Where to Find the Best Finger Lakes Fall Foliage

The Finger Lakes region is famous for its incredible displays of orange, reds, yellows, and browns during the fall season. Leaf peepers and photographers come from all over the country to enjoy the amazing sights. Let Finger Lakes fall foliage become part of your annual tradition. Here are some of the best places to see the foliage! If you need help planning the rest of your trip to the Finger Lakes, download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of our personal recommendations for everything in the region, from restaurants to hiking trails and more! It’s the perfect all-in-one guide to this area we call home, and we’re so excited to share it with you. Download it today!

Where to see Finger Lakes Fall Foliage

Canandaigua Lake

Start your leaf peeping adventure at the northernmost tip of Canandaigua Lake and head down West Lake Road. This drive is enough of an opportunity to see some incredible foliage, but it also conveniently takes us to our next stop on the tour of trees.

About 15 minutes into your drive south, you’ll come across Onanda Park. This quiet, lakefront park in the town of Canandaigua is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or an easy stroll. One of our favorite things to do here is to sit in some of the available chairs and gaze out on the water. However, if you’re looking for a great hike, we’ve got the inside scoop. There are 73 acres of Uplands located across the road. You can hike two miles of hiking trail over the hillside and encounter gorgeous vistas.

After your hike, continue to explore on Route 21S towards Naples, you will discover a vast array of photo-worthy sights as you climb and descend the hills surrounding Canandaigua Lake. Along your ride grab a snack at one of the many fruit stands offering freshly picked grapes, or better yet, a grape pie from the infamous Monica’s Pies just outside Naples.  Fortunately, this area also neighbors many of our vacation rentals that fit the bill for the perfect foliage-oriented weekend. 

Seneca Lake

Another wonderful scenic drive begins in Geneva, near Seneca Lake. Drive along NY 14 South and look at the stunning views of the lake on the left and the trees on the right. This road continues to Watkins Glen, where you can explore the town or head to the state park, which has some of the best hiking trails in the Finger Lakes. Explore the Gorge Trail, which is famous for its winding staircases and views.

Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake State Park is ideal for families traveling with small kids. The little ones will love playing on the swing sets and other equipment, and you’ll love the priceless views!

If you’re in the mood for a glass of wine, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the perfect opportunity for another scenic drive. Wineries like Toro Run or Thirsty Owl are perfect places to stop and enjoy the view and a glass of wine!

Keuka Lake

The Keuka Outlet Trail is a rail-trail in the heart of the Finger Lakes. This path stretches between Keuka and Seneca Lake, with plenty of opportunities to see the vistas for which the Finger Lakes are famous, including waterfalls and historic buildings.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

Are you ready to experience the Finger Lakes fall foliage? We’ve got just the homes you need! Finger Lakes Premier Properties has the best selection of vacation rentals around, including many rentals that are just a short distance from the sites above! For example, Stone Crest, our gorgeous six-bathroom, four-bathroom estate is just two miles from the Keuka Outlet Trail. If you’d prefer to spend your time in Watkins Glen, book Dean Lake House, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom property which is less than a mile from town. The possibilities are endless!

Check out our full selection of rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.

Buying and Selling in the Finger Lakes This Fall

By: Cynthia Emerling

Are you considering buying or selling a lakefront property this season? The lakefront market differs from the standard residential market, as their season slows down in the fall, our season is just getting started. Our Lakefront Real Estate team has explained a few reasons why, along with some helpful hints to get you started with buying or selling a lake home this fall.

BUYING A HOME

As you start your search, consider how much your money can buy you in each lakefront market as the value fluctuates lake to lake. Also, spend a bit of time and investigate where the market is growing, stabilized, or declining (click here to see our Quarterly Real Estate Report).  For example, Seneca Lake is offering buyers many opportunities in each price range and is growing in popularity because of the close proximity to many surrounding towns.  The average price range of $600,000 to $750,000 will get you a recently built, updated home between 1900 and 2900 square feet on Seneca Lake, such as 4590 Lakeview Road and 4572 Lakeview Road. Canandaigua Lake’s Real Estate market is different, offering more high-end homes, as it is considered the premier lake in the Rochester region.  The same $600,000 to $750,000 price range will offer much smaller homes, or older lake homes, or homes that are across the road with lake access or only lake view. Such as 4773 East Lake Road or 5206 East Lake Road, allowing you to keep the space but lack the lakefront experience.

Whatever your lakefront needs are, be sure to hire a professional sales agent with experience in lakefront property to ensure your needs are heard and understood.  At Finger Lakes Premier Properties, we specialize in the buying, selling, and renting homes along the shores of seven different lakes. Our Buyer Specialists can provide you with valuable insights to specific lake communities throughout the region, helping you find the ideal home to suit the lake life you are searching for.

SELLING A HOME

The fall market is hot and competitive. More homes are entering the market now that summer has ended. The fall offers buyers another opportunity to see all that the Finger Lakes region offers. Make sure you are in season with your surroundings. When selling, place all the typical fall decorations in front of your home. Pumpkins add a warmth to the surroundings, while mums and hay bales give color and texture to your entry and gardens. This makes your buyers feel comfortable and see the beauty of fall in your home decor, inside and out.


When looking at selling your lakefront home in the fall, pricing is key. As you price your home, look not only at those that sold, but those that are active in your market. Compare apples to apples, season appropriate, and see how your home compares to those already in the market. If you price your home at $600,000 how does it compare to the others in that same price range? You want it to be the best in the price range you choose. This way, when buyers are out in the market, they can physically see the value in your home compared to others in the same range. If your home is inferior, the same will be said in the reverse, therefore, your home is selling the others by default. Ask the lakefront specialists in the Finger Lakes, to show you what is currently on the market in the price you are considering. Work with us to ensure you enter the market in the right price location.

As the leading lakefront Real Estate company in the Finger Lakes Region, we have listed and sold each of our listings this year, in under 30 days. We do these analyses for each of our clients and make specific recommendations to get their home sold. When considering selling your home, make sure you use the Lakefront Listing Specialist, here at Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We have the best in the business!

Don’t forget to call us today for your market analysis and ask about our Listing perks! (888) 599-4810

 

Lakefront Real Estate Sales Report: Quarter 2 Highlights

Finger Lakes Premier Properties is the region’s lakefront specialists for sales across the region. Our team of highly knowledgeable, experienced, and successful Buyer and Seller Specialists provide a complimentary analysis of lakefront market trends each quarter.


As we enter the second half of 2017, the real estate market stays strong. Annually, the Finger Lakes has generated over $30 million, with FLPP accounting for 23% of these total sales. Below is the Quarter 2 Lakefront Sales Report. If you have more questions, contact our sales team today by calling 888-599-4810.

Analysis of lakefront homes sold on seven of the Finger Lakes, statics aggregated from MLS.

As shown in the chart above, the number of sales decreased 26% as compared to last year, increasing buyer competition. Homes are in high demand on Seneca and Keuka Lake, with multiple offers coming in on homes in the mid-price range of $300,000 to $600,000.

The decrease in average sale price along most lakes indicates that this year’s buyers are looking at the affordability of lakefront homes. Buyers are aware of the current market and are quick to make an offer on homes priced fairly. This could be attributed to the ADM on Conesus and Honeoye Lakes dropping by at least 40% this year. On the other hand, homes priced at $600,000 and above, tend to sit a bit longer.

The increased advertising and media attention on vacation rentals, along with the addition of Uber and Lyft to the Finger Lakes, is creating more demand for both vacation experiences in these homes as well as ownership of these lakefront residences. Listing your home as early as mid-August will put you ahead of the game but still allow you to enjoy the lake through the end of this summer. With the market strong and interest rates low, this is prime time for buying and selling lakefront homes.

For more information about buying or selling lakefront property in the Finger Lakes, contact our Buyer Specialists, Justin Hausner, or our Sales Manager, Cynthia Emerling by calling 888-599-4810 or email Sales@FLPPlake.com.

 

Top 6 Stylish Wedding Venues in the FLX

July 26, 2017 | By Emily White

These top 6 stylish wedding venues in the Finger Lakes for 2017 are sure to knock your heels off.  Of course, the dress, the food, and the table scapes are all important, but it’s the venue that supports all of those style decisions. Feel inspired by our top 6 stylish wedding venues in the Finger Lakes with multiple vacation rentals near each one for your bridal party to get ready at or for your guest to make a vacation out of the occasion.

 

6 – Abandon Brewery – Brewery

Thinking about a brewery barn style venue? This is the one. And it’s not in Buffalo or Syracuse. Give up? It’s a 1-hour drive from Rochester, NY. With serene lake views on the horizon and a rustic, bucolic architectural design, it has a magical feel you just can’t get anywhere else. And unlike other breweries, an outdoor reception isn’t your only option. The original 1800’s reconditioned Taproom is the epitome of a rustic wedding venue.

Vacation Rentals less than a 10-minute drive away: Maya’s PalaceToes in the Water, Canoe landing, Brandy Bay Serenity.©Abandon Brewing

 

5 – Wagner Vineyards – Winery

With Seneca Lake views that go for miles and lush vineyards all around, it’s not hard to see why the open outdoor venue is one of the most spectacular ceremony spots in the region. And they’ll help you plan every detail — the menu, the vendors, and even the decorating. Rick Bacmanski has captured many beautiful weddings at this venue including the one below.

Vacation Rentals less than a 10 minute drive away: Lakefront Oasis, The Willows, Classic cottage, Seneca Fun & Sun, Absolutely Shore.©Rick Bacmanski Photo Artistry

 

4 – Geneva on the Lake – French style

Picture this: instead of walking down an aisle envision you and your fiancé strolling through the manicured gardens of the estate. Your guests will feel like they’ve been transported back in time as they enter this affluent 17th-century villa (that could be a stand-in for Villa Lancellotti in Frascati, Italy). But the wow-worthy moments will have just begun. The leisurely European gardens provide a picturesque ceremony setting, while the gilded style interiors can host a regal affair for up to 45 seated guests and up to 150 guests on the south lawn pavilion in the summer months.

Vacation Rentals less than a 10-minute drive away: Heron House, Pine Ridge, Lake Orchard View, A Bay Breeze, Sunrise Splendor, A cottage on the Bay, The Point at Geneva, Tranquility, Sunrise on Harmony Seneca Lake Effect, Seneca Sunsets, Sunlit Shore.©Timeout

 

3 – Crispin Hill – Barn

Offering a fully restored historic barn and stables with panoramic views of Keuka Lake, Crispin Hill is an exceptionally stylish venue for your country barn wedding. The barns hark back to another era, and in their rural surroundings, one can forget Crispin Hill’s close proximity to Rochester, NY. Whether elegant, casual, intimate or something in between, you will be excited by the variety of options this venue provides.

Vacation Rentals less than a 10-minute drive away:  Birch Cottage, pelican Cabin, Sailfish Cottage, Lovin’ life, At the lake, Fun in The Sun, Memory Lane, Canoe Landing, Toes in the Water©Crispin Hill

Looking for more wedding venues on just Keuka Lake? Visit Keuka Creative for a complete list of all venues on the crooked lake and no worries, we have vacation rentals near each one.

 

2 – The Cracker Factory – Industrial Warehouse

The Cracker Factory was a straight-razor factory converted into the Cracker Factory. This 3-story time-warped, weathered, warehouse with exposed brick and white wood trusses makes your simple wedding style elegant. The 5,000 sq. feet of space accommodates up to 340 guests on the 2nd floor with plenty of room for entertainment and caterers. The other floors house Miles & May furniture works and letterpress/artist studios run by the nonprofit arts organization 3 Stories.

Here are 9 vacation rentals less than a 10-minute drive away: Heron House, Pine Ridge, Lake Orchard View, A Bay Breeze, Sunrise Splendor, A cottage on the Bay, The Point at Geneva, Tranquility, Sunrise on Harmony.©Ebersole Photography

 

 

1 – Bristol Harbor Lodge and Resort

This exceptional four-season Bristol Harbor Lodge and Resort nestled on top of a pristine mountain lake vacation setting is regarded as one of the Finger Lakes top wedding destinations. Bristol Harbor Lodge began as a golf course and is now owned and operated with pride by the Cook Family. Their traditional warm hospitality has been nurturing and embracing the spirit of spending quality time with friends and family for years. If that isn’t enough, you can bet your engagement ring on the beautiful views, manicured Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, and the Finger Lakes farm-to-table cuisine.

Here are some vacation rentals within a 10-minute drive of this venue but our absolute favorite are the South Bristol Cottages, they neighbor this venue making it easy to retreat back to your room after a day of celebrating, great for the bridal party and guests. Other nearby vacation rentals include  Peaceful Sanctuary, Amazing views, Grape wood, Family Affair, Sunny slope.©Bristol Harbor Lodge and Golf Club

 

Looking for more vacation rentals near your wedding venue? Click here to browse our inventory of over 260 rentals in the Finger Lakes or call (844) 548-0790 and one of our reservation agents would be happy to assist you. When you call, don’t forget to ask about our specials for wedding groups!

Watch the Virtual Tour of a Keuka Lake Listing

Follow Zak as he navigates the virtual tour of our Keuka Lake listing on West Lake Road. This beautiful 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,600 square foot home sits on a highly coveted section of Keuka Lake. The first thing you’ll notice stepping in is the custom wood flooring throughout with natural light and lake views pouring through the open layouts. The newly remodeled lower level provides a blank canvas for your new home. Turn this space into an additional bedroom, office or game room to fit your needs. Step outside and enjoy the multiple decks that provide ample space for outdoor entertaining with picturesque views of Keuka Lake Bluff. Want to take full advantage of the lake lifestyle? This home is in the perfect location to explore Keuka lakeside dining by taking a quick boat ride to nearby restaurants such as the Switzerland Inn.

This home is also in our rental program and comes with an established rental history, ideal for anyone looking for an investment home in the Finger Lakes.

For more information about this listing, click here.

To contact our sales team to schedule a personal viewing today by calling 888-599-4810 or email them at sales@FLPPlake.com.

Alleviate PTSD by Exploring the Finger Lakes

June 27, 2017 | By Zak Klick

As June 27th marks the U.S. National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, it seems fitting to highlight our region’s natural remedies for those suffering from past trauma.  While nothing is guaranteed, much research has been done associating the positive effects of exploring the outdoors to those suffering from PTSD and depression.

For example, in 2015, University of Michigan researchers surveyed Veterans before and after a multi-day wilderness recreation experience, which involved camping and hiking in groups of between six and 12 participants.

One week after the experience, veterans reported a greater than 10 percent enhancement in several measures of psychological well-being, a 9 percent increase in social functioning, and a nearly 8 percent gain in positive life viewpoint.

Since our area is rich in waterfalls and forestry, we thought it would be appropriate, on this day, to offer calming places to visit the outdoors.  Without much further ado, here are some of the best outdoor locations we, the Finger Lakes Premier Property staff, could locally advocate for planning your next outdoor adventure.

Upper, Middle + Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

The Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park is home to three of the largest and most stunning falls you’ll find along the west side of the Finger Lakes. About 25 minutes from some of our vacation rentals along Consesus Lake, this expansive park features the main attraction at the Upper and Middle Falls, with over 50 smaller cascades scattered throughout the park. With activities planned year-round from guided tours and white water rafting, to snow tubing and cross-country skiing, this attraction is ideal for an outdoor adventure any time of the year.

Watkins Glen Waterfalls via Stone Stairs

One of the most iconic waterfall destinations in the Finger Lakes is the Watkins Glen State Park, where you can walk under, over and through 19 waterfalls. As you climb over 800 steps through the park you will be completely immersed in nature with plenty of resting stops along the way to enjoy some quiet moments of solitude. Located right in downtown Watkins Glen and minutes from Seneca Lake where you can continue to enjoy a peaceful getaway in the Finger Lakes.

 

Shequaga/Montour Falls South of Watkins Glen

Just south of Watkins Glen you’ll find the Shequaga Falls in downtown Montour Falls. Find a comfortable spot at the base of the massive falls that are easily accessible for most, and enjoy the thrilling sounds of the water crashing into the basin below. If you’re looking to hike, follow the 5 mile Montour Falls Historic Trail Loop to explore more falls and lookout points.

Lucifer Falls + Lower Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park

A very popular summer swimming hole for locals is at the Lower Falls or Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. In addition to taking a relaxing dip in the fresh water from the falls, the park’s rugged gorge called Enfield Glen continues for 9 miles of winding hiking trails past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls.

Buttermilk Falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park

Autumn scene landscape of waterfalls at Buttermilk Falls State Park

A local favorite is Buttermilk Falls State Park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. Hike the park’s Gorge and Rim Trails to take in the view of cascading Buttermilk Creek, enjoy a soaring cliff jumping adventure, and cool off in the natural-fed swimming pool at the base of Buttermilk Falls, the largest of the park’s 10 falls.

 

These are only a few of the locations in the Finger Lakes where cascading waterfalls may be able to provide soothing comfort for anyone, even those experiencing PTSD symptoms. Once again, this is a supplemental treatment for those wanting additional help and not a proven form of relief.  Those suffering from severe psychological dysfunction should contact a medical professional for assistance.

For more information about PTSD, its symptoms, support, and more, visit the website for the National Center for PTSD.

Top 6 Outdoor Spaces in the Finger Lakes

The best way to vacation in the Finger Lakes is to stay on the shores of one of six lakes! Our variety of lakeside vacation homes offers an array of features to upgrade your getaway. From outdoor kitchens to sunken hot tubs, this summer will be the best yet! See our top 6 outdoor living spaces below that could be yours this summer!

#6 SailWinds on Seneca Lake

Entertain family or friends at beautiful SailWinds featuring a 6-person sunken hot tub and a high-end outdoor kitchen with granite counter tops. You and your guests can take advantage of the Foosball table, canoe, and kayak for additional enjoyment during your lake getaway. Book now! 

#5 The Goodlife on Canandaigua Lake

Large screened windows line two sides of the four seasons room at this lakeside oasis, great for cool summer nights by the stone fire place lit. Relax and sunbathe on the upper deck featuring stunning views. Or take the tram down to the beach to fully experience the enjoyment of lakefront living. Book now!

#4 Cedar Lodge on Keuka Lake

Cedar Lodge offers a warm and rustic style throughout the inside and outside living spaces. Enjoy the upper screened porch on hot days, or the lower sofa and chaise lounges for relaxing lakeside in the sun. The meticulous landscaping surrounding the home provides a picturesque and relaxing atmosphere, making this home a place you’ll be longing to return to throughout the year. Book now!

#3 Oak Leaf Shores on Keuka Lake

If views are what put you at ease, choose from the multiple expansive decks and outdoor porches available at Oak Leaf Shores. Offering plenty of comfortable lakeside seating for everyone to relax, while others enjoy the provided paddle boat and canoe. Book now!

#2 Amazing Views on Canandaigua Lake

The multiple outdoor spaces at Amazing Views makes this one of the top summer homes in the Finger Lakes. The timber frame covered upper deck provides the ideal location for summer dining. Then retreat to the lower stone patio for serving drinks from the wet bar and relaxing in the hot tub. Take advantage of the many outdoor seating areas featuring plush chaise lounges, outdoor love seats, and Adirondack chairs by the large slate stone fire pit. If staying lakeside all day is what you prefer, the mini kitchen down by the beach offers additional convenience. Book now!

#1 Peaceful Sanctuary on Canandaigua Lake

Experience Peaceful Sanctuary, one of our most luxurious homes, by taking a virtual tour! Unwind in the hot tub while listening to the waves lap against the shore. Relax in the screened-in porch by day, then light the stone fireplace for heat and ambiance in the evenings. Book now!

 

Find the ideal home to host your Finger Lakes vacation by searching our complete inventory of 250+ lakefront and lake view vacation rentals by clicking here now!

Top 10 Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

#10 – Snowshoe the Trails
Traversing Finger Lakes trails is not only for the summer months. With the natural beauty of the area, strapping on your snowshoes is a fun way to explore during the winter months. Visit Cummings Nature Center with 15 miles of groomed trails alongside Honeoye Lake. Staying closer to the east side of the Finger Lakes? Snowshoe to the frozen Taughannock Falls near Ithaca along Cayuga Lake.
#9 – Attend Festivals
The winter is the perfect time to enjoy winter festivals. Experience the 15th annual “Wine on Ice” event at Elmira’s First Arena where wineries from across the state gather to pour their favorite wines. Enjoy local cheeseries and other shops at the festival. Or, experience one of the many self-guided festivals along the Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lake wine trails.
#8 – Ice Skating
Enjoy some good ole-fashioned fun while you glide across indoor skating rinks at the Geneva Recreation Complex (Seneca Lake), the Canandaigua Civic Center (Canandaigua Lake), or Ithaca’s Lynah Rink (Cayuga Lake).
#7 – Experience 2300 Degrees
Experience one of the most popular events at the Corning Museum of Glass. At the 2300 Degrees you’ll be impressed with hot glass shows, live music, local wineries and brewery tastings, meet & greets with the artists, and more! This event is held on the 3rd Thursday of every month through April 2017.
#6 – Ice Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the Finger Lakes is in the winter. Drop a line and experience the thrill of ice fishing alongside the locals on Honeoye and Keuka Lakes.

#5 – Artisanship
The Finger Lakes is packed with talent from artists who fill local shops with beautiful handmade items ranging from pottery to home furnishings. One of the most popular locations to shop and tour is the MacKenzie-Childs farm and store along the east side of Cayuga Lake.

#4 – Teach Your Taste Buds
Take part in a cooking class in the hands-on kitchen or demonstration theater of your choice at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The center features different events almost nightly and also features their Upstairs Bistro where you can dine on local ingredients and New York crafted beer and wines.

#3 – Be Inspired
Appreciate the rich, innovative history of our region by visiting one of our many museums. Stop into the historic Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and take part in restoring an original 1940’s P40 War Hawk.

#2 – Sip & Savor
Our region is home to over 100 wineries and breweries, and the winter happens to be one of the best times to get the complete tasting experience. With reduced traffic during the colder months, don’t be surprised if the person pouring your samples happens to be the owner and winemaker. Take advantage of their extra attention and ask them about the wines and their favorite places to visit. You’re sure to get some terrific local recommendations.

#1 – Shred
If you love to ski and snowboard, a visit to Bristol Mountain Winter Resort is a must-stop with 138 acres featuring 35 slopes. Or, if you’re looking to try something new, book a private class or lessons with their seasoned experts. Great for all ages!

For more information on staying in the Finger Lakes or to book your winter getaway now, contact us at 888-414-5253. Don’t forget to check out our current specials on lakefront vacation rentals by clicking here!

Lakefront Real Estate Trends

Finger Lakes Premier Properties has over 20 years of lakefront property management experience. Part of our team includes highly specialized real estate agents who focus solely on lakefront sales. As the leading source of lakefront sales information in the Finger Lakes, we happily provide quarterly and annual sales reports.

To view our newest real estate listing, visit the “Our Lakefront Listings” section of our website.

Our Real Estate team saw a 100% increase in sales in 2016. Their expertise in lakefront sales and attention to regional trends is what has resulted in a 100% NPS scores with their clients.

The extreme summer heat in 2016 did not detour real estate sales across the Finger Lakes. If anything, it must have enticed more lakefront sales because sales of lakefront homes increased 20% over 2015.

As you can see from the table below, although the number of sales increased significantly, the average sale price and the number of days on the market remained fairly constant between 2015 and 2016.

The smaller of the Finger Lakes saw the most growth in sales in 2016, most notably Honeoye Lake.  This lake saw a 60% increase in the number of homes sold, along with the average price increasing 18%. Keuka and Conesus Lakes experienced a 40% increase in the number of homes sold.

If you are considering buying or selling lakefront property in 2017, contact our sales team today and get a jump on the spring market. Call us at 877-217-0338 or email us at Sales@FLPPlake.com.