Finger Lakes Pet-Friendly Attractions to Fetch on Your Lake Vacation

Our pets are our family.  So when we take a family vacation, why wouldn’t your furry friend come along? Bring Fido to your next vacation on the lake and treat yourself and your four-legged friends to a variety of Finger Lakes pet-friendly attractions that include an abundance of walks, time spent in the great outdoors, treats, belly rubs, and more. 

And after Spot gets tired, take a glance at our free Vacation Guide for more family-friendly fun, including the best restaurants, museums, outdoor activities, and shopping in the Finger Lakes region. 

Finger Lakes Pet-Friendly Activities to Bark About 

Pet-Friendly Breweries and Wineries in the Finger Lakes to Lap Up a Drink 

Are all of the Finger Lakes Wineries and Breweries pet-friendly? 

No, but many of them are! The best way to find out which ones are pet-friendly is by visiting the wine trail websites below for details. 

Finger Lakes Wine Country is known for its delicious local wines. So, we highly recommend you explore the long list of Finger Lakes wine options, including wine cellars, tasting rooms, vineyards, and beautiful outdoor dining options. One option you may enjoy is Miles Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake! 

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Outdoor Things to Do With Dogs in the Finger Lakes 

Can we take our dogs on hiking trails? 

We would love that and think they would too! State parks are abundant in our part of New York state. From dog-friendly hiking trails leading to gorgeous scenic destinations, waterfalls, and other landmarks to wag-worthy dog parks, we recommend that you take your pup for an adventurous hike around the Finger Lakes. 

What are some of the best dog-friendly things to do in the Finger Lakes? 

  • The Windmill Farm and Craft Market 
  • TLC Blueberry Farm, Barton 
  • The Finger Lakes Museum 
  • Montezuma Wildlife Refuge 
  • Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum 
  • Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes 
  • Lakeside Dog Park – Located in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, this dog park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk all year-round. The park is home to two sections (“All Dogs” and “Small Dogs”) and a doggy playground with tunnels and agility equipment that will keep your pup active.  
  • Seneca Farms – Head over for a puppy cone on a hot summer’s day! 

Pet-Friendly Rentals FAQ 

Does pet-friendly mean cats are welcome? 

Typically, “pet-friendly” equates to “dog-friendly.” Unless a listing mentions cats by name, it should not be taken for granted that felines are welcome. 

What sizes of dogs are allowed? And how many dogs are allowed? 

Make sure you read each property listing carefully before booking.  Call our Reservations Department (888) 414-5253 for information on the specific property you are interested in if you do not already see it listed on the property page. 

What do I need on vacation when bringing a pet? 

It is your responsibility to have all the essentials you will need for your pet. The property may or may not have pet items, so come prepared. Some of the things we recommend when you visit include: 

  • Bed/kennel 
  • Food & treats 
  • Bowls for food & water 
  • Toys (including water toys/fetch toys) 
  • Leash 
  • Collar with proper and up to date ID tags 
  • Waste pick-up bags 
  • Bottled water or water from home 
  • Extra flea & tick protection 
  • Towels & shampoo 
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The Best Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals in the Finger Lakes 

We want the best experience for you and your pup. That’s why we offer the best dog-friendly vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. With more than 90 pet-friendly vacation rentals to choose from, your pup will have the best vacation in a wag-worthy lake house. Plus, it will be so excited to receive a doggie bag with a complimentary tennis ball, dog treats, waste bags, and pet wipes for a comfortable stay. 

With a bit of forethought, you and your K-9 kid can have a fabulous time in one of the most gorgeous areas of New York. Browse our pet-friendly inventory below. 

Pet-Friendly Rentals 

*Enjoy peace of mind knowing there are keyless check-ins to your private rental, professional housekeeping in between each reservation by our trained housekeeping team, professionally cleaned linens at our operations facility, and the security of a local 24/7 manager on duty. 

Take a Bite Out of the Best Finger Lakes Restaurants

One of the best parts about going on vacation is trying out all the best local dishes. After all, calories don’t count on vacation! If you’re getting ready to go on a foodie trip around New York, you have to try some of the best Finger Lakes restaurants in the region! There are countless restaurants in the Finger Lakes of NY that offer impeccable dining experiences, great food, award-winning New York wines, live music, fresh local produce, and beautiful vineyard views. 

And, for more fun around the Finger Lakes region, make sure to request access to our exclusive Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. We’ve put together an extensive list of restaurants, outdoor recreation, museums, and shops so that you can plan your next NY foodie getaway with ease! 

Finger Lakes Restaurants You Need to Try Right Now 

Dining For a Special Occasion in the Finger Lakes 

FLX Table 

Gather the whole family or all your best friends for an elegant and fun dining experience at FLX Table. They can seat 12 people at a large dining table, where you’ll try a three-to-five-course dinner, a wide selection of local beers and Finger Lakes wines, and a unique farm-to-table experience. 

Seneca Lake Restaurants & Wine Trail 

Glenora Wine Cellars 

You can’t visit wine country without making a few stops on some of the Finger Lakes Wine Trails. Some of the best places to enjoy a glass of wine and some comfort food with the girls are on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Glenora Wine Cellars offer top-notch meats, produce, and cheese from local farms. This awesome Finger Lakes Winery even pickles and preserves their own fruits and vegetables! 

FLX Wienery 

Near Watkins Glen and Geneva, you’ll find an all-American classic restaurant called FLX Wienery in Dundee, NY. When traveling through the iconic Finger Lakes wine region, make a stop for one of their artisanal, high-quality brats, chorizo, Italian sausages, burgers, or fries! And then top it all off with a spiked shake. 

Stonecat Café 

How do fresh ingredients, top-notch Finger Lakes cuisine, accompanied by great live music sound? Stonecat Café in Hector, New York, is perfect for just that. Between 5 and 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, you can treat yourself to full-service indoor or outdoor dining in the Finger Lakes with fabulous meal options like mushroom and spinach risotto or grass-fed NY strip steak. 

Finger Lakes Restaurants on the Water 

  • Cove Restaurant Bar 
  • Lancellotti’s Dining Room and Parlor Bar 
  • Ports Café 
  • Rose Tavern 
  • Vonnie’s Boathouse Bar and Grille 

Outdoor Dining in the Finger Lakes 

  • Top of the Lake 
  • 1833 Kitchen & Bar at Aurora Inn 
  • Stonecutter’s Tavern at Belhurst Castle 
  • The Waterfront 
  • Village Marina 
  • Sapalta 

Stay Near the Best Food in the Finger Lakes of New York 

Luckily, for all the foodies out there, Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers the best vacation rentals all throughout the Finger Lakes region, with lakefront rentals on several incredible lakes, including Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Conesus Lake. 

Stay close to all of the best restaurants in the Finger Lakes of New York, or scope out the nearby farmers markets for fresh local produce, so that you can whip up a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen of your vacation home. 

Check our availability and plan the ultimate foodie getaway in Upstate New York today! 

Top 10 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in the Fall

What’s your favorite season? If you love cool weather, pumpkin spice, and cozy sweaters, then fall is likely your favorite time of year. This season is a great relief from the summer heat and boasts some great things to do. Thinking about visiting the Finger Lakes in the fall? Let us help you plan with the family-friendly recommendations below. For more vacation inspiration, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide! It’s filled with local insight into how to explore our area during each season!  

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Everything You Need to Know About the Finger Lakes in the Fall

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the fall activities in the Finger Lakes may be adjusted or canceled to meet social distancing guidelines. We appreciate your understanding during this time!  

1. Fall Foliage  

The first two weeks of October are the peak time for leaf-peeping in the Finger Lakes region of New York. You can enjoy the Finger Lakes fall foliage from the dock of your lakeside home on Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, or Keuka Lake. 

The chair lift at Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides is one of our favorite leaf-peeping experiences. While you’re there, you can take it to the next level by coasting through the trees on the zip line at their Aerial Adventures Park!   

2. Scenic Drives  

Explore more of our region of New York with a Finger Lakes scenic driveRoute 14S is one of our favorites! This scenic drive winds through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Watkins Glen State Park. Both destinations are especially beautiful in the fall!   

3. U-Pick Farms   

Nothing says “autumn” quite like the taste of a freshly baked apple pie or a spiced hot toddy. Get an unbelievably fresh taste of the flavors of fall with a u-pick experience in the Finger Lakes. 

Our area is home to several orchards and farms that are great for local apple, grape, and pumpkin picking. 

4. Hiking Trails   

There’s no better time to explore the Finger Lakes by foot than on a crisp fall day. From picturesque gorges and waterfalls like those at Watkins Glen State Park to the gradual hiking trails of the Cummings Nature Center along Canandaigua Lake, there are trails to suit hikers of all skill levels. Along the way, take in the beautiful views of bright orange and yellow fall foliage!  

5. Wine & Grape Harvest   

Fall is one of the best seasons to visit the Finger Lakes Wine Country. With more than 100 wineries throughout the region, you can taste a variety of award-winning wines during their peak harvest season. The grape harvest typically begins in the first week of September and lasts through the end of October as the different varieties ripen.   

6. Naples Grape Festival and Other Fall Festivals 

Located at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake, the town of Naples hosts an annual festival that celebrates the local grape harvest at the end of September. The Naples Grape Festival features live music, wine tasting, vendors, and, of course, a myriad of local grape fare. Enjoy this delicious event to kick-start the fall season! 

Naples Grape Fest is just one of several big annual fall events in the Finger Lakes. Some others you might consider attending are Oktoberfest at Deer Run Winery, Finger Lakes Beer Festival, or a few of the farmers markets

7. Corning Museum of Glass    

There are a variety of museums to explore throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York. For the fall season, be sure to visit the Corning Museum of Glass for their glass harvest and glass pumpkin blowing events.  

8. Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches   

Pumpkin patches aren’t just for the little ones. Make a race out of a corn maze or see who can carve the best pumpkin for some fun off-lake activities during your fall stay. Many local markets now offer local wine and craft beers for a delicious fall pairing!  

9. Haunted History Trail of New York State  

The Finger Lakes has a long history of tales from the beyond. Fall is the perfect opportunity to get spooked by the history of the region. Here are a few of our favorite places to snag a scare:  

  • Haunted History Trail of New York State   
  • Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens  
  • Bristol Mountain’s Aerial Adventures   

10. Make Yourself at Home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties   

Need a place to stay in the Finger Lakes in the fall? Look no further than Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We offer a diverse portfolio of rental homes across the Finger Lakes region. With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home to fit your vacation style.   

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rental homes to start planning your trip! 

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “When is the best time to visit the Finger Lakes?” The answer is, of course, right now! The Finger Lakes is one of the best vacation destinations in the United States no matter the time of year. From the snowy winters to the warm summers, there are endless opportunities for fun in every season.  

For even more help planning your trip, request our free Vacation Guide! It contains our recommendations for the best of the Finger Lakes. From wineries and restaurants to hiking trails and boat rentals, you’ll find everything you need to plan the ultimate Upstate New York getaway! 

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

Although anytime is a great time to come, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is late spring through summer, or May through September. It’s an outdoor wonderland, full of recreational activities and water sports for any adventure lover! 

But, if you’re pinching pennies, you should avoid the summer months. Prices may go up between June and August when the kids are out of school. Plus, local attractions may be a little crowded during the summertime as well. 

Another thing to consider: thousands of tourists flock to the Finger Lakes region in the fall, too. Keep reading and we’ll explain why in a moment.  

Why Every Season Has Its Pros 

Spend Spring in the Finger Lakes 

Spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and tons of great wine and food events in the Finger Lakes! 

From the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Bacon on the Lakein to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Pasta & Wine Weekend, there are so many excellent opportunities to enjoy a wine tour or wine tasting, and learn more about Finger Lakes wine country. 

Enjoy a Finger Lakes Summer Vacation 

The possibilities for adventure are endless when you visit the Finger Lakes in the summer! Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and boating are hugely popular activities during this season. Make sure to dress accordingly because mornings can be a little chilly, but the afternoons warm up to the perfect temperature in the 80s. 

Get a bird’s eye view of the lakes and book a hot air balloon ride!. White-water rafting in Letchworth State Park is another awesome activity! The Finger Lakes Wine FestivalGrassRoots Festival, and the Canandaigua Lakefront Art & Music Festival all take place during this season, as well! Make sure to plan your summer vacation several months in advance. Many people dream of a summer vacation in the Finger Lakes, and accommodations book up quickly! 

Fall in Love with the Finger Lakes 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find more gorgeous fall foliage than in the Finger Lakes! Autumn brings changing leaves, pumpkin farms, and the end of the grape-growing season.  

Visitors come from all over to see the captivating fall foliage. The colors are absolutely breathtaking! Just beware of the crowds.  

There are some fantastic fall festivals and harvest celebrations taking place during September, October, and November. Consider taking a scenic drive around the area to take in the gorgeous sights. 

Cozy up in Winter 

Whether you’re celebrating the holiday season or you’re interested in winter sports, there are so many great reasons to visit the Finger Lakes during the chilly season! Browse through the Watkins Glen Village Christmas or the Canandaigua Christkindl Market. There’s no better way to get your holiday shopping done and have a fun day! Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all popular activities in this region, so come prepared for a fun day of adventure! 

Or, explore the Finger Lakes wine trails this winter for the region’s best ice wines. 

Cozy Up or Cool Down With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Are you looking for the best place to stay in the Finger Lakes? Then browse through our inventory of homes! Finger Lakes Premier Properties contains the best selection of luxury rentals in the region! From pet-friendly to lakefront and more, our homes have everything you need for an outstanding getaway. Remember, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is right now, so check out our catalog and book today! 

Are you looking for things to do in the Finger Lakes this weekend? Follow us on Facebook! We’re always posting upcoming events and festivals in the area. 

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Finger Lakes Beer Festival

This October, do something spooktacular while giving your taste buds something cold and refreshing! For Halloween weekend, head over to the Finger Lakes to experience the annual Finger Lakes Beer Festival! Beer-fanatics from all over crave this popular event and return year after year. Read on to learn why this fall festival is such a hit! 

Don’t waste time searching for more things to do when you can use our easy guide. Unlock our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide for exclusive access to the best attractions, like other events, outdoor recreation, restaurants, bars, and museums. 

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What Can I expect at Finger Lakes Beer Festival Weekend? 

When Is Finger Lakes Beer Festival? 

Chemung Canal Trust’s Finger Lakes Beer Festival Weekend will fizz up between October 29-30, 2021, this year. 

Where Is Finger Lakes Beer Festival? 

The festival takes place every year at Watkins Glen International. 

See What the Buzz Is About 

It’s obvious that you’ll have the opportunity to drink the best beer around, but did you know you’ll be able to taste more than 40 New York state breweries, distilleries, and cideries? 

Feeling competitive? After you’ve got a good buzz going, take part in a 32-team corn hole competition and stein holding contest! You heard that correctly – you’ll be playing a giant corn hole tournament against 31 other teams! 

Drive the Glen 

Enjoy a race weekend when you explore North America’s Premier Road Racing Facility, Glen International. It’s the only NASCAR racetrack in New York that you can drive yourself. All you have to do to feel like you’re a professional racecar driver is bring your car, and you can drive laps around a 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit. 

Every day except for some select days in August September, and October, drivers have the opportunity to take laps around the course at noon and 5 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to make sure everything runs smoothly! 

NASCAR Experiences at the Glen 

There are several different NASCAR experiences to choose from that can accommodate any fan or group. Package options include the Family 4-Pack, Primesport, Tailgate Zone Parking, Glentopia, or Scanner Rental. See their website to learn about the details and differences between each package. 

If You Like the Finger Lakes Beer Festival, You Might Also Enjoy… 

If you visit during the summer months, you might be able to make it to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival where you can enjoy an extensive selection of wines from all over the state of New York. Voted “the Best Wine Festival” in the United States, you’re sure to enjoy the variety of wines from almost 100 different NY wineries, food vendors, pace car vendors, live music, and more. 

Relax After a Buzzworthy Day of Tastings 

After a day of racing around the Glen campgrounds with your best buds, kick your feet up and unwind in a nearby vacation rental on the lake. Finger Lakes Premier Properties is the best rental company in all the Finger Lakes, and you’ll agree when you experience the best family memories and bonding experiences by the water. Make it a tradition, and stay in a gorgeous, family-sized home with a dock, and you’ll see why visitors return to the Finger Lakes year after year. Check our availability now, and reserve the best lake-cation yet! 

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