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

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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.

Exterior of vacation rental

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!

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

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Alleviate PTSD by Exploring the Finger Lakes

June 27, 2017 | By Zak Klick

As June 27th marks the U.S. National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, it seems fitting to highlight our region’s natural remedies for those suffering from past trauma.  While nothing is guaranteed, much research has been done associating the positive effects of exploring the outdoors to those suffering from PTSD and depression.

For example, in 2015, University of Michigan researchers surveyed Veterans before and after a multi-day wilderness recreation experience, which involved camping and hiking in groups of between six and 12 participants.

One week after the experience, veterans reported a greater than 10 percent enhancement in several measures of psychological well-being, a 9 percent increase in social functioning, and a nearly 8 percent gain in positive life viewpoint.

Since our area is rich in waterfalls and forestry, we thought it would be appropriate, on this day, to offer calming places to visit the outdoors.  Without much further ado, here are some of the best outdoor locations we, the Finger Lakes Premier Property staff, could locally advocate for planning your next outdoor adventure.

Upper, Middle + Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

The Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park is home to three of the largest and most stunning falls you’ll find along the west side of the Finger Lakes. About 25 minutes from some of our vacation rentals along Consesus Lake, this expansive park features the main attraction at the Upper and Middle Falls, with over 50 smaller cascades scattered throughout the park. With activities planned year-round from guided tours and white water rafting, to snow tubing and cross-country skiing, this attraction is ideal for an outdoor adventure any time of the year.

Watkins Glen Waterfalls via Stone Stairs

One of the most iconic waterfall destinations in the Finger Lakes is the Watkins Glen State Park, where you can walk under, over and through 19 waterfalls. As you climb over 800 steps through the park you will be completely immersed in nature with plenty of resting stops along the way to enjoy some quiet moments of solitude. Located right in downtown Watkins Glen and minutes from Seneca Lake where you can continue to enjoy a peaceful getaway in the Finger Lakes.

 

Shequaga/Montour Falls South of Watkins Glen

Just south of Watkins Glen you’ll find the Shequaga Falls in downtown Montour Falls. Find a comfortable spot at the base of the massive falls that are easily accessible for most, and enjoy the thrilling sounds of the water crashing into the basin below. If you’re looking to hike, follow the 5 mile Montour Falls Historic Trail Loop to explore more falls and lookout points.

Lucifer Falls + Lower Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park

A very popular summer swimming hole for locals is at the Lower Falls or Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. In addition to taking a relaxing dip in the fresh water from the falls, the park’s rugged gorge called Enfield Glen continues for 9 miles of winding hiking trails past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls.

Buttermilk Falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park

Autumn scene landscape of waterfalls at Buttermilk Falls State Park

A local favorite is Buttermilk Falls State Park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. Hike the park’s Gorge and Rim Trails to take in the view of cascading Buttermilk Creek, enjoy a soaring cliff jumping adventure, and cool off in the natural-fed swimming pool at the base of Buttermilk Falls, the largest of the park’s 10 falls.

 

These are only a few of the locations in the Finger Lakes where cascading waterfalls may be able to provide soothing comfort for anyone, even those experiencing PTSD symptoms. Once again, this is a supplemental treatment for those wanting additional help and not a proven form of relief.  Those suffering from severe psychological dysfunction should contact a medical professional for assistance.

For more information about PTSD, its symptoms, support, and more, visit the website for the National Center for PTSD.