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The holiday season in Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the most festive and exciting times in the region. As the weather cools and the days become shorter, the holiday spirit fills the air and the region bursts with merry surprises!

Here's the scoop on celebration-worthy wines, local arts and hand-crafted products perfect for gifting, and festive decorations and traditions. We've created this guide to help you enjoy the best of the holidays in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

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Festive Holiday Cookies with Bunny Lyons of Bunny Cakes

Few things are more fun than decorating holiday cookies and few are as talented and skilled as Bunny Lyons of Bunny Cakes, LLC in Berlin, N.J. Ms. Lyons has taken the cookie decorating scene by storm and creates the most beautiful cakes and cookies that at times, if only for a brief moment, you want to admire more than eat - a short lived struggle, of course!

Her craft has received plenty of accolades by everyone from local media to the Food Network, where she recently participated in their

Holiday Gazebo in Penn Yann NY

Tis’ the season for holiday movie binging! And if you are fans of holiday movies like we are, you might have noticed those Hallmark movies giving us the warm and fuzzy feels are set in charming small towns. These quaint villages are full of friendly faces and small town holiday cheer -- inevitably making your heart yearn for a white Christmas in a small town upstate.

Well, you are in luck! You can live out your holiday fantasies by visiting one of these Finger Lakes Wine Country picture-perfect

Sparkler - Pomegranate Mimosa - Wagner Sparkling Riesling - Holiday Cocktails

Perfect for the holidays or any special celebration are these 5 Easy FLX Sparkling Celebration Cocktails using the finest sparkling wines from Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Try any of these simple recipes using the region’s finest bubbly to celebrate!

Cheers!

Sparkly Raspberry

Fill your champagne glass or martini glass 3/4 full with your chilled J.R. Dill Winery

homemade fudge and holiday sign in Hammondsport during the Christmas seasonTis the season to be shopping and there’s no better time to shop small and shop local. Our Shop Small Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of the best local businesses and boutiques to shop in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Especially amid the supply chain crisis that’s currently happening. So we thought outside the boxes and included gift certificates, community memberships, and gift donations.

Looking for gifts for the Travel Lover on your holiday shopping list? How about some Romantic Gift

Apple Picking at Apple Barrel Orchards

We’ve already shared what to do and where to go in our 3 Day Fall Finger Lakes Wine Country Itinerary. Now we’re sharing how to experience the incredible fall flavors Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer.

From apple cinnamon, apple cider, caramel apples, and candy apples the fall flavor profiles are endless and we haven’t even mentioned pumpkin. Locally harvested produce is one of the main attractions during fall in Finger Lakes Wine Country and the reason for many of your favorite flavors.

Pumpkin Patch

Fall is the most spooktacular season to visit Finger Lakes Wine Country. There’s no shortage of pumpkin patches to pick from, but also there’s something spookier. This place has a long history of tales from beyond and as the sunny days are replaced by darker skies the creepier side of the region begins to show. Which makes Finger Lakes Wine Country the perfect place to celebrate Halloween.

The small cemeteries that dot the back roads seem haunted among the barren trees. Whose leaves slowly

aerial view of the fall foliage driving around Keuka Lake in Finger Lakes Wine CountryFall is the most popular time of year to visit Finger Lakes Wine Country for many reasons. Conveniently located 6 hours from Washington DC., 5 hours from New York City, and only 3.5 hours from Philadelphia, it's the perfect place to escape the big city buzz and ease into casual country living. This 3-day fall itinerary for Finger Lakes Wine Country allows you to taste the flavors of the region during harvest and explore the beauty of nature.

You can smell the grapes in the air as harvest season

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Finger Lakes Wine Country has much more to offer than some of the world’s best wines. It’s where it all began for the Women's Rights Movement and was the end of the line for the Underground Railroad. From historic homes and haunted wineries to the world’s largest pancake griddle and wine revolutionaries, here are some of the hidden gems Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer.

Unique Stays

Belva Lockwood Inn in Owego New York

Belva Lockwood is the local 19th-century heroine who fought for equal rights from the age of 14. Her

Adirondack chairs looking at the lake view in Finger Lakes Wine CountryNetflix’s latest travel and real estate show The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals follows three travelers as they stay at some of the world’s most unique rental properties. Which inspired us to share some of The Most Amazing Vacation Rentals in Finger Lakes Wine Country. From pet-friendly options to high-end, exclusive properties here are some of the best vacation properties available this summer in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

With over 150 waterfalls in the area, you won’t have to do much

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