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Central New York Has a Community for Every Couple This Winter

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Despite our reputation for tough winters, Central New York can be one of the best places to visit during the colder months with a significant other. As the temperature starts to drop and snow starts to fall, CNY communities provide you with some of the best getaway locations perfect for any romantic weekend.

Cazenovia

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Centered about the beautiful Cazenovia Lake, Cazenovia provides breathtaking views and historic architecture. Founded by John Lincklaen in 1793, the village has been a great place for those looking to head to a quaint town and relax for the weekend. Cazenovia is also home to a few award-winning wineries, which makes for a perfect romantic getaway weekend.

Lincklaen House

The Lincklaen House is one of Cazenovia’s most historic landmarks. Since 1835, the Lincklaen House has provided a comfortable, yet elegant, atmosphere for all of its visitors, making it a great place for couples to visit. The historic dining room with a 19th century Colonial charm provides a gourmet menu with perfectly mixed drinks and a well-stocked wine cellar.

Lodging at the Lincklaen House is also available. A popular package among couples includes a one-night stay in a jacuzzi suite or standard room, dinner for two in the dining room, a bottle of red or white wine and breakfast the next morning.

Brae Loch Inn

The Brae Loch Inn is a historic, family-owned business that overwhelms guests with its historically beautiful atmosphere. Brae Loch Inn offers an intimate dining room with fireplaces, Scottish heirlooms, tartan carpeting and an open grill that’s perfect for any romantic evening.

“Having only 12 rooms, we are able to provide our guests with warm and friendly atmosphere that feels like home. We mainly have couples that stay here, so we do offer different romantic packages for couples to select from upon booking,” Co-Owner Valerie Barr said.

The romantic getaway package allows couples to enjoy an evening in a king canopy deluxe room with dinner for two. All guests have the option to upgrade to a room with a jacuzzi or fireplace for a small additional charge.

Owera Vineyards

Look no further than Owera Vineyards for a perfectly romantic day or evening. Located in the rolling hills overlooking Cazenovia Lake, Owera Vineyards is the perfect place to unwind with a significant other.

On the inside, Owera Vineyards is encompassed by warm wood finishes, which makes for a welcoming atmosphere. After sampling their award-winning wines, guests can head to Owera’s gourmet café that’s great for a bite to eat featuring salads, soups, brick-oven pizza and many other small plates.

Cooperstown

Assorted beers, wines, and hard ciders

Cooperstown is a great place in scenic Otsego County that is filled with rich history and small-town charm. Whether you visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum or one of Cooperstown’s well-known breweries, you’re in for a great weekend filled with precious memories.

In the winter months, Cooperstown provides great places to stay and bundle up for an escape from the cold. There are many hotels in Cooperstown that offer luxurious accommodations perfect for any winter weekend getaway.

The Landmark Inn

Located in the heart of Cooperstown village, the Landmark Inn is the perfect place for a getaway weekend. All 11 rooms provide guests with a lavish overnight stay, including luxury beds, designer linens, and private in suite bathrooms.

The inn offers several different romance packages with the base package including an automatic upgrade to the finest room available upon check in, a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries or chocolate truffles. Additional packages include a $50 gift certificate at Toscana or Mel’s at 22, two Landmark robes, and 12 roses from a local florist in the Cooperstown area.

The Landmark Inn is also close to another Cooperstown hotspot, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. As part of an exclusive package when you stay at the Landmark Inn, couples have the option to embark on a two-day visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame with behind-the-scenes access that is not even made available to general visitors. This package also includes a membership to the Baseball Hall of Fame valued at $100.

The Otesaga Hotel

Situated lakeside, the Otesaga provides its guests with breathtaking scenic views, even throughout the winter months. While The Otesaga only allows for big parties to lodge there during the winter months, the Hawkeye Spa is open year-round. The spa provides a variety of services for couples to enjoy, including facials and massages. If couples are looking for a great place to relax and recharge, the Hawkeye Spa is a must.

The Hawkeye Bar and Grill is also open year round in addition to the spa. Nestled in the front of The Otesaga, guests will be able to experience views of Lake Otsego while enjoying seasonal favorites from the restaurant’s extensive menu. Samplings of beers and cocktails are also available.

Brewery Ommegang

Well-known by avid Game of Thrones viewers, Brewery Ommegang is also a very popular Cooperstown attraction. Built in 1997 on 136 acres of land, Brewery Ommegang was the first farmstead brewery is the U.S. in more than 100 years when it opened.

Couples who tour the brewery will be able to taste Ommegang’s award-winning Belgian-style ales along with a few limited-edition brews. The Ommegang staff also leads pairings that showcase Café Ommegang favorites.

Located behind the brewery, Café Ommegang provides causal bar seating with delicious Belgian- themed food including assorted aioli, frites, sausages and waffles.

Amsterdam

Steak on a plate

Amsterdam is another beautifully historic community that is located along the Mohawk River.
The town has over 50 places to eat including small family-own restaurants, casual dining and some of the best pizza places. Amsterdam is well-known for its tight-knit community and welcoming hospitality, which makes it a great getaway destination to explore.

Amsterdam Castle

Located in the heart of Montgomery County, the Amsterdam Castle provides guests with a unique experience in none other than a historic castle. Built by Isaac Perry, a prolific architect and builder, the Amsterdam Castle dates back to 1877.

“It’s all about the atmosphere here for couples. We provide a great experience with our hospitality, suites, and great food. Our guests truly receive the stay the came for,” Owner Nigel Godfrey said.

This five-star hotel provides a luxurious experience that makes it a great places for couples to stay. It’s the perfect place to get away and relax while making memories that will last a lifetime.

Parillos Armory Grill

Exploring Montgomery County is the ultimate small town experience. Parillos Armory Grill is just a short walk from the Amsterdam Castle. This restaurant provides the perfect atmosphere for a casual romantic evening while you enjoy some of the best homemade Italian food around.

Valentino’s

Valentino’s Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant that is famous for their Italian and French cuisine. All meals are prepared by Chef Valentino himself, including his seafood, steak, veal and chicken specials.

After enjoying a romantic dinner with great views overlooking Montgomery County, personal tours are available to check out the rest of the Valentino’s facilities.

The perfect romantic winter getaway awaits in Central New York! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to cozy up with a loved one and make a weekend full of memories that will never be forgotten.