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Top 10 Winter Activities to Keep Warm Indoors
Even when it's chilly outside, you can find an endless array of activities to do indoors. Take a look at these ten activities we have chosen for you.
#1. Warm up with a steaming cuppa...
It’s cold outside – warm those hands, and insides, with a steaming cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or any of the other creative concoctions at small cafes like Monaco's Coffee in Geneva or Simply Crepes in Canandaigua. A fun tip: In March at Simply Crepes, order a “green” hot chocolate and celebrate the Irish!
Despite the name, operas aren’t the only shows offered at the Smith Opera House (also known as The Smith Center for the Arts) in Geneva. Classic movies, indie films, live concerts and symphony orchestras and dance performances also grace this historic stage, which first opened in 1894. The Smith's schedule is ever-changing.
Wine is a delicious way to chase away the winter chill. Connoisseur or novice, a visit to Microclimate in Geneva is a great way to learn about wines from around the world, including those from the Finger Lakes. This cozy and intimate wine bar also offers a variety of local cheeses to complement your wine flights. Lift your glass to a great winter activity!
#4. Go bowling, laser tagging, car bumping, or visit the arcade, all in one stop!
Now there’s a good old-fashioned way to get out in the winter for some physical activity, and some new-fashioned fun as well. Take your family or friends to Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center in Canandaigua and become ruler of the lanes, laser tag champion, bumper car captain, or master of the arcade. Everything you need for good fun is available at the facility.
#5. Tour the wine trails
Believe it or not, winter weekends are actually the perfect time to visit local wineries. Go at a relaxed pace and enjoy every sip, while avoiding the seasonal rush of people that visit in the summer. You can even hire one of the local wine tour companies to drive you from destination to destination.
#6. Mall Walking
Lace up those sneakers and head to the mall for your daily exercise. Yes, you read that right! Eastview Mall in Victor is the perfect location for those who like to walk but don’t like the cold, snowy weather. This very popular activity not only gives you the opportunity for exercise, but you can also window shop at the same time. With several different branches to the mall, you can treat yourself to a new route every time.
#7. Visit a Historic Site
Did you know our corner of the Finger Lakes was the birthplace to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and occupational therapy? Learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Hill Cumorah Visitors Center in Manchester. Meanwhile at the Foster Cottage Museum in Clifton Springs, you'll find out how a convalescent architect was responsible for starting the profession of occupational therapy back in 1917.
#8. Become a Master Chef
Easier said than done, but one of the ways to beat a cold winter day is by taking a cooking class in a warm kitchen. The New York Kitchen in Canandaigua has just the recipe for getting out and about no matter the weather. With a variety of culinary classes offered throughout the winter, you can be on the path to master chef in no time and take some new kitchen tricks back home to dazzle your friends and family.
#9. An Overnight at a Bed and Breakfast
Sometimes just getting away, even for one night, is all it takes to break the winter blues. If you prefer accommodations in a rural setting, you might consider Mountain Horse Farm Bed & Breakfast and Wellness Retreat in Naples, which offers massages and saunas at its spa. If you prefer to stay in town, the 1840 Inn on the Main puts you within walking distance of downtown Canandaigua and the New York Kitchen. An evening in front of a crackling fire will turn those winter blues into warm smiles.
10. Treat yourself (to a spa date)
We’re talking about treating yourself to a revitalizing bath, soothing massage, or cleansing scrub at The Springs Integrative Medicine & Spa in Clifton Springs. From soaking in a mineral bath to having a hot stone treatment, you’ll feel really pampered with a decadent therapeutic bath on a cold winter day. Belhurst also has it's Isabella Spa to really get your pamper on.