March Magic at Isabella Spa~Salon at Belhurst Castle!

Get ready for spring, and treat yourself or someone you want to spoil, to the magic of luxurious pampering this March! Nestled inside the gorgeous Belhurst Castle, beautiful Isabella Spa~Salon is offering a variety of specials during the month of March on some of their fabulous spa treatments. 

Sweet Sixteen: A magical 80-minute massage is $16 off!
Enjoy a classic Swedish massage, featuring an intuitive, personalized blend of massage techniques customized to your specific needs.

Elite Eight: An 80-minute Royal Treatment Facial is $8 off!
The talented estheticians at Isabella Spa~Salon will give you royal treatment, targeting your skin’s needs and relaxing you into a state of blissful beauty, using aromatic organic skin care and trained massage techniques.

Final Four: An Extra Indulgence Pedicure is $4 off!
Relieve tired, aching feet and lower leg muscles with this invigorating pedicure. Enjoy a special foot soak, scrub, reflexology massage and masque, and finish with pretty polish.

These offers are valid during the month of March at Isabella Spa~Salon at Belhurst Castle and Winery in Geneva, New York. Contact Isabella Spa~Salon at Belhurst Castle for details and exclusions.

Valentine Specials & Events in the Finger Lakes!

Chocolate, wine, and Valentine specials–what’s not to love?!  Whether you are looking to spoil your sweetheart, pamper yourself, or celebrate the love of family and friends, let some of these specials and events inspire your plans!

Valentine’s Package at The Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an all-inclusive getaway to The Gould Hotel. Be pampered, and leave relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated! Enjoy overnight accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and wine in your room, a $50 dining voucher, and a continental breakfast. Package is available February 13-18, 2017. Contact The Gould Hotel for reservations and exclusions.

“Be Mine” Cozy Getaway Package at Geneva on the Lake!

Treat your sweetheart to a one-night stay in a beautiful Stickley appointed suite at Geneva on the Lake, and enjoy a complimentary bottle of award-winning Finger Lakes wine in your room upon arrival, a romantic candlelight three-course dinner with live music in the Lancellotti Dining Room, and a full breakfast or Sunday brunch. Request to add on a bottle of champagne, delicious Le Belge Chocolatier’s fine Belgian chocolate truffles, a half dozen beautiful roses, a signature Heart ornament designed and handmade by Jacques Schickel of Maryhill Claywork, or a one-hour massage. Offer valid: February 1 through March 31, 2017. Contact Geneva on the Lake for reservations and exclusions.

FEBRUARY 11, 2017: Preferred Pairings on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy an intimate wine and food pairing experience on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, in partnership with the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. The Preferred Pairings are a series of two, one-day events on February 11 or March 11. Each participating winery will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with Seneca Lake wines.

FEBRUARY 11-12, 2017: Chocolate, Wine & Roses Weekend at Americana Vineyards

What’s not to love? Celebrate this decadent and unforgettable pair with a visit to Americana Vineyards!
FEBRUARY 17-19, 2017: Savory World of Seneca Weekend on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy a wine and food pairing, featuring an amazing variety of cuisine from different nations around the world, paired with fine Seneca Lake wines and served in themed tasting rooms.
FEBRUARY 18-19, 2017: Wine & Cheese Lovers Getaway on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy a variety of creative and savory food samples prepared with spectacular cheeses and paired perfectly with the great wines of Keuka Lake. Receive a complimentary Keuka Lake Wine Trail glass at your starting winery!
FEBRUARY 17-26, 2017: Ithaca Loves Teachers!  Winter Recess Events in Ithaca, New York

Winter Recess is now in its 11th year, celebrating Pre-K through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the region with entertainment, activities, family fun, and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.  Relax, refresh, and renew among friends in a city built on education!
FEBRUARY 25-26, 2017; 15th Annual Mardi Gras Weekend on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Collect Mardi Gras beads as you travel the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, sampling food paired with regional wine, served Bourbon Street style! Compete in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a mixed case of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wine!

Cheers to you and yours!

Frost Fest is coming, and tickets are going fast!

Warm that winter chill at the Third Annual Frost Fest Ice Bar, 5:00-9:00 PM, at Ramada Geneva Lakefront, February 4, 2017, in Geneva, New York! 

Celebrate the beauty of winter in the Finger Lakes at Frost Fest!  Marvel at spectacular ice sculptures, sip on signature drinks, enjoy music, fabulous food, and discounted room rates, as well as local tastings, and a fireworks display!  All proceeds benefit the Geneva Family YMCA.

Participants must be 21 or over.  Purchase tickets at the YMCA or on

This event may sell-out quickly, so tickets may not be available at the door!

A Brand New Year…

And still, the beauty here never gets old.

Taughannock Falls, Ulysses, New York, by G. Knight

Finger Lakes Gift Idea for Wine & Food Lovers!

Are you looking for a last minute gift idea for the food lovers and wine aficionados in your life?  Treat your favorite people to a Wine and Dine Date Night in the Finger Lakes and an introduction to the best food and wine our region has to offer!

On January 28, 2017, the Fox and the Grapes Bed & Breakfast will host owner-winemakers Paul and Shannon Brock of Silver Thread Vineyard for the 2nd Annual Wine and Dine Date Night.  In addition to dinner and a one-night stay, guests will enjoy a guided tasting of Silver Thread’s boutique wines. Silver Thread is one of Seneca Lake’s most critically-acclaimed small wineries and a close neighbor of The Fox and The Grapes. The winery is closed during the winter months, so this event offers an exclusive opportunity to taste and purchase Silver Thread wines in January. The Brocks are experienced wine educators who captivate both expert and novice wine drinkers.

Following your tasting, you will be treated to a four-course dinner of Spanish cuisine perfectly paired with Silver Thread’s wines. The Wine & Date Night package for 2 includes the guided wine tasting, four-course dinner, a Saturday night stay at the Fox and the Grapes Bed & Breakfast, and a full breakfast the next day for $295(per couple, not including tax).

Contact the Fox and the Grapes Bed & Breakfast for details and reservations!

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season and plans to make memories in the Finger Lakes in 2017!

How to Pair the Perfect Wine with your Holiday Dinner?

Find out how to perfectly pair your holiday food traditions with Belhurst Estate Winery‘s Historic Wine Collection.

Belhurst Estate Winery: How to Pair the Perfect Wine


Finger Lakes Holiday Gift Guide 2016

‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to celebrate the season than to support the extraordinary artists, farmers, performers and professionals of the Finger Lakes, who bring beauty and rich culture to life in this fascinating region.

Photo courtesy of Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Photo courtesy of Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Browse the Finger Lakes Holiday Gift Guide for unique gift ideas, and make memories this holiday season to celebrate for years to come!

Schedule time for festive Fun in the Finger Lakes, merry-making, and holiday cheer this December!  There are plenty of Events & Festivities to keep you busy (and to help you to relax!) this month and to spark your holiday spirit.

Wishing you and yours a spectacular holiday season filled with the joys of the Finger Lakes!

Thanksgiving in the Finger Lakes!

Consider a lakeside holiday in the beautiful Finger Lakes!

It’s not too late to reserve your Thanksgiving Getaway with Finger Lakes Premier Properties!

Book your Premier Properties Vacation Rental during the Thanksgiving holiday, and receive a free 10-12 lb. turkey with select rentals! Contact Finger Lakes Premier Properties for details and exclusions!

Be grateful to spend your holiday enjoying rather than cooking your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Gather good company, and settle in for a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner at beautiful Geneva on the Lake, overlooking Seneca Lake and featuring pianist Johnny Russo.  Reservations are required.  Contact Geneva on the Lake for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


November Events in the Finger Lakes!

November is here!  Celebrate the season in the Finger Lakes with exciting events and festivities to get you ready for the holidays!

NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Get a taste of Ithaca Brunch Fest 2016, Saturday, November 5, on the Ithaca Commons, and celebrate fabulous food, local beverages, live music, games and more! 

Be sure to vote on November 8, and then follow the results during an Election Day Dinner at The Gould Hotel, in Seneca Falls, New York! Receive 16% off dining for the 2016 election and half-price appetizers!

NOVEMBER 12-13, 2016
Kick off the holiday season at Keuka Holidays I, a food & wine celebration on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, featuring fine wines paired with hearty winter food. Collect a grapevine wreath and ornaments along the way!

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016
Embrace your holiday shopping, enjoy tastings of fine regional wines paired with holiday-inspired dishes, and collect a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, an ornament, and recipes along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail at the 23rd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree! 

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016
This year’s Deck the Halls Weekend on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is SOLD OUT!  Save the date for November 17-19, 2017!  If you missed this year’s event, be sure to get tickets early next year, and kick off your 2017 holiday season in the Finger Lakes on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, tasting holiday wines paired with festive foods in wineries decked out in their holiday best!

NOVEMBER 19-20, 2016, 10 AM-5 PM
Keuka Holidays II offers another chance to kick off the holiday season on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Enjoy this food & wine celebration, featuring fine local wines paired with hearty winter food!

NOVEMBER 24, 2016
Spend your Thanksgiving dinner at beautiful Geneva on the Lake, featuring pianist Johnny Russo. Reservations required. Contact Geneva on the Lake for more information!

NOVEMBER 27, 2016, 4:30 PM
Join the Gaffer District in Corning, New York, for the annual Centerway Square Tree Lighting & Parade of Lightswhere all parade participants twinkle from head to toe!

It’s getting exciting!  Plan your Finger Lakes getaway, and be sure to browse the latest discounts and specials offered by some of our favorite local businesses.

See you in the Finger Lakes this November!

Wizarding Weekend in Ithaca!

Enter the magical world of Harry Potter, October 27-30, 2016–in downtown Ithaca!  wizarding_weekend_2016

Be dazzled during Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend, when the downtown Ithaca Commons and Press Bay Alley transform into a free and magical festival of family-friendly hands-on activities and magic demonstrations!

Participate or spectate, enjoy a costume contest, magical challenges, themed foods, live music, vendors, and more!

Hope to see you there!