The Best Way to Explore the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Move over Napa Valley: the Finger Lakes wine region is quickly becoming one of the most well-regarded in the country! With over 100 wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the area, there is so much to explore and enjoy during your visit! If the sheer amount of vineyards available seems overwhelming, we have the perfect solution. Visit one of the three wine trails in the Finger Lakes. The best place to start is the biggest trail in the region, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Find out everything you need to know about this great attraction!

Explore all the wonderful things that the Finger Lakes region has to offer! Download our free Vacation Guide to get our recommendations for the best restaurants, museums, historic sites, and parks in the region! Whether you’re planning on hiking the beautiful gorge trails or dining at one of the world-class restaurants around, our Vacation Guide is the best place to start. Download it today to plan the ultimate Finger Lake getaway!

Explore the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail was first formed in 1986 in order to share the area’s rich history, gorgeous scenery, and (of course) the best Seneca Lake wineries with visitors. Since it opened, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has become the largest wine trail in the State of New York! There are 35 wineries, one distillery, two cider producers, two breweries, and one meadery on the trail.

It’s no surprise that Seneca Lake is home to so many incredible vineyards. The natural conditions around the lake help produce both full-bodied and delicate varieties of wine. You’ll find everything from a Riesling or Pinot Noir to hybrid wines here! Find out for yourself why these award-winning wineries are considered to be some of the best producers of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Honey Wines, Cabernet Franc (just to name a few).

Attend Seneca Lake Wine Trail Events

There are plenty of great annual trail events! Here are a few of our favorites:

Pasta & Wine Weekend

Need we say more? This beloved event, which typically takes place in late March, encourages visitors to take a self-guided tour around Seneca Lake and visit participating wineries. Be sure to purchase your tickets well in advanced, as this event does sell out quickly.

Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend

Is there a more classic pairing than wine and cheese? Luckily, the Finger Lakes region is home to incredible producers of both! Again, this event is a self-guided tour, visiting the participating wineries and enjoying delectable cheese-themed dishes.

Seneca Lake Wine & Food

If you only have time to visit one food and wine event, make it this one! This annual extravaganza typically features over 200 wineries, many regional food vendors, and other local businesses selling their wares.

Smokin’ Summer Kickoff

Say hello to summer in the Finger Lakes! Find out which wines pair best with grilled foods during this great event. Again, enjoy a self-guided tour around Seneca Lake, sampling to your heart’s content!

Deck the Halls

Enjoy plenty of holiday cheer when you go on this self-guided tour! During the winter season, the local wineries are all decked out for the holidays and ready to gift you with some great freebies! Visit the wineries, receive a recipe book, and collect ornaments to decorate your handmade grapevine wreath.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

If you’re tasting world-class wines during your Seneca Lake Wine Trail tour, you need to make sure that you’re staying in a world-class home. Finger Lakes Premier Properties has the best selection of vacation rentals in the region, with many gorgeous homes located around Seneca Lake. Consider staying in Seneca Lake Effect, a beautiful six-bedroom, six-bathroom home that is perfect for vacations with the extended family. Enjoy eating a delicious meal at the large dining room table that can accommodate up to 12 guests or spending time in the game room. There’s even a play area for toddlers in the home!

Check out the rest of our rentals and book today. We look forward to having you.

The Finger Lakes National Forest and What You Need to Know

With gorgeous gorge trails, waterfall hikes, and state parks, it’s no wonder that hiking is such a popular activity in the Finger Lakes region. If you only have time to visit one of the local parks, make it the Finger Lakes National Forest! Located between Seneca and Cayuga Lake, this park features over 30 miles of interconnecting trails. Find out everything you need to know to have an awesome day at this iconic site.

The Finger Lakes National Forest is just one of the many fantastic state parks in this region. Discover the full list when you download our free Vacation Guide. No matter which lake you’re staying near, you’ll find something wonderful to enjoy during your Finger Lakes trip. Aside from hiking trails and natural features, our Vacation Guide lists incredible restaurants, wineries, museums, historic sites, and so much more! Let our Vacation Guide help you plan the trip of a lifetime. Download it today to get started.

Visit the Finger Lakes National Forest

So what makes the Finger Lakes National Forest so special? For one, it’s the only National Forest in the state of New York. It’s also home to some of the most diverse and beautiful trails in the region. From gorges and ravines to pastures and woodlands, there’s a little bit of every type of nature here. You may even see cows grazing while you hike through the pastures, as the National Forest sometimes rents land to local farms.

Hike the Loops

There is a total of 10 trails in the Finger Lakes National Forest, with four loop hikes. The “loop hikes” are a great option for visitors who want to see a little bit of everything during their visit.

Burnt Hill Loop

The Burnt Hill Loop features a little bit of everything. If you’re hoping to see some cows during your visit, this is the trail for you. The Burnt Hill Loop stretches out almost four miles and winds through two cow pastures. Be sure to securely close any gates behind you to prevent any runaway cows. While this loop is lengthy, it’s a pretty easy, flat hike. It typically takes around two hours to complete.

Southside Loop

If you’d prefer a shorter hike, find the Southside Loop. This path combines three of the trails and is only around two miles long. Like the Burnt Hill Loop, you won’t find any steep hills during this loop. You will pass by a couple of gorgeous natural features, like a small pond and a field with wildflowers.

Stay at Finger Lakes Premier Properties

After a day of hiking the Finger Lakes National Forest, return to a gorgeous rental from Finger Lakes Premier Properties! You won’t find a better selection of homes anywhere else in the region. Consider booking The Lily Pad, a stunning four-bedroom, four-bathroom rental located near Cayuga Lake. With gorgeous views, beautiful decor, and comfortable furnishings, you’re sure to have a wonderful rest here.

Check the rest of our accommodations and book today! We look forward to having you.

Maximizing Your Property’s Potential with 3 Simple Steps

Every seller wants their home to sell quickly and for top dollar but believe a professional overhaul is needed to maximize their listing price. Because of this uncertainty, sellers often feel overwhelmed and don’t do anything before listing their home.

Spoiler: You don’t need a comprehensive overhaul… instead, its careful preparation and regular upkeep that sends home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Without further ado, here are the steps to prepare that irresistible, and highly marketable home:


1a) Dissociate Yourself with the Home

First and foremost, you have to distance yourself from the house. Yes, learning how to let go is difficult, but in order to capitalize on the most possible gains, you must say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house – a product to be sold no differently than a bushel of apples.”


1b) Objectify

The first step in disassociating yourself is to pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want buyers to imagine their own photos and mementos on the walls. The heart of the buy is constructed in the buyer’s mind, but these personal sentiments will not emerge if your personal belongings are sprawled all over the home. Simply put, you don’t want the mind of buyers to linger on who was living there; you want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”


2a) Minor Repairs

In some seller’s markets, you can sell a home in its current state without much objection. In normal markets or buyer’s markets, repairs can win or lose a sale.

So let’s looks at the essentials:

Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.

Patch holes in the walls.

Fix leaky faucets.

Amend jarring kitchen drawers.

Replace burned-out light bulbs.

Consider painting your walls neutral colors (You’re looking to attract the masses, not the exotic).


2b) Housekeeping

Cleaning your home should go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning job. Like the maintenance work, this could take all day to complete so allocate your time appropriately. Consider doing a deep clean of each room including:

Wash windows inside and out.

Vacuum daily.

Wax floors.

Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.

Bleach dingy grout.

Remove cobwebs.

Re-caulk showers, sinks, and tubs.

Polish chrome mirrors and faucets.

Clean out the refrigerator.

Replace worn rugs.

Hang up fresh towels.

Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.

Bathroom towels look marvelous affixed with ribbon and bows.

Click here to view our professional housekeeping checklist!


3a) Don’t Assume Anywhere is Sacred

Buyers are… let’s say, curious. They will open closet and cabinet doors to examine every crack and crevice they’re drawn to. Think of the message it sends if miscellaneous supplies and are jam-packed in storage closets, cupboards, sheds, and garages; the buyer will instantly lose faith in you as an owner, and perhaps the home altogether. This is a huge commitment on their part. You need to be just as vigilant in preparing the home as they are with examining it.


3b) Input Equals Output

Even if you’re not a neat person, create the illusion: alphabetize spice jars, turn coffee cup handles the same way, hang shirts together (buttoned and facing the same direction), and line up shoes. This may sound extra and unnecessary, but buyer’s (and all human beings) cannot help but pick up on their immediate surroundings. Remember, the financially-sound Zestimate only gets them in the door, the image you create makes the buy.


We Get It, You Have a Life

If you work a full-time job or have similar daily obligations, tackling some of the easier projects on your own and outsourcing the rest to a company with maintenance and housekeeping packages may be worth the investment. In particular, consider a real estate company like Finger Lakes Premier Properties (FLPP) that not only have full-time maintenance and housekeeping staff to suit client’s needs any time of year. Not only will FLPP help revamp your home, every remodeling effort is carefully prepared through the lens of a prospective buyer; this is the perk of utilizing an all-in-one company.


Once again, if you’re feeling ambitious and want to tackle these projects on your own, hit up a couple YouTube videos and have at it! But if you need a little help, consider outsourcing some of the more tedious tasks to a specialist like FLPP.

To learn more about our property management services, visit FLPP’s webpage here

If you’re already past that step and ready to roll, contact our real estate team today at (844) 277-5709.


The Ultimate Guide to Owning a Vacation Rental

So you’ve decided to embark on the adventure that is owning a vacation rental. Congratulations! You’ve made the first big step into a serious investment. Before you embark single-handedly into the murky waters of rental home management, ask yourself this: do you have the time, energy, and inside knowledge of the vacation rental market to make this a worthwhile venture? If the answer is no, then consider hiring a vacation rental management agency.

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Vacation Rental

The biggest pro of owning a vacation rental is obvious: renting your second home can help pay a significant portion of the mortgage of the property. If the home is already paid off, you can put that money straight into your pocket. What could be better than that?

On the cons side, it can be a risk to rent your home to strangers. The easy solution to that, however, is renting your home with an agency like Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We have a property protection program that can cover the cost of many of the accidental damage, as well as a policy that allows us to charge the guest for any larger issues. As an added bonus, 60 percent of Finger Lakes Premier Properties’ clients are repeat guests. These are the guests you can renting with you, as you can expect them to treat your home with care.

How to Make Money on a Vacation Rental Property

Before we can worry about the quality of guests, we need to find some! If you’re not experienced with marketing, booking with a vacation rental agency can help you learn. Aside from listing your property on our site, you can learn from our knowledgeable staff how to gain market exposure. As time passes, you can achieve an 80 to 100-percent occupancy during the peak season. We can help you make that gain!

You Don’t Have to Lose Control

Just because you hire a vacation rental management company doesn’t mean you lose the power to make the important decisions about your home. While we will help you decide you rental rate, you will make the final decision. We are up-front with any costs that may occur, including maintenance and housekeeping. You are welcome to use a contracted housekeeping and maintenance company, though we do offer in-house service that is available 24/7. No matter what, we will never issue work orders to your home in excess of $200 without your prior consent.

List Your Home Through Finger Lakes Premier Properties

So whether you’re planning on buying a property to rent out or looking for a way to make some money on your investment, we can help you navigate the ins and outs of owning a vacation rental. We are passionate about finding the best guests for all of our listings. Find out for yourself why we have long-lasting relationships with our homeowners.

Do you have any questions? Are you ready to get started? Get in contact with us today and start your investment journey!