5 Things to do in Skaneateles this Summer

Skaneateles is a quaint and historic area in the Finger Lakes.  There are numerous activities that attract tourists and neighbors alike.  Skaneateles Lake is pristine and offers abundant swimming, fishing and relaxing areas.  Boat charters and excursions are sought after; you will want to get your places to stay in Finger Lakesreservations in early!

Finger Lakes vacation rentals has been a mainstay in Skaneateles and offers exquisite private homes for your lodging needs, whether a quiet place to escape to or a welcoming family entertainment option. Forget the stuffy motels, and consider how Skaneateles luxury rentals could turn a ho-hum vacation into something amazing.

Skaneateles Brings History Alive

Skaneateles is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 7,209 at the 2010 census. The name is from the Iroquois term for the adjacent Skaneateles Lake, which means “long lake.” The town is on the western border of the county and includes a village, also named Skaneateles. Both town and village are southwest of Syracuse, NY.

The village consists of a small commercial core with quaint surrounding residential streets; the downtown area sits immediately on the lake. There are three publicly accessible parks on the lake within the downtown area. The main commercial streets in the village are Genesee Street (U.S. Route 20), Jordan Road, and Fennell Street. Genesee and Jordan streets, the core of the Skaneateles Historic District, are noted for their mix of mid-19th and early 20th century retail buildings which today contain a mix of retailers, including restaurants, boutiques, real estate offices, and banks. Fennell Street, which has a more industrial history and was the alignment for the railroad spur that served the village until the mid-20th century, contains more of the village’s car-oriented retail stores, including a supermarket, pharmacies, and post office. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skaneateles_(village),_New_York

Skaneateles Village Welcome You

Skaneateles Antique Boat ShowVillage attractions include boat excursions, inns, restaurants and a spa, as well as boutique shopping and art galleries. The summer Skaneateles Festival of music is a seasonal event, as is the annual Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show and the Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles with actors in period costume performing on the streets.

Experience the year round beauty of Skaneateles, and our warm hospitality. If coming from afar, be sure to book a room at one of the many cozy inns, motels, hotels, or B&B’s. In our historic downtown district, shops and galleries are housed in restored buildings dating back to 1796. Browse for unique foods, distinctive fashions, original art, home accessories, a special antique. Relax at a restaurant or tavern; the atmosphere may be casual and lively or quietly gracious, but the menu is always tempting. Skaneateles is home to a thriving residential and business community, and host to thousands of visitors and vacationers each year.  We hope you will feel like Skaneateles is your home away from home.

Skaneateles Historical Society

Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm

July-August Fri-Sun, 1-4 pm

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Research assistance available Fridays, 1-4 pm


28 Hannum Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

Art Galleries

 John D. Barrow Art Gallery

49 E. Genesee St. Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-5135

Seward House Museum

33 South Street Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 252-1283

Annual Music Festival

Skaneateles Music Festival

August 10 to September 3

This promises to be a “remember when” summer at the Skaneateles Festival…

– Remember when the lights came up on the orchestra atop the new Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards?

– Remember when the stage shook with dancers for the first time?

– Remember when Wynton Marsalis sounded the first chord with his 15-piece orchestra?

We have filled this season with music to linger in your memory long after the Festival ends. While some moments will be grand and glamorous, others will be intimate, surprising, haunting, peaceful.

Let the music take you places you’ve never been, and where you never thought you’d go.


The Finger Lakes region of New York State is renowned for a variety of fine dining options. Our luxury Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals are conveniently located near several restaurants featuring local fare in the Skaneateles area.


The story of Anyela’s Vineyards began three generations ago in Eastern Europe and continues today on the hillside high above Skaneateles Lake. The Nocek family combines its viticultural experience with the cooler climate patterns and fertile soil to grow our select grapes.

Plan to Stay 

We look forward to welcoming you to Skaneateles.  There are many places to stay in the Finger Lakes, but none so well appointed as our private homes here at Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals.  Your visit here in our area is most welcome and we wish to provide you with happy and lasting memories for years to come.


July is Heating Up Around the Finger Lakes

Are you visiting the Finger Lakes Region this July?  You are in the perfect place to find many exciting and entertaining activities.  We are spoiled for choice this month with so many events that we can’t list them all.

Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals looks forward to showing you around our wondrous area! Take time to check out these events, schedule youFinger Lakes activitiesr vacation and come join the fun.

Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals has exquisite private homes for you when you’re looking for places to stay in the Finger Lakes.  Check out our available properties and contact us to book your vacation today.

Now let’s look at some of the activities and events in the area!!

Food & Wine Experience at Fox Run

July 8th, 2016

Finger Lakes activitiesFinger Lakes activitiesEnjoy a unique experience in Finger Lakes Wine Country Guests will be welcomed by a dedicated staff member for a personalized experience around the Fox Run Vineyards estate. Begin with a 45 minute walking tour of the vineyards and winery followed by a light lunch served in the historic barrel room featuring a selection of local products. Lunch is accompanied by a flight of six Fox Run wines including a dessert wine served with something sweet. Each guest will receive a souvenir Fox Run logo glass.

Offered to the public on Fridays at 11:30 am, June – October. A full list of available dates and more information can be found online at www.foxrunvineyards.com Reservations can be made at least 24 hours in advance online or by calling 315-536-4616. The cost is $45 per person plus tax. Kids 15 and under are $35. (Served a soda or grape juice instead of wine) Cancellations required 24 hours in advance; cancellations within 24 hours of event will be charged a 50% deposit, and no call/ no show reservations will be charged the full amount.

Lynyrd Skynyrd with Kenny Wayne Shepherd

July 23rd, 2016

Saturday, July 23, rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to the Budweiser Summer Stage at Tags with special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Tickets are $39.50 for General Admission Lawn, $64.50 Reserved Seating, $99,00 Gold Circle, or….

Finger Lakes activitiesVIP Tour Package Package

price: $200

  • One reserved ticket located in the first 12 rows of the stage
  • Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
  • Collectible tour poster (limited print, numbered)
  • Custom Lynyrd Skynyrd trucker hat
  • Exclusive tour merchandise item
  • Limited availability Meet & Greet Package Package price: $325
  • One reserved ticket located in the first 2 rows of the stage
  • Exclusive meet & greet with Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Personal photograph with Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
  • Collectible tour poster (limited print, numbered)
  • Custom Lynyrd Skynyrd trucker hat
  • Exclusive tour merchandise item
  • Official meet & greet laminate

Limited availability Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 22nd at 10:00am. Tickets are available at Tag’s, charge by phone 800-650-TAGS, on-line www.tagstickets.com. Gates open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.

Beyond the tragedy, the history, the raging guitars and the killer songs, ultimately, Lynyrd Skynyrd is about an indomitable will, about survival of spirit; unbowed uniquely American, stubbornly resolute. Lynyrd Skynyrd has endured, despite all odds, through death and disaster, as the signature rock group of America’s working people. Musicians as diverse as Kid Rock, Metallica and Travis Tritt pledge allegiance to the Skynyrd sound, and a new wave of hard rocking youngsters value Lynyrd Skynyrd above all else.

Antique and Classic Boat Show Returns to Skaneateles July 29-31

July 29th, 2016

Antique and Classic Boat Show Returns to Skaneateles July 29-31

Old meets new at this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles, July 29-31, as watercraft dating back to the early 1900s nestle in the classic_boatvillage’s newly installed community docks.

The show, featuring some 90 boats of a bygone era displayed on water and land, runs 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Clift Park. It is handicapped accessible; admission is free.

The event is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter (FLC) of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation (also known as the Skaneateles Foundation), and presented by M&T Bank. This is the Finger Lakes Chapter’s 38th annual show, and the 22nd year it has been held in Skaneateles.

More than 10,000 people attend the show each year. Exhibitors come not only from Central New York, but also from New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina and Canada. “Many travel hundreds of miles to get here, to afford others the opportunity to get up-close and personal with these grand old boats,” said FLC president Jack Gifford.

Among the boats on display will be mahogany runabouts from such legendary manufacturers as Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood, as well as launches, sailboats, canoes, rowing craft and race boats, many restored to their original condition. Visitors are invited to learn about the boats by reading the accompanying placards or talking with owners.

The show is the inaugural event for Skaneateles’ new Shore Master dock system, installed in May by Brinson Marine. The docks—longer, wider and more stable than their predecessors—were made possible by over 235 donations.

“The Finger Lakes Chapter and its individual members were wonderful partners throughout our entire dock campaign, helping to make the docks a reality,” said Tara Lynn, executive director of the Skaneateles Foundation. “We thank them for their financial contributions and overall support.”

Noting that the show has become an annual tradition for exhibitors, families and visitors, Lynn said, “Skaneateles is delighted to once again play host. The boat parade, free concerts and children’s activities—set against the backdrop of the village’s fine boutiques, galleries and restaurants—offer something for everyone.”

Judging of the boats, in 35 categories, takes place Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, visitors to the show will cast their votes for the highly coveted People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Doug’s Fish Fry, which will be presented at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  •  A boat parade and fly-by, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.
  •  Performances by the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; jazz duo Diana Jacobs and Mark Chitambar, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; and the Soda Ash Six, noon to 3   p.m. Sunday.
  •  A display of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  •  A youth judging competition, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance to “spark kids’ passion for wooden boats,” 10 a.m. Saturday.
  •  Opportunities for children to paint their own wooden boats, 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m., Saturday.
  •  Knot-tying demonstrations by the Sea Scouts, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  •  Guided tours by the Skaneateles Historical Society, starting at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.
  •  A photo-shoot and spectator cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, 10 a.m. Sunday. The Judgewill leave from the Mid-Lakes Navigation dock in Clift Park and make a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake, while exhibiting boats make random passes and provide opportunities for action shots. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. Coffee and pastries will be available; no reservations are necessary.
  •  Raffle drawings at 2 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s poster was developed from an oil painting by Elaine Sherwood Jakubowski, of Brighton, N.Y., an exhibitor at the show with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Blythe, since 2000, but a painter for just three years. This is the second painting she has created for the show. Titled “Southern End,” it depicts the graceful hills surrounding Skaneateles Lake—“with a bit of artistic license,” she said.

The painting can be viewed at the show’s tent in Clift Park. It will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the FLC and the Skaneateles Foundation.

Posters are $10 and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and at the show.

The Antique and Classic Boat Show is officially sponsored by M&T Bank. Contributing sponsors are Brinson Marine, ShoreMaster, Summit Auto, Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Sammut Wealth Management, the Sherwood Inn, Doug’s Fish Fry, Jacobs Press, Pioneer Companies, Skaneateles Town Square/Ace Hardware, The Sailboat Shop, Adams & Son Inc., Blue Water Grill, cate&sally, Janice M. Miller, Architect, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Realty USA, Smiles of Skaneateles, Tops Friendly Markets and Wirth’s Automotive Services. Media sponsors are Group M Communications and WRVO Public Media.

Enjoy Your Stay In The Finger Lakes

Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals is your one-stop summer vacation rental company here in Skaneateles.  Our village is quaint and popular with many visitors owing to our location and lake activities.

When looking for places to stay in the Finger Lakes, consider the amenities we can offer you including private homes, fully furnished, walking distance to restaurants and the Village, and room to entertain.  No more motels, hotels, or cramped quarters.  Let us help you have a true home away from home for your next vacation!


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