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.

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