Join us at The Gould Hotel in downtown Seneca Falls, NY for our eighth annual Winter Hounds event, February 23-26, 2023












​Winter Houndstm is in its eighth year.  


This is an inexpensive winter escape to get out of the house with your hounds, see some neat things, taste some new wines or beers and hang out with some greyhound folks without having to wait months for GiG or summer.  It is also a small and more intimate event where there is time and opportunity to meet new friends with greyhounds.


We will have a number of wineries open and ready to welcome you and your greyhounds.    You choose where you taste or buy wine.  Registration opens January 1st.    Registrants will receive a tasting list which explains what wineries are ready to welcome you to buy or taste wines.


This year we plan to be at The Gould Hotel,  a luxury hotel in Seneca Falls, NY, just off the NY thruway.  Rooms for our little event are just $129 per night with no pet fees!   In the summer you'll pay $300 plus for these rooms.  Make your reservations early.   (315) 712-4000


When you call the hotel, ask for a room under the Winter Hounds room block.    Give the desk clerk this room block code for Winter Hounds to get this fatastic rate with no pet fees:  GQ83U9

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​While the official dates are Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22-26, many of us will arrive Thursday night, Feb. 23, for an extra day of tasting and exploring.  Our Welcome event will take place Friday evening, 5-8PM or so.


Winter Storm?  No Worries!  The Gould Hotel staff knows that if we get a winter storm, or if state rules for Covid suddenly change, people may have to cancel, so they promise no cancellation hassles at all.  If a storm happens to come in during our weekend, or one state puts up barriers to visits for people from other states, just call the hotel 24 hours ahead of your arrival and cancel.  Done deal.  So you need not worry about making reservations and then having to cancel.    (We have not had a winter storm in our first six years of hosting this event.)


We will again rent a big conference room. We again expect Kris' Koats to be there this year and we believe Carol Becker will be there doing nails.  This event is a great place to meet other greyhound folks during our weekend.  


​This year we will again offer advance registration.   Our modest $15 (per person) registration fee covers our social room/conference room rental for socializing and vendors, and our wine glasses.   We want to keep everything inexpensive, simple and easy.  


Schedule begins Thursday ... ​


Some folks attend early and arrive Thursday to begin touring around.  Activities officially start on Friday, 02/24/23.  We plan check in on Friday evening, Feb, 24, from 5-8 PM at The Gould.  There will be lots of seating.   Greyhounds are welcome everywhere at the hotel except in the restaurant/bar area.  


Friday evening and Saturday we'll have some vendors open during certain hours in our conference room The Gould Hotel-Seneca Falls.  Our participating wineries around Seneca Lake are available 10AM-5PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday for wine tasting.  many will be open Thursday afternoon as well.


Tasting Card  We'll provide an information card at registration with tasting information for each participating winery, brew pub or distillery.   We basically divide up the area into three tasting tours:  east shore of Seneca Lake, west shore of Seneca Lake and around the Keuka Lake area.  We'll also provide a list of great area restaurants and eateries.


Restaurant  The Gould Hotel offers a restaurant and a bar on site.    



​Then more wine tasting on Sunday, until you have to leave for home.  You can spend your time at the hotel with friends, seeing local sights, lake views, and museums or touring the wineries, distilleries and brew pubs.   Inside stuff or outside stuff.    Your choice.  


Our attendees from previous years just loved this event because it was small and intimate.  2023 is year seven!   


People get to congregate in the hotel lounges in front of a fireplace in the evenings -- with their hounds -- have a glass of wine, and get to know people whom they had seen at events but maybe had not ever had a chance to chat with.  The hotel is very friendly and helpful.  People came away from Winter Hounds weekend with a lot of new greyhound friends.


Tasting Glasses When you check in, we'll give you a Winter Hounds tasting glass and a card listing all the participating wineries, what their tasting fees are (if any), and any special information.  


​Email Us  Please send us an email at Grapehound@gmail.com if you have questions or if you wish to attend but do not plan to pre-register online so that we can order enough supplies.​​


Hope to see you in February!

Winter Houndstm

An informal gathering of greyhound folks with their hounds in

New York Finger Lakes wine country.

Check In Times at

The Gould Hotel

Thursday (2/23) No official check-in

Friday  (2/24)        9AM Hotel restaurant or lobby area

        5-8 PM Check In in Social Room

​Saturday  (2/25)     9-11 AM Social Room

​Sunday (2/26) Final tasting day


This is one of the winter illustrations from Dean Tremano's children's book entitled Seasoned with Salt and Pepper, the story of a bunny named Salt and a greyhound named Pepper.  The book is available on Amazon.

Weather in New York has been mild with little snow at this event for six years straight!

Winter Houndstm
February  23 - 26,  2023

Brighten Your Winter and Participate in Winter Hounds by Ordering Wine by Mail!


New York wines are the best of the East.  Here are websites for some of the wineries that stand ready to ship your favorite wines to you!  Please order what you can and let them know that you are a Grapehound and that you support their business!

Anthony Road Winery

https://anthonyroadwine.com/index.asp

Atwater Estate Vineyards

https://www.atwatervineyards.com/Store

Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards

​bagleysprv.com/shop

Boundary Breaks Vineyard

https://boundarybreaks.com/

​Fruityard Winery

https://fruityardwinery.com/

Fulkerson Winery

https://www.fulkersonwinery.com/

Hazlitt 1952 Vineyards

https://www.hazlitt1852.com/

Lakewood Winery

https://lakewoodvineyards.com/

Leidenfrost Vineyards

https://www.leidenfrostwine.com/

Rasta Ranch Vineyards

https://www.rastaranchvineyards.com/

Seneca Shore Wine Cellars

https://senecawine.com/shop/

White Springs Winery

https://whitespringswinery.com/


There are more wineries on the lake which you may wish to patronize.  Be sure to mention The Grapehound Wine Tour in your purchase.

Suggestions

We want to help The Gould Hotel to welcome us back every year.  Here's how we can do that.


  • If your dogs like to lie on your bed, please bring a quilt or cover to place over the bed coverings.
  • Bring a lint brush to capture any dog hair on furnishings.
  • Bring your pets' favorite dog pillows for the floor.  Lots of room to put them around the room.
  • Walk your dogs thoroughly outside before bringing them to the social areas or back to the room.
  • Make sure the hotel desk has your cell number, so if your dog has an issue they can contact you.
  • Bring your dog's coat because the wind can be strong and cold in February.