3 Seneca Lake Restaurants That Will Wow Your Taste Buds

If you’re planning an adventurous vacation in the Finger Lakes of New York, you have to get your hands on the best food around! Besides going on fun, outdoor excursions, we believe in taking your taste buds on an adventure as well. 

When planning your vacation, food is one of the most important things to consider. Local foods let you in on the culture of the area you’re visiting. Below, we’ll reveal some of the best Seneca Lake restaurants you need to experience.

 If you’re looking for more things to do around all of the Finger Lakes, make sure to access our Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. It’s free, and it includes incredible restaurants, attractions, and entertainment in the Finger Lakes region. 

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For Sunday Brunch by Seneca Lake

  1. Stonecat Cafe

For brunch near Seneca Lake, you have to try Stonecat Cafe in Hector, NY. Enjoy fantastic live music every Sunday when you attend the Stonecat Cafe Jazz Brunch! It lasts from 10:30 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. You can try delicious Finger Lakes cuisine, made from local ingredients. Don’t forget the cafe closes on Tuesdays in the fall.

For Dinner by Seneca Lake

  1. Ports Cafe

One of the best Seneca Lake restaurants to dine for dinner is Ports Cafe on State Route 14 in Geneva. Ports has wines, spirits, and beers to go with delicious entrees. Come during their happy hours on Tuesdays through Fridays from 4-6 p.m. 

For a romantic evening with your sweetheart, dine at Ports on one of their date nights! But, if you plan to bring the whole family, attend one of their farm table feasts! You can bring at least eight people, and talented chefs will whip up a three-course meal for you! 

Wine lovers will love their uncorked/untapped dinners. Come in the spring and choose from an elegant selection of wines from FLX wineries. Don’t forget to make a reservation for this delectable dinner!

For All-American Food by Seneca Lake

  1. FLX Wienery

New York is known for being an icon for America, but what happens when you dig deeper into the state? You find FLX Wienery. You read that correctly. Wienery, not winery. The restaurant is in Dundee, near Watkins Glen and Geneva. They offer a wide range of American favorites from house-made brats to hand-ground burgers. 

Their locally sourced menu also includes gluten-free and vegetarian options. Looking for a little buzz? Spiked milkshakes are the move. You can also choose from a unique beer and wine list. FLX Wienery has it all, but, if you’d like to go on a tour exclusively for wine tasting, head to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail or Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Relax in a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Rental

There’s nothing better than a good sleep after a big meal. After checking out Seneca Lake’s best nearby restaurants, return to a Finger Lakes Premier Properties vacation rental. Our luxury accommodations are the perfect getaway for a family vacation on the lake. 

Stay at the Seneca Lake Effect vacation property. This six-bedroom dream home is in the heart of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Seneca Lake Effect is a ranch style home on 4,000 square feet of peaceful land by the water. Your dream vacation awaits in the Finger Lakes. Check our availability and book your stay today!

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Everything You Need to Know About Winter Getaway from NYC for Families

No matter the season, the Finger Lakes make for a perfect destination with so many activities in the surrounding area. If you’re looking to take a quick winter getaway from NYC for families, look no further. While summers in the Finger Lakes bring to mind afternoons by the water, the winter has so much to offer with dozens of outdoor sports and holiday-related activities. If you’re traveling with the entire family, renting a house from Finger Lakes Properties is the perfect way to enjoy your stay because you’ll have plenty of room and all the amenities of your own home.

As you begin planning your getaway, don’t forget to request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide! We’ve compiled this guide to help travelers discover the best of the Finger Lakes including our favorite restaurants, activities, and events.

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Why the Finger Lakes are the Perfect Winter Getaway from NYC for Families

Partake in Holiday Activities and Events

One of the best reasons to take a Finger Lakes winter getaway from NYC for the family is because of all the great events that take place leading up to the holiday season. Every November, the Candanaigua Christkindl Market sets up shop on the lawn of the Granger Homestead Carriage Museum. This Germany-inspired shopping experience gets everyone in the holiday spirit with raffle prizes, unique artisan venders, food tents, and holiday music. Head into downtown Ithaca to experience the 11-day Winter Light Festival with stunning light displays, a silent disco for the whole family, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. And, don’t forget to stop by the Watkins Glen Village Christmas with crafts, carolers, and holiday shopping opportunities.

Take the Kids Skiing or Snowboarding

winter skiing
skiing in winter

When winter rolls in, the Finger Lakes become the place in upstate New York for premier skiing and snowboarding. Whether your kids have experience these winter sports before, or you’re interested in teaching them for the first time, there are plenty of great trails in the area. You can sign the kids up for ski school or let more experienced riders follow you down some of the easier trails at popular resorts like Bristol Mountain, Labrador Mountain, or Toggenberg Mountain.

Try a New Winter Sport

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only winter sports you and the fam can participate in during your getaway. Why not try out something new, like snow shoeing? This is a great family activity because children of all ages can strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy a scenic walk along one of the many paths. For a winter activity that is a little more thrilling, try renting a snowmobiling and touring the area with a knowledgeable guide. You can also plan a day to try ice fishing for a taste of something new.

Get Cozy This Winter at One of Our Finger Lakes Properties

The Good Life vacation rental

Taking a winter getaway from NYC with the family to the Finger Lakes is sure to be an unforgettable trip with so many things to do from skiing to attending holiday events. For the best possible experience, find a Finger Lakes vacation rental. The Good Life rental is a five-bedroom home on Lake Canandaigua offers families plenty of room for every guest and the ability to stay close to all the best activities and attractions.

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “When is the best time to visit the Finger Lakes?” The answer is, of course, right now! The Finger Lakes is a wonderful year-round region. From the snowy winters to the warm summers, there are endless opportunities for fun no matter the season. Find out some of the best things to do and see during each of the seasons! For even more help planning your trip, download our free Vacation Guide! It contains our recommendations for the best of the Finger Lakes. From wineries and restaurants to hiking trails and boat rentals, you’ll find everything you need to plan the ultimate getaway!

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

Although anytime is a great time to come, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is late spring through summer, or May through September. It’s an outdoor wonderland, full of recreational activities and water sports for any adventure lover!

But, if you’re pinching pennies, you should avoid the summer months. Prices may go up between June and August, when the kids are out of school. Plus, local attractions may be a little crowded during the summertime as well.

Another thing to consider: thousands of tourists flock to the Finger Lakes region in the fall, too. Keep reading and we’ll explain why in a moment. 

Why Every Season Has Its Pros

Spend Spring in the Finger Lakes

Spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and tons of great wine and food events in the Finger Lakes! From the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Bacon on the Lakein to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Pasta & Wine Weekend, there are so many excellent opportunities to enjoy a wine tour or wine tasting, and learn more about Finger Lakes wine country.

Enjoy a Finger Lakes Summer Vacation

The possibilities for adventure are endless when you visit the Finger Lakes in the summer! Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and boating are hugely popular activities during this season. Make sure to dress accordingly because mornings can be a little chilly, but the afternoons warm up to the perfect temperature in the 80s.

Get a birds eye view of the lakes and book a hot air balloon ride!. White-water rafting in Letchworth State Park is another awesome activity! The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Grass Roots Festival, and the Canandaigua Lakefront Art & Music Festival all take place during this season, as well! Make sure to plan your summer vacation several months in advance. Many people dream of a summer vacation in the Finger Lakes, and accommodations book up quickly!

Fall in Love with the Finger Lakes

You’ll be hard-pressed to find more gorgeous fall foliage than in the Finger Lakes! Autumn brings changing leaves, pumpkin farms, and the end of the grape-growing season. 

Visitors come from all over to see the captivating fall foliage. The colors are absolutely breathtaking! Just beware of the crowds. 

There are some fantastic fall festivals and harvest celebrations taking place during September, October, and November. Consider taking a scenic drive around the area to take in the gorgeous sights.

Cozy up in Winter

Whether you’re celebrating the holiday season or you’re interested in winter sports, there are so many great reasons to visit the Finger Lakes during the chilly season! Browse through the Watkins Glen Village Christmas or the Canandaigua Christkindl Market. There’s no better way to get your holiday shopping done and have a fun day! Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all popular activities in this region, so come prepared for a fun day of adventure!

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

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Are you looking for the best place to stay in the Finger Lakes? Then browse through our inventory of homes! Finger Lakes Premier Properties contains the best selection of luxury rentals in the region! From pet-friendly to lakefront and more, our homes have everything you need for an outstanding getaway. Remember, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is right now, so check out our catalog and book today!

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Oktoberfest in the Finger Lakes

Oktoberfest in the Finger Lakes

The Guide to a beerlicious getaway this Fall to celebrate Oktoberfest!


Oktoberfest is a traditional 2 week long festival in Munich, Germany celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa in 1810. Since then, the festival has grown to include food, music, games, and eventually beer. Also known as the worlds largest folkvest, drawing in 6 million people each year.

Luckily for you, you can enjoy Oktoberfest right in the Finger Lakes. There is no flying involved, language barrier, or 6 million people to deal with and you can enjoy it whenever you want between September and October. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in the FLX.


The Frankfurters Band

Deer Run Winery | Oktoberfest | 9.29.19 | 1 pm – 4 pm

Celebrate Oktoberfest with German-American music provided by The Frankfurters, locally brewed Oktoberfest beers, German wines, and food available.  Hoffe dich zu sehen – Hope to see you!

Lucas Vineyards | 22nd Annual German Festival | 9.15.19 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The 22nd Annual German Festival at Lucas Vineyards will feature live music and dance by the Enzian Bavarian Folk Band, traditional German food, award winning Rieslings and Iced wine, beer, wine slushies, animal encounters, polka dancing and lessons, grape stomping, grape pies, and fun contests throughout the day. Don’t miss out on this fan favorite event!

German Festival Contests

– Best Dessert Competition* (2019 category is “German Chocolate Cake”)
– Grape Pie Eating Contest
– German Fest König (King) & Königin (Queen) Costume Contest

Admission is $8 per person (children 6 and under are free). 

Watkins Glen International | Ticket Galaxy Beer Fest | 10.26.19 | 11:00 am

Close out the season in style at Watkins Glen International with the Ticket Galaxy Beer Festival! This event features the best in New York State breweries, distilleries, and cideries, with added entertainment including live music, a corn hole tournament, stein-holding competition, and much more.

Boathouse Beer Garden & Brewing Co. |BREW FEST | 9.28.19 | 12:00 pm

  • Dozens of local and regional brewers & cider makers!
  • Amazing live music performances all day and into the evening,
  • Great food from a variety of vendors
  • Lots of fun and games                     

List of Local Craft Breweries

Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Craft Ale Company

Two Goats Brewing

Steuben Brewery

Young Lion Brewing

Wagner Brewing

Rooster Fish Brewing

Ithaca Beer Co.

Rest your head each evening during Oktoberfest in one of our 295 lakefront vacation rentals. Click Below to browse our rental inventory near the Finger Lakes Beer Trail and all the Oktoberfest events!

The Best Ways to Experience Lakewood Vineyards

Wine lovers travel from all over the country to explore the wine trails in the Finger Lakes. One of the best vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York is Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen. It’s an experience you have to try for yourself! If you’re planning your Finger Lakes vacation, make sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide. Find all the best restaurants, attractions, outdoor recreation, and entertainment around the lakes in your handy guide.

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The Finger Lakes is one of the best vacation destinations for wine connoisseurs. There are several fantastic wine trails to travel including the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. There is even a cheese trail that runs through the wine trails!

Lakewood Vineyards, a Family Legacy

Zoom into the map of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and find Lakewood Vineyards. Three generations of the Stamp family run this family-oriented vineyard. They’ve been growing grapes along the Seneca Lake since 1952. There are several ways to experience the family’s hard work. Take a trip to the Finger Lakes and see the magic for yourself.

Guided Wine Tour and Tasting and Lakewood Vineyards

See the winemaking process from start to finish with a guided wine tour. It’s $10 per person, and you can see precisely how grapes become wine as an expert tour guide shows you around the vineyard. End the tour on a great note and try a selection of wines, chosen by your tour guide!

Experience the Tasting Room at Lakewood Vineyards

Visit the tasting room and hear fascinating stories about the vineyard, the grapes, and the entire winemaking process. Then, toast to an amazing day in the Finger Lakes with featured flights of dry and semi-dry and sweet or semi-sweet wines! Wine tasting is $4 per person.

Cellar Room Tasting at Lakewood Vineyards

If you’re coming with a large group, the Cellar Room tasting option is the best experience for you. Winemaking experts will guide you through the vineyard’s history, fruit, and fascinating information, all from the Cellar Room. Throughout the experience, you can enjoy flights of delicious wine. 

The Cellar Room is $5 per person and is perfect for bridal parties, group outings, and family reunions!

Enjoy the View at Lakewood Vineyards

There’s nothing more perfect than a glass of wine accompanied by a stunning view. Sit on the shady deck and enjoy views of the 80-acre vineyard. You can also enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables or enjoy local cheeses and charcuterie. 

Unwind in a luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Rental

Feeling a buzz after all that delicious wine tasting? Un-wined (pun intended!) in a gorgeous Finger Lakes Premier Properties vacation home on the lake. 

Stay in Dean Lake House, a unique, historic home on Seneca Lake. This cozy vacation rental is conveniently located near Lakewood Vineyards, so you can easily head out for a day of wine tasting. Make the Dean Lake House your home away from home because it can accommodate the whole family. The four-bedroom lake home sleeps 10 people and is perfect for your next wine lovers’ getaway. Check our availability and book your dream vacation in the Finger Lakes today!

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What Are the Best Bike Trails in the Finger Lakes?

The Finger Lakes is the perfect vacation destination for anyone who loves to be outside. Choose from a wide variety of gorgeous state parks with adventurous trails and stunning waterfalls. You can admire all the natural beauty while riding along winding bike trails in Finger Lakes. The scenery is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Before you ride around the lakes, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide. It includes all the best restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor recreation in the Finger Lakes region. 

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The Best Bike Trails in the Finger Lakes

Seneca Lake Bike Trails

Start at the Lakeshore Park in Geneva at the northern tip of Seneca Lake and make your way around 78 miles of moderate terrain. The loop around the entire lake will take you through towns including Hector, Lodi, Watkins Glen, and Ovid. 

You can also take the Seneca Lake Mountain Bike Loop on the western side of the lake, near Himrod. This trail is just short of 20 miles, and you can encounter a gorgeous waterfall. 

Or, take the Catherine Valley Trail, which follows a railway and canal from Pine Valley to Seneca Lake. The majority of the nearly 13-mile trail is wooded, with small sections of pavement. Along the way, you’ll cycle past the roaring Montour Falls and other fascinating landmarks. Watkins Glen State Park also has some great trails to explore.

Cayuga Lake Bike Trails

Start and end in Ithaca when you make a round along the Cayuga Lake trail. Enjoy water views for most of the 101-mile loop! It’s a popular route for people who have some experience biking.

Or, you can take the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. This trail is 5.5 miles and takes you along the southern tip of the lake in Ithaca. The circuit is also great for hiking and spotting wildlife!

Love cycling, but also love wine? Combine the two and go on a Wine Country Bike Tour. A support van will come along to carry the wines you buy from four or five wineries. Then, have lunch and snacks on the trails. You don’t need to bring food or a bike, because the tour covers it all for you. 

Keuka Lake Bike Trails

Ride around the Keuka Lake bike trail for 44 miles of gorgeous lake views and fantastic wineries. There is a hiking and biking path that was once the Crooked Lake Canal, which connected the Keuka Lake to the Seneca Lake before 1870. 

Take the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail through Penn Yan to Dresden, and breeze past stunning waterfalls and old mills.

Recharge with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

When it’s time to put your wheels in park, relax in a luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties rental. Our high-quality properties are conveniently located along several of the Finger Lakes so that you can be close to the best biking trails and other popular attractions. 

Stay in Luna’s Landing for the ultimate Finger Lakes getaway. This vacation rental is located along the rolling hills leading to Cayuga Lake. Book this wonderful vacation home to be close to fantastic wineries, Ithaca attractions, and historic Seneca Falls. The five-bedroom vacation rental is perfect for families and has a large backyard for gathering. Your outdoor adventures await in the Finger Lakes.

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Takeaways from the 2019 FLRWA Symposium

Our team attended the 2019 Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA) Symposium on Thursday, August 15th at Ventosa Vineyards where challenges and opportunities for the Finger Lakes were discussed. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn how we can be a better resource for our homeowners and guests, and a better partner in the efforts to keep our lakes safe and clean.

There were two topics that dominated the discussion between the organizations, businesses, and state representatives present at the Symposium. They also happen to be the two greatest threats to the quality and future of the Finger Lakes.

HAB’s

The good news is that the water quality of our lakes is good and has remained consistent over the last 10 years. The bad news is that despite this there is an increasing presence of harmful algae blooms (HAB’s) along our shorelines. HAB’s are largely the result of external nutrients entering the water through storm run-off, shoreline development, and agricultural practices. The presence of dreissenid mussels (i.e. zebra mussels) also increases the presence of blooms. They prefer to feed on native cyanobacteria and algae, instead of the harmful and invasive types.

There is now a 50% chance that a bloom will appear when temperatures are high and the water is calm. In some cases, these blooms can contain high levels of toxins.

There is no way to prevent or predict when a HAB will form, but organizations, like the DEC and the Finger Lakes Institute are making progress. Monitoring buoys have been deployed to document water conditions and provide real time feedback when a bloom appears. The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) is a volunteer lake monitoring and education program that has been in place for over 25 years and has been vital in collecting data on HAB’s. The DEC has also created a website where you can see HAB’s reported within the last 2 weeks. It also displays archived blooms from the entire year. See it here.

For more information on identifying HAB’s and steps to take after exposure, visit the DEC website. The Department of Health recommends waiting 48 hours to swim after an algae bloom dissipates.

You can make a difference in reducing the likelihood that a bloom will occur. The following practices can avoid harmful materials getting into the lake through run-off:

  • Clean up pet waste
  • Limit lawn fertilization
  • Maintain septic tanks
  • Reduce erosion by installing and maintaining shoreline buffers

Invasive Plant Species

Our lakes have seen an increase in invasive species disrupting the watershed ecosystems. While invasive fish, insects, and mussels are all threats, the focus of the discussion was on invasive plant species. The priority invasives of concern for all of the Finger Lakes are Hydrilla, Water Chestnut, and Water Lettuce.

Finger Lakes PRISM is working diligently and having success in containing the spread non-native flora. Their goal is eradicate and contain harmful plant species early and while it’s still cost effective. Allowing these plants to flourish could be detrimental to our lakes and local municipalities that source their drinking water from them. Here are some simple actions you can take to support their efforts and prevent the spread of invasive plants to your lake:

  • Report and send photos of suspicious plants to FLXplantID@gmail.com
  • Purchase and plant native plant species only
  • Routinely inspect, drain, and clean watercraft, especially when moving between bodies of water
  • Don’t put anything in the lake that you wouldn’t put in a glass of water (garbage, lawn clippings, raked leaves, etc.)
Display at the 2019 Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance Symposium

Our mission moving forward is to stay up-to-date on these threats and gain the resources necessary to keep our employees, homeowners, and guests safe and informed. With the increased presence of HAB’s, it will be crucial to educate on when it is safe to swim, the symptoms of exposure, and how to identify and report these blooms. Above all, we are committed to doing our part to ensure the Finger Lakes remain safe and enjoyable for all.

For more information, visit the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance website.

This is the Best Itinerary for the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region of New York is the perfect place to bring the whole family because there’s something for everyone! The area is full of adventurous outdoor activities, delicious food, beautiful scenery, and quality family memories. The tricky part is squeezing all the activities into the best itinerary for the Finger Lakes. Read on to find out how to plan your dream lake-cation.

If you’re looking for a quick guide that lists out the best attractions, restaurants, and entertainment, make sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide.

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The Best Itinerary for the Finger Lakes

Day 1 in Finger Lakes: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Unpack your bags in your luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties vacation rental, and head out for a day of shopping and exploring the attractions that make the Finger Lakes great. Travel the very first wine trail in America: the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Along the way, you’ll find fantastic wineries, attractions, and shopping. 

Dine at The Bistro at Thirsty Owl Wine Co.

Stop by The Bistro at Thirsty Owl Wine Company for the oldest vinifera vines in the Finger Lakes. Enjoy fresh, local ingredients and wine-friendly cuisine. Make sure to check out their extended dinner menu if you dine before 7 p.m. 

Thirsty Owl Wine Company is on 150 acres of vineyards along the Cayuga Lake. The vineyard is home to award-winning wines and gorgeous views. It’s the perfect spot for outdoor dining when the weather is beautiful!

Some other dining options include Ithaca Bakery, Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar, and O’Malley’s Cabin on the Lake.

Attractions Along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Test your luck at the Del Lago Resort and Casino, or explore beautiful glass creations at the Corning Museum of Glass. You can even create your own glass masterpiece to take home!

Choose from a variety of entertainment options on the trail, including the Auburn Public Theater, the Hangar Theatre, or the Kitchen Theatre Company. Or, check out the Greater Ithaca Art Trail and Johnson Museum of Art. 

Wineries on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Lastly, you can’t travel a wine trail without visiting the tasting rooms for delicious wine tasting and vineyard tours. There are 14 wineries to pick from including Americana Vineyards and Knapp Winery, just to name a few. You won’t run out of wines to taste on the longest-running wine trail in the country. 

Day 2 in Finger Lakes: Watkins Glen

Spend day two exploring Watkins Glen in Finger Lakes. The village has a diverse variety of activities to choose from. Here are a few of the best things to do.

Watkins Glen State Park Gorge

You have to check out the stunning waterfalls along the Watkins Glen State Park Gorge. Go for a scenic hike and enjoy a picnic for a nature-filled day in Watkins Glen.

Watkins Glen International

For the NASCAR fan or the thrill-seeker, take a trip to Watkins Glen International. Between April and November, you can get on the racetrack and drive the glen!

Where to Eat in Watkins Glen, NY

Dig into a flavorful meal at Nickel’s Pit BBQ. Their farm-to-table foods include locally sourced meat, bread, and other ingredients, so you’re guaranteed a quality meal. Make sure to take home some of their iconic barbeque sauces. You can purchase them by the bottle in the sauce store and take a little bit of Nickel’s with you.

If you have a sweet tooth, make a run to the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor. Choose from an assortment of soft custard, hard ice cream, gelato, non-dairy sorbet, and vegan options. 

Day 3: Lake Life

No matter which of the 11 lakes you choose to live by for the next few days, there is always an abundance of fun lake activities to partake in. 

Have Fun on the Lake

Sail with True Love Schooner Excursions in Watkins Glen for a breezy view of Seneca Lake. Clear your mind when you head out on the water for yoga and wellness retreats for women. Challenge yourself and take a SUP yoga or SUP fitness class on Canandaigua Lake. Or, go fly fishing, kayaking, or boating with Summit to Stream Adventures on Seneca Lake

Relax in a Luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Rental

Return from your Finger Lakes excursions to a spacious vacation rental. Stay in one of our properties spread throughout seven of the 11 Finger Lakes. You’re sure to find a vacation home near the best upstate New York attractions.
Book your getaway at our Peaceful Sanctuary property on Lake Canandaigua. This charming abode can serve as a home away from home for up to 12 people. Gather your friends for a game night in the game room, or take the kids out to the dock for a day of sunshine and lake adventures. The fun awaits here on the Finger Lakes. Check our availability and book your getaway today!

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Finger Lakes Wellness Experiences

Heal your body, clear your mind, and feed your soul with the many wellness experiences available in the Finger Lakes. Our region boasts fields of fresh farm-to-table food, acres of forests, rolling hills, and hiking trails, and, of course, gorgeous freshwater lakes! We have all of the essentials to live well and local businesses centered on sharing their wellness practices with you. Here is your guide to a health-conscious stay in the Finger Lakes:

Athletic Recovery

Golfers hydrating before playing golf in 90 degree weather!!!*thank you to Clifton Springs Country Club for calling us…

Posted by FLX Hydration on Monday, July 22, 2019

FLX Hydration | Geneva, NY

If you’re in town for a major athletic event, golf tournament, or even an all day wine tour, this is a stop you’ll need to make! FLX Hydration specializes in IV hydration, administered by registered nurses to give you a boost before your race or to help your hangover. Make your appointment today!

FLX Athlete Retreat |Ithaca, NY

From chiropractic and massage to infrared saunas and prenatal wellness, this recovery center has everything you need to take care of yourself. Visit their Wellness Boutique to shop raw honey, herbal blends, CBD oil, and more. Learn more!

Unique Yoga:

Goat Yoga | Savona, NY

Just south of Keuka Lake, you’ll find the ZiegenVine Homestead, home to pasture-raised pigs, chickens, and the cutest goats you’ll ever downward dog with! Find restorative poses and a connection to something bigger, while being nuzzled by a baby goat. Class sizes are limited so register ahead of time!

Paddleboard Yoga | Canandaigua, NY

If you’re up for a challenge, look no further than stand-up paddleboard yoga classes with Finger Lakes Yogascapes. Reinvigorate your mind and body while floating on scenic Canandaigua Lake. They also offer wedding yoga for pre-ceremony jitters and bachelorette celebrations. Learn more!

Nature Immersion:

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Posted by Mountain Horse Farm on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cow Cuddling | Naples, NY

The Horse and Cow Experience at Mountain Horse Farm is your opportunity to connect and interact with nature in a unique way. Visitors are invited to cuddle, pet, and connect with rescued horses and cows, while taking in the peace and quiet of the natural world. Learn more!

Forest Therapy| Naples, NY

Immerse yourself in the medicine of the forest with a guided meditative experience in nature. Finger Lakes Forest Immersion offers forest bathing through public walks, individual forest therapy, and group forest immersions in the Bristol Hills. Register today!

Spas:

Soak up a little self-care during your stay in the Finger Lakes! Here are a few of our local spas for a holistic health experience:

RasaSpa

August Moon Spa

Spa del Lago

Healing Foods:

Kindred Fare – A spirited cookery in Geneva, NY emphasizing the shared meal experience.

Moosewood – 46 years of creative vegetarian cooking with healthful, natural ingredients in Ithaca, NY.

Hazelnut Kitchen – Clean, simple, farm-to-table. Taste the best that the season has to offer in Trumansburg, NY.

Roots Cafe – Fresh, beautiful food with deep connection to the Naples, NY community.


Stay in one of our lakeside vacation rentals to complete your revitalizing visit to the Finger Lakes. Wake to the sound of waves lapping on the shore, enjoy coffee and sunsets from a private dock, and relax in a home all to yourself. Book with a local vacation planner today! (877) 689-5750

Lakefront Real Estate Report: Q2 Highlights

Finger Lakes Premier Properties is the region’s lakefront specialists for sales across the region. Our team of highly knowledgeable, experienced, and successful Buyer and Seller Specialists provide a complimentary analysis of lakefront market trends each quarter.

Analysis of lakefront homes sold on seven of the Finger Lakes, statics aggregated from MLS.
  • Fewer homes on the market are leading to fewer homes sold
  • Lakefront homes are selling faster than last year
  • We are seeing more action in the <$500,000 market, which is driving down the average sales price

Our real estate team has succeeded in holding onto the top spot as the lakefront sales market leaders in the Finger Lakes through Q2. Our closest competitor’s lakefront transactions accounted for less than 45% of their total sales volume, compared to ours at over 90%. Our team captured 25% of all business on Seneca Lake and leads the market for purchasing sales on Cayuga Lake.

Lakefront Real Estate Trends

Our lakefront sales specialists comment on market conditions from Q2 and trends to look for on the lakes in Q3.

Overall, we’re seeing a neutral market, where neither the buyer or seller has an advantage. With a smaller inventory, serious buyers are acting fast on securing their ideal lakefront home. However, they are much more price conscious, which is why the Seneca and Cayuga Lake markets performed really well through Q2. We expect to see continued growth on those lakes.”

Cynthia Emerling, Director of Listing Services/ Associate Broker

“We see things quiet down during the last stretch of Q2 and most of Q3, while homeowners are using their lake houses and collecting peak season rent, but we expect the market to pick up this fall on the lakes. Buyers are increasingly price driven and conscious of how high their taxes will be. This makes short-term renting appealing.”

Dave Lucchesi, Lakefront Buyer Specialist/ Associate Broker

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