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Visit These Winning Wineries this Summer

From wine trails and tasting events to picturesque vineyards and friendly, knowledgeable wine makers, Finger Lakes wineries are some of the very best reasons to visit the area. Visiting Finger Lakes wineries in the summer is a picture perfect time to get away and experience the fun and relaxation of wonderful wine trails and events, new and exciting wine vintages, serene lake sunsets, and more. 

 

Point of the Bluff Vineyards 

Experience world-class wines on the shores of Keuka Lake at Point of the Bluff Vineyards. This right-sized winery produces a full range of unique wines and brings a special Finger Lakes flavor to everything from old-world wines to more modern, adventurous flavors. Take it all in in their charming tasting room, and stick around for fun events like full moon yoga all summer long, cooking classes, and first-class entertainment like performances from Three Dog Night on July 3rd. 

 

Plan your stay for the Country Comforts Bed and Breakfast in historic Branchport NY near the north end of Keuka Lake. Start your day with a relaxing coffee on the porch, and a full country breakfast served hot and fresh each morning featuring the finest local Finger Lakes ingredients. The rooms here are relaxing and full of country charm to help you relax after a great day exploring the Finger Lakes wineries.  

 

Fox Run Vineyards 

Situated on the scenic shores of Seneca Lake, Fox Run Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard that helps make wine approachable for all kinds of wine drinkers. Take a vineyard tour, sip on the full-bodied ports, light-as-air rieslings, and buttery chardonnays before sitting down to a gourmet, locally-sourced lunch in the cafe. If you’re keen to enjoy some live music while tasting their delicious wines, plan your visit this summer to hear lively fiddle music during their Grapes, Griddles, and Fiddles event, or personalized food and wine pairings during their Food and Wine Experience. 

 

A quaint Victorian, lovingly restored to modern luxury in historic Penn Yan, the Aubergine Bed and Breakfast features king and queen bed rooms with private baths and gourmet, house-made breakfast included every day. Experience the charms of Italy, France, and the Finger Lakes in each of the tastefully themed rooms, and an innkeeper certified in wines to help you make the absolute most of your time in Finger Lakes Wine Country.  

 

Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

Featuring some of the oldest grape vines in the United States, you can’t miss Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in your wine tour of the Finger Lakes. Taste the European style, but totally American wine varietals like pinot noir,  riesling, and chardonnay at this one-of-a-kind Finger Lakes winery on the slopes overlooking Keuka Lake. For over 60 years, the team at Dr. Konstantin Frank has been perfecting their craft, and the result is some of the best wines the Finger Lakes have to offer. Join them for special tasting events like the Summer Release Social or Garden Parties, or make reservations for tasting any time throughout the summer.  

 

The 1819 Red Brick Inn Bed and Breakfast is a great choice to explore Finger Lakes wineries like Dr. Konstantin Frank. Situated in the Crystal Valley between Keuka and Seneca Lakes, you’ll be able to explore the area’s wine country with ease. This historic Federal-style home features five charming guest rooms, each with lovely views and comfortable amenities. Enjoy a satisfying breakfast each morning before heading out wine tasting or exploring, and return in the afternoons to complimentary, house-made snacks in the parlor to refuel. 

 

Three Brothers Winery 

Find three unique wineries — all in one — plus a microbrewery and full service cafe at the Three Brothers Winery in Geneva, NY. The epitome of ‘something for everyone,’ find everything from hand-crafted wines and locally-made beer and hard cider to craft soda available to sample. Take the full tour of everything, or choose your favorite beverage and indulge in some of the most unique, fun-loving flavors in the Finger Lakes. 

 

Stay at Chapman House Bed and Breakfast as you explore Geneva area wineries. Located in historic Geneva, Chapman House offers the quaint cottage feel of a bed and breakfast with updated amenities and easy access to the region’s wine trails, state parks, and Seneca Lake. With a fresh, gourmet breakfast to start the day, anywhere you head from Chapman House is sure to be enjoyable.  

 

The Grapery 

Family-run Arbor Hill Winery sits on the southern shores of Canandaigua Lake and has been a fixture of the Finger Lakes wine experience since the late 80s. Enjoy its trademark experimental varieties while soaking in the beautiful lake views and easy New England charm. Taste their eclectic wine flights, or schedule a private tasting to savor everything the Grapery has to offer, or visit for an open mic night or one of their many concerts and events throughout the summer. Finish your visit with a gourmet meal in the rustic carriage house for a memorable day of Finger Lakes wine tasting. 

 

Spend the night at the Brindle and Blonde Bed and Breakfast for access to the Grapery and its ongoing summer events. A charmingly updated 1860s farmhouse, the Brindle and Blonde boasts both spectacular views, idyllic country setting, and proximity to the region’s best-loved attractions, from wine tasting and fine dining to hiking, fishing, boating, and more. 

 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes wineries! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect summer winery tour stay. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

 

Your Finger Lakes Summer Concert Guide

 

Nothing says summer like concerts and live music, especially when enjoyed from a sunny deck or grassy expanse of lawn. The Finger Lakes is a one-of-a-kind place to enjoy an eclectic variety of live music and performances, all set against a serene landscape that will help you feel away from it all.

Lincoln Hill Farms

Catch a great show at one of Canandaigua’s finest family-owned farms. With a diverse lineup of performers, summer is the perfect time of year to check out this idyllic farm for great entertainment. Make a night of it and enjoy a fantastic farm-to-table meal, or check out the Lincoln Hill Farm food carts for a quick bite for whatever fits the mood of the night. 

After a fun night out at the farm, return to ultimate relaxation at Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage Bed & Breakfast. Tucked into the charming country near Canandaigua Lake, Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage Bed & Breakfast is an easy drive from Lincoln Hill Farms, so you can stay and dance the night away knowing a cozy landing pad is close by.  Enjoy a dip in the deep, luxurious jacuzzi tub of the Captain’s Quarter to unwind, and wake up to a gourmet breakfast on the patio before another day experiencing the best music and fun the Finger Lakes have to offer. 

 

Geneva Music Festival

The Geneva Music Festival’s 2022 season opens May 20th for a vibrant summer of entertainment. Featuring acts like the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Ulysses Quartet, one of the Finger Lakes most well-loved festivals is sure to delight visitors. Artists like Jinty McTavish, Rita Andrade, and Max Geissler headline a variety of eclectic performances throughout the season for anyone looking for a truly memorable night out on the town. 

Experience the charm of historic Chapman House Bed and Breakfast — an ideal headquarters for exploring all the best the Geneva Music Festival has to offer.  In addition to being close to the Geneva Music Festival, you’ll also find yourself with easy access to the region’s finest wine trails, dining, and be comfortably within walking distance to beautiful Seneca Lake. 

 

Skaneateles Festival

The world-class, four week music festival by Skaneateles Lake is an unmissable opportunity to get your fill of live music and unforgettable performances in some of the Finger Lake’s most unique and intimate venues. Kicking off with The Miró Quartet & David Shifrin, the night promises an elegant, interesting juxtaposition of classical and jazz compositions at the historic First Presbyterian Church. Enjoy Mozart and Shostakovich under the stars at Anyela’s Vineyards, and more throughout the festival’s summer-perfect lineup. 

For even more events and live music in the Finger Lakes, CMAC has a full schedule of concerts performances to liven up the summer. Don’t miss Point of the Bluff Vineyards, a Finger Lakes favorite, for a day enjoying their award-winning wines with a diverting round up of live music to round things out. 

Stay at The Glass Magnolia in Interlaken to take in the sights and sounds of the best summer concerts in the Finger Lakes. This 19th century historical estate has been meticulously restored to maintain the charm of its original country estate, while adding in modern, pampering luxuries to create a perfect Finger Lakes retreat. 

 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect summer concert stay. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

4 Convincing Reasons to Sneak In a Spring Finger Lakes Getaway

It’s commonly touted that May to September is the ‘best’ time of year to visit the Finger Lakes, and with plenty of picturesque scenery and generally nice weather, it’s hard to argue that summer is a lovely time to spend time in the region. And while there are undoubtedly advantages to experiencing the Finger Lakes in the height of summer, there are also some convincing reasons you might want to look into booking your visit earlier in the year.

The months before May and the rest of ‘peak’ season can often boast lovely, mild weather while providing a great opportunity to experience some of the Finger Lakes best-loved attractions, amenities, and entertainment without the typical peak season crowds.

Off-Peak Accommodation Rates

If you’ve always wanted to visit the Finger Lakes, but put off a trip because of cost, shifting the dates of your trip could make a big difference in how you can experience the Finger Lakes. Many bed and breakfasts in the area offer specials and deals for guests during the slower months, which means you can save some of your vacation funds to put towards another night out on the town!

Vacation packages are also often cheaper during the spring months, so you can find great prices on bed and breakfasts and other entertainment and dining deals throughout the region. Especially if you call ahead to the bed and breakfast of your choice, you’re likely to find a great deal or package that’s just right for the trip you’ve envisioned.

The Inn on the Main, for example, offers a variety of packages for visitors so you can look forward to pampering yourself and a special guest, or experience the best unique Canandaigua has to offer with their Explore Canandaigua package. Not much of a planner? They’ve also got a package designed with you in mind — check out the Last Minute Deal to soak up the charm and elegance of The Inn on Main.

Room to Breathe

The secret is out about Finger Lakes in the summer, and as a result, crowds can be a factor when planning a summer trip to Finger Lakes. Spring, on the other hand, is a different story. Still relatively quiet and often overlooked in the spring months where tourists are concerned, you’ll still find all the great activities and amenities you would in the summer, but with fewer fellow travelers around to crowd your experience.

Experience the very best wineries, restaurants, state parks, and activities with more personal attention and less distraction.

Plan a stay at The Brick Inn, the perfect jumping off point to explore Letchworth State Park. Enjoy the luxurious amenities and hand-crafted, locally-sourced gourmet breakfast before you begin what’s sure to be some memorable days exploring all Mt. Morris and the Finger Lakes have to offer. 

Unique Wine and Dinner Pairings and Offerings

Many bed and breakfasts throughout the Finger Lakes region offer deals like gift cards or discounts at local restaurants and wineries when you book your stay. Especially in spring, you’ll find these deals commonplace and a great way to get out and experience the delicious fare, one-of-a-kind wines, and calmer ambiance of some of the most-loved spots in the region.

Relax on the sprawling deck at The Chalet of Canandaigua while taking in the views of sprawling wooded hillsides. Wander the relaxing walking trails to the pond, and set a course to Finger Lakes wine country to sample some of the best vintages, just moments away.

Memorable Entertainment – More Elbow Room

If you love live music but aren’t so much into the packed-in-like-sardines scene, then spring in the Finger Lakes is the ideal time of year for a visit. With plenty of live music to choose from at great spots like wineries, coffeeshops, and the larger CMAC, there’s music styles and venues to choose from at just about anyone’s pace in the spring. If it’s been too long since you’ve seen a live play or musical, check out Bristol Valley Theater for a great night of entertainment, with a little more breathing room for dates in the earlier spring and summer.

Relax and unwind at the historic The Brindle and Blonde Bed and Breakfast —  a stone’s throw from the Bristol Valley theater so you can easily make a night, or afternoon, of it. Then easily find your way back to the charming comfort of the Brindle and Blonde’s garden view or hot tub rooms. 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagramif you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect spring retreat. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

Spring into Summer in the Finger Lakes

It may not feel like it in many parts of the country, but summer is coming, and with it a whole lot of opportunity to make up for lost pandemic vacation time. Whether you’re looking forward to celebrating gatherings as a family, like graduations or weddings, attending a concert, or just looking for a unique change of scenery — now is the time to start thinking about your spring and summer Finger Lakes getaway plans.

Spring, and Summer, is Back

And we’re more than ready for it.

Take advantage of the re-opening and restriction-easing by planning for some ultimate summer fun in the Finger Lakes. If you’ve missed out on things like Finger Lakes boat cruises at sunset or hot air balloon rides in the quiet dawn, the Finger Lakes are the place to plan some time. Itching to get out and about? Catch a dramatic theater performance! Or snag concert seats for the live entertainment you’ve been missing in historic, scenic places like the Fort Hill Theater or the Geneva Opera House.

Finger Lakes wine tasting and tours, like the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, get you a first class ticket to savor the tastes of the country. Or get out for a rugged hike in McCarthy Hill State Forest with some breathtaking views and follow it up with a great meal — it’s all here and waiting for you! And the best time to get it planned is now.

Enjoy the one-of-a-kind charm of Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage as you soak in the view from the expansive front porch before you settle in for a gourmet, 3-course breakfast. In the heart of Canandaigua, you’ll find yourself in the center of it all, while feeling totally transported by the lake views, hometown hospitality, and luxury amenities.

Plan Ahead for Perks

Have a special event coming up that had to be postponed or pushed back? The Finger Lakes is a perfect, memorable choice to host all kinds of celebratory gatherings, and March is the best time to make arrangements. The best part? Planners get rewarded — when you book early for dates from June through September, or call ahead at any of our local Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfasts, you just might find unique deals and special offers at each property to make your event even more sweet.

In addition, if you have a large enough group to accommodate, you’ll be able to take advantage of group discounts for renting the whole property while enjoying the place all to yourselves.

Book your stay at the Sutherland House Victorian Bed and Breakfast to enjoy the serene views of the 5 acre property and totally escape in its historic charm filled with cozy fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Accommodate an intimate wedding party, a charming reception, or any other small gathering in this totally unique and memorable setting.

Relax and Enjoy

One of the truly great and unique things about staying at a Bed and Breakfast is, well, the breakfast! In addition to staying in some charming locations with access to some of the best innkeepers with the keenest local insights around, you’ll be able to fully relax when you wake up without any obligations or hassle to get to a delicious meal.

Starting your day off on the right foot – A hot, delicious breakfast is a welcome chance to sit down with friends and family without the conversation about where to go for food or coffee. And with that early morning obstacle serenely out of the way, you can catch up, fuel up, and put together a one-of-a-kind fun for all day that’ll have everyone on the ready.

Enjoy a memorable and delicious breakfast at Juniper Hill Bed and Breakfast. Set in a historic 1920s mansion, Juniper Hills doubles as an art gallery in between its luxurious, modern accommodations. You’ll also find yourself walking distance to eclectic shopping and dining in the charming village of Trumansburg.

And if you can’t wait until summer, absolutely no one will blame you. You can still earn some of the great plan-ahead deals when you book your Finger Lakes stay for dates in the spring, or you know, tomorrow.

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect summer or spring retreat. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

3 Ways To Wow Your Valentine in the Finger Lakes

Think it’s too late to plan a flawless Valentine’s Day vacation to surprise your sweetheart? Think again. With plenty of charming Finger Lakes bed and breakfasts to choose from and a variety of options for activities and entertainment in the Finger Lakes, it’s never been easier to pull an almost last-minute romantic weekend getaway out of the bag during this can’t-miss time to visit.

Indulge Your Inner Adventurers

The Finger Lakes region is rarely without wonderful events and activities, and mid-winter is no exception. With a well-earned reputation for snowy winters and sweater-weather temperatures, whether you’re looking to make some fresh tracks or just after a relaxing place to cozy up for a few days, winter getaways in the Finger Lakes just might be your new favorite Valentine’s Day weekend tradition.

Share a lift up Bristol Mountain for a day carving out adrenaline-pumping runs, plan a leisurely cross country skiing excursion, or consider some one-on-one time ice-skating in Taughannock Falls State Park — whatever your getaway style, you’ll find exactly what you need for an adventurous Valentine’s day trip.

The 1792 Filigree Inn Bed & Breakfast is just over one mile from the lift line at Bristol Mountain, which means a mere 3 minute drive separates you from a hot, delicious breakfast and brisk, bluebird mornings on the slopes. And with en-suite jacuzzi tubs and private decks in each room, you’ll be ready to apres-ski in total style and relaxation.

Plan a Memorable Surprise

What could be more romantic than a snowy horse-drawn carriage ride with your main squeeze? Nothing, that’s what. Win the day when you sign up for a Sweetheart Ride from the Granger Carriage Museum, which will whisk you away through the scenic grounds of the museum. Complete with roses and chocolates for a sweet and memorable Valentine’s treat, it’ll be clear you thought of everything.

Stay at the historic, elegant Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps — its central Canandaigua location puts you within easy walking distance to carriage rides, plus much more, like beautiful Sonnenberg Gardens (a few blocks away), and Canandaigua’s vibrant food scene for a romantic dinner out after your carriage ride.

Go All-In on Love with a Charming Vow Renewal

Looking to make your visit even more memorable? The Naples Valley Visitors Association marks Valentine’s Day each year with Vintage Vines & Valentines — a celebration that invites couples to renew their marriage vows while tasting some of the best wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and more the region has to offer. Couples and guests have plenty of room to say their socially-distanced ‘I dos’ again on the beautiful grounds of the Maxfield Inn with a short, sweet ceremony that’s sure to leave an impression. This year’s 9th annual Vintage Vines and Valentines will take place Saturday, February 13th and features fun treats for couples — like 2 for 1 wine tasting — at nearby wineries.

Restaurants and wineries around the Finger Lakes, like Fox Run Vineyards, are also offering the perfect way to treat yourselves to a little added romance with curated Valentine’s Day dining experiences. You’ll also find area dining options offering limited seating for a one-of-a-kind, COVID-safe Valentine’s experience.

For a perfect end to a romantic day, book your stay at The Brindle and Blonde Bed & Breakfast, where you’ll find a charm-filled retreat complete with views overlooking Canandaigua Lake and a hot tub to relax and unwind the day away.

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Valentine’s Day Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect romantic retreat. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

3 Romantic Ideas for a Weekend Getaway in the Finger Lakes

Rekindle the heat in your relationship with a whirlwind weekend trip to the Finger Lakes. The region is known for its incredible wineries and scenic lakes that set the scene for an incredibly romantic getaway. Take some time to plan a break from normal life to reconnect with your special someone. Let’s dive into three of the most romantic activities to do during your stay.

Try Something New

Although trying to learn a new skill might not sound very romantic, it’s a great way to bond with your partner and spice things up! Plan a day in Corning, starting by getting some inspiration from the exhibits at the Corning Museum of Glass. Then, surprise your honey with a private, one-on-one glassmaking lesson at Hands-On Glass! Another fun way to create some heat over the weekend is to skip the restaurant and take a cooking class instead. New York Kitchen in Canandaigua offers specific, instructive courses with fun topics like Calzone vs Stromboli, Fall Flatbreads and Oktoberfest.

Bella Rose Bed & Breakfast is located in a lovingly restored Finger Lakes Victorian home in Canandaigua. For an extra romantic stay, book the spacious Ann Eliza’s Suite. The suite features a double-jetted tub, large fireplace and private outdoor balcony to provide an intimate, luxurious vacation. Secure your suite now!

FLBBA two sets of boots on dock by lake

Get Physical

Get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking about working up a sweat on the trails during your weekend getaway. If your partner is awed by waterfalls, Grimes Glen in Naples is one trail to visit. This short, 1-mile hike features two 60-foot waterfalls, and you can reach another if you scramble a bit further. Another picturesque place to explore is Onanda Park in Canandaigua. This park is the largest in town and sits alongside Canandaigua Lake. Follow the two miles of hiking trails to explore pristine wilderness and stunning lake views.

Chalet of Canandaigua is a luxury boutique bed & breakfast tucked into the wooded hills of Canandaigua. This private property provides a peaceful retreat perfect for a romantic getaway. Although the attractions of wine country and the Finger Lakes remain within reach, Chalet of Canandaigua feels like your personal forest oasis.

Splurge on a Meal

While there are tasty restaurants all over the Finger Lakes region, our local experts love going out for a special meal in Geneva. F.L.X. Table is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that your partner will always remember. With only 14 seats and an immersive kitchen, the restaurant strives to emulate an entertaining dinner party. Don’t forget to make reservations! For a more casual vibe, grab a bite to eat at Ports Cafe on Seneca Lake. This small, scenic bistro serves locally-sourced ingredients, house-cut prime steaks and more on their signature menu. Want additional Finger Lakes date night ideas? Check out the Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Finger Lakes Breweries!

After a night of tasty bites and yummy drinks, come back to your lovely room at Chapman House Bed & Breakfast in Geneva, NY. This historic establishment, built in 1802, serves a homemade breakfast each morning. Secure your room today!

lake at sunset

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect retreat for all your romantic adventures. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

Top Fall Things to Do in the Finger Lakes

Fall is one of the best times to visit the Finger Lakes. The summer crowd has retreated back to their cities, and we are left to enjoy the beauty of the transitional season. Here in the Finger Lakes, fall foliage usually hits its peak during the first two weeks of October. No matter when you visit during autumn, you can expect delicious foods, stunning scenery, and celebratory fall festivities.

Woman holding fall leaves behind back

Admire the Landscape

Hike

One great way to view the colorful, changing landscape is on the trails. Breathtaking in any season, the waterfalls of Watkins Glen State Park are especially stunning against a fall-colored backdrop. Additionally, Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area hosts two separate loop hikes both surrounded by the warm hues of fall foliage. Voted Best Attraction in New York State in 2017, Letchworth State Park offers 66 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Explore waterfalls, mesmerizing gorge trails, and more!

Close to Letchworth State Park, BrickInn offers chic lodging with the comfort and amenities of a chic bed & breakfast. The 1915 Brick Colonial home provides a relaxing oasis after days of exploring the Finger Lakes. Select your ultimate room today!

Scenic Drive

Another excellent way to admire the fall foliage is by taking a scenic drive. Route 14S follows along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for 36 miles between Geneva and Watkins Glen. Soak in the natural beauty of the leaves, and stop to snap a few pictures along the way. Additionally, Route 41 starts at the east side of Skaneateles Lake and travels 15 miles to the vibrant overlook at the Onondaga-Cortland County Line. One of the most iconic drives in Canandaigua is along County Road 12 to Carolabarb Park. This scenic overlook is the perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch.

For a relaxing autumn experience, stay in the spacious Oliver Phelps Suite at the Bed & Breakfast at Oliver Phelps in Canandaigua. Each morning, you will enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast before heading out for all your fall adventures. 

FLBBA pumpkin patch

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

Pumpkin patches are an incredibly fun place to go, even if you don’t come home with a pumpkin! Pose for cute fall-themed photos, try your hand at some lighthearted carnival games, and, of course, fill up on apple cider donuts. Located about halfway between Canandaigua Lake and Seneca Lake, Pick’n Patch and Corn Maze has activities for people of all ages. Another great option is Tim’s Pumpkin Patch near Skaneateles Lake. On Friday nights, Tim’s hosts live music with refreshing drinks and tasty food. Moreover, Smithome Farms is a sixth generation family-owned business in Big Flats, NY. In addition to an awesome pumpkin patch, Smithome Farms sells a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Close to Smithome Farms, Rosewood Inn is an elegant Victorian-style bed and breakfast. The charming setting of the Crystal City of Corning is a captivating backdrop to all of your Finger Lakes adventures. Pick the right room for your stay now!

Adult friends wine tasting

Enjoy the Taste of Fall

Coffee

Is there anything more cozy than enjoying a fresh cup of coffee in the crisp fall air? One of the most quintessential fall flavors is the highly-anticipated pumpkin spice latte. Skip the chains, and head to a locally-owned coffee shop for a midmorning fall energy boost. Amity Coffee Co. in Penn Yan serves artful lattes and a great selection of seasonal pastries. Located in Geneva, Opus Espresso & Food Bar is another welcoming coffeehouse with fall-themed goodies.

Located in Penn Yan, Los Gatos Bed & Breakfast offers a relaxing getaway in a solar-powered home. Don’t forget to check out their special offers before your visit. Consider checking out some of the fall offerings at local wineries along the nearby Keuka Lake Wine Trail during your stay.

Beer & Wine

The Finger Lakes region is home to over 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries. In the fall, these noteworthy businesses celebrate the season with limited edition beers, signature cocktails, and more. This year, Lincoln Hill Farms in Canandaigua is hosting an October Fest event in mid-September. Moreover, Zugibe Vineyards in Geneva and Keuka Spring Vineyards in Penn Yan boast jaw-dropping views of the surrounding landscape all year round. Check with your innkeeper to find out their local brewery and winery recommendations!

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite fall Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect autumn retreat. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

5 Fun Things to Do on a Girl’s Trip to the Finger Lakes

5 Fun Things to Do on a Girl’s Trip to the Finger Lakes

Whether you’re celebrating a future bride, a birthday, or just want to get away for the weekend, the Finger Lakes is the perfect place to visit. There are tons of things to do in the area, from boating to wine tasting to hiking. Grab your girlfriends and hit the road!

1. Go Cheese Tasting

Cheese has been produced in the Finger Lakes for decades. The Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance is a collection of top-tier, family-run creameries that craft delectable cheeses. Check out Food & Wine’s 3-Day Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Itinerary to scope out the best creameries for your group. Don’t forget to stock up on the dairy pills for your lactose intolerant girlfriends!

Looking to stay at a gorgeous, classic inn? Look no further than The Filigree Inn in Canandaigua. This bed & breakfast in the woods offers a peaceful glimpse into life in the Finger Lakes. Check out their awesome specials to lock in a great deal!

three women on beach smiling at camera

2. Make a Splash

One of the best parts about the Finger Lakes is (drum roll please)… the lakes! Rent stand up paddleboards, kayaks or even a pontoon boat to add some aquatic fun to the trip. If you’d rather have a captain on board, consider taking a private charter or a boat cruise. The women-founded OnKeuka! offers celebratory food and wine tours on Keuka Lake that everyone can enjoy. If you’re visiting in the heat, check out our guide to cooling off in the Finger Lakes!

Built in 1869, Aubergine Inn Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to stay in the village of Penn Yan near Keuka Lake. Return to your rooms at Aubergine to relax after a day out on the water. Take a leisurely stroll around downtown Penn Yan to window shop, grab a bite to eat, and soak in the outdoors.

women receiving hot stone massage

3. Unwind at the Spa

Block out a day of your vacation to completely restore your physical and mental health. After all, this is a vacation! Relax The Spa in Victor, NY offers indulgent spa services, from pedicures to massages to full-body mud masks. Michelle’s Salon and Spa at Five Seasons in Canandaigua, NY also offers decadent spa services, with packages perfect for your whole group. If you aren’t looking to travel far for a relaxing experience, ask your innkeeper before your visit if they can arrange for in-room massages for your group.

Canaltown Bed & Breakfast in Palmyra is conveniently located just 20 minutes away from Relax the Spa. Soak in the history of this 1850s Greek Revival home as you reconnect with your girlfriends. Check out their special events for more fun things to do!

4. Take a Cooking Class

It is incredibly fun to learn a new skill, sip on curated cocktails and taste delicious food with your dearest friends. New York Kitchen in Canandaigua offers hands-on, immersive culinary classes that all of your girlfriends will love. Learn how to craft the perfect summer salad, roll sushi like the masters, or make authentic empanadas. Classes fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate to book your class ASAP!

Use 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast as a relaxing home base for your Finger Lakes girl’s getaway. Located in the picturesque Bristol Valley near Canandaigua Lake, 1795 Acorn Inn offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby attractions. Unwind in the outdoor hot tub and plan out tomorrow’s adventures. 

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5. Explore the Wine Trail

The Finger Lakes area is well known for wine, wine, and more wine. In fact, there are three distinct wine trails that you and your friends can follow during your trip. Take the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to explore the first and longest-running wine trail in America. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail, on the other hand, offers a taste of award-winning varietals from many family-run vineyards. Last but not least, Seneca Lake Wine Trail provides samples of some of the best cool climate wines in the world. Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail delivers luscious wines from this abundant region. Research each trail, their passports and guided tours to see which one is best for your getaway.

Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast is a tranquil escape from the crowds, situated on five acres of land near Canandaigua Lake. Explore their packages and specials to find the best deal for your group!

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect retreat for all your girl’s trip adventures. While we have highlighted a few excellent options above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

The Best Places to Cool Off on a Hot Summer Day in the Finger Lakes

Summer is in full swing here at the Finger Lakes, and so is all the fun that comes with the season. People travel from all over for a chance to vacation at these fine lakes, and for good reason! Explore numerous water activities, fun breweries and more! We’ve highlighted some of the best ways for you to enjoy your summer while getting some relief from the blazing sun.

At the Beach

The beach seems to be the most obvious place to cool off. Here in the Finger Lakes, beaches are plentiful and ready for relaxation. Robert H. Treman State Park, near Cayuga Lake, has a natural pool fed by a cascading waterfall. Although not a typical beach, the swimming pool in Watkins Glen State Park near Seneca Lake is great for taking a dip. Moreover, Long Point Beach Park on Conesus Lake boasts crystal clear water on a small beachfront. Here you can marvel at the picturesque views, while enjoying a more laid back day at the beach.

Located only a mile and a half from Robert H. Treman State Park, Enfield Manor Bed & Breakfast is a charming historic B&B. While it’s close to all the fun of Cayuga Lake, it’s just secluded enough to offer a place to unwind after a long day adventuring.

Out on the Lake

Chances are if you’re visiting the Finger Lakes, then you’re planning for a day out on one of the pristine lakes in the region. Each lake is well-equipped with watercraft rentals such as kayaks, paddle boards, boats and more! At Canandaigua Lake, visit Seager Marine, where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and boats. They also offer private sunset boat tours. If you’re over at Seneca Lake, head to Roy’s Marina to rent a pontoon boat for a day out on the water with all your friends. Over on Canadice Lake, visit Canadice Lake Outfitters for all your watercraft needs. Plus, bike rentals are available if you’d like to take a cruise around the lake.

Near Canandaigua Lake, The Brindle & Blonde Bed & Breakfast is an 1860 farmhouse with all the modern amenities you desire. Enjoy an evening on their outdoor patio, or in the hot tub as you watch the sunset. An oasis like no other, The Brindle & Blonde Bed & Breakfast will be the highlight of your stay.

Sipping Beer at a Brewery

There’s something special about the combination of summer and beer. While the Finger Lakes are known for offering fantastic wineries, the breweries here are worth noting as well. Book a beer tour through Crush Beer & Wine Tours to visit all the best breweries in the area. They service Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake and Rochester, and can even pick you up from your B&B. On Skaneateles Lake, make sure you stop at Skaneateles Brewery. What was once an old mill has now transformed into a fun and hip brewery. Hang out inside their taproom, or enjoy the outside scenery in their beer garden.

In between Seneca and Keuka Lake, The 1819 Red Brick Inn is a Federal style home offering five lovely guestrooms. Enjoy a cup of coffee each morning outside by the sweet little pond. The charming abode also sits on 8 acres of beautiful countryside if you’d like to take a peaceful stroll around the property.

Chilling at an Ice Cream Shop

By Conesus and Hemlock Lake, make sure to stop in and try Twisters Ice Cream Shop. Enjoy ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and, of course, their signature ice cream. If you’re over at Owasco Lake, Tom Thumb Drive In offers both delectable ice cream and a miniature golf course that overlooks the lake. On Seneca Lake, a favorite is Spotted Duck. They serve amazing ice cream, but are really known for their delicious custard made from duck eggs.

If you would like even more information on places to see and things to do, your innkeeper will be able to give you all the ins and outs so you can make the most of your vacation. Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite places to cool off! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect retreat for all your summer activities. While we have highlighted a few charming inns above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.

36 Hours in the Finger Lakes, NY

The Finger Lakes are a group of 11 finger-shaped lakes in Upstate New York. There are more than 400 registered historic sites and landmarks in the Finger Lakes region that help bring guests closer to the storied past. While visiting the Finger Lakes, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in culture through visual, performing, literary and culinary arts. We recommend staying for more than just a weekend, but if you only have 36 hours, here are our favorite Finger Lakes activities.

Friday

1 pm – Afternoon at Sonnenberg Gardens 

Arrange for an early check-in with your innkeeper at your bed & breakfast near Canandaigua Lake. If there is a fee, it’s worth it for the extra time in the area! Drop off your bags and chat with your innkeeper to get their recommendations for their favorite spots in the area. Head to Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park for a tour of the historic mansion and the 50-acre estate. Skip the weekend crowds by heading there on Friday afternoon!

After the garden tour, refuel for the rest of the day with a quick bite and maybe a coffee at The Dalai Java, a local coffeehouse with an attached art gallery. To continue the wine tasting adventure, head to Heron Hill Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake. Or, if you prefer a guided tour, book one with Crush Beer & Wine Tours to experience some of the best Canandaigua wineries with safe transportation. They also offer combination beer, wine, spirits and food tours that let you sample great options in the area. These tours also give you the opportunity to learn more about the Finger Lakes and get acclimated to the land.

If you love elegance and Victorian charm, 1840 Inn on the Main B&B is a perfect place for you in Canandaigua. This charming B&B is located within walking distance of Sonnenberg Gardens and downtown. Check out their wine tour package!

6 pm – Devour a Meal on the Lake 

Dive into a delicious meal at Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake, a steak and seafood restaurant with gorgeous lake views. Locals rave about their scallops, steak, and lobster rolls, but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

For a totally different dinner experience, head to Rheinblick German Restaurant. You’ll love eating tasty authentic German food in this lively, charming setting. Their spaetzle is a non-negotiable menu item to order. Immerse yourself in the German experience by ordering potato pancakes and jagerschnitzel too!

8 pm – Sunset on the Skydeck

End your evening by watching a colorful sunset from a picturesque rooftop. The Skydeck at Nick’s offers panoramic views of Downtown Canandaigua. Reservations aren’t accepted on the Skydeck, so be prepared to wait for a seat. The atmosphere is definitely worth the wait! Whether you indulge in a mojito or a margarita, you’ll love sipping on a tropical cocktail while you soak in the sunset.

Saturday

9:30 am – Explore Watkins Glen State Park

After you enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast at your B&B, it’s time to hit the road. Watkins Glen State Park features Rainbow Falls, one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Finger Lakes. Head to the South Rim Trail as early as you can to get a less crowded view of the stunning cascades. The 2.6-mile, out-and-back trek can be a little muddy, especially after a good rain when the waterfall is at its best.

Wrap up the hike by 12 pm to be back in Geneva for lunch. You can also ask your innkeeper before leaving if they can pack you a picnic lunch to eat on the trails. On the way to Geneva, stop by the award-winning Scale House Brewery for a refreshing beer at the halfway point.

Conveniently located close to Watkins Glen State Park, The Cupola above Seneca provides an charming, old-fashioned retreat at the end of the day. Their expansive 2.25-acre property offers stunning views and easy access to natural wonders.

1 pm – Midday Grub in Geneva

Delight in the best chicken sandwich in the Finger Lakes at F.L.X. Fry Bird. This modern restaurant, known as a “chicken emporium,” serves incredibly tasty comfort food and fun boozy slushies. Another great lunch option is Opus, a quaint espresso and food bar that serves soups, salads, and sandwiches. Locals say this is one of the best places for lunch in town. The wood-fired pizzas at Opus are universally loved in Geneva as well.

3 pm – Splash Around Seneca Lake 

Cool off in the crisp blue water in the afternoon at Seneca Lake State Park. The park features scenic walking trails along the water. They also have a water-centric playground with fun water jets for children, called the Sprayground. Wade through the shallow water of the lake at the beach for a refreshing break from land.

Chapman House Bed & Breakfast in Geneva, NY was built in 1802 for the area’s first clergyman. This kid-friendly property offers a full breakfast each morning in the formal dining room or on the porch when the weather is nice.

6 pm – Sail Off into the Sunset

Take a private sailing tour on Seneca Lake with Sail Seneca to experience a sunset like no other. Step aboard Frank and Barb’s sailboat “Crazy Love” for a magical evening on the water. Call ahead to ask if you can bring dinner onboard or if they’re willing to set up a romantic dinner for you.

9 pm – Ice Cream Nightcap

End your exciting evening with an incredible treat. Stop by Mr. Twistee’s ice cream shop for the best ice cream in the area. Some even say it’s the best ice cream anywhere. You tell us! They serve a variety of soft and hard ice creams, and even make their own version of Disney’s famous Dole Whip.

Sunday

8:30 am – One Last Waterfall Hike

Since you aren’t in town for long, make these last few hours in the Finger Lakes count. The night before, arrange with your innkeepers for an early sit-down breakfast or to eat yours on the go this morning. Wake up early, grab your fuel and head to Taughannock Falls State Park! Traverse the easy, heavily trafficked 1.9-mile Gorge Trail to the gorgeous waterfall. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for fossils layered within the rocks. Arrive around 8:30 am to beat the crowds!

Juniper Hill B&B in Trumansburg is located just 2 miles from Taughannock Falls State Park. Enjoy staying in this historic white house with beautifully decorated rooms and luxurious bedding. Check out their art gallery filled with over 100 works of art.

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11 am – Farmer’s Market

After working up your appetite on the trails, head over to the Ithaca Farmers Market, about 15 minutes away near Cayuga Lake. Fill up on local favorites, such as Littletree Orchards’ apple cider donuts, Forty Weight Coffee, and On the Street Pitas. Make sure to buy some fresh fruit to keep you and the rest of your group satisfied when the hunger inevitably strikes during your travels home.

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes spots! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect retreat for all your brewery adventures. While we have highlighted a few charming inns above, FLBBA boasts a comprehensive list of independent inns across the Finger Lakes. The members of FLBBA abide by a list of high standards set by the organization, so you can confidently plan the perfect getaway today.