Shop Small Business in the Finger Lakes

Small Business Saturday is November 30! Change up your shopping routine this year and support your favorite local Finger Lakes businesses. Our small town shops are full of handcrafted goods, unique art, and highly personal gifts for anyone on your list – especially the Finger Lakes fan in your life!

Here are a few promos and events you won’t want to miss this Small Business Saturday:

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Rainy Day Activities in the Finger Lakes

We know how to have fun in any season here in the Finger Lakes! From snow to falling leaves to gorgeous, sunshiny days, we have beautiful views and lots to do no matter the weather. But if you experience a dreary day during your vacation, don’t fret – we have some tips for making the best of a rainy day, at least until the sun comes back out!

Learn

The Finger Lakes are rich in history. We have the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement, Underground Railroad historic sites, Native American culture, and so much more! In addition, the region is home to some fantastic family- friendly science museums that blend education with involvement. Here are a few of our favorites:

Corning Museum of Glass

Strong National Museum of Play

Sciencenter

Glen Curtiss Aviation Museum

William Seward House

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Shop

Malls offer an easy solution to cabin fever. We have malls that can cater to any shopping preferences, from high-end shops at Eastview Mall to outlet bargains at Waterloo Premium Outlets. If you’re looking for a more local shopping experience we suggest:

The Olde Country Store and More

Sauder’s Country Store

Oak Hill Bulk Foods

Taste

You can taste your way through the Finger Lakes, rain or shine! From award winning wine and beer to sweet treats and cheeses, there’s tasting adventure for everyone to embark on. Check out:

Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance

Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail

Red Jacket Orchards for Fruit Tastings

Finger Lakes Beer Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Play

Our local communities are host to numerous bowling alleys, movie theaters, libraries, and more to explore. They’re ready to welcome you on even the dreariest days! For those who just want to have fun, here are some kid-friendly and adults-only ways to play in the Finger Lakes:

Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center

Cascades Indoor Waterpark

Del Lago Casino

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

Stay

We’ve prepared for this! Most of our homes are well-equipped with streaming services, movies collections, board games, billiards, cooking supplies, and more to make staying in just as fun as heading outside. Cuddle up for a movie night, cook a meal together, or enjoy a glass of wine and watch the rain from a covered porch.


Our local reservation agents are experts on making the most of your Finger Lakes vacation, even on rainy days. For more tips and activities, call (844) 359-5317 now!

Mother’s Day Shopping Guide

Mother’s Day is fast approaching! Whether you’re looking for a way to spend the day with mom or just looking for gift ideas, we have your back with the ultimate guide to Finger Lakes shopping.

Best FLX Shopping Destinations

  1. The Windmill: The first and friendliest farm and craft market in Upstate NY! You’ll have to stop in on Saturday to shop nearly 200 local producers and craftsmen. Treat mom to lunch in their mini pine tree forest! Plan your visit…
  2. The Ithaca Commons: This four-block, pedestrian-only district in Downtown Ithaca offers a unique and multi-cultural shopping experience. Home to popular festivals, annual events, street art, award-winning restaurants, and shops that are far from mainstream, you’ll love spending the day in the eclectic heart of the city! Plan your visit…
  3. Downtown Canandaigua: Unique treasures await you in Canandaigua’s antique and collectible stores, some of the best in the region. You’ll also love popping in and out of the many gift stores, clothing boutiques, and home good shops lining the walkable streets of downtown. Plan your visit…
  4. Mackenzie-Childs: Even if you’ve been been to Aurora, NY, you’ve probably seen their signature courtly check! MacKenzie-Childs crafts world-renowned home furnishings and ceramics on a tranquil farm overlooking Cayuga Lake. Schedule a tour of the grounds and shop their colorful, handmade goods – a day here is sure to spark joy for mom! Plan your visit…
  5. Downtown Geneva: This lakeside city offers a “uniquely urban” shopping experience. The streets are lined with quirky college cafes, bookstores, gift shops, and dining options. Be sure to stop into the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center for area information and to take a photo with the I <3 NY sign! Plan your visit…

Best Wineries for Shopping

These tastings rooms sell far more than wine! Sip while you shop for hidden treasures and wine related gifts. We recommend:

Closest Shopping Malls

Staying at one of our vacation rentals for Mother’s Day weekend? Here are the closest malls for a more traditional shopping experience:

Best FLX Gift Shops:

Is mom the ultimate Finger Lakes fan? Shop for handmade goods and FLX swag that you can’t find anywhere else at these local businesses:

Looking to gift an experience instead?

We suggest a stay in one our luxury, lakeside vacation rentals and treating mom to one or all of these amazing Finger Lakes experiences during your stay:


Make the weekend memorable for mom! Our local vacation planners can provide you with tips on where stay while you shop at any of these Finger Lakes destinations. Call 866-344-7787 today!

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3 of the Best Finger Lakes Farmers Markets

During your stay in the Finger Lakes region, you may get inspired by the amazing local restaurants, wineries, and farms and want to create a feast of your own. If you’re staying in one of our vacation homes, you’ll have access to a gourmet kitchen with everything you need to whip up a delicious dinner in no time at all. The first step to creating the meal of a lifetime is getting the ingredients. Check out our picks for some of the best Finger Lakes farmers markets.

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4 of the Best Places to Find Finger Lakes Antiques

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!

Find the Best Finger Lakes Antiques at These Stores

Bloomfield Antique Mile

One of our favorite Finger Lakes antique trails is the Bloomfield Antique Mile. Located in Bloomfield, NY, the Bloomfield Antique Mile features seven permanent stores that showcase antiques from more than 175 dealers. You’ll find everything from rare books to antique firearms. Exploring the Bloomfield Antique Mile is a great day trip for anyone staying along the Canandaigua or Honeoye Lake.

Crossroads Antiques of Lima

One of the best Finger Lakes antique malls is Crossroads Antiques of Lima. While it may be a bit of a drive from the lakes, it’s definitely worth it. The mall features over 50 dealers in the 7,000 square-foot building. This is a great place to find antique jewelry or vintage clothing. If you’re searching for the perfect gift for that rare book lover, be sure to stop by. Not sure what you’re browsing for? With so many amazing dealers and such a wide selection, you’re sure to find something exciting and new-to-you!

Pastimes Antiques

If you’re staying along Cayuga Lake, you’ll definitely want to stop by Pastimes Antiques. Open since 1979, this small shop is jam-packed with fun and affordable items. They’re centrally located in downtown Ithaca, making this a great stop during a day trip to the town. This is one of our favorite antique stores in the Finger Lakes region. Find out why after just one visit!

Ponzi’s Antiques

Another great antique shop near Cayuga Lake is Ponzi’s Antiques. This store has been in operation for over 40 years and is owned by Paul and Connie Polce. They boast a large selection of 18th and 190th-century furniture and accessories, as well as artwork, glassware, folk art, whale-oil lamps, clocks, and more! Get a full look at all they have to offer in their showroom.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

Are you ready to find some incredible Finger Lake antiques? The first step is to book a home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We have beautiful rental properties located on the shores of seven lakes in the region. With our incredible, 24-hour customer service and superior home maintenance, it’s easy to see why so many visitors keep coming back!

Browse our full selection of rental homes and book today! We look forward to having you.