Yates County in upstate New York is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes. Pack your sense of adventure for an exceptional journey through a winter wonderland, a happy winery tour, an artsy workshop and then step back in time by booking into a charming bed and breakfast.
Crunch Snow Underfoot in a Snowy Winterscape
Bundle up for a frosty outing along the Keuka Outlet Trail. This winter paradise is home to 11 invigorating kilometres of wooded trails perfect for snow shoeing, cross-country skiing or hiking. The notable trail is built upon the tracks of the old Fall Brook Railroad and follows the scenic path of the historic Crooked Lake Canal. Pass by an icy creek and peaceful woodlands to admire the beauty of winter. This multi-use trail allows snowmobiling, should you feel the need for speed. Pack a thermos of hot apple cider made with New York state apples to keep warm.
Get Your Art On
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The Arts Center of Yates County on Main Street is home to classes, workshops and the Flick Gallery. This nonprofit arts centre is hosting several exhibits this winter including Abstract By Design, which explores the work of artists Frank Leahy and Bradley Butler, while the Yates County Student Show features designs by talented youth, grades seven to 12. Should you be inspired to create your own work of art, sign up for a painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture or pottery workshop led by working artists, art educators and art historians at the Center’s Rosenfeld Studio.
Whatever the Weather, Wine About It
The Finger Lakes is home to world-class wineries including family-owned Fox Run Vineyards in Yates County which has been making estate wines since 1989. The winery offers daily guided walking tours of its lavish vineyard and winemaking facility all year-long but you'll enjoy candid conversations with the winemakers in the quiet winter season. Living by the motto, “Drink wine, be happy,” Fox Run operates on self-generated solar energy to reduce their carbon footprint on the community and environment. Shop for riesling, reds, whites, blush, rosé or sparkling varieties before continuing on your Finger Lakes journey.
Rest & Recharge
Boston Public Library (CC by 2.0)
Top off your Yates Couty visit with a stay at a stunning Victorian home in the village of Penn Yan. Built in 1869, Aubergine Inn reflects the style of French Second Empire architecture and is beautifully filled with period furniture and charming keepsakes. Rooms are equipped with private baths and furnished with original chestnut woodwork. Admire the collection of treasures in the living room or during your morning breakfast in the cozy dining room. For a breath of crisp winter air, wander the outdoor gardens or walk to Penn Yan’s historic downtown area and check out quaint local shops and restaurants.