The Winter Hounds event is on!​​​​​​​

Only snow showers are predicted for Friday with no weather predicted for saturday and Sunday.    Come join us at the Quality Inn in Waterloo/Seneca Falls, NY for our sixth annual Winter Hounds event!       February 19, 20, 21, 2021














Winter Houndstm is in its sixth 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.


Update 2-18-2021   We have a number of wineries open and ready to welcome you and your greyhounds.   Some wineries offer tastings but can't allow greyhounds inside and some do allow the hounds to be with you while tasting.   You can choose where you taste or buy wine.   Registrants will receive a wine glass and a tasting list which explains what wineries are ready to Welcome you to buy or taste wine.


State Covid-19 rules require quarantine or a Covid test for people from states noncontiguous with New York state.  State guidelines can be seen here:  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory    Travellers from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont have no travel restrictions.


This year we are staying at the Quality Inn, 2468 NY-414, Waterloo, NY, just off the NY thruway.  Rooms for our little event are $109 per night with no pet fees!   When you call the hotel, ask for a room under the Winter Hounds room block.


So make your reservations early, as our room block goes away on January 18th. (30 days before the event).  Call the hotel directly to reserve your room.  Ask for the Winter Hounds rate.


Don't delay making your reservations.  Any rooms left in the hotel after Jan 20 can be sold to other individuals.  Our rate will still be offered for our group if there are any rooms left after Jan 20.  While the official dates are Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19-21, many of us will arrive Thursday night, Feb. 18, for an extra day of tasting and exploring.  Our Welcome event will take place Friday evening, 5-8PM or so.


No Cancellation Concerns Quality Inn staff know that if we get a winter storm, or if state rules for Covid-19 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 ffrom 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.  Social distancing and masks will be used to protect everyone.   Kris' Koats cannot be there this year but she will send me about ten female sized greyhound coats and ten male-sized coats for sale.  Carol Becker will be there doing nails.  We also expect to have Harley's Barkry on site selling their delicious dog treats.  This can also be a greyt room to meet others during the 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 $12 (per person) registration fee covers our social room/conference room rental for socializing and vendors, and our tasting glasses.   We want to keep everything inexpensive, simple and easy.  Registration will not open until after January 1st.  


Schedule begins Thursday ... ​


Some folks attend early and arrive Thursday to begin touring around.  Activities officially start on Friday, 2/21.  We plan check in inside the spacious social room at Quality Inn Seneca Falls on Friday evening, Feb, 21, from 5-8 PM.  There will be well spaced seating and people will need to wear masks.   Greyhounds are welcome everywhere at the hotel except in the restaurant 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.  Many of our participating wineries around Seneca Lake are available 10AM-5PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday for wine tasting.


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 and museums or touring the wineries, distilleries and brew pubs.   Inside stuff or outside stuff.    Your choice.  


Our attendees from 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 just loved this event because it was small and intimate.  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 1) if you have questions or 2) if you wish to attend but do not plan to pre-register online so that we can order enough supplies.

Winter Houndstm

An informal gathering of greyhound folks with their hounds in

New York Finger Lakes wine country.

Registration for Winter Hounds is open. 


Hotel registration is now open (12/3/20). 


Our event will be at Quality Inn, Waterloo-Seneca Falls NY.


Mark the dates Feb. 19-21 on your calendar.   Call 315.539.5011 to reserve your room.


Click here to register:



Weather in New York has been mild at this event for five years straight!

Winter Houndstm
February  19, 20, 21  2021

Updated Event Check In Times at

Quality Inn/Waterloo

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


Suggestions

We want to help Quality Inn to welcome us back every year.  Here's how we can do that.


  • If your dogs are used to lieing 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 cold in February.  

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.

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.