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Top 5 Experiences to Warm Up Your Winter

Embrace a more relaxed pace in winter by learning something new! The greater Ithaca area has a strong foundation in education and is ripe with outdoor recreation opportunities, along with some of the best culinary and performing arts experiences in the Finger Lakes region. Here are a few hands-on classes in and around Ithaca and Trumansburg that will make for meaningful experiences with friends or enriching on your own.

Bread shaping Wide Awake Bakery

1. Artisan Bread Baking at Wide Awake Bakery in Trumansburg*

Basic Artisan Baking begins January 27 and they also offer a class on March 10 focusing on 'Ancient Grain + Local Flour.’ The full schedule of baking classes and registration details are on their website. The Wide Awake Bakery is a truly LOCAL bakery, using locally-grown wheat and ancient grains.

Cider House Brunch

2. Sunday Cider House Brunch*

On January 7 mark your first week of the new year with a proper pop-up brunch at the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken. Each of the three courses will be creatively paired with Kite & String Cider (a non-alcoholic preference or dietary restrictions can be accommodated). For those looking to reset and relax before brunch, join the restorative Farmscape Yoga class from 9 to 11 am.

*These experiences are available as overnight packages through Visit Ithaca’s Farm to Fork offerings.

Winter Village Music session

3. Winter Village Music Camp and Concert

For advanced beginner musicians and beyond, this in-depth weekend music camp is held at La Tourelle on January 12 through 14. Class time will be complemented by jam sessions. Talented regional musicians step in as instructor-performers to explore a variety of styles that include that include Irish, old-time, bluegrass, swing, contradance, and folk.
If you’re more a patron of music rather than a performer, you are welcome to attend one of the faculty concerts happening on Friday and Saturday evening during the camp. Additionally, on Sunday, January 27, the full Winter Village Music Concert returns to La Tourelle featuring Joe Crookston and Paris Texas & Friends (Bobby and Doug Henrie, Rick Manning, Judy Hyman & Tim Ball). For all concerts, we recommend you purchase tickets in advance.

fly tying

4. Fly Tying Workshop – open to youth and adults

This class series for fly fishing enthusiasts is offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension on Saturday evenings beginning January 13. Tuition includes nine weeks of instruction, all tools, hooks and tying materials. All students receive: complete tying kits (including vises, scissors, and related tools); all tying materials necessary to complete the course and practice tying outside of the class (feathers, dubbing, hooks and related materials); as well as a comprehensive introductory text on Fly Tying.

Gothic Eves gemstones

5. The Spa at Gothic Eves hosts Hidden Jewels of the Finger Lakes

Offered on February 3 and March 24, a lapidarist will take you through the full process for finishing a gemstone while you relax in this spa setting. How does an artist choose to shape and finesse something rough cut into a fine gemstone?  Not only will you learn more about gems & jewelry, you will also sample local wines. To truly feel back in balance, book a spa service such as Crystal Therapy or a massage.

For more information on these and other events, check out the rest of our site, or call us at the Visitors Center at 607-272-1313.

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