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Friendships Bloom at Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfasts: The Bond of Shared Adventures

Staying at a bed and breakfast is more than just securing a place to rest your head; it’s stepping into a charming, intimate world where connections blossom and friendships emerge magically. With five or fewer rooms, many B&Bs are uniquely positioned to offer guests a warm, personal experience. For the owners, there’s nothing more delightful than witnessing the joy that arises when strangers share stories and laughter, often becoming lifelong friends.

In fact, many of our B&Bs host groups who met as strangers during their first stay but have since built cherished bonds, returning annually to explore new places and discover more hidden gems in the Finger Lakes. Others are groups of old friends reliving hometown memories after many years away.

Creating a Memorable Getaway with Friends

Take some inspiration from these itinerary ideas for a Finger Lakes adventure with friends…

Multi-Day Itinerary in the Finger Lakes: Creating Memories with Friends

Day 1: Arrival and Wine Tasting

  • Afternoon: Begin your adventure by checking into Sunrise Landing Bed & Breakfast, a peaceful retreat nestled near the Seneca Lake. Relax and unwind with your friends in this welcoming community.
  • Late Afternoon: Visit Fox Run Vineyards for a wine-tasting session, immersing yourselves in the local flavors and the passionate care of the vineyard staff.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner at Sapalta, savoring dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

Day 2: Hiking and Sailing

  • Morning: After a homemade breakfast at the B&B, set off for a hike at Watkins Glen State Park, famous for its breathtaking gorges and waterfalls.
  • Afternoon: Post-hike, refuel with an early dinner at Graft Wine and Cider Bar, which specializes in local farm-to-table fare.
  • Sunset: End your day with a serene evening sail on Schooner True Love, watching the sunset over Seneca Lake.

Day 3: Exploring Canandaigua

  • Morning: Travel to Canandaigua Lake, checking into the Canandaigua Guest House or another lovely local lodging if it’s fully booked.
  • Afternoon: Stop at Seneca Falls to visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park or explore the lakefront and the Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva.
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  • Evening: Stroll into downtown Canandaigua for dinner. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely walk by the lake, possibly catching local music at nearby venues.

Day 4: Gardens, History, and Music

  • Daytime: Visit Sonnenberg Gardens or the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum to tour beautifully preserved estates and learn about their historical significance.
  • Afternoon and Evening: Experience local brews and live music at Hollerhorn Distilling, Lincoln Hill Farms, or Peacemaker Brewing Company. Consider a night out at CMAC for top-tier musical performances; book your tickets and lodging early.

Day 5: Departure or Extended Exploration

  • Morning: Depending on your travel plans, consider visiting Letchworth State Park, the Corning Museum of Glass, or Genesee Country Village and Museum on your way home.

This itinerary offers a blend of relaxation, cultural immersion, and adventure, ensuring that every day spent in the Finger Lakes is memorable and filled with the caring touch of the local community. Enjoy the diversity of experiences, from serene lake views to the rich history and vibrant music scenes of the area.

Exploring The Finger Lakes’ Best

Wineries, Breweries, and More:

Hollerhorn Distillery: Discover handcrafted spirits with a local twist at this rustic distillery, where live music and culinary delights accompany your tasting.

Star Cidery: Sip small-batch ciders in a cozy, friendly environment, enjoying creative blends that capture the region’s apple harvest flavors.

Blackduck Cidery: Experience farm-to-bottle cider crafted with heritage apples and traditional methods, providing a unique taste of Cayuga Lake.

Finger Lakes Cider House: Savor diverse ciders from local makers in this welcoming, family-run tasting room overlooking scenic Cayuga Lake.

Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery: Indulge in award-winning wines and artisanal spirits while learning about their conservation efforts at this distinctive spot.

Myer Farm Distillers: Sample organic grain-to-glass spirits with bold flavors, born from heritage farming practices and artisanal craftsmanship.

Antler Run Distilling: Enjoy small-batch spirits created with locally-sourced ingredients in this charming distillery nestled by Keuka Lake.

Cider Creek: Dive into artisanal ciders blending traditional techniques with innovative flavors, served in a vibrant taproom near Keuka Lake.

Krooked Tusker Distillery: Delight in spirits with bold, handcrafted flavors in this intimate, farm-based distillery featuring beautiful lake views.

Finger Lakes Distilling: Taste an array of handcrafted spirits, including whiskey and gin, at this charming Seneca Lake distillery with spectacular views.

Six Mile Creek Vineyard & Distillery: Sip wines and spirits crafted from estate-grown grapes in a tranquil vineyard setting overlooking Ithaca’s hills.

Boat Rentals and Lakeside Bliss:

Captain Bill’s: Cruise Seneca Lake in style with scenic tours and charters, offering picturesque views and a relaxing atmosphere aboard Captain Bill’s vessels.

True Love Schooner: Sail on the iconic schooner from “High Society,” reliving old Hollywood glamour as you glide across Seneca Lake’s serene waters.

Seager Marine: Rent boats or book fishing charters with Seager Marine, the perfect way to explore Canandaigua Lake’s sparkling beauty.

Pat II: Journey on this classic wooden boat for a nostalgic, intimate cruise around the pristine waters of Keuka Lake.

Discover the Romance of Spring in the Finger Lakes: A Journey of Passionate Explorations

Discover the Romance of Spring in the Finger Lakes: A Journey of Passionate Explorations

Springtime in the Finger Lakes region is a mosaic of vibrant life, budding passions, and rejuvenating experiences. As the frost recedes and the lush landscapes awaken, it’s a perfect time to surprise your partner with an escape that intertwines romance with the natural beauty and exhilarating adventures this area has to offer. Whether your love language speaks in thrilling escapades or serene moments of relaxation, the Finger Lakes has a palette broad enough to color every couple’s dream getaway.

Enchanting Events and Adventures Await

Lilac Festival in Rochester

Begin your journey with the enchanting aroma of lilacs at Rochester’s famed Lilac Festival. This event is not just about the flowers; it’s a celebration of spring’s arrival, featuring music, art, and culinary delights amidst the largest collection of lilacs in the United States.

Experience the enchanting Lilac Festival in Rochester, celebrating spring with music, art, and culinary delights among lilacs.
Experience the enchanting Lilac Festival in Rochester, celebrating spring with music, art, and culinary delights among lilacs.

Letchworth State Park Adventures

Hot Air Balloon Festival: Elevate your love to new heights at the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Witness or ride in a kaleidoscope of hot air balloons ascending into the sky, offering breathtaking views of what is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

White Water Rafting: For the couples craving a dash of adrenaline, white water rafting through the rapids of the Genesee River promises an unforgettable adventure.

Elevate your love at Letchworth's Hot Air Balloon Festival, with stunning views from above the "Grand Canyon of the East."
Elevate your love at Letchworth’s Hot Air Balloon Festival, with stunning views from above the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

Set Sail with Daydream Sailing

Learn the ropes together or simply relax aboard with Daydream Sailing. It’s a perfect blend of leisure and discovery, with the tranquil waters of the Finger Lakes providing a stunning backdrop.

Learn to sail or relax on tranquil waters with Daydream Sailing in the Finger Lakes, blending leisure with discovery.
Learn to sail or relax on tranquil waters with Daydream Sailing in the Finger Lakes, blending leisure with discovery.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures and Zipline

Add a dose of excitement with Bristol Mountain’s aerial challenges and zipline courses. Navigate through the treetops and soar over the breathtaking landscapes, hand in hand with your partner.

Soar hand in hand over breathtaking landscapes at Bristol Mountain's thrilling aerial adventures and zipline courses.
Soar hand in hand over breathtaking landscapes at Bristol Mountain’s thrilling aerial adventures and zipline courses.

Culinary Delights at New York Kitchen

For the foodie couples, indulge in wine and cooking classes at New York Kitchen. It’s an opportunity to bond over the creation of delicious meals and the tasting of exquisite local wines, turning flavors into memories.

Bond and indulge in culinary delights with wine and cooking classes at New York Kitchen, creating lasting memories.
Bond and indulge in culinary delights with wine and cooking classes at New York Kitchen, creating lasting memories.

An Example Romantic Itinerary for a Perfect Stay

Crafting the perfect romantic getaway requires a blend of serene relaxation, intimate moments, and shared adventures, all set against a backdrop of natural beauty and culinary excellence. The Inn at Gothic Eves and The Acorn Inn, nestled in the picturesque Finger Lakes region, offer just that—a meticulously curated experience that promises to deepen bonds and create lasting memories. From the moment you arrive, indulging in a couples’ treatment to set the tone for your retreat, to the leisurely day on the lake that marks the tranquil finale of your journey, every detail is thoughtfully chosen to foster connection and celebrate love. Wander through local vineyards, challenge yourselves with aerial adventures, and savor the flavors of the region’s renowned culinary scene. This itinerary not only highlights the best of the Finger Lakes but also creates a canvas for couples to paint their unforgettable romantic escapade.

Inn at Gothic Eves Experience:

    • Arrival Day: Ease into your romantic retreat with a couple’s treatment, setting a tone of relaxation. Explore local vineyards to find your new favorite wine, and conclude your day with a reserved table at the cozy Hazelnut Kitchen.
    • Day 2: Immerse yourselves in the beauty of Taughannock Falls State Park with a hike, enjoy the local culture with a comedy show or music event, and sip on some wine to unwind.

Day 3 & 4 at The Acorn Inn:

    • Day 3: Journey to Canandaigua Lake and check into The Acorn Inn. Dare to try an Aerial Adventure at Bristol Mountain and later, explore Canandaigua’s culinary scene, a hotspot for food enthusiasts.
    • Day 4: Rent a boat for a leisurely day on the lake, pack a romantic picnic, and bring along some books for a tranquil finale to your getaway.

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The Finger Lakes region offers a symphony of experiences, from the thrill of adventure to the serenity of nature and the joy of culinary explorations. This spring, embark on a journey that not only celebrates the season but also the unique bond you share with your partner. Rediscover love amidst the awakening foliage, and let the Finger Lakes be the backdrop to your unforgettable romance.

Water path to Seneca Lake from Glenora Falls. Spring scene in Finger Lakes region, New York

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.

Elegant fine dining in the Finger Lakes, NY, with two glasses of red wine, roses, and candles, set against a warm, glowing waterfront backdrop.

Celebrating Love and Friendship in the Finger Lakes: A Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day Guide

Valentine’s Day, a time for romance, and Galentine’s Day, a celebration of female friendship, both offer the perfect opportunity to explore the scenic and serene Finger Lakes region of New York State. This picturesque area, known for its sprawling vineyards, serene lakes, and charming towns, provides a perfect backdrop for romantic getaways and fun-filled friend excursions. Here’s how to make the most of your Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day in the Finger Lakes.

Our Facebook and Instagram pages are great resources for finding Finger Lakes events!

Gift certificates are a great Valentine’s gift for a future romantic weekend if you are unable to getaway now.

For the Lovebirds: Romantic Valentine’s Day Escapades

Wine Tasting Tours

The Finger Lakes is synonymous with exceptional wineries. Spend a day meandering through the rolling hills, stopping at various vineyards. Sample some of the best Rieslings and Chardonnays the region offers, and maybe even find a new favorite to take home. Many wineries also offer special Valentine’s Day tastings with chocolate pairings, making for a sweet and romantic experience.

Here are some ideas to get you started…

The William Smith Inn pairs nicely with a Valentine’s Dine at Fox Run Vineyards.

The Brindle an Blonde pairs well with the Naples event Vintage Vines and Valentines, which has a community commitment renewal of vows ceremony.

And check out our round-up of our favorite local wine trails.

Cozy Bed and Breakfast Stays

Nothing says romance like a cozy stay at a charming bed and breakfast. The region boasts a variety of B&Bs, each with its own unique character. Wake up to stunning lake views and enjoy a homemade breakfast, the perfect start to a day of exploring or simply relaxing together.

Romantic Dining

The Finger Lakes region caters to all tastes, from fine dining to cozy cafes. Indulge in a candlelit dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients and exquisite regional wines. Many restaurants offer special menus for Valentine’s Day, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

Scenic Walks and Hikes

The Finger Lakes offers numerous trails and state parks for outdoor-loving couples. Take a leisurely walk along the lakeshores or embark on a more adventurous hike. Often blanketed in snow, the winter landscape adds a magical touch to your outdoor adventures.

For the Gal Pals: Galentine’s Day Fun

Spa Retreats

Gather your girlfriends for a day of pampering at one of the many spas in the Finger Lakes. It’s a great way to relax and bond, from massages to facials. Some spas even offer special Galentine’s packages, making it an even more enticing option.

Boutique Shopping

The Finger Lakes is home to numerous quaint boutiques and artisan shops. Spend the day browsing unique gifts, handcrafted jewelry, and local art. It’s a great way to support local businesses and find one-of-a-kind items.

Group Wine Tasting

Like romantic tours, a group wine tasting can be a delightful celebration of friendship. Laugh, chat, and savor the flavors of the region together. Many wineries are accommodating to groups and may offer special experiences upon request.

Adventure Activities

Consider snowshoeing, skiing, or ice skating for a more adventurous Galentine’s Day. The Finger Lakes region offers numerous opportunities for winter sports, making it a perfect destination for friends who seek a bit of adrenaline alongside their bonding.

Here are some ideas to get your imagination enticed…

The Purple Painted Lady Galentines Event pairs well with Oliver Phelps B&B.

The Point of the Bluff Galentines Celebration pairs well with Aubergine B&B.

The Best of Both Worlds

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, the Finger Lakes region offers many options catering to romantic and friendly bonds. Enjoy the stunning natural beauty, indulge in local delights, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether strolling through vineyards, dining by candlelight, or laughing over a glass of wine with friends, the Finger Lakes in February is a destination not to be missed.