Destiny USA: Just a Short Drive from Skaneateles

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 skaneateles luxury vacation rentalslife. 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.

November Around the Finger Lakes

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 skaneateles vacation rentalsformation. The brisk air is filled with the anticipation of the upcoming holidays.

With the warm weather gone, are there still interesting things to do?

You bet!

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.
World’s Smallest Christmas Parade – Skaneateles, NYSkaneateles New York Christmas Parade, Skaneateles Luxury Rentals, Finger Lakes
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.


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