3 of the Best Finger Lakes Beaches

What’s more summery than laying out on the shore with the warm sun shining on you and the sound of the water in your ears? This year, spend your vacation on the beaches of the Finger Lakes! This region is home to some of the country’s most gorgeous stretches of shoreline. Imagine fishing in the surf or swimming in the waters of one of these pristine lakes. Your family will thank you for booking your next getaway with Finger Lakes Premier Properties! Discover where to find the best public beaches, as well as how you can book a vacation rental with its very own private beach!

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Q1 Lakefront Real Estate Report

Advise for lakefront buying and selling in the Finger Lakes

It’s here! Download our full report to see how the lakefront real estate market performed during the first quarter of 2019.

What you need to know

It continues to be a seller’s market. A decrease in the number of homes sold and an increase overall in average sale price means that supply is not meeting lakefront buyer demand. Lakefront homes on average are also spending less time on the market – our average is only 8.6 days!

If you’re on the fence about listing your lakefront home, spring is the perfect time to test the waters. Contact our Real Estate Team today for a free assessment of your home! (844) 464-0949

First Quarter 2019 Lakefront Real Estate Report | Finger Lakes

Our Real Estate Experts explain:

“Every lake that we work is down in overall volume of sales, many of the lakes by very large volumes. Less homes are selling on the lake, because less homes are on the market. The average sale price on the majority of the lakes is way up as well, while the days on market continue to go down. Very strong seller’s market right now.”

Cynthia Emerling, Director of Listing Services

“It’s all about being prepared. First, make sure you have your pre-approval letter ready. Then, get on our buyers list, receive our emails, and make sure you’re ready to move quickly on new listings. When we know exactly what you’re looking for, we can be agile – even preview houses before they hit the market. There’s a lot we can do to get you into your lake house for summer!”

Dave Lucchesi, Buyer Specialist

Exciting Announcement!

After tabulating the first quarter lakefront real estate sales on the Finger Lakes, it looks like Finger Lakes Premier Properties ranks #1 in total sales volume! Not only were our sales 5.4% higher than our second place competitor, but we earned the first place spot for lakefront purchasing sales on both Canandaigua and Cayuga Lake.

Why You Should Visit the Award-Winning Fox Run Vineyards

With so many wineries scattered across the Finger Lakes region, it can seem impossible to select just a few to visit. You could tour one of the local wine trails, or you could pick and choose to create your custom adventure. No matter which you choose, though, make sure that Fox Run Vineyards is part of your itinerary. This family-owned vineyard and winery is a cornerstone of the Finger Lakes wine region. Learn all about it below, as well as where to purchase a rental home to stay close to the action!

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Get Our Guide to Spending Summer in the Finger Lakes

Some visitors only think of the Finger Lakes as a ski region. Who can blame them? It is home to some of the best ski resorts in the country, and our lake-effect snow helps to create the perfect conditions for a winter adventure. However, there’s so much more to this region than just skiing. During the warm months, this area transforms into an excellent destination for family getaways. If you’re deciding when to go to the Finger Lakes, consider visiting during the hottest months of the year! Get a sneak peek of the best things to do and how you can create the best itinerary for your vacation to the Finger Lakes in the summer!

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4th of July Events in the Finger Lakes


Conesus | Honeoye | Canandaigua | Keuka | Seneca | Cayuga | Owasco

4th of July Events in the Finger Lakes!

Every town across America celebrates Independence Day with BBQ’s, parades, and fireworks. Here in the Finger Lakes, you can get all of that and then some. Our region is booming with 4th of July fantastic events to enhance your vacation at the lake! Check out some of our local favorites below then reserve your vacation rental today!

Book your July 4th home at the best rate by calling our local vacation planners at (855) 629-1625.

Conesus Lake – July 3rd 10:00 pm lake residents set up road flares along the beach for the ring of fire. Free fireworks display at the north end of the lake at dusk.


Honeoye Lake – Fireworks on July 3rd from Sandy Bottom Beach Park at the North end of the lake at dark.


Canandaigua Lake 

  • 10:00 AM Parade on Main Street – Parade will go south on Main Street from the County Court House to Lakeshore Drive on July 4th.
  • 3:00 PM Community Picnic at Kershaw Park – Live Music begins at 6:00 PM in the gazebo on July 4th.
  • 9:45 PM Fireworks at Kershaw Park (North end of the lake) on July 4th.

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Keuka Lake  

  • Fly-in/drive-in breakfast on July 4th – details below!
  • July 4th Red, White, and Blue 5k Run at 7:00 am at Branchport United Methodist Church.
  • Branchport Fire Department Chicken BBQ at 12:00 pm on July 4th.
  • Branchport Parade at 2:00 pm on July 4th Starts at Camp Good Days, ends at the Finger Lakes Museum ( Old Branchport Elementary School).
  • Boat Parade starts at the Branchport end of the lake on July 5th at 8:45 pm – it will head south along the west branch for an hour then cut over to the East Bluff and head back.
  • Fireworks at 10:00 pm in Branchport on July 4th.
  • July 4th – 6th Fireman’s Carnival in Hammondsport.
  • Fireworks on Saturday, July 6th at 10:00 pm in Hammondsport.
  • The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 4th.
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Annual Bake Sale from 9:00 am until its all gone on July 4th at the 4 corners in Branchport.

The Fly-in Breakfast – Celebrate the 4th like a local!
2487 Bath Road, CR-17, Penn Yan, NY 14527 

Join in on the annual July 4th Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast at the Penn Yan Airport in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country. This is one of the longest continuing and largest breakfasts anywhere in the country. Located at the Penn Yan Airport overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake.

  • Serving from 6:30 am to 11:30 am.
  • Breakfast – Adults $10, children $5
  • Scenic airplane and helicopter rides for purchase.
  • Static airplane displays.
  • Musical entertainment by the Dundee Steel Drum Band.
  • Jet Blue Round Trip Airfare Raffle.

For questions please call: (607) 292-6485

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Seneca Lake 

  • Carnival – July 3rd Geneva American Legion – gates open at 6:00 pm.
  • Firework Show – July 3rd Geneva American Legion at 10:00 pm.
  • Fireworks Friday, July 5th in Watkins Glen at Clute Park at 9:30 pm.

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Cayuga Lake Fireworks    

  • Fireworks Celebration on July 3rd – 6:00 pm at Stewart Park with food, entertainment, and activities.
  • Fireworks – Stewart Park at 9:30 pm on July 3rd (Rain date July 5th).
  • Myers Park – Fireworks on June 29th at 9:30 pm.
  • Americana Vineyards Birthday BBQ Bash 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm on July 6th finishing with fireworks at 10:00 pm.
  • July 4th Celebration – Vine’s Park-Corner of 318 and 5&20 beginning at 4:00 pm-food, games and fun for all, finishing with fireworks at dark.

Americana Vineyards 4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash!

July 6th – 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Pack up family & friends and join Americana Vineyards for the biggest party of the summer!  Great food, drink, music and fun all day, topped off by a full-blown fireworks finale at 10:00 pm! Admission $5 adults, kids under 13 free!

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Owasco Lake – Sunday, July 3rd at Emerson Park at the North end of the lake. Featuring 8:00 pm concert and then fireworks starting at dusk. Parking at the park is $5.00 per car.

Why You Should Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Finger Lakes

Celebrate the birth of the United States in one of this country’s most beautiful regions! If you’re hoping for a fantastic Independence Day getaway, the Finger Lakes is the perfect place to go. You won’t have trouble planning your vacation with so many fun and exciting events that are perfect for the whole family. Preview some of the best Fourth of July events in the Finger Lakes below and book your next trip today!

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Our favorite spring fishing spots

The Finger Lakes are known for excellent fishing in every season. During the spring, however, they are host to abundant stocks of lake and rainbow trout that draw amateur fishermen and experienced anglers alike to the region. Whether you charter a boat or cast off the dock of your vacation rental, we’ll bet you’ll reel in something, but for next level fishing, we recommend the following spots:

Catharine Creek

This tributary of Seneca Lake empties into Seneca Lake through Watkins Glen and is best known for the run of wild rainbow trout it sees every year. Anglers target these spawn runs in the spring, but also return in the fall for brown trout and Atlantic salmon.

Naples, NY

For Canandaigua Lake fishing in the spring, it’s recommended to cast your line at the southern end of the lake and catch the spring spawn run of rainbow trout. A stay in Naples will put you right where the action is! Trek up Naples Creek or West River for great fishing along the banks.

Geneva, NY

Geneva is the “Lake Trout Capital of the World” and host to the National Lake Trout Derby every year over Memorial Day weekend. Cast off the end of the pier at the Waterfront Park in downtown or find somewhere a little more secluded in Seneca Lake State Park.

Cayuga Inlet

In this stream near Ithaca, NY, it’s not unlikely that you’ll see huge rainbow trout leaping from the water on opening day. Cayuga Inlet is a major spawning tributary for Cayuga Lake and remains a popular destination for anglers hoping to hook one of these 4-10 lb. fish.

For a complete guide to fishing on your favorite Finger Lake, visit the DEC website.