Winter Houndstm is in its seventh year. This is an inexpensive winter escape to get out of the house, see some neat things, taste some new wines or beers and hang out with some greyhound folks without having to wait months for 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 Quality Inn, 2468 NY-414, Waterloo, NY, just off the NY thruway. Rooms for our little event are just $99 per night with no pet fees! Make your reservations early. When you call the hotel, ask for a room under the Winter Hounds room block. 315-539-5011 Give the desk clerk this room block code for Winter Hounds to get this fatastic rate with no pe fees: GQ83U9
While the official dates are Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 17-20, many of us will arrive Thursday night, Feb. 17, for an extra day of tasting and exploring. Our Welcome event will take place Friday evening, 5-8PM or so.
No Worries! Quality Inn staff know 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. Reserve at 315.539.5011.
We will again rent a big conference room. We again expect Kris' Koats to be there this year and Carol Becker to be there doing nails. This event is a great place to meet other greyhound folks during our weekend.
The hotel has a large enclosed courtyard where we can walk the dogs out of the wind. The rooms are very nice.
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, 2/18. We plan check in inside the spacious Cabernet social room at Quality Inn - Seneca Falls on Friday evening, Feb, 18, from 5-8 PM. 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 at the Quality Inn/Waterloo-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 Quality Inn offers a restaurant and a bar on site. In addition, they offer a free breakfast option in a separate room.
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 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 just loved this event because it was small and intimate. 2022 is year six! People got 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 the 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!
An informal gathering of greyhound folks with their hounds in
New York Finger Lakes wine country.
Updated Event Check In Times at
Thursday (2/18) No official check-in
Friday (2/19) 9AM Hotel restaurant
5-8 PM Check In
Saturday (2/20) 9-11 AM Cabernet Room
Sunday (2/21) 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 avaiilable on Amazon.
Registration for Winter Hounds is open.
Our event will be at Quality Inn, Waterloo-Seneca Falls NY.
Mark the dates Feb. 17-20 on your calendar.
Call 315.539.5011 to reserve your room at Quality Inn. Mention Winter Hounds.
Weather in New York has been mild with little snow at this event for six years straight!
We want to help Quality Inn to welcome us back every year. Here's how we can do that.
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
Atwater Estate Vineyards
Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards
Boundary Breaks Vineyard
Hazlitt 1952 Vineyards
Rasta Ranch Vineyards
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
White Springs Winery
There are more wineries on the lake which you may wish to patronize. Be sure to mention The Grapehound Wine Tour in your purchase.