There is plenty to do year round in the Finger Lakes, but summer is the best time of year to enjoy the many delights this region has to offer. With summer in full swing, you can find lots to do while making one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals your home base. The warm weather, beautiful skies and gorgeous countryside are the perfect backdrop for a variety of summer activities.
There are several world-class water parks in the Finger Lakes area, all of which have fun activities for all ages. Hot tubs for the adults, water playgrounds with water cannons and slides for the kids, lazy rivers for floating in an innertube and impressive wave pools offer indoor/outdoor fun. At some water parks, there are indoor sections so you can entertain the kids even on a rainy day.
This is what the Finger Lakes are famous for, with over 100 wineries offering tastings. Many wineries offer cheese & fruit platters, small plates and even full meals with their tastings. During the summer months, many of the wineries have music and entertainment on the weekends. You can buy a bottle of wine and enjoy it on the patio or deck while listening to local musicians. We recommend staying at one of the many luxurious places to stay in the Finger Lakes and taking an Uber or taxi ride home so you can enjoy the event without worrying about driving.
Although less famous, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has nearly 75 local breweries featuring local IPAs, stouts and other offerings, including hard ciders and more. We offer several places to stay near Skaneateles for your family and friends to stay and relax during the day, then head to the breweries for some beer flights and pub grub.
Food Festivals & Food Trucks
Summertime means BBQ, brats and ethnic foods in the Finger Lakes area. Many of the wineries and breweries sponsor food trucks on scheduled weekends, but these lovely little food wagons pop up all over the region during the summer, and the food is always amazing. If you have a favorite food truck or cuisine, search for a schedule online and you can track it down while you’re staying in one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals. The best part? No cooking and cleanup, just fabulous eats!
Most of the larger Finger Lakes offer boat cruises of various kinds and durations, including the Mid Lakes’ offerings of a sightseeing tour and a dinner tour on our own Lake Skaneateles. Relax and unwind while your tour guide introduces you to some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. Breezes will cool you as you skim the surface of the water for an unforgettable afternoon or evening.
Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
Enjoying the water at a relaxed pace is the objective for paddle boarders and kayakers on the Finger Lakes. Summer is the best time to take advantage of silky water, sunshine and beautiful plants, trees and wild animals you’ll see while on the water. If you’re a wild animal watcher, there’s no better way to spot herons, cormorants, ducks, river otters and more.
There are many places to stay in the Finger Lakes, but our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals offer more amenities and space than most others and are ideally located to take advantage of the many summer activities of the Finger Lakes. We know you’ll agree that coming home to a beautifully decorated, luxurious home at the end of the day is far better than staying in any impersonal hotel. Come out to the Finger Lakes and enjoy the Summer!