“Dating during coronavirus” and “things to do” were top Google searches in the U.S. in 2020. New York’s Finger Lakes region has answers that will warm your hearts.
To escape routine during the cold blustery days and months ahead, consider a romantic couple’s getaway to Ontario County in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The Finger Lakes’ Visit Confidently program is a commitment to its visitors that when you are in Ontario County and in the Finger Lakes region, health and safety is the No. 1 priority.
Here are some of the region’s most romantic winter experiences:
Maple-Inspired Brunch in an Igloo
Enjoy an intimate brunch in an igloo with a maple-inspired menu at Kettle Ridge Farm. The Sugarmaker’s Igloo Brunch features a five-course “chef’s choice” mystery brunch and a bottle of sparkling wine inside one of four heated igloos on the farm’s stunning grounds.
Set About a Snowshoe Trail
Ontario County offers 44 miles of snowshoeing trails, 60 miles of groomed Nordic ski trails, and 119 miles of hiking trails. The Cumming Nature Center in Naples offers ski equipment and snowshoe rentals, as well as private and group lessons. At this time, the center mandates mask wearing and allows limited capacity inside the nature center. If you and your love are interested in skiing, you’ll enjoy a visit to Bristol Mountain, a ski resort and mountain with 38 slopes and trails for skiers of any experience level.
Get Cozy at an Alpaca Farm
The Lazy Acre Alpaca Farm in Bloomfield first opened in 2000 and is home to over 50 alpacas of various colors and personalities. The farm welcomes visitors. Consider a private yoga classes at the farm, take a farm tour, and visit the farm store where you can purchase cozy alpaca fur slippers, sweaters, hats and more, to last you and your sweetheart through the winter season.
Wine and Dine in a Castle
Enjoy an early six-course food and wine pairing dinner in the historic Belhurst Castle & Winery overlooking gorgeous views of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The menu of unique, seasonally-inspired dishes are paired with Belhurst Estate award-winning wines. After dinner, head to the tasting room to enjoy Belhurst Estate’s very own craft beer and hard cider, or purchase a bottle as a keepsake.
Try Ice Fishing
For a quintessential winter experience, try ice fishing on one of Ontario County’s five Finger Lakes. Head to the family-run fishing shop Sutton Company in Naples to buy all of the fishing tackle and gear you need before heading out onto the lake. Several local businesses offer public boat launches to the major lakes, or opt for a charter service, such as Sweet Melissa Fishing Charters, for a professional guided experience. Lake trout, black bass, Atlantic salmon, and walleye are among the most frequent catches.
Warm Up by a Fireplace
Geneva on the Lake’s home-away-from-home package offers privacy and warmth to couples this winter, with historic suites containing fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, access to 10 acres overlooking Seneca Lake, plus breakfast and dinner with live music at the renowned Lancellotti’s. If you and your special someone prefer the boutique B&B experience, opt for one of the three rooms at Chalet of Canandaigua. The 7,600-square-foot log cabin combines rustic elegance with a touch of contemporary, and offers a three-course breakfast. You can take a walk around the serene private pond and warm up near the wood burning fireplace in the living room with a glass of Finger Lakes wine.
-Text & images courtesy NJFPR