Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, a respite from the daily grind, family bonding, or adventure where a scenic backdrop, renowned food and drink, and recreation are all a part of the package, the Finger Lakes is a prime getaway destination that provides all that and more, year round.
A Getaway for Every Season
In the spring and summer, the area hums with life and abounds with the spirit of adventure as all that the region has to offer calls to visitors and residents to take to the lakes for a swim, to spend a day out on a boat or chartered cruise, or to partake in a paddling expedition exploring sites not seen or accessible from land. Other outdoor enthusiasts may hit the trails, or take the kids for an outing at an amusement park or nearby zoo.
In the fall, our rolling hills and trees bring the brilliance of our foliage to focus along with harvest festivals and plenty of shops and pumpkin patches to discover, making the seasonal chill in the air a reason to breath deep and explore.
Meanwhile, the winter brings with it snow and frost but also a reason to venture to the region to take in skiing or snowboarding at any one of our ski mountain resorts — or to experience an array of other options for winter fun — that help make us such a versatile part of New York and the country to visit.
Wineries, Food, and Fun
Whether the hills and lakes are covered in snow and ice, or during more moderate times of the year when the land is covered in green and the water catches the glint from the sun, sipping tasty vintages is an activity you can do no matter the season. The Finger Lakes is rich in glacially-designed landscapes that are celebrated for producing award-winning wines, and we are home to more than 120 wineries and a variety of wine trails that follow along the lakes that give the area its name, primarily Keuka, Seneca, Canandaigua, and Cayuga. A weekend away exploring our notable wine region will provide you a true taste of New York State wines. For beer drinkers seeking the same sights, these views can also be discovered when visiting one of the many breweries that have made the Finger Lakes an emerging craft brewery destination.
Foodies never fear, where there is good drink there are also new dishes to delight in. Dotting along the lakes and throughout the area, there are many restaurants and dining establishments, some of which can be found on the grounds of our wineries and breweries, offering diverse selections, regionally-unique creations, and locally-grown and -sourced ingredients. Check here for dining options that will appeal to your palette.
Home to the birth of the women’s rights movement, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss, you’ll quickly learn that the Finger Lakes is steeped in historical significance and offers visitors a number of museums and sites to see during your exploration. A weekend learning is never a weekend wasted! Learn more about our history.
Wide Variety of Accommodations
Of course, a getaway isn’t complete without conveniently located accommodations that appeal to your destination vision. Nestled along the lakes creating a quaint stay for your visit, there are many inns and bed and breakfasts to check out when what you’re looking for is that home away from home appeal and real hospitality. If you desire something a bit more elegant, or a place that has a pool for a relaxing swim or playtime with the kids after a day of exploration, then staying in one of our region’s boutique or high-end hotels will provide that sophisticated and comfortable stay you may searching for. Never underestimate the benefits of a weekend of self care by checking in at one of the area’s resorts and spas, which are some of the best in New York State, and your getaway can be as relaxing as you make it. A weekend away doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone, and if immersing yourself in nature is your ideal break from the grind, the region also has many picturesque areas to spend camping that offer hiking, bike trails, lake recreation, and more. Check here to discover all the options for lodging in the Finger Lakes.
The Finger Lakes really is the ultimate getaway package, but if you’re looking for a special experience or are on a budget, check out these featured packages and get ready to jump into life and explore.