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Romantic Gift Ideas in FLWC

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 8:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Romantic Dinner

It’s the season of romance and what better way to show your affection, appreciation, and love to your sweetheart than shopping local this Valentine’s season and gifting a slice of the Finger Lakes?

Whether you’re a classic romantic who buys flowers and chocolates or you’re looking for something a little more personalized or unique, we’ve recommended some ideas for gift-giving this sweet time of year.

Sweet Treats

There’s no sweeter gift than sugary confections for your significant other whether

Winter Waterway

Finger Lakes Wine Country is an all-season getaway, we even like to say that there are five seasons of fun here. Winter is easily one of the most underrated seasons to visit the region and one of the quietest, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are just a few of the incredible outdoor activities to enjoy in Finger Lakes Wine Country in the winter.

Snowshoe Rentals

A fun adventurous activity fit for the whole family in winter is

homemade fudge and holiday sign in Hammondsport during the Christmas season

Tis 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. We also thought outside the box 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 suggestions? Not only are we telling you what to gift the Foodies,

Penn Yan

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

Apple Picking

If you've already figured out what to do and where to go using our 3-Day Fall Finger Lakes Wine Country Itinerary and FLX Family-Friendly Fall Travel Guide. It's time to learn how to experience the incredible fall flavors Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer!

New York State is the second-largest apple-producing state in the country. 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

Fall Romance

When the summer heat fades to cozy cuddle weather, a romantic fall getaway in Finger Lakes Wine Country is the perfect mix of pampering and adventure. From pumpkin-infused spa treatments and fireside wine tasting to fairy-tale castles and waterfall chasing.

The leaf peeping and long walks remind you of the things that make fall magical. A picturesque getaway to Finger Lakes Wine Country will allow you and your partner to take a break, create new experiences together, and turn up the heat on

pumpkins at Bradley Farms in Finger Lakes Wine Country

If leaf-peeping or delicious fall flavors don’t grab your attention, the fun fall events in Finger Lakes Wine Country will. This list of harvest and Halloween activities includes options for the whole family and adults only. Families will enjoy pumpkin picking, trick-or-treating, and a Dia de los Muertos Celebration at The Rockwell Museum in Corning. The more mature crowd will enjoy the Haunted Wine Walk at Hosmer Winery or the Wicked Realm Film Festival. Those looking for a fright will enjoy

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 4 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

Black Kayakers

As one of the best wine regions in the nation, there’s an unlimited amount of fun activities to enjoy in Finger Lakes Wine Country. That’s why we’re focusing on the ones that won’t break the bank. This list of free things to do in Finger Lakes Wine Country includes activities for the entire family and is a great starting point for visitors and residents building an itinerary.

Go For a Hike

The Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum in Elmira, New York offers free access to over 10 miles of hiking

Farmer's Markets

Thursday, August 10, 2023 4:00 PM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

Farmers Market

Looking for local produce and unique handmade items? Farmer's markets can be found throughout the region almost every day of the week, and it's hard to take a drive through our countrysides without passing a few fresh farmstands.