The Finger Lakes region of New York is the perfect place to bring the whole family because there’s something for everyone! 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 best itinerary for the Finger Lakes. Read on to find out how to plan your dream lake-cation.
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The Best Itinerary for the Finger Lakes
Day 1 in Finger Lakes: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
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.
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.
Thirsty Owl Wine Company is on 150 acres of vineyards along the Cayuga Lake. The vineyard is home to award-winning wines and gorgeous views. It’s the perfect spot for outdoor dining when the weather is beautiful!
Attractions Along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
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.
Wineries on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Lastly, 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.
Day 2 in Finger Lakes: Watkins Glen
Spend day two 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 and enjoy a picnic for a nature-filled day in Watkins Glen.
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 3: Lake Life
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.
Have Fun on the Lake
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. Challenge yourself and take a SUP yoga or SUP fitness class on Canandaigua Lake. Or, go fly fishing, kayaking, or boating with Summit to Stream Adventures on Seneca Lake.
Relax in a Luxury Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Rental
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!