Winter is here and truth be told, the weather isn’t always frightful. It is possible to have some winter fun in Rochester NY that’s actually quite delightful. We’ve searched high and low and every snow bank in between to give you some great ways to spend in the great outdoors!
Take a Hike
Explore all the outdoors has to offer. Bring your family and friends for a wonderful winter hike. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Youth and adult snowshoes will be available if conditions permit. Weekends, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 16
Washington Grove, meet at the top of Reservoir Road in Cobb’s Hill Park.
Sunday, January 31
Seneca Park, meet at the Seneca Zoo Parking Lot (off of St. Paul Street).
Sunday, February 21
Turning Point Park, meet at the end of Boxart Street (off of Lake Avenue).
Dash Through the Snow
If you want to do more than walk, for a $15 rental fee, you can don some snow shoes and see what happens. There are many places to go in the Greater Rochester Area, and since this sport is a great winter workout, you definitely won’t be the only one out there.
On the East side, for our Fairport Friends, your best bet is not too far from your own backyard.
Perinton Recreation Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY A reader writes: “Area is good for x-country skiing and snowshoeing with open fields and a wooded trail.”
Mendon Ponds Park, between Clover Street and Pittsford-Mendon Center Road, Mendon/Honeoye Falls, NY – 585-334-3780
They groom the cross-country trails there for the Pittsford-Mendon team so it’s an especially nice place to ski.
If you think all of this sounds like too much work, 1. your’e not alone and 2. we’ve got an alternative.
Head to Wine Country
Yes, my friends, there’s much to do in the Finger Lakes this Winter including these two fun events from FingerLakesWineCountry.com
The Polar Passport
The Seneca Lakes Wine Trail’s Polar Passport gives visitors a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. And while most people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, the winter season is actually the best time to visit when owners, winemakers and vineyard managers are more available and are more likely to be available to chat in the tasting room.
Here is how it works: First of all, starting winery points are not assigned for this passport program – you may start at any of the participating wineries. Visit any of the participating wineries, receive a free** flight of wines at each winery, and the winery will stamp or mark the appropriate space in your Polar Passport.
Wine On Ice
Attend Wine on Ice in Elmira where the hockey arena is transformed into a wine tasting festival. Take part in an exciting event that is guarenteed to take the edge off the chilly Finger Lakes Wine Country evenings. Held at First Arena in Elmira, participants are invited into the building to take to the ice to sample some of the area’s premier wines. Entertainment will fill the air as local restaurants filled tummies and local craft businesses filled the shopping bags of this year’s attendees.
If you’d like to blaze a new trail and make a move this winter. We’d love to help! Contact us today!