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.