Memories Last Forever in the Finger Lakes! - May 2013

The sun is beginning to shine a little longer each day and the trees are sprouting leaves, this could only mean one thing, summer fun in the Finger Lakes is right around the corner! If you’re looking for an enjoyable vacation with adventure, excitement and relaxation take a trip to the Finger Lakes region. Camp at one the Finger Lake’s State Parks with enormous waterfalls, enjoy one of the unique festivals, or spend some quality time with Mom for Mother’s Day. 


Beauty and Fun in One!

Are you a nature lover? Explore the waterfalls in the Finger Lakes that provide spectacular views and outdoor adventures. Make it a memorable day trip or take advantage of the state park’s campgrounds for a fun filled weekend trip. Start planning your visit now! By mid May all of the trails will be open for visitors! Check out this list of must see state parks and falls in the Finger Lakes: 

*Buttermilk Falls State Park is located southwest of Cayuga Lake. Buttermilk Falls are 180 feet high and 80 feet wide giving it stunning views you won’t want to miss! Buttermilk consists of ten falls and the best trail to take to view all of these is the gorge trail. This trail is approximately a mile and half loop and drops well over 500 feet from the top to the bottom; so make sure you have on your hiking shoes. It’s a work out but it is definitely 100% worth it! Also, for some additional fun take a dip in the water at bottom of the falls to refresh yourself after your long hike.

*Taughannock Falls State Park is located in Trumansburg on Cayuga Lake. These falls are the closest of any Finger Lakes gorges to being a canyon. The falls are three stories higher than Niagara Falls and are the highest freefalling falls in the northeastern United States! The best views of the 215 feet high falls are on the gorge trail which will take you to the very bottom of falls looking up or at the overlook off of Park Road which will take you to the very top looking down. The gorge trail is ¾ mile one way and is on flat, wide land so it is good for children and pets.

*Watkins Glen State Park is located at the south end of Seneca Lake and includes 19 different waterfalls. Explore the gorge trail going through tunnels, over bridges and underneath falls! Make sure you have your sneakers on because this trail includes 832 steps and is a three mile loop! Also, pack you swimming suits to enjoy the Olympic sized swimming pool just off of the trail. 

Looking for more fun? Click here for a full listing of parks to explore in the Finger Lakes region! 


Let the Festivals Begin!

While summer may not be officially here for over a month, fun festivals are beginning now! Get outside in the sun and enjoy the area’s many festivals; there’s something for everyone to enjoy. All the festivals include an abundance of food, shopping, arts and crafts and live entertainment!   

*Stop and smell the flowers! Come celebrate the beauty and wonderful scents of the World’s largest collection of lilacs at the Rochester Lilac Festival May 10-19! This festival includes a parade, wine and chocolate tasting, a 5K family run and 10K race and more.

*Come to Corning, fondly known by locals as the Crystal City, for the celebration of glass and the fire arts at Glass Fest May 23-26! Visit the Corning Museum of Glass free of charge, watch hot glass shows, partake in activities for the whole family, taste wine and beer, watch the fireworks light up the sky and much more!

*Enjoy the much loved, sweet, juicy, red fruit at the Strawberry Festival in Owego June 14&15. Munch on strawberries while participating in strawberry related activities and contests, watch the parade and view the fireworks over the river, plus more!


Happy Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12, 2013

Looking for a weekend getaway with a plush place to lay your head at night and a lavish feast for the special Mom in your life? Take your Mom or the one you love to a delicious, enjoyable buffet at one of the FingerLake’s beautiful dining and accommodations establishments. Spend some quality time with Mom and enjoy only the finest foods. Make it a luxurious getaway with an overnight trip for some additional fun.

*Visit the Inn on the Lake for a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch in the morning or afternoon. Enjoy the astonishing view of Canandaigua Lake from your table.  

Esperanza Mansion, overlooking Keuka Lake, will be having a lunch buffet in recognition of the Mothers out there.

*Spend your Mother’s Day at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel located on Seneca Lake. Enjoy breakfast in the early afternoon or dinner all day long; held in the extravagant Harbor Ballroom. 

* Holiday Inn Ithaca, south of Cayuga Lake, will be holding a Mother’s Day buffet with breakfast items severed all day!

Sherwood Inn, located on Skaneateles Lake, will be holding a brunch buffet with breakfast and dinner items. Also, take advantage of 20% off any bottle of wine while your there.  

Please click on accommodations and fine dining for a complete list!


Information and Savings!

Are you planning a trip to the Finger Lakes area but aren’t sure where to start? Order your 2013 travel guide today free of charge for all the ideas and Finger Lakes information you will need. Everybody loves a little bit of savings, right? Check out the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance’s “Special Offers” page for some savings you won’t want to pass up. This page offers couponsspecial promotions and packages. Everything you’ll need to start planning your getaway and saving money while doing it!


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