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.

Best Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day From Your (Vacation) Home

Each Memorial Day we recognize the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country in grand, festive ways.. This year will look different as we all sacrifice many of our traditions and find new ways to celebrate and remember the meaning of the holiday.

New York State’s Governor Cuomo continues to urge residents across the state to minimize gatherings to 10 people or less, and practice responsible social distancing. Keep the essence of Memorial Day alive this year with some of our recommended ways to celebrate from your Finger Lakes vacation home.

Plan Ahead for a Stocked Fridge

Any vacation and celebration is largely circled around delicious dishes, recipes, and sweet treats. There is no change there for this year, except to do a little more planning ahead.

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 click here for some local Finger Lakes resources.

While you’re preparing your shopping list, take a list at our Memorial Day Pinterest board for some savory inspiration.

One great advantage of renting a vacation rental is that your accommodations come equipped with a kitchen. All of our rental home kitchens include dinnerware, silverware, bake ware, utensils, and even a grill to accommodate your meal serving needs. However, experiencing local fare when traveling is an expected vacation experience.

Don’t worry, even though you may not be able to sit down in your favorite local diner or pub, you can still order takeout from many restaurants throughout our region. Click the links below for the local resources by lake:

Don’t forget the beverages!

Seneca Lake wine trail vacation rentals
Guest photo by Sandy B.

Our local wine trails, breweries and distilleries are also offering curbside and delivery options. Click on the link below for their resources:

Exploring the Finger Lakes

If you choose to leave your lakeside rental this Memorial Day weekend and explore some of the natural wonders of our region, please plan ahead. Perhaps this trip you forego the popular parks and instead explore some of the paths less taken.

No matter where you choose to trek, contacting the park ahead of time is recommended. Some parks have not opened this year because the trails do not allow enough space for safe social distancing. Other parks have reduced access or sometimes closed mid-day in order to eliminate overcrowding in popular settings.

For more information on where to go and the precautions parks are taking, click below.

Just Relax Lakeside

Seneca Lake vacation rental campfire
Guest photo by Tarun R.

You rented a lakeside vacation home, enjoy it! The lake itself provides plenty of entertainment for days. Take a look at the description of the vacation rental you reserved, and you may find some additional perks for added entertainment through your stay.

Many of our vacation rentals come with non-motorized watercraft including kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, etc. There is no better way to social distance than by being on the water! Better yet, pack a fishing pole and make sure your NYS Fishing License is ready for catching dinner from the lake.

Games rooms and lawn games are another feature to add some fun to stay. However, not all rentals provide these. If your family has a favorite game for some friendly competition, make sure to bring it from home.

There is no better way to end each day then to gather around a campfire as the sun sets behind the rolling hills. Most of our rentals provide fire pits, but double check. You’ll also want to buy local wood way from either a roadside stand or grocery store. Remember that shopping list, don’t forget the s’mores!

You can always relax in one of our rentals knowing we have the most dependable cleaning standards. We are confident in our services and even provide a housekeeping guarantee to ensure all of our guests feel safe and comfortable throughout their Finger Lakes vacation.

The Premier Advantage of Booking a Vacation Rental

If one thing is certain during these unprecedented times, it is that travel will look different going forward. We will be more conscious of space and human contact. Our choices of transportation, locations, and especially accommodations will have more inquisition in the planning stages of your next vacation. But yes, travel will happen.

While you are listing the needs and wants of your next getaway, a private home to host your next vacation may be key to creating the best trip yet. Here’s why staying at one of our rentals gives you a premier vacation advantage.

No Contact Check-in

From the moment you pull out of your driveway to the time you arrive at your lakefront rental, you will not come in contact with any of our staff. There is no lobby, no desk to check-in at, simply drive to your private home to check in. Key less entry systems are on all of our rentals, providing you less stress, convenience, and a safe start to your vacation.

Cleanliness Standards

The elephant in all our minds is the cleanliness of the vacation rental prior to arrival. We continue to maintain the highest housekeeping standards so that you’ll experience a sanitized, clean, and disinfected home to enjoy. We continue to use commercial grade disinfectant, and our housekeeping staff has increased their focus on “high touch” items like light switches, doorknobs, remotes, etc.  For more information on our cleaning standards, click below.

Private Spaces Inside and Out

Keuka Lake Vacation Rentals
“This house was perfect for our family! It is so beautiful inside. Everything was very clean and well kept. It felt like home. The mattresses were very comfortable, unlike some homes we have stayed at in the past. The kitchen was well stocked and had everything I needed to cook all the meals for the week. There is plenty of outside seating to accommodate all guests. We caught pike, large and smallmouth bass, and a catfish right off the dock. There were 2 kayaks that came with the property. We enjoyed the house so much we are going to book it for the same week next year. This home exceeded our expectations!”

Travel with the peace of mind knowing you don’t have to share a home with other guests or the owner of the rental like you would if you rent through VRBO/Airbnb. You’re also eliminating the contact you would have in lobbies or common areas of a hotel. The entire home is for your full enjoyment and relaxation.

In addition to the social distancing advantage, there are economic benefits of staying in a vacation rental when it comes to dining. All of our vacation homes come will fully equipped kitchens. You’ll eliminate the search for safe dining or take out and be able to cook every meal, snack, and baked dessert in the comfort of your own kitchen. If you plan ahead, you can even order all of your groceries online and pick them up curbside on your way to your rental.

Take a step outside of your rental to find your personal paradise. The only people you will be sharing the beach, porch, yard, outdoor kitchen with is the people in your group. No need to worry about crowded beaches, or your spot getting stolen from another vacationer. Some lakefront homes in our region are in close proximity to neighbors. Be sure to review the photos or ask our vacation planners if you’re looking for a secluded home, we have plenty of these too!

Entertainment is Included

Finger Lakes rentals
“We booked a Honeoye Lake home for a quiet week away. It was perfect. My favorite was taking our 2-year old son out for a paddle in the provided kayak each day. His favorite was probably the s’mores at night.” – L.B., September, 2014

One of the best benefits of staying in a vacation rental is you have the space and amenities to keep you entertained for days! Below is a list of commonly found amenities to help you enjoy your time on vacation safely.

  • Game rooms
  • Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards
  • Fire pits
  • Hot tubs
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Free WiFi (for those that continue to work or school from home)

Many of our amenities are search options on our site. If you need assistance of finding the perfect home to suit the needs of your group, contact our vacation planners at 888-414-5253.

For more information on how to safely experience the Finger Lakes region through the COVID-19 changes, click here.

Search our entire vacation rental inventory by clicking book now below. No matter which rental you choose you will always receive the premier vacation rental advantage.

Quarantined in the Finger Lakes

Creating memorable experiences in the Finger Lakes isn’t only for the out-of-towners. Here at Finger Lakes Premier Properties, we strive to be a resource for everyone to enjoy their time in the our picturesque region. During this period of social distancing and limited travel, in order to #flattenthecurve, we’ve provided some inspiration for making the most of our time apart.

Take A Breath of Fresh Air

Local and New York State Parks are still open, but visit responsibly. As Spring weather welcomes warmer temperatures, you’re bound to see more people stretching their legs at public parks. Luckily for us, there is a plethora of parks with great trails for hikers of all levels.

The New York State Parks have only closed access to playgrounds, athletic courts, and sporting fields to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To explore a park near you, visit their website.

Another one of our favorite resources for creating new adventures is GoFingerLakes.org. You can download the app or visit their site to find the best spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and outdoor recreation across our 6,000-square-mile area. On this site, you can even use their advance search for the best locations for waterfalls, pet-friendly trails, bird watching, and more.

The Lake is Open!

It may be obvious, but the lakes offer great activities for responsible social distancing. Take advantage of the free entertainment they provide from paddling to fishing.

No matter what species of fresh water fish you’re looking for, the Finger Lakes has it. For family outings you can cast from most public and state parks for a lakeside activity. For the serious anglers, different lakes are better for certain types of fish. For example, Seneca Lake attracts fishermen for its Perch and Trout and hosts tournaments each year. In addition to the lakes, the ponds and streams throughout the region also offer plentiful opportunities for casting a line or net, which can be brought home for a fresh dinner. For more information about fishing in the Finger Lakes, click here. Before you grab your fishing pole, take a look at New York State regulations and licensing by clicking here.

If you own a kayak or canoe, take advantage of your extra time and get paddling. If you don’t live lakeside, you can launch from parks scattered along the shores of each lake. For fresh scenery and the chance to view wildlife, paddle an inlet where you can also find some great fishing spots. Click here for resources on where to launch.

Savor the Flavors

Just because you can’t sit down in your favorite restaurant doesn’t mean you have to fend for yourself at every meal. Create a special evening or make a picnic out of it by ordering take out from local restaurants. Below you can review menus of favored venues around our region offering to-go or delivery options.

Canandaigua Restaurants with Take Out:

Naples Restaurants with Take Out:

Penn Yan Restaurants with Take Out:

Hammondsport Restaurants with Take Out:

Geneva Restaurants with Take Out:

Watkins Glen Restaurants with Take Out:

Seneca Falls Restaurants with Take Out:

Ithaca Restaurants with Take Out:

(check back as we will be updating this page with more options)

Don’t forget the wine and beer!

You may not be able to do a tasting on site, but you can still purchase your favorite bottles and growlers while supporting our local beverage industry. Find complete lists by visiting the wine trail and beer trail links below.

We hope everyone stays healthy, safe, and connected during this unprecedented time. Join us on Facebook as we will be posting live photos, videos, and updates from our picturesque region.

Coronavirus and the Finger Lakes

The safety of our guests, owners and staff has always been one of our core values.  In observance of the recommendations of the CDC, we are practicing social separation during the next 8-week Coronavirus (COVID-19) lifecycle peak, and as a company we are taking the following actions:

– Our employees are practicing safe social separation and working remotely (as appropriate).

– We continue to maintain the highest housekeeping standards so that you’ll experience a sanitized, clean, and disinfected home to enjoy. We continue to use commercial grade disinfectant, and our housekeeping staff will increase their focus on “high touch” items like light switches, doorknobs, remotes, etc. 

– We are providing specialized advice to our customers to ensure that the anticipated post-social separation pent-up demand can be accommodated. 

For Guests with a 2020 Reservation

We are closely monitoring the local and national COVID-19 situation.  We understand the uncertainty of it all. However, our region continues to be a low-risk area. 

At this time, we are recommending our guests hold off on changing their travel plans through the next 8-week COVID-19 lifecycle peak. With vacation rentals being the prefered accommodation for practicing safe distancing, we are anticipating an increase in demand and want to ensure our guests who already have reservations are able to keep their scheduled vacation.

To ensure the safety of our staff, guests, and owners, our Housekeeping Department will continue to maintain the highest housekeeping standards so that you’ll experience a sanitized, clean, and disinfected home to enjoy. We continue to use commercial grade disinfectant, and our housekeeping staff will increase their focus on “high touch” items like light switches, doorknobs, remotes, etc. We do not oursource any linens, towels, or cleaning supplies and have maintenance teams on hand around the clock to assure you have the best vacation possible.  

If you have any questions about your reservation, our Reservations Team are here to help you. Please feel free to call 888-414-5253 or email us at vacation@flpplake.com for assistance.  

Planning Your Next Finger Lakes Vacation

The Finger Lakes Region continues to be a favored “drive to” destination. Our vacation rentals offer open spaces, inhouse entertainment, and outdoor areas for families to practice safe distancing at a picturesque location.

In addition to the peaceful lakefronts, our region offers a variety of natural parks and recreation spots to create new experiences. Even though our vacation rentals offer fully equipped kitchens, we know our guests enjoy frequenting local restaurants. Fortunately, many are still offering takeout options. We are working on compiling these resources for your next visit. 

To ensure the safety of our staff, guests, and owners, when you stay in one of our vacation rentals you will have the piece of mind that:

– We offer keyless entry to a majority of our rentals. You will not need to check-in at our office or a front desk. We will provide you the keyless code prior to arrival so you can go directly to your vacation home and enter it at check-in time.

– Our Housekeeping Department will continue to maintain the highest housekeeping standards so that you’ll experience a sanitized, clean, and disinfected home to enjoy. We continue to use commercial grade disinfectant, and our housekeeping staff will increase their focus on “high touch” items like light switches, doorknobs, remotes, etc between every reservation. We do not outsource any linens, towels, or cleaning supplies and have maintenance teams on hand around the clock to assure you have the best vacation possible.

– We have a 24-hour Manager on Duty to provide assistance if needed.

– We offer and recommend Travel Protection Insurance for every new reservation.

With the current situation, we anticipate an increased demand for our vacation rentals in the near future. To ensure you and your family are able to enjoy a safe and memorable vacation at the home and dates of your choice, click here to begin planning your next stay with us. 

Finger Lakes COVID-19 Resources

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 status, please use the resources below:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Official website for New York State

Conesus Lake: Livingston County

Honeoye Lake: Ontario County

Canandaigua Lake: Ontario CountyYates County

Keuka Lake: Yates CountySteuben CountySchuyler County

Seneca Lake: Yates CountyOntario CountySchuyler CountySeneca County

Cayuga Lake: Seneca CountyCayuga CountyTompkins County

Wine Trails:

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Finger Lakes Wine Varieties You Need to Try

From the rolling hills of vines to the long and wispy lakes, the Finger Lakes is one of the best New York vacation destinations. One of its most unique traits is its beautiful wine trails. You can explore the Finger Lakes wine varieties when you travel the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, or Keuka Lake Wine Trail. On these trails, you’re likely to come across wine varieties like riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, French-American, and Native American varietals.

But, before you hit the trails, you can start planning your wine-lovers’ getaway with our free Vacation Guide. We’ve put together the ultimate vacation-planning tool to help you create an itinerary full of the best attractions, outdoor activities, shopping, entertainment, and restaurants in the Finger Lakes region.

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Finger Lakes Wine Varieties

European Varieties

The Finger Lakes wine country is known for its vast selection of riesling and chardonnay wine. Vitis Vinifera grapes are plentiful in the region of upstate New York and usually become dry or semi-dry wines.

European Varieties Include:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gamay
  • Lemberger
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Riesling

Native American Varieties

Sparkling wines are top-rated on our wine trails. If you’re familiar with the history of the Finger Lakes and the names of all of our lakes, it’s no surprise that we have fantastic Native American varietals. The majority of these wines have a strong grape flavor and aroma.

Native American Varieties Include:

  • Catawba
  • Concord
  • Isabella
  • Vincent
  • Delaware
  • Diamond
  • Niagara

French American Varieties

In contrast to the Native American types, French American varieties have less of a grape flavor. Many of the red wine varietals have a peppery flavor, while many of the white wines have a fruity flavor and floral aroma.

French American Hybrid Varieties Include:

  • Baco Noir
  • Chambourcin
  • Chancellor
  • Dechaunac
  • Marechal Foch
  • Rougeon
  • Cayuga White
  • Melody
  • Seyval Blanc
  • Vidal Blanc
  • Vignoles
  • Traminette

Wineries, Vineyards, and Tasting Rooms

Lakewood Vineyards

Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen is a stand-out vineyard on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. This family-owned business has been growing grapes along Seneca Lake since 1952. You can take a guided tour and tasting, or bring a large group to their Wine Cellar Tasting room for flights of wine. 

Fox Run Vineyards

Discover Fox Run Vineyards, an award-winning wine lovers attraction, along Seneca Lake. You can take a detailed tour of the winery and vineyards, or visit in August for the Glorious Garlic Festival for food, wine, and live music!

Un-wined in the Best Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals

vacation rental on lake with dock

Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers stunning lake homes spread throughout the Finger Lakes Region. That way, you can choose the vacation rental that best suits your style, or stay near the FLX attractions that interest you the most! Heron House is in the heart of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and can accommodate eight people. This gorgeous home has impressive views of the lake, as well as phenomenal amenities. Tell stories around the fire pit or let the kids release their energy on the pirate ship playground. It’s the perfect setting for your family vacation. If you’re ready to book your lake-cation, check our availability and reserve your getaway today!

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What to Do in Ithaca for the Best Day

Experience a town full of arts, sciences, and natural wonders just south of Cayuga Lake. Here’s what to do in Ithaca during your Finger Lakes vacation. But, before we let you in on all of our best-kept secrets, take a look at our free Vacation Guide. It includes the best restaurants, attractions, outdoor recreation, and entertainment in all of the Finger Lakes region of New York. 

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Here’s What to Do in Ithaca

Explore Downtown Ithaca Commons

If you’re looking to spend a day in Ithaca, a great place to visit is Ithaca Commons. The award-winning section of downtown has just about everything! From breweries to restaurants to museums, it’s not hard to find something everyone in your group likes.

For the Foodies

Discover six unique restaurants at Ithaca Commons by going on the Downtown Ithaca Food Tour! You can also choose vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. 

Fill up on mouth-watering samples while an expert shares information about the history and culture of Ithaca, New York! 

Not only will you be introduced to the best food in town, but you can also discover the historical and architectural sites of Ithaca. Public tours are available between May and November, and private tours are available year-round.

For the Arts and Culture Expert

Head over to Cinemapolis to enjoy fascinating films of all types. You can see film festival entries as well as international movies and classics! If you’re into comic books, you can make a stop by Comics for Collectors

Then, let your inner Picasso shine, and paint a masterpiece in a Wine & Design class!

For the Nature Lover

Downtown Ithaca contains more than just buildings. You can also go on a short hike! Take the beautiful Cascadilla Gorge Trail from downtown to Cornell University, where you can find numerous attractions that are open to the public.

Cornell University

Cornell Botanical Gardens

This botanical garden is right next to the Cornell University campus. Start in the Nevin Welcome Center, and then make your way to the botanical garden and natural areas. The university has more than 3,600 acres of biologically diverse landscapes to explore! It’s a great way to check out the wildlife and ecosystems of the Finger Lakes.

Another great way to learn about Finger Lakes wildlife is at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Here, you can check out science and art exhibits in the Visitor Center, or explore the 230-acre sanctuary to learn all about the local birds. 

More Ithaca Attractions to See

Relax in a Gorgeous Lake House in the Finger Lakes

Complete your Finger Lakes vacation by staying in a luxury vacation home by the water. Our accommodations are conveniently located near several of the Finger Lakes. Plus, they are close to the best attractions in the region. Find gorgeous homes on Canandaigua Lake, Cayuga Lake, Conesus Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake, or Seneca Lake. You can enjoy fantastic amenities, including private decks, fire pits, boat docks, and kayaks. Make your vacation a memorable one when you book a vacation rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Check our availability and book your getaway today!

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Everything You Need to Know About Taughannock Falls State Park Trails

Your trip to the Finger Lakes region is not complete without a day exploring the tallest drop of water east of the Rocky Mountains, located in Taughannock Falls State Park. Imagine a waterfall taller than Niagara Falls. That’s Taughannock Falls, one of the most outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Visit the towering 215-foot waterfall in Trumansburg, NY, on your next Finger Lakes getaway. There are so many wild adventures to partake in at the state park that it will have you falling in love with the waterfalls of the Finger Lakes region. 

But, before you explore this natural wonder, make sure to check out our free Vacation Guide. We’ve created the perfect tool to help you plan your Finger Lakes vacation that includes fantastic restaurants, gorgeous scenery, and great entertainment in the area.

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Hiking at Taughannock Falls State Park

Lace-up your hiking boots and hit the trails for a peaceful day with nature. Taughannock Falls State Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Don’t forget to bring your furry friend, because the park is pet-friendly. Just make sure you avoid any areas with signs prohibiting pets. A great way to spend the day with your dog is to go on a hike!

 If you’re an expert hiker or a novice, you can find the perfect trail for your skill level at Taughannock Falls State Park. 

For the Level-Headed Hiker

Gorge Trail

The Gorge Trail is easy an easy trail, without many obstacles. This flat-level trail is open for the majority of the year, only closing when ice becomes treacherous. See the gorge walls along both sides of the trail as well as a sometimes soothing, sometimes raging creek. Either way, the trail is always a beauty!

For the Hiker Who Loves a Good Challenge

Rim Trail

Hike the Rim Trail, and you’ll have the option of going up the North Segment or down the South Segment of the trail. On these trails, make your way around stones and roots to make it to the bottoms of the trails. Be careful because this area is very steep. The park has stone steps to help you out, but those sections are closed off during the winter because of the ice. The views you can see on this hike are worth the obstacles!

For The Indecisive One

Multi-Use Trail

There are so many ways to explore the Multi-Use Trail, so If you enjoy hiking, running, or cross-country skiing, this trail is the one for you. Discover the highs and lows of the park by trekking through 150 feet of elevation changes. Although you won’t encounter any waterfalls on this route, you can find a breathtaking view of Cayuga Lake.

For The Hiker Who Enjoys the Finer Things

Black Diamond Trail

The Black Diamond Trail is recently refurbished and has easy-to-walk-on, smooth gravel. There are so many gorgeous sights to see on this trail and so many ways to get by! You can walk, run, ski, or ride a bike. Keep an eye out for stunning ravines, colorful fall foliage, and magnificent bison!

Rest Your Feet in a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Rental

You deserve to be pampered after a day of exploration. That’s why you should unwind in a luxury lake home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We offer high-quality homes all within a short distance from the lakes. It’s the perfect place to gather your family and create lifelong lake memories. Nature-filled adventures await on the Finger Lakes. What are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your getaway today!

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Our favorite spring fishing spots

The Finger Lakes are known for excellent fishing in every season. During the spring, however, they are host to abundant stocks of lake and rainbow trout that draw amateur fishermen and experienced anglers alike to the region. Whether you charter a boat or cast off the dock of your vacation rental, we’ll bet you’ll reel in something, but for next level fishing, we recommend the following spots:

Catharine Creek

This tributary of Seneca Lake empties into Seneca Lake through Watkins Glen and is best known for the run of wild rainbow trout it sees every year. Anglers target these spawn runs in the spring, but also return in the fall for brown trout and Atlantic salmon.

Naples, NY

For Canandaigua Lake fishing in the spring, it’s recommended to cast your line at the southern end of the lake and catch the spring spawn run of rainbow trout. A stay in Naples will put you right where the action is! Trek up Naples Creek or West River for great fishing along the banks.

Geneva, NY

Geneva is the “Lake Trout Capital of the World” and host to the National Lake Trout Derby every year over Memorial Day weekend. Cast off the end of the pier at the Waterfront Park in downtown or find somewhere a little more secluded in Seneca Lake State Park.

Cayuga Inlet

In this stream near Ithaca, NY, it’s not unlikely that you’ll see huge rainbow trout leaping from the water on opening day. Cayuga Inlet is a major spawning tributary for Cayuga Lake and remains a popular destination for anglers hoping to hook one of these 4-10 lb. fish.

For a complete guide to fishing on your favorite Finger Lake, visit the DEC website.

Can You Guess Our Favorite Things to Do in Ithaca, Ny?

In between spending your days by the lake or hiking nearby trails, take some time during your stay by Cayuga Lake to visit Ithaca, NY. This small lakeside town has the vibe of a quiet college town with some of the most gorgeous parks in the state. Check out some of the best things to do in Ithaca, NY. For even more great tips on vacation planning in the Finger Lakes, download our free Vacation Guide!

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