Even though the weather outside is awful, visitors can still curl up for a cozy winter “hibercation” in central New York’s scenic Finger Lakes area. Sleep in and linger at breakfast on the bed while the snow gently falls outside, then get together and head out to explore the charming local seaside towns with a romantic outdoor stroll, enter a friendly winery or brew pub before dinner by the fireplace on a intimate restaurant.
All year round, the Finger Lakes region rolls out the welcome mat for couples, families and groups of friends seeking a rejuvenating escape. This winter, there is even more reason to pay a visit, as local businesses, hotels and restaurants have teamed up with the Cayuga County Office of Tourism to participate in a hibernation campaign running from January 15 to March 15, 2022.
“It’s the perfect cure for cottage fever,” said Cayuga County’s director of tourism, Karen Kuhl. “We encourage people to enjoy some guilt-free downtime while escaping the daily pressures of work and home.”
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Four regional hotels and inns offer seasonal hibernation packages. Within easy walking distance of spa services just around the corner, Aurora Mainstays makes several properties available to guests at discounted rates on the village’s charming main street. At the northern tip of Lake Skaneateles, the beautifully decorated MacKenzie House welcomes hibernation visitors with a gift basket and coupons to redeem at local businesses.
The Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn pampers hibernation guests with a bottle of wine, a continental breakfast and late check-out, while the cozy Inn at the Finger Lakes offers a 25% discount on rooms and a special gift for hibernation guests.
Even if you are not staying overnight, visitors to Cayuga County can still benefit from many hibernation activities and offers. Start the journey with a stroll through picturesque state parks or along local nature trails. Or get your blood pumping with more intense recreational activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing and ice fishing.
While browsing the shops and boutiques, you can stop by one of the region’s award-winning craft breweries for a little taste. Summerhill Brewing in Locke offers half-price flights and buy one-on-one flights to customers who mention the hibercation campaign, and Auburn’s Prison City Pub and Brewery allows visitors to put together their own hibernation flight from a selection of special winter heaters.
Visitors will definitely have an appetite and local restaurateurs are on hand to provide plenty of delicious nourishment when you come in from the cold.
“Many restaurants will offer local breweries and cozy farm-to-table meals at home,” said Claire Dunlap, marketing manager for the Cayuga County Office of Tourism. “You’ll find many well-known favorite dishes on menus like shepherd’s pie, chili, hot cocoa and unique hot toddies to warm your stomach and soul.”
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop at Moonflower Macarons for a delicious macaron. Csee their latest flavors here.
Other local businesses that enter the hibernation include $ 5 off a painting class at Art Farm; buy one, get a session at Pure Moon Yoga and Breathwork; $ 5 discount on a fitness class at Kabari Wellness Spa; and Pride T-shirts at a special price at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center.
Book your stay now. Cayuga County winter hibercation packages and promotions run from January 15 to March 15, 2022. For more information, call 800.499.9615 or visit hibercation.com.
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