If you follow us on Instagram, we know you’ll agree with us that there is just something magical about a Finger Lakes winter. From the snow-covered trees and hills to the breathtaking vistas around our lakes, winter sports enthusiasts and cottage core fans alike will find their place in our region.

We know this winter looks a little different, but when you spend time in the Finger Lakes region’s wide-open spaces, you will be able to relax, reset, and recharge to take on the year ahead.

Read on for 10 of our favorite winter activities in the Finger Lakes, from active excursions to socially distant activities.


#1. Downhill skiing at Bristol Mountain

1200’ of vertical. 2 high speed quads. State-of-the-art snowmaking on 38 trails. From beginner skiers to advanced alpine experts, you will find your safe destination for skiing at Bristol Mountain.

A couple tasting wine at Inspire Moore

#2. Sip in a tasting room

From Geneva to Victor, and Canandaigua to Naples, find tasting rooms for your favorite 21+ drinks. Wine, craft beer, hard cider, and spirits are waiting for you! Don’t know where to start? Try the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, or ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail.


#3. Go Snowshoeing

Earlier this month, we shared some of our favorite spots to enjoy the Finger Lakes by snowshoe. From Cumming Nature Center to Ganondagan State Historic Site, find the trail for you.


#4. Order takeout from your favorite FLX restaurant

Leave the cooking to the pros and order takeout from your favorite Finger Lakes restaurant or use the time to try a new spot you haven’t been to yet. With international cuisine to farm-to-table options, the choices are endless.

Harriet Hollister

#5. Go cross country skiing

Go from vertical to horizontal ground on one of our scenic trails, many of which are groomed for Nordic skiing.

Geneva Row Houses in Geneva

#6. Take a walk down Main Street

Our vibrant communities offer a glimpse into life as a local, with shops and boutiques offering a variety of gifts to remember your time in our region long after you pack up to go home.


#7. Take a hike

Ditch the winter snow spots equipment all together and hit the (snow covered) pavement by foot to take in all the natural beauty of the region.

A couple relaxing at the Mountain Horse Farm Spa

#8. Book a spa treatment

Massages, wine wraps, and float suites – oh my! Get in touch with your inner self and quiet your mind when you’re pampered at one of our luxurious spas.


#9. Get cooking

Take part in an in-person or virtual class from New York Kitchen. Enjoy classes like Chocolate Truffles & Peanut Butter Balls or a virtual course about German Cuisine!

Brunch inside of a igloo

#10. Dine in an igloo

Kettle Ridge Farm’s Sugarmaker’s Igloo Brunches have quickly become a winter staple in the Finger Lakes – book your igloo to discover this delectable winter activity for yourself!

Tag us in your winter escape @VisitFLX – now, where to begin?