Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau Presents: Downhill Skiing, Downtown Dining, & Dog-Sled Racing
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Dear EscapeMakers,

Does winter last a bit too long in Syracuse? It sure does. Is there anything you can do about it? There sure isn’t. BUT, to make things better, you can at least go along with the old adage "if you can’t beat it, join it" and celebrate the season o’ snow with an exhilarating day of skiing, indulging during Downtown Dining Week, and partying it up at the Syracuse Winterfest. Plus, Valentine’s Day is coming up! Don’t wait for an arrow to stab you in the neck as Cupid’s reminder to plan something sweet for your sweetie.

Making the most of the cold weather does not include hiding from it under a blanket on the couch. Get out there and embrace the white stuff – go downhill skiing! (Try not to fall and literally embrace the white stuff, however. That’s no fun.) Central New York is packed with fantastic trails and terrain parks, including Song Mountain, Labrador, Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center, & Toggenburg Winter Sports Center. Choose from over 20 trails at each spot, then warm up on a wine trail or at a quaint B&B.

Thaw your belly post-slalom with a scrumptious three–course cuisine for just $25 at Downtown Dining Week, February 16th – 28th, 2009. It’s an ideal opportunity to break out of your "usual" eatery spots and try something new. Stop dialing that generic pizza chain already! Variety is the spice of life, not oregano.

Next, hop on all fours and dash over to the Syracuse Winterfest to catch the Human Dog–Sled Race! Sounds slightly insane, we know. Winterfest is 12 glorious days of indoor and outdoor events, parties, and chili and chowder cook-offs from February 12th – 22nd, 2009 that you just can’t miss! Thousands gather for events including the 2nd Annual Burger Bounce and the Margarita-Off. Burgers, margaritas and human dog-sleds? Add a monkey doing cartwheels and it’s a done deal! No monkey? Ok, it’s still a done deal.

Sign up for the "Chili, Chowder and the ‘Cuse’ Package" for the best of Winterfest, SU basketball, and overnight luxury. Chow on some chili and catch some crazy competitions at Winterfest, then switch gears for the Big East Game of the Week at the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse Orange will take on the tough Villanova Wildcats right in front of your eyes. Hit up a bar or two downtown to celebrate the ‘Cuse’s win post-game (not to jinx them or anything) and then rest your pom-poms at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel for a nice relaxing slumber and tasty breakfast in the morning.

Light your sweetie’s heart afire for Valentine’s Day with "Valentine‚Äôs Romance with the Symphony" package.

February 13th and 14th.

Relish in an evening of indulgences including a massage at Armory Massage Therapy, overnight accommodations at the Syracuse Wingate, two tickets to the Syracuse Symphony, and a backstage tour, among other treats.

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January 15 – March 5:
Interactive Mystery Dinner Theatre presents: The Sound of Murder (or: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?) at The Spaghetti Warehouse (Thursday’s only)

January 27 February 15:
Syracuse Stage: Putting It Together

January 30 February 1:
Country Folk Art and Craft Show at Empire Expo Center

February 4 February 8:
Auto Expo Syracuse 2009 at Oncenter

February 5:
Jesus Christ Superstar

February 8:
Black History Month Cabaret with Nichole Henry at Hotel Syracuse Persian Terrace

February 11 February 15:
CNY Boat Show at Empire Expo Center

February 13:
"Psycho," "Friday the 13th Part 4," "Pieces" triple feature at the Palace Theatre

February 13:
Redhouse Live

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Valentine’s in the Forest at Highland Forest
Syracuse University Division I Men’s Basketball
Comedians Lamar Williams & Richie Byrne Perform at OHM Lounge
"Rain. The Beatles Experience" at the Landmark Theatre
Harlem Globetrotters at War Memorial at Oncenter
Winter Break Activities at the Zoo

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