The flowers are blooming, the warm temperatures are returning, and now is the perfect time to explore Central New York with family or friends. From hiking and biking trails to fishing, boating, and bird watching, there are so many ways to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the area. Foodies will love dining on fresh local ingredients at the many farm-to-table restaurants or sampling local wines or spirits. The area is also rich in history and culture. There truly is something for everyone, and when you stay at one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals, you are in the heart of all the area has to offer.
Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Finger Lakes Region
When you visit the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, you will be surrounded by natural wonders. Sparkling Skaneateles Lake provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming or enjoying a leisurely bike ride with a view. Hiking through the Bahar Nature Preserve allows you to experience the lush beauty of an old-growth forest, and the cascading waters of Carpenter Falls. The Baltimore Woods Nature Center offers six miles of hiking trails, nature programs and a nature-inspired art gallery.
When you stay at one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals located in the Skaneateles Lake area, you have nature at your doorstep. Lakewood Lane is a beautifully renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath property with two Pottery Barn sleeper sofas to accommodate additional guests. It is located on 100 feet of private lakefront with a dock to enjoy sunbathing, fishing, or just hanging out with your family or friends to reconnect and enjoy the gorgeous views. Two kayaks and one paddleboard are provided, so you can head out on adventures across the lake. If you are bringing your own boat, a mooring buoy is provided. Redtail Lane is another one of our Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals located right on the lake, with 200 feet of private shoreline, a unique sleeping porch, and plenty of room for a larger family or friend group.
Sample Farm-to-Table Dining and Local Wines and Spirits
If you enjoy farm-to-table dining and locally produced wines and spirits, the Skaneateles area has many options to choose from. Elderberry Pond is a certified organic farm, country food store and fine dining restaurant, serving the freshest produce picked daily, pasture-raised meats and fresh seafood.
If you are looking for unique and award-winning dishes, head to the historic Krebs, which originally opened in 1899. You can sample such dishes as lobster crepes, smoked duck breasts, crispy pork schnitzel and a selection of heavenly desserts.
For a taste of local wine, visit Anyela’s Vineyard. You can tour the lush vineyard, sample different vintages, and choose a glass to enjoy on the patio overlooking the lake. On Saturday evenings in the spring and summer, you can enjoy live music as you relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you prefer spirits, head over to Last Shot Distillery which is located next to the Charlie Major nature trail. They use locally grown ingredients to create their unique and award-winning spirits, such as the chocolate creme brulee liqueur.
Take in the Rich Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Region
The Finger Lakes region has a rich historical and cultural heritage, from artists to activists. Head over to the John D. Barrow Art Gallery to view landscapes and portraits painted by the famous Hudson River School artist, or take in a play at the Auburn Public Theater or the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Learn about the courage of Harriet Tubman who led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad at the Harriet Tubman House, or discover the fascinating history of motorless flight at the National Soaring Museum.
There is so much to enjoy in the stunning Central New York area in the spring, from nature hikes to boating, fine dining, wineries, distilleries, art and history. Whether you want to stay on the lake or in the heart of the town, when you stay at one of our vacation rentals in Skaneateles, you will make memories to last a lifetime with family or friends.