The Scoop on the Best Things to Do Around Canandaigua Lake

Do you have a hankering to get away for a week? We know the feeling! Canandaigua Lake is the perfect place for a vacation, no matter the time of year. There are endless year-round attractions, from skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer. Check out some of our favorite things to do around Canandaigua Lake and find out which rental home is right for you!

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Why Your Family Will Have a Blast at Roseland Waterpark

Are you planning a family vacation with the whole family? Too often, what should be a fun, carefree trip is preceded by weeks of frantic, stressful planning. This is especially true when you are visiting an area for the first time. Finding restaurants, attractions, and entertainment that’s perfect for everyone in your group is no easy challenge. Luckily, the Finger Lakes is home to a wide range of excellent parks, hiking trails, and other fun spots that are sure to please all. If you’re staying near Canandaigua Lake, then Roseland Waterpark is the solution to your planning needs! Discover everything you need to know about it below.

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Visit Roseland Waterpark

Roseland Waterpark is a summer-only attraction located north of Canandaigua Lake. The park is part of the Bristol Mountain family, so you can feel assured that the grounds are going to be well-maintained and there’s plenty of fun to have! It stretches over 56 acres with nine unique rides or games. Whether you’d prefer to spend your day relaxing on the deck or experiencing the twists and turns of the slides, Roseland Waterpark is worth the price of admission! Speaking of, access to the park is just $30.51 per person. There is also a Family Night Special to help you save on your ticket for a group of four on Saturday nights.

Preview the Rides

  • Wave Pool: Catch a wave! This 27,000-square-foot ocean simulator is the park’s most popular ride. You can relax in the shallow end or body surf down the waves (which can reach up to five feet!).
  • Splash Factory: Even the littlest visitors can have fun at Roseland Waterpark. This huge playground is for guests two-feet and shorter. Your kids can enjoy zipping down the slides or playing in the sprinklers.
  • Mammoth Raft Ride: A ride for the whole family! Ride down a raft fit for four kids on this winding path.
  • The Cliff: We hope you’re afraid of heights! The Cliff is the park’s giant slide which features a 65-foot drop. You can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour!
  • The Twister: Don’t get it twisted. If you’re looking for something with more curves and swerves, The Twister is right for you.
  • Adventure River: Sit back and relax on this 600-foot long lazy river.
  • The Screamer: Grab your tube and get ready for the ride of your life!
  • The Tornado: You’re sure to get swept up by the exciting spins of The Tornado.
  • The Hurricane: 300-feet of water and waves are found within this enclosed slide.

Don’t Forget About Roseland Wake Park!

Roseland Wake Park is next to the waterpark and is the first (and only!) cable wake park in the Northeastern United States. The park has a five-tower cable system and a two-tower training cable system. If you don’t know what that means, you’re probably new to wakeboarding. In that case, consider booking one of the park’s private lessons to get a handle on the sport! They also offer a Learn to Ride class that’s great for guests of all ages.

Book Your Summer Stay Today

Are you ready to splash and laugh at Roseland Waterpark? Then book a home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We have an outstanding selection of accommodations on the edge of seven of the 11 lakes. Consider booking Island View, a six-bedroom, four-bathroom house that’s an eight-minute drive from the park! It’s the perfect home for a getaway with the extended family. With a large kitchen and equipped game room, everyone has something to enjoy.

Browse our full inventory and book today! We look forward to having you.

6 Reasons to Sell your Lake House this Spring

Spring signals the awakening of the housing market, especially for buyers looking for lakefront property. If you’re considering selling your lake house, now is the time to list! Here’s why:

1. The Cabin Fever is real. We are just now starting to see the first signs of spring and for many, the only thing that got them through the long, snowy months was the dream of spending sunny days on the lake. Those who spent the winter browsing lakefront listings for inspiration now have the opportunity to get out and see what’s really on the market, especially if they’re coming from out of state. Make sure your home is one of the first ones they see!

2. Average sales prices are up 23%. According to our 2018 Lake Front Real Estate Report, the average sales price for all Finger Lakes increased 23%, with the largest gains occurring on Keuka and Seneca Lakes. It should also be noted that total days on the market are down 10%, meaning lakefront property in the Finger Lakes is selling for more and in less time.

3. It’s a seller’s market. There are far more buyers looking for the lake life than homes on the market, giving an upper hand to the seller in negotiations. It may seem that lakefront property is shielded from fluctuations in the housing market because of affluent buyers, but a recent study found that 55% of prospective vacation rental buyers make under $150k a year. Our advice: sell while the market is strong.

4. Buyers are eager to use their home THIS summer. Listing your lakefront home in the spring gives buyers the appropriate amount of time to tour what’s on the market, make an offer, negotiate, and close with enough time to actually enjoy their new lake house. Summers are so short in upstate New York and buyers want to make good use of their investment. And the sooner you list, the sooner your home will be seen by the thousands of visitors to the Finger Lakes that start pouring in once the weather get warmer.

5. Vacation Rental Potential. Buyers who are looking to purchase your home and make it a vacation rental will want to secure bookings for the summer in order to earn as much income as possible for 2019. Our real estate team provides rental projections for all of our listings, so you might even consider joining our rental program in the future!

6. Spring Cleaning. Chances are you’re going to be cleaning debris from the beach, considering upgrades to the décor, and doing minor repairs around the house this spring. With a minimal extra effort and suggestions from our lakefront real estate specialists, it will be easy to get your home in the ideal condition to sell.


Our real estate team specializes in lakefront home sales, providing you with the top advice, up-to-date market research and years of experience necessary to sell your home to the right buyers and for the right price. Call us today! 844-248-3917

Don’t Miss These Great Spots for Shopping in the Finger Lakes

Whether you’ve forgotten something vital at home or you’re looking for something to do during a rainy day, shopping is a great option all year! The Finger Lakes is home to some fantastic malls scattered all over the region. Check out three of our picks for the best places to go shopping in the Finger Lakes.

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What You’ll See at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum

Big or small, the Finger Lakes Boating Museum has got them all! This is a locally-run institution dedicated to educating the public on the boating heritage of the Finger Lakes. The museum is a perfect example of what makes this region so special. Housed in a historic building near Keuka Lake, the museum has three floors of fascinating exhibits, perfectly preserved vessels, and beautiful murals. Discover why you should add this to your next Finger Lakes getaway, as well as some of the other great museums in the region!

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The Best Ways to Spend a Spring Day in the FLX

Spring is often overlooked as a time to visit the Finger Lakes, but for many travelers it’s the perfect way to cure cabin fever lingering from the long winter months. Plan a wine tour, fishing trip or weekend getaway with fewer crowds, lower rates, and our 3for2 Discounts. Our vacation rentals still feature the same great views and gorgeous sunsets, and are often equipped with cool weather activities, like billiard games and hot tubs.

In addition to spending quality time at your lakeside home, here are some suggested itineraries for your spring stay:

Canandaigua Lake

The Naples area is full of glens and gullies with beautiful waterfalls to experience – the best and easiest to access being in Grimes Glen State Park. Post hike, head into Naples for a tour of the old Witmer Wine Complex, home to Hazlitt’s Red Cat Wine Cellars. Your spring visit should include checking out the Bristol Valley Theater – more information on their Swing into Spring series is coming soon – and stopping at Monica’s Pies for a famous grape pie. Head north for dinner at Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill Winery and enjoy dessert back at the lake house!

Recommended Rentals: Deer View, Glen Hollow

There’s something for everyone in Downtown Canandaigua! Spend all day discovering your new favorite shops and restaurants or plan your spring visit around one of these attractions:

  • Stop and smell the flowers at the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show at Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens. Celebrate the arrival of spring with guided tours, educational talks and family activities. A true history buff will want to continue onto the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum and the Ontario County Historical Society.
  • See what New York Kitchen has going on during your stay. This culinary center is home to a tasting room, restaurant, and food truck and holds events year round, like cooking classes, Beer Bingo, comedy nights and more.
  • Let your favorite wineries come to you! Spend your evening strolling around downtown and sampling local wine and food on the Canandaigua Wine Walk.

Recommended Rental: Sunny Slope

Spring Events on Canandaigua Lake:  Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain, Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show, Canandaigua Wine Walk


Cayuga Lake
North

A day of hiking and bird watching at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is naturally followed by a spirit tasting at Hidden Marsh Distillery at Montezuma Winery. Bring home a bottle of your favorite to make craft cocktails next to the lake.

Recommended Rental: Lakeside Getaway

Experience the real “Bedford Falls” – Seneca Falls is dedicated to being the inspiration for Its A Wonderful Life. This small town is also home to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and countless museums and historic landmarks. Take a sunset walk along the canal and end the evening with small plates at 84 Fall.

Recommended Rental: Stonepoint

Many Cayuga Lake Wine Trail stops are clustered at the northern end of the lake – take a whole day and try them all, from Swedish Hill to Thirsty Owl. For the craft beer fan, there’s Fleur de Lis Brew Works, a French inspired beer parlor, and further south, Lost Kingdom Brewery and Firehouse Distillery, which has an actual firetruck mounted to the wall – the perfect spot for a group photo!

Recommended Rental: Blue Heron Lodge


Cayuga Lake
South

A hike to the iconic waterfall at Taughannock Falls State Park is a must for any Cayuga Lake stay. While near the town of Trumansburg, stop into Americana Vineyards and Bacchus Brewing for tastings or lunch at the Crystal Lake Cafe. Schedule your stay during Maple Weekend at Wellspring Forest Farm to take a sugar bush tour and taste local sap and syrup made right on the farm while enjoying live music and food.

Recommended Rental: Camp Lotta Bull

Ithaca is a city like no other. Be sure to check out the Ithaca Farmers Market in the morning, then hike the roaring spring rapids of Buttermilk Falls. Head across the street to Ithaca Beer Co. for pub fare and tasty brews or over to the Commons for a unique shopping and dining experience.

Recommended Rentals: Lakeview Landing, The Lily Pad

If you’re staying on the East side of Cayuga Lake, be sure to check out the village of Aurora, home to Mackenzie-Childs – take a tour of the Farmhouse and shop their collection of eclectic home décor. Get lunch at the Fargo Bar & Grill, then head up to Long Point Winery and Aurora Ale & Lager Co. for libations. End your day at Treleaven Winery for their Barrel Room Music Series or Trivia Nights – they’re open much later than the average Finger Lakes winery.

Recommended Rental: Aurora Escape

Spring Travel Tip: April and May offer the perfect conditions to fish for Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and northern pike on Cayuga Lake and its tributaries.

Spring Events on Cayuga Lake:   Bacon on the Lakein, Wine & Herb Festival, Maple Fest


Honeoye Lake

A day trip along Route 20A will bring you to Golden Oak Alpaca Farm and Store for local goods and alpaca products, Wizards of Clay for handmade artisan pottery, then land you at Noble Shepherd’s Brewery for local craft beer tastings and live music every Saturday night.

Recommended Rental: Riesling Rod & Reel

Start your Sunday with the ultimate Bloody Mary from The Honeoye Boathouse Grill. This over-the-top cocktail comes complete with a giant lobster tail and half a cheeseburger! Walk off brunch with a spring hike through Harriet Hollister Spencer State Park, offering the most breathtaking and instagrammable views of Honeoye Lake.

Recommended Rentals: Heart of Honeoye, Good Vibe Getaway

Spring events on Honeoye Lake:   Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain


Keuka Lake

Penn Yan is clad with modern amenities and old world charm. Start your day with breakfast at the Penn Yan Diner followed by a tour of the historic Oliver House Museum. Take a stroll through Downtown and shop stores stocked with locally crafted goods, like Staving Artist Woodwork – they use the staving from wine barrels to create home décor and furniture that is uniquely Finger Lakes. Travel just outside the town’s limits for a tasting at Abandon Brewing. Take in unobstructed views of Keuka Lake for as far as the eyes can see while the trees are just starting to bud.

Recommended Rentals: At The Lake, Maya’s Place, Crooked Lake Lodge

A day trip to Hammondsport, the “Coolest Small Town in America,” is a must this spring. Venture out to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum and Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum before stopping into the Brewery of Broken Dreams for a tasting. If you prefer wine, no worries! Nearby wineries include Bully Hill Vineyards, Heron Hill Winery and Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars. Stop into Crooked Lake Creamery for a sweet treat mid-day.

Recommended Rental: Pinot Point

Spring Travel Tip: Travel by boat once OnKeuka Water Taxi starts their Spring 2019 season!

Spring Events on Keuka Lake:  Keuka in Bloom, Tapas & Wine Weekend


Seneca Lake
North

Go fishing! Geneva is the “Lake Trout Capital of the World” and host to the National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake – plan your stay in May to get in on the action. For excellent fishing anytime this spring, cast off the dock of your lakeside rental or charter a fishing boat for the day with an experienced guide.

Recommended Rental: Sunrise on Harmony

Take a day to explore walkable downtown Geneva – stop into the quirky shops that line the streets, see what’s happening at Smith Opera House, or taste your way through the diverse dining options, from English-American Beef and Brew to The Elephant Thai restaurant. Walk to downtown breweries, like Lake Drum and Twisted Rail, then cross the street and watch the sunset over Seneca Lake at the newly reconstructed waterfront park. The lake view goes on for miles!

Recommended Rental: Lake Orchard View

You can make a day out of tasting at the northernmost Seneca Lakes wineries, including Three Brothers Estates, Zugibe Vineyards, Ravines Wine Cellars, and White Springs Winery, to name a few. Make Ventosa Vineyards your final Sunday stop for live music, crispy oven-baked pizza and gorgeous views from their Tuscan villa style patio.

Recommended Rental: Heron House


Seneca Lake
South

Watkins Glen State Park is worth seeing in any season. Water levels may be higher than usual due to winter snow melt, creating more intense cascading waterfalls. Don’t miss the Spring Run of Rainbow Trout on Catherine Creek this spring for some of the best fishing of the year! Spend the rest of your day in downtown Watkins Glen – pick up locally roasted coffee for the morning from Seneca Sunrise Coffee or stop into Babcha’s Pierogies, a hidden gem serving meals you swear were cooked by your grandma!

Recommended Rental: SailWinds

Stretch your legs and dirty some paws with a spring hike through Finger Lakes National Forest. Nearby is a pocket of some of the Finger Lake’s best breweries – Lucky Hare, Two Goats, Grist Iron, and Scale House Brewing, all within minutes of each other and each with their own stunning views of Seneca Lake. Best of all, many of these places welcome your furry friends!

Recommended Rental: Absolutely Shore

Just west of Watkins Glen sits a 175-acre Farm Sanctuary. Opening back up in May, you can take guided tours and spend the day with happy, healthy farm animals. They also offer helpful resources for cruelty free dining during your stay.

Recommended Rental: FairWinds

Spring Travel Tip: Available through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, the Polar Passport and Wine Weekday passports allow to explore wine country during the off-season without breaking the bank. Learn more!

Spring events on Seneca Lake:  Seneca 7’s, Pasta and Wine Weekend, Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend, National Lake Trout Derby, Spring Run of Rainbow Trout


For more recommendations and a complete list of all there is do in the Finger Lakes this spring, contact our local vacation planners.

Where to Find the Best Finger Lakes Paddleboard Rentals

The newest water sport to hit the Finger Lakes region is stand-up paddleboarding! This low-impact activity is well-suited towards a broad range of skill sets and allows visitors to explore these gorgeous lakes easily. In between exploring the local wine trails and visiting some of the outstanding state parks, why not get out on the water for some scenic fun! The first step is to get your equipment. There are some fantastic Finger Lakes paddleboard rental facilities nearby. However, we know an easy trick to get use of a paddleboard for no extra cost! Find out all the details below.

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