Celebrate the Holidays with Some of the Best Finger Lakes Christmas Events

Celebrate holiday in a winter wonderland! During the colder months, the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York transforms into an idyllic snowy paradise. There are few places better to enjoy this festive season than our cozy region. Discover the best ways to enjoy this special time of year with the best Finger Lakes Christmas events! Download our free Vacation Guide for a full list of events in the region.

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Shop Small Business in the Finger Lakes

Small Business Saturday is November 27! 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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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “When is the best time to visit the Finger Lakes?” The answer is, of course, right now! The Finger Lakes is one of the best vacation destinations in the United States no matter the time of year. From the snowy winters to the warm summers, there are endless opportunities for fun in every season.  

For even more help planning your trip, request our free Vacation Guide! It contains our recommendations for the best of the Finger Lakes. From wineries and restaurants to hiking trails and boat rentals, you’ll find everything you need to plan the ultimate Upstate New York getaway! 

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

Although anytime is a great time to come, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is late spring through summer, or May through September. It’s an outdoor wonderland, full of recreational activities and water sports for any adventure lover! 

But, if you’re pinching pennies, you should avoid the summer months. Prices may go up between June and August when the kids are out of school. Plus, local attractions may be a little crowded during the summertime as well. 

Another thing to consider: thousands of tourists flock to the Finger Lakes region in the fall, too. Keep reading and we’ll explain why in a moment.  

Why Every Season Has Its Pros 

Spend Spring in the Finger Lakes 

Spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and tons of great wine and food events in the Finger Lakes! 

From the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Bacon on the Lakein to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Pasta & Wine Weekend, there are so many excellent opportunities to enjoy a wine tour or wine tasting, and learn more about Finger Lakes wine country. 

Enjoy a Finger Lakes Summer Vacation 

The possibilities for adventure are endless when you visit the Finger Lakes in the summer! Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and boating are hugely popular activities during this season. Make sure to dress accordingly because mornings can be a little chilly, but the afternoons warm up to the perfect temperature in the 80s. 

Get a bird’s eye view of the lakes and book a hot air balloon ride!. White-water rafting in Letchworth State Park is another awesome activity! The Finger Lakes Wine FestivalGrassRoots Festival, and the Canandaigua Lakefront Art & Music Festival all take place during this season, as well! Make sure to plan your summer vacation several months in advance. Many people dream of a summer vacation in the Finger Lakes, and accommodations book up quickly! 

Fall in Love with the Finger Lakes 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find more gorgeous fall foliage than in the Finger Lakes! Autumn brings changing leaves, pumpkin farms, and the end of the grape-growing season.  

Visitors come from all over to see the captivating fall foliage. The colors are absolutely breathtaking! Just beware of the crowds.  

There are some fantastic fall festivals and harvest celebrations taking place during September, October, and November. Consider taking a scenic drive around the area to take in the gorgeous sights. 

Cozy up in Winter 

Whether you’re celebrating the holiday season or you’re interested in winter sports, there are so many great reasons to visit the Finger Lakes during the chilly season! Browse through the Watkins Glen Village Christmas or the Canandaigua Christkindl Market. There’s no better way to get your holiday shopping done and have a fun day! Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all popular activities in this region, so come prepared for a fun day of adventure! 

Or, explore the Finger Lakes wine trails this winter for the region’s best ice wines. 

Cozy Up or Cool Down With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Are you looking for the best place to stay in the Finger Lakes? Then browse through our inventory of homes! Finger Lakes Premier Properties contains the best selection of luxury rentals in the region! From pet-friendly to lakefront and more, our homes have everything you need for an outstanding getaway. Remember, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is right now, so check out our catalog and book today! 

Are you looking for things to do in the Finger Lakes this weekend? Follow us on Facebook! We’re always posting upcoming events and festivals in the area. 

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Use Our Packing Checklist To Make The Most Of Your Vacation

When planning a trip to the Finger Lakes and staying in a vacation rental its hard to know what you need to bring because each rental is so different from the other. Click below to download our packing checklist to help guide you when packing for your stay at a FLPP rental. This list will ensure you have everything you will need for your upcoming stay in the Finger Lakes!

Finger Lakes Premier Properties FAQ’s
  • Do you provide coffee filters for the coffee pot or Keurig in the rental? – No, you need to bring coffee filters for whatever kind of coffee machine is in the kitchen. Please refer to the photos or amenities section on your rental property page on our website so you know which kind you need to bring.
  • When is check-in and check-out time? – Summer (April – September) check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 10:00 am. – Spring, Fall, Winter (October – March) check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.
  • Are linens provided with my rental? – Sheets, pillow cases, and a comforter are provided for all beds in the home. In addition, 1 set of towels is provided for the number of occupants allowed to stay in this home. If you use more than 1 towel when you shower please bring another. Beach towels are not provided, please bring these with you as well

Download our free Vacation Guide with local insight on the best places to play, dine, and more in the Finger Lakes region! 

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

2022 Vacation rental calendars are opening! Browse which homes are available below. Don’t forget to check back weekly.

Finger Lakes Grocery Delivery services

What is one of the top advantages of staying in a vacation rental? The kitchen! Our homes come with 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! Get the full scoop on Finger Lakes grocery delivery services below.

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 Finger Lakes grocery delivery 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 provide 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 but 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, 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. However, 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 bag 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 and pressing option 1.

4th of July Events in the Finger Lakes

Don’t miss out on all the 4th of July Events in the Finger Lakes!

Every town across America celebrates Independence Day with BBQ’s, parades, and fireworks. Here in the Finger Lakes, you can get all of that and then some.

Our region is booming with fantastic events to enhance your July 4th vacation at the lake! Check out some of our local favorites below then reserve your vacation rental today!


Celebrate Our Independence On Cayuga Lake!

Cayuga Lake Fireworks    

  • Fireworks Celebration on Saturday July 3rd at 10 pm in Seneca Falls along the canal.

All You Need To Know For Your 4th!

Canandaigua Lake 

  • 1:30 PM Parade on Main Street – Parade will go south on Main Street from the County Court House to Lakeshore Drive on Sunday July 4th.

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

Keuka Lake  

  • Fire Department Chicken BBQ in Branchport at 12:00 pm on July 4th.
  • Branchport Parade at 2:00 pm on July 4th.
  • Boat Parade starts in Branchport on July 3rd at 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
  • Festival of Lights on July 4th at 10 pm – light your flares and stick them in the beach to light up the lake.
  • Fireworks at 10:00 pm in Branchport on July 4th.
  • July 2nd & 3rd Fireman’s Carnival in Hammondsport.
  • Friday July 2nd Sam Pallett plays live from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Carnival
  • Fireworks on Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00 pm in Hammondsport.
  • The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on July 3rd & July 5th.
  • Bake sale from 9:00 am until its all gone on July 4th in Branchport.

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

Seneca Lake 

  • Fireworks Sunday, July 4th in Watkins Glen at Clute Park at dusk.
  • Sampson State Park will have fireworks from a barge out in the lake on Saturday July 3rd. There will also be live music and food for sale.

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

Conesus Lake – July 3rd 10:00 pm lake residents set up road flares along the beach for the ring of fire. Free fireworks display at Pebble Beach arund 10 pm.

Honeoye Lake – Fireworks on July 3rd from a boat in the middle of the lake going from south to north. Flares can be lit around 9:30 pm.

Discover the Finger Lakes in August for the Best End-of-Summer Getaway

Summer is always a popular time to visit the Finger Lakes. Not only is the weather fantastic, but there are always so many awesome summer activities and events happening around Upstate New York. Why go to overcrowded vacation destinations like Niagara Falls, when the Finger Lakes in August is easily any outdoor lover’s paradise? Below, you’ll find out some of our favorite things to do as a last hurrah at the end of summer before the kids return to school. 

For more amazing things to do and see in the Finger Lakes region, make sure to check out our free Vacation Guide. It includes all the top attractions in the area when it comes to outdoor recreation, restaurants, shops, museums, and other popular attractions. 

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Experience the Finger Lakes in August 

Finger Lakes Weather in August 

Those who love summer weather will thrive by the lakes this August. Temperatures usually reach a comfortable high in the lower 80s, and at night can cool down enough to bring a cute sweater! 

During the day, spend your time on the boat, fishing, kayaking, or swimming. Or, hike to some of the best Finger Lakes waterfalls. 

The Finger Lakes region experiences all four seasons, so no matter which season you prefer, there will always be an abundance of activities to do. 

Sip Local on While Traveling the Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

Traveling the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a fun way to explore the area. One of several FLX wine trails, Seneca Lake Wine Trail features almost 40 incredible wineries, cideries, and breweries. Spend a whole day making your way down the 75-mile shoreline sipping on Upstate New York’s finest varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, and Gewurztraminer. 

Other fantastic wine trails to discover include the 30-mile Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, the six incredible wineries on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, or the very first wine trail in the United States, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Hike the Trails at Watkins Glen State Park 

Discover the best outdoor recreation when you explore the trails at Watkins Glen State Park. It’s one of the most popular parks in New York State, offering nearly 20 waterfalls and beautiful hiking trails. Lace up your hiking boots for the popular Gorge Trail. And, we must say – it lives up to its name! Gorge!  

Celebrate Your Favorite German Cabbage Dish at the Annual Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend

Do you love sauerkraut so much that you wish you could dedicate a weekend to celebrating and eating it? Sauerkraut lovers from around the country need to experience our area’s annual Sauerkraut Weekend in Phelps, NY. 

It offers a variety of unique activities like a cabbage decorating contest, a wine with acrylics painting class, and even a Krauter 20K race! 

Come for the sauerkraut and stay for the awesome live music and vendors this August! 

End Your Summer in Our Summer Hideaway! 

Finger Lakes Premier Properties is the best place to unwind each evening after all of your FLX adventures. Cool down after a warm August day in Summer Hideaway, a two-bedroom vacation rental on Keuka Lake. This lovely cottage offers a bit of Californian flair with charming country style and a view of the lake from your living room and covered porch. Check our availability, and book Summer Hideaway today! 

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4 Iconic Finger Lakes Wine Trails You Need to Sip Your Way Through

One of the main draws to the Finger Lakes region of New York is its award-winning wines, wineries, and vineyards. That’s why a visit to Upstate New York is not complete without a day trip around the best Finger Lakes Wine Trails! We encourage you to explore some of the several wine producing trails that offer tours and wine tastings so that you can get a true taste of the FLX! 

With so many wonderful things to do and see in the Finger Lakes wine region, we can’t possibly put it in just one blog. Unlock our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of local recommendations. From the best area restaurants to beautiful hiking trails, you’ll find everything you need to plan the ultimate Finger Lakes vacation! You’ll even get more recommendations for the best spots in Finger Lakes Wine Country. 

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Sip Your Way Through These 4 Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

The wine trails throughout the Finger Lakes are committed to providing a safe and clean space for you to enjoy, and ask that you also adhere to the policies put in place at each winery! Many of the requirements the wineries have in place are mandated by the New York State Liquor Authority and the State of New York in order to be open. 

Get a Finger Lakes Wine Trail Passport for Discounts 

Please note, due to COVID-19, our wineries are now open, but reservations are required for tasting. 

Get exclusive tastings at each stop, and a 25% savings, when you purchase their wine tasting passport. Passports are good for a year after purchase, so you can spend valuable time meeting with their tastemakers. 

The passport provides complimentary tastings at each winery and additional price discounts for the purchase of wine with the use of the passport. 

One passport is valid for one person, not valid for groups of more than eight.

1. Cayuga Lake Wine Trail 

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has the honor of being the first-organized and longest-running wine trail in the country! It was first established in 1983 and includes 14 dog-friendly member wineries, as well as cideries, a meadery, four distilleries, and a taproom.  

2. Keuka Lake Wine Trail 

The Keuka Lake Wine Trail may not be the longest-running, but Keuka Lake was home to the first bonded winery. This region specializes in Vinifera wines, as this area was where they were first planted.  

3. Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail 

The Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail features 30 miles of Finger Lakes wine and food experiences! Sip their world-class wines and enjoy beautiful vistas along the rolling hillsides of Canandaigua Lake. 

4. Seneca Lake Wine Trail 

Sprouting in 1986, explore the largest wine trail in the state of New York! The Seneca Lake Wine Trail features 35 wineries, a distillery, two cider producers, two breweries, and a meadery on its path. This trail is known for its hearty grapes, though the wineries on the list have won plenty of awards for the delicate Rieslings. 

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

While exploring the Finger Lakes wine region, rest each night at one of the most stunning homes in the area. Finger Lakes Premier Properties has the best selection of socially distanced vacation rentals. We have over 260 vacation rentals on six of the 11 lakes, that are all close to the Finger Lakes wine trails. Plus, with our 24/7 customer service, you can rest knowing that you will be well taken care of! 

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

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Boat on Keuka Lake with these resources!

After a long winter, the temptation is strong to boat on Keuka Lake and go for that relaxing cruise you have been longing for. Below we have all of the resources of local business’s that can help you get on the water, stay on the water, and make the most of Keuka Lake life.

Lakefront Gas, Food, & Gift Shop

The Olney Place

The Olney Place is conveniently located in the middle of nowhere. They’re open May through October starting at 7 AM daily.  Seth and his staff are committed to maximizing your time on Keuka Lake. So before making that next trip to town, don’t forget they have the following items in stock:

MILK ⋆ CHIPS ⋆ BEER ⋆ ICE ⋆ SODA ⋆ COFFEE ⋆ TOYS ⋆ SUNSCREEN ⋆ CIGARETTES ⋆ CHARCOAL ⋆ COLD CUTS ⋆ DELI ⋆ SALADS ⋆ EGGS ⋆ A SENSE OF HUMOR ⋆ NEWSPAPERS ⋆ DOCKSIDE GAS ⋆ BUTTER ⋆ POSSIBLE CHANCE OF SUN ⋆ WIFI ⋆ SUNGLASSES ⋆ BAIT ⋆ ATM ⋆ BATTERIES ⋆ CLEANING PRODUCTS ⋆ KEUKA LAKE GIFT IDEAS ⋆ FIREWOOD ⋆ BAKED GOODS ⋆ GLUTEN-FREE OFFERINGS ⋆ PUBLIC RESTROOMS ⋆ GIFT CERTIFICATES ⋆ LOCAL/GOURMET CHEESES & CHOCOLATES

Dockside Pickup:

You can get hungry out on the water. So can your boat. So, while you’re fueling up at our gas dock, call up (315) 536-5454 for some sandwiches and groceries. They’ll deliver it right to your boat (or seaplane, if that’s your thing).

Marina’s

Jake’s Boat Livery + Gift Shop

This family run business is located smack dab in the middle of Keuka Lake on the west side just north of The Waterfront Restaurant. Jake offers gas, food, beverages, boat rentals, tube/ski rentals, apparel, fishing tackle/poles, live bait and so much more. Need to launch your boat in Keuka Lake or retrieve it from Keuka Lake that’s $7-1 way. Also, Keep your vehicle parked at Jake’s is another $10/day. What a deal and the owners are the nicest people you will find.

Morgan Marine

Morgan Marine is an authorized Boston Whaler, Premier Pontoons, Hobie Mirage Kayaks Eclipse Paddleboard, and O’Brien SUPs dealership in Penn Yan, New York. Along with a large selection of new models, Morgan Marine also carries a wide variety of pre-owned models. Morgan Marine has a full sales, service and parts department. They also offer boat /kayak rentals and have a pretty large boat store with everything from tubes , water skis, bumpers, lines etc. Come in and visit their friendly, reliable, and experienced staff between the hours of 9am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday (Closed Sunday & Monday), or call us at (315)-536-8166.

Harbor Lights Marina

Sable family owned for over 48 years.  Non-ethanol gas, snacks, ice cream on the dock, drinks, non-motorized rentals.  New and gently used water sports for sale!  Come see us and become part of our Keuka Family!
Find us right across from the tip of the bluff (next door to Lakeside Restaurant).  You will see our Finger Lakes Seaplane parked at our dock, as this is where the seaplane tours take off from! You can also launch your boat here for a $5 launch fee.

The Boathouse at Keuka

Enjoying a day out on Keuka Lake and need to fill up your boat? Swing by the NEW Marina/lakefront gas station on the west side of Keuka Lake in Hammondsport. They have everything you could want from tubes, life jackets, ice, snacks, gas for the boat and so much more! Rent a boat from them if you don’t have one of your own. Boat on Keuka Lake with one of their rental lily pads perfect for a float-illa.

East Bluff Harbor

East Bluff Harbor is a full service marina that has been operating on Keuka Lake for over 40 years. They are located half way down the bluff on the east side and have two gas pumps. One at the end of their floating dock and the other on shore for your convenience. They sell 89-octane gas, as the engine manufacturers recommend that you use it for your boat.

Tubes, skis and wakeboards are necessary accessories to get a true sense of a day on the lake. Don’t forget the rope and the life vests. They can also special order any water toy that is not stocked at their store. They carry all the safety equipment necessary to comply with Coast Guard regulations. When is the last time you checked your flares or fire extinguisher? Both expire and need to be replaced!  It is always good to have extra rope and fenders to tie your boat up safely at the restaurant or at a friend’s dock.

North End Marina

They offer trouble free and clean boat rentals, newer models as well as well maintained older models. They keep their prices low to keep you coming back! Located on the north west branch of Keuka Lake in Branchport. Daily, multiple day, & weekly rentals available. Spend a few days or a week relaxing, fishing, boating, swimming, sightseeing, or wine & beer tasting. They also sell ice on the premises & have non-ethanol high octane gas available.

Basin Park Marina

Proprietors John & Karen Wheeler, along with their crew offer customers: *Clean restrooms and showers. *Shore power for their slip customers. *Picnic area with tables and grill. *Ice machine.*Ample Parking and a great view of Keuka Lake’s only naturally protected harbor! Rent ski, pontoon, or fishing boats from them. Make sure you call (315) 595-8808 ahead to reserve your boat rental.

Boat Storage, Repair + Showroom

Mike’s Marine

Mike offers exceptional boat storage and repair services. He has been in the business for over 30 years and is a local favorite. You can reach him at (607) 868- 3308. This one man operation doesn’t lack in customer service or quality of work, give him a call today!

Keuka Watersports

Keuka Watersports is an authorized Centurion, Starcraft and SunChaser dealership serving the Finger Lakes area of New York state. They are proud to carry a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. Therefore, When you are ready for a new boat, their friendly and knowledgeable service departments are prepared to make sure your experience is outstanding. From assisting while you’re making your choice to ongoing maintenance and customization. Keuka Watersports values the opportunity to create a long-term relationship with their customers, and do that by giving you the best customer service available.

Over the years, our customers have become our extended family by coming back to us year after year. We enjoy and look forward to seeing our growing extended family every year and hope that you too will become part of our extended Keuka Watersports family. Keuka Watersports is Keuka Lake’s premiere boat and jet ski rental source. Offering the best ski boats, pontoon boats, deck boats, jet skis & kayaks. They offer daily, multi-day, and weekly rental rates along with waterskies, wakeboards, and tubes. Give them a call at (607) 569-2889 today!

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Keuka Lake Association

In order to create boating memories on Keuka Lake we all need to make sure their is a Keuka Lake to boat on. The Keuka Lake Association aims to preserve and protect the natural beauty of Keuka Lake for future generations. You too can be a part of maintaining our beautiful lady Keuka.

Keuka Lakefront Rentals

Many of our rentals have permanent docks and or boat hoists to keep your boat or your rental boat secured safely overnight.

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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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