Get Away to New York State

Squadrons of snow geese descend in slow motion to settle on the semifrozen Finger Lakes of western and central New York State. Snow sifts into deeply wooded hillsides, turning the countryside soft, silent white — except for the thwup! and whack! of skiers and boarders catching big air and nailing landings off rails at ski resorts like Bristol Mountain, Swain or Peek n’ Peak.

There’s the sound of live jazz, Americana roots, salsa, classical music and more coming from Rochester’s many clubs, bistros, and famous concert halls. Or conversations going on in winery and craft brew tasting rooms, in shops, malls, galleries and renowned museums.

There’s no upstate city “hotter” for arts and culture than Rochester — outside of New York City itself.

Cross country ski along the towpaths of the lovely Erie Canal. Like a quieter pace? Go for a sleigh ride through the historic grounds of Chautauqua Institution.

The prices, huge selection and quality at the region’s malls and outlets offer the best shopping opportunities and experience between New York City and Niagara Falls — not to mention lower sales tax and gas prices too.

There are special finds on charming Main Streets throughout the region’s picturesque towns and canal villages, city neighbourhoods, museum gift shops and little galleries. Specialty food shops sell everything from wine jellies and set-your-hair-on-fire sauces, to ethnic pastries.

Romantic, energizing, scenic, fascinating — winter in Rochester, the Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley and Central New York holds surprises for travelers looking to explore the perfect getaway. can help you plan your visit. The choices are an embarrassment of riches.