Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes BoatingThe Finger Lakes Region is a world all in it's own that offers unspoiled natural surroundings from our lakes & rivers to our forests & parks, and spans over 9,000 square miles. The Finger Lakes has become a place of escape to over 20 million vacationers each year. It's a vacation destination where beauty abounds and life is relaxed. Known for it's crisp clean lakes including Keuka, Canandaigua, Seneca, Cayuga, Honeoye, Waneta and Lamoka. The area was created centuries ago by ancient glaciers that melted and left long deep blue waters nestled in valleys of rolling hills, later dotted with vineyards and farmlands. Large enough to be home to eleven of these celebrated lakes and house several large cities, yet small enough to have that small-town appeal and old-time Main Streets across the entire region. The Finger Lakes is a perfect place to choose relaxing vacation home rentals . There are many activities to choose from and we'd like to offer you just a few suggestions to enjoy ALL seasons:

Finger Lakes BikingBicycling-
The Finger Lakes offers an endless array of heavenly scenery most enjoyable by getting out and really soaking up nature. Variety ranges from quiet country roads alongside the farmlands and quaint waterside beauty along our unique lakes, to our historic downtowns filled with friendly natives and repeat visitors enjoying the relaxed comfort our region offers to all. We also have trails alongside canals & through the woods. There is so much here to bike in The Finger Lakes that you'd never see all we have to offer in just 1 vacation...let alone 10 more. Honest! And, we'll let you in on something most visitors don't know about - one of our favorite spots is Keuka Lake's Bluff where the views are unheard of and you can visit the sacred & historic Garrett Chapel.

Bike rentals are available at Carey's Rental Outlet in Penn Yan 315-536-4400

Stop in at one of our local marinas and rent a motorboat or pontoon boat for the day or better yet...the whole week! Our waters are calm and inviting. You'll enjoy the clear water and warm breeze as you sightsee, fish, go tubing or just relax. Of course, you can always bring your own boat and dock it at your cottage rental on Keuka Lake or any of our beautiful lakes!

For those who want a quieter week, some of the homes offer non-motorized watercraft for you your private use, or you can rent one at and they will deliver it to your vacation rental for you.

Finger Lakes FishingFishing-
Drop your line off one of our piers, enjoy a private charter or fish off the dock at your cottage to enjoy some of the best sport fishing around. The Finger Lakes Region welcomes numbers of experienced and just-for-sport fishers to our waters all year round. Some of our lakes freeze up in winter and fisherman bunk up in their shanties and fish through holes drilled through the ice. You can even snowmobile across the lake!

Get a Massage-
We have several New York State Licensed Massage Therapists in our area that would love to get their hands on you! Come to relax and be pampered by our natives. If you've never had a massage from a professional, we highly recommend trying it while on your vacation in The Finger Lakes. You won't forget it!

Get Married-
Yes, The Finger Lakes Region is a very popular and romantic place where many couples exchange their vows. Spend your honeymoon here, or extend your stay after you attend someone else's nuptials. There are so many options for weddings in the Finger Lakes. What a great place to return to for anniversary celebrations!

Many areas of The Finger Lakes region offer beautiful scenery and surroundings for hikers of all ages. Enjoy the Outlet Trail (a 7-mile linear park along a continuously flowing waterway that connects Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake) or hike our trails at many of our local state parks. Late September and most of October is a wonderful time to enjoy this sport. As summer turns to fall and the days get shorter, our leaves create a magnificent portrait of reds, oranges and yellows for miles and miles. Your eyes will fall in love.

Finger Lakes KayakingHorseback Riding-
Enjoy a relaxing guided ride on horseback with views of the lake and through the hills. Many of our roads allow for this sport.

You can do this in almost any way...take a Sunday afternoon drive, a bike ride, by boat, and even by plane to take in a view of the rolling hills & countryside.

Take a Plane Ride-
Stop at the airport in Penn Yan for a guided flight by a local pilot. Looking down in a plane over this area is spectacular!! You'll see what looks like patchwork made by the various types of crops planted by farmers, plotted around blue crisp waters. Visit the airport on the morning of July 4th for the "Penn Yan Flying Clubs' Annual Fly In Breakfast." It's a fun filled morning where you can view many old and new airplanes and enjoy a hearty buffet-style breakfast served to you by the Flying Club Members themselves.

Scenic Air Tours Over the Finger Lakes
Costa Flying Service
Route 415, Painted Post, NY

Miniature Golf-
We have several fun-filled mini-golf courses for the whole family to enjoy. A few also serve ice cream treats from a soft serve cone to a Mexican sundae or a banana split for two.

Finger Lakes GolfingPlay a Round of Golf-
The Finger Lakes offers an abundance of golf courses with varying degrees of difficulty from 9 hole courses to full 18 hole professional courses. The PGA and LPGA tournaments are played at some of our courses. Relax while playing on courses sloped with Finger Lakes' beauty and wonderful views. Several courses overlooking the lakes, like Lakeside Country Club on Keuka Lake and the Seneca Lake County Club on Seneca Lake.

Relax on the Beach-
Need we say more!!? Our lakeside cottages offer you beaches for bonfires & marshmallows, swimming, sunbathing and more. Each has it's own private beach ranging from 50' to 250' of pristine lakefront and all include at least 1 dock.

Romantic Dinners-
Our lakes have fine dining plotted all around them. All offer their own unique menus and atmospheres. Most have lakeside docking so you can take a boat or jetski for dinner. Enjoy your meal on the deck soaking up the sun or watching the sun set over the mountaintop. You can also choose from other options not on the lake, including local restaurants along our sidewalks and casual eateries on the pier.

Scuba Diving-
Take a dive in our lakes with a professional scuba instructor. Explore marine life among the clean and clear waters.

For a unique shopping experience walk several of our historic downtown districts. They are registered Historic Districts which require businesses to keep the old time charm, such as certain types of signs and regulations as to types of stores permitted. We work hard to preserve the history set-forth by our forefathers. And, don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with one of the locals...they'd be glad to tell you about the area & recommend some "must sees." Don't forget to pick up a souvenir to always remind you of your special Finger Lakes vacation.

Bring your racquet and court shoes, as we have several tennis courts open to the public.

Wineries and Winery Tours-
Are in abundance!!! The Finger Lakes Wine Country Region is home to the largest wine grape growing counties outside of California. We have 70+ wineries that are all unique. Some offer guided tours of the facilities and teach visitors about the special process used to develop their own vintages. Winery routes have been developed around 7 of the lakes and named after the lakes; such as the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. They offer special events where you can tour and taste at each of the wineries around the lake. Several have restaurants and delis. Whichever type of wine your prefer you're bound to find a new favorite!

Finger Lakes Winery ToursFarm Markets-
We have several Farm Markets in The Finger Lakes; some big, some small. The #1 market is the Windmill Farm and Craft Market, in Penn Yan with over 200 vendors. You'll find everything from old-fashioned fresh roasted peanuts, to fresh fruit, handcrafted furniture and leather coats! Small farm markets can be found along Main Street in some of our small towns. The local Mennonite/Amish community has much to offer at these markets.

Visit the Grape Festival in Naples, Starshine Christmas Celebration in Penn Yan, and many more seasonal festivals throughout the Finger Lakes.

Community Concerts-
Some towns such as Canandaigua and Penn Yan hold early evening concerts and everyone is invited at no cost. Sit down in your lawn chair, relax and enjoy the music!

Water, Theme & Amusement Parks-
Visit the Roseland Water Park in Canandaigua and get wet and wild on one of their more than 10 exciting slides and rides. Also, play beach ball, have a water balloon fight, play horseshoes or boccie ball! Take a trip to Sea breeze, a Major Amusement/Waterpark with rides & slides for all ages, including 4 roller coasters. Games, food, live entertainment & more. Still pumped for fun?? Visit Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park and ride the tallest coaster in the northeast - The Spiderman! Offering tons to do - thrill rides, water rides, entertainment for the whole family.

Boat Cruises/Tours-
Cruise our lakes on one of our spectacular, historic cruise ships. See the sights while dinning on the lake! Looking for romance? What better time than an evening ride while the sun sets.

Finger Lakes Racing Watkins GlenCar Racing-
The Watkins Glen Race Track has established itself as the premier roadracing destination and hosts a variety of events, including a wine festival, the IRL IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series' only stop in New York State. Watkins Glen is a race fan must see where the culture is built around the rich race history and can be seen all throughout the shops and restaurants.

The Finger Lakes Region is rich in history; learn more about our famous people and ideals by visiting local museums: Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, Glen Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls and the Home of Harriet Tubman who was known as the "Moses of her People." There are far too many museums to list...these are just a few.

The truth is, all these activities aside The Finger Lakes really is a place where you can be content with just laying out on the beach in the summer's sun and taking it easy for a change. Just relax and let our atmosphere absorb you...

For further details and locations of Finger Lakes Region activities, please give us a call.


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