We’re on the cusp of yet another snowy holiday season here at Belhurst Castle, the Finger Lakes’ premier romantic lodging option. Belhurst Castle is an idyllic year-round destination for couples searching for an elegant escape and groups of all sizes in need of a sophisticated gathering space alongside peaceful Seneca Lake. Our eye-catching respite, known initially as “Bellehurst,” has played a significant role in Geneva’s history, dating back to the 1730s. It remains today, as it did back then, a genuinely heartwarming, utterly gorgeous winter locale. In fact, visiting the Finger Lakes in winter has become a popular getaway for those from New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia, and beyond. To ensure that your wintertime escape is nothing short of magical, we’ve compiled a few thoughts below about Belhurst Castle as well as several Finger Lakes winter activities.

The Beauty of Seneca Lake

Along the still banks of Seneca Lake lies Belhurst Castle, a charming private residence on the outskirts of Geneva. During the winter months, our world-renowned winery takes a brief slumber. But nothing fosters romance quite like falling snowflakes, crackling fireplaces, and 18th-century architecture. Guests can stroll along Seneca Lake’s peaceful shoreline to breathe in the fresh air, gaze across the water, and bask in nearly 300 years of history. The perfect place to finish an after-dark stroll under the stars is beside our outdoor fire pit, which is just steps from an old-world yet sophisticated dining experience at Edgar’s Restaurant. We always recommend that our summertime visitors return to the Finger Lakes in winter because the atmosphere is equally enticing, invigorating, and festive.

The Sophistication of Geneva, NY

Finger Lakes in WinterAfter exploring our 25-acre estate beneath trees covered in hoarfrost and subtly descending snowflakes, retreat to downtown Geneva for some light shopping, a mid-day snack, or a self-guided tour along the town’s oldest streets and avenues. But, of course, don’t forget to spend as much time admiring the architecture, handcrafted finishings, and eye-popping decor here at Belhurst Castle. Each accommodation, from the castle’s chambers to breathtaking White Springs Manor, is unique in every sense of the word. These rooms have been designed, furnished, and meticulously maintained to mimic a simpler, more elegant period. And the on-site dining at Edgar’s Restaurant perfectly matches the ambiance—you won’t soon forget that mouthwatering filet mignon or stuffed quail.

The Adventure of the Finger Lakes

For those who desire a dash of winter wonderland adventure, feel free to travel to a handful of the region’s most beautiful destinations. Any and all types of getaways to the Finger Lakes in winter should include a short reprieve at a frozen waterfall, impeccably chilled mid-spill. Just make sure to bring a trusty pair of winter boots as many trails can become icy. Hours of wintertime fun can be had at Tannery Creek Falls, Warsaw Falls, and, of course, Watkins Glen State Park. Skiers and snowboarders can always take a short day-trip to nearby Bristol Mountain to carve down some of the best slopes in the state. A good majority of Finger Lakes winter getaways include three to four hours at Bristol Mountain. Oh, and if cheesy Christmas movies have taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing more romantic than ice skating!

Visit the Finger Lakes in Winter

Belhurst Castle remains one of the longest-running hotels near Geneva—observe our lakeside haven’s charm by browsing through our castle rooms, modern guest suites, and White Springs Manor accommodations. We also recommend visiting our blog page to keep your finger on the pulse on area events and activities as well as the most popular things to do in the Finger Lakes. To experience the Finger Lakes in winter, please give our friendly team a call today at 315-781-0201.