Beat the Winter Blues in the Finger Lakes

Grey skies got you down? It’s easy to beat the winter blues rut with a routine-busting trip to the Finger Lakes in February and March. With plenty of fun things to do, delicious things to eat, and fantastic wines and beverages to try, you’ll find the perfect way to refresh and hit reset on 2023 in the Finger Lakes this season.

Find your way to fantastic food and wine pairings, just perfect for a romantic Valentine’s getaway, or strap into your ski boots for a late-season powder session sure to readjust your outlook. Cozy fireplaces, friendly coffee shops, and gorgeous vistas await!

Valentine Experiences 

Valentine and Wine pairings

Whisk your main squeeze off to a memorable weekend getaway in the Finger Lakes — Naples’ Vintage Vines and Valentines is back this year, celebrating sweethearts young and old with a weekend full of seasonal events like wine and spirit tastings, champagne, vow renewals, delicious meal deals, and more.

Need some facetime with your closest people? Recruit  your best friends for a fabulous time exploring chocolate and wine weekend at Seneca Lake, or settle in at a cozy bed and breakfast to explore the unique shopping and cozy atmosphere of the Finger Lakes in the winter.

Find the perfect place for everyone to unwind at Chapman House Bed and Breakfast. Located in Geneva on the northern coast of Seneca Lake, you can explore all the wine and chocolate experiences that await, and relax in the cozy atmosphere that’s all its own at Chapman House.  Plus, enjoy winter rates that still get you walking distance to the lake, gorgeous views, and modern amenities. 

March Maple Weekends

Maple syrup season is almost here- and we can’t imagine a better place to experience it than in the Finger Lakes. The perfect excuse to stock up for pancakes and more, you’ll see a side to syrup you’ve never experienced before. The area’s annual  Maple Weekend events invite you to taste different varieties, look behind the scenes, and immerse yourself in the sweet world of syrup.

Head to Timber Trails Forest Farm to tour the scenic facilities and learn about traditional wood-fired methods for making maple syrup. Taste the range of flavors and grades of the different syrups available from Kettle Ridge Farm, or head to Acmme Farms for Syrup A’LaRue for a family maple syrup farm experience.

Canandaigua’s Cobblestone Cottage makes an ideal getaway that feels worlds away, while keeping you close to the area’s most-loved attractions. Right on the shores of Lake Canandaigua,  Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage Bed & Breakfast is the chicest farmhouse you’ll experience, complete with luxurious full breakfasts and world class hospitality from local proprietors, Tammy and Dave.

Still Time for Snow Sports 

Swinging onto the slopes has never been easier when you stay in the Finger Lakes. With plenty of cozy accommodations minutes from the lifts, you won’t have to set the alarm before dawn to experience that first chair feeling or the exhilaration of fresh tracks. Whether you choose the unforgettable runs of  Bristol Mountain or the perfect corduroy and cross country skiing or snowshoeing at Greek Peak, you’ll spend less time on the road and more time in the awe-inspiring elements. And that’s what we call a winter win/win.

Breakfast like a champion before hitting the slopes at The Brindle and Blonde Bed and Breakfast. Minutes from Bristol Mountain’s lifts, you can wake up, enjoy a leisurely morning meal and still be making tracks before the crowds. With charming rooms, a relaxing hot tub, and varieties of local wines and treats available, you can finish a perfect mountain day in style and comfort, too. 


Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect late winter retreat. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.