What is our September Secret?

It’s where September still feels like summer in the Finger Lakes, but offers “off season” rates. After Labor Day, vacation on your favorite Finger Lake while taking advantage of lower rates, property specials, and reduced traffic at parks, wineries, and restaurants.

Starting in September many of our homes begin to offer our ONE NIGHT FREE special. This offer is only available for select homes, so take advantage of it while availability remains.

The month of September typically features reduced traffic at favorite destinations. However, 2020 is the year of surprises so we cannot guarantee this will be true this fall.

BUT.. September is also the beginning of the wine harvest season. If you’re looking to experience Finger Lakes wine country, this is the time. During your exploration you’ll see grapes being harvested across our region in the early morning hours while it is still cool. You’ll smell the ripe grapes as you drive by vineyards and visit tasting rooms. Some wineries even offer tours of their production facility, but be sure to check ahead with COVID policies for 2020.

If you didn’t have a chance to visit the Finger Lakes this summer, don’t fear! September is still a wonderful option to take advantage of the last warm days of the year and create new adventures in the Finger Lakes.

BOOK NOW while availability remains. This secret won’t last long!

Oktoberfest in the Finger Lakes

Oktoberfest in the Finger Lakes

The Guide to a beerlicious getaway this Fall to celebrate Oktoberfest!


Oktoberfest is a traditional 2 week long festival in Munich, Germany celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa in 1810. Since then, the festival has grown to include food, music, games, and eventually beer. Also known as the worlds largest folkvest, drawing in 6 million people each year.

Luckily for you, you can enjoy Oktoberfest right in the Finger Lakes. There is no flying involved, language barrier, or 6 million people to deal with and you can enjoy it whenever you want between September and October. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in the FLX.


The Frankfurters Band

Deer Run Winery | Oktoberfest | 9.29.19 | 1 pm – 4 pm

Celebrate Oktoberfest with German-American music provided by The Frankfurters, locally brewed Oktoberfest beers, German wines, and food available.  Hoffe dich zu sehen – Hope to see you!

Lucas Vineyards | 22nd Annual German Festival | 9.15.19 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The 22nd Annual German Festival at Lucas Vineyards will feature live music and dance by the Enzian Bavarian Folk Band, traditional German food, award winning Rieslings and Iced wine, beer, wine slushies, animal encounters, polka dancing and lessons, grape stomping, grape pies, and fun contests throughout the day. Don’t miss out on this fan favorite event!

German Festival Contests

– Best Dessert Competition* (2019 category is “German Chocolate Cake”)
– Grape Pie Eating Contest
– German Fest König (King) & Königin (Queen) Costume Contest

Admission is $8 per person (children 6 and under are free). 

Watkins Glen International | Ticket Galaxy Beer Fest | 10.26.19 | 11:00 am

Close out the season in style at Watkins Glen International with the Ticket Galaxy Beer Festival! This event features the best in New York State breweries, distilleries, and cideries, with added entertainment including live music, a corn hole tournament, stein-holding competition, and much more.

Boathouse Beer Garden & Brewing Co. |BREW FEST | 9.28.19 | 12:00 pm

  • Dozens of local and regional brewers & cider makers!
  • Amazing live music performances all day and into the evening,
  • Great food from a variety of vendors
  • Lots of fun and games                     

List of Local Craft Breweries

Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Craft Ale Company

Two Goats Brewing

Steuben Brewery

Young Lion Brewing

Wagner Brewing

Rooster Fish Brewing

Ithaca Beer Co.

Rest your head each evening during Oktoberfest in one of our 295 lakefront vacation rentals. Click Below to browse our rental inventory near the Finger Lakes Beer Trail and all the Oktoberfest events!