Winter Warm Up! Tips For Planning Your Winter Trip To CNY.
Updated: Dec 9, 2022
Pro-Tip: Don't let a little snow deter you from having a fun and fulfilling winter. If you are visiting Cazenovia this winter, let us give you a few pointers on how to make the most of a few days, try some new things, and still make time to keep it cozy.
Breakfast at Pewter Spoon: A great place to grab a light breakfast and relax in an inviting atmosphere. Grab a newspaper -- yes, they still keep them on hand, and enjoy a leisurely bite and latte. This time of year they have great seasonal roast (and our newest favorite) a Doris Egg sandwich. Emphasis on vegan and vegetarian options – but carnivores are always welcome. (315) 655-5554
Tour Lorenzo State Historic Site: Decorated to speck this historic 1890's mansion is incredible. Preserved to perfection, Lorenzo was home to five generations and 160 years of occupation by the founding family of Cazenovia. Tours, sleigh rides and more are available this time of year. Make sure you see them in December, because they are closed for the season starting in January. www.friendsoflorenzo.org (315) 655-3200
Lunch at Kalamata Pita: This place serves up great Greek food to the Cazenovia area. Fresh ingredients, delicious food and fast service provide a great dining experience. Right in town, this location is just steps away from the fabulous downtown shops. www.kalamatapita.com
Skanda Animal Sanctuary: We are so blessed to have Skanda in our town. Skanda provides a loving home to rescued and endangered animals where they can relax, live in their own natural rhythms of life, and emerge into who they really are. They offer programs to kids and adults where they can experience the brilliance of these animals. For more details on setting up your visit, https://www.thehavenatskanda.org
Beer & Cider Flight at Critz Farms: Farm fresh beer grown here. Critz Farms has always been an incredible place for family and friends to gather. The farm is open until just before the Christmas holiday. During that season, bring the whole family out for a scenic wagon ride through our Christmas trees, and even pick your own tree. Once you’re back, enjoy a warm snack at the Critz Café, browse for the perfect holiday gift in the Balsam Barn Gift Shop, or have a drink in the Critz Brewing & Cider Tasting Room. Make sure you see them in December, because they are closed for the season starting in January. www.critzfarms.com
Dinner at The Brewster Inn (of course!) Reservations encouraged. For more information, click here. Fireplace or Lakeview -- you choose! We offer many great dining rooms each with their own personality and intimate feel.
Live Music The Brae Loch Inn: One of our favorite spots for a late-night scotch and a game of pool. This cozy Scottish pub is perfect in the winter for live music by one of their many fireplaces. They have live music several nights each week all winter long. www.brealochinn.com
Sleep In: Yeah, you heard right. If you are staying at The Brewster Inn, gift yourself this lazy morning. We serve breakfast until 10am, so don't stress in allowing yourself a few extra moments to zzz.
Coffee at Purpose Coffee Co. or grab a full breakfast at Dave's Diner (35 Albany St.) Stop in for a coffee, tea, cold-brew, smoothie, latte and more at the to-go counter or grab a table in the restaurant. This open kitchen diner serves up great portions of breakfast classics. (315) 815-4300
Art in Nature at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park: Walk this sprawling property of trails and stumble upon fantastic art installations along the way. www.sqhap.org
Sleigh Rides at Highland Forest: Bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and experience a ride like none other. Schedule your horse drawn sleigh ride through the woods. For more details, visit https://highlandoutfittersny.wixsite.com/highlandoutfitters/sleigh-wagon-rides
Lunch at The Lincklaen House: (79 Albany St.) Casual dining in a beautiful historic building in the center of Cazenovia’s downtown. Fan favorites include poutine, nachos, baked brie and more! www.linckleanhouse.com (315) 655-3461
Get a Massage: Cazenovia is very fortunate to be home to few great massage therapists. One of our favorite ways to unwind is with a 1 hour deep tissue massage. Try Cazenovia Massage https://www.cazmassage.com or A to Z Massage Therapy https://booksy.com/en-us/695497_a-z-massage-therapy_massage_29946_cazenovia.
Enjoy a Wine Tasting at Owera Vineyards: As the first winery in Madison County, this little vineyard is showing CNY what it can produce. Join them for a wine flights and great food at their stunning hilltop vineyard. The 57-acre farm winery includes a state-of-the-art building which houses a rustic yet chic tasting room and a wine production facility. Within the vineyard a pergola and event center have been built, with an adjoining veranda that overlooks the vines. www.oweravineyards.com
Dinner at The Brewster Inn (of course!) Reservations encouraged. For more information, click here. Make time to hand-pick your bottle of wine for dinner tonight. On request we offer guided tours of our wine cellar. This little room contains a $250,000 inventory and highly ranked among Wine Spectator approved properties.
Classic Arcade Games & Bowling: Cazenovia Sports Bowl is great hidden gem in Cazenovia. Not only does the kitchen stay open until 10pm, but they have plenty of bowling lanes and a great classic arcade games. When was the last time you played virtual basketball or tested your luck with the claw. www.cazsportsbowl.com
Breakfast at Cazenovia Bagel: Serving up authentic NYC, kettle boiled bagels and bialys. Their bagels and bialys are all-natural, 100% kosher, free of preservatives, artificial flavors, colors and dough conditioners. Gluten Free bagels in limited flavors are also available. www.cazenoviabagel.com
Peruse The Downtown Shops: A few of our absolute favorites are H.Grey General Store, Cazenovia Artisans, Eye Love Optical Boutique, 20 I East, J.S. Hight & Son and more!
Snowshoe Sunday's with Cazenovia Preservation Foundation: Sundays starting in January, join a group of outdoor enthusiasts around the Burlingame Trails. Attached to the Meier's Creek Brewery, this group typically rewards their athletic endeavours with a beer and a snack afterwards. Get outside! For more details visit https://www.cazpreservation.org/snowshoe-sundays-2022
Lunch at Meier's Creek Brewery: We love this place. Whether you get a beer pretzel, a burger, burrata salad, nachos or more -- you can't go wrong. This lively atmosphere and great food is a winning combination every time. Their friendly staff will walk you through beer flights of each of their unique brews. Worth the trip! www.meierscreek.com
Skate at the Caz Rec Center: 24 Burton Street is home to this hidden gem. Low key ice skating rink is open to the public 7 nights of the week. Rentals are unavailable, so make sure to bring a pair of skates.
Dinner at The Brewster Inn (of course!) Reservations encouraged. For more information, click here.