Among the many destinations that New York state has to offer peripatetic Canadians who wish to experience the many varieties of winter, Lake Seneca and Lake Placid are givens. When it comes to winter, few people know it like Canadians. While Canada has many beautiful attractions and events in the winter, there is something to be said about travelling due south to explore the many attractions of winter in upstate New York, ranging from mountains, state parks and more. And these five destinations are but a small selection of what Canadians can find.
Lake Seneca: Belhurst Castle
Formerly a private residence on the shores of Lake Seneca in the Finger Lakes region near Watkins Glen and Geneva, New York, it was built between 1885 and 1889 and has quite the history behind it. The three-storey building features a slate gable roof, a one-story solarium, projecting porches, towers with pyramid roofs and more. Prior to being one of the top winter destinations for Canadians in Upstate New York, it was a speakeasy during Prohibition, a casino, supper club and restaurant. Today, it is a hotel that features three lodging buildings, two ballrooms and two restaurants.
While at the hotel you can take part in the Seneca Lakes Wine Trail, something generic to Lake Seneca, and enjoy all the wineries in the region, even in the winter. There is also the Wine on Ice in nearby Elmira, where a hockey arena is transformed into a wine tasting festival, where connoisseurs enjoy varieties available near Lake Seneca such as riesling and cabernet franc.
Lake Placid: The Lake Placid Lodge
The only hotel located on the shores of Lake Placid, it is a beautiful getaway for anyone looking to enjoy winter in Upstate New York. The entire structure is a work of art in itself, from the beams hewn by hand, to the beds carved by local artisans. Not to mention the 50 stone fireplaces built by hand by Adirondack masons. The Lake Placid Lodge includes the main lodge, overlook rooms, a lakeside building and private cabins. In addition, it also features a pet resort so you can bring your furry friends along.
While in Lake Placid you can skate on the Olympic Ice or Mirror Lake, hike High Falls Gorge, ride the toboggan chute, or take part in some skiing on Whiteface Mountain.
Cooperstown: The Inn At Cooperstown
This historic hotel offers the Canadian traveler private rooms and unique packages for anyone coming to the community for a winter getaway. With 18 guest rooms, the hotel is located only one block away from the Baseball Hall of Fame. In addition, it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year from 2009 to 2018, and is part of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame as of 2018.
There are many things to do in Cooperstown in the winter including snowshoeing, checking out the Fenimore Art Museum, and of course visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Auburn: 10 Finch
This hotel is a perfect place to visit if you want to take advantage of the skiing and snowshoeing opportunities found in the Finger lakes. You can check out Auburn’s historic sites, and then come back to 10 Finch for local wine, candlelight dinners and whirlpool baths.
The home was built in 1920 and was built with entertaining in mind, which makes it perfect as a bed and breakfast today.
Skaneateles: Mirbeau Inn and Spa
This amazing inn and spa is the perfect place for Canadians visiting Upstate New York. With its large tubs, cozy fireplaces and spa with pools, waterfalls and couple’s massages, it is great for Christmas and Valentines Day.
Rated as one of the top 20 small resorts in the United States, their romance packages include French cuisine, massages and rose petal turndown.
If you are going to go to Skaneateles, then you need to check out the Charles Dickens Winter Festival, which runs in December and is the perfect destination if you love books and literature.
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