4 Finger Lakes Fall Festivals You Can’t Miss

One of the most beautiful destinations in all of New York state during the fall months is the Finger Lakes region. The leaves turn bright colors, the air gets crisper, and the wine gets even tastier! Escape the city, and head to wine country to experience the ultimate Finger Lakes fall festivals

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These Are the Best Finger Lakes Fall Festivals 

1. Oktoberfest in the Finger Lakes 

Oktoberfest is always a fun time for beer-fanatics around the world. But did you know you can celebrate the famous 2-week long German Festival right here in the Finger Lakes? 

You can celebrate Oktoberfest by jamming to traditional German-American live music and enjoying local food, wine, & beer at Deer Run Winery in Geneseo, NY. Or, you can check out the Annual German Festival in September at Lucas Vineyards

2. Naples Grape Festival 

There’s no better way to start off the fall season than with a trip to the popular Naples Grape Festival at the southern tip of Canandaigua Lake. Every September, you can visit the beautiful town of Naples to celebrate the grape harvest, local artists, food, and wine. 

Think you can bake? This family-friendly fall festival offers the perfect opportunity for you. Enter the Naples Grape Pie Contest for a unique-to-the-Finger-Lakes experience! Name a better Finger Lakes wine pairing than vino and pie made from local grapes! 

3. Finger Lakes Beer Festival 

/October will speed by before you know it, but don’t let that happen without planning a fall trip for Finger Lakes Beer Festival Weekend! Get your tickets to the festival and enjoy more than 40 New York state breweries, distilleries, and cideries at Watkins Glen International. 

And, if you’re feeling competitive, test your hand at corn-hole with the ultimate 32-team cornhole tournament and stein holding competition! 

4. Finger Lakes Farmers Markets 

Who doesn’t love a good farmers market? Luckily, there are several awesome farmers markets throughout the Finger Lakes. Some that you should check out this fall include the Canandaigua Farmers Market for a great selection of local meats, cheeses, pickles, sauces, fruits, and vegetables! You can visit this farmers market on Saturdays between June and October 

Ithaca Farmers Market is one of the biggest in the game! If you stay near the shores of Cayuga Lake, make a stop here for delicious eats from local farmers and chefs! 

Fall Foliage in the Finger Lakes

The first two weeks of October are prime leaf-peeping season around the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes, and you can’t miss this short-lived, vibrant time period. You’ll find some of the most colorful treetops in the nation right here on the FLX. 

If you decide to make the ultimate fall foliage getaway, we recommend viewing it from Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Keuka Lake, or high above the trees in the chair lift at the Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides. 

Fall for these Beautiful Lake Rentals! 

Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers the most stunning vacation rentals surrounding six out of the 11 Finger Lakes! Get a small group together or gather the entire family for a reunion on the lake in one of our rentals on Canandaigua, Cayuga, Conesus, Honeoye, Keuka, or Seneca Lake. 

It’s easy to find the perfect rental near your favorite fall festival because you can narrow down your search by location, amenities, or size. Hurry, and get started on planning your fall getaway before the leaves start turning! 

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6 of the Best Places to Find Finger Lakes Hiking Trails

Are you looking for the best day hikes in the Finger Lakes? You’re in luck! There are plenty of fantastic trails to explore through the region. From the gorge trails that weave you through streams and rivers to beautiful lakefront trails featuring gorgeous views, there’s always a good reason to lace up your boots. Enjoy a day of Finger Lakes hiking during your visit! 

We’ve listed some of our favorite Finger Lakes hiking trails, but there’s plenty more to discover! request our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of local parks and trails! You’ll also get our picks for the best restaurants, wineries, breweries, and more. Never go hiking on an empty stomach! Plan your trip in no time when you use our free Vacation Guide.

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Enjoy the Best of Finger Lakes Hiking Trails

1. Finger Lakes Trail System 

Explore a network of trails known as the Finger Lakes Trail System (FLT). A non-profit, Finger Lakes Trail Conference administers the FLT, a continuous footpath that crosses New York State. Hike the main trails leading to many different branch trails like the Bristol Hills Trail. 

Where does the Finger Lakes Trail Run Through? 

The 950-mile trail runs from the Pennsylvania and New York border in Allegany State Park to Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve on public and private land, crossing sections of land from around 700 private landowners! 

Make sure to check the trail conditions before starting your adventures. FLTC’s interactive maps will help you make your way across the Finger Lakes. 

2. North Country National Scenic Trail 

The North Country Trail (NCT) also runs through the Finger Lakes region. The National Park Service runs the NCT that goes through Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. 

Fun fact: This one is the longest of the Congress-authorized National Scenic Trails at 3,129 miles! 

3. Finger Lakes National Forest 

Nestled between Cayuga and Seneca Lake is the Finger Lakes National Forest. This is the state’s only national forest and features a wide range of natural features, including open land, gorges, and woodlands. In total, there are over 30 miles of hiking trails. Don’t be surprised if you see a free-ranging cow or two during your visit! The forestland provides some fantastic grasslands for livestock. 

New York State Parks 

4. Seneca Lake State Park 

For a relaxing, lakefront stroll, explore the famous Seneca Lake State Park hiking trail! The Geneva Lakefront Trail is located in the park and named after the town in which it’s located, is just over four miles long and good for all skill levels. Since the trail surrounds Seneca Lake, it’s best hiked from February until October. 

5. Watkins Glen State Park 

For some incredible Finger Lakes hiking with waterfall views, visit Watkins Glen State Park. This is an immensely popular park in the area and was even nominated in the USA Today Readers’ Choice Poll for Best State Park in the country. Located at the southernmost tip of Seneca Lake, the trails at Watkins Glen State Park wind through beautiful stone staircases, bridges, and tunnels. This is one of the premier destinations for Finger Lakes gorge trails. 

6. Taughannock Falls State Park 

Did you know you can take a trail that leads to the biggest gorge in Ithaca, NY? Plus, it gets better. The waterfall at Taughannock Falls State Park is taller than Niagara Falls, and is actually the tallest waterfall in New York! 

Kick Your Feet Up and Relax With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

After your day of exploring the best Finger Lakes hiking trails, return to a gorgeous home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We have the most incredible selection of properties on seven of the 11 lakes. We offer a large selection of small or large Finger Lakes vacation rentals to accommodate you after a long day of hiking with top-notch amenities so that you can do relaxing activities like soaking in a hot tub with a captivating mountain view!

Are you ready to book? Browse through our full catalog of properties and reserve your home today! We look forward to having you. 

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Use Our Packing Checklist To Make The Most Of Your Vacation

When planning a trip to the Finger Lakes and staying in a vacation rental its hard to know what you need to bring because each rental is so different from the other. Click below to download our packing checklist to help guide you when packing for your stay at a FLPP rental. This list will ensure you have everything you will need for your upcoming stay in the Finger Lakes!

Finger Lakes Premier Properties FAQ’s
  • Do you provide coffee filters for the coffee pot or Keurig in the rental? – No, you need to bring coffee filters for whatever kind of coffee machine is in the kitchen. Please refer to the photos or amenities section on your rental property page on our website so you know which kind you need to bring.
  • When is check-in and check-out time? – Summer (April – September) check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 10:00 am. – Spring, Fall, Winter (October – March) check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.
  • Are linens provided with my rental? – Sheets, pillow cases, and a comforter are provided for all beds in the home. In addition, 1 set of towels is provided for the number of occupants allowed to stay in this home. If you use more than 1 towel when you shower please bring another. Beach towels are not provided, please bring these with you as well

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