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3 Trips to Beat the Winter Blues

by Mary Melnick

Dec 1, 2021

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Tips / Travel

With the winter season right around the corner, it’s time to start planning the ultimate winter getaway. Travelers looking to embrace the cold should keep New York’s Finger Lakes region in mind.


Under-the-Radar Ski Destinations

According to a recent survey from Vacasa, the nation’s leading vacation rental platform, 61 percent of respondents are planning a ski/snowboard trip that was postponed, so prepare for busy slopes this year. If you are looking for under-the-radar spots to shred, check out the Finger Lakes in New York. This region contains lesser-known, less-expensive and less-crowded ski mountains. Cortland, New York, is home to the area’s largest ski resort, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, offering 55 trails, six aerial lifts and two surface lifts, as well as day and night skiing, a beginner’s slope and more.


Best Winter Villages

Embark on a weekend getaway to downtown Rochester, New York, to experience the Finger Lakes’ annual Roc Holiday Village. Dec. 3–19, guests will be immersed in a winter wonderland complete with fire pits, ice skating, unique shopping and a bar with tasty food and holiday drinks. Guests can also enjoy visits with Santa, tree lighting, live music and handcrafted goods.


Buttermilk Falls

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Chasing Waterfalls

If New York knows one thing for sure, it’s that waterfalls aren’t just a summer thing, and Ithaca is the prime example. The area boasts more than 150 impressive waterfalls within a 10-mile radius. This winter, visitors can participate in The Waterfalls Challenge, which allows hikers to virtually check in to each waterfall and earn rewards. One thing about Ithaca that stands out to travelers is the balance between city and nature. After experiencing the falls, head into town for some high-quality cider tasting at Finger Lakes Cider House and explore the iconic International Rutabaga Curling Championship.


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