We Created Your 7-Day Itinerary to the Finger Lakes so That You Don’t Have to!

The Finger Lakes region of New York is the perfect place to bring the whole family because there’s something for everyone! As one of the best vacation destinations in the United States, the area is full of adventurous outdoor activities, delicious food, beautiful scenery, and quality family memories. The tricky part is squeezing all the activities into the perfect 7-day itinerary to the Finger Lakes. Read on to find out how to plan your dream lake-cation. 

If you’re looking for a quick guide that lists out the best attractions, restaurants, entertainment, and state parks, make sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide.

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The Best 7- Day Itinerary  to the Finger Lakes 

Day 1 in Finger Lakes: Travel the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail 

After a road trip from busy urban areas like New York City, unpack your bags in your luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties vacation rental, and head out for a day of shopping and exploring the attractions that make the Finger Lakes great. Travel the very first wine trail in America: the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Along the way, you’ll find fantastic wineries, attractions, and shopping.  

You can’t travel a wine trail without visiting the tasting rooms for delicious wine tasting and vineyard tours. There are 14 wineries to pick from including Americana Vineyards and Knapp Winery, just to name a few. You won’t run out of wines to taste on the longest-running wine trail in the country.  

Dine at The Bistro at Thirsty Owl Wine Co. 

Stop by The Bistro at Thirsty Owl Wine Company for the oldest vinifera vines in the Finger Lakes. Enjoy fresh, local ingredients and wine-friendly cuisine. Make sure to check out their extended dinner menu if you dine before 7 p.m.  

Some other dining options include Ithaca Bakery, Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar, and O’Malley’s Cabin on the Lake. 

Day 2: Discover Attractions Along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail 

Test your luck at the Del Lago Resort and Casino, or explore beautiful glass creations at the Corning Museum of Glass. You can even create your own glass masterpiece to take home! 

Choose from a variety of entertainment options on the trail, including the Auburn Public Theater, the Hangar Theatre, or the Kitchen Theatre Company. Or, check out the Greater Ithaca Art Trail and Johnson Museum of Art.  

Day 3: Explore Watkins Glen 

Spend day three exploring Watkins Glen in Finger Lakes. The village has a diverse variety of activities to choose from. Here are a few of the best things to do. 

Watkins Glen State Park Gorge 

You have to check out the stunning waterfalls along the Watkins Glen State Park Gorge. Go for a scenic hike on the George Trail, then enjoy a picnic for a nature-filled day in Watkins Glen. 

Day 4: Watkins Glen International 

For the NASCAR fan or the thrill-seeker, take a trip to Watkins Glen International. Between April and November, you can get on the racetrack and drive the glen! 

Where to Eat in Watkins Glen, NY 

Dig into a flavorful meal at Nickel’s Pit BBQ. Their farm-to-table foods include locally sourced meat, bread, and other ingredients, so you’re guaranteed a quality meal. Make sure to take home some of their iconic barbeque sauces. You can purchase them by the bottle in the sauce store and take a little bit of Nickel’s with you. 

If you have a sweet tooth, make a run to the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor. Choose from an assortment of soft custard, hard ice cream, gelato, non-dairy sorbet, and vegan options. 

Day 5: Have Fun With an Excursion in Seneca Lake 

No matter which of the 11 lakes you choose to live by for the next few days, there is always an abundance of fun lake activities to partake in.  

Sail with True Love Schooner Excursions in Watkins Glen for a breezy view of Seneca Lake. Clear your mind when you head out on the water for yoga and wellness retreats for women. Then, go fly fishing, kayaking, or boating with Summit to Stream Adventures on Seneca Lake for a fun-filled afternoon. 

Day 6: Explore Keuka Lake State Park 

Known as the “Crooked Lake,” Keuka Lake State Park is a great spot for a full day of outdoor adventures. Launch a boat off one of their boat docks for an afternoon of fishing, cruising, and fun in the sun. Or, get up close to Upstate New York’s fascinating wildlife, and explore the park’s hiking trails. 

Day 7: Discover the Gem that is Taughannock Falls 

Taughannock Falls State Park is home to a towering waterfall, known to be one of the most outstanding natural wonders of the Northeast. The park touches Cayuga Lake, and offers gorge and rim trails that lead to breathtaking views above the waterfall. Words can’t describe the sights you’ll see on this journey! 

Relax in a Luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Rental 

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Return from your Finger Lakes excursions to a spacious vacation rental. Stay in one of our properties spread throughout seven of the 11 Finger Lakes. You’re sure to find a vacation home near the best upstate New York attractions. 
Book your getaway at our Peaceful Sanctuary property on Lake Canandaigua. This charming abode can serve as a home away from home for up to 12 people. Gather your friends for a game night in the game room, or take the kids out to the dock for a day of sunshine and lake adventures. The fun awaits here on the Finger Lakes. Check our availability and book your getaway today! 

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Here’s How to Plan the Ultimate Finger Lakes Road Trip

There are many urban parts of New York, but when your lifestyle gets to be a little too fast, it’s time to hit the brakes with a relaxing getaway to the Finger Lakes region of New York. But before you can hit the brakes, put the car in gear and make a bee line with the ultimate Finger Lakes road trip

You can prepare yourself for your trip beforehand by requesting access to our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. It includes the best FLX attractions, so that you can figure out where you’d like to dine, drink, play, and sightsee while in exploring the Finger Lakes region. 

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Your Guide to the Ultimate Finger Lakes Road Trip 

NYC to the Finger Lakes 

Although New York City and Finger Lakes are not too far away from each other and in the same state, the two regions of New York are almost polar opposites. If you’re looking for a change of scenery and pace, you should drive from NYC to the Finger Lakes. 

The road trip is about five hours and will lead to a series of small towns, lakes, and outdoor recreation.  Some of the best outdoor recreation happens at attractions like Watkins Glen, a state historical park. There, you can spend the day hiking, biking, hunting, swimming, or sightseeing the 19 waterfalls! 

There’s a variety of things to do for the non-outdoorsy folks in your group as well. Explore some of our wine trails and discover the best local sips through a wine tasting (or several!) 

Buffalo to the Finger Lakes 

For the ultimate road trip adventure from Buffalo to the Finger Lakes region, you should take I-90. This route includes an array of attractions on the way to the lakes. Some hot spots you’ll run into are the New Era Field (where the Buffalo Bills play), Byrncliff Golf Resorts, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, and the Jell-O Museum! 

The Finger Lakes to Rochester 

Just an hour away from the Finger Lakes is Rochester, NY. It’s the perfect place to take a day trip during your FLX vacation. History buffs are sure to enjoy the George Eastman Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of film and photography.  You’ll learn all about the history of different film genres, as well as the progression of technology! It’s fantastic for the creatives in your crew! If you love the museum, you’ll also enjoy the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, where you can admire art and walk through popular exhibits. 

Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester is a family favorite in Rochester! The 20-acre zoo is home to more than 90 species of animals! Learn all about your favorite animals, enjoy snacks at the café, or buy some souvenirs in the gift shop! This day trip is a day well-spent in Rochester, NY! 

Road Trip Around the Finger Lakes

If you’re planning a staycation in the Finger Lakes, or just wanting to road trip your way around the greatest attractions, it’s easy to pack an itinerary with fun things to do! Activities range from exploring the hiking trails at Taughannock Falls State Park to making glass at Corning Museum of Glass! 

For an extra unique experience, visit Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s rights movement! You can then experience the National Women’s Hall of Fame where you’ll discover stories about the amazing women who shaped the nation. 

Choose the Best Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals for Your Lakecation

Make the most out of your lake vacation when you choose the best vacation rentals in the region. Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers gorgeous vacation homes surrounding Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Conesus Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake! You can enjoy awesome amenities, like lakefront views, complimentary kayaks, fire pits, and much more. Browse through our selection of FLX vacation rentals, and start planning your road trip today!

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Should You Visit the Finger Lakes in June?

Any time of the year is a great time for a lakecation, but the Finger Lakes in June is especially magical. The combination of exciting festivals and events combined with fun activities and gorgeous weather makes this time of year a magical potion made for success! For a handy guide to all of the best year-round attractions, make sure to request access to your own Vacation Guide to the Finger Lakes region. Our guide includes our favorite local restaurants, shops, outdoor recreation, and scenic areas so that you have access to local insight when putting together your trip itinerary. 

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Finger Lakes in June 

Finger Lakes Weather in June 

Kick Off Summer With Great Weather 

You need to visit the Finger Lakes region in June because the weather is perfect! During the day, you can expect temperatures to hover just below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is ideal weather for all your outdoor adventures. 

Activities You Should Do in June 

Outdoor Recreation 

The Finger Lakes part of New York state is known for being an outdoorsman’s paradise! The lakes offer a variety of state parks to explore. Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State ParkTaughannock Falls State Park, and Keuka Lake State Park are just a few that you can choose from among at least 25 state parks in the area! 

Each of these parks offers gorgeous scenery, a bit of history, and a ton of fun with hiking trails, biking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, and swimming areas! 

Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

Taste local wines when you explore the different Finger Lakes Wine Trails, including Seneca Lake Wine TrailCanandaigua Wine Trail, and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail! Travel the perimeters of the lakes, trying as many wines as you can! There’s a large selection of tasting rooms and vineyards all throughout the Finger Lakes, and you could plan a whole trip around wine tastings! 

Where to Stay in June 

The best place to stay in the Finger Lakes this summer is with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Stay in a large vacation rental on a lake for the perfect FLX vacation in June! Our rentals offer top-notch amenities, like panoramic lake views, docks, complimentary kayaks and canoes, fire pits, game rooms, and much more! Plus, they’re close to the best attractions in the area so you can easily explore the state parks, shopping centers, restaurants, museums, and wineries. 

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Summer Memories is a great place for you and your family to stay as it features seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths! You’re sure to create the best memories here when you hang out in the air-conditioned gazebo, head out on the water with the paddleboat, or grill out on the propane BBQ grill.

Check our availability, and book this dream home today! 

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Do You Want to Know Our Finger Lakes Best-Kept Secrets?

Looking to stay away from crowds during your next New York vacation? Easy. Take a trip to the most relaxing yet thrilling destination in the state! And, to help you navigate your way around the area, we want to share with your our Finger Lakes best-kept secrets. You’ll find numerous ways to make memories with your favorite people when you go on adventures around our magical lakes. 

For more local insight on the Finger Lakes region, make sure to download our free Vacation Guide. It includes our top picks for restaurants, wineries, outdoor recreation, shopping centers, and more! Request your copy, and start planning the trip of a lifetime now! 

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Our Finger Lakes Best-Kept Secrets

Robert H. Treman State Park 

For wild beauty, winding trails, and 12 waterfalls, we recommend that you experience Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. There, you’ll find nine miles of rugged yet beautiful scenery. The stream-fed pool beneath the waterfall is the definition of a Finger Lakes hidden gem. Take a dip in the water to fully experience the natural beauty of the park! 

She-Qua-Ga Falls 

In the midst of the tiny village of Montour Falls, NY, you’ll discover the magnificent She-Qua-Ga Falls. This gigantic waterfall will put you in shock at the sight of it. The hidden attraction is located just south of Seneca Lake, where you’ll find hundreds of runoffs between 300-foot cliffs. For a moment of quiet and calmness, we recommend you visit the park between At the Falls Bed and Breakfast and a residence. 

Finger Lakes Beer Trail 

You’ve heard of our numerous Finger Lakes wine trails. You may have even heard of our cheese trail. But, you probably have not heard about our Finger Lakes Beer Trail! You need to add this selection of incredible breweries to your Finger Lakes bucket list. With more than 75 breweries to choose from, this trail spans about 210 miles of the Finger Lakes. It’s one of the best getaway ideas for you and your friends. Make it a multiple-day trip and take your taste buds on a journey through this FLX best-kept secret! 

Best Kept Secrets of Fishing in the Finger Lakes 

Some of the best fishing happens in the Finger Lakes. No matter what season it is, you’ll be able to catch something great all year-round. There are so many different species of fish in our lakes and many of them are caught in different seasons. For our best-kept fishing secrets, make sure to take a look at our local’s fishing guide

Finger Lakes Number One Best Kept Secret 

The best hidden gem you’ll find in the region is a cozy place to stay with all of your loved ones. Choose to stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties for the ultimate family vacation or getaway with your friends. We offer a large selection of Finger Lakes vacation rentals on several different lakes. 

Your family is sure to love our Best Kept Secret vacation home on Canandaigua Lake. This 4-bedroom dream home includes a jacuzzi tub, dock, and incredible views of the water. Reserve this hidden gem and start planning your lake-cation today! 

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3 of the Best Reasons to Plan a Finger Lakes Staycation

Who says you must travel far to plan a dream vacation? We know that travel can be exhausting, overwhelming, and expensive. Between making travel plans, figuring out where to stay, and mapping out what to do (and keeping the whole family happy), you have a lot on your hands. Save yourself the trouble and opt for a Finger Lakes staycation instead! 

Read on to learn more about the benefits of planning a staycation. Then, download our free Vacation Guide to make planning your getaway even easier!  


What Are the Benefits of Planning a Finger Lakes Staycation?  

There are so many amazing benefits of planning a staycation rather than a cross-country vacation. Some of the most noteworthy perks include:  

  • Save time and money: When you choose a staycation over more intense travel plans, you save so much money on transportation. Buying plane tickets, renting a car, and spending so much time traveling can wear you and your pocketbook down.  
  • Experience your hometown from a fresh perspective: Now is your chance to be a tourist! There is something to be said about taking a step back to view things from a new perspective. Get to know the region in a new light and discover hidden gems while you’re at it!  
  • It’s more sustainable: By nature, opting for shorter travel times is more sustainable than traveling far. This concept of a “staycation” has grown popular during a time of more ecological awareness. Go green! 

3 Reasons to Plan Your Staycation with Finger Lakes Premier Properties  

1. The Views Are Unparalleled  

Regardless of which property you choose, you can expect spectacular lake views! All our rentals are waterfront! Wake up to the sound of birds singing and look out over the water. It’s the perfect way to start your day. Take in the large stretches of lake vistas and admire the way the clouds reflect over the water on a sunny day. In the evenings, spend quality time with your friends and family while admiring the scenery. There’s truly nothing like it!  

2. The Amenities Are Top-Notch  

You can search for your dream vacation home based on the amenities you prefer! Maybe you’re planning to bring your dogs along for a getaway. We have plenty of pet-friendly options that can accommodate you and your furry family members. Perhaps you’re searching for luxurious features such as hot tubs, fireplaces, and non-motorized watercraft access. Regardless of what your preferred amenities might be, rest assured that our selection of homes will meet your needs.  

3. The Accommodations Are Unbeatable  

Now that you know about the benefits of planning your Finger Lakes staycation with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, it’s time to book your stay! Our properties sit on Canandaigua, Conesus, Honeoye, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga lakes. Unplug, slow down, and take in the natural beauty from your own private vacation rental. In the future, you’ll think twice about making big travel plans when you know just how memorable a Finger Lakes staycation can be.   


Plan the Perfect Getaway from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes

Make time for a vacation this year! It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Don’t forget to stop and breathe. Unplug and get away from it all when you travel from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes region for a quiet retreat. Take in the beauty of nature, far away from the city. Read on to learn more about planning the perfect getaway. Then, be sure to download a free copy of our Vacation Guide for thoughtful local insight on what to do during your stay.  


3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Getaway from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes  

1. Determine the Best Mode of Transportation for You  

Planes, trains, and automobiles! Deciding on your mode of transportation is the first step to planning your getaway to the Finger Lakes region. Here are some of the most common of methods for travel for guests arriving from DC:  

By Car | Travel Time: 6 hours 

Whether you’re driving your own car or a rental, you can expect this 332-mile drive to take you about six hours before you reach your destination. One of the best perks of traveling via car is that you’ll be able to stop wherever you like on your way up here!  

By Train | Travel Time:  

Amtrak has service to Ithaca, NY! Once you arrive in Ithaca, the Finger Lakes are just a quick 45-minute drive away. This is an excellent option for anyone that is planning to rent a car during their stay but wants to experience a little train travel.  


2. Map out Must-See Stops Along the Way  

Corning 

Corning is a charming small town just an hour away from the Finger Lakes region. While you’re there, we recommend checking out the fascinating Museum of Glass! It’s the largest museum of glass art and artifacts in the world.  

Elmira  

Elmira is just a short 25-minute drive from Corning. Here, you can do many things ranging from visiting Mark Twain’s grave to strolling through Eldridge Park. While you’re in town, grab a bite to eat from the Turtle Leaf Café!  

Wine Country  

The Finger Lakes is known for its surrounding wine country. There are three major wine trails that you can discover! Wind and wine your way through the Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca Trails. Get a taste of the best wines the region has to offer.  

Ithaca  

Ithaca is just 45 minutes outside of the Finger Lakes region. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love stopping here for an adventure! Visit Robert Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake, and the Cascadilla Gorge Trail to stretch your legs in nature. You can also stop to check out Cornell University!  


3. Settle into Your Waterfront Vacation Rental  

Now that you have an idea of how to plan an unforgettable vacation from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes, it’s time to decide on the most important part of your getaway: where you will stay! Make the most of your experience in the area when you stay in a beautiful waterfront vacation rental through Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Our beautiful properties set the scene for a restful retreat. Make your dream vacation a reality, and check out our rentals today!  


How to Make a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Home Your Own

One of the greatest perks of staying in a vacation rental rather than in a hotel room is that you can make yourself right at home! With their beautiful accommodations and top-notch features, it’s easy to make a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Home your own during your stay! Something so magical happens when you’re able to settle into one of our properties with your family. It transforms into a real home away from home.   

Read on for some thoughtful tips that will help make your rental feel like a home during your stay. For more travel planning ideas, be sure to download a free copy of our Vacation Guide 


3 of the Best Ways to Make a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Home Your Own During Your Vacation 

Your vacation should be all about making lifelong memories with the people who matter most! You know what they say, “The home is where the heart is.” So, make one of our vacation rentals your home away from home!  

1. Gather Around the Table for a Family Meal  

Sharing food with your loved ones can do wonders for your relationships! It will also make you feel right at home, being in the kitchen cooking up a hot meal. In all our vacation rentals, you can expect to have access to a fully equipped kitchen that has everything you need to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your vacation home!  

2. Bring Your Furry Family Members  

What’s a vacation without your best friend? There’s no better way to make somewhere new feel like home than having the whole family there with you. It can cost so much money to board your pup in a kennel or hire pet-sitters during the length of your vacation. Plus, it’s just not the same traveling without your furry companions. Pack up the pooches for the ride and stay in one of our pet-friendly rentals!  

3. Enjoy Your Vacation Rental’s Exclusive Features 

Make the most of your stay in one of our premier vacation rentals by taking advantage of the property’s wonderful amenities and features! Enjoy a glass of wine on the back porch and take in views of the lake. Gather the kids for a game in the living room. Many of our homes have everything from flatscreen televisions and private dock access to non-motorized watercrafts available for guest use and more! 


Choose Your Dream Home from an Impressive Selection of Vacation Rentals  

Two chairs sitting on a jetty at dusk, form a tranquil and idyllic scene at Lake Seneca, a popular vacation destination and located in the famous Finger Lakes region in New YorkState.

The most important part of making a Finger Lakes Premier Properties vacation home feel like your own is booking your dream rental in the first place! Choose from over 250 properties across the Finger Lakes region. Each of our homes is entirely unique and features one-of-a-kind furnishings, amenities, and features. If you’re hoping to save on your stay, be sure to check out our current specials, as well!  

Browse our impressive selection of vacation rentals and book your stay today! 

We Know How to Plan the Best Finger Lakes Getaways

Are you looking to spend a few days with your special someone? How about create memories with family and friends? Maybe you’re itching for a staycation close to home. No matter the occasion, the Finger Lakes region of New York sets the scene for a memorable trip. Our area is well known for its beautiful scenery and countless things to do. It’s a perfect destination for couples, groups, and solo travelers alike! 

Keep reading to find out how to plan the best Finger Lakes getaways and be sure to check out our free Travel Guide for even more helpful tips. 

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3 Fantastic Ideas for Finger Lakes Getaways 

For Couples 

There’s nothing better than some alone time with your sweetheart! Romantic getaways in the Finger Lakes are ideal for couples seeking rest and relaxation. Head out for a road trip in the fall and admire our region’s colorful foliage. Or, visit in the summertime and tour the award-winning Seneca Lake Wine Trail hand in hand. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, plan a cozy winter getaway that includes lots of time snuggled up together. 

Keuka Pines Bungalow is a charming one-bedroom cottage overlooking the lake. This is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. You can sit on the dock and read a book by the water or go for a swim. This rental also comes with passes to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort for a fun time on the slopes. Then, end the perfect day by roasting marshmallows and enjoying each other’s company by the fire pit!  

For Families & Groups of Friends 

Of course, the Finger Lakes isn’t just a great place for couples. Round up the guys for a golf getaway and practice your swing at the area’s most challenging courses. Looking to escape with the ladies for a few days? Wine, dine, shop, and explore during a girlfriend’s getaway with your BFFs. You can also pack up the kids and hit the road for a fun Finger Lakes family vacation filled with outdoor adventure. No matter who’s in your group, you’ll leave with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Aurora Escape is a stunning vacation home that can accommodate the whole family as it sleeps 12 people. You’re sure to make endless memories in this 7-bedroom,  5-bathroom estate.  You can enjoy quiet time in the cozy library or enjoy each other’s company playing games, having dinner, or watching a movie on the flatscreen HD television. This dream home sits on Cayuga Lake and near some of the best Finger Lakes attractions, including incredible dining and shopping establishments, all within walking distance.  

For Locals 

If you live in New York City, Toronto, or another nearby city, consider visiting the Finger Lakes for a staycation or weekend getaway. Our peaceful region is only a short distance from the hustle and bustle but feels worlds away. Trade busy streets for quiet state parks and tall buildings for flowing waterfalls. You’ll feel like a new person after a few breaths of fresh air! 

Harmony Hill is fantastic for your staycation because it serves as the most relaxing escape from daily life. Here, you’ll find pure joy and peaceful moments surrounded by nature. Enjoy a relaxing day by sipping your coffee by the pond or go on an outdoor adventure at Bristol Ski Mountain Resort just minutes away. You’re sure to leave after this vacation feeling relaxed and refreshed! 

Book Your Next Getaway with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

As you can see, there are different types of Finger Lakes getaways to choose from. Whether you’re visiting with friends, family, or the love of your life, one thing is certain: you’ll want a great vacation rental to return to each day. Finger Lakes Premier Properties boasts the best selection of rental properties in the region. You can browse our homes by location, rating, or price to find the one that’s right for you! And, if you know how many guests you’ll be traveling with, you can refine your search by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, or daily rate.  

Check out our full selection of properties and book your getaway today. We look forward to hosting you soon! 

Why You Need to Visit the Finger Lakes in January

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

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

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Top 3 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in January 

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

1. Shop the Bargain Bash 

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

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

2. Ski, Snowshoe, or Fish 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top 4 State Parks in the Finger Lakes Region 

Watkins Glen State Park 

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

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Taughannock Falls State Park 

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

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Keuka Lake State Park  

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

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Buttermilk Falls State Park 

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

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Stay Near Your Favorite Finger Lakes State Park 

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

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