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The Charm of Early Spring in the Finger Lakes: A Guide to Unforgettable Activities

As winter’s chill begins to thaw, the Finger Lakes region of New York awakens with a vibrant array of early spring activities, promising an unforgettable getaway for those eager to explore its natural beauty and cultural offerings. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, the Finger Lakes, in early spring, offers an enchanting escape from the everyday. From savory culinary events to serene nature hikes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s your guide to making the most of this magical season. Remember, summer and fall are peak seasons for weddings in this picturesque locale. Planning your visit now ensures that you can stay at your first-choice Finger Lakes bed and breakfast.

Bacon On the Lakein

Start your spring adventure with a sizzle at Bacon On the Lakein, a unique culinary event that takes place on March 9, 2024. This tantalizing tour along the Cayuga Wine Trail invites you to sample delicious bacon-infused dishes paired with exquisite local wines. It’s a perfect opportunity for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike to indulge in the rich flavors of the region. For details and tickets, visit Cayuga Wine Trail.

Tip: Magnolia Place pairs well with Bacon On the Lakein

March Maple Syrup

Embrace the sweet side of spring at the Maple Weekends event. Throughout March, local maple syrup producers open their doors to visitors, offering a firsthand look at the syrup-making process, from tapping the trees to boiling the sap. Taste the freshest maple syrup and discover maple products that make perfect souvenirs. Plan your visit at Visit Finger Lakes.

Tip: Yorkshire Inn Pairs well with Maple weekend at Embers

Nature Hikes

As the landscape reblooms, the Finger Lakes trails become a haven for nature lovers. Embark on scenic hikes through lush forests and along serene lakeshores. Witness the awakening of local flora and fauna, a truly revitalizing experience for the soul. Check with your B&B host for recommendations on local trail options.

Wine and Food Couples Classes

Enhance your culinary skills and deepen your relationship with wine and food couples classes at the New York Kitchen. These intimate sessions offer couples the chance to learn together, creating delicious dishes and pairing them with the perfect wines. A delightful way to spend an afternoon, these classes are a must-do for couples seeking a unique and romantic experience. Visit NY Kitchen for class schedules.

Tip: Oliver Phelps Bed and Breakfast pairs well with NY Kitchen Classes

Solar Eclipse

Mark your calendars for a celestial spectacle! The Finger Lakes region will offer prime viewing for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. This rare event is an awe-inspiring reminder of nature’s grandeur, making it a must-see for both astronomy buffs and casual observers alike. For more information, visit Rochester Eclipse 2024.

Wine Tastings

No visit to the Finger Lakes would be complete without exploring its renowned wineries. Spring is an ideal time for wine tastings, as the vineyards come to life and the new season’s vintages are unveiled. Savor the variety of wines produced in this fertile region, known for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and more.

Horseback Riding

Experience the scenic beauty of the Finger Lakes from a new perspective—on horseback. Numerous trails and equestrian centers throughout the region offer horseback riding adventures for all skill levels. Check with your B&B host for recommendations on local trail riding options.

Rochester Lilac Festival

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Rochester Lilac Festival, a fragrant and colorful event showcasing the largest collection of lilacs in the United States. Enjoy live music, art, and culinary delights in the heart of Rochester. For festival dates and details, visit I Love NY.

Planning A Wedding In The Finger Lakes Area? Book Early for the Best Experience!

As the Finger Lakes region gears up for the busy summer and fall wedding season, accommodations can fill up quickly. Planning your spring getaway now ensures that you secure your stay at your preferred bed and breakfast, allowing you to relax and look forward to an unforgettable visit filled with beauty, adventure, and relaxation.

Whether you’re drawn to the culinary delights, natural beauty, or cultural events, the Finger Lakes in early spring offers a plethora of experiences that promise to make your stay memorable. Book your getaway today and prepare to be enchanted by the unique charm of this stunning New York destination.

Midweek Magic in the Finger Lakes

We’re letting you in on a well-kept secret — midweek is a great time to plan a visit to the Finger Lakes! From quieter towns and less-populated hiking trails and venues, it’s a great time to take advantage of not only the great sights, dining, and events, but bed and breakfasts often make it worth your while to plan a visit during the week. You’ll often find booking discounts for multiple rooms, deals for multiple nights, and more – call your preferred B & B to find out how they can help you plan for a great experience in the Finger Lakes, any day of the week!

Wondering what there is to do during the week in the Finger Lakes? More than you might realize. From excellent concert and live music line ups, food tours, and more, explore the area’s best-loved attractions at a leisurely pace, taking advantage of uncrowded vineyards and quiet nature trails.

Spring Concerts in the Finger Lakes

From midweek music meet ups in Geneva to open mic and jam nights in Canandaigua, the Finger Lakes spring music scene is anything but sleepy. Monday through Thursday can be some of the best times to check out new and local artists at charming venues that are normally standing room only.

Enjoy the extra elbow room and more intimate settings in a variety of locations, like local brewing companies with craft brews and wineries with award-winning wines (and views) throughout the Finger Lakes. Catch an eclectic mix of genres and local talent at various venues across the region like the famed Smith Opera House in Geneva, which showcases a diverse lineup of artists, from singer-songwriters to jazz ensembles, in its charming historic setting.

Stay at centrally-located The William Smith Inn Bed and Breakfast in Geneva to have easy access to local live music venues, award-winning wineries, and more. This cozy, beautifully restored Italianate home features all the modern amenities you could ask for such as complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bedding, and en-suite bathrooms, and full, gourmet breakfast each day.

Things to Do During the Week in the Finger Lakes

The weekends aren’t the only time the Finger Lakes make a diverting getaway. From concerts and art shows to fine dining deals and more, Monday through Thursday has never been more fun. Stop by the must-visit Seneca Lake Wine Trail during its less busy days to fully experience the robust, vibrant vintages and memorable lake views. Watkins Glen State Park attracts visitors from all over the region, and its trails can be busy even on off-season weekends. Enjoy the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere mid week that make Watkins Glen a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Quieter midweek days also mean attractions like the Corning Museum of Glass and Sonnenberg Gardens are more accessible, and more enjoyable than ever.

Unwind at The Cupola Above Seneca to explore nearby attractions like Watkins Glen and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. With Keuka Lake and Cayuga Lake wine and beer trails also an easy drive away, the options to enjoy first class wine, craft beer, and delicious dining are easier than ever. Surrounded by views of Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes National Forest, and hillside vineyards, the ambiance at the Cupola invites away-from-it-all ease with sumptuous amenities and generous, house-made breakfast.

Booking Discounts Mid-week, or Multiple Nights

A midweek Finger Lakes getaway offers a variety of benefits, particularly when you stay at one of the region’s charming bed and breakfasts. During the week, you’ll find exclusive booking discounts and special offers that can make your vacation as affordable as it is enjoyable. Many Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfasts feature enticing package deals when you book multiple rooms, or multiple nights, which can include perks like complimentary wine tastings, spa treatments, or even romantic dinners at local restaurants.

As a midweek traveler, you’ll also enjoy personalized attention from bed and breakfast owners and staff, who can provide tailored recommendations for things to do in the Finger Lakes, as well as insight into the hidden gems and under-the-radar sights to help you make the most of your precious getaway. Reduced weekday demand also means you’ll have better access to popular destinations without the crowds, allowing a more relaxing and laid back experience. From vineyard tours and hiking trips to museum visits and gourmet dining, booking a bed and breakfast midweek in the Finger Lakes New York promises a memorable, value-packed vacation that won’t break the bank.

Call any number of luxurious Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfasts for up to 5-20% off midweek bookings, or additional discounts for booking 2 or more days.

 

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 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.

 

Beat the Winter Blues in the Finger Lakes

Grey skies got you down? It’s easy to beat the winter blues rut with a routine-busting trip to the Finger Lakes in February and March. With plenty of fun things to do, delicious things to eat, and fantastic wines and beverages to try, you’ll find the perfect way to refresh and hit reset on 2023 in the Finger Lakes this season.

Find your way to fantastic food and wine pairings, just perfect for a romantic Valentine’s getaway, or strap into your ski boots for a late-season powder session sure to readjust your outlook. Cozy fireplaces, friendly coffee shops, and gorgeous vistas await!

Valentine Experiences 

Valentine and Wine pairings

Whisk your main squeeze off to a memorable weekend getaway in the Finger Lakes — Naples’ Vintage Vines and Valentines is back this year, celebrating sweethearts young and old with a weekend full of seasonal events like wine and spirit tastings, champagne, vow renewals, delicious meal deals, and more.

Need some facetime with your closest people? Recruit  your best friends for a fabulous time exploring chocolate and wine weekend at Seneca Lake, or settle in at a cozy bed and breakfast to explore the unique shopping and cozy atmosphere of the Finger Lakes in the winter.

Find the perfect place for everyone to unwind at Chapman House Bed and Breakfast. Located in Geneva on the northern coast of Seneca Lake, you can explore all the wine and chocolate experiences that await, and relax in the cozy atmosphere that’s all its own at Chapman House.  Plus, enjoy winter rates that still get you walking distance to the lake, gorgeous views, and modern amenities. 

March Maple Weekends

Maple syrup season is almost here- and we can’t imagine a better place to experience it than in the Finger Lakes. The perfect excuse to stock up for pancakes and more, you’ll see a side to syrup you’ve never experienced before. The area’s annual  Maple Weekend events invite you to taste different varieties, look behind the scenes, and immerse yourself in the sweet world of syrup.

Head to Timber Trails Forest Farm to tour the scenic facilities and learn about traditional wood-fired methods for making maple syrup. Taste the range of flavors and grades of the different syrups available from Kettle Ridge Farm, or head to Acmme Farms for Syrup A’LaRue for a family maple syrup farm experience.

Canandaigua’s Cobblestone Cottage makes an ideal getaway that feels worlds away, while keeping you close to the area’s most-loved attractions. Right on the shores of Lake Canandaigua,  Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage Bed & Breakfast is the chicest farmhouse you’ll experience, complete with luxurious full breakfasts and world class hospitality from local proprietors, Tammy and Dave.

Still Time for Snow Sports 

Swinging onto the slopes has never been easier when you stay in the Finger Lakes. With plenty of cozy accommodations minutes from the lifts, you won’t have to set the alarm before dawn to experience that first chair feeling or the exhilaration of fresh tracks. Whether you choose the unforgettable runs of  Bristol Mountain or the perfect corduroy and cross country skiing or snowshoeing at Greek Peak, you’ll spend less time on the road and more time in the awe-inspiring elements. And that’s what we call a winter win/win.

Breakfast like a champion before hitting the slopes at The Brindle and Blonde Bed and Breakfast. Minutes from Bristol Mountain’s lifts, you can wake up, enjoy a leisurely morning meal and still be making tracks before the crowds. With charming rooms, a relaxing hot tub, and varieties of local wines and treats available, you can finish a perfect mountain day in style and comfort, too. 

 

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 late winter 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.

Make the Most of the Holidays in the Finger Lakes

There’s nothing quite like the snowy magic of the holidays in the Finger Lakes. Known for inspiring the classic holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, the town of Seneca Falls and the surrounding beauty of the area make it easy to see why film executives chose this area to create a memorable, festive feel for their timeless film.  

Beyond being simply beautiful and chock full of holiday charm, the Finger Lakes also offer a variety of things to do in the winter, from cross country skiing and winter-themed wine trails to artisan shopping and gourmet dining. 

Whether your idea of the holidays in the Finger Lakes is cozied up near a fire with a velvety cup of hot chocolate and good book, an exhilarating day on the slopes followed by a luxurious soak in a jetted hot tub, complete with a view of the lake, or somewhere in between, you’ll find an easy way to make it a reality this season. 

Finger Lakes Holiday Events and Festivals 

Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s  Deck the Halls combines two perennial holiday favorites – wine and Christmas ornaments! This annual weekend of fun invites you to explore nearly 30 different wineries, each with something unique to offer, while collecting festive souvenirs along the way. 

There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit, since the small town Christmas charm comes out in full force in the Finger Lakes.  From dazzling holiday light displays and towering, twinkling trees, to breakfasts with Santa and Dickens Christmas experiences, Holiday markets, carolers, and so much more, if it says holidays to you, it’s happening in the Finger Lakes. 

Book a Bed and Breakfast for you and yours for the Holidays to experience all the Finger Lakes holiday fun! Whole house and whole property bed and breakfast bookings are a great way to explore one of our decked out small towns during the season. 

There is still time to call a B& B in the Finger Lakes to book the whole house, and make sure to ask if there is a whole house discount. Some B&B’s will also take well behaved children during a whole house booking with a damage charge deposit.  There are still a few whole house opportunities left, if you book soon. Check out a few of the choices below that offer whole-house bookings:

Glass Magnolia

The Chalet of Canandaigua

Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps

Not sure where to stay? Choose a gift card — good at all Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfasts, you can gift a curated experience for your friends, family, and yourself! 

Outdoor Recreation 

Finger Lakes isn’t just for the indoorsy — with winter activities to match an abundance of styles, there’s a snowy pursuit for everyone. Check out snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bristol Mountain, a choice selection of scenic, snowy hikes, sledding, or holiday favorite ice skating. 

Anglers can even try their hand at ice fishing for perch, walleye, and trout depending on the lake and time of year.  

Stay at the 1795 Acorn Inn to live out your  Finger Lakes holiday fantasy. Its serene country setting in the scenic Bristol Valley helps you feel away from it all while still making it easy to access the region’s most appealing activities and delicious wining and dining choices. 

Shopping and More

From boutiques and cafes to the antiques malls and shopping districts in the area’s charming downtowns, there’s nothing quite like holiday shopping in the Finger Lakes. With local artists and artisans plying their wares everywhere from our small towns and communities like Naples and Canandaigua, to larger shopping malls and seasonal favorites like the Christkindl Market, you’re sure to find something unique and memorable for all the folks on your shopping list. And don’t forget to take home something special for yourself, as well! 

Celebrate your stay at the Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Close to unique shopping, wining and dining adventures like The New York Kitchen, and seasonal events, the festive atmosphere and attentive service will make your stay one to remember.  

 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite holiday Finger Lakes destinations! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect winter 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.

3 Unforgettable October Activities in the Finger Lakes

However you like to experience the autumn, no matter if it’s spooky houses or the aromatic, cozy flavors of fresh-made apple cider, you’ll find something to suit your fall fancy in the Finger Lakes. While the turning leaves provide a striking background for picking the region’s in-season crops, like apples at their freshest, or roaming a meandering pumpkin patch for the perfect porch decoration, Finger Lakes fall activities are the quintessential seasonal experience. 

Pick the Perfect Apple 

You just can’t call it fall until you’ve picked apples in the Finger Lakes. From crisp and tart varieties for pie or juicy and sweet ready-to-eat treats right off the trees, the Finger Lakes orchards offer something for everyone. Decide whether you want to take off into the orchards yourself for a u-pick adventure to select the very best apples, like at Apple Barrel Orchards. Swing through a country store to pick up a bushel and some sweet cider for the road, or some mouthwatering apple cider donuts, still hot from the oven at Reisinger’s Apple Country. You’ll find a variety of options for all levels of apple enthusiasts, all available all over the region. 

Rest up at Los Gatos Bed and Breakfast in Penn Yan to be close to many of the region’s favorite apple picking spots. This charming B&B sits among sprawling gardens, and offers both quaint cabins and suites for guests. It makes the perfect spot to relax after taking in the gorgeous scenery and enjoying the apple orchards with its calming views and away-from-it-all feel. 

Haunted Halloween Events

However you like to Halloween, chances are you’ll find something that’s just your spooky speed in the Finger Lakes area. Activities in the area run the gamut from haunted park walks, like Sonnenberg Garden’s Haunted Stroll, to costumed beer yoga at the Other Half Brewery and ghost tours at some of the area’s most historic — and haunted — buildings. 

Make The Chalet of Canandaigua your nest while you explore the scary fun of the Finger Lakes. Nested in the woods near Canandaigua lake, The Chalet is a luxurious take on rustic with its cozy, rough-hewn log interior and relaxing amenities like full soaking tubs and king-sized beds. Calming walking trails and delectable 3-course breakfasts round out a wonderful Finger Lakes getaway.

Walk the Wine Trails 

Home of some of the oldest wine trails in the United States, the Finger Lakes wine trails are award winning for a reason. With three different wine trails to choose from — Cayuga, Seneca, and Keuka Lake, respectively — you’re sure to find a diverting, scenic, and delicious wine tasting excursion. Visit the area’s picturesque wineries and sample the unique flavors of wines featuring varieties like aromatic rieslings and silky pinot noirs. Each wine trail also hosts events and tastings to help you appreciate the characteristic flavors of the area. 

Find a home away from home at the Filigree Inn Bed and Breakfast while you explore Finger Lakes wine country. Offering Finger Lakes Wine Tour Packages, combine your stay with a wine tour to save on your getaway and experience more that the area has to offer. The Filigree is also set on a large estate perfect for watching the colors turn and enjoying a private getaway in wine country. 

 Welcome Back the Christkindl Market

A fall fixture in the area for over a decade, COVID closed this holiday craft show for 2 years, but it’s making a joyful return this season. Featuring craftsmen and vendors from all over the Finger Lakes, the Christkindl Market is housed at the historic Granger Museum and Carriage House, giving this event an even more festive feel. Find unique gifts, the season’s first photos with Santa, and more as the market plans its joyful reopening event. 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Fall Finger Lakes destinations! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect fall 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.

6 Reasons to Plan a Memorable Fall Vacation

Looking for a unique way to get out and experience all the autumn season has to offer? Book a stay in the Finger Lakes for an unforgettable fall trip. Combined with crisp temperatures, mouthwatering local food and drink, exceptional fall colors, and a variety of unforgettable and seasonally-scary experiences to try, you might make fall and Halloween in the Finger Lakes a new tradition. 

Sunflower Fields and Favorite Fall Flavors

If you head to the Finger Lakes in early fall, you’re likely to enjoy an eye-catching sight, and realize there’s nothing quite like seeing the Finger Lakes sunflower fields in full bloom. Take in their bright, towering faces at family farms around the region.

North of Canandaigua, you’ll find quaint farms like Sunflower Field off of Clover, Durgin Family Farm, and Daniel Thorn Farm filled with yellow blooms. East of Rochester lies Wickham Farms’ memorable Sunflower Spectacular. Farther north, the Sunflowers of Sanborn host fall events and activities, along with fields and fields of fantastic sunflowers.  

No fall trip would be complete without at least a few apples fresh from the tree. Drop in to Apple Barrel Orchards to pick your own favorite varieties, or pass through the farm store to take home a quintessential taste of the country. 

As fall begins in earnest, the Naples Grape Festival offers a diverting tradition packed with fun for everyone — like grape stomping, parades, carnivals, food and wine tasting, and a truly one-of-a-kind atmosphere. With events beginning September 16th and concluding September 25th, you won’t regret finding time for this on your next Finger Lakes trip. 

Make the Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast your home base as you explore the region’s fall favorites. Cozy up in this classic Victorian home complete with modern luxuries and relaxing amenities. Known for their decadent 3-course breakfasts and charming hospitality, the Bella Rose makes a convenient Finger Lakes headquarters to explore everything from wineries and pumpkin patches, to corn mazes and sunflower fields. 

Get Your Fill of Ghosts in Naples 

Brush ghoulish shoulders with some supernatural situations during a perfect fall dinner at the The Naples Hotel — rumored to house more than its share of spirits and ghosts from its 1895 origins. Named after one of these spirits, newly-renovated Topper’s bar provides the perfect ambiance to explore the hotel’s spooky history, while enjoying some first class dining and expertly-crafted cocktails. 

After dinner, head to nearby Sonnenberg Gardens for their Haunted Garden Stroll. Complete with scary stories and spooky characters wandering the trails in the gathering dark, you can explore the beauty of the gardens with this one-of-a-kind Halloween twist. 

Return to the hospitality of the Brindle and Blonde to easily experience the best Halloween adventures the Naples area has to offer. With its cozy farmhouse feel and luxurious, modern amenities, you really can have it all at the Brindle and Blonde — even picturesque views of Canandaigua Lake and the scenic colors of the rolling Bristol Hills.  

Walk with the Ghosts 

From haunted hayrides to spooky ghost walks and more, the Finger Lakes region features plenty of opportunities to scare your socks off. With events year round, but especially spooky ones through the months of September and October, The Haunted History Trail leads events like ghost walks, paranormal investigations, and cemetery tours. 

Stay at Sutherland House Bed and Breakfast, nestled on a serene 5 acres that provides plenty of elbow room along with its relaxing, restored Victorian aesthetic. Fall makes the perfect time to sit by the roaring parlor fire as the temperatures drop, and thoughtful additions like round-the-clock beverages are always there to warm you up, along with delicious snacks to fortify your next adventure. 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Halloween Finger Lakes destinations! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect fall 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.

 

Finger Lakes Fall Favorites

If you like the Finger Lakes in the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll fall in love with it in the autumn. 

As the weather turns and the days shorten, the Finger Lakes region comes alive in a whole new way that many visitors overlook. From delicious local produce at its peak, to vibrant vistas and perfect places to cozy up as the temperatures cool, it’s easy to see why the people who know make an annual tradition of experiencing fall in the Finger Lakes. 

Now is the perfect time to start planning that perfect autumn weekend getaway to see the colors, pick your own apples for an unforgettable pie, or sample some of the expertly crafted wines and delicious food the area has to offer. 

See the Colors at their Peak

Typically, the first two weeks of October offer the most idyllic chances to see the colors come out as summer turns to fall. While winter’s chill has settled in the air, and the sun is still warm enough to keep things pleasant, it’s easy to see why catching this part of the world in its fall transition is a must. Whether you plan to take a scenic bike ride, drive through the countryside, or take a fall Finger Lakes hike through the many parks and trails, there are just about as many ways to see the leaves turn as there are personalities. For a memorable peak at the turning leaves, take a Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain, which offers a unique aerial view of the spectacular fall colors from Bristol Mountain’s chair lifts. 

Find your fall headquarters at the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast, a relaxing getaway that offers the perfect blend of away-from-it-all serenity with easy proximity to world-class dining and diverting entertainment options. The Acorn Inn’s luxurious amenities and easy charm have earned it AAA’s Four-Diamond Award recipient for 25 consecutive years.

Finger Lakes Fall Festivals 

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the season at one of the Finger Lakes region’s many fall festivals. Local wineries like the Deer Run Winery   and Lucas Vineyards host German-inspired Oktoberfests each September, complete with lively live music and featuring the finest local foods, wines, and beers available to sample. 

The Naples Grape Festival is another can’t miss fall activity in the Finger Lakes. Held annually in September, the community of Naples celebrates all things wine and grapes with parades, grape stomping, spectacular local food and beverages, and the crowd favorite Grape Pie Contest. 

Cozy up at The Country Comforts Bed and Breakfast to experience true Finger Lakes hospitality. Enjoy the charm of this updated 1850s home with its signature themed rooms and relaxed, country warmth. Savor the farm-fresh eggs in hot, fresh country breakfast served up each morning. Taste the very best locally-sourced ingredients for a memorable, hearty start to each day. A quick 20 minute drive to Naples makes this a great way to enjoy the fall activities the area has to offer, while enjoying the quiet relaxation of a country stay. 

Pick your Favorite Fall Finds 

From pumpkins and plums to apples and brussel sprouts, and all the seasonal produce in between, there’s a Finger Lakes farm you can find to pick your own favorites. Sample just-ripe apples from the tree to find your favorite flavor, and taste ciders, donuts, and more inspired by the cozy fall flavors at u-pick farms like Reisinger’s Apple Country or  Indian Creek Farm.  

Fall is also grape harvest season, which means you’ll have lots of opportunities to pick your own grapes and sample the many varieties of wine they’ll later be made into. If DIY isn’t your style, you can relax with a nice glass on a patio and watch the harvesting at work — this is also prime time to see the first of the season grape crushings. Treleaven Wine’s Harvest Festival is an especially ideal place to see the wine making process in action. 

For the full orchard experience, stay at The South Glenora Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast. This peaceful barn-inspired Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the heart of some of the richest Finger Lakes growing areas, so you can easily access farms and orchards to pick everything from plums, pears, apples, pumpkins, and more.

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite fall Finger Lakes destinations! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect fall 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.

Finger Lakes Family Vacation Celebrations

Find your family’s perfect celebration getaway in the Finger Lakes for all kinds of preferences and tastes. Especially ideal for families with adult children, the Finger Lakes is an adult vacationer’s paradise.Treat your parents to a memorable anniversary, celebrate a milestone graduation, or fete the whole family with diverting outings, fine dining, adventures, sightseeing, and first-class relaxation. Whether you’re looking to impress the family cook with a gourmet food and wine tour or an opportunity to hone their kitchen skills,  an adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting adventure, or a serene hike or hot-air balloon tour, your next family vacation in the Finger Lakes can easily be tailored to fit everyone in the group. 

Cooking Classes at New York Kitchen 

For the amateur or aspiring chefs in the family, the Finger Lakes is an ideal getaway. Let professional chefs guide you through creating a truly spectacular meal from start to finish at Canandaigua’s own New York Kitchen. In this low-stress, high-enjoyment environment, the whole family can participate and enjoy. Everyone in your party can learn new culinary skills, taste the gourmet flavors of the Finger Lakes, and create a memorable meal from an even more memorable event together. So whether it’s Thai favorites, sushi rolling, authentic pasta, barbeque, brunch, or melt-in-your-mouth summer scones that highlight the freshest flavors of the season, New York Kitchen cooking classes help you feel confident bringing it to life.  

Stay at  the 1840 Inn on the Main for a convenient jumping off point to all the activities and dining experiences available in Canandaigua, like cooking classes, the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, scenic hiking and biking trails, and more. Enjoy the luxury amenities of the guest suites, like jacuzzi tubs and wake up to a gourmet breakfast included. 

Finger Lakes Hiking 

Known for scenic gorges, idyllic woods, and serene lakes, the Finger Lakes region features over 650 miles of shoreline and more than 1,000 waterfalls — all waiting to be explored. So grab the outdoor enthusiast in the family and plan an unforgettable adventure checking some of the most scenic Finger Lakes sights off the bucket list. Popular routes like the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) offer professionally-guided hikes, as well as self-directed tours to choose your own outdoor adventure. Many waterfall hikes, like dramatic Shequaga Falls, among others, are available throughout the region, so you can plan your outing to include a dramatic photo opportunity to capture the fun. At the south end of Seneca Lake, the Finger Lakes Trail passes through the community of Watkins Glenn, and the many waterfalls and trails Watkins Glen State Park has to offer. 

Put your feet up at The Cupola Above Seneca and take in the serene, Italian-style estate tucked away on 2 acres. With its sweeping views of Seneca Lake, the surrounding National Forests, and vineyards, the Cupola even comes with its very own creek and waterfall to provide the soothing soundtrack for a relaxing Finger Lakes family getaway. Enjoy the unmatched hospitality of this B&B with gourmet breakfast daily, complimentary snacks and beverages, and knowledgeable hosts to help you get the most out of your family’s Finger Lakes vacation.  

 Rafting and Boat Tours 

See the area from a unique point of view with a boat tour like those at Discover Cayuga Lake, which offers both private and public tours, as well as special event outings to celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime milestones like special anniversaries, graduations, and more.  Spend just over an hour cruising the lake with expertly-chosen wine and cheese pairings, or enjoy live music on board while watching the sun set. 

For the more adventurous family members, the Finger Lakes region boasts over 20 exhilarating whitewater locations ready to be explored. Book a guided rafting tour out of Letchworth State Park to get the adrenaline pumping in the gorgeous canyons of the Genesee River. Slow things down on a self-guided canoe or kayak tour on one of the area’s many lakes, creeks, and rivers, like Canaseraga Creek or the Canisteo River

Plan a memorable stay at Juniper Hills Bed and Breakfast, where historic charm and luxurious creature comforts await. From the relaxing jetted tubs and steam showers to help you relax after an exciting day on the river, to the delicious, house-made breakfasts created from the finest local ingredients, Juniper Hills is the perfect place to host celebrations and family vacations in the Finger Lakes of all kinds. 

Hot Air Balloon Rides 

Finger Lakes Hot Air Balloon Rides

Marking a truly special event or looking for a memorable way to show Mom or Dad some love on their anniversary? Look no further than a jaw-dropping hot air balloon ride over the Finger Lakes. Offered around the region, these exceptional sightseeing opportunities are sure to impress and celebrate the people or events your family is looking to highlight. Southern Tier Balloon Tours, for example, runs tours over Cayuga Lake and the surrounding region for a one-of-a-kind way to sightsee in the Finger Lakes.  

Retire to Enfield Manor Bed and Breakfast to round out an exhilarating Finger Lakes Hot Air Balloon experience. Set on 15 acres of conservation land, this charming pet-friendly estate is ready to welcome families of all shapes and sizes. Its large size makes it a perfect place to host the whole family, with plenty of elbow room for everyone to relax and celebrate, whatever the occasion. 

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes destinations! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect family summer 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.

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.