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!

Best 2017 Guest Photos

Throughout the year we share some of the best photos taken by our guests. Below are some of the favorite memories our guests created and shared while staying at one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals in 2017!

 

“The property was lovely. It was up to date and well taken care of. The extras were a nice touch including the doggy bag for our Lucy.”

– Taken by Sandra B. from Attica, NY, who stayed at My Kind of Paradise on Conesus Lake.

 

 

 

 

 “Thank you Timber Ridge and Finger Lakes Premier Properties! This was the perfect location for my sisters and girlfriends to spend the weekend together! We are all from different areas including Utica, Rochester, Buffalo, Jamestown and Fredonia. The accommodations and comforts were better than we imagined – not to mention the beautiful aesthetics of the home and the view!! We will be back!”

– Taken by Rebekah B from Jamestown, NY, who stayed at Timber Ridge on Keuka Lake.

 

“What a great stay at a beautiful location! The dock area is amazing. Definitely the highlight of our trip.”

– Taken by Jeffery W. from Bel Air, LA, who stayed at The Good Life on Canandaigua Lake.

 

 

 

“Best property in our 6 years of renting. Plenty of room for a large group (13) and all kinds of nice amenities. Enjoyed the fire pit on the cliff and the large deck. Ping pong table was utilized often as well as the hammock. Bathroom for every bedroom was very nice.”

– Taken by David M. from Robesonia, PA, who stayed at Seneca Lake Effect on Seneca Lake.

 

“We had an amazing time at Five Gates. The house is beautiful and comfortably fit our family of thirteen. Everything was impeccable and incredibly well appointed with everything you’ll ever need on vacation. Our only regret is not staying for a few more days. We loved it!”

– Taken by Alessandra L from Jersey City, NJ, who stayed at Five Gates on Seneca Lake.

 

      “Had a great vacation. Loved the docks and large deck. The house was very comfortable and well stocked. A little dated but great for our family and dog. Nice yard with 2 large trees to hang out under on a hot day. Surprisingly quiet for being right off the road and near the marina. Very safe area for dogs and children well away from the main road. Great view of the bluff. Nice thunderstorms in the evening. Beautiful lake, clean and warm. We were there in early August. We would definitely love to come back!”

– Taken by Fiona A. from Pepperell, MA, who stayed at Loon Landing on Keuka Lake.

 

“This house was perfect for our family! It is so beautiful inside. Everything was very clean and well kept. It felt like home. The mattresses were very comfortable, unlike some homes we have stayed at in the past. The kitchen was well stocked and had everything I needed to cook all the meals for the week. There is plenty of outside seating to accommodate all guests. We caught pike, large and smallmouth bass, and a catfish right off the dock. There were 2 kayaks that came with the property. We enjoyed the house so much we are going to book it for the same week next year. This home exceeded our expectations!”

– Taken by Julie G. from Thompsontown, PA, who stayed at Eastern Beauty on Keuka Lake.

 

Thank you to all of our guests who shared their wonderful photos throughout the year. We always look forward to seeing the smiling faces, sleeping babies, adorable puppies, and unforgettable moments of your vacation in the Finger Lakes!

If you stayed at one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals in 2017 and have a photo you’d like to enter into our photo contest, click here to join the photo contest by December 31, 2017!

 

Where to Experience the Top 5 Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

By: Zakary Klick

 

Wintertime in the Finger Lakes is a quiet time of year, but it is not without plenty to do. The area has many attractions for winter enthusiasts and all of them have the beautiful Finger Lakes backdrop. The air is crisp, the snowscape stunning, and the silence, serene. Having worked in the region for nearly 25 years, we at Finger Lakes Premier Properties have taken the time to sufficiently compile a list of the top 5 wintertime activities and where best to partake:

 

#5 – Snowshoe the Trails
Finding yourself close to the east side of the Finger Lakes? Snowshoe to the frozen Taughannock Falls near Ithaca along Cayuga Lake! Taughannock Falls is the tallest gorge in NYS with numerous trails. Coupled with the natural beauty of the area, strapping on snowshoes is a fun way to explore the Finger Lakes in the winter! For a guide to more trails throughout the region, visit GoFingerLakes.org.

Vacation Rentals in Close Proximity to Taughannock Falls: Blue Heron Lodge and A Shore Thing

 

#4 – Ice Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the Finger Lakes is in the winter. Keuka Lake, in particular, is famous for this style of fishing, especially for lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and landlocked salmon. Despite the shifty winter the last few years, the tip of Keuka Lake (in Penn Yan) typically freezes over for locals to enjoy the winter tradition during the first few months of each year. Book a vacation home along this section of the lake, drop a line, and experience Finger Lakes fishing in icy fashion!

Vacation Rentals on the tip of Keuka Lake (Penn Yan):  Cedar Lodge and Brandy Bay Serenity

 

#3 – Experience 2300 Degrees
Experience one of the most popular events at the Corning Museum of Glass. At 2300 Degrees you’ll be impressed with hot glass shows, live music, local wineries and brewery tastings, meet & greets with the artists, and more! This event is held on the third Thursday of each month, November through March, click here for more details.

Vacation Rentals near the Corning Museum of Glass: Seneca Fun & Sun and Absolutely Shore

 

#2 – Sip & Savor
Our region is home to over 100 wineries and breweries, and the winter happens to be one of the best times to get the complete tasting experience. With reduced traffic during the colder months, don’t be surprised if the person pouring your samples is the owner and winemaker. Take advantage of their extra attention by asking them about their favorite wines and places to visit. You’re sure to get some terrific local recommendations. To plan your winter wine tour, check out the local wine trails: Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Vacation Rentals with Close Proximity to Wineries: Crystal Palace and Sails and Sunsets

 

#1 – Shred
If you love to ski and snowboard, a visit to Bristol Mountain Winter Resort is a must-stop with 138 acres featuring 35 slopes. Or, if you’re looking to try something new, book a private class or lessons with their seasoned experts. Great for all ages!

Vacation Rentals near Bristol Mountain Winter Resort:  Family Affair and South Bristol Cottages

 

If you have any other winter-oriented recommendations of your own, let us know at marketing@flpplake.com.

To visit more properties for your winter vacation, visit our web page.