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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.

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. 

women clinking wine glasses together

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.

FLBBA ithaca farmers market

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.

Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Finger Lakes Breweries

Although the region is famous for its wineries, the Finger Lakes is home to many extraordinary breweries as well. There’s almost nothing better than drinking a cold beer after a long day of fun in the sun. We’ve narrowed the list down from an incredible selection of breweries near a few of our favorite Upstate New York lakes. From West to East, here are our favorite local Finger Lakes breweries.

Conesus Lake

Rising Storm Brewing Company is a small-scale microbrewery in Avon. With great service and a spacious grassy outdoor area, the brewery is a perfect place to sample delicious beers and relax. Rising Storm is especially touted for their crisp sour IPAs.

Founded by Benjamin and Steve, the “B” and “S” that make up the name, No BS Brew Company works to produce the highest quality craft beer. Beer lovers are divided over their favorite No BS beer, so you’ll have to grab a flight to decide for yourself. Their beer slushies are an iconic menu item and are perfect for summertime!

Canandaigua Lake

Other Half Brewing Company crafts local beers in their Brooklyn brewery. At the Finger Lakes location, they have an incredible outdoor seating area with weekend food trucks in the summer. Check their social media before your visit to see if they’ve released any special new brews. Other Half is well known for their delicious IPAs.

Notably, Young Lion Brewing Company is a woman-owned and managed brewery just north of Canandaigua Lake. While you might be tempted to pop in just for the stunning lake views, their spin on classic draughts will make you stay for hours. Don’t forget to order one of Young Lion’s signature oversized soft pretzels too!

Located only five minutes from Young Lion, Canandaigua Cobblestone Cottage is a scenic, romantic retreat near northern Canandaigua Lake. This historic inn built in 1837 has a room that was used as part of the Underground Railroad.

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Keuka Lake

Named “Best Craft Brewery in New York State” in 2014, Keuka Brewing Company continues to produce unique, award-winning beers. Fans of the brewery rave about their lagers, but they also have a selection of inventive beers, such as Afterburner Habanero Ale and Ghost of Rita Gose. Soak in the views of Keuka Lake as you sample a flight of small-batch beers.

Located on farmland west of Keuka Lake, Steuben Brewing Company is a New York State Farm Brewery. The brewery hosts turns tastings into fun events, with live music, food trucks and lawn games to keep everyone entertained. While they have an awesome selection of beer and cider, the IPAs at Steuben are especially tasty.

Country Comforts Bed & Breakfast is located in an updated 1850s home two miles north of Keuka Lake. You’ll delight in waking up to a full country breakfast each morning after a relaxing, peaceful sleep in one of their charming rooms. 

Seneca Lake

Winner of Finger Lakes Brewery of the Year in 2021 at the New York International Beer Competition, Scale House Brewery is a local favorite for their great beer and equally good food. The brewery boasts a laid-back atmosphere with striking views of Seneca Lake. You have to try their delicious peanut butter stout!

Seneca Lake Brewing Company is a conventional British pub with a covered deck that overlooks Seneca Lake. They stand out from other breweries in the area by serving only traditional cask ales. Fans of the brewery love their unique “no cell phone” rule in the bar area.

Consisting of two renovated barns built in 1855, The South Glenora Tree Farm Bed & Breakfast is a tranquil place to stay between Seneca and Keuka Lakes. Kick back on a glider chair on the porch, and enjoy a homemade snack each evening. 

Cayuga Lake

Known for mastering New England-style IPAs, Aurora Brewing Company continues to produce tasty, small batches of beer. This nanobrewery sits on a hill overlooking Cayuga Lake and local vineyards. Aurora’s sour beers are a must-try as well!

Fleur De Lis Brew Works is a family-owned, small batch brewery in Seneca Falls. If the tables are full, bring your own chair to grab a spot on their gorgeous, green grounds. Try one of their stouts – we especially love their milk stout!

Located between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, Glass Magnolia Bed & Breakfast has access to gorgeous vineyards and lush rolling hills. Their highly-acclaimed chef serves gourmet breakfast each morning using locally sourced ingredients. Check out their packages too!

red-haired woman passing money through food truck window with beer on counter

Skaneateles Lake

Prison City Pub and Brewery serves small batch beers with quirky names and huge flavor. They also have a tasty food menu with delicious appetizers! You have to try their award-winning Mass Riot IPA or Cool Hand Cuke sour beers. Actually, just order a flight or two, and try them all!

Finger Lakes on Tap has a unique, relaxing atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Don’t want to miss a brewery? With 60 taps flowing, they offer a variety of local craft beers made in the region. Talk to their knowledgeable bartenders to sample the perfect beers for you!

Tag us at @flbba on Instagram if you visit any of our favorite Finger Lakes breweries! Let the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association guide you to the perfect retreat for all your brewery adventures. While we have highlighted a few alluring 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.