The chocolates are back on the shelves, the store is covered in red and pink decorations, and the date on the calendar is inching closer and closer to the 14th of February…but are you ready for Valentine’s Day?
Take a deep breath – Yates County has been busy cooking up amazing activities for a romantic Finger Lakes getaway and has everything you need to make this year exceptional. Whether you’ve recently been struck by Cupid’s arrow and want to make your first Valentine’s Day memorable, you’re looking to do something special this year for your long-time partner, or you’re planning a road trip with your “Galentines,” we’ve pulled together plenty of stops to put on your dream itinerary.
With all these options, there’s no excuse not to have the most memorable Valentine’s Day (or weekend!) to date.
Here are some ideas to consider when crafting your itinerary:
Wake up early to see the sunrise, then take a winter walk along the Keuka Outlet Trail
Bundle up and see what the Finger Lakes have to offer during this time of year. Take a morning stroll as the sun starts to shine from the snow-covered peaks, then walk along the Keuka Outlet Trail to discover local waterfalls and spend some quality time together in the fresh air. Come on… how much more romantic could the day start??
Stop at Keuka Candy Emporium for sweet treats/homemade chocolate
Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” quite as much as giving your loved one some sweet treats. Spend some time at Keuka Candy Emporium where you can pick up some old-fashioned candy and homemade chocolate.
Visit local wineries or breweries & hire a driver to take you around
Whether you and your significant-other are craft beverage/wine connoisseurs, or just like to try new things, you must allocate time in your Valentine’s schedule to explore our local wineries or breweries.
If you’re looking to stay more on the winery side of things, we have two official wine trails: the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We recommend that you plan ahead of time and hire a driver so you and your loved one can sit back, relax, and just enjoy the experience.
If you prefer to explore the craft beverage scene, take a look at these tour options.
Experience art together
Are you and your significant-other art enthusiasts? Spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the art galleries around town and find a hands-on studio where you craft something to memorialize your time together. Then, treat them to dinner at a nearby, romantic restaurant.
Stay at a bed and breakfast for a romantic and personal experience
After wowing your valentine with a romantic Finger Lakes experience, you’ll want to hit a home run with your choice of accommodation. When it comes to choosing an intimate and charming bed and breakfast, Yates County has plenty of options. From an elegant Victorian style house to a woodsy getaway in a country setting, you will easily find the last piece of your Valentine’s Day puzzle!
Valentines Weekend Events
Mark your calendar and celebrate the one you love with these upcoming events:
Date Night Thursdays at Main Deck
Thursday, February 9 & 16 from 4:00 pm – 7:00pm
Grab your date and enjoy a 3-course prix fixe menu at Main Deck. This restaurant provides delicious, locally grown dishes with a romantic view of Keuka Lake. Purchase of a ticket includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Be sure to reserve your table before it’s taken!
Dinner at Fox Run Vineyards
Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 pm
Have a Valentine’s Day dinner at Fox Run Vineyards. Enjoy a thoughtfully curated six-course dinner paired with six wines (including tank & barrel samples) prepared by Chef Brud Holland in the historic barrel room. Each course is delicious in its own right, but they are all also designed to pair perfectly with Fox Run’s wines. View the menu and order you tickets today.
See our events calendar for a full listing of local events happening around Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Packages & Bundles
Make the most of your time together and save with several packages offered by our area businesses! Whether you’re interested in pairing a romantic dinner with an intimate B&B, or you just want to spend the evening drinking wine and snacking on chocolate, these Valentine’s packages are an easy, yet elegant way to get the job done:
Dinner at Veraisons & an overnight stay at The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars
Available February 10-12 & 17-19
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a true Romantic Finger Lakes getaway. Wow your loved one with the Valentine’s Day Dining at Veraisons, complete with a special Prix Fixe for $65 per person. After dinner, treat them to a romantic night at The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars. There are thirty rooms available on the property, each with a private balcony overlooking Seneca Lake and the vineyards. Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time!
Best Western in Penn Yan Sweet Heart Package
Available the weekends of February 10–11 & 17–18
Love is in the air at the Best Western in Penn Yan. Their special Sweet Heart Package includes: a one night stay in the Traditional King Suite, a bottle of wine upon arrival, two souvenir wine glasses, a charcuterie box for two, 4 Macarons, a glass rose hand blown at Corning Museum of Glass, and complimentary full hot breakfast in the morning. Does it get any better? Call (315) 536-8473 to secure your stay over the phone.
Hampton Inn’s Valentine’s Day Package
Available the weekend of February 10–11
Hampton & Seasons on Keuka Lake has crafted an amazing package for you and your Valentine. This package includes your overnight stay, a bottle of champagne or wine with chocolate covered strawberries, a three-course meal set to live music, and breakfast in the morning. Call (315) 536-8202 to reserve.
1897 Beekman House Bed & Breakfast Valentine’s Special
Available Friday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 15th
Enjoy a romantic weekend at this Victorian B&B located in the Village of Dundee. Indulge in a 3-course surf & turf breakfast before you start your day. Breakfast must be ordered in advance, and guests can add this option to their reservation when booking online or by calling (315)412-2697
Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Wine & Experience Auction
Friday, February 10 & Saturday, February 11 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy two evenings of special events at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. You’ll be treated to live and silent auctions, tastings of the Finger Lake’s best wines, delicious food, and live entertainment. You’ll also have fun bidding on VIP winery experiences, wine gift baskets, harvest packages, overnight stays at member wineries, and much more. With the purchase of the lodging package, you will receive double occupancy for two nights at the elegant Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, the perfect location for an upscale Valentine’s date.
Once Finger Lakes Bundle of Love Packs
Available for pick up only between February 10-13. Order cut off is February 6.
Looking to stay home, but still make it special? Once Finger Lakes on Seneca Lake is offering a take home wine and food pairing experience. Choose from a sweet or savory pack where you’ll get two bites that are easy to prepare, and pair perfectly with included bottle of wine. Order your bundle here!