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.