Alleviate PTSD by Exploring the Finger Lakes

June 27, 2017 | By Zak Klick

As June 27th marks the U.S. National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, it seems fitting to highlight our region’s natural remedies for those suffering from past trauma.  While nothing is guaranteed, much research has been done associating the positive effects of exploring the outdoors to those suffering from PTSD and depression.

For example, in 2015, University of Michigan researchers surveyed Veterans before and after a multi-day wilderness recreation experience, which involved camping and hiking in groups of between six and 12 participants.

One week after the experience, veterans reported a greater than 10 percent enhancement in several measures of psychological well-being, a 9 percent increase in social functioning, and a nearly 8 percent gain in positive life viewpoint.

Since our area is rich in waterfalls and forestry, we thought it would be appropriate, on this day, to offer calming places to visit the outdoors.  Without much further ado, here are some of the best outdoor locations we, the Finger Lakes Premier Property staff, could locally advocate for planning your next outdoor adventure.

Upper, Middle + Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

The Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park is home to three of the largest and most stunning falls you’ll find along the west side of the Finger Lakes. About 25 minutes from some of our vacation rentals along Consesus Lake, this expansive park features the main attraction at the Upper and Middle Falls, with over 50 smaller cascades scattered throughout the park. With activities planned year-round from guided tours and white water rafting, to snow tubing and cross-country skiing, this attraction is ideal for an outdoor adventure any time of the year.

Watkins Glen Waterfalls via Stone Stairs

One of the most iconic waterfall destinations in the Finger Lakes is the Watkins Glen State Park, where you can walk under, over and through 19 waterfalls. As you climb over 800 steps through the park you will be completely immersed in nature with plenty of resting stops along the way to enjoy some quiet moments of solitude. Located right in downtown Watkins Glen and minutes from Seneca Lake where you can continue to enjoy a peaceful getaway in the Finger Lakes.

 

Shequaga/Montour Falls South of Watkins Glen

Just south of Watkins Glen you’ll find the Shequaga Falls in downtown Montour Falls. Find a comfortable spot at the base of the massive falls that are easily accessible for most, and enjoy the thrilling sounds of the water crashing into the basin below. If you’re looking to hike, follow the 5 mile Montour Falls Historic Trail Loop to explore more falls and lookout points.

Lucifer Falls + Lower Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park

A very popular summer swimming hole for locals is at the Lower Falls or Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. In addition to taking a relaxing dip in the fresh water from the falls, the park’s rugged gorge called Enfield Glen continues for 9 miles of winding hiking trails past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls.

Buttermilk Falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park

Autumn scene landscape of waterfalls at Buttermilk Falls State Park

A local favorite is Buttermilk Falls State Park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. Hike the park’s Gorge and Rim Trails to take in the view of cascading Buttermilk Creek, enjoy a soaring cliff jumping adventure, and cool off in the natural-fed swimming pool at the base of Buttermilk Falls, the largest of the park’s 10 falls.

 

These are only a few of the locations in the Finger Lakes where cascading waterfalls may be able to provide soothing comfort for anyone, even those experiencing PTSD symptoms. Once again, this is a supplemental treatment for those wanting additional help and not a proven form of relief.  Those suffering from severe psychological dysfunction should contact a medical professional for assistance.

For more information about PTSD, its symptoms, support, and more, visit the website for the National Center for PTSD.

Top 6 Outdoor Spaces in the Finger Lakes

The best way to vacation in the Finger Lakes is to stay on the shores of one of six lakes! Our variety of lakeside vacation homes offers an array of features to upgrade your getaway. From outdoor kitchens to sunken hot tubs, this summer will be the best yet! See our top 6 outdoor living spaces below that could be yours this summer!

#6 SailWinds on Seneca Lake

Entertain family or friends at beautiful SailWinds featuring a 6-person sunken hot tub and a high-end outdoor kitchen with granite counter tops. You and your guests can take advantage of the Foosball table, canoe, and kayak for additional enjoyment during your lake getaway. Book now! 

#5 The Goodlife on Canandaigua Lake

Large screened windows line two sides of the four seasons room at this lakeside oasis, great for cool summer nights by the stone fire place lit. Relax and sunbathe on the upper deck featuring stunning views. Or take the tram down to the beach to fully experience the enjoyment of lakefront living. Book now!

#4 Cedar Lodge on Keuka Lake

Cedar Lodge offers a warm and rustic style throughout the inside and outside living spaces. Enjoy the upper screened porch on hot days, or the lower sofa and chaise lounges for relaxing lakeside in the sun. The meticulous landscaping surrounding the home provides a picturesque and relaxing atmosphere, making this home a place you’ll be longing to return to throughout the year. Book now!

#3 Oak Leaf Shores on Keuka Lake

If views are what put you at ease, choose from the multiple expansive decks and outdoor porches available at Oak Leaf Shores. Offering plenty of comfortable lakeside seating for everyone to relax, while others enjoy the provided paddle boat and canoe. Book now!

#2 Amazing Views on Canandaigua Lake

The multiple outdoor spaces at Amazing Views makes this one of the top summer homes in the Finger Lakes. The timber frame covered upper deck provides the ideal location for summer dining. Then retreat to the lower stone patio for serving drinks from the wet bar and relaxing in the hot tub. Take advantage of the many outdoor seating areas featuring plush chaise lounges, outdoor love seats, and Adirondack chairs by the large slate stone fire pit. If staying lakeside all day is what you prefer, the mini kitchen down by the beach offers additional convenience. Book now!

#1 Peaceful Sanctuary on Canandaigua Lake

Experience Peaceful Sanctuary, one of our most luxurious homes, by taking a virtual tour! Unwind in the hot tub while listening to the waves lap against the shore. Relax in the screened-in porch by day, then light the stone fireplace for heat and ambiance in the evenings. Book now!

 

Find the ideal home to host your Finger Lakes vacation by searching our complete inventory of 250+ lakefront and lake view vacation rentals by clicking here now!

Top 10 Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

#10 – Snowshoe the Trails
Traversing Finger Lakes trails is not only for the summer months. With the natural beauty of the area, strapping on your snowshoes is a fun way to explore during the winter months. Visit Cummings Nature Center with 15 miles of groomed trails alongside Honeoye Lake. Staying closer to the east side of the Finger Lakes? Snowshoe to the frozen Taughannock Falls near Ithaca along Cayuga Lake.
#9 – Attend Festivals
The winter is the perfect time to enjoy winter festivals. Experience the 15th annual “Wine on Ice” event at Elmira’s First Arena where wineries from across the state gather to pour their favorite wines. Enjoy local cheeseries and other shops at the festival. Or, experience one of the many self-guided festivals along the Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lake wine trails.
#8 – Ice Skating
Enjoy some good ole-fashioned fun while you glide across indoor skating rinks at the Geneva Recreation Complex (Seneca Lake), the Canandaigua Civic Center (Canandaigua Lake), or Ithaca’s Lynah Rink (Cayuga Lake).
#7 – Experience 2300 Degrees
Experience one of the most popular events at the Corning Museum of Glass. At the 2300 Degrees you’ll be impressed with hot glass shows, live music, local wineries and brewery tastings, meet & greets with the artists, and more! This event is held on the 3rd Thursday of every month through April 2017.
#6 – Ice Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the Finger Lakes is in the winter. Drop a line and experience the thrill of ice fishing alongside the locals on Honeoye and Keuka Lakes.

#5 – Artisanship
The Finger Lakes is packed with talent from artists who fill local shops with beautiful handmade items ranging from pottery to home furnishings. One of the most popular locations to shop and tour is the MacKenzie-Childs farm and store along the east side of Cayuga Lake.

#4 – Teach Your Taste Buds
Take part in a cooking class in the hands-on kitchen or demonstration theater of your choice at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The center features different events almost nightly and also features their Upstairs Bistro where you can dine on local ingredients and New York crafted beer and wines.

#3 – Be Inspired
Appreciate the rich, innovative history of our region by visiting one of our many museums. Stop into the historic Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and take part in restoring an original 1940’s P40 War Hawk.

#2 – Sip & Savor
Our region is home to over 100 wineries and breweries, and the winter happens to be one of the best times to get the complete tasting experience. With reduced traffic during the colder months, don’t be surprised if the person pouring your samples happens to be the owner and winemaker. Take advantage of their extra attention and ask them about the wines and their favorite places to visit. You’re sure to get some terrific local recommendations.

#1 – Shred
If you love to ski and snowboard, a visit to Bristol Mountain Winter Resort is a must-stop with 138 acres featuring 35 slopes. Or, if you’re looking to try something new, book a private class or lessons with their seasoned experts. Great for all ages!

For more information on staying in the Finger Lakes or to book your winter getaway now, contact us at 888-414-5253. Don’t forget to check out our current specials on lakefront vacation rentals by clicking here!

Lakefront Real Estate Trends

Finger Lakes Premier Properties has over 20 years of lakefront property management experience. Part of our team includes highly specialized real estate agents who focus solely on lakefront sales. As the leading source of lakefront sales information in the Finger Lakes, we happily provide quarterly and annual sales reports.

To view our newest real estate listing, visit the “Our Lakefront Listings” section of our website.

Our Real Estate team saw a 100% increase in sales in 2016. Their expertise in lakefront sales and attention to regional trends is what has resulted in a 100% NPS scores with their clients.

The extreme summer heat in 2016 did not detour real estate sales across the Finger Lakes. If anything, it must have enticed more lakefront sales because sales of lakefront homes increased 20% over 2015.

As you can see from the table below, although the number of sales increased significantly, the average sale price and the number of days on the market remained fairly constant between 2015 and 2016.

The smaller of the Finger Lakes saw the most growth in sales in 2016, most notably Honeoye Lake.  This lake saw a 60% increase in the number of homes sold, along with the average price increasing 18%. Keuka and Conesus Lakes experienced a 40% increase in the number of homes sold.

If you are considering buying or selling lakefront property in 2017, contact our sales team today and get a jump on the spring market. Call us at 877-217-0338 or email us at Sales@FLPPlake.com.