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WINTER IS SO-O-O COOL ON ROUTES 5 & 20 IN NYS


January 8, 2008

Winter is So-o-o Cool on Routes 5 & 20 in New York State

It is about 135 miles from Skaneateles to Batavia on Routes 5 & 20 through central and western New York State and a drive along this historic highway is especially "cool" during the winter months. This authentic American road, which links small cities and villages interspersed with scenic rural landscapes, is an all-season transportation corridor. Each season brings its own surprises and experiences to travelers of the Routes 5 & 20 and winter is an especially beautiful time of the year for a leisurely trip. Winter is our off-season and that means good deals for travelers on Routes 5 & 20 in bed and breakfast inns, luxurious hotels, motels and rental cottages all along the way.

Cozy Up By The Fire

Having a fireplace in your room is definitely cool - by anyones standard of cool - and you will have no trouble finding them on Routes 5 & 20. Probably one of the coolest spots for a winter getaway would be Finger Lakes Lodging by Mirbeau, located in Skaneateles. This Adirondack-style lodge has 12 cozy guest rooms and two suites & and fireplaces in each room! In the middle of the village of Skaneateles you will find the Sherwood Inn, a former stagecoach stop, and it too has fireplaces in many of its rooms. Skaneateles is a hot spot for summer vacationers, but its very cool in winter.

Finding accommodations with fireplaces is easy along Routes 5 and 20. The VanCleef Room in the VanCleef Homestead Bed and Breakfast in Seneca Falls has a working fireplace. In Geneva the White Springs Manor and Geneva on the Lake both feature fireplaces in rooms. Canandaiguas bed and breakfast inns abound with fireplaces. Try the Morgan Samuels Inn, a four-diamond rated facility which has 11 rooms with fireplaces, or the 1840 Inn on the Main or the Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps  just to name a few.

Outdoors in Winter on Routes 5 & 20

It has to be winter if you want to go snowmobiling, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, or capture the perfect winter scene on your camera. What better place to do these really cool things than along Routes 5 & 20? Trails maintained by local snowmobile clubs are located in Cayuga, Ontario, Livingston and Genesee counties with many points of access near Routes 5 & 20. The Genesee Valley Greenway, a north-south trail which crosses Routes 5 and 20 just to the east of Avon, is designed for year-round use and specific areas are open for snowmobilers, while others are reserved for x-country skiers, snowshoeing and hiking. Darien Lakes State Park has 19 miles of multi-use trails  as well as old fashioned ice skating.

The trails at Ganondagan State Historic Site, located on Rt. 444, just a few miles north of Routes 5 & 20, are open for x-cross skiing, snowshoeing and hiking during the winter months. Another great spot for these non-motorized winter activities is the Genesee Country Nature Center, located at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, which features five miles of marked themed trails. For a new twist on the old sport of sledding try the Polarwave Snowtubing Park in Batavia. Or maybe youd like to try some hard water fishing during the Annual Ice Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Bass Pro Shops of Auburn in February.

Historically, winter on the farm was a time to prepare for the next planting season as well as a time to visit friends and family and the sleigh was the preferred mode of transportation. Take a step back in time at the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in Canandaigua for a very different outdoor activity  a sleigh ride. Another favorite winter outdoor activity thats not very strenuous is taking in the numerous winter festivals in communities along Routes 5 & 20. Check out Winterfest 2008 in Skaneateles on Saturday, January 26th.

It's Okay to Stay Indoors

For those who really do not want to be outdoors in winter, there is plenty to do inside all along Routes 5 & 20. The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn hosts an exhibit of student and senior artwork entitled "Both Ends of the Rainbow", featuring over 1000 works of art. Make Batavia your headquarters for the "Sugar & Spice & Everything Ice" Festival, which offers an array of events (indoors and outdoors), attractions and discounts during February and March. The Smith Opera House in Geneva and the Auburn Public Theater both have a full schedule of films and entertainment planned for the winter months. Get historical in Seneca Falls when you visit the Womens Rights National Historical Site and the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Yes, Routes 5 & 20 of New York State is cool during the winter season. For more information on Routes 5 & 20 visit www.routes5and20.com.