April is the Perfect Time for a Finger Lakes Vacation

Imagine spending your next vacation in the Finger Lakes, as you look for places to stay in the Finger Lakes region! Skaneateles is an adorable, quaint and historic village located on the north shore of Skaneateles Lake. The Lake is 16 miles long and one of the cleanest in the world. This beautiful lakeside village is home to approximately 2700 residents.

places to stay in Finger LakesThe village boasts nationally recognized restaurants, an award-winning spa, winery and school district, historic inn overlooking Skaneateles Lake, 4-star resort, tour boat cruises, art galleries, historical and boat museum, dynamic business community and unique shopping all in walking distance of the lake.

Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals has properties throughout the village and within walking distance of local attractions. With Spring in the air, April is one of the most beautiful times to vacation here and drink in the marvelous colors and scenery.

What To Do in April

The seasons kick off this month with the opening of the waters on Skaneateles Lake. Boating, fishing, cruises…all become go-to attractions here.  Perhaps you are looking to relax and rejuvenate? After a long hard winter, Skaneateles vacation rentals can offer you a stress-free break and get you ready for the coming seasons.

With all the activities to see and do here in Skaneateles, don’t forget some of the beautiful scenery at Carpenter Falls.

Tucked away along the southwest end of Skaneateles Lake, among the vast stretches of cultivated fields in the Skaneateles Highlands, is a little slice of exhilarating wilderness, protected and waiting for you to explore. Although many in the region have heard of or seen pictures of Carpenter Falls, only a small sample have explored further down the Bear Creek Swamp gorge to the several other waterfalls and eventually reach the rewarding view found at the Skaneateles lakeshore.

places to stay in Finger LakesCarpenter Falls is a massive ninety foot waterfall that has carved a notch out of the shelf-like caprock, from which it takes a powerful plunge down crashing into a deep, round pool, frequented by bathers on hot summer days. The more adventurous can shuffle down the steep gorge trail along the southern rim, and check out several other waterfalls, including Angel Falls, a picturesque sixty foot waterfall that begins as a wide ribbon-plunge and ends up cascading over smaller gradual ledges.

Continuing the hike offers glimpses through the thick forest canopy towards the strikingly blue waters of Skaneateles Lake, considered one of the cleanest lakes in the state of New York. A challenging venture onward (and downward) will get you to the Skaneateles shoreline and a spectacular vista. The shoreline is also reachable by road and can be used as a hand boat launch site, for fishing, bird-watching, or for those looking for a workout, a climb upstream.

Or how about starting your vacation off with the 25th Annual Herb and Wine Festival? This is an amazing way to sample some of the most unique and delectable tastes of the region.

April 28th, 2017

Drink. Eat. Garden Repeat.

Get a head start on your herb garden. Collect the potted herbs and veggies featured in all 16 food samples along with the matching recipe collection. As you savor herb-prepared cuisine, you’ll be offered a wine that compliments that dish and be able to take home the recipes, so that you can be the highlight at your next get together. You’ll also be offered up to 3 additional wine tastings.

Herb and Veggies include: Jalapeno Pepper, Marjoram, Iceberg Lettuce, Cilantro, Parsley, Sweet 100s Tomato, Oregano, Celery, Dill, Sage, Roma Tomato, Lavender, Sweet Banana Pepper, Meatball Eggplant, Basil and Chives.

At the end of the event, hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes: The Hotel Ithaca, Finger Lakes Winery Tours, Deerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar, Cobtree Vacation Rental Resort, La Tourelle, Cayuga Lake Cabin,s 34 State “Historic Luxury Suites,” 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn. Finger Lakes Wine Fest Experience!

The Finger Lakes Event Hours: Friday 1-5pm, the following wineries are participating: Treleaven, Long Point, Montezuma, Six Mile Creek. Saturday 10-6pm, ALL 16 wineries are participating. Sunday 10-6pm, ALL 16 wineries are participating.

On Saturday, you can start at 9am at Six Mile Creek, Treleaven and Long Point wineries only.  Find more information at 24th Annual Wine and Herb Festival.

Places to Stay in the Finger Lakes

Hosting many major tourist attractions, Skaneateles offers world-class accommodations and restaurants to suit your needs. But, none more meticulously managed and presented than our unique private vacation rental homes. Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals has thought of everything you will want for that much needed family vacation or romantic getaway.

Our properties offer privacy, all the amenities of home, plus the ambiance of the most beautiful village in the Finger Lakes. April is your starting point to a memorable vacation experience. Please be sure to make your reservations early. We look forward to having you join us and enjoy Springtime in Skaneateles.

It’s Springtime in the Finger Lakes

Hopefully you are starting to see the signs of Springtime emerging near you, and this is just the most wonderful, renewing time of year. The world wakes back up and the cold of winter melts away to bring fantastic new activities to explore. Now is the perfect time to plan a Spring vacation in the Finger Lakes.

Springtime in the Finger Lakes area will be in full swing and it’s time to plan a stay at our Skaneateles luxury rentals. Finding places to stay in the Finger Lakes has never been easier. Our luxury rentals that are beautiful private well-maintained properties will provide you the most memorable vacation ever.

It’s time to plan your Spring and Summer Finger Lakes vacation rentals and where better to hang your hat than right here with us. Our properties are mostly all within walking distance to the village and lake side.

Skaneateles Activities Are Ready For You

places to stay in Finger Lakes golfWith the snow receding and springtime opening up all over, there are many wonderful things to do here. Golfing, sightseeing, nature hikes and bird watching, winery tours, fishing and boating – there is sure to be something that suits your fancy and will give you much needed rest and relaxation time.

GOLF CLUBS – There are two excellent golf clubs within 10 miles of the heart of Skaneateles.

  1. The Midlakes Club 315-673-4916

The 18-hole “Midlakes” course at the The Midlakes Club facility in Skaneateles, New York features 5,863 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 113.  Designed by Peter Wiles, the Midlakes golf course opened in 1964. Linda Williams manages the course as the General Manager.

2401 Bockes Rd

Skaneateles, NY  13152-8951



  1. Dutch Hollow Country Club 315-784-5052

The 18-hole “Dutch Hollow” course at the Dutch Hollow Country Club facility in Owasco, New York features 6,437 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 70.3 and it has a slope rating of 120 on Rye grass. Designed by Wilford S. Hall, the Dutch Hollow golf course opened in 1967. Bill Galloway manages the course as the Manager.

1839 Benson Rd

Owasco, NY  13021-9760


Sightseeing Cruise

You will be awed by the beautiful views from the lake as you take a sightseeing cruise. Lunch or dinner is also available on the sightseeing cruises. www.midlakesnav.com

Mid-Lakes Navigation Company is located in Skaneateles, New York, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Mid-Lakes was founded in 1968 when Capt. Peter Wiles Sr. purchased the the 20-passenger Pat II and acquired the contract to deliver U.S. mail to shoreside summer homes. For nearly half a century, the Wiles family has run the business, which has expanded to include an extensive array of daily cruises on Skaneateles Lake and on the Erie Canal in nearby Syracuse.

sightseeing cruise SkaneatelesIn the mid-1980s, Mid-Lakes began building rental canalboats patterned after the traditional English narrowboats and available to charter for 3, 4 and 7-nights. These Lockmaster Canalboats are based at Mid-Lakes Marina, a full-service facility located on the Erie Canal near Rochester.

We cruise from mid-May until early October but our headquarters in Skaneateles are open all year except the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Wineries and Tours

There are so many Finger Lakes wines to enjoy! Delight in a drive through New York’s picture perfect Finger Lakes region and visit the numerous wineries. Some serve lunch too.

Often overlooked, the Skaneateles/Syracuse area is home to a few quality wineries.

Anyela’s Vineyard – Anyela’s Vineyard was established in 2001 but the journey began much sooner for this vineyard. The Nocek family started growing grapes three generations ago in Eastern Europe. Anyela’s Vineyard takes special care of their vines while preparing for the cold winters of the Finger Lakes to ensure they grow highest quality grape they can achieve.

White Birch Vineyard Tasting Room – Established in 1999, the owners of White Birch Vineyards are continuing what their ancestors started in the Molise region of Italy. You can sample their wine in the White Birch Vineyard Tasting Room in Skaneateles.

1911 Tasting Room at the Apple Hill Campus – Hard cider, gin, vodka and apple wines can be sampled in the 1911 Tasting Room. The 1911 Tasting Room is the culmination of the entire production process, going from tree to bottle under the care of 1911.

Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals

You will be so pleased with our properties when you are planning your Skaneateles vacation rentals for the coming seasons. Enjoy the privacy, amenities of each well-appointed property, entertain family and friends, or just unwind.

Skaneateles is a picturesque and inviting Village with close proximity to many other Finger Lakes attractions and activities. Check out our rental properties today and get your reservations in early. We look forward to meeting new guests as well as welcoming back returning visitors.  Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals wants to be your home away from home. Happy Springtime!!


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