The Naples Open Studio Trail Is One of the Best Fall Events in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is known for being one of New York state’s premier wine-growing regions. With more than 100 wineries across the Finger Lakes, it’s become a wine lover’s destination! Did you know that’s a thriving arts scene in this area, too? View local artists’ best work at the Naples Open Studio Trail. This annual two-day event takes place the first weekend of every October and boasts captivating demonstrations, self-guided art tours, and more! Learn more about this exciting event below!  

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

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Everything You Need to Know About the Naples Open Studio Trail 

2020 Event Details 

The Naples Open Studio trail is set to take place on October 3-4, 2020. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, this event will follow New York state’s safety and social distancing guidelines. This means that all trail-goers will be required to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from those not in their group. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe during this time!  

About the Event  

The Naples Open Studio Trail is one of our favorite things to do in the Finger Lakes in the fall. This self-guided art tour around Canandaigua Lake invites guests to stop at more than a dozen art studios along the way. You can also view some amazing fall foliage!  

Each studio showcases a different medium, including ceramics, metal, and woodworks! During the first weekend of every October, visitors are welcome to purchase their favorite pieces to take home. It’s the perfect way to remember your trip to the Finger Lakes forever.  

This year, there are nine main artists with unique specialties. From wine barrel creations to custom denim pieces, you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork! There are also four guest artists this year. Be sure to check the trail map beforehand, so you know exactly where to stop!  

Stay Nearby at a Home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Settle into a home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties during the Naples Open Studio Trail. The trail follows a path around Canandaigua Lake, where we have 54 properties for rent! It’s the perfect way to enjoy both days of this exciting event in the Finger Lakes. We also boast a diverse portfolio of rental homes across the entire Finger Lakes region. With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a vacation home in your desired location! 

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

Why You Need to Hire a Professional Property Management Company in the Finger Lakes

Overwhelmed with your vacation rental property? You’re not alone. Many property owners report feeling stressed about keeping their homes in tip-top shape for renters. However, most owners have other responsibilities. Between other work endeavors, family, and friends, managing a rental property can be too much to handle at times!  

Let our professional property management company in the Finger Lakes take the work off your plate. Finger Lakes Premier Properties is a full-service property management company with nearly 30 years of experience in vacation rental management. Our goal is to take care of your guests, protect your rental property, and deliver financial results. Does this sound like the help you need? Submit an inquiry about our property management services today!   

How a Professional Property Management Company in the Finger Lakes Can Help You 

Housekeeping 

The condition of your rental home is a key factor to indicate how much repeat business your home will get. Was the home clean? Did it appear as advertised? Our housekeeping staff is dedicated to making sure your home is in perfect condition for each check-in.  

Finger Lakes Premier Properties follows a strict system of procedures and inspections to ensure that your rental home is squeaky clean. We are also members of the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals Association (VRHP). As members, we’re following VRHP’s cleaning guidelines for COVID-19. How we treat our renters during this time will make an impact for years to come!  

Maintenance  

There’s no worse call to get than that of a renter whose heating or air has gone out during their stay. Most property owners have experienced this stressful situation or something similar. When you partner with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, our experienced maintenance staff is on call 24/7! Our staff specializes in HVAC, pool maintenance, and everything in-between. Even better, we offer these services to our partner at an extremely reasonable cost!  

Partner Reviews  

Don’t just take our word for it, though! Browse several owner reviews to see what our partners have to say about working with Finger Lakes Premier Properties: 

“The FLPP Owner Services team is a responsive group that’s dedicated to making the rental of my lake cottage an easy experience for ME.  I know they will respond to any guests’ issues without needing my input. During an unexpectedly hot, hot stretch of summer, they responded to a guest’s complaints of the cottage being too hot by installing a temporary window air conditioner at no expense to me. My grinder pump stopped working one weekend with guests in the residence and they contacted the town emergency number to get it replaced.  Again, at no cost to me. When the furnace needed a small repair in the middle of winter, they got it going again. I trust them to handle my lake cottage and the guests staying there, enhancing my own experience of lake cottage ownership.” – Mary A.R., partnering owner for three years. 

Vacation Rental Management Services with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Our professional property management company in the Finger Lakes wants to help you! Now more than ever, guests are careful when choosing a vacation home. Finger Lakes Premier Properties adheres to the highest standards set forth by industry experts as well as state and local governments. In some cases, we set the standard. Our expert staff is on-call to field questions from renters. This saves you time and earns you money!  

Submit an inquiry about our property management services today. We can’t wait to manage your rental property!  

Vacation Rental Meal Prep Tips

What is one of the top advantages of staying in a vacation rental? The kitchen! Our homes come will all of the appliances you’ll need to create a delicious vacation in the Finger Lakes. From pots and pans to the dishware, our kitchens are ready for you to cook, bake, and grill away. Oh… except for the food!

Grocery Delivery & Curbside Pickup Options

When you stay in the Finger Lakes there are options for getting groceries without stepping into a local store. We’ve provided some resources below depending on where you are staying in the region:

Conesus Lake:

Canandaigua Lake:

Keuka Lake:

Seneca Lake:

Cayuga Lake:

Roadside Stands: Throughout our region you’ll see roadside stands offering fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, eggs, or sometimes even baked goods. Be sure to have cash on hand to drop into their honor-system registers.

Dining Curbside Pickup

In addition, most restaurants, wineries, and breweries are also providing contact free curb-side pickup. If you have a favorite venue from a past trip, we highly recommend calling them ahead and ordering takeout to enjoy in the comfort of your vacation rental.

If you’re a first-time visitor, here are some links to help you find restaurant options near your rental:

  • Restaurants: Click here for our interactive map to help you find nearby restaurants to your rental. Please call ahead for information on their curbside offerings.
  • Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries: In New York State beer is sold in groceries stores by wine and liquor are not. Click here for our interactive map to help you find nearby venues to your rental. Please call ahead for information on their curbside offerings.

Tips for Cooking at Your Rental

If this is the first time staying with us, first of all welcome! But there are some tips for planning the ultimate vacation in a Finger Lakes Premier Property:

  1. Meal planning is EXTREMELY helpful! Grocery stores are not around every corner in our region. Make sure you have every ingredient (including spices and condiments) on your list or packed to bring. We do provide a sealed spice shaker for every reservation that includes salt, pepper, garlic salt, cayenne, curry, and paprika.
  2. Yes, we provide cooking utensils, pots, pans, bakeware, and grilling utensils. But if there are certain kitchen tools or utensils that are must-haves for the chef in your family, bring them along!
  3. In our kitchen welcome tote we provide: 1 roll of paper towels, 2 washable dish towels, 1 small bottle of dish detergent, 1 sponge, 2 dishwasher tabs, and 1 box of laundry detergent. If you think you will need more than this, depending on the length of your stay, please plan accordingly.
  4. Staying in a pet friendly rental? Don’t forget the dog food and water bowl!

For those who are still planning their next vacation in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, click here to begin your search for the perfect home to host your next vacation.

If you need assistance with finding the right home for your next trip, contact our local vacation planners who would be happy to assist you by calling 888-414-5253.

Finger Lakes Lakefront Real Estate Report – August 2020

Through this summer the lakefront market has been highly competitive for buyers. The Finger Lakes region has become a prime location for those looking for investment properties, a family vacation destination, or a new residence outside of urban area. With homeowners valuing their lake life more than ever this year, and an increase in appreciation, lakefront owners are more interested in holding onto their home rather than getting top dollar for selling right now.

We have seen an extremely high buyer demand with very low inventory in the $300,000 to $500,000 range across all lakes. The lakes in highest demand are Keuka Lake followed by Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua Lake. You can also see from the stats above how on most lakes the average days on the market have reduced, such as Keuka Lake that is nearly half of what it was in 2019.

Tips for Selling Your Home This Year

The days on the market stats reflect homes that have been priced appropriately. For sellers, just because the market is in your favor doesn’t negate the fact that buyers understand the worth of a home. Lakefront home buyers are different, they are willing to wait for the right home at the right price. When listing your home you should still be competitive with other listings that have sold recently in your area.

For those who are considering selling, now is the perfect time. Not only will you take advantage of the high buyer demand, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the last days of summer before officially moving out. There is such high demand right now that the number of days you’ll have to show the home will be reduced if you are priced right. Above all, buyers will still see the attractiveness of lake life in the summer, resulting in competitive offers for your home.

Tips for Buying a Lake Home This Year

Our Lakefront Buyer’s Specialist, Dave Luchessi, commented that “This year we have had more demand from buyers than I can ever recall. There is huge demand for properties in the $300,000 to $425,000, often resulting in bidding wars and multiple offer situations in record time of homes being listed.”

Luchessi also offers his advise to lakefront buyers, “Do not wait to buy a lake home. Now is the time. We may not see the usual inventory increase in the fall that we traditionally see. And with inventory being at an all time low, properties will sell fast. If the buyer sees something that works them they should buy and hold at the best price they can get it for. Also stay competitive with your offers. Additionally, we see an above average increase in lake home appreciation in the Finger Lakes with no apparent end in sight. I firmly believe that the Finger lakes region is currently the hottest selling market in the country right now for lake front sales.”

To search for lakefront homes currently on the market, click here.

Purchasing an Investment Property

For those looking for an investment property, now is a great time to buy. The vacation rental market has experienced the largest growth in demand out of any hospitality industry, especially in the Finger Lakes Region. We project this trend for seeking private accommodations for travelers will continue in the coming years, making it the perfect time to invest. Purchasing a lake home now, preparing it and marketing it for the 2021 peak season is ideal for top dollar and a filled calendar. Contact our sales team for information about joining the rental market and complimentary analysis of prospective vacation rentals.

For more information on selling or buying a lakefront home in the Finger Lakes this year, contact our lakefront sales team. At Finger Lakes Premier Properties over 85% of our sales are strictly lakefront. Additionally, we have 27 years of experience managing lakefront property.

Contact us today at 888-599-4810 or sales@flpplake.com

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Is Fun for the Whole Family

Girl on a zipline in an adventure park

Whether you’re looking for something to quench your thirst for adventure, or you just want to wear the kids out so they’ll sleep in tomorrow, you’ll accomplish all of your goals at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures. Learn more about the three types of adventure they offer and then buckle up for a ton of fun.


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1. Aerial Adventure Park

The Aerial Adventure Park will put your balance and bravery to the test. It features more than seven elevated courses in the forest canopy. Begin with the easiest courses, which are marked in yellow. Then, work your way up to the hardest course: the black course.

Catch your breath at the platforms and then catch an adrenaline high as you tackle the 12-15 elements on each course. You’ll encounter zip lines, rope ladders, tightrope walks, bridges, and a few heart-pounding surprises!

2. Zipline Canopy Tour

If you’ve always wanted to see things from a bird’s point of view, this is your chance. This experience begins a short ride to the launch point in the forest canopy, detailed instructions, and safety tips. You’ll be wearing a helmet and harness, but the guts and glory will be all yours as you step off the platform and zip down a cable. The ride will be a fast one, but remember to look around and take in the incredible scenery. With 7 ziplines, four bridges, two hikes, and two off-road rides, the Zipline Canopy Tour is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip to the Finger Lakes.

3. Kids Adventure Park

The little ones in your group won’t have to sit this one out. The Kids Adventure Park is designed just for those who are age 4-7. These obstacles are closer to the ground, but your kiddos will still feel accomplished (and have a blast) as they walk tightropes, scale walls, navigate rope ladders, and much more. Be sure to have a camera handy to catch the smiles on their faces. The children wear safety gear and there are plenty of staff around to help them through the obstacles if they need it. 

Hours, Pricing, and More

During the summer months, the park is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. From mid-September to mid-October, it’s only open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From late October until the first of November, it’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until dusk.

Regular admission for adventurers aged 7 and up will get you 3 hours of climbing time. Reservations are required.

The Kids Adventure Park is only for kids aged 4-7 and it’s for one hour of climbing time. This is first-come, first-served, so you may need to wait until there is availability, but there is plenty to watch and learn while you do!

Be sure to wear comfortable, well-fitted clothing and closed-toe non-slip shoes. Check their website for additional information regarding safety and FAQs, including age, height and weight restrictions.

Stay at a Finger Lakes Vacation Rental

Dock on the lake with two chairs at the end

Your mission to have fun on your family vacation will surely be complete when you relax at your vacation home after an exhilarating day. Your crew will have plenty of stories to tell around the fire pit or at the edge of the lake. You might even watch the sun go down on the dock as you replay the moments of your trip to the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park.

Finger Lakes Properties offers nearly 300 vacation rentals, so there’s something for everyone. Our rentals feature premium amenities like private docks, complimentary watercraft, hot tubs, game rooms, full kitchens, and more! Browse our properties by location and select the one that’s right for your fun-loving group. Don’t miss our Specials Page, which details all of the best deals of the season!

A Note to Our Guests: All of our vacation homes include peace of mind knowing your check-in will be keyless. In addition, each rental experiences a 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.



Coronavirus and the Finger Lakes

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

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

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

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

For Guests with a 2020 Reservation

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

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

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

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

Planning Your Next Finger Lakes Vacation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finger Lakes COVID-19 Resources

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Official website for New York State

Conesus Lake: Livingston County

Honeoye Lake: Ontario County

Canandaigua Lake: Ontario CountyYates County

Keuka Lake: Yates CountySteuben CountySchuyler County

Seneca Lake: Yates CountyOntario CountySchuyler CountySeneca County

Cayuga Lake: Seneca CountyCayuga CountyTompkins County

Wine Trails:

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

4th of July Events in the Finger Lakes – 2020

We have updated information for July 4th, 2020 in a new blog post reflecting changes due to COVID-19.

The Finger Lakes is bursting with exciting ways to make your Independence Day crackle — and this summer, we have a wealth of celebrations that will rocket your family to a whole new level of vacation fun. From the Waterfalls to beyond, here’s your guide to patriotic events in the Finger Lakes where you’re guaranteed to have a booming time this Fourth of July! Check out our list below of July 4th Finger Lakes events for 2020.

Conesus Lake – Friday, July 3rd 10:00 pm lake residents set up road flares along the beach for the ring of fire. Free fireworks display at the north end of the lake at dusk.


Honeoye Lake – Fireworks on Friday, July 3rd from Sandy Bottom Beach Park at the North end of the lake at dark.


Photo By: Bradley Lane Gray

Canandaigua Lake

  • 10:00 AM Parade on Main Street – Parade will go south on Main Street from the County Court House to Lakeshore Drive on July 4th.
  • 3:00 PM Community Picnic at Kershaw Park – Live Music begins at 6:00 PM in the gazebo on July 4th.
  • 9:45 PM Fireworks at Kershaw Park (North end of the lake) on July 4th.

Click below to see what rentals are available on Canandaigua Lake.


Photo By: Bill-Gerda Smith

Keuka Lake  

  • Fly-in/drive-in breakfast on July 4th – details below!
  • July 4th Red, White, and Blue 5k Run at 7:00 am at Branchport United Methodist Church.
  • Branchport Fire Department Chicken BBQ at 12:00 pm on July 4th.
  • Branchport Parade at 2:00 pm on July 4th Starts at Camp Good Days, ends at the Finger Lakes Museum ( Old Branchport Elementary School).
  • Enter your boat into The Boat Parade on July 5th. The parade starts at the Branchport end of the lake on Saturday, July 5th at 8:45 pm – it will head south along the west branch for an hour then cut over to the West Bluff and head back.
  • Fireworks at 10:00 pm in Branchport on July 4th.
  • July 4th – 6th Fireman’s Carnival in Hammondsport.
  • Fireworks on Saturday, July 5th at 10:00 pm in Hammondsport.
  • The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, July 4th.
  • Don’t miss the Annual St. Luke’s Church Bake Sale from 9:00 am until its all gone on July 4th at the 4 corners in Branchport.

The Fly-in Breakfast – Celebrate the 4th like a local!
2487 Bath Road, CR-17, Penn Yan, NY 14527 

Join in on the annual July 4th Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast at the Penn Yan Airport in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country. This is one of the longest continuing and largest breakfasts anywhere in the country. Located at the Penn Yan Airport overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake.

  • Serving from 6:30 am to 11:30 am.
  • Breakfast – Adults $10, children $5
  • Scenic airplane and helicopter rides for purchase.
  • Static airplane displays.
  • Musical entertainment by the Dundee Steel Drum Band.
  • Jet Blue Round Trip Airfare Raffle.

For questions please call: (607) 292-6485

Click below to see what rentals are available on Keuka Lake.


2019 guest enjoying fireworks over Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake 

  • Carnival – Friday, July 3rd Geneva American Legion – gates open at 6:00 pm.
  • Firework Show – Friday, July 3rd Geneva American Legion at 10:00 pm.
  • Fireworks Sunday, July 5th in Watkins Glen at Clute Park at 9:30 pm.

Click below to see what rentals are available on Seneca Lake.


Cayuga Lake Fireworks    

  • Fireworks Celebration on Friday, July 3rd – 6:00 pm at Stewart Park with food, entertainment, and activities.
  • Fireworks – Stewart Park at 9:30 pm on Friday, July 3rd (Rain date July 5th).
  • Myers Park – Fireworks on Monday, June 29th at 9:30 pm.
  • Americana Vineyards Birthday BBQ Bash 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm on Saturday, July 4th finishing with fireworks at 10:00 pm.
  • July 4th Celebration – Vine’s Park-Corner of 318 and 5&20 beginning at 4:00 pm-food, games and fun for all, finishing with fireworks at dark.

Americana Vineyards 4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash!

July 4th – 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Pack up family & friends and join Americana Vineyards for the biggest party of the summer!  Great food, drink, music and fun all day, topped off by a full-blown fireworks finale at 10:00 pm! Admission $5 adults, kids under 13 free!

Click below to browse our selection of Cayuga Lake rentals.

From cozy lakeside cottages in tranquil neighborhoods, to large family reunion rentals situated near community restaurants and attractions. Our vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes can easily feel like a familiar home away from home. Here are the most exciting places in the Finger Lakes to celebrate Independence Day.

Book your July 4th home at the best rate by calling our local vacation planners at (844) 366-6992.

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.

Why List Your Lakefront Home in Winter

The weather outside is frightful, so no one’s buying a home this time of the year, right? Think again. In the last 60 days, 35 lakefront homes went under contract in the region, including 33% of our available inventory. The market is trying to stay warm just like the rest of us, but lakefront homes are in short supply.

While winter may seem like a more challenging time to sell, the same rules don’t always apply for homes in a vacation destination. There are plenty of reasons to buy in winter, but here are some of the pros to selling your lakefront home in the off-season:

Higher priced homes see more action.

According to our listing agent, Cynthia Emerling, homes priced above $500,000 are seeing more interest. “The higher priced market starts to pick up in November, when people start evaluating their finances from the year and are motivated to take advantage of tax breaks.” Listing ahead of or during this surge of high-end buyer activity that your home sits on the market less time. “I tell high-end listings to hold out for this time of year, regardless of when they listed. This is when their buyer is in the market,” says Emerling.

Your home stays ready-to-show.

Selling in the summertime has its drawbacks. While it may be the time of year when your lakefront and landscaping look their best, it’s also the time when your lake house sees the most use. With family, friends, and guests in and out all summer, it can be difficult to ensure your home is ready-to-show when it needs to be. To maintain a staged, clean appearance, list your lakefront home in winter. As an added bonus, a light blanket of snow will cover any less-desirable features outside the home.

You’ll get the most out of your last summer on the lake.

There’s only a short window of summer weather here in the Finger Lakes. Showings can make it more difficult to schedule and enjoy your time at the lake. If your home is a vacation rental, constant showings can interfere with the guest experience. Guests who book in the peak season pay a premium for their stay and would prefer not to be interrupted by your agent.

Investment buyers have extra motivation.

On the vacation rental side, we see higher volumes of booking activity around the holidays. It makes sense – the whole family is gathered in one area, making it easy to plan their next vacation. Investment buyers don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to fill their calendars ahead of the new year. This is a huge motivator for short-term rental owners to buy ahead of the new year.


Even if you decide to hold off on listing until after the holidays, don’t wait too long. We see the spring market ramp up long before winter’s end. Lakefront buyers want to close have plenty of time to get their new home ready for summer.

Ready to list your lakefront home this winter? Start here!

Our real estate team will provide an assessment of your lakefront home and a rental analysis, free of charge, to attract buyers to the income potential of your listing. Call our lakefront listing experts today (888) 976-4981

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Getaway from NYC for Families

No matter the season, the Finger Lakes make for a perfect destination with so many activities in the surrounding area. If you’re looking to take a quick winter getaway from NYC for families, look no further. While summers in the Finger Lakes bring to mind afternoons by the water, the winter has so much to offer with dozens of outdoor sports and holiday-related activities. If you’re traveling with the entire family, renting a house from Finger Lakes Properties is the perfect way to enjoy your stay because you’ll have plenty of room and all the amenities of your own home.

As you begin planning your getaway, don’t forget to request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide! We’ve compiled this guide to help travelers discover the best of the Finger Lakes including our favorite restaurants, activities, and events.

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Why the Finger Lakes are the Perfect Winter Getaway from NYC for Families

Partake in Holiday Activities and Events

One of the best reasons to take a Finger Lakes winter getaway from NYC for the family is because of all the great events that take place leading up to the holiday season. Every November, the Candanaigua Christkindl Market sets up shop on the lawn of the Granger Homestead Carriage Museum. This Germany-inspired shopping experience gets everyone in the holiday spirit with raffle prizes, unique artisan venders, food tents, and holiday music. Head into downtown Ithaca to experience the 11-day Winter Light Festival with stunning light displays, a silent disco for the whole family, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. And, don’t forget to stop by the Watkins Glen Village Christmas with crafts, carolers, and holiday shopping opportunities.

Take the Kids Skiing or Snowboarding

winter skiing
skiing in winter

When winter rolls in, the Finger Lakes become the place in upstate New York for premier skiing and snowboarding. Whether your kids have experience these winter sports before, or you’re interested in teaching them for the first time, there are plenty of great trails in the area. You can sign the kids up for ski school or let more experienced riders follow you down some of the easier trails at popular resorts like Bristol Mountain, Labrador Mountain, or Toggenberg Mountain.

Try a New Winter Sport

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only winter sports you and the fam can participate in during your getaway. Why not try out something new, like snow shoeing? This is a great family activity because children of all ages can strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy a scenic walk along one of the many paths. For a winter activity that is a little more thrilling, try renting a snowmobiling and touring the area with a knowledgeable guide. You can also plan a day to try ice fishing for a taste of something new.

Get Cozy This Winter at One of Our Finger Lakes Properties

The Good Life vacation rental

Taking a winter getaway from NYC with the family to the Finger Lakes is sure to be an unforgettable trip with so many things to do from skiing to attending holiday events. For the best possible experience, find a Finger Lakes vacation rental. The Good Life rental is a five-bedroom home on Lake Canandaigua offers families plenty of room for every guest and the ability to stay close to all the best activities and attractions.

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