A world of scenic wonder awaits on the Finger Lakes of New York. From sitting on the dock enjoying the view of the lake, to touring our unique Finger Lakes wineries. The Finger Lakes create travel memories that last a lifetime.
The Finger Lakes are a great getaway that deliver exhilarating adventure or well deserved relaxation, but always amid spectacular natural beauty. Our Hiking Trails and State Parks, Fishing, Cycling, Swimming, Watercraft Rentals, and Aviation Adventures provide abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Racing fans will love our legendary Watkins Glen International Raceway with Indycar, and NASCAR.
The many Finger Lakes communities each have their own special charms - specialty stores, antique shops, local breweries, lakeside dining, as well as fine arts and culture. See the West come alive at the Rockwell Museum of arts, or visit the spectacular Corning Museum of Arts.
As the second largest wine producing region in America, the finger lakes varied micro climates are responsible for producing world renown Rieslings as well as a multitude of other delicious varietals
Amongst it all, lies an agricultural paradise enriched with fresh produce introduced by our local Farmers Market.
It's a lot to take in, but once you've had the opportunity to visit we're confident you won't want to leave. If you'd like more information regarding Finger Lakes vacation rentals check out our search or give us a call at: 888-414-5253.
Top 10 Things to do in the Finger Lakes This Fall:
10. Scenic Drives - By car, motorcycle or even by bicycle, the Finger Lakes has some of the most breathtaking views. Take a drive along any of the lakes, and don't forget to drive between them over the rolling hills for views of vineyards and forests. Some memorable drives include Route 14a between Seneca and Keuka Lakes, Route 414 from Watkins Glen to 96A towards Geneva, or Route 21S from Canandaigua down to Naples. Your best bet is to just get in the car and take back roads that will take you to the highest elevations of the Finger Lakes where the views are truly spectacular.
9. Naples Grape Festival - Naples, at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake, hosts an annual festival celebrating the local grape harvest on September 24th & 25th. Enjoy the weekend event featuring live music, wine tasting, vendors and, of course, a myriad of local grape fare. Enjoy this delicious event to kick-start the fall season.
8. Get Spooked! - The Finger Lakes has a long history of tales from the beyond. With Halloween coming, the fall is the perfect opportunity to get spooked by the regions history along the Haunted History Trail of New York State. Along the trail you'll find stories of asylums, hotels and even a winery (Miles Winery) that will make your hair stand on end. Or, be part of the fun by experiencing the Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua (visit their website for dates and tickets).
7. Paddle the Lakes - With fewer motor boats on the lakes, it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the water with a kayak or canoe. Fortunately, many of our lakefront vacation homes come with all of the accessories needed for paddling the lakes, non-motorized boats included.
6. Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches - Pumpkin Patches aren't just for the little ones. Make a race out of a corn maze, catapult some pumpkins and see who can carve the best pumpkin for some fun off-lake activities during your fall stay.
5. Explore the Museums - Throughout the Finger Lakes there are a variety of museums to explore. From the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport, along with the diverse art collection at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, the area is rich in history. For the fall season, be sure to visit the Corning Museum of Glass for their Glass Harvest and Glass Pumpkin blowing events.
4. Go Picking - There is nothing like the taste of fresh, crisp apples off the tree. Accompanied by a hay ride, fresh warm apple cider and donuts, picking apples is an event that many locals anticipate all year. The fun doesn't stop at just apples. The fall is also prime time for picking pumpkins and grapes at select farms throughout the Finger Lakes.
3. Wine & Grape Harvest - If you have not visited the wineries of the Finger Lakes, the fall is one of the best seasons to make the trip. With over 100 different wineries throughout the region, many nationally and internationally acclaimed, you can taste a variety of red and white award-winning wines for just a few dollars per tasting room. The grape harvest typically begins in the first week of September and lasts through the end of October as the different varieties ripen. Some wineries, such as Fox Run Vineyards and Fulkerson Winery, offer tours through the vineyards and some of their production facilities. You will gain a new appreciation for the flavors in your wine glass with these educational tours.
2. Hiking the Waterfalls - Crisp fall days are an ideal time to explore the Finger Lakes by foot. From picturesque gorges and waterfalls, such as Watkins Glen State Park on the South end of Seneca Lake to the gradual hiking trails of the Cummings Nature Center along Canandaigua Lake, there are trails to suit any level of hiker.
1. Enjoy the Beauty of Fall Foliage From the Lake and Above - Typically the first two weeks of October are the prime time for leaf peepers to enjoy the beauty of the fall foliage. Whether it is from the dock of your lakeside home or while out exploring the region, do not forget your camera! The bright colors are majestic. A great leaf peeping experience includes riding the chairlift at Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides. While you're there, you can take it to the next level by coasting through the trees on the zip line at their Aerial Adventures Park.
For more information on staying in the Finger Lakes or to book your fall getaway now, contact us at 888-414-5253. Don't forget to check out our current specials on lakefront vacation rentals by clicking here!