Finger Lakes Pet-Friendly Attractions to Fetch on Your Lake Vacation

Our pets are our family.  So when we take a family vacation, why wouldn’t your furry friend come along? Bring Fido to your next vacation on the lake and treat yourself and your four-legged friends to a variety of Finger Lakes pet-friendly attractions that include an abundance of walks, time spent in the great outdoors, treats, belly rubs, and more. 

And after Spot gets tired, take a glance at our free Vacation Guide for more family-friendly fun, including the best restaurants, museums, outdoor activities, and shopping in the Finger Lakes region. 

Finger Lakes Pet-Friendly Activities to Bark About 

Pet-Friendly Breweries and Wineries in the Finger Lakes to Lap Up a Drink 

Are all of the Finger Lakes Wineries and Breweries pet-friendly? 

No, but many of them are! The best way to find out which ones are pet-friendly is by visiting the wine trail websites below for details. 

Finger Lakes Wine Country is known for its delicious local wines. So, we highly recommend you explore the long list of Finger Lakes wine options, including wine cellars, tasting rooms, vineyards, and beautiful outdoor dining options. One option you may enjoy is Miles Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake! 

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Outdoor Things to Do With Dogs in the Finger Lakes 

Can we take our dogs on hiking trails? 

We would love that and think they would too! State parks are abundant in our part of New York state. From dog-friendly hiking trails leading to gorgeous scenic destinations, waterfalls, and other landmarks to wag-worthy dog parks, we recommend that you take your pup for an adventurous hike around the Finger Lakes. 

What are some of the best dog-friendly things to do in the Finger Lakes? 

  • The Windmill Farm and Craft Market 
  • TLC Blueberry Farm, Barton 
  • The Finger Lakes Museum 
  • Montezuma Wildlife Refuge 
  • Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum 
  • Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes 
  • Lakeside Dog Park – Located in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, this dog park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk all year-round. The park is home to two sections (“All Dogs” and “Small Dogs”) and a doggy playground with tunnels and agility equipment that will keep your pup active.  
  • Seneca Farms – Head over for a puppy cone on a hot summer’s day! 

Pet-Friendly Rentals FAQ 

Does pet-friendly mean cats are welcome? 

Typically, “pet-friendly” equates to “dog-friendly.” Unless a listing mentions cats by name, it should not be taken for granted that felines are welcome. 

What sizes of dogs are allowed? And how many dogs are allowed? 

Make sure you read each property listing carefully before booking.  Call our Reservations Department (888) 414-5253 for information on the specific property you are interested in if you do not already see it listed on the property page. 

What do I need on vacation when bringing a pet? 

It is your responsibility to have all the essentials you will need for your pet. The property may or may not have pet items, so come prepared. Some of the things we recommend when you visit include: 

  • Bed/kennel 
  • Food & treats 
  • Bowls for food & water 
  • Toys (including water toys/fetch toys) 
  • Leash 
  • Collar with proper and up to date ID tags 
  • Waste pick-up bags 
  • Bottled water or water from home 
  • Extra flea & tick protection 
  • Towels & shampoo 
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The Best Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals in the Finger Lakes 

We want the best experience for you and your pup. That’s why we offer the best dog-friendly vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. With more than 90 pet-friendly vacation rentals to choose from, your pup will have the best vacation in a wag-worthy lake house. Plus, it will be so excited to receive a doggie bag with a complimentary tennis ball, dog treats, waste bags, and pet wipes for a comfortable stay. 

With a bit of forethought, you and your K-9 kid can have a fabulous time in one of the most gorgeous areas of New York. Browse our pet-friendly inventory below. 

Pet-Friendly Rentals 

*Enjoy peace of mind knowing there are keyless check-ins to your private rental, professional housekeeping in between each reservation by our trained housekeeping team, professionally cleaned linens at our operations facility, and the security of a local 24/7 manager on duty. 

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. 

See More of Our Recommendations for Sailing Charters, Tours, and Lessons: 

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! 

Check our availability and book your vacation on the lake today! 

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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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 be different just like last year as we all sacrifice many of our traditions and find new ways to celebrate and remember the meaning of the holiday.

New York State continues to urge residents and visitors to practice responsible social distancing and where a mask when not seated in public. 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 invite the extended family that couldn’t be there last year.

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 last year you may not have been able to sit down in your favorite local diner or pub, this year you can! 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 offering tastings like normal. Be sure to check their website to see the max number of people allowed in your group and whether or not you need a reservation. 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.

No matter where you choose to trek, contacting the park ahead of time is recommended. Some parks have not 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 your 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 on your 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.

6 of the Best Places to Hike a Finger Lakes Gorge

The Finger Lakes region of New York is known for its long, wispy lakes, but have you seen the gorge trails in our parks? Add ‘Finger Lakes gorge’ to your vacation itinerary because they are absolutely gorgeous! The many streams and creeks that funnel from our lakes have carved beautiful, deep valleys in the land. These gorge trails often lead to incredible views of massive waterfalls and hidden treasures. Find out everything you need to know about the hiking trails around a Finger Lakes gorge!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all the hiking, make sure to use our free Vacation Guide to find the best places to eat in the area! This useful tool also includes the best places for shopping, outdoor recreation, and other attractions in upstate New York!

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The Best Places to Hike a Finger Lakes Gorge

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park waterfall canyon in Upstate New York

The most popular of the parks in this area, Watkins Glen State Park, features 19 waterfalls and plenty of stunning Finger Lakes gorges. During your tour of this park, you’ll wind through beautiful stone staircases, bridges, tunnels, and around trails leading to waterfalls.

Discover why USA Today nominated this pretty site as Best State Park in the U.S.

Grimes Glen Park

For dramatic falls and swirling pools in which visitors can soak, visit Grimes Glen Park! This site features two unbelievably beautiful 60-foot waterfalls. If you decide to explore this location, wear comfortable and waterproof shoes. This Finger Lakes gorge is a bit tricky to hike. Grimes Glen County Park is south of Canandaigua Lake.

Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park, west of Cayuga Lake, features the biggest gorge in Ithaca, NY! That’s not the only impressive thing you’ll see during your visit. The waterfall in the state park is the tallest in New York State! That’s right – even greater than Niagara Falls! 

taughannock falls state park waterfall frozen

There is an easy mile-long Gorge Trail within the park that leads to a stunning view of the falls. For a more difficult Finger Lakes trail, try hiking the Rim Trails!

Cascadilla Gorge Trail

If you’re visiting the campuses of Cornell University, stop by Cascadilla Gorge Trail. This trail runs just over a mile and features eight stunning waterfalls. The path runs along the south end of Cascadilla Creek. This trail is only open during daylight hours from early spring to November.

High Tor

You’ll find a little bit of everything at High Tor! There are ponds, waterfalls, rivers, gorges, forests, and open fields within this 22-mile trail. This area is in the town of Naples, NY, south of Canandaigua Lake.

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Autumn scene landscape of waterfalls at Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park is another popular attraction, and it’s no wonder why! It is one of the most photogenic parks in the Finger Lakes region. In total, this FLX trail runs a little over eight miles and is one of the more accessible trails just south of Cayuga Lake.

More Finger Lakes Gorges to Explore

  • Fillmore Glen State Park
  • Letchworth State Park

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

After a day exploring a Finger Lakes gorge, return to a luxurious vacation home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Consider booking one of our stunning properties with a hot tub, perfect for soothing any sore muscles after a day of hiking! 

hot tub with lake view

The Trottage is a gorgeous two-bedroom, one-bathroom resort-style cabin, nestled on the shores of Seneca Lake.

Take a look at the rest of our beautiful properties and book today! We look forward to having you.

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Best Kept Secrets of Fishing in the Finger Lakes!

The fisheries of the Finger Lakes are stocked full of yellow perch, trout, northern pike, bass, panfish, rock bass and so much more! Read below the inside scoop on fishing the Finger Lakes from an award winning local angler. Finger Lakes fishing seasons, what bait to use, and where all the secret spots are.

Finger Lakes Fishing Seasons

Smelt runs from the beginning of March to the middle of April. Have a NYS fishing license and there’s a flowing creek by your lakefront rental? Head out there after dark with a dip net, bucket and flash light and start dipping for smelt. Smelt may be dipped in a net not exceeding 14 inches in diameter anytime between 7 pm to 2 am and the daily limit is 8 quarts per person. Smelt taste the best deep fried.

smelt dipping

Crappie fishing is open all year with a daily limit of 25 crappie per person. The colder the water the better they are to eat so fishing for these in the late fall, winter and spring is ideal. Considered a large crappie: 3-4 lbs.

crappies caught along sugar creek flowing into keuka lake in the spring

Yellow perch is a favorite fish to eat in the Finger Lakes. On the market they go for at least $15.00/ lb. Known for their tiger stripes with yellow bellies these feisty fish will put on a quick fight and taste delicious. Yellow perch season is open all year and the daily limit is 50 yellow perch per person. They are typically caught on minnows, worms or small plastics. Perch are great for fish chowder, fried, pan seared, and my favorite; blackened and made into fish tacos. Considered a large yellow perch: 2-3 lbs.

monster yellow perch caught on keuka lake with small plastic bait

Trout season in the Finger Lakes is open year around. Rainbow trout run the streams in April and a popular spot to get in on that action is at the base of Canandaigua Lake in Naples. Watch as anglers wade in the stream and hook on a trout, that runs their line nearly out of the reel. If you haven’t witnessed this its an amazing spectacle. If you prefer to fish in the lake you can jig and troll for lakers with flies, spoons, or stick baits. You can purchase locally made flies specific to the Finger Lakes from Cme Trolling and spoons from The Sutton Company. Considered a large trout: 10+ lbs.

lake trout caught on Cayuga lake with a fly by local business owner of cme trolling

Bass season opens the 3rd Saturday in June to November 31st. To catch these you are best using a top water bait or Rapalas. They gather in coves, under docks, around pilings and shoals. Bass are okay to eat and put up quite a fight but we encourage catch and release. Considered a large bass: 4-10 lbs.

Bait and Tackle

  • Fishy Business – Live bait and tackle, great resource for Keuka Lake. (Branchport, NY)
  • Cme Trolling – Hand tied fishing flies, meat rigs and handmade bullet heads. Great resource for fishing Cayuga, Owasco, and Skaneateles Lakes. (Virgil, NY)
  • Beverage Baron – Live bait supply , Fishing licenses, and snacks for boat. (Penn Yan, NY)
  • The Sutton Company – Home to the world famous Sutton Spoons. (Naples, NY)
  • Kleins Archery – Live bait Shop. (Dryden, NY)
  • Fuzzy Guppies – Fishing Tackle. (Waterloo, NY)
  • Bears Bait & Tackle Shop – Live bait shop. (Trumansburg, NY)
  • Ted’s Tackle – Bait and tackle. (Lakeville, NY)
  • The Bait Barn – Live bait and supply store. (Naples, NY)

Fishing Tournaments

NYS summer and winter classic fishing tournaments
  • NYS Summer Classic Fishing Tournament – 2 Month long Tournament where you can fish any body of water in NYS. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners for the Rock Bass division and 1st & 2nd place for the Yellow Perch division were caught in the Finger Lakes for the 2019 summer tournament.
  • NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament – 2 Month long Tournament where you can fish any body of water in NYS. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for the Yellow Perch division were caught in the Finger Lakes for this past winters tournament.

Whether you are coming to the Finger Lakes for a month, a week or just one day you can participate in this state wide tournament. click here to find the perfect lakefront rental to stay at while fishing the Finger Lakes. Many homes come with docks and or boat hoist to keep your boat safe while you rest up for the next day of fishing.

Fishing Regulations

Before you head out on your day of fishing, be sure to check the regulations for the Finger Lakes fishing seasons. If you’re traveling in from out-of-state, make sure to purchase a fishing license ahead of time! Or you can take advantage of the state’s free fishing days, which allows anyone to fish the fresh waters of New York without a license.

For more information on fishing in the Finger Lakes click here!

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! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This resource is filled with local recommendations on what to explore during your trip to our area! 

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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! 

Browse our homes near Keuka Lake to stay nearby! 

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! 

Browse a full inventory of our rentals to start planning your trip to the best state parks in the Finger Lakes region! 

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Want to Know the Best Thing to Do at Watkins Glen State Park?

A group of friends hiking and smiling

A trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York wouldn’t be complete without an outdoor adventure! Our area is known for its scenic landscape that’s sprinkled with countless gorges and waterfalls. Take in the most enchanting views the Finger Lakes has to offer at Watkins Glen State Park! This New York state park offers visitors the chance to hike the Gorge Trail, which boasts 19 enchanting waterfalls along the two-mile route. Read on to learn everything you need to know about a visit to the park! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight on the best things to do in the Finger Lakes region! 

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Visit Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park 

Where Is Watkins Glen, NY?  

It’s important to know a little background on the Watkins Glen area before you head out for a visit. The small village of Watkins Glen is in Schuyler County and is home to less than 2,000 permanent residents. Although small, there are many great things to do in Watkins Glen, NY, like the Gorge Trail!  

About Gorge Trail 

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Watkins Glen State Park is asking all Gorge Trail hikers to wear a face mask or covering while on the trail and follow social distancing guidelines where possible. 

11 narrow lakes make up the Finger Lakes’ unique geography. With so much flowing water in the area, it’s no surprise that it’s filled with stunning gorges. Watkins Glen State Park is one of the best places to explore a Finger Lakes gorge! The Gorge Trail is a stunning two-mile trek that highlights 19 waterfalls and several gorges. You can also enjoy the refreshing spray of Cavern Cascade along the way!  

Hiking the Gorge Trail is the most popular activity at this New York state park. There are more things to do for campers and day visitors alike, though! Enjoy an Olympic-sized swimming pool, picnic sights, and first-class fishing opportunities. 

Rest Your Legs at a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Rental 

Relax at your Finger Lakes Premier Properties Rental home after a long day of exploring Watkins Glen State Park. Our property management company boasts nearly 300 rental properties, so you’re sure to find a home that suits your needs. Our homes highlight premier amenities like private docks, hot tubs, game rooms, and so much more! Even better, we offer vacation rental homes across the Finger Lakes region. Browse a full inventory of our properties by location to select the one that’s right for you! Don’t forget to visit our Specials Page before you book to snag some of the hottest deals available! 

A Note to Our Guests: All our vacation homes include peace of mind knowing your check-in will be keyless. In addition, each rental receives professional housekeeping in between each reservation by our trained housekeeping team. The linens are professionally cleaned at our operations facility. Plus, we have a local manager on duty 24/7.

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.

Planning a Pet Friendly Vacation

Our pets are our family.  So when we take a vacation, why wouldn’t they come along? At Finger Lakes Premier Properties, we have over 90 pet friendly vacation rentals suited for your furry, four-legged friends to join in on the family fun! Click “Pet Friendly Rentals” to see our entire pet friendly inventory.

Does pet-friendly mean cats are welcome?

Typically, “pet-friendly” equates to “dog-friendly”. Unless a listing mentions cats by name, it should not be taken for granted that felines are welcome.

What sizes/quantity of dogs are allowed?

Make sure you read each property listing carefully before booking.  Call our Reservations Department (888) 414-5253 for information on the specific property you are interested in if you do not already see it listed on the property page.

Is everything my dog needs provided?

It is your responsibility to have all the essentials you will need for your pet. The property may or may not have pet items so come prepared. Some of the items we recommend when you visit include:

  • Bed/kennel
  • Food & treats
  • Bowls for food & water
  • Toys (including water toys/fetch toys)
  • Leash
  • Collar with proper and up to date ID tags
  • Waste pick-up bags
  • Bottled water or water from home
  • Extra flea & tick protection
  • Towels & shampoo

When you stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, your dog(s) will receive a welcome doggy bag with a few surprises for them to enjoy during their stay.

Are all of the Wineries and Breweries pet friendly?

No, but are large amount are! The best way to find out which ones are pet friendly is by visiting the wine trail websites below for details.

Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Finger Lakes Beer Trail

Can we take our dogs on hiking trails?

We would love that and think they would too! Click here for a list of places to go hiking.

Are there any pet friendly attractions?

4 dogs enjoying their “puppy cone” at Seneca Farms

Before you vacation make sure your dog is ready to travel. Some dogs get anxious when they are out of their normal environment. This can lead to excessive barking, whining, chewing and other undesirable behaviors. When bringing a pet, keep in mind you are responsible for the manner in which they act and any damage your pet does to the rental property.

With a little forethought, you and your K-9 kid can have a fabulous time in one of the most gorgeous areas of New York. Browse our pet friendly inventory below.

*All of our vacation homes include the peace of mind knowing there are key less check-ins to your private rental, professional housekeeping in between each reservation by our trained housekeeping team, professionally cleaned linens at our operations facility, and the security of a local 24/7 manager on duty.