka Holidays, Deck the Halls, Bargain Bash, Be Mine with Wine or Chocolate & Wine for Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras and Meet the Winemaker.  Most tickets cost around $16 to $20/person and include a fun packed day with lots of wine and food samples. ~ Terry - Keuka Overlook B&B

Cross Country Skiing on the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail - It starts at Dresden (on Seneca lake) and ends in the Penn Yan Recreation Complex (on Keuka lake).  It's a very scenic trail - with waterfalls and many historic remnants.  It is slightly uphill in the direction of East to West - so the return is much more fun.  A volunteer group called "Friends of the Outlet" has put up trail signs and outhouses along the way. ~ Cristina and Fernando Diaz - The Farr Inn B&B

Relaxing in a Finger Lakes B&B - The best thing to do in the winter is to just relax with a nice glass of wine by the fireplace in one of the area's outstanding, cozy B&B's. ~ Sheryl - The Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Rice Hill Sledding and Skating area - This is not a commercial skating rink, but two old fashioned ponds, dependant on the weather. There is even a little building with a wood stove to warm up in when you get cold. There is also a big hill there for sledding. This is run by the State Park system. Located on the Western side of Cayuga Lake. Take the road to the Overlook from Rt.89 at Taughannock Falls. At the Y in the road take Rice Rd on the right. ~ Glenda Nash - Gentle Giants Bed and Breakfast

Cross-country Skiing or Snowshoeing in the Finger Lakes National Forest - The trails seem to go on as far as you want them to and pass through both fields and forests. It is pure and simple beauty at its best. The only thing that makes it better is some hot cocoa in a thermos. Located on the Southeastern side of Seneca Lake. ~ Steve and Kathy Wirt - Wine Country Cabins Bed & Breakfast

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