Everything You Need to Know to Create the Best Finger Lakes Bucket List

Are you dreaming of a trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York? This area encompasses more than 9,000 square miles of beautiful landscape and 11 narrow lakes. Whether you want to spend your days lounging by the lake, exploring the area’s most beautiful hiking trails, or attending a wine tasting, there’s something for everyone to do in the Finger Lakes. Create your ultimate Finger Lakes bucket list with the recommendations below! 

Looking for more things to do during your trip? Download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This hand planning tool is filled with local insight on dining, shopping, entertainment, lodging, and more! 

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Top 10 Items to Add to Your Finger Lakes Bucket List 

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of these attractions may be temporarily closed or have adjusted operating procedures. Please check each attraction’s website for the latest information. Thank you for understanding! 

1. Finger Lakes Wine Trail 

Did you know that the Finger Lakes region is New York state’s premier wine country? Our region is home to more than 100 wineries. With so many options, it can be difficult to choose which wineries to visit. We recommend choosing a winery tour from a Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga Lake all have their own wine trail. 

Read our blogs linked below for more information on the following Finger Lakes wine trails: 

2. Finger Lakes Cheese Trail 

There’s no better pairing than wine and cheese. Naturally, the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is the perfect complement to your winery trip. Visit some of these family-owned and operated farms along the Finger Lakes cheese trail during your trip. Purchase a bottle of wine from your favorite winery and a block of cheese from one of the farms to recreate your Finger Lakes foodie experience at home! 

3. Finger Lakes Beer Trail 

If wine and cheese aren’t quite your speed, don’t worry! There’s an attraction for beer lovers in the Finger Lakes, too. There are many top-rated breweries along the Finger Lakes beer trail that you need to visit. There’s no better way to cool down after a day exploring the outdoors than with an ice-cold beer! 

4. Lounge at the Lake 

No trip to our area would be complete without a visit to one of the 11 Finger Lakes. Five of our favorite Finger Lakes include Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, and Honeoye Lake. From lazy boat rides to prime fishing holes, there are many ways to enjoy a day on the water. 

5. White Water Rafting 

Experience the “Grand Canyon of the East” with white water rafting in Finger Lakes. Letchworth State Park boasts a 22-mile-long stream that forms rapids in several portions. The rapids are mild in most places, making it the perfect place for first-timers. If you’ve always wanted to go white water rafting, it’s the perfect place! 

6. Watkins Glen State Park 

Natural beauty is at every turn in the Finger Lakes. Take in the most enchanting views at Watkins Glen State Park! This nearly 800-acre New York State Park boasts countless incredible sights. The best of all is the Gorge Trail. This stunning, two-mile hike highlights 19 waterfalls and several gorges. The trail is open from May to October, so it’s a must for your Finger Lakes summer bucket list! 

Check out this Watkins Glen trail map for more information on the Gorge Trail.  

7. Buttermilk Falls State Park 

Would you rather spend the day swimming or hiking? When you visit Buttermilk Falls State Park, you don’t have to choose! This New York state park has everything you need for an exciting summer day in the Finger Lakes. This trail boasts nearly five miles of hiking trails that range in difficultly, so outdoorsmen and women and off all skill levels can find a suitable route. If you’d rather swim, take a dip in the natural pool at the base of the falls. 

8. Taughannock Falls State Park 

Taughannock Falls is one of the most outstanding natural attractions in the Northeast. This towering, 215-foot waterfall is a must-see during your trip to the Finger Lakes region. Taughannock Falls State Park has trails for hikers of all skill levels. 

9. Corning Museum of Glass 

Winery tours and outdoor recreation are a couple of Finger Lakes staple activities. Did you know that there are some incredible museums and galleries here, too? If you appreciate the finer things, we recommend a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass! The most popular exhibits are the contemporary glass galleries, which highlight more than 70 beautiful glass creations. The museum also offers a Make Your Own Glass class, which allows guests to create a beautiful glass masterpiece of their own! 

10. Rent a Home With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

The last thing to add to your Finger Lakes bucket list is an amazing place to stay. Look no further than Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We offer more than 250 properties across the Finger Lakes region. Whether you want a quiet place for a romantic weekend or a house large enough for your entire family, we have what you’re looking for. Be sure to check out our current specials, too, to see how you can save on your stay! 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals to start planning! 

The Best Reasons to Stay in a Vacation Rental vs. a Hotel

Are you planning a group or family vacation to the Finger Lakes region of New York? Aside from destination, lodging is the most important choice in planning your trip. Consider the benefits of staying in a vacation rental vs. a hotel for your getaway! When you stay in a house rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, you can save money, have more privacy, access to awesome amenities, and so much more. Read on for everything you need to know about renting a vacation home in the Finger Lakes region! 

After you decide where to stay, it’s time to start creating your itinerary. We can help! Download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide for information on things to do during your stay.  

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay in a Vacation Rental vs. a Hotel 

1. Save Money 

Let’s face it, family vacations are expensive. Browse this study on regional travel and tourism in the Finger Lakes. Between airfare and lodging for several people, you can easily rack up thousands of dollars. So, saving money wherever you can is crucial. Staying in a vacation rental is a cost-effective way to travel with a large group!  

Why book multiple hotel rooms when you can stay in a rental property that can accommodate your entire group? Even better, you can save money on your rental by booking directly through our website (say “goodbye!” to hidden, third-party fees) and by browsing our selection of current specials

2. Optimal Privacy 

Don’t want to be kept awake at night from the sound of your hotel room neighbors or guests in the hallways? Book a vacation rental for optimal privacy! A whole-house rental means you’ll have the entire place to yourself, so you won’t have to deal with other guests. 

3. Cook Meals at Home 

When you stay in a hotel, you have to dine out for every meal. Want to save money on eating out? Stay in a vacation rental where you can cook meals in a well-equipped kitchen. Be sure to take a look at our vacation rental meal prep tips for information on grocery delivery services, tips for cooking at your rental, and more! 

4. Awesome Amenities 

Trade in the hotel’s indoor pool for a hot tub! Our Finger Lakes rentals offer amenities that hotels simply can’t match. Our amenities include pet-friendly stays, hot tubs, fireplaces, washers and dryers, dishwashers, and more! 

5. Travel With a Larger Group 

Did you know that 44% of people aged 18-35 travel with their children? Kids can go stir crazy in a hotel room, which is another great reason to book a vacation rental instead of a hotel room. Our rentals offer space for the kids to run around and play. Some of them are even large enough to accommodate family reunion-sized vacations! 

Rent a Home With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Now that you know the benefits of staying in a vacation rental vs. a hotel, it’s time to decide. Do you want to save money and enjoy all the comforts of home during your trip? If you answered “Yes!”, then book a vacation rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties! Choose from a wide selection of more than 250 homes across the Finger Lakes region. Our rentals offer great locations, so you can stay near the activities on your itinerary. 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rental homes to start planning. We can’t wait to show you all the benefits of staying in a rental! 

The Best Reasons to Visit the Finger Lakes in April

You don’t need to wait until the summer to plan an epic vacation to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. You can explore our area’s wineries, state parks, and more with a trip to the Finger Lakes in April! It’s also the best time to visit the Finger Lakes region to enjoy fewer crowds. So, what are you waiting for? Read on for more information about planning a trip to the Finger Lakes in the spring including popular activities and where to stay! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This planning tool is filled with local insight on the best things to do, see, and more during your trip to the Finger Lakes region during any time of year! 

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Top 3 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in April 

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Spring Wine & Cheese Event listed below is subject to change. Please visit the event’s website for the latest information. Thank you for understanding! 

1. Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend 

The Finger Lakes is the largest wine region in New York State. So, it’s no surprise that this area is home to more than 100 wineries and some amazing wine-centric events! Be sure to attend the Spring Wine & Cheese Event hosted by the Seneca Lake Wine Trail when you visit in April. This annual event celebrates the art of wine and food pairings, and each attendee will receive a variety of samples of wine and cheese-themed dishes. 

2. Waterfall Hikes at State Parks 

The Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty. Lounging by the lakeside isn’t the only way to soak up the magical views this area has to offer. Waterfall hikes are one of the most popular spring activities in the Finger Lakes region! Spring is the best time to view these waterfalls, as the winter’s remaining snow melts, creating more water to cascade down the rock faces. 

Watkins Glen State Park is the best place to go for a waterfall hike. This New York state park is home to 19 waterfalls, which are accessible via the parks’ beautiful stone staircases, bridges, and tunnels.   

Can’t get enough of what Watkins Glen State Park has to offer? Be sure to check out additional Finger Lakes waterfalls

3. Stay in a Rental With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Now that you know about all the best things to do in the Finger Lakes in April, it’s time to decide where to stay. If you’re searching for a beautiful Finger Lakes rental home that can accommodate your every need, look no further than Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Discover the largest selection of beautiful lakeside and off-lake rentals when you browse through our inventory. 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rentals to start planning your trip. We can’t wait to show you around! 

5 Things That Make Winter Vacations to the Finger Lakes Awesome

Our area is best-known as a summer vacation destination. After all, there’s nothing more idyllic than days on the lake under the summer sun. However, winter vacations to the Finger Lakes are equally as fun! That’s when our quiet upstate New York region transforms into a beautiful snow-covered wonderland. Whether you’re taking a holiday vacation or visiting early in the new year, there are so many wonderful Finger Lakes winter activities and events to enjoy during this season. Peek at some of our favorite activities so that you can customize your perfect winter getaway!   

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight into how to spend every season in the Finger Lakes region!  

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Things to Do on Your Winter Vacation in the Finger Lakes

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of these winter activities and events in the Finger Lakes may be adjusted, postponed, or canceled. The safety of our community of locals and visitors alike is of the utmost importance to us. Please continue to check the events’ websites linked below, or visit the Finger Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s website for the latest information. To see how we’re keeping our guests safe, please view our COVID-19 Response. Thank you for understanding!  

1. Finger Lakes Wine Tour 

The Finger Lakes Wine Region is one of the best in the nation.  Winter in wine country is great because the climate and soil in this area create the perfect environment for growing grapes. Winter is a fantastic time to visit area wineries. Enjoy a wine tasting with outstanding views of the snow-covered land!  

2. Ice Fishing  

It may surprise you to learn that winter is one of the best seasons for fishing in the Finger Lakes. When the lakes partially or completely freeze over, these beautiful bodies of water become a hotspot for various types of trout and landlocked salmon. Keuka Lake is especially good for ice fishing! We also offer rentals along this lake, so you can easily enjoy ice fishing every day of your winter getaway.  

3. Ski & Snowboard at Terrain Parks 

Skiing and snowboarding at local terrain parks are two of the most popular Finger Lakes winter activities. The Finger Lakes region is known for having excellent skiing potential. The cold bodies of water help to create “lake-effect snow,” which is the best type for winter sports like snowshoeing or cross-country or downhill skiing.   

There are two excellent ski resorts in the area: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Both offer fantastic rental programs, downhill mountain trails, and Nordic skiing centers. If you’d prefer to explore some of our beautiful state parks, consider snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Hammond Hill State Forest and Letchworth State Park are both excellent sites for Nordic skiing. The trails within both parks are well-maintained, perfect for beginners or experienced skiers. You can also visit the resorts’ tubing centers for some adrenaline-packed fun for everyone!  

4. Taughannock Falls 

The Finger Lakes region boasts more than 500 miles of hiking trails. While most of the trail systems close in the winter, Taughannock Falls State Park Trails remain open throughout the cold season. Most of the terrain here is flat, which makes it a bit safer under icy conditions. We still encourage guests to remain cautious as they explore this area, though, as ice and snow can easily go undetected.  

5. Museums

Learn something new and visit some of the Finger Lakes’ most fascinating museums like The Rockwell Museum. Peruse a variety of intricate art pieces from different American artists or stroll through fascinating exhibits. 

Corning Museum of Glass is another must-see attraction. If you’ve ever wondered how glass is made, you can see the process before your own eyes at this museum! You can even try a glass-blowing class to make your own creations. 

While you’re in Corning, NY, you can stop by Corning’s Gaffer District. It’s a fantastic spot to grab a bite to eat or go shopping! 

Finger Lake Winter Events 

Enjoy the Finger Lakes in December 

It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration 

One of the best Cayuga Lake events is the It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration. The town-wide festival takes place in Seneca Falls, which was said to be the inspiration for the classic film. Visitors can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, special screenings of the film, holiday-themed competitions, and charity events that benefit local groups! 

Watkins Glen Village Christmas 

One of the most iconic holiday events is the Wakins Glen Village Christmas. It has been running for over 25 years in early December. Village Christmas includes a Dr. Seuss parade, fireworks, and arts and crafts. It also includes a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This Seneca Lake event is an excellent fit for the whole family. 

Visit the Finger Lakes in January 

Get a Deal at the Bargain Bash 

Each year, Seneca Lake Wine Trail launches their event season with the Bargain Bash. This week-long sale allows wineries to clear their inventory and prepare for the upcoming harvest. You can visit participating wineries to score fantastic deals on everything from bottles of wine to souvenirs! Check the website to see a list of participating wineries. If you’d like a preview of some of our favorite spots on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, check out our blog! 

Don’t Miss the Finger Lakes in February 

Free Fishing Days 

As we said, ice fishing is a favorite activity in the Finger Lakes during the colder months. For out-of-state guests who may not have a New York State fishing license, the Free Fishing Weekend is an excellent opportunity to cast your line without too much paperwork. The first Free Fishing Weekend typically takes place in mid-February. These weekends are popular so be sure to book your home along the lake ahead of time! 

Keuka Lake Wine Trail Wine and Cheese Lovers Weekend 

A great Valentine’s Day event is the Wine and Cheese Weekend from Keuka Lake Wine Trail. It showcases two of the most popular products from the Finger Lakes. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll get to visit various area wineries (and receive a complimentary Keuka Lake Wine Trail glass) and enjoy a sample of the winery’s drink that’s perfectly paired with cheeses. Don’t miss one of the best Keuka lake events! For more information on local dairies and creameries, read our blog on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail! 

Book Your Winter Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

There’s no better place to enjoy a Finger Lakes winter getaway than in one of our stunning rental homes! Discover the largest selection of beautiful lakeside and off-lake rentals with incredible amenities like fireplaces, fire pits, and hot tubs! With so many options, you’ll have no trouble relaxing after a day of enjoying Finger Lakes winter activities.  

Browse a full inventory of our rental homes to start planning your trip. We can’t wait to see what Finger Lakes winter activities you discover!   

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A Helpful Guide for Relocating to the Finger Lakes

Are you ready to start a new adventure? Whether you want a completely new start or an investment property to frequent seasonally, Finger Lakes Premier Properties has all the resources you need to start your journey relocating to the Finger Lakes! The Finger Lakes region of Central New York State boasts 11 charming lakeside towns. Finger Lakes Premier Properties has lakefront listing from Canandaigua to Cayuga and beyond, so you can select a property in your desired Finger Lakes region.  

For more information on relocating to or purchasing an investment property in the Finger Lakes region, please reference our Finger Lakes Property Management Services. This page is filled with important information for every type of buyer! 

Everything You Need to Know About Relocating to the Finger Lakes 

How to Begin Your Search 

So, you want to purchase a home in the Finger Lakes. Where’s the best place to start? Begin by searching our lakefront listings! Finger Lakes Premier Properties features a diverse inventory of homes for sale across all 11 Finger Lakes communities. You should also browse our buyer’s guide. This helpful resource is a great place to begin your search and get acquainted with our services! 

Where to Look 

The Finger Lakes region consists of 11 lakefront towns. Each have unique qualities, while maintaining the laid-back lake life that most people who relocate to this area are looking for. Across the Finger Lakes region, you can find world-class wineries, championship golf courses, unlimited ways to spend time on the lake, and more. Not sure which area of the Finger Lakes is right for you? Take a look at this interactive map that shows you where all your interests lie! 

What You Can Expect  

There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in the Finger Lakes region! Whether you’re a retiree looking for a place to spend each day on the lake or a family looking for a quiet vacation spot, there’s something for every buyer’s needs! Download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide for a comprehensive look at all the activities our area has to offer. With more than 9,000 square-miles of property surrounding the 11 lakes, there are endless ways to explore! Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the area as locals: 

5 Questions to Determine If a Finger Lakes Investment Property is Right for You 

What area of the Finger Lakes do you want to invest? 

As we previously discussed, there are several areas to choose from when it comes to purchasing an investment property in the Finger Lakes. As we know all too well, sometimes it’s hardest to make a choice when you have a lot of options. Make sure you narrow your search to a couple of your top lakes before moving forward with your investment property journey! 

You can filter homes for sale by lake using this search tool

How much are you comfortable investing? 

We understand that everyone has a unique budget. Determine how much you’re comfortable spending before you begin your search. This will help narrow your choices and give you peace of mind that you’re remaining financially responsible!  

What are your goals in owning an investment property? 

It’s important to have a goal in mind when purchasing a vacation rental as an investment property. To set a goal for your property, first decide how your family is going to use it. Will you rent it out most of the year? Will you relocate to your rental home for an entire season? Decide how you plan to use your property, then let us know so we can create realistic, sensical goals for your investment property!  

Our knowledgeable agents will put together Rental Analysis Projections on any homes you’re interested in purchasing as an investment property!  

When do you want to invest? 

Game play is important when it comes to purchasing an investment property. It’s important to keep an eye on real estate market trends for each lake before you decide to make a purchase. We’re dedicated to making sure you get the most return on investment! Our team will also keep you up-to-date on the latest vacation rental trends in the Finger Lakes as well as across the entire industry. It’s important to us that our owners are in the loop about the latest happenings!  

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Do you have a realtor you can trust? 

Purchasing an investment property can be stressful. It’s a big commitment, and you deserve to work with a realtor who’s transparent and communicative throughout the entire process. Our team of knowledgeable, experienced agents are here to make your home buying process seamless. We understand that everyone’s journey to an investment property is different, so we pride ourselves on being adaptable and doing whatever it takes to make your dream of a home in the Finger Lakes come true! 

Choose Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Ready to begin your journey relocating to the Finger Lakes? Whether you’re looking for a new, permanent homestead or an investment property in the Finger Lakes region, we’re here to help! Our helpful staff is here to answer any questions you may have about our area, listings, and owning a home in the Finger Lakes. We’re dedicated to making your home buying process to be as seamless and stress-free as possible!  

Visit our Finger Lakes Property Management Services page to get started. We can’t wait to welcome you home! 

The Naples Open Studio Trail Is One of the Best Fall Events in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is known for being one of New York state’s premier wine-growing regions. With more than 100 wineries across the Finger Lakes, it’s become a wine lover’s destination! Did you know that’s a thriving arts scene in this area, too? View local artists’ best work at the Naples Open Studio Trail. This annual two-day event takes place the first weekend of every October and boasts captivating demonstrations, self-guided art tours, and more! Learn more about this exciting event below!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight on the best things to do in the area, including more annual events!  

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Everything You Need to Know About the Naples Open Studio Trail 

2020 Event Details 

The Naples Open Studio trail is set to take place on October 3-4, 2020. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, this event will follow New York state’s safety and social distancing guidelines. This means that all trail-goers will be required to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from those not in their group. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe during this time!  

About the Event  

The Naples Open Studio Trail is one of our favorite things to do in the Finger Lakes in the fall. This self-guided art tour around Canandaigua Lake invites guests to stop at more than a dozen art studios along the way. You can also view some amazing fall foliage!  

Each studio showcases a different medium, including ceramics, metal, and woodworks! During the first weekend of every October, visitors are welcome to purchase their favorite pieces to take home. It’s the perfect way to remember your trip to the Finger Lakes forever.  

This year, there are nine main artists with unique specialties. From wine barrel creations to custom denim pieces, you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork! There are also four guest artists this year. Be sure to check the trail map beforehand, so you know exactly where to stop!  

Stay Nearby at a Home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Settle into a home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties during the Naples Open Studio Trail. The trail follows a path around Canandaigua Lake, where we have 54 properties for rent! It’s the perfect way to enjoy both days of this exciting event in the Finger Lakes. We also boast a diverse portfolio of rental homes across the entire Finger Lakes region. With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a vacation home in your desired location! 

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

Why You Need to Hire a Professional Property Management Company in the Finger Lakes

Overwhelmed with your vacation rental property? You’re not alone. Many property owners report feeling stressed about keeping their homes in tip-top shape for renters. However, most owners have other responsibilities. Between other work endeavors, family, and friends, managing a rental property can be too much to handle at times!  

Let our professional property management company in the Finger Lakes take the work off your plate. Finger Lakes Premier Properties is a full-service property management company with nearly 30 years of experience in vacation rental management. Our goal is to take care of your guests, protect your rental property, and deliver financial results. Does this sound like the help you need? Submit an inquiry about our property management services today!   

How a Professional Property Management Company in the Finger Lakes Can Help You 

Housekeeping 

The condition of your rental home is a key factor to indicate how much repeat business your home will get. Was the home clean? Did it appear as advertised? Our housekeeping staff is dedicated to making sure your home is in perfect condition for each check-in.  

Finger Lakes Premier Properties follows a strict system of procedures and inspections to ensure that your rental home is squeaky clean. We are also members of the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals Association (VRHP). As members, we’re following VRHP’s cleaning guidelines for COVID-19. How we treat our renters during this time will make an impact for years to come!  

Maintenance  

There’s no worse call to get than that of a renter whose heating or air has gone out during their stay. Most property owners have experienced this stressful situation or something similar. When you partner with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, our experienced maintenance staff is on call 24/7! Our staff specializes in HVAC, pool maintenance, and everything in-between. Even better, we offer these services to our partner at an extremely reasonable cost!  

Partner Reviews  

Don’t just take our word for it, though! Browse several owner reviews to see what our partners have to say about working with Finger Lakes Premier Properties: 

“The FLPP Owner Services team is a responsive group that’s dedicated to making the rental of my lake cottage an easy experience for ME.  I know they will respond to any guests’ issues without needing my input. During an unexpectedly hot, hot stretch of summer, they responded to a guest’s complaints of the cottage being too hot by installing a temporary window air conditioner at no expense to me. My grinder pump stopped working one weekend with guests in the residence and they contacted the town emergency number to get it replaced.  Again, at no cost to me. When the furnace needed a small repair in the middle of winter, they got it going again. I trust them to handle my lake cottage and the guests staying there, enhancing my own experience of lake cottage ownership.” – Mary A.R., partnering owner for three years. 

Vacation Rental Management Services with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Our professional property management company in the Finger Lakes wants to help you! Now more than ever, guests are careful when choosing a vacation home. Finger Lakes Premier Properties adheres to the highest standards set forth by industry experts as well as state and local governments. In some cases, we set the standard. Our expert staff is on-call to field questions from renters. This saves you time and earns you money!  

Submit an inquiry about our property management services today. We can’t wait to manage your rental property!  

Everything You Need to Know About 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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Top 10 Things to Do in 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. You can enjoy the Finger Lakes fall foliage from the dock of your lakeside home or on an outdoor adventure. 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 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. 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   

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! 

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.  

Even better, fall kicks-off our off-season sales! Take advantage of the September Secret, when many of our homes begin to offer a one-night free special. Click here to see if your favorite home is running any special offers during your stay! 

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

Everything You Need to Know About the Finger Lakes in September

When’s the best time of year to visit the Finger Lake? We’re glad you asked! As locals, we love exploring everything the Finger Lakes region has to offer all year-long. However, we must say that a popular time to visit our area is from May to September. Of those months, we love the Finger Lakes in SeptemberDuring this month, temperatures begin to cool down and the fall foliage comes out to play. Read on to discover all the best things to do during your September trip to Finger Lakes!   

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This resource is filled with suggestions on the best things to do each season in the Finger Lakes region! 

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The Best Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in September  

We think September is one of the best times to visit the Finger Lakes. Below are three of our favorite things to do during this month!  

Seneca Lake Wine Trail 

No trip to the Finger Lakes would be complete with a New York State wine tour! New York is the fourth-best state for growing wine grapes and is home to more than 400 wineries. Taste your way through the best vineyards in the Finger Lakes region on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Be sure to check out their current winery offerings to start planning your trip! 

Can’t get enough of what this wine trail has to offer? Head to the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. While it’s the smallest of its kind in the Finger Lakes, it still has some spectacular offerings! 

Watkins Glen State Park  

September is one of the most comfortable months for outdoor recreation. With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, all you need it a light jacket to tackle the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park! This two-mile route highlights 19 enchanting waterfalls and several gorges that are more lightly trafficked in September. It’s a must-see during your trip to the Finger Lakes! 

Finger Lakes Fall Foliage 

September is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Finger Lakes. As summer turns to fall, the leaves transform into magnificent shades of red, orange, and yellow! There are several lakes that you can visit to catch the best views of the Finger Lakes fall foliage.  

Select Your September Rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Looking for a place to stay during September in the Finger Lakes? Look no further than Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We offer a diverse portfolio of rental homes from Canandaigua to Cayuga. With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home you love. Even better, September begins our off-season sales! Take advantage of the September Secret, when many of our homes begin to offer a one-night free special. Click here to see if your favorite home is running any special offers during your stay! 

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

How To Make the Most of Your First Time Visiting the Finger Lakes

Are you planning your first trip to the Finger Lakes? First, we’d like to say, “Thank you!” for choosing the Finger Lakes region as your next vacation destination. We like to think of upstate New York as the state’s hidden gem. It’s a peaceful oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Our area boasts 4,692 square-miles of freshwater fun, wine tastings, recreation areas, and much more. Read on to discover some can’t-miss itinerary items for your first time visiting the Finger Lakes!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This helpful resource has local insight on the best places to play, stay, and more in the Finger Lakes region!  

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The Perfect Itinerary for Your First Time Visiting the Finger Lakes 

Visit Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

Did you know that New York is the No. 4 in the United States for wine grapes? New York State is home to more than 400 wineries. We like to believe that some of the best wineries and tasting rooms are right here in the Finger Lakes! That’s why we recommend Finger Lakes wine trails to all our guests. A few of our favorites include the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. These wine tours are a great way to visit all the best Finger Lakes wineries in one fell swoop.  

Discover the Finger Lakes National Forest 

Enjoy enchanting views of our area’s native flora and fauna at the Finger Lakes National Forest! This recreation area boasts more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails between Seneca and Cayuga Lake. There are also many other great opportunities for outdoor adventure at the Finger Lakes National Forest. Enjoy camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and even blueberry picking!  

Explore Watkins Glen State Park  

Watkins Glen State Park is another must-visit recreation area near the Finger Lakes. This New York state park is famous for the Gorge Trail, a beautiful two-mile route that dips and weaves around 19 waterfalls as well as other gorges. Don’t forget to pack a camera. You won’t want to forget these views!  

Visit Museums in the Area 

The Finger Lakes has something for everyone’s interests. We believe that our area’s diverse activities are what make it a great vacation destination for anyone! History buffs will love visiting the best Finger Lakes museums. The museums here mostly highlight our area’s geography and maritime culture. However, we still have a great selection of fine art and history museums! 

Select Your Dream Rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Where will you stay your first time visiting the Finger Lakes? Finger Lakes Premier Properties boasts a diverse portfolio of vacation rental homes from Canandaigua to Cayuga! With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home that suits all your needs. You can also search properties by amenity, location, and more when you book directly through our website. Even better, we make your first visit a breeze with our helpful trip planning information! 

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