New York's Finger Lakes
Listen, anybody who's ever trudged up to the Finger Lakes at this time of year knows why it's so cheap right now. It's cold, the weather's unpredictable and the vineyards are looking especially bare.
To adventurous souls, that just means there's plenty of wine to be drunk and rooms to be filled. The "Winter Wine Weekends" package offered by the region's various chambers of commerce offers rooms at more than a dozen hotels around the region at special rates or with the third night free. The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars, for example, offers a two-night stay with the third night free and a free bottle of Glenora Wine and a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The deal also includes two-for-one attraction admissions, restaurant discounts and free wine tastings at participating wineries.Even when those tastings aren't free, there's a way to keep their costs nice and modest. Though most wineries charge a $2 to $4 tasting fee, the $13 "Polar Passport" entitles holder to free flights of wine at more than 20 wineries. That's certainly one way to keep warm.
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