Everything You Need to Know About the Finger Lakes in the Fall

What’s your favorite season? If you love cool weather, pumpkin spice, and cozy sweaters, then fall is likely your favorite time of year. This season is a great relief from the summer heat and boasts some great things to do. Thinking about visiting the Finger Lakes in the fall? Let us help you plan with the family-friendly recommendations below. For more vacation inspiration, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide! It’s filled with local insight into how to explore our area during each season! 

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Top 10 Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in the Fall 

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the fall activities in the Finger Lakes may be adjusted or canceled to meet social distancing guidelines. We appreciate your understanding during this time! 

1. Fall Foliage 

The first two weeks of October are the peak time for leaf-peeping in the Finger Lakes region. You can enjoy the Finger Lakes fall foliage from the dock of your lakeside home or on an outdoor adventure. The chair lift at Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides is one of our favorite leaf-peeping experiences. While you’re there, you can take it to the next level by coasting through the trees on the zip line at their Aerial Adventures Park!  

2. Scenic Drives 

Explore more of our region of New York with a Finger Lakes scenic driveRoute 14S is one of our favorites! This scenic drive winds through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Watkins Glen State Park. Both destinations are especially beautiful in the fall!  

3. U-Pick Farms  

Nothing says “autumn” quite like the taste of a freshly baked apple pie or a spiced hot toddy. Get an unbelievably fresh taste of the flavors of fall with a u-pick experience in the Finger Lakes. Our area is home to several orchards and farms that are great for apple, grape, and pumpkin picking! 

4. Hiking Trails  

There’s no better time to explore the Finger Lakes by foot than on a crisp fall day. From picturesque gorges and waterfalls like those at Watkins Glen State Park to the gradual hiking trails of the Cummings Nature Center along Canandaigua Lake, there are trails to suit hikers of all skill levels. Along the way, take in the beautiful views of bright orange and yellow fall foliage! 

5. Wine & Grape Harvest  

Fall is one of the best seasons to visit the Finger Lakes. With more than 100 wineries throughout the region, you can taste a variety of award-winning wines during their peak harvest season. The grape harvest typically begins in the first week of September and lasts through the end of October as the different varieties ripen.  

6. Naples Grape Festival   

Located at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake, the town of Naples hosts an annual festival that celebrates the local grape harvest at the end of September. The Naples Grape Festival features live music, wine tasting, vendors, and, of course, a myriad of local grape fare. Enjoy this delicious event to kick-start the fall season! 

7. Corning Museum of Glass   

There are a variety of museums to explore throughout the Finger Lakes Region of New York. For the fall season, be sure to visit the Corning Museum of Glass for their glass harvest and glass pumpkin blowing events. 

8. Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches  

Pumpkin patches aren’t just for the little ones. Make a race out of a corn maze or see who can carve the best pumpkin for some fun off-lake activities during your fall stay. Many local markets now offer local wine and craft beers for a delicious fall pairing! 

9. Haunted History Trail of New York State 

The Finger Lakes has a long history of tales from the beyond. Fall is the perfect opportunity to get spooked by the history of the region. Here are a few of our favorite places to snag a scare: 

  • Haunted History Trail of New York State  
  • Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens 
  • Bristol Mountain’s Aerial Adventures  

10. Make Yourself at Home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties  

Need a place to stay in the Finger Lakes in the fall? Look no further than Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We offer a diverse portfolio of rental homes across the Finger Lakes region. With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home to fit your vacation style.  

Even better, fall kicks-off our off-season sales! Take advantage of the September Secret, when many of our homes begin to offer a one-night free special. Click here to see if your favorite home is running any special offers during your stay! 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rental homes to start planning your trip! 

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.

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.

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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Here Are the Best Things to Do in Corning, NY

Experience America’s Most Fun Small Town when you explore Corning in the southern Finger Lakes region. From glass blowing to hiking to wine tasting, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Corning, NY! But, if you do decide to venture away from this fun-filled town for a little bit (since it’s close to places like Keuka Lake or Watkins Glen), make sure to take a look at our free Vacation Guide to the Finger Lakes. It includes local favorites when it comes to the best restaurants, attractions, outdoor adventures, and wine trails along the lakes.

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Things to Do in Corning, NY

History, Art, and Culture in Corning

Corning Museum of Gass

It’s something we use every day, but do you understand what goes into the making of glass? It’s a fascinating process that you have to see for yourself! Corning Museum of Glass offers live glass demos any time or day of the week, or you can explore the art galleries that date back centuries.

Once you’re ready to try your hand at glassworking, you can make your own beautiful glass art. With a hands-on glass blowing lesson, make an intricate ornament, bead, pendant, or tumbler to remember your time in Corning. Or, give someone the perfect glass art gift!

Heritage Village

Step into history and explore the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. The historic area all started with the Benjamin Patterson Inn in 1796 and continued to expand as several other buildings joined the village. You can take a one-hour guided tour, and discover the Browntown Schoolhouse, Cooley Blacksmith Shop, garden, general store, and more. 

Outdoor Recreation in Corning

Spencer Crest Nature Center

Looking for a little bit of fresh air and sunshine? You can explore 250 acres of natural systems and displays at Spencer Crest Nature Center. Walk the dog on some of their gorgeous hiking trails, visit the museum, or try x-country skiing in the winter months!

Food and Wine in Corning

Gaffer District

Explore downtown Corning, New York, and visit Gaffer District. This delightful area has some of the best small businesses, Instagrammable streetscapes, restaurants, and boutiques.

Chocolate Trail

The first thing you need to do in the Gaffer District for anyone with a sweet tooth is travel the Chocolate Trail. For blocks, you can encounter the most decadent and delectable chocolate in all of Corning. If your mind is limited to believing chocolate is only for eating, think again! On the Chocolate Trail, you’ll also discover chocolate soap, cigars, and mixed drinks!

There may be tons of trails to look out for in the Finger Lakes – chocolate trails, hiking trails, cheese trails, but one of the most popular Finger Lakes trails are the wine trails! Finger Lakes wine country is a must, so make sure to check out the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Keuka Lake Wine Trail for the finest wine in New York!

Relax in a Luxury Finger Lakes Vacation Rental

Unwind after a day of exploring the charming town of Corning in a luxury Finger Lakes Vacation Rental. Our vacation homes are the best place to rest your head and recharge before a new day of lake adventures. We offer gorgeous lakefront rentals in New York that allow you to be close to the best outdoor recreation, shopping, and historic sites. So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and start planning your dream lake-cation today!

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Top 5 Spring Activities in the Finger Lakes

Spring is often overlooked as a time to visit the Finger Lakes, but for many travelers it’s the perfect way to cure cabin fever lingering from the long winter months. These Finger Lakes spring activities are some of our favorite events of the year. Such as planning a wine tour, fishing excursion or weekend getaway with fewer crowds, lower rates, and taking advantage of our 3for2 Discounts. Our vacation rentals still feature the same great views and gorgeous sunsets, and are often equipped with cool weather activities, like game rooms and hot tubs.

In addition to spending quality time at your lakeside rental, here are some favorite Spring Activities the Finger Lakes is sought after for.

Immerse in the FLX Culture

Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, food, wine, and so much more from local vendors and artisans! Before you head out the door, make sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s jam-packed with fantastic restaurants, outdoor recreation, and things to do in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Festivals

  • Keuka Arts Festival – June 13th & 14th. Stroll along the Outlet Trail in Penn Yan and browse the local artisans and vendors selling local handmade art from the Finger Lakes.

Wine Trail Events

The Finger Lakes Wine Trail’s hosts a number of unique food and wine pairing events throughout the year. This is a great way to “dip your toe in the water” and see what the Finger Lakes wine region is all about.

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Taste of the Trail – April 4th. Each winery prepares a favorite food item to enjoy alongside their wines. Collect recipes for these creative wine and food pairings and recreate them at home with your family and friends.

Keuka in Bloom – May 2-3 and May 30-31. Flowers, herbs, wine and Keuka Lake! Treat yourself to a relaxing weekend around the lake. Each winery offers samples of their fine wines alongside herb-inspired foods. 

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Spring wine and Cheese Weekend – April 17-19. Enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake while exploring the unique, delicious pairings of local wines paired with a variety of cheese-themed dishes at any of the 26 participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries! 

NEW! Flights and Bites – May 2nd.Flights and Bites is an experience designed for those who are looking to truly immerse themselves in the wine, food, and people who represent Seneca Lake. If you love red carpet treatment, if you love great wine and great food – this event is for you!

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

28th Annual Wine & Herb Event April 24-26 and May 1-3. Drink. Eat. Garden. Repeat. Get a head start on your herb garden. Collect the potted herbs and veggies featured in all 14 food samples along with the matching recipe collection.

Sips & Succulents: a breast cancer benefit May 30-31. A portion of each ticket sale will be presented to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, which makes drinking wine all that much sweeter. Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s discuss the event itself: Succulents! They’re all the rage right now and even those with a “black thumb” are able to care for and enjoy these little cuties, so purchase your tickets and travel the trail while you collect a different potted succulent at each winery you visit.

Fishing

Finger Lakes Premier Properties Guest Photo

April and May offer the perfect conditions to fish for perch, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout and northern pike on all of the Finger Lakes, our fisheries are stocked full.

Fishing Tournaments

Antiquing

If you’re looking for antique stores near the Finger Lakes, you’re in luck! There are plenty of great options from which to choose. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir for the antique-lover in your life or you’re on the hunt for a beautiful piece to adorn your home, you’re sure to find something interesting and beautiful. No matter which lake you’re staying near, you’ll be able to browse through some great Finger Lakes antiques!

Antique Shops

  • Shethar 57 – After lunch at the Timber Stone Grill walk across the street in Hammondsport to this quaint antique shop.
  • Wild Goose Chase Antiques – Perfectly positioned on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, stop by on your way to your next winery and pick up a historic souvenir to display in your home.
  • Hayes Auction Barn – Hayes auction barn is open at 4:00 pm on Saturdays. This bidding war experience will show you the intense love of antiques and collectibles that the locals have for our region. From 100 year old wooden Finger Lakes grape boxes to a piece of Steuben ware all the way to gas memorabilia to wooden cane fishing poles. You will find everything you didn’t know you needed to have at this hole in the wall. $3 and you might just get the piece you bid on.

Hike to Secret Waterfalls

There is so much beauty to discover during your stay in the Finger Lakes region! It’s no wonder one of the favorite local activities is hiking! Discover our favorite parks where you can find some of the best Finger Lakes waterfalls!

Jaw Dropping Waterfalls

There’s nothing better after a day of visiting Finger Lakes waterfalls than returning to a gorgeous vacation home. When you book with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, you can rest assured that you’ll be staying in luxurious accommodations with 24/7 customer service.

8 of the Best Places to Find Finger Lakes Waterfalls

There is so much beauty to discover during your stay in the Finger Lakes region! From hiking trails along the Finger Lakes gorge to kayaking trips, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy. It’s no wonder one of the favorite local activities is hiking! Discover our favorite parks where you can find some of the best Finger Lakes waterfalls!

We’ve listed a couple of our favorite NY state parks with waterfalls, but there’s so much more to enjoy during your stay. Download our free Vacation Guide for a full list of the best state parks, hiking trails, watersport rentals, restaurants, and FLX attractions in the area. Find out for yourself why the Finger Lakes region of New York is the best place for your lake vacation.

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Visit the Best Finger Lakes Waterfalls

Taughannock Falls State Park

Enjoy over five miles of Finger Lakes trails when you visit the waterfall at Taughannock Falls State Park. Aside from having the biggest gorge in Ithaca, NY, the Taughannock waterfall is the tallest in New York State. 

You’ll be able to get the best views from the park’s rim trails, specifically the North Rim Trail and the Gorge Trail. The North Rim Trail is over a mile long and follows the gorge’s northern rim. This path leads to the main falls overlook. 

The Gorge Trail is very easy and is less than one mile long. It leads to a viewing area at the base of the main waterfall and is open all year-round.

2. Cascadilla Gorge Trail

If you’re in town to visit Cornell University, make sure to take advantage of the gorgeous Cascadilla Gorge Trail. This famous path, which you can access from downtown Ithaca, has been impeccably restored and preserved, making it one of the easier trails to hike. In total, the trail runs just over one mile and features eight stunning waterfalls.

3. Watkins Glen State Park

A blog about Finger Lakes waterfalls isn’t complete without featuring Watkins Glen State Park! In total, this site features 19 waterfalls. Wind through beautiful stone staircases, bridges, and tunnels while hiking the waterfall trails. If you only have time to visit one of these sites, be sure to see the Watkins Glen waterfalls!

More Finger Lakes Waterfalls to Check Out

4. Grimes Glen Park: You can see two amazing 60-foot falls in this park.

5. Letchworth State Park: This is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” and it’s no wonder why! You must see it for yourself!

6. Robert H. Treman State Park: Admire the 115-foot Lucifer Falls along with 11 other stunning waterfalls.

7. Fillmore Glen State Park: Check out Fillmore Glen State Park’s fascinating geological formations!

8. Buttermilk Falls State Park: Find out how Buttermilk Falls got its name when you see the flowing and foaming cascade as it flows towards Cayuga Lake.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

There’s nothing better after a day of visiting Finger Lakes waterfalls than returning to a gorgeous vacation home. When you book with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, you can rest assured that you’ll be staying in luxurious accommodations with 24/7 customer service.

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Consider booking Aurora Escape, a beautiful seven-bedroom, five-bathroom estate that is on the east side of Cayuga Lake. With Aurora Escape, you’ll be able to enjoy the proximity to Ithaca, NY, and the many wonderful nearby attractions while also resting peacefully with the quiet serenity of this lakeside retreat. This is a fantastic home for vacations with extended family or reunions with friends!

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Where to Find the Best Finger Lakes Fall Foliage

The Finger Lakes region is famous for its incredible displays of orange, reds, yellows, and browns during the fall season. Leaf peepers and photographers come from all over the country to enjoy the amazing sights. Let Finger Lakes fall foliage become part of your annual tradition. Here are some of the best places to see the foliage! If you need help planning the rest of your trip to the Finger Lakes, download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of our personal recommendations for everything in the region, from restaurants to hiking trails and more! It’s the perfect all-in-one guide to this area we call home, and we’re so excited to share it with you. Download it today!

Where to see Finger Lakes Fall Foliage

Canandaigua Lake

Start your leaf peeping adventure at the northernmost tip of Canandaigua Lake and head down West Lake Road. This drive is enough of an opportunity to see some incredible foliage, but it also conveniently takes us to our next stop on the tour of trees.

About 15 minutes into your drive south, you’ll come across Onanda Park. This quiet, lakefront park in the town of Canandaigua is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or an easy stroll. One of our favorite things to do here is to sit in some of the available chairs and gaze out on the water. However, if you’re looking for a great hike, we’ve got the inside scoop. There are 73 acres of Uplands located across the road. You can hike two miles of hiking trail over the hillside and encounter gorgeous vistas.

After your hike, continue to explore on Route 21S towards Naples, you will discover a vast array of photo-worthy sights as you climb and descend the hills surrounding Canandaigua Lake. Along your ride grab a snack at one of the many fruit stands offering freshly picked grapes, or better yet, a grape pie from the infamous Monica’s Pies just outside Naples.  Fortunately, this area also neighbors many of our vacation rentals that fit the bill for the perfect foliage-oriented weekend. 

Seneca Lake

Another wonderful scenic drive begins in Geneva, near Seneca Lake. Drive along NY 14 South and look at the stunning views of the lake on the left and the trees on the right. This road continues to Watkins Glen, where you can explore the town or head to the state park, which has some of the best hiking trails in the Finger Lakes. Explore the Gorge Trail, which is famous for its winding staircases and views.

Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake State Park is ideal for families traveling with small kids. The little ones will love playing on the swing sets and other equipment, and you’ll love the priceless views!

If you’re in the mood for a glass of wine, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the perfect opportunity for another scenic drive. Wineries like Toro Run or Thirsty Owl are perfect places to stop and enjoy the view and a glass of wine!

Keuka Lake

The Keuka Outlet Trail is a rail-trail in the heart of the Finger Lakes. This path stretches between Keuka and Seneca Lake, with plenty of opportunities to see the vistas for which the Finger Lakes are famous, including waterfalls and historic buildings.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

Are you ready to experience the Finger Lakes fall foliage? We’ve got just the homes you need! Finger Lakes Premier Properties has the best selection of vacation rentals around, including many rentals that are just a short distance from the sites above! For example, Stone Crest, our gorgeous six-bathroom, four-bathroom estate is just two miles from the Keuka Outlet Trail. If you’d prefer to spend your time in Watkins Glen, book Dean Lake House, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom property which is less than a mile from town. The possibilities are endless!

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Get the Inside Scoop on the Finger Lakes Trail

If you’re looking for the ultimate Finger Lakes hiking experience, you’re in luck! The Finger Lakes Trail is an outstanding system of paths that wind through the region. This system contains the main trail, which is 580 miles long, and six branch trails as well as 29 loop trails and spur trails, which total 412 miles. In total, there are over 1,000 miles of gorgeous hiking, making it the longest continuous footpath in the state of New York. Discover what you need to know about this great system of trails.

Before you hike the Finger Lakes Trail, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant or cafe. Download our free Vacation Guide to get a complete list of our favorite eateries in town. Finger Lakes is quickly becoming home to one of the hottest food scenes in the country. Experience the best of this slice of foodie paradise when you visit any of the great places on our Vacation Guide. Download it today!

About the Finger Lakes Trail

The Finger Lakes Trail network was first conceptualized in 1961 when Wallace “Wally” Wood went hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He wanted to take that concept back to New York, with a hiking trail that winds through the southern section of the state. In 1962, his vision came to life, and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference was formed.

The Finger Lakes Trail system is, first and foremost, an outstanding example of the passion that local residents have for hiking and preserving our natural features. The trail network is maintained by volunteers from 15 organizations and about 60 sponsors.

Lace up Your Hiking Boots

So how long is the Finger Lakes Trail? With so many branch trails and loops, it can be difficult to measure out the exact length. Most people estimate it around 1,000 miles, give or take. The trail runs through eight state parks: Allegany, Darien Lakes, Letchworth, Watkins Glen, Robert H. Treman, Buttermilk Falls, Bowman Lake, and Oquaga Creek. If you’re staying in a vacation home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties, you’ll want to visit Letchworth, Watkins Glen, or Buttermilk Falls State Park. These sites are near Consensus Lake, Seneca Lake, and Cayuga Lake, respectively.

If you want a more comprehensive guide of the Finger Lakes trail, mile by mile, check out the Finger Lakes Trail Conservation’s website! They have a great interactive map which shows each segment of the trail.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

If you’re planning to hike the Finger Lakes Trail, be sure to book a vacation home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. You won’t find a better selection of lakeside houses from any other rental management company. No matter the size of your group or the reason for your visit, you’ll find just what you need in our inventory.

Consider booking Dean Lake House, a property that is just a four-minute drive from Watkins Glen State Park. This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is perched on the edge of the lake and is perfect for hikers. You’ll love soaking in the Jacuzzi tub after a day of exploring, or enjoying the view of Seneca Lake from the veranda.

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