Cruisin the Tropics Weekend, March 18-20, 2016

ElmiraRegAirport color-backgroundPull out your tropical shirts, put on your sunglasses, go sockless in your boat shoes, wear your favorite beach hat, and join us for a weekend of relaxation in the tropics . . . just remember, life is what we make it! Each ticket holder receives a gift item at their starting winery. A self-guided tour "cruising" around beautiful Seneca Lake, visiting over 30 unique participating wineries, many with their own tropical theme, over the 2-1/2 day weekend of "fun in the tropics". This event is co-sponsored by the Elmira Corning Regional Airport. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person. 

This wine and food pairing event was conceived to help break you out of the winter doldrums! Visit the Trail, enjoy some great wine, sample the tropically-themed dishes served at each of the participating wineries, and enjoy the many activities and themes that each winery takes special care to create. What better way to escape winter, than to cruise around the Trail sampling wines, eating unique food and having a great time with your friends and family!


March 18-20, 2016


Friday, 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are good for 2-1/2 days. Come for one day or the whole event weekend!

Advance Ticket Prices


Click here to purchase tickets.  

$40 per person (wine tasting ticket)
$30 for designated driver tickets (alternative non-alcoholic beverage offered)

Tickets purchased are not refundable, exchangeable or changeable and the winery you chose to start at when purchasing your tickets cannot be altered. Seneca Lake Wine Trail events are never cancelled. Tickets do not include lodging or transportation.

Each attendee will enjoy a complimentary sample of the dish served by the winery, paired with about 3 different modest samples of wine intended to complement that dish best.  With so many wineries participating in our events, attendees oftentimes visit many wineries in a day, therefore entire flights of wine samples are not served by each winery during the event. Certainly if you're especially enthusiastic about the samples you enjoyed initially, you will be permitted to purchase an entire flight. 

Ticket orders will be securely processed by our partner site Eventbrite. Eventbrite will send you a confirmation email immediately after you've completed the transaction, but physical tickets will not mailed to you.

You must start at your chosen starting winery to get checked in and pick up the actual card stock ticket. Participating wineries will require that you have your actual cardstock ticket before you can begin enjoying this event. Printouts of the ticket purchase confirmation email do not qualify as tickets.

Furthermore, because of this, it is even more important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order, to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery. Lastly, bundles of tickets can only be picked up by the person who purchased them. If you have any questions about our e-ticketing system, please call the office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. 

Sometimes our events sell out, so you should purchase your tickets well in advance of the event itself. For those events that do not sell out, we stop selling tickets in advance by 1:00 p.m. EST the Wednesday before the event weekend.  After that, for events that are not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at a few designated wineries, with an additional charge of $5 per ticket.

Important group size policies:  Groups of 19 or fewer people can attend the event together without having to make appointments at the wineries.  However groups of 20 and up to 40 people will be accepted only if routed by the Trail office and are limited All large groups must be booked 60 days prior to and event weekend.  Few large groups are permitted and we reserve the right to limit the number of large groups and motor coaches purchasing tickets to our events to four (4).  Please call Glenda Stermer-Simpson toll-free to inquire about large group event details at 877-536-2717.


Click here for a printable recipe book for 2016
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Click here for a printable recipe book for 2012
Click here for a printable recipe book for 2011
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Event Co-Sponsor

This event is co-sponsored by the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). ELM serves the Twin Tiers and Finger Lakes region with direct flights to Detroit, Philadelphia and Orlando. The Airport offers business and leisure travelers convenient access to major airline hubs, both domestic and international, while maintaining the advantages of a small, regional airport: Quick and easy access to ground transportation, shorter check-in times, less congestion, fewer delays, and no big airport hassles. Fly in. Fly out. It's that easy.

Cruisin' Participants

Many wineries adopt tropical themes during this event. Here is a list of just some of the themes from 2012:

  • Anthony Road Wine Company- Puerto Rico
  • Ventosa Vineyards- Margaritaville
  • JR Dill Winery- Parrot-dise
  • Penguin Bay Winery- Hawaii
  • Seneca Shore Wine Cellars- Tiki-hut
  • Miles Wine Cellars- Isle of Tortuga, Pirates of the Caribbean-style, with prizes for winners of their pirate trivia contest, a treasure map, and more!
  • Tickle Hill Winery- Under the Sea
  • Torrey Ridge Winery- Hick-a-Billy Island
  • Three Brothers Wineries and Estates- "Bagg Dare Bayou" will be the meeting spot for some "Big Easy"-styled fun! Decked out in French Quarter/ Mardi Gras colors and flair, "Crusin' the Tropics" ticket holders will be celebrating in style while trying some genuine Jumpin' Jambalya, paired with Bagg Dare's  delicious sweet wines!
  • Lakewood Vineyards- Crüzisland, an imaginary island with their own national grape, Pinot Gris!
  • Zugibe Vineyards- Gilligan's Island
  • Glenora Wine Cellars - Chillaxin' Sunset


Promotion/Discount Codes

promo code 2016 GraphicNew this year, many of our 2016 events have discount codes associated with them. During the checkout process, where you're selecting how many tickets you want to purchase, look for the link "Enter Promotional Code", below where you will select exactly which tickets you will be purchasing, as illustrated with this graphic. Discount codes may not be combined with any other offers. Only valid for online ticket purchases. Discount valid for ticketed events, not Trail Passports. Tickets purchased without a discount code cannot be retroactively discounted later. Restrictions and exclusions may apply. Void where prohibited.


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