Winter in Wine Country in the Finger Lakes, NY – It’s not all wine!

Beat the winter blues with a truly unforgettable getaway to Yates County, New York, the epicenter of the Finger Lakes region. After the lakes turn cold, grapes are harvested and the trees lose all their leaves, the area transforms into a picturesque and cozy winter wonderland. Yates County borders Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes and is brimming with scenic roads, incredible vistas and quaint small towns. 

If you enjoy quieter settings and less crowds, or just need to escape the chaos of everyday life, you’ll love a winter vacation to the Finger Lakes.

Exploring the Finger Lakes

Tour the Wineries & Craft Beverages

Most wineries, breweries and distilleries stay open all year. The snow-covered vineyards and warm tasting rooms are absolutely magical. Enjoy relaxed settings, a slower pace and seasonal offerings. 

Ice Fishing

When the lakes partially or fully freeze over, they become a hotspot for various types of landlocked fish. The northern tip of Keuka Lake is a popular area for ice fishing enthusiasts.

Outdoor Winter Recreation

Strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis! The Keuka Outlet Trail is ideal for this. If downhill skiing is more your thing, there are ski resorts a short drive away. 

Exploring the Finger Lakes

Museums & Shopping

Explore indoor attractions where you can discover local gems, history and learn new things. Locally owned shops are great for finding unique gifts.

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Slow Down, Relax & Recoup

Take time for yourself and plan a romantic weekend or solo trip. Book an accommodation that offers a fireplace, lakeview or amenities that make your trip worry-free.

Visit or request a free travel guide.