If you are looking for a December getaway with family or friends in a beautiful winter wonderland, Skaneateles is the perfect spot. Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, you will find outdoor winter fun, holiday events, a wide variety of shopping and dining options, and cozy accommodations.
Fun in the Snow and Ice
The Skaneateles area is a winter playground with access to activities for every age and interest, and our Finger Lakes vacation rentals put you in the center of all the fun! Greek Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in Central New York with 55 trails, a beginners’ slope and four terrain parks. If you are not a downhill skier or snowboarder, you can hit the groomed cross-country or snowshoe trails. If you prefer gliding across the ice, there are 8 skating rinks, both indoor and outdoor, and a variety of sledding and tubing hills.
When you want to get out of the snow and warm up, Cascades Indoor Waterpark is always a toasty 84, and will provide hours of fun on the waterslides, wave pools and special play areas for the youngest members of your group.
Farmers Markets, Hikes and Holiday Fun
If winter sports are not your jam, or if you are ready to take a day off from the slopes, there are so many other activities to enjoy in the Skaneateles area. The beautiful Baltimore Woods Nature Center provides opportunities to stroll through nature as well as themed events like Caroling in the Woods and a winter solstice hike. They also host an indoor farmers market where you can find high-quality locally grown and produced meats, fresh vegetables, maple products, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee, and unique handcrafted items. You can even acquire the ingredients to take back to one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals to make a delicious dinner with your family or friends.
Dickens Christmas provides holiday fun for the whole family during the month of December. Enjoy strolling carolers and sing-alongs, performances by brass bands, chorale chamber singers, guitar ensembles, and dance performances. Children will enjoy listening to “Dickens” reading his stories, entering the snowman-building competition, and going on a horse-drawn wagon ride. Couples can enjoy a romantic carriage ride through the charming village.
Your Home away from Home
After a day of winter fun, you will enjoy heading back to one of our vacation rentals in Skaneateles to warm up and connect with family or friends. If you have a larger group, the Evans Lodge is the perfect place for you. This beautiful craftsman-style lodge is located on 20 private acres, giving you the feeling of being in a country lodge. Yet it is only a two-minute drive into downtown Skaneateles, making it a convenient location for enjoying all of the delicious dining options and unique shopping found on Main Street.
The lodge has 6 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, and 4 ½ baths over three levels, so there is plenty of room for everyone to feel comfortable. A fireplace and outdoor firepit provide cozy gathering spots, and a wet bar with a wine refrigerator provides a place to serve that new wine you may have bought at the vineyard. The spacious kitchen is big enough for everyone to gather around and create a delicious meal and enjoy a relaxed evening of conversation, games, puzzles or whatever fun activities your group enjoys.
There are also options for Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals for smaller groups or families, such as Lakewood Lane. This beautiful, newly-renovated lakefront cottage has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and two Pottery Barn sleeper sofas to accommodate additional members of your group. You can enjoy watching the sunset over the lake from the deck or by the warmth of the firepit. The chef’s kitchen has seating for 7, and space to create a feast with your friends or family. There is a living room on each of the two levels, providing plenty of indoor gathering spots.
Come to Skaneateles for your next weekend getaway and enjoy making warm winter memories with family and friends!