Creating memorable experiences in the Finger Lakes isn’t only for the out-of-towners. Here at Finger Lakes Premier Properties, we strive to be a resource for everyone to enjoy their time in the our picturesque region. During this period of social distancing and limited travel, in order to #flattenthecurve, we’ve provided some inspiration for making the most of our time apart.
Take A Breath of Fresh Air
Local and New York State Parks are still open, but visit responsibly. As Spring weather welcomes warmer temperatures, you’re bound to see more people stretching their legs at public parks. Luckily for us, there is a plethora of parks with great trails for hikers of all levels.
The New York State Parks have only closed access to playgrounds, athletic courts, and sporting fields to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To explore a park near you, visit their website.
Another one of our favorite resources for creating new adventures is GoFingerLakes.org. You can download the app or visit their site to find the best spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and outdoor recreation across our 6,000-square-mile area. On this site, you can even use their advance search for the best locations for waterfalls, pet-friendly trails, bird watching, and more.
The Lake is Open!
It may be obvious, but the lakes offer great activities for responsible social distancing. Take advantage of the free entertainment they provide from paddling to fishing.
No matter what species of fresh water fish you’re looking for, the Finger Lakes has it. For family outings you can cast from most public and state parks for a lakeside activity. For the serious anglers, different lakes are better for certain types of fish. For example, Seneca Lake attracts fishermen for its Perch and Trout and hosts tournaments each year. In addition to the lakes, the ponds and streams throughout the region also offer plentiful opportunities for casting a line or net, which can be brought home for a fresh dinner. For more information about fishing in the Finger Lakes, click here. Before you grab your fishing pole, take a look at New York State regulations and licensing by clicking here.
If you own a kayak or canoe, take advantage of your extra time and get paddling. If you don’t live lakeside, you can launch from parks scattered along the shores of each lake. For fresh scenery and the chance to view wildlife, paddle an inlet where you can also find some great fishing spots. Click here for resources on where to launch.
Savor the Flavors
Just because you can’t sit down in your favorite restaurant doesn’t mean you have to fend for yourself at every meal. Create a special evening or make a picnic out of it by ordering take out from local restaurants. Below you can review menus of favored venues around our region offering to-go or delivery options.
Canandaigua Restaurants with Take Out:
- Bee Hive Brew Pub
- Eddie O’Briens
- Rheinblick German Restuarant
- Rio Tomatlan (Mexican)
- Simply Crepes
- Complete list can be found on the Canandaigua Chamber website:
Naples Restaurants with Take Out:
Penn Yan Restaurants with Take Out:
Hammondsport Restaurants with Take Out:
Geneva Restaurants with Take Out:
- Finger Lakes Sausage and Beer
- Kindred Fare
- Torrey Park Grill
- Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria
- A complete list can be found on the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website: http://genevany.com/?page_id=495663
Watkins Glen Restaurants with Take Out:
- Bleacher’s Bar and Grill
- El Rancho
- The Elf in the Oak
- A complete list can be found on the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce website:
Seneca Falls Restaurants with Take Out:
Ithaca Restaurants with Take Out:
- Crossroads Bar & Grill
- Ithaca Bakery
- Simeon’s American Bistro
- For a complete list can be found on the Tompkins County Chamber website:
(check back as we will be updating this page with more options)
Don’t forget the wine and beer!
You may not be able to do a tasting on site, but you can still purchase your favorite bottles and growlers while supporting our local beverage industry. Find complete lists by visiting the wine trail and beer trail links below.
- Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail
- Keuka Lake Wine Trail
- Seneca Lake Wine Trail
- Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
- Finger Lakes Wine Country
- Finger Lakes Beer Trail
We hope everyone stays healthy, safe, and connected during this unprecedented time. Join us on Facebook as we will be posting live photos, videos, and updates from our picturesque region.