The Best Ways to Experience Sailing on the Finger Lakes

Want to experience one of the most carefree, relaxing, yet thrilling feelings? Try sailing on the Finger Lakes! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gliding over a body of water with a warm breeze flowing through your hair on a summer evening. If you’d like to experience this freeing feeling, you can choose from a variety of Finger Lakes sailboat charter options as our area is home to 11 magnificent lakes in Upstate New York. 

To get a head start on planning the rest of your FLX trip, glance at our complimentary Vacation Guide. We’ve included the top outdoor recreation, boat charters, restaurants, wine tours, museums, and other attractions so that you can put together the most memorable vacation on the lake yet! 

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Your Guide to Sailing on the Finger Lakes 

Finger Lakes Boat Tours & Sailing Charters 

True Love & Its Claim to Fame 

Meet True Love, a gorgeous 1925 sailboat that trekked the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea to later call the Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region home! You can hop aboard True Love at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier in Watkins Glen, NY. 

This special sailboat has a famous past of hosting celebrities or public figures like the Chairman of Chrysler Motors, Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly in the movie “High Society,” and sporting an appearance in “The Philadelphia Story” with Katharine Hepburn. 

Trying to hop aboard True Love? Choose from several experiences including private sailing charters, weddings, parties, public sailing, and more. 

Not True Love, But Crazy Love 

Meet Crazy Love, a 36-foot sailboat that also lives on Seneca. Visit Geneva, NY, and you can hop aboard the crazy boat for two hours. Choose to sail the morning, afternoon, or sunset cruises to scope out the area from a lake point of view. 

Sailing Lessons 

Learn to Sail With Keuka Yacht Club (KYC) 

Between Hammondsport and Branchport, discover Keuka Lake to find the oldest inland yacht club in the United States, Keuka Yacht Club! The 1872 club can help you learn the ins and outs of sailing the iconic Finger Lakes of New York with a 6-session junior sailing program and two-week advanced program. 

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Relax in the Best Finger Lakes Vacation Rental & Watch the Sailboats Sail Away 

Looking for the most beautiful vacation rentals on the Finger Lakes to call home during your next lake getaway? 

Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers the best FLX rentals in Upstate New York including waterfront properties with panoramic lake views, pet-friendly accommodations, covered and uncovered decks, fire pits, boating docks, complimentary kayaks, and so many more fabulous amenities. 

Sails and Sunsets on Keuka Lake is the perfect vacation rental for your next trip to the lake. The gorgeous 3-bedroom home is lakeside and right across from Keuka Yacht Club, which means you’ll be able to watch the sailboats race every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer! You don’t even have to get up from the comfort of your private rental to enjoy the wonderful sport of sailing the Finger Lakes! 

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Boat on Keuka Lake with these resources!

After a long winter, the temptation is strong to boat on Keuka Lake and go for that relaxing cruise you have been longing for. Below we have all of the resources of local business’s that can help you get on the water, stay on the water, and make the most of Keuka Lake life.

Lakefront Gas, Food, & Gift Shop

The Olney Place

The Olney Place is conveniently located in the middle of nowhere. They’re open May through October starting at 7 AM daily.  Seth and his staff are committed to maximizing your time on Keuka Lake. So before making that next trip to town, don’t forget they have the following items in stock:

MILK ⋆ CHIPS ⋆ BEER ⋆ ICE ⋆ SODA ⋆ COFFEE ⋆ TOYS ⋆ SUNSCREEN ⋆ CIGARETTES ⋆ CHARCOAL ⋆ COLD CUTS ⋆ DELI ⋆ SALADS ⋆ EGGS ⋆ A SENSE OF HUMOR ⋆ NEWSPAPERS ⋆ DOCKSIDE GAS ⋆ BUTTER ⋆ POSSIBLE CHANCE OF SUN ⋆ WIFI ⋆ SUNGLASSES ⋆ BAIT ⋆ ATM ⋆ BATTERIES ⋆ CLEANING PRODUCTS ⋆ KEUKA LAKE GIFT IDEAS ⋆ FIREWOOD ⋆ BAKED GOODS ⋆ GLUTEN-FREE OFFERINGS ⋆ PUBLIC RESTROOMS ⋆ GIFT CERTIFICATES ⋆ LOCAL/GOURMET CHEESES & CHOCOLATES

Dockside Pickup:

You can get hungry out on the water. So can your boat. So, while you’re fueling up at our gas dock, call up (315) 536-5454 for some sandwiches and groceries. They’ll deliver it right to your boat (or seaplane, if that’s your thing).

Marina’s

Jake’s Boat Livery + Gift Shop

This family run business is located smack dab in the middle of Keuka Lake on the west side just north of The Waterfront Restaurant. Jake offers gas, food, beverages, boat rentals, tube/ski rentals, apparel, fishing tackle/poles, live bait and so much more. Need to launch your boat in Keuka Lake or retrieve it from Keuka Lake that’s $7-1 way. Also, Keep your vehicle parked at Jake’s is another $10/day. What a deal and the owners are the nicest people you will find.

Morgan Marine

Morgan Marine is an authorized Boston Whaler, Premier Pontoons, Hobie Mirage Kayaks Eclipse Paddleboard, and O’Brien SUPs dealership in Penn Yan, New York. Along with a large selection of new models, Morgan Marine also carries a wide variety of pre-owned models. Morgan Marine has a full sales, service and parts department. They also offer boat /kayak rentals and have a pretty large boat store with everything from tubes , water skis, bumpers, lines etc. Come in and visit their friendly, reliable, and experienced staff between the hours of 9am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday (Closed Sunday & Monday), or call us at (315)-536-8166.

Harbor Lights Marina

Sable family owned for over 48 years.  Non-ethanol gas, snacks, ice cream on the dock, drinks, non-motorized rentals.  New and gently used water sports for sale!  Come see us and become part of our Keuka Family!
Find us right across from the tip of the bluff (next door to Lakeside Restaurant).  You will see our Finger Lakes Seaplane parked at our dock, as this is where the seaplane tours take off from! You can also launch your boat here for a $5 launch fee.

The Boathouse at Keuka

Enjoying a day out on Keuka Lake and need to fill up your boat? Swing by the NEW Marina/lakefront gas station on the west side of Keuka Lake in Hammondsport. They have everything you could want from tubes, life jackets, ice, snacks, gas for the boat and so much more! Rent a boat from them if you don’t have one of your own. Boat on Keuka Lake with one of their rental lily pads perfect for a float-illa.

East Bluff Harbor

East Bluff Harbor is a full service marina that has been operating on Keuka Lake for over 40 years. They are located half way down the bluff on the east side and have two gas pumps. One at the end of their floating dock and the other on shore for your convenience. They sell 89-octane gas, as the engine manufacturers recommend that you use it for your boat.

Tubes, skis and wakeboards are necessary accessories to get a true sense of a day on the lake. Don’t forget the rope and the life vests. They can also special order any water toy that is not stocked at their store. They carry all the safety equipment necessary to comply with Coast Guard regulations. When is the last time you checked your flares or fire extinguisher? Both expire and need to be replaced!  It is always good to have extra rope and fenders to tie your boat up safely at the restaurant or at a friend’s dock.

North End Marina

They offer trouble free and clean boat rentals, newer models as well as well maintained older models. They keep their prices low to keep you coming back! Located on the north west branch of Keuka Lake in Branchport. Daily, multiple day, & weekly rentals available. Spend a few days or a week relaxing, fishing, boating, swimming, sightseeing, or wine & beer tasting. They also sell ice on the premises & have non-ethanol high octane gas available.

Basin Park Marina

Proprietors John & Karen Wheeler, along with their crew offer customers: *Clean restrooms and showers. *Shore power for their slip customers. *Picnic area with tables and grill. *Ice machine.*Ample Parking and a great view of Keuka Lake’s only naturally protected harbor! Rent ski, pontoon, or fishing boats from them. Make sure you call (315) 595-8808 ahead to reserve your boat rental.

Boat Storage, Repair + Showroom

Mike’s Marine

Mike offers exceptional boat storage and repair services. He has been in the business for over 30 years and is a local favorite. You can reach him at (607) 868- 3308. This one man operation doesn’t lack in customer service or quality of work, give him a call today!

Keuka Watersports

Keuka Watersports is an authorized Centurion, Starcraft and SunChaser dealership serving the Finger Lakes area of New York state. They are proud to carry a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. Therefore, When you are ready for a new boat, their friendly and knowledgeable service departments are prepared to make sure your experience is outstanding. From assisting while you’re making your choice to ongoing maintenance and customization. Keuka Watersports values the opportunity to create a long-term relationship with their customers, and do that by giving you the best customer service available.

Over the years, our customers have become our extended family by coming back to us year after year. We enjoy and look forward to seeing our growing extended family every year and hope that you too will become part of our extended Keuka Watersports family. Keuka Watersports is Keuka Lake’s premiere boat and jet ski rental source. Offering the best ski boats, pontoon boats, deck boats, jet skis & kayaks. They offer daily, multi-day, and weekly rental rates along with waterskies, wakeboards, and tubes. Give them a call at (607) 569-2889 today!

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Keuka Lake Association

In order to create boating memories on Keuka Lake we all need to make sure their is a Keuka Lake to boat on. The Keuka Lake Association aims to preserve and protect the natural beauty of Keuka Lake for future generations. You too can be a part of maintaining our beautiful lady Keuka.

Keuka Lakefront Rentals

Many of our rentals have permanent docks and or boat hoists to keep your boat or your rental boat secured safely overnight.

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Celebrating July 4th in the Finger Lakes – 2020 Edition

Most of the annual July 4th celebrations including large events, parades, and firework displays have been canceled in the Finger Lakes region due to the COVID-19 restrictions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate our pride for the USA.

For those seeking greater experiences, we’ve provided our recommendations for creating new patriotic traditions in the Finger Lakes.

Booking the Perfect Lake House

The dates surrounding the July 4th weekend are the most popular of the year for booking a lakefront vacation rental. With family travel plans being diverted this year because of COVID-19, you may still have a chance to secure the perfect home to enjoy a Finger Lakes Independence Day, but book soon!

The key to creating the perfect lakeside getaway is finding the home that checks all your boxes. Unlike hotels, vacation rental homes are not all created equal, but that is also part of the fun. Some families require open layouts with bedrooms on the first floor or level lakefronts for easy access for children. Many of our homes also offer virtual tours allowing you to tour the home before you book, ensuring it fits your vacation style. Identifying these needs will be key for an enjoyable getaway for everyone in your group and will also help our local vacation planners find the right home for you.

It’s all about the amenities

Get more out of your vacation by taking advantages of the additional amenities that come with most vacation homes. Many of our homes come with perks such as kayaks (non-motorized watercraft) and hot tubs. These are searchable features on our website. Some other key features include game rooms, lawn games, fire pits, and bonus lake houses. These amenities can be found in the property descriptions or the amenities section on the property pages.

More ways to get on the lake

Motorized boats are not included with any of our rentals. However, local marinas can help you get out on the lakes during your stay with rentals of boats, kayaks, and any accessory you need to enjoy the water during your stay. Like our rentals, these will also be reserved well in advance for the busy holiday weekend so please plan accordingly.

For expert help on creating the perfect Independence Day getaway, contact our local vacation planners who are familiar with all of our 280+ homes across the Finger Lakes.

Plan Ahead for Easy, Delicious, and Festive Meals

One of the best advantages of staying in a vacation home is you have a fully equipped kitchen and grill for making your favorite meals throughout your stay. But again, planning ahead is key especially with new COVID-19 guidelines in place for shopping.

In today’s digital world it is easier than ever to order groceries online and have them ready for curbside pick-up. Reduce the need to go into stores by using these methods to pick up all of the items you need for a delicious getaway. Search your route to your rental beforehand then see what options are offered or check out the list below:

  • Conesus Lake: West’s Surfine Food Mart,
  • Honeoye Lake: West Wise Honeoye
  • Canandaigua Lake: (North) Canandaigua Wegmans, Tops, Aldi’s, Walmart; (South) Rennoldson’s Market
  • Keuka Lake: (North) Tops, Morgan’s, Aldi’s, Oak Hill Bulk Goods; (East Lake) Olney Place; (South) Hammondsport Grocery
  • Seneca Lake: (North) Geneva Wegmans, Walmart, Sauder’s; (South) Top’s, Walmart
  • Cayuga Lake: (North) Waterloo Tops, Waterloo Walmart, Cayuga Corner, Sauder’s, Auburn Wegmans, Auburn Walmart; (East side) Union Springs Shurfine Supermarket, the Produce Place; (South) Ithaca Wegmans, Tops, Target, Aldi’s, Anabel’s Grocery, Green Star Food Co+op

Need some festive inspiration for what to serve through the July 4th weekend? Check out our Pinterest Board while you are creating your shopping list!

Creative Ways for a Memorable Lakeside Holiday

There is no doubt this will be one of the most memorable Independence Day’s in our Nation’s history. Make the most of social distancing by celebrating with a small group of your closest family and friends at your lake rental. Here are some of our guest’s favorite ways to celebrate at their lakefront vacation rentals:

  • Bring your favorite (most competitive) lawn game and plan a tournament
  • Create a Patriotic Picnic
  • Decorate your boat/kayak in red, white, and blue and create your own water parade
  • Patriotic Kid Crafts and Games
  • Watch a patriotic movie (Have a projector? Make an outdoor theater)
  • Create your own Finger Lakes wine/beer tasting by picking up similar styles from different tasting rooms (see below)
  • Spark up the sparklers at night
  • Lakeside campfire with s’mores

Explore the Finger Lakes Responsibly

If you choose to leave your lakeside rental this July 4th weekend and explore some of the natural wonders of our region, please plan ahead.

Parks, Trails and Waterfalls

Be aware that without the annual festivals and events, our popular parks will likely be busier than usual with locals and travelers all seeking a memorable holiday weekend. If you are staying through the week, planning on visiting these locations during a week day may be an option for less traffic. And although most parks have reopened, there are restrictions and new guidelines. Always research the venue prior to getting into the car to avoid closures.

For resources on finding trails and parks, visit:

Beverage Experience Seekers

Our region is hoping to be in Phase 3 of New York State’s reopening plan by July 4th, which includes tasting rooms across our wine trails and craft brew trail. However, each day is different and we cannot guarantee the availability of visiting tasting rooms. One thing is certain, tasting room policies, procedures and experiences will be much different this year with new protocols in place to keep staff and patrons safe.

As of right now, most tasting rooms are offering pick up and delivery options of your favorite craft drinks. While we understand it isn’t the same experience, perhaps picking up bottles of fresh vintages and enjoying them lake side may not be the worst way to savor the flavors of the Finger Lakes.

Below are links to the beverage trails for you to get the most current information on what will be available during your visit to the Finger Lakes.

Plan a Lakeside Celebration for Another Time

Without the organized parades and fireworks this year, who says you can’t create your own festive vacation on a different weekend of the summer. This will also provide you with more flexible dates with possible lower rates to get more out of your next vacation.

Don’t forget to take a peak at our specials page which includes Mini-week specials (stays of 6 days or less depending on the property) or deeper discounts on select lake homes.

If your reason for visiting the Finger Lakes includes must-have experiences such as wine tasting, museum touring, or sitting down at your favorite restaurant, stay up to date on the New York State’s Phases for reopening by visiting our COVID page.

Where to Find the Best Finger Lakes Boat Rentals

Without a doubt, the best part about staying in the Finger Lakes region is, of course, the lakes! There’s nothing like zipping across the lake on a vessel or relaxing with a fishing pole and a nice beer. First thing’s first: find out the where’s most convenient Finger Lakes boat rentals for your needs. Discover the best places to rent a boat in the Finger Lakes!

We’ve listed some of the best Finger Lakes boat rentals, but there’s more to discover! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of our favorite museums, hiking trails, shops, wineries, and restaurants in the region!

The Best Finger Lakes Boat Rentals

Canandaigua Lake

German Brother Marina: This family-owned business, located on the west shore of Canandaigua Lake, is a full-service marina as well as a new and used boat dealership. They offer 23-foot Tahoe Pontoon boats from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can rent for half-days, full days, or choose the five-day weekday rental.

Pelican Point Marina: Pelican Point is situated on the east side of the lake, and boasts the longest hours on the lake. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week, from mid-May to Labor Day. You can even grab a snack while you’re there at their deli. Don’t miss the iconic “Terry’s Signature Italian Sub,” a two-pound sandwich!

Owasco Lake

Owasco Marine: Another full-service marina, Owasco Marine rents brand-new Bennington pontoon boats and Crestliner fishing boats. Choose from their full day, two-day, or one-week rentals. If you’d like to rent for a half-day, give them a call, as they only offer those based on availability.

Seneca Lake

Roy’s Marina: There’s a reason Roy’s Marina has been in business for over 65 years! This family-owned institution provides stellar service at fair prices. You can rent from their wide selection of boats, as well as rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. They also offer fishing charters!

Stivers Seneca Marina: Located on the northernmost tip of Seneca Lake, Stiver’s Marina offers half-day and full day pontoon boat rents every day of the week. Inside their Ship Store, you’ll find fishing supplies, towable tubes, snacks, and beer.

Conesus Lake

Conesus Lake Boat Rentals: This small, family-owned operation is the perfect option for anyone staying on Conesus Lake. They offer to deliver boats to rentals around the lake, with flexible dropoff and pickup times. They have three boats from which you can choose, and you can check out the boat’s availability online!

Keuka Lake

East Bluff Harbor: In operation for over 40 years, East Bluff Harbor has a wide selection of boats available for rent. They are among the best of the Keuka Lake boat rentals, and they also offer a range of tubes, skis, and wakeboards.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

After your day of boating in the Finger Lakes, return to a luxurious home with the best amenities available! Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers the best inventory of waterfront homes. Consider booking Paradise Point, a Canandaigua Lake property that is just a five-minute drive from Pelican Point Marina. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is perfect for anyone traveling with their family for an annual summer vacation or on a friend’s getaway.

Take a look at our full inventory of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.