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If you are like us, you’re glad that the extremely cold and long winter season has finally puttered out? Communities around the Finger Lakes are embracing the warming weather as they sponsor more events. For that reason we offer some more reasons for you to plan a trip to the Finger Lakes region this month.
There’s no better way to shake off those winter doldrums than to escape for a while to a scenic upstate New York setting. Skaneateles vacation rentals have all of the amenities of home. The ice on the lake has melted and birds are congregating once again. If you are looking for an ideal place to stay while enjoying springtime in this area.
Once you have secured your comfortable home away from home after making arrangements with Skaneateles luxury rentals it is time to check out what’s happening. There are plenty of fun activities to do during your stay in the Finger Lakes area in April.
Every wine has its own unique story. Discover the stories behind 150 years of exquisite Finger Lakes wine during this special wine tasting series. You will learn a whole lot about the cultivation and development of the area’s most famous wines. Learn how these wines differ from wines from around the world.
Our Finger Lakes vacation rentals are just a short drive from Ithaca where Triphammer Wines & Spirits is celebrating 75 years in business with a special store wide wine tasting. It is absolutely free to taste these wonderful wines on display. Food is being provided by Ithaca Coffee Company. Be among the first 100 customers to arrive to have a chance to win a $100 gift card.
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most acclaimed shows to ever hit the theater stage. Come and see this fabulous United Kingdom version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber play. It is winning rave reviews around the world. Rochester is the show’s first stop on its U.S. tour schedule. This is a must see for fans.
Center Ithaca is the place to be for this lively evening spring fashion show. See a unique variety of fashions for women and men from area boutiques. The show is free to attend. All attendees are eligible for coupons and special promotions. Refreshments will be served.
Spring has finally arrived, which means it’s time to book your spot at one of our amazingly cozy Skaneateles vacation rentals.Posted in Vacation Rentals | Tagged April in the Finger Lakes, skaneateles vacation rentals | Comments Off April 8, 2014
April is the month when everyone in the Finger Lakes area looks forward to dusting off the last bits of winter chill and snow. Just like the bears that hibernate during colder months, local residents have been doing some hibernating too. April means that the spring season is just now arriving in earnest. That’s reason enough to want to get out and partake in local goings on. So once you’ve booked your stay at one of our Skaneateles vacation rentals, don’t forget to see what is happening in our area.
In the Finger Lakes there’s always an event that features wine and food and April is no exception. The Finger Lakes is home to some mighty fine talent, food and wine. Take your pick of these entertaining culinary events during your Finger Lakes vacation rentals stay. And, if professional racing is your thing, make sure you check out the opening weekend at Watkins Glen racetrack.
The weekend of April 12 – 13 is a time to rev up for another year of exciting racing action at the famous Watkins Glen track. This is opening weekend at the track and all fans of professional racing are welcome to attend. Access to the track starts at 9am. If you’re feeling adventurous, take your car for laps around a real racetrack. There will be pace cars taking visitors around the Grand-Prix course. Laps begin at 10am. Track Time Photos will be on hand to snap shots of your car on the course. Opening weekend proceeds benefit local charities.
The songs that made Motown great will always have a special place in the heart of many people that love this soulful R&B music. Glenora Wine Cellars is hosting this live entertainment event for wine and music lovers. Enjoy an amazing fine dining experience with a full-course meal, including dessert. Fine wine is served with the meal. Diners are treated to Motown favorites by professional singer Charles Lee and then top off your night with a stay at one of our Skaneateles lake rentals.
Here is your chance to get your hands on bunches of fresh springtime herbs and locally grown vegetables. In addition to making delicious local wine, the Finger Lakes are fertile ground for all sorts of homegrown produce. Upon arrival you will receive a complimentary wine glass, plant carrier and recipe cards. Start your own herb garden or use them to prepare savory dishes. Get ideas as you sip choice wine while tasting delicious cuisine prepared especially for wine tour visitors.
Contact Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals for vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes for April or any month of the year.Posted in Finger Lakes, Vacation Rentals | Comments Off March 5, 2014
It is never too soon to begin making plans for this year’s vacation getaway and what better way to enjoy your vacation than with a stay at one of our Skaneateles lake rentals. The Finger Lakes region is among the most popular spots to visit in New York State outside of the Big Apple. Many people are pleasantly surprised that, in addition to large buildings and Broadway theatre entertainment found in the city, New York also has some of the most pristine parks, gorges, lakes, streams and waterfalls in the country. Visitors come to this area from all over the country, and the world, just to spend some time among the fresh air and beautiful scenery that local area residents enjoy all year.
As you probably discovered during your research, you have a wide range of choices when deciding where to stay during your vacation visit. You may have already checked out the accommodations at several area hotels. While we have nothing against hotels, they simply cannot provide you with the ultimate in comfort and luxury. We know this because we manage some of the areas most coveted Finger Lakes vacation rentals.
If you are not familiar with luxury vacation home rentals, they are homes and condos that are rented out to visitors on an as needed basis. The concept is similar to renting a hotel room, except you are gaining so much more than a small space to jostle around in. Fingerlakes vacation rentals properties provide you with all of the amenities you have at home. That’s because they are real homes. It is like coming to visit a close relative or friend without them actually being there.
Rental homes have spacious living and dining rooms where you can relax and kick back on comfortable modern furniture. Look outside the windows and admire the magnificent views of the lake or charming town. When you are hungry for a bite to eat during the day or night you don’t have to be stuck with hotel food. Instead, you can go into a kitchen and prepare whatever meals or snacks you want. This saves you a bundle on food costs. Of course, you always have the option of going out to dine at local restaurants.
Hate those stiff hotel beds?
You will have the luxury of sleeping in a real bed inside of a real bedroom. Drop off to sleep while listening to the sounds of crickets or birds chirping outside your bedroom window. There is nothing quite like the peace and quite you experience when renting a real home. And, isn’t that the whole purpose of going on vacation?
You want to escape the stresses of daily life and be able to enjoy the surrounding area, then come home and relax in a cozy place where no one will bother you. Finger Lakes vacation rentals are a little slice of heaven for visitors needing to unwind for several days.
The most popular vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes tend to get booked up pretty quickly for choice days and weeks. Contact our professional customer service team at Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals to check out our current rentals to see which homes are still open for your chosen vacation days.Posted in Skaneateles Lake, Vacation Rentals | Tagged finger Lakes vacation rentals, Skaneateles Lake Rentals | Comments Off February 19, 2014
The village of Skaneateles, New York is as charming a place to be in March as it is any other time of year. At the beginning of the month you feel the cool, crisp air hit your face as you leave your Skaneateles lake vacation rental and stroll the cozy streets bundled up to stay nice and warm. If you are staying in a luxury vacation rental you can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace at night and spectacular views of the ice-glazed lake during the day. Towards the end of the month the weather becomes increasingly milder. Whether you are here when winter is roaring or turning into a lamb, there is always some type of local entertainment to enjoy in and around this scenic town.
Many people that come to Skaneateles for a visit enjoy going outside and taking a stroll to see what the atmosphere is like. While March madness takes over the TV’s here too, you can step outdoors for a refreshing walk around town. The town sometimes feels like it’s been ripped out of a travel postcard, it really is beautiful, especially around the lake. Go out for dinner and enjoy local cuisine with a glass or two of Finger Lakes wine. Take in a live theatre show or movie and then return to the comfort of your Skaneateles luxury rental.
Rejuvenating Yoga Wellness Retreat Weekend, Aurora, NY
Every once in a while it is a good idea to take a break from it all and refresh your mind, body and spirit. Shake off those winter blues and stresses by taking part in a relaxing wellness retreat. Under the care of skilled instructors you can learn basic yoga moves. Yoga is especially rejuvenating to the body. Discover how to stretch out all of those kinks that keep your neck, shoulders and back in constant knots. Learn how to take good care of yourself in wellness workshops. After a day of yoga come home to the warmth and comfort of a Finger Lakes luxury rental.
Celebrate the Green at the Irish Hooley For Habitat
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish the Cayuga County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring this traditional Irish party. Hooley is an old Irish expression for party. Keeping with tradition there is going to be lots of great music, food and, of course, drink. The Flyin Column dance group provides live entertainment. There will also be a silent auction. For tickets call 315-246-2269.
For the most part, Skaneateles is pretty quiet and serene during March. This makes it a great place to escape to for a short weekend getaway. Visitors are always welcome and you may discover some things about this part of New York State you didn’t know before. Skaneateles is rich with history and natural beauty. Reserve your Skaneateles vacation rental now.Posted in Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake, Vacation Rentals | Tagged Skaneateles Lake Rentals, Skaneateles NY | Comments Off February 13, 2014
Planning a trip to the Finger Lakes area in March? Great. You’ll be able to enjoy the last gasps of winter cold and snow giving way to early signs of spring. March brings out the spirit of celebration and fun in several ways. If you are a sports fan, we have Skaneateles vacation rentals that are within easy driving distance of Syracuse and major college basketball. If you want to get out and shake off those winter doldrums, check out the local Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day events. There are cultural events happening all around the Finger Lakes region this month that appeal to a variety of tastes and interests.
12th Annual Mardi Gras, Cayuga Wine Trail
Looking for a way to celebrate Mardi Gras? The popular Cayuga Wine Trail is hosting special Mardis Gras festivities. Go on a fantastic wine tasting tour and receive complimentary gifts like colorful beads to string around your neck, a nice wine glass, recipe cards and delicious wine and food pairings. Participate in the fun scavenger hunt along the way and then return to the warmth and comfort of one of our vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes region.
Have you always dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl? Here’s your opportunity to find out what this lifestyle if really like. The Painted Bar Stables is offering this unique ten week course (Sundays) for aspiring cowpokes that wish to learn about horseback riding, horse behavior, trail riding, blacksmithing, leather work, barrel racing, working cattle, emergency veterinary skills and American folk music among other things. Course instruction is by Erika Eckstrom and Joe Chicone. Classes include two hours of hands on work time.
Enjoy an evening of classic film and fashion. The Cornell Cinema is partnering with Petrune to bring you this wonderful event. The evening starts off with a live fashion show with models showing off vintage couture styles inspired by the movie Funny Face. Afterwards, stay and watch a special showing of the classic Funny Face film starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Hepburn plays a humble bookworm that is turned into a fashion model by a photographer who sees something special in her. The movie features beautiful fashions from the 1960s era and memorable music. After dinner and the show come back to one of our luxury Finger Lakes rentals and bask in the warmth of the Finger Lakes.
Help solve a mysterious murder as you make your way along a wine trail’s worth of clues. While you are figuring out who done it enjoy tasting exquisite Finger Lakes fine wine from local vineyards. Can you collect enough clues to put all the pieces of this murderous plot together? This mystery is solved while indulging in a delectable three course wine dinner at Simeon’s On The Commons restaurant.
The Glenora Wine Cellars invites Elton John fans to come out and celebrate his amazing music while feasting on the finest of local cuisine. The talented Lee Alverson provides live entertainment. Meal selections are paired with local wines. You don’t need to find a yellow brick road to have a good time.
No matter what you are looking to do around the Finger Lakes region, Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals has a luxury rental property that will complete your vacation.Posted in Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes events, Vacation Rentals | Tagged skaneateles vacation rentals, Vacation Rentals in the Finger Lakes | Comments Off January 22, 2014
February is everyone’s favorite short month. It’s always nice to shave a few days off of winter, even if it’s only in your mind. If you happen to be coming to the Finger Lakes in February, be prepared for some feel good food and entertainment. Great wine, cheese and love are all everywhere as you stroll about the scenic streets of the charming cities, towns and villages. You never know who you might meet over a glass of premier wine and bite of the finest New York State artisan cheese. Save room for some hearty chili and best of all, our vacation rentals Finger Lakes properties are located within easy driving distance of most Finger Lakes events.
Have you been putting off writing that novel? Well, now there’s a perfect opportunity to get inspired to begin writing while hanging out with fellow authors. Spend the weekend immersed in specialized writer’s workshops on fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Get feedback on your writing from experienced writing instructors. Enjoy fine food and wine as you discuss the fine points of literary narrative with your peers and then come home to one of our luxury Fingerlakes vacation rentals.
Cayuga Radio Group is sponsoring this fun photo contest where you can enter your best photos for a chance to win. The winner receives a delicious gift basket filled with area cheeses and wine. Receive a complimentary wine glass, wine charm and recipes at the start of your wine tour. Keep your ticket handy for a chance to win other cool prizes such as a season theatre pass, spa visit, free wine tour, free hotel accommodations and discount on a limo rental.
Do you fancy yourself an amateur sleuth? Here’s your chance to solve a perplexing mystery while enjoying premier Finger Lakes wines and amazing fine dining. Join the In the Distill of the Night wine tour and search for clues to a murder. Discover the crime at the La Tourelle Resort and Spa. Follow clues as you continue on to area wineries. Of course, you’ll simply have to taste lots of wine along the way. Settle in for a wonderful three-course meal at Simeon’s restaurant where you’ll have an opportunity to put all the pieces of this mystery together. The real culprit will be revealed. Don’t miss this fun event!
Wondering what to do with your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy an exquisite four-course meal together that includes sparkling wine from around the world. The Heart and Hands Dinner is the perfect way to add a little romance to your lives.
Come out and taste some of the area’s best chili made by local restaurants. This popular event attracts chili lovers of all kinds. Thirty restaurants compete to win first place in the overall, meat, vegetarian and People’s Choice categories. There is no better way to ward off the winter chill than with a hot, savory cup of chili. Wash it down with local wine, beer and beverages. Have a blast watching contestants compete in events like Chili Idol Karaoke, Chili Olympics and the Hot Chili Pepper Showdown.
Contact one of our vacation specialists today to plan your Skaneateles Lake vacation rental getaway.Posted in Vacation Rentals | Tagged Around the Finger Lakes in February, Fingerlakes Vacation Rentals | Comments Off January 15, 2014
The excitement is mounting as you anticipate your upcoming escape to the peaceful tranquility of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Perhaps you are coming here to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of regular life. This jewel of an area is certainly more than able to provide you with all the fresh, healthy air and spectacular views that it has become world famous for. The Finger Lakes is a popular year-round destination. When it comes to selecting a place to stay during your time here there are better choices than the run of the mill motel or hotel.
Travelers in the know seek out places to stay that offer Finger Lakes rentals accommodations that give you that real “home away from home” experience. There is nothing quite like coming here and staying in one of our amazing Fingerlakes luxury rentals during your entire vacation. Why stay in a cramped hotel when you can enjoy the spacious rooms of a luxury home?
A Fingerlakes vacation rentals will give you the chance to live here like one of the locals. We’re talking about a real home that sits very close to the lake. Imagine waking up each morning, gazing out the window and seeing a vast body of water glistening against an awe-inspiring scenic backdrop. That alone is enough to recharge your mental and physical energy, which makes you feel great. Each vacation rental comes with homey amenities you are used to such as a full kitchenette with modern appliances, spacious living room with fireplace, cozy bedrooms and private bathroom.
While living in your Finger Lakes vacation rental you can easily stroll around town and check out all the local eating and entertainment spots. You’ll quickly find out that the people of Skaneateles are friendly and down-to-earth. Blend in with the locals and become an honorary villager for as long as you like. If anyone asks you where you’re staying, you can honestly say that you’re staying in a home by the lake. People will know that you are truly living the good life!
The one thing you might have a bit of trouble with is figuring out which awesome luxury Skaneateles rentals home to rent. This is a good problem that is bound to have a satisfying solution. The home you choose really comes down to personal preference. Some of the homes are designed in the ranch style, while others are quaintly Victorian. All are located just a short drive or walk from local restaurants, shops and wineries. There is always plenty to see and do, that’s for sure. And, when you’re done with your sightseeing adventures you get to come back to a home – not a hotel room. That’s pretty cool.
Once you have found your perfect Skaneateles Lake vacation rental home away from home, simply reserve your dates and start the countdown to the ultimate relaxing, reinvigorating luxury vacation.Posted in Finger Lakes, Vacation Rentals | Tagged finger lakes rentals, Fingerlakes Vacation Rentals | Comments Off January 8, 2014
As the country is gripped by the cold weather, the Finger Lakes wants to remind you that we are always warm and inviting. In this article we take a look at more adventures awaiting you in January when you decide to take a trip to the Finger Lakes region. Get 2014 off to a fantastic start by visiting the beautiful Finger Lakes area with a stay at one of our Finger Lakes rentals. Winter snow is blanketing local towns and villages, and everything looks like a scene on a picture postcard that is sure to make up for the cold weather. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Go outside and play in the snow, make a snowman, throw a few snowballs around and then get ready for another type of January entertainment.
Do you have a passion for wine and want to learn more about the process of making it? Winemaker Wednesdays are made for you. Discover the secrets of expert wine making from the people that live and breath wine making every day. No tickets are required, but you do need to call the winery ahead of time to make an appointment.
Bargains galore are to be found all along the wine trail. Take advantage of this huge sale event by showing up early to get first dibs on all the best discounts. This is a great opportunity to taste a lot of different vintages from a wide variety of wineries. You can bring home some of the best tasting wines for a fraction of their normal cost. After a day along the trail come home to your Skaneateles rentals property and enjoy your wine in front of a cozy fire.
One of the world’s great culinary pairings is pasta and wine. Come to the wine trail and enjoy sampling pasta-themed dishes paired with top Finger Lake wines. You have your choice of 30 wineries scattered all along the wine trail.
Here’s an event that will delight wine and cheese lovers. At the Preferred Pairings event, Local wineries will make available several tantalizing pairings of various wine and cheeses for visitors to sample. A creamery representative will provide information to guests before the event begins.
This is a museum wide event that provides visitors with an eclectic mix of educational demonstrations mixed with music and food. Jeff Mack will wow visitors with his fantastic goblet making skills during the Hot Glass Show. Meanwhile, Big Mean Sound Machine will entertain with their energetic Afrobeat and Jazz Funk Fusion music.
Free appetizers, soft drinks and Finger Lakes wines are available for visitors during the event.
The Finger Lakes will heat up at the end January when the State Theatre in Ithaca NY hosts the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival. This year, their headliner artists, the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, are here for the whole weekend of performances and workshops. The festivals bands are among the best bands in Bluegrass and Americana music – Claire Lynch is the 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Balsam Range has the 2013 IBMA Recording of the Year. Rounding out the Winter Village lineup is the Molly Tuttle Trio an exciting young trio from California by way of Boston and the Berkelee College of Music, Northern PA.
So you can see that no matter what interests you, there is always something happening around the Finger Lakes and the staff at Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals can help you plan you stay at one of our Skaneateles lake rentals.
Posted in Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes events, Vacation Rentals | Tagged The Finger Lakes in January | Comments Off December 18, 2013
January ushers in a new year of great things happening in the Finger Lakes. Visitors to the area are usually spending lots of time snuggled inside a warm cozy Finger Lakes vacation rental. However, cabin fever does set in at times. The urge to get out and do something fun can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do to lift your spirits and shake off the winter doldrums.
Come out and enjoy the festivities in this charming village by the lake. The Skaneateles Winterfest is a two-day event that features the best food, art and entertainment of the local area. Highlights include an ice sculpture of a chimney surrounded by fire, Taste of Skaneateles (with food from local restaurants), a scavenger hunt in local shops, Brew Fest, Ice Walk demonstration and the Polar Bear Plunge in Clift Park.
This popular wine trail is open and ready to welcome visitors that want to continue celebrating the new year. On the schedule is January Winemaker Wednesday, Bargain Bash, Pasta & Wine Weekend and January Preferred Pairings. A Wine Weekdays Passport is valid from January 1 to May 31. Tickets for other events are available.
The annual Salt City Winter Antiques Show features over 275 dealers. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes because there is going to be a whole lot to see here. New this year is the Pickers Challenge/Finders Reward. Find certain items at selected booths, purchase the item and receive a coupon for an instant $50 cash reward.
West Lake Conservators, Ltd will be in attendance to give free preservation consultations. They specialize in historic art and artifacts such as paintings, archival documents, photographs, textiles, frames and painted objects. This is a two-day event.
Shake off the chill of winter by enjoying some good old-fashioned bluegrass music. This year’s featured performers are the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range. Also performing are Stuart & Beazley and the Willow Gardeners, Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, The Hickory Project and Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie. The weekend is filled with great music and educational workshops.
For over 50 years this acclaimed South African band has performed music that uplifts the spirit for audiences around the world. Their musical influences come from South African traditional music, gospel, pop and various cultural influences. The group’s collaboration with music legend, Paul Simon, won a Grammy award. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has gone on to win several more awards for their wonderfully rich musical sounds.
Contact the staff at Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals to book your January stay at one of our luxury vacation rentals.Posted in Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Attractions, Vacation Rentals | Tagged Fingerlakes luxury rentals, January Events Around the Finger Lakes | Comments Off December 11, 2013
While you are admiring the view from your lakefront Skaneateles rentals home during a winter stay you may have a sudden urge to go ice skating. This idea may come about while gazing at the sheet of ice covering up the lake. It sure would be nice if people could go out onto the lake and skate. There certainly is tons of ice and the scenery is breathtaking. But, even if the lakes aren’t frozen enough when you take your trip there are plenty of alternatives.
So, what can you do to satisfy this skating urge?
Go to one of the local skating rinks.
Ice skating is a popular activity during the winter months in the Finger Lakes. Skating rinks are a safe way to have a lot of fun and get some exercise. Each rink has a schedule for open skate times when anyone can come in and enjoy the facilities. All skill levels are welcome. If you have not put on a pair of ice skates in a long time this is a chance to renew that old passion. If you want to try out skating for the first time go for it!
The rink at Cass Park is always buzzing with activity. The ice rink is open 7 days a week, except holidays and special events. Individual and group rates are available. This is a very friendly atmosphere for both kids and adults at all skating levels. You can even have a birthday party here.
Just a short drive from any of our Skaneateles luxury rentals, the Clinton Square Ice Rink is a large rink that attracts thousands of skaters during the season. Be prepared for crowds at the most popular times. The rink is open 7 days a week, except holidays. They have skating specials for groups, family night and a lunch time skate. A parent must accompany kids under 18 after dark.
The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center rink plays host to high school and professional hockey games. They have open skating hours for the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Skating time is limited.
Our Finger Lakes vacation rentals are also close to the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex Ice Arena, this is a fun place to skate for all ages. Enjoy public skating on weekends. There is a Monday through Friday afternoon lunch skate. Have a blast skating to music on Friday nights at their Rock ‘n Roll skate. Adults must accompany kids.
After you have skated to your heart’s content, return to the cozy digs of your Finger Lakes rental property and relax by the fire. Enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate as you unwind and reminisce about the great time you had at the rink.
Contact us at Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals to plan your next winter vacation.Posted in Finger Lakes, Vacation Rentals | Tagged Finger Lakes Luxury Vacations, Fingerlakes luxury rentals, Ice Skating Around the Finger Lakes | Comments Off ← Older posts
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