Enjoy the Fall in the Finger Lakes with a Stay at a Luxury Finger Lakes Vacation Rental

It’s fall and that means cool, crisp nights, sunny days and beautiful foliage. A stay at one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals is the ideal way to take advantage of the many pleasures of places to stay near Skaneateles autumn in the Finger Lakes. This is the time of year to enjoy the many fall offerings around Lake Skaneateles that can’t be fully experienced any other time of year.


While most wineries and tasting rooms are open year round in the Finger Lakes, fall is one of the best times to visit. The grapes are being harvested and the vineyards are full-to-bursting with plump grapes clustered on the vines. There are endless photo opportunities and many wineries are offering tastings of limited edition mulled wines and fall flavors such as cranberry and apple wines. There are many wineries that participate in fall festivals and foliage tours as well, giving you the chance to combine natural beauty with fine wines made from local grapes, berries and apples.

Apple Orchards & Cideries

New York is known for its wonderful apple orchards, which produce dozens of varieties of apples for eating, baking, cooking and producing various beverages. Our vacation rentals in Skaneateles are just a short drive to several apple orchards, some that have been in business for generations. You can pick your own apples, purchase lovely offerings such as apple butter and hand-pressed apple ciders and sample an impressive array of apple-based foods, including apple fritters, apple pies and more. If you’re looking for some apple cider with a bit more kick to it, check out the cideries in the area serving a wide range of hard ciders in delicious fall flavors.

Fall Foliage

The leaves are turning in the Finger Lakes in the fall, displaying some of the most beautiful autumn foliage in the country. The gently rolling hills, hardwood forests and many lakes surrounded by tall trees covered in shades of gold, orange and red are an unforgettable sight each fall. Our Finger Lakes vacation rentals are warm and cozy home bases for any fall foliage viewing. The drive around Lake Skaneateles on NY 41 South East is a favorite for “leaf peepers.” If you prefer to be closer to the leaves, check out the many nature trails in the area that wind through forests and around lakes and creeks. You may even discover a waterfall or two surrounded by a kaleidoscope of autumn colors.

Fall Festivals & Halloween Happenings

Towns all over the Finger Lakes region celebrate fall with Harvest Festivals and Halloween-themed activities. Fall festivals and harvest celebrations offer music, food, the bounty of local farms and local arts and handicrafts. If you love Halloween, look for the haunted hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches where you can pick your own pumpkin and local ghost tours. The Finger Lakes celebrates both the autumn harvest and the spookier side of October in style.

Autumn Comforts of Home

With so much to see and do in the Finger Lakes during the crisp days of fall, you’ll want to return each evening to the comforts of home. Our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals have luxurious amenities like fireplaces, firepits and inviting kitchens so your family and friends can wrap themselves in warmth and comfort at the end of a busy day. Large windows offer beautiful views of surrounding natural beauty, including the changing leaves. Contact us today for more information on enjoying the glory of the Finger Lakes in the fall.

You Can Now Stay in the Opulent and Historic Samuel Hopkins Adams House on Beautiful Owasco Lake!

There are plenty of things to do in and around the Owasco Lake region, and there are plenty of Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals to choose from for your home base. If you’re looking for a place that’s a bit more unique, however, now there’s a stunning new place to stay that will appeal to anyone who loves journalism and writing. The Samuel Hopkins Adams House is a beautifully renovated, 6,500 sq. ft home that was once the retreat of a famous author, journalist and investigative reporter from luxury places to rent near Skaneateles NYthe turn of the century.

The Lasting Legacy of Samuel Hopkins Adams

Samuel Hopkins Adams was the son of a minister who grew up to be one of the most influential writers of his era. He was an investigative reporter for the the New York Sun from 1891-1900, when he wrote several articles revealing the shady advertising practices of and potentially dangerous ingredients in patent medicines. He quickly gained a reputation as a crusader, and in 1905 cemented his reputation when he wrote a series for McClure’s Magazine called “The Great American Fraud” series, which eventually led to the United State’s Pure Food and Drug Act.

Adams also wrote numerous novels and short stories. His short story “Night Bus” was the basis for the Oscar winning movie “It Happened One Night,” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Novels included Flaming Youth, Unforbidden Fruit and Revelry. He was one of the most famous writers of the turn of the century and the Roaring Twenties. Today, his retreat in the Finger Lakes is available for you to rent!

Historic Beauty on Owasco Lake

This luxurious property is one of the finest vacation rentals in Skaneateles, and is the only one we know of that was once inhabited by a famous author/crusader loved by his countrymen. It’s a unique opportunity to be surrounded by a sense of literary history in a spacious home with all of the modern conveniences.

This gracious, 6,500 square foot home is crafted of mellow stone and features three fireplaces for warmth and charm in the living room, billiard room and master bedroom. With six bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living rooms and spacious dining areas, you’ll be able to comfortably stay here with a more than a dozen of your family and friends. Very few Finger Lakes vacation rentals offer so much living space nestled in a wooded beauty that sits directly on the water. Simply stroll down the foot path and you can relax on your private stretch of Owasco Lake’s beach.

An Active Lifestyle on the Water

If you love the water, our newest property on Owasco Lake is ideal. We even provide a few kayaks and paddleboards so you can take to the lake any time you want. There are acres of nature around this lovely home whether you want to stroll through the trees, go bird watching or simply relax in the sunshine. With your own, private dock, incredible fishing is as easy as throwing a line in the water.

There aren’t many Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals that seamlessly quality comforts, beautiful natural surroundings and a sense of history in one gorgeous package, but Wide Waters does. Reserve your little slice of history today!


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