Are you ready to get out of the house or what?! Theres a bunch of fun events happening this weekend that should lure you from the comfort and warmth of your home and out into the slush and snow.
Do you have a valentine on your mind? If you’re planning a wedding (or an engagement) for this Valentines Day, you might want to check out some of my posts about the best places in the Finger Lakes to get married (or, to pop the question): Bristol Harbour Sunrise Wedding, The Lower Mill in Honeoye Falls, or A Secluded Outdoor Wedding at Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg, NY.
A couple great Valentines Day gift suggestions… Book 1 and Book 2 from the Finger Lakes-Based Fictional Novels by Kristan Higgins: The Best Man and The Perfect Match. (These are affiliate links, so you if you click and buy, I get kick back! Try it!)
Chocolate & Wine Weekend – Seneca Lake Wine Trail (Seneca Lake, Feb 8, 9)
Enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake. Pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling chocolates, or foods prepared with chocolate, creatively paired with wine. Over the 2-1/2 day event, visit over 30 unique participating wineries and enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation. And with the event’s proximity to Valentine’s Day, spending the weekend with a loved one, sampling wine and eating an diverse variety of chocolate and chocolate-themed dishes, there is no better way to your love for each other than by enjoying this weekend-long event, together. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $35 per person.
Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale – Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (Farmington, Feb 9)
Here is a perfect antidote for cabin fever: On Sunday, February 9, 2014 the 15th annual Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale will be held at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, NY from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 40 quality antique dealers displaying their wares.
Wares typically include country and period furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting fixtures, jewelry, postcards, paintings and books, linens, and all kinds of antique accessories. Returning this year are many dealers who have made the show a popular mid-winter event. Admission is $6.00. To download a coupon for a $1.00 off admission, go to www.canandaiguaantiquesclassic.org.
Opening Reception: Food, Glorious Food and Empty Bowls Project – Arts Center of Yates County (Penn Yan, Feb 9)
For a donation, visitors will select a hand-made bowl from which they will enjoy a selection of soups form the Penn Yan Diner, The Keuka Restaurant, Oak Hill, and Milly’s Pantry. Profits from the EMPTY BOWL project will go to Milly’s Pantry’s Backpack Program – So children won’t go hungry!
Murder Mystery Wine Tour and Dinner – Experience the Finger Lakes (Ithaca, Feb 8)
On the “In the Distill of the Night” tour you have the choice to join the tour as a detective, or for those brave of heart, as a suspect in the crime itself! Unravel a century old mystery, as you taste fine wine, tour classic vineyards, and eat in one of Ithaca’s finest restaurants. You will investigate a crime scene, collect clues and facts, and even interview suspects before the actual mystery is revealed. Will you solve the crime? One thing is certain; you’ll enjoy every minute trying!
Say Cheeeese Sponsored by Lite 97.3 Cayuga Radio Group – Cayuga Lake Wine Trail (Cayuga Lake, Feb 8, 9)
The name says it all: “Say Cheeeese,” so we are again hosting a special “Say Cheeeese” photo contest. Make sure to take all of your favorite photos over the weekend and enter them via facebook or email. The winner will take home a Specialty Gift Basket from our local Creameries and Wineries.
Vintage Vines and Valentines (Naples, Feb 8)
This is a celebration of winter as much as it is a celebration of love. So it is intended to be an indoor/outdoor experience. For instance, there will be a wine journey in the village of Naples that afternoon. Some call them wine walks, but in Naples, it’s a wine journey. You’ll stroll to 6 different wine and craft brew tastings in different locations in the quaint village of Naples. After that, we will renew our marriage vows as a group, and raise a glass of bubbly, toasting to our love. Kids are welcome too! There will be free horse and wagon rides, fire pits & s’mores, hot cocoa, and our maple farm will be open for tours and sweet tastings. Our wineries (three of them), restaurants and shops will all be rolling out the red carpet for our residents and guests. There will be art demonstrations, exhibits, “live” music in multiple locations, a chili cook-off where YOU judge the entries (mmmm), and at dusk, you can launch your own heart shaped luminary and watch it float away into the night sky. Special lunches and dinners will be planned for you, as well as chocolate, food & wine pairings in between!