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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 December 4, 2013
Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals whats to remind you that wine season never ends in the Finger Lakes. Plan a weekend stay at one of our Skaneateles vacation rentals and find out what we mean.
Wine is certainly a big attraction here in the Finger Lakes. People come from near and far to go on a wine tour. There is something special about being in the middle of wine country. The scenic atmosphere is absolutely beautiful. Many visitors assume that wine season is only during the spring, summer and autumn months. However, the truth is that wine season never ends!
Wine lovers visiting the area during the winter months are welcome to go on any of the popular wine trails. The only difference is that you need to bundle up in warm clothing. The landscape is going to be dusted with snow, but inside of the wineries you will find all sorts of vintages that take the chill away instantly. Many wineries are going to have special discounts and bargains during these colder months. Visitors are able to find some spectacular deals just by braving the cold and Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals has the perfect vacation home rental where you can rest your head after you are done exploring.
Even in winter you may have a hard time deciding which wine trail to explore. There are three: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Keuka Lake Wine Trail. All three have their own unique advantages.
Enjoy the breathtaking views as you travel along America’s first organized wine trail. Tours began here in 1983. Back then inviting people to visit local wineries was a new idea. From the start the wine tour concept was popular and has now grown to become hugely popular around the country.
There are 15 family owned boutique wineries along the trail. Among them they have won more than 5,400 wine awards. These wineries are a must for anyone that desires to taste exquisite vintages from the Cayuga Lake region. These wines rival what you’ll find in France and California.
The Cayuga Wine Trail tour offers two unique wine sampler cases featuring award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, white and red wines. The trail is with easy driving distance of one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals.
Visit the most active and largest wine trail among the three. Back in the 1880s this area was the site of grape breeding and research. There were a few vineyards back then but Prohibition stopped all wine production. Today, the trail is home to over 30 amazing wineries that produce world-class Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
In addition to wine, select wineries are offering the trail’s 25th Anniversary Cookbook featuring more than 200 fabulous recipes that can be paired with wine.
All year round you can enjoy the beautiful views of Seneca Lake while visiting an array of popular wineries.
Keuka Lake is where the very first bonded winery was founded back in 1860. It is also the region that sparked the modern Finger Lakes winemaking era by growing Vinifera vines. This is where you will find an interesting and diverse collection of wineries and wines.
This trail has the fewest wineries, which makes it easy for visitors to take in the whole trail within a day. Enjoy local sites like antique barns and quaint villages.
Plan on taking one or more of these tours while staying at a Finger Lakes rental home and explore our beautiful wine trails all year round.Posted in Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Wineries & Events, Vacation Rentals | Tagged Finger Lakes Luxury Vacations, Finger Lakes Wine Trail | Comments Off November 27, 2013
As the air around the Finger Lakes turns crisp and clear, there is a spirit of holiday cheer as people get busy with shopping and prepare to celebrate with family and friends. Visitors to the region notice how picture postcard perfect the scenery looks. There may be a sprinkling of fresh snow on the ground and in the trees. Homes and towns are filled with bright lights and seasonal decorations. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals near the lake, you’ll get to see the crystal shimmering expanse of water that has turned to ice.
If you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease, come out and enjoy a delightful gala and fundraiser for this cause. This annual event takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Trip Hotel. Guests are treated to fabulous food and wine from area restaurants and wineries. Beer lovers can stroll through the beer garden featuring specially brewed craft beer.
Live local musicians will provide the evening’s entertainment. A live auction is also part of the festivities. The event begins at 6pm. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York.
Have a great time sampling local wines and food while enjoying your journey along this popular wine trail. Wineries are all decked out with holiday decorations. Receive goodies and collect ornaments along the way. Participants get a free recipe book and handmade wreath. Tickets are selling out fast. If you want to go, grab yours quickly.
20th Annual Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Holiday Shopping Spree – Romulus, NY
Tis the season to taste exquisite wines while shopping during this gorgeous wine trail holiday shopping spree. Have a blast while enjoying your complimentary Shopper’s Card, handmade wreath and cookie cutter ornaments. The discount card is good at all wineries along the trail during this weekend. A total of 16 wineries are participating. Along the way indulge in scrumptious holiday themed wine and food pairings.
17th Annual Tru-Ulysses Winterfest – Trumansburg and Ulysses, NY
Have lots of fun in a picturesque setting at this winter festival. See local artists and entertainers perform while you enjoy food and music. Stroll through the stalls and check out vendors offering handmade crafts. These make wonderful gifts. The festival concludes with an amazing display of fireworks at the Trumansburg Fair Grounds.
It seems hard to imagine there was a time when alcohol was banned in the U.S. Those were years when people went to a speakeasy to share a drink with friends. Fortunately, the ban was lifted and everyone could once again drink legally. Come out and enjoy a swinging good time at this party that celebrates the 80th year of the end of Prohibition.
There will be classic cocktails, crafted liquors, hors d’oeuvres and live music. The reception begins at 7pm.
For fans of hot, creamy chowder and hearty stews it doesn’t get any better than this. Cooks from all over descend on downtown Ithaca to face off for the title of Chowder Cup Master. From 10am to 5pm you can sample delicious chowders that include meat, seafood and vegetarian versions. Cast your vote for the best chowder.
While there check out the fantastic ice sculptures created by local artists.
Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals has luxury rentals close to many of the events around the Finger Lakes. Call one of our customer service associates who can help plan your stay in our beautiful region.Posted in Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes events | Tagged December in the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals, skaneateles luxury rentals | Comments Off November 20, 2013
If Skaneateles Lake could talk, it would have a lot to say about the things it has seen during the past two hundred years. At 16 miles it sure is pretty long. In fact, Native Americans called the lake Skaneateles or long lake. In more recent times the lake was given the nickname “The Roof Garden of Lakes” due to its altitude being higher than any of the other Finger Lakes. Three counties enjoy the pristine beauty of this lake: Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga. The lake’s namesake village, Skaneateles, is located on the northern portion. This is where most people come to enjoy boating, swimming and walking along its shores. Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals has several Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals that will allow you to take advantage of everything the lake has to offer.
The Iroquois tribes were the first to inhabit the area. To them Skaneateles Lake was a source of food, transportation and recreation. When settlers began populating the surrounding area and building towns, they adapted the Indian name and quickly found ways to incorporate the lake into their everyday lives. The town and village of Skaneateles were officially created in 1830.
As more people settled into the area, there was increased activity on the lake with canoes and boats carrying people and supplies across the waters. Having a lake next to a town was great for attracting business and people looking for an attractive place to live. The Hamilton and Seneca turnpikes made the town more accessible. A stagecoach line opened to ferry people back and forth by land.
Wealthier residents built exquisite homes on the lakefront. Roosevelt Hall is a magnificent Greek inspired mansion. Built in 1839, the home’s white pillars continue gleaming in the sunlight today. The Reuel E. Smith House, built in 1852, is another fine example of period architecture.
While the stagecoach handled land travel, a steamboat called the Independent ferried passengers up and down the long lake. Also during this era, tourists began coming to enjoy relaxation and recreational activities in and around the lake. The Indian Queen hotel sprang up to accommodate visitors. Later visitors stayed at the Lake House, which for a time was a happening spot before it burned down.
Several factories and mills have existed in the vicinity of the lake. There were paper mills, factories that processed wool, breweries and distilleries, foundries and machine shops. Milling in Skaneateles pretty much ended after one too many destructive fires. Apparently, waterpower was good for running mills, but there wasn’t any way to douse flames during emergencies.
During the era of slavery, several local residents opened their hearts and homes to escaped slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.
Faster, smaller boats for getting around the lake replaced large steamboats. Boats delivered early mail in the town because many roads were not passable. Tourists can still witness this old-fashioned mail delivery by hopping a U.S. Mail boat Cruise. During the 3-hour journey the boat travels the entire length of Skaneateles Lake. Mail is delivered during many stops.
These days the lake is mainly used for recreation. Boating and fishing are popular outdoor activities you’ll see people enjoying. Many fish such as bass and trout swim in these waters. Skaneateles Lake also provides drinking water to thousands of people living in Syracuse. It has the proud distinction of being one of six sources of drinkable unfiltered water in the whole country.
So for your next vacation or just a quick weekend away, consider a trip to Skaneateles lake and a luxury stay at one of our Skaneateles luxury rentals.Posted in Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake, Vacation Rentals | Tagged finger lakes, Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals, Skaneateles Lake | Comments Off November 13, 2013
Visitors to picturesque Skaneateles, New York often find time to stroll through town and take in the local cultural offerings. The town is small, but does have its share of cultural icons. One such icon is The John D. Barrow Art Gallery on East Genesee Street. The Gallery is maintained by the Skaneateles Library Association and is adjacent to the Library building. Our Skaneateles luxury rentals are located within easy distance of this unique art gallery which should be included on your “to do” list on your next visit to the Finger Lakes.
Who is John D. Barrow?
John D. Barrow was a portrait and landscape artist. Born in New York City, he moved to Skaneateles with his family in 1839. As a young man he was sent to study in England for a short period. This is where he gained his lifelong passion for painting. Skaneateles would be a source of deep inspiration in his work over the course of his lifetime.
Upon his return to America Barrow took up residence in New York City. He opened an art studio next to another influential artist from Skaneateles, Charles Loring Elliott. During his early days in New York he was fortunate to be there to sketch Abraham Lincoln as he spoke at Cooper Union in 1860. This portrait now hangs in the Chicago Historical Society.
Barrow became interested in landscape painting after being influenced by another artist, George Inness. Barrow’s landscapes are considered to be “second generation” Hudson River School. During the 1880s, Barrow returned to Skaneateles for good. He taught fine art at Syracuse University. He also wrote poetry and became an art critic.
Barrow designed the statuesque Soldiers and Sailors Monument at the Skaneateles Lake View Cemetery. It still stands there today in all its dignified glory. In 1900 he designed the addition to the local library using his own money to have it built. He wanted it to be a place to display his artwork.
Most of his work is displayed in the Gallery. Other works are in private collections.
What Will You See at the Gallery?
The John D Barrow Art Gallery displays over 200 portraits and landscape paintings depicting local people and scenery from the Skaneateles community. The artwork reflects life as it was in the 1800s when Barrow was inspired by what he saw and felt.
Walking into the Gallery is like stepping back through time into a simpler world of grace and natural beauty. Gazing at the paintings puts you in the mood of thoughtful reflection. The paintings are in four categories: Forest, Meadow, Lake and Portrait.
While the portraits are interesting, Barrow really shines in his landscape depictions. There are splendid scenes of Lake Skaneateles with calm and rougher waters. You can see that even back then, people were out boating on the lake. The forest paintings make you feel as if you are walking along and simply stopped to admire its quiet beauty. Meadow scenes show people, cows and rural living as it was during Barrow’s era.
Visiting the John D. Barrow Gallery is a nice escape into another time and place. Contact the Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals staff to reserve your stay and see all that Skaneateles has to offer.Posted in Finger Lakes Attractions, Vacation Rentals | Tagged Fingerlakes luxury rentals, John D Barrow Art Gallery, Skaneateles NY | Comments Off October 23, 2013
Visitors to Upstate New York favor the Finger Lakes region for its charming towns and villages that provide a peaceful getaway. This region is also famous for its gorgeous natural wonders. Take for instance the charming town of Skaneateles. People come from near and far just to kick back and relax in one of several Skaneateles vacation rentals located very near a crystal clear Skaneateles Lake.
A place like Skaneateles offers stress-weary travelers a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Fortunately, getting away from it all doesn’t mean you need to leave your love of shopping behind. Destiny USA is the largest shopping mall in New York State. This mega mall is located in Syracuse, NY, which is only a short distance from the serenity of Skaneateles. A 30-minute drive brings you to this bustling shopping center and all of its popular attractions.
Destiny USA is open Monday – Saturday from 10am to 9:30pm and Sundays from 11:am to 6pm. Because this is no ordinary mall you’ll want to get there early and plan on spending a good portion of the day there. As soon as you enter into the modern three-story building you are immediately faced with all sorts of tantalizing choices. What you decide to do first, second, third and so forth largely depends on whether you are by yourself, with one or more adult companions or bringing kids along. All three scenarios are filled with plenty of options.
At its core Destiny USA is all about providing tons of shopping options that suits all tastes and budgets. Female shoppers have a field day here while finding great deals at stores like Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Coach, H&M, J Crew, Lane Bryant, Michael Kors, Sephora and T.J. Maxx. Men flock to stores like American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, Champs Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Modern Tailor, Oakley and The Art of Shaving. For the young and young at heart there is Build-A-Bear Workshop, Disney Store, Game Stop, Gap Kids, Gymboree, Journeys Kidz, Play the Game Read the Story and Toyland.
There are several popular stores that everybody enjoys such as Apple, Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Clarks, Dakota Watch Company, Foot Locker, Guitar Outlet, Kay Jewelers, Macy’s, Old Navy, Saks Fifth Avenue: Off 5th, Sears Outlet and Williams-Sonoma.
Another great reason to visit Destiny USA is for the fun entertainment options. Wonderworks is a “top secret” laboratory that takes visitors on a mind-altering journey through a swirling vortex. Once inside there are a variety of fun games to play and intriguing challenges to do. Attractions include Canyon Climb ropes course and Laser Tag. Some of the games are educational in nature.
For anyone that feels the “need for speed” take a ride in the fast lane at Pole Position Raceway. Jump in a sleek go kart and race others or test your driving skills on the track. Golfing enthusiasts can practice their golf swing at OptiGolf. Their indoor golf simulators resemble a real golf course.
After a long day of shopping and dining out, you can return to one of our finger lakes luxury rentals and watch the sun set over the beautiful finger lakes.Posted in Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Attractions, Vacation Rentals | Tagged Destiny USA, Skaneateles New York, skaneateles vacation rentals | Comments Off October 16, 2013
By late fall the Finger Lakes region has transformed into an intriguing place where dried leaves blanket the ground underneath naked tree branches. The sky above reflects the moody weather. Birds fly south in perfect formation. The brisk air is filled with the anticipation of the upcoming holidays.
With the warm weather gone, are there still interesting things to do?
For anyone that enjoys the fall season, the Finger Lakes are teaming with all sorts of fun activities. Take advantage of one of our Skaneateles rentals that feel like a home away from home. The lake views are fascinatingly beautiful this time of year. While in the area visit a crafts festival, discover tasty holiday recipes, join or watch an 8K run, spend time at a holiday festival, indulge in an elaborate wine dinner or watch a local parade.
Holiday Cooking 101 – Aurora, NY
Explore the wonderful world of holiday cooking during this class that focuses on preparing traditional meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Get great tips on meal preparation and execution. Sip wine while preparing roast turkey, prime rib and side dishes with expert chefs. Feast on what you’ve made with fellow classmates. November 8.
Holiday Festival of Crafts – Syracuse and Rochester, NY
The Upstate New York region is rich in folk art tradition. Schedule your Skaneateles lake vacation stay to see a wide array of handcrafted goods such as toys, furniture, clothing, pottery and more. All items made by local folk artisans. Sponsored by the Rochester Folk Art Guild. Syracuse: November 8 – 10. Rochester: November 29 – December 1.
Holiday Showcase – Owego, NY
The Historic Owego Marketplace is located in a charming village that sits near the Susquehanna River. The village is hosting a holiday festival that includes entertainment, great food and special sales and discounts on items featured at 80 unique shops and restaurants. November 9 from 10am to 5pm.
Snowzilla 8K Run and Kids Candy Cane – Owego, NY
Running enthusiasts have a great time at this event whether there is snow or not. The run starts at the Pleasant Hill Country Club and winds its way through a mostly flat course. Lots of beautiful scenery to enjoy while running. All runners receive a free embroidered fleece neck gaiter, water and other refreshments. Proceeds go towards the Tioga County beautification efforts. November 30.
Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival – Ithaca, NY
The Cinemapolis Theater and Cornell Cinema are hosting this imaginative film festival. Fantastic films from all walks of life are shown to genre film fans. This year’s 35mm print retrospective is dedicated to Dan O’Bannon, best known for writing the screenplay to Ridley Scott’s Alien film masterpiece. Concerts and parties are also part of the fun. November 13 – 17.
Chateau Maris Wine Dinner – Aurora, NY
Enjoy an amazing 5-course dinner featuring the best wines from the world-renowned Chateau Maris in France. Chat with the staff of Chateau Maris while indulging in this culinary tour of organic French wine. November 16 and then top it off with a weekend stay at on of our luxury Finger Lakes rentals.
20th Annual Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Holiday Shopping Spree – Romulus, NY
Wine tasting combined with shopping – what could be more fun? This tantalizing wine trail tour includes a whopping 16 wineries. There are four winery starting points: King Ferry, Long Point, Montezuma and Six Mile Creek. Tour includes a discount shopping card and souvenir wine glass. November 22 – 24.
Come and watch this charming old-fashioned parade inspired by Charles Dickens famous Christmas story – A Christmas Carol. You could watch the parade from the porch of your very own Skaneateles Lake vacation rental because the parade starts on Fennell St. at noon and ends at the Sherwood Inn. November 29.
The Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals staff is available to answer all your questions and help you schedule the perfect fall getaway at one of our vacation homes for rent in Skaneateles New York and elsewhere around the Finger Lakes region.Posted in Finger Lakes Attractions, Finger Lakes events, Vacation Rentals | Comments Off October 9, 2013
While enjoying all the comforts at one of the cozy Finger Lakes vacation rentals in the town of Skaneateles, put on your best walking shoes and head on out for a leisurely nature walk. The Charlie Major Nature Park is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The popular park features a scenic walking trail that goes between Old Crow Road and the eastern side of Mill Road that is just north of Old Seneca Turnpike.
This historic path was originally created for the Skaneateles Short Line Railroad, which operated on a 3-mile stretch between Skaneateles Junction and the town of Skaneateles. This railroad was in operation from September 1840 to July 1981. The rails are long since gone. In their place is a flat path that can be walked, run or biked.
While walking you can hear the babbling waters of Skaneateles Creek. The creek runs parallel to the trail. Skaneateles Lake feeds water into the creek. The water flows all the way to the Seneca River. There are a few bridges to cross and they each have their individual charm. There’s a couple of short wood and steel bridges that are pleasant to walk on. From one of the bridges you can look down and see a deep water hole.
Another charming aspect of this nature walk is seeing the remnants of life as it once was. You’ll see what’s left of the Lakeside Paper Mill and abandoned saw and gristmills. One part of the trail takes you to the site of an old woodworking factory. It stands as a lonely reminder of a simpler time when local communities bought goods made from local raw materials.
During warmer months you can bring along a bite to eat and relax at one of the picnic tables. If you would like to know more about the historical sites along the trail, stop in at the Mottville Post Office/Emporium and ask for a free map. The Jordan Street trail entrance is not well marked so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it.
This is the perfect place for a romantic stroll or to contemplate your place in the universe. For those with pooches staying with you at our Skaneateles lake rentals, bring your furry friend along (on a leash) and let them enjoy this marvelous nature path with you. Also, there is a small playground at the park for younger children. This peaceful place accommodates anyone. The trail is open all four seasons.
Bring along your camera or cell phone to snap shots to show family and friends. By the time you return to your Skaneateles rental you will be ready for a good meal.Posted in Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake, Vacation Rentals | Comments Off September 25, 2013
Fall is a unique time of year to go on vacation. The intense heat of summer has given way to the clean, crisp air of fall. Instead of the lazy days of summer, you enjoy feeling a bit more energetic. This is the perfect time of year to visit Central New York and explore everything the Finger Lakes region has to offer. While you are making vacation plans be sure to check out the current listings for Finger Lakes vacation rentals. Hotel rooms simply do not compare to the wonderful experience of enjoying local Fingerlakes lodgings that are more like a home environment.
Visiting in the fall allows you to fully appreciate the wonder of nature as you observe the many splendid shades of yellow, orange, red and brown displayed within the treetops. Mere photos and postcards do not do this scenery justice. The changing of the leaves is something that must be witnessed in person. And, the Finger Lakes region certainly puts on a magnificent natural show in the fall season.
Colorful leaves aren’t the only things to enjoy in the area during the fall. There are lots of entertaining events happening during this time of year that provide a chance for visitors to experience local culture at its very best.
40th Anniversary – Johnson Museum of Art
The Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a splash. The museum is located on the historic Cornell University campus and first opened its doors in 1973. Over the years the Johnson Museum has earned a reputation for exhibiting a wide variety of modern and classical artwork that offers visitors a chance to experience art in all forms.
A special reception is being held to introduce the new fall exhibitions. The celebration includes special live performances and a late night 70s theme dance party. Groovy!
Americana Concert Series
Americana Vineyards in Interlaken, NY continues their wine and music concert series throughout the month of September. Enjoy local wine and food at the winery while listening to the sounds of area bands. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual.
CabarETC: Back to the Garden
Take a trip down musical memory lane during this knockout show that celebrates the music of three legendary female singer/songwriters. The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY is where you’ll enjoy this amazing musical tribute featuring the songs of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. Featured vocalists are the very talented Melissa Hammans and Shaleah Adkisson. This show is for two nights only.
Harvest Celebration of Food & Wine
The Keuka Lake Wine Trail is holding its annual fall food and wine celebration featuring world-class wines from the region. Since it is also harvest season there is an abundance of local delicious food inspired by the fresh bounty of apples, corn, grapes and squash.
Harvest Hoedown 2013
This fun hoedown event offers visitors a chance to sample another authentic slice of life in the region. Come to the Montezuma Winery in Seneca Falls, NY for lots of good BBQ chicken and pork along with seasonal local treats. Enjoy real country fiddling while filling up on delicious wine and food.
VIP Vertical Wine Tasting at Standing Stone
Relax and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery as you take this marvelous tour to the Standing Stone Vineyards in Watkins Glen, NY. This is a guided VIP wine tour that departs from Ithaca, NY. Tour guests have the opportunity to taste young and vintage wines and enjoy delicious food. The September tour features Pinot Noir.Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Attractions, Finger Lakes events, Vacation Rentals | Comments Off September 18, 2013
October is a fantastic time to be in the Finger Lakes region. Fall has arrived in full force and there is a crisp, freshness to the air that is invigorating. The scenic beauty is so abundant in this area that many people enjoy taking a drive just to enjoy the natural sites. This is an ideal time of year to take advantage of Skaneateles luxury rentals just so you can observe the splendor of seeing the bright orange, red and yellow colors on local trees. Seeing the eruption of fall colors and celebrating the season is something that is always done best in person.
The Finger Lakes area in October is a time of year to discover local culture, food and wine in a refreshingly down to earth way. Central New York State has a thriving agriculture and fall is the time of year to celebrate the apple harvest. Several local communities hold apple themed festivals featuring the best of the crop. October is also time for fall festivals that feature food, music and loads of fun. This being wine country, there is always a wine tasting event that allows visitors to sample excellent vintages.
For a completely unique experience, go on a tour of local art studies to get a glimpse of how artists create their amazing work. This is a rare opportunity to meet an artist up close and personal and see how a piece of artwork comes to life. Another form of art that thrives in this region is the theatre. During your stay, check out the local theatre productions to see excellent Broadway shows and more.
Fall Festival in Skaneateles:
The beautiful village of Skaneateles holds its annual fall festival. Some of the highlights are riding in an authentic horse drawn carriage, and making a scarecrow in Clift Park. The entire village is decorated for this special event. Reserve your Finger Lakes vacation rental and then Stroll the local galleries and shops and enjoy food and wine near scenic Skaneateles Lake.
Charades: Acting Out On The Hangar Stage:
The celebrated Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY is holding a special fundraising event that is loads of fun for both audience and performers. Local personalities compete head-on with Broadway performers in a hilarious charades competition. Each team must get the correct answer to improvised clues acted out by a team member. This is lighthearted entertainment at its best. A Skaneateles vacation rental is just a short stay away from this fun Finger Lakes attraction.
Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival:
Each year, Ithaca, NY celebrates a bountiful harvest of fresh, delicious apples with this wonderful seasonal event. Over 100 local vendors offer fresh-picked apples, apple baked goods, apple cider and a wide variety of tasty treats. There is live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, games, rides and more.
Newark Valley: Annual Apple Festival:
Newark Valley has an old-fashioned apple festival that features farm fresh apples, all sorts of apple treats, delicious food, horse and wagon rides, handmade crafts and more. A special treat is watching demonstrations of authentic blacksmithing, cider pressing, hearth cooking, candle and soap making and spinning and weaving the way it was 200 years ago.
Downtown Ithaca Oktoberfest:
Kilpatrick’s Publick House, a popular pub and restaurant in downtown Ithaca, NY, plays host the this very special Oktoberfest event. Enjoy tasting a variety of amazing locally brewed beers, great wines and delicious food while listening to live musical entertainment. Attendees must be at least 21 to purchase tickets for beer and wine.
Syracuse University Football:
Don’t forget about the Syracuse Orangemen football team, this year they have switched to the ACC conference so new and seasoned fans alike now have a chance to see them play in their new conference. Several of our Skaneateles rentals are located within easy driving distance of Syracuse, so what better way to spend a weekend “tailgating” and then coming home to one of our Finger Lakes luxury rentals.
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