3 of the Best Seneca Lake Boat Tours

Enjoy a cruise on the largest of the Finger Lakes! Seneca Lake boat tours are a great way to get out on the water and enjoy an hour or two. Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon on the water or want to enjoy a glass of wine on your cruise, we’ve got the perfect recommendations! Here are a couple of our favorite boat tour companies!

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The Best Seneca Lake Boat Tours

Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises

Captain’s Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises is the place to go if you want an elegant experience on the lake. This family-owned business offers two cruises. The first takes place aboard the 270-passenger dining vessel, the Seneca Legacy. This Seneca Lake dinner cruise is available during the summer season. Each day brings a new menu to the cruise, from tours that feature local craft beers paired with artisan cheeses to a full-service, sit-down dinner experience. Their second cruise takes place aboard the Stroller IV and is a more traditional cruise. The schedule for this sightseeing cruise varies based on the time of year, so check the schedule before heading out! After your sightseeing tour, be sure to stop by Seneca Harbor Station, a restaurant located at the harbor. You’ll love the gorgeous views paired delicious food!

Seneca Wine Boat Tours

If you’re looking for the best Seneca Lake wine boat tours available, look no further! Seneca Lake Wine Tours offer fun tours for up to six guests. These tours are just $100 per hour, with a minimum requirement of two hours. These tours book up quickly so be sure to reserve a spot in advance!

Schooner Excursions

Schooner Excursions is a great place to go for private or public charters. Their boats are smaller than Captain Bill’s, giving you a more intimate experience. Schooner Excursions has two boats in their fleet. The first, True Love, can accommodate up to 22 people. During their public sail days, they offer morning, midday, midafternoon, and sunset sails. You can also book their Wine & Wind on the Water tour, a wine tour that features local wineries. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine paired with local Finger Lakes cheeses and hors d’oeuvres. Their second boat, The Remedy, offers eco-tours, history tours, custom sightseeing cruises, and private charters.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

After your Seneca Lake boat tour, return to a gorgeous vacation rental from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We have the best selection of lakefront homes in the region, including many outstanding properties along Seneca Lake. Consider booking Below the Vineyard, an outstanding six-bedroom, four-bathroom property that is positioned on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Amenities include a propane grill, fire bit, a gorgeous deck, and a permanent dock.

Take a look at our full selection of properties and book today! We look forward to having you.

Hot Seller’s Market in the Finger Lakes!

It doesn’t take a senior statistician to identify a hot seller’s market in the Finger Lakes.

The first quarter showed ideal conditions for lakefront homeowners looking to sell their home this year. Between the increase in total sales volume, average sale price, and overall quantity of lakefront homes sold, this is a seller’s utopia.

Complete 2018 Lakefront Sales Report: Quarter One

In addition, the reduction in the average days spent on the market demonstrates the high demand of buyers looking for waterfront homes. With mortgage rates expected to rise significantly in Q3 and Q4, the manifestation of what realtors refer to as ‘buyer’s panic,’ where potential buyers fear they will be priced out if they don’t purchase a home soon, may be a causal agent in this noteworthy decline.

In effect, the Finger Lakes is starting to see pocket listings, where agents tell their friends or officemates about a listing so it can be sold without ever hitting the general market. This strategy has worked exceptionally in Q1 as we’ve seen the Days on Market average plummet from 160 days last year to 102 days in 2018.

In terms of surprising dips in market success, Seneca Lake requires some examination. This dip is unexpected as a continuous rise in sales for Q1 has been reported on Seneca the last couple of years, peaking last year with a 160% increase in overall inventory sold. However, this year only 5 homes have sold as there are only 8 active listings currently on the entire lakefront. The shortage of inventory is so prominent, we’ve had to redirect buyer inquiries, specifically for Seneca Lake, to other lakeside homes. In other words, if you’re an ‘on-the-fence’ homeowner on Seneca Lake, now is the time to list as high buyer demand and low inventory foster a dormant seller’s market.

Finger Lakes Premier Properties is positioned with Lakefront Listing Specialists who know and understand the differences in each lake’s market. Whether your home is on Canandaigua or over on Owasco, our Listing Specialists know your market, towns, and watersheds, and will help you understand when the best time to list your home will be.

If you are interested in an overview of the National Real Estate Market, click here, and when you are ready to list your home, or purchase a new one, give us a call at 888-599-4810 or email Sales@FLPPlake.com.


3 of the Best Things to do During Finger Lakes Romantic Getaways

Is there anything more romantic than relaxing by the water while staying in a gorgeous vacation home with all the best amenities? Vacations are the perfect time for couples to strengthen their bond and spend quality time with the person they love the most in this world. If you’re searching for the perfect destination for a lovely vacation, consider traveling to the Finger Lakes. With beautiful parks, fantastic cultural attractions, world-class wineries, and some of the best food in the country, you’ll have no problem planning Finger Lakes romantic getaways!

We’ve listed some of our favorite things to do on Finger Lakes romantic getaways, but there’s so much more to discover! Download our free Vacation Guide to get our personal recommendations for the best restaurants, wineries, parks, tours, hiking trails, attractions, and more! This is a must-have tool for planning all Finger Lakes weekend getaways. No matter the time of year or the reason for your visit, our Vacation Guide can help you plan the ultimate Finger Lakes stay! Download it today!

What to do on Finger Lakes Romantic Getaways

Explore the Wine Region

The Finger Lakes Wine Region is quickly becoming known as one of the most impressive in the world. Famous for having world-class Rieslings, this region is home to many impressive wine trails, all of which would make for an outstanding day with your loved one. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the best in the area, with over 35 wineries, as well as distilleries, cider producers, breweries, and meanderies, this trail has a little bit of everything. Be sure to check their calendar to see if you can attend one of the fantastic annual events!

If you and your loved one prefer beer, you’re in luck! The Finger Lakes Beer Trail has dozens of fantastic breweries, bars, and brewpubs.

Take a Hike

If you’re looking for some private time with your loved one, there’s nothing better than exploring some of the awesome Finger Lakes hiking trails. Can you imagine anything more romantic than exploring a beautiful gorge trail until you find one of the beautiful Finger Lakes waterfalls? This is a wonderful summertime activity for your and that special someone.

Spend Time on the Water

Another great way to relax during your trip is to spend some quality time on the water. Many of our homes offer non-motorized watercrafts that are available for your use. If you’d prefer to rent a pontoon or another type of motorized vehicle, take a look at our favorite Finger Lakes marinas!

Stay with Finger Lake Premier Properties

The most important part in planning Finger Lakes romantic getaways is finding the perfect rental property! Finger Lakes Premier Properties has the best selection of lakefront properties in the region, each meticulously maintained by our in-house staff. When you book with us, you can feel confident that you’re going to be staying luxury and comfort!

Consider booking The Trottage, our beautiful two-bedroom, one-bathroom lakeside home. Located along the shores of Seneca Lake, this home includes a hot tub, a fully-equipped kitchen, a permanent dock, and two one-person kayaks.

Take a look at our full selection and book today! We look forward to having you.

8 of the Best Spots on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail

Many visitors know that the Finger Lakes is home to some of the best wineries in the world. What may surprise you, however, is that this region also features some incredible breweries. The Finger Lakes Beer Trail is a fantastic way to explore these spots. The trail features the best Finger Lakes breweries, with pre-planned itineraries and great resources on booking your very own beer tour. Find out everything you need to know this attraction!

Are you looking for some awesome Finger Lakes Beer Trail events? Check our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite annual festivals, including wine, beer, and food events. Our Vacation Guide also features our picks for the best local restaurants, museums, historic sites, hiking trails, and more! Plan your trip to the Finger Lakes in no time when you use our free Vacation Guide!

Explore the Finger Lakes Beer Trail

The Finger Lakes Beer Trail website features around one-dozen pre-planned itineraries, all based around different areas of the region. They also list some fun Finger Lakes Beer Trail tours. If you’d like to design your own tour, take a look at our Finger Lakes Tours special! Call S&S Limousines and tell them that Finger Lakes Premier Properties sent you. Now that you’ve decided on transportation, it’s time to pick which wineries you’ll be visiting on your custom tour! We’ve selected our favorite winery from eight of the Finger Lakes below.

Conesus Lake: CB Brewing

CB Craft Brewers, and the attached brewpub called Pint & Goblet Tavern, are both great examples of the innovative New York spirit. Started in 1997, this brewery has grown dramatically and is now one of the biggest in the region.

Honeoye Lake: Irish Mafia Brewing Company

Though the name might sound intimidating, Irish Mafia Brewing Company is a fantastic brewery with a great sense of humor. Carrying both wine flights, wine slushies, a great menu of snacks, and a selection of fantastic beers, you’re sure to have a great time!  

Canandaigua Lake: Young Lion Brewing

Like many craft breweries, Young Lion Brewing started as a passion project among friends. Now, it’s an impressive brewery located at the north end of Canandaigua Lake. Visit their taproom to enjoy some of their newest creations!

Keuka Lake: Abandon Brewery

Located in a reconditioned barn that dates back to the 1800s, Abandon Brewing Company features a great selection of beer in a unique setting. This eco-friendly brewery uses geothermal energy to heat the brewing and fermentation area of the brewery and solar power to provide lighting to one of the buildings.

Seneca Lake: Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Wagner Walley Brewing Company

Okay, we’ll admit it: we couldn’t choose between these two fantastic breweries. Climbing Bines Hop Farm specializes in small-batch, hand-crafted ale and is known for using hopes and barley that is harvested just down the road. Wagner Walley Brewing Company was the first craft brewery on Seneca Lake and features a wide variety of brews. No matter your taste, you’ll find something delicious at Wanger Brewing!

Cayuga Lake: Boathouse Beer Garden & Brewing Company

The Boathouse Beer Garden & Brewing Company celebrates the beauty of the Finger Lakes region and the artistry of the local craftsmen. Enjoy a view of Cayuga Lake or admire the locally crafted boats burnished by the Finger Lakes Boat Museum that are on display.

Owasco Lake: Prison City Pub and Brewery

You don’t have to get locked up to enjoy Prison City Pub and Brewery! They have a wide selection of beers, as well as a fantastic menu of snacks, entrees, and desserts. They even have a kid’s menu, if you’re bringing the little ones along!

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

After your day of exploring the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, return to a wonderful home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We have the best selection of houses in the region, with properties along seven of the Finger Lakes. Plus, with our available specials, there are always great new ways to save on your reservation.

Take a look at our full selection of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.

Home Staging: The Art of Dressing a House for Success

Last week we posted the article, Maximizing Your Property’s Potential with 3 Simple Steps (insert bitlink for Facebook) which gave specific examples of what to clean and repair to ready your home for sale. If you haven’t read the previous editorial, we highly recommend viewing this piece beforehand as it segues into the home staging process.

Unlike hardcore cleaning and maintenance projects which act as a direct reflection of the home, home staging is about illusions. It’s how David Blaine would sell a house. Staging is an art form that makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more inviting and, best of all, makes home buyers want to buy it. Immediately!


Essentials for Professional Home Staging

Professional stagers are highly skilled artists. They possess the skills of a top-level designer and can create a theatrical backdrop that entreats all five senses.

But before getting into the coordination of specific rooms, here are some of the simplest ways you can begin staging today:

Arrange scattered pieces of furniture in an appealing grouping (known as a vignette).

Showcase a lavish usage of soft fabrics such as silk, lamb’s wool, and satin.

Display unusual knickknacks in units of 1, 3 or 5 (more on odd-number pairings below).

Drape window casings with simple lines.

Add distinctive elements to shelving, bookcases and fireplace mantels, which draw attention to prearranged areas.

At Finger Lakes Premier Properties, our staff of trained professionals follow a strict system of procedures and inspections to ensure that each property is prepared for rent or sale. Instead of describing to you the techniques for proper home staging, check out some of our examples below!


Staging Techniques at FLPP:

FLPP Vacation Rental: Hidden Treasure 

It’s pretty simple: Abide by the rule of threes. Things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and prevalent than even-numbered groupings. Three, in general, seems to be the magic number, but 5, 7, or 9 work nicely as well.


Active FLPP Real Estate Listing: 59 Brook Hollow Drive

Active FLPP Real Estate Listing: 59 Brook Hollow Drive

Use what you have: If you have a game room, set it up and make it appealing. Kitchen? Setup a lovely dining area. Not only does this emphasize a family atmosphere paramount for winning over a buyer’s sentiments, it can help distract viewers from less attractive amenities.


The Kitchen: Heart of the Home

Without staging, your home will probably remain on the market for many months, particularly for the kitchen, what professional stagers refer to as the “heart of the home.”

Here are a few tips to really make your kitchen space sparkle:

Apply orange oil to cabinets, renewing them to their original luster.

Arrange colorful and fun cookbooks on the countertops.

As mentioned in the prior section, elegantly style the table as if dinner was on the way.

Put out live plants or large bowls of fruit such as polished apples or oranges.

Active FLPP Real Estate Listing: 170 W Bayard


An Overlooked ‘Make or Break:’ The Bathroom

Yup. Everyone knows what transpires here on a daily basis… but how well you can cloak the acknowledged use of this room can make or break the buyer’s perception of the home. In short, bathrooms should look open, airy and delightful. Obviously, a deep clean is the first step for any bathroom as mentioned in our previous blog, but after that, you’ll want to use some serious dressing techniques to enhance the illusion.

One of the leading tricks is to add baskets filled with spa treatments such as:

Towels, tied with ribbons.

Scented soaps.

Creamy lotions.

Lavish bath rugs.

Moisturizing & facial jars.

Create a theme: A beach theme is a common hit for a bathroom, but make sure to think creatively to avoid something that’s just run-of-the-mill.

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How Much Does a Hired Hand Cost?

We get it, there is a lot in terms of preparation. For families with full-time jobs and kids, the research, strategizing, shopping, and application may not be feasible.

If you’re looking to outsource, prices vary depending on where you live and the local demand for professional home staging. Lakefront and coastal areas where home staging has been prevalent for years commands a higher price point; fees generally range from $500 to $5,000 or more, depending on square footage and the number of rooms.

Instead of outsourcing, we would recommend listing with a Real Estate team like Finger Lakes Premier Properties (FLPP). When you agree to list with our team of lakefront sales specialists, we will stage your home FOR FREE.

And not only will FLPP help revamp your home for sale, every remodeling effort is carefully prepared through the lens of a prospective buyer; this is the perk of utilizing an all-in-one company.


In 2017, FLPP flattened the industry average of days listed on market by 80%. To make ensure all our client’s needs are consistently met in this fashion, FLPP has recently brought on a Marketing Real Estate Coordinator. The resource will help the real estate team capture new homes with aerial footage and apply 3D virtual technology, getting more people to tour homes and sell faster.

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 ext 2.


Where to Find the Best Property Investment Advice

When it comes to property investment advice, it seems like everyone’s got a different perspective. Some people think the best way to make money off such a long-term investment is to go it alone. We happen to believe that a good property management company is the best way to see a return on your investment with as little stress as possible. If you’re searching for the way to turn your investment properties into a regular cash flow, we have the best tips!

Where to Find the Best Property Investment Advice

Property Investment for Beginners

The first step to managing an investment property is buying an investment property to rent. Aside from offering (and managing) a wonderful selection of rental properties to visitors, Finger Lakes Premier Properties also has an inventory of lakefront real estate listings. If you’re looking to buy a property to turn into a rental home in the Finger Lakes region, there’s no better place to start. Contact one of our real estate agents today!

Managing Your Property

Now that you have a rental property investment, it’s time to open the home to guests! But wait: have you thought about how long it takes to advertise a vacation rental? Do you know how you’ll get your property seen by potential visitors? What about insurance and property taxes? Are you prepared to spend eight to ten hours per week solely on advertising and maintaining this property? If the answer to these questions is a resounding “no,” you need the help of qualified property managers. The hospitality industry is a specialized service, and unless you are experienced in this particular area, you’re unlikely to be successful on your own. Plus, this industry is constantly changing. Are you prepared to keep up-to-date on the latest trends while attending to the needs of your guests and maintaining the home?

Join the Team of Rental Owners

When you team up with a management company like Finger Lakes Premier Properties to rent our your family home or investment property, you can rest assured that you will have a team of people standing behind you for your best interest. If a lack of control concerns you, know that the owners still have total control in setting your rental rate, limiting the number of people who can occupy the home, as well as any major maintenance costs. You’ll be able to look at and analyze your rental income each month when you receive our reports, as well as the year-end summary. We will also process all lodging and sales tax owed on your behalf, as well as all credit card fees associated with the rental.

Contact Finger Lakes Premier Properties Today

Are you ready to invest in your future? Take a look at the many resources on our website. We have answered many common questions on our FAQ Page, as well as detailed our in-house housekeeping and maintenance services.

So don’t wait any longer! Contact us today to find out what you need to do to start making a return on your property investment.