holding pasta bowl
Locally-sourced pasta from Hazelnut Kitchen


On warmer, sunnier days in Trumansburg, NY one might find themselves surrounded by music at the annual GrassRoots Festival, or mingling with local farmers and friends at the Trumansburg Farmers Market, but you might be wondering: What is there to do in the winter?

Well, it turns out that while some events are best reserved for the summer, there are plenty of other experiences that can be enjoyed all year round – especially, on a cold winter day.

But first, breakfast.

Don’t start the day hungry! Pick up a Breakfast Bowl or a Breakfast Balmy at the Creekside Cafe. Their hours are currently limited to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and are pickup and takeout only. Locals and visitors all agree the food here is good – and a great choice to fuel up before kicking off a fun day.

Tip: Ask about their specials, which are not always updated on their online menu but are worth trying!

Morning at the museum

From the Hyde Park Mastodon, one of the most complete mastodon skeletons ever found, to the Glacial Exhibit, which takes you on a geological journey about the transformation of the Finger Lakes region, the Museum of Earth is a fun place to learn local archeology and evolution.

Tip: Left wanting more? Check out the selection of online exhibits from the comfort of your home.

Take a selfie with an alpaca

Farm visits are not just for the summer months! At the Shepherd’s Creek Alpacas farm you’ll get to meet some super cute alpacas that you can hand-feed, pet, and take pictures with. You can also walk away with some warm accessories woven with soft alpaca fleece.

Tip: Reservations are required to give the farm time to prepare, and allow for an exclusive visit.

Stop and taste the wine

While we celebrate and are very proud of our cider scene (in Trumansburg visit Black Diamond Cider, Red Byrd Orchard, and Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars), we also have some pretty great spots to taste local wines. Right in the heart of downtown Trumansburg, you’ll find Boland Thomas Vineyards tasting room. Mark Thomas who co-owns the winery with his wife Kimbly Boland, is a wonderful host and takes the time to teach you about his wine selection, all of which you can taste either one by the glass or as part of a flight. Bring a wine bag for the bottles you will surely want to take home with you.

Tip: Can’t make it to the tasting room? You can find Boland Thomas Vineyards wines at Trumansburg Wine & Spirits.

Have some time to spare? Go bowling!

When looking to spend a few hours having fun with family and friends, sometimes the best thing to do is go old school, and Atlas Bowl is the perfect spot. In addition to the traditional bowling alley, a very cool space and friendly staff, this spot also has really good food and drinks. Clean, spacious, and fun. A perfect way to end a fun-filled day in Trumansburg.

Tip: If you arrive and there are no lanes open, don’t fret! Get a table, have dinner and order some drinks. Once a spot opens up, the staff will let you know!

More Stay and Dining Options in Trumansburg

If you want to make it an overnight in Trumansburg, The Inn at Gothic Eves and Brewer's Cottage on Main are located right in the village and walking distance to many shopping and dining options. 

For a grab-n-go option or to back a picnic for the day, you will be delighted by the locally-sourced selections at Trumansburg Main Street Market.

Foodies who want to a casual, yet elegantly executed local dining experience should make time to settle into a multicourse meal at Hazelnut Kitchen. Check their upcoming events as they often host pairing dinners with local winemakers.