(Photo: Finger Lakes Visitors Connection)
Canandaigua, New York
Population: approximately 11,000
Location: 30 miles southeast of Rochester
There's something hugely romantic about water. And the Finger Lakes region, with its 11 lakes and countless waterfalls, melts even the most stoic of hearts. Canandaigua (pronounced "Can-an-DAY-gwa") on the northern shore of its namesake lake gives suitors plenty of places to woo around the water: Lakeshore Drive, a pier for strolling, fine dining, and paddlewheel steamboat cruises. Stay at The Inn on the Lake, which is within walking distance of the New York Wine & Culinary Center's tasting room and hands-on kitchen. Plan an afternoon on the 41-mile Canandaigua Wine Trail or on the slopes at Bristol Mountain before getting cozy by the fireplace at a B&B.
February Events & Deals: At the NYW&CC's Ultimate Couple's Class ($75 per person), twosomes work alongside chefs to prepare and indulge in a meal. The Nice Festival on February 25 has ice-wine tastings and ice-carving demos. One-horse open-sleigh rides ($8) run throughout winter at the Granger Homestead and Museum.