Early fall in the Finger Lakes is often still touched with a hint of summer. Whirling cool breezes and the array of color that paints the region almost over night tends to peak mid fall, which is when our region is at one of its most brilliant states, always welcoming visitors to come and experience all that the area gives forth throughout the entire season. If you can’t get away until a little later in the fall, never fear, there is plenty to look forward to on your Finger Lakes adventure.
Cozy Up at a B&B
What better time of year than fall is there to venture out amidst brilliant hues to the Finger Lakes region for a stay at one of our many unique and historical bed and breakfasts. From romantic, adults-only getaways to quaint, cobblestone cottages and large Victorian settings, you can usually find a porch to glance out on views, a fire to curl up next to on chilly nights, friendly conversation, and many activities to partake in during your stay. Of course, settling back with a cup of steaming java or a glass of a local vintage and relaxing amidst our crisp fall air is always a worthwhile way to pass the time.
Cheers to Fall
Speaking of local vintages, there’s never a bad time to visit the Finger Lakes for the wine tasting. Unlike the seasonal swath of fall color, our winemakers work on cultivating our award-winning wines all year round. However, if sampling our region’s finest when the air is cool and the world has transformed, then mid-to-late fall is a fine time to visit the area. With 120 wineries, some on our four lauded wine trails and others off the beaten path, you’ll have plenty to choose from.
Home to distilleries, breweries, and cideries, the Finger Lakes can also be enjoyed by the non-wine drinker during the season. Truly, what better time is there than apple season to try some of our New York State ciders, grown and brewed all right here.
Calling all Leaf Peepers
Ready to really make a name for yourself as a leaf peeper? Then don those sneakers or hiking shoes and hit the trails. Whether you’re looking to check out one of the region’s state parks, the National Forest, or Cummings Nature Center, you’re sure to have a satisfying brush with nature as well as a prime view of the fall foliage.
No one ever said don’t go chasing waterfalls in the fall. While waterfalling in the summer can be a refreshing pastime, waterfalling in the autumnal season provides a different experience. For one, those who don’t suffer the heat well can make the journey in cooler temps and view the power of the water amidst the trees bursting with color. Whether you bring a camera or not, the scene will be picture perfect and refreshing in a whole different way.
While winter brings with it snow and plenty of spots to ski, area mountains often provide recreation in the off months as well, from aerial sky rides at Bristol Mountain to an indoor water park at Greek Peek Mountain Resort. As John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”
And Don’t Forget
Of course, on rainy days there’s always the Corning Museum of Glass or a number of other historical, fun, or inspiring places to visit indoors throughout the entire year. The Finger Lakes is also host to events all season long, so don’t forget to check the calendar for listings of events and festivals that help make our region a prime fall destination.