As the holiday season approaches, you’ll want to include Orleans County for special holiday shopping excursions for unique and “made in the USA” gifts.
Start by taking in the complex aromas of award-winning and sophisticated wines made from locally grown fruits at one of our wineries or meadery located on the Niagara Wine Trail. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Salamaca Estate Winery, Schwenk Wine Cellars and 810 Meadworks will be participating in “Share the Bounty”, November 11th-13th,an annual charitable event to benefit our food banks, food pantries and charities. Receive a special gift – a metal wine rack and commemorative glass at “Holiday Happenings”, December 3rd-4th & 10th-11th. To further enhance your wine tasting skills, Medina Business Association will host their annual Wine About Winter wine walk Feb. 4th featuring several merchants serving up a variety of wines from around the world. www.medinabusiness.org.
Shop Small Business Saturday November 26th where chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire in Historic Downtown Medina at the annual Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration and spectacular Parade of Lights. A variety of family activities including a 5 K run, pet parade, visits with Santa and nostalgic movies from the past are scheduled along with craft vendors, tastings and a spectacular fireworks display over the Erie Canal preceding the Parade of Lights. www.christmasinmedina.com.
Don your favorite winter pajamas in preparation for a magical adventure on the Polar Express™ at the Medina Railroad Museum Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 26th to Dec. 18th. Children will enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, cookies and storytelling during the hour-long journey to the “North Pole” where they will meet Santa. Reservations can be made at www.railroadmuseum.net.
Albion provides more holiday cheer at their 5th annual Hometown Holiday, December 10th complete with shopping, craft vendors, games, raffles and photos with Santa.
As Orleans County turns into a Winter Wonderland, hop aboard a snowmobile and take the Covered Bridge Challenge along the connected trails of New York State. Orleans County has over a hundred miles of groomed snowmobile trails and features its own “covered bridge” — the Erie Canal Culvert Tunnel — the only place where you can drive under the Erie Canal.
Beat the winter blues at the Lee-Whedon Library in Medina as they host their annual Finally Fridays concert series beginning January 6th thru March 3rd. Check out their schedule at www.leewhedon.org.
Cozy up in the comfort of one of our unique B&Bs or inns. The Hart House Hotel offers distinctive boutique accommodations named for the celebrity clients (like Bob Hope and Winston Churchill) who bought custom-made shirts from the factory that was located in the building for much of the 20th century. The Historic Village B&B has restored bedroom suites with the charm of yesteryear- high ceilings, antique furniture, period lighting, and claw foot tubs. Luxury and elegance await you at The Pillars Estate B&B, which is featured on New York State’s Haunted History Trail. Appointed in Queen Anne décor, the Victorian mansion is perfect for a romantic getaway, features a private home theater and perhaps some “unexpected” guests.
For a complete list of events and attractions, visit www.OrleansCountyTourism.com or call the Orleans County Tourism Office at 1-800-724-0314 and discover how much Orleans County rocks!