Why You Need to Visit the Finger Lakes in January

Need a post-holiday season escape? Plan a trip to the Finger Lakes in January! During the colder months, the Finger Lakes region transforms into a winter wonderland. Some of the lakes freeze over, and snow blankets the ground, making it the perfect backdrop for a winter escape. Spend your days outdoors skiing, snowshoeing, or fishing, then return to your home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties to cozy up for the night. It’s a great time to get deals on locally sourced wines, too!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with information about what to do during your visit to the Finger Lakes region during any time of year! 

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Top 3 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in January 

January is the perfect time of year to plan a quiet escape to the Finger Lakes. During this month, there are fewer crowds, which is perfect for anyone looking to unwind after the stress of the holiday season. Below are a few reasons why we think January is one of the best times to visit the Finger Lakes

1. Shop the Bargain Bash 

Bargain Bash is one of our favorite Finger Lakes winter activities. This annual shopping event takes place for more than a week each January. During that time, local wineries run huge sales on last year’s wine to make room for the new harvest. Luckily, wine only gets better with age! Be sure to swing by participating wineries to snag a bottle (or several!) of your favorite blends.  

Learn more about January events in the Finger Lakes to see what’s happening during your trip! 

2. Ski, Snowshoe, or Fish 

No winter vacation in the Finger Lakes would be complete without an outdoor adventure. From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing to hiking to ice fishing, there’s no shortage of things to do outdoors. Just be sure to pack layers, as the temperatures can get as low as 16°F! Here are our favorite places to go for each outdoor winter activity: 

3. Cozy Up in a Rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties  

Make one of our rentals your homestead during your January trip to the Finger Lakes. We offer a diverse selection of rentals across the Finger Lakes region, so you can find a home in the right location that suits your needs. You can get the best available rates on our Finger Lakes rental homes when you visit during the off-season!  

Browse a full inventory of our rentals to plan your trip to the Finger Lakes in January! 

Want to Know the Best State Parks in the Finger Lakes Region?

Outdoor adventure is a must during your trip to the Finger Lakes. From lounging by one of our area’s beautiful lakes to waterfall hikes, there’s no shortage of wonderful things to do outdoors. No matter what type of outdoor recreation you prefer, you can find it at the best state parks in the Finger Lakes region. Read on to discover what five of our favorite Finger Lakes state parks have to offer! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This resource is filled with local recommendations on what to explore during your trip to our area! 

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Top 4 State Parks in the Finger Lakes Region 

Watkins Glen State Park 

Watkins Glen State Park is the largest in the Finger Lakes region. This state park is located south of Seneca Lake and boasts the famous Gorge Trail. This two-mile route highlights 19 cascading waterfalls and several gorges. Watkins Glen State Park also features other activities like fishing, picnicking, and swimming.  

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Taughannock Falls State Park 

Taughannock Falls State Park is a hiker’s dream destination. This Finger Lakes state park boasts more than five miles of hiking trails that vary in difficulty. The Multi-Use Trail is one of our favorite routes at Taughannock Falls State Park. Depending on the season, you can use this trail for hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing, which makes it perfect for adventurers of all interests!  

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Keuka Lake State Park  

Keuka Lake is one of the most charming areas in the Finger Lakes. This area boasts a beautiful lake surrounded by expansive vineyards. Enjoy scenic views of this area at Keuka Lake State Park! This 621-acre New York state park boasts opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming, and more! 

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Buttermilk Falls State Park 

Buttermilk Falls State Park is one of the best for summertime visitors. Here, you can challenge yourself with a strenuous hike or simply relax in a calm, natural pool. There is an $8 entry fee per vehicle, which gives you access to all the fun things to do inside! 

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Stay Near Your Favorite Finger Lakes State Park 

It’s easy to visit the best state parks in the Finger Lakes region when you book a rental home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We offer a diverse selection of rentals from Conesus to Cayuga for you to choose from. Our rentals are suited for groups of any size and even have first-class amenities like private hot tubs, in-home washers/dryers, and so much more. Best of all, it’s easy to find a home that’s just a short drive from your favorite Finger Lakes state park! 

Browse a full inventory of our rentals to start planning your trip to the best state parks in the Finger Lakes region! 

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