Start the New Year off With a Trip to the Finger Lakes

The rush of the holidays is over, and now is the perfect time to recharge your batteries and reset your outlook to start your new year off right. If you are looking for a place where you will be surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains, but close to wineries, fine dining, outdoor activities and unique shopping, a stay in the Finger Lakes is the perfect getaway. 

Relaxation on the Lake

If you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of nature with family or friends, a stay in one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals provides a welcoming home base. Redtail Lane is a quiet retreat with 200 feet of private shoreline on one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. A wraparound porch provides a perfect spot for slowing down and viewing the gorgeous sunrises or luxury places to stay near Skaneateles New York in the Finger Lakes sunsets. A fire pit keeps you warm while reconnecting with loved ones and sharing stories of the adventures of the day. If you want to gather around and cook a cozy meal together, a recently renovated kitchen has everything you need. This property has three bedrooms and a unique all-season sleeping porch that is heated in the winter, so it can accommodate up to 10 people.

Explore Unique Shops and Sample Local Cuisine

If you’re hungry, you have a large array of fine dining options to choose from in Skaneateles. The Sherwood Inn serves fresh, flavorful, locally sourced dishes and was a winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Moro’s Kitchen serves house-made pastas, delicious meats and seafood, gelatos and indulgent desserts. If you’re looking for something for the younger palates, there are an abundance of restaurants serving pizza, burgers and sandwiches. 

If you want to take some of the delicious regional food and products home with you, Vernak Country Store has a selection of Amish foods, gifts, local products and wines and beers. If you love to hunt for treasures in antique stores, you will find plenty of options to explore such as Skaneateles Antiques and Brown Dog Antiques. You can also find unique clothing and jewelry, books, locally-made crafts, home decor and gifts. 

If you like to be in the center of the action, there are vacation rentals in Skaneateles that are just a short walk into town. The pet-friendly Franklin St. has a large, fenced backyard for your furry family members, and a beautiful deck for gathering. It is located next door to Rosalie’s Cucina, and a short walk to all of the shops and restaurants.

Get Active 

luxury home rentals in Skaneateles NYThe Finger Lakes area is known for outdoor winter fun, and when you stay in one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals, you have access to all the area has to offer. Greek Peak is the largest ski resort in the area, and has something for everyone, with forty-four ski trails, snow tubing, a mountain coaster, and an indoor waterpark when you are ready to get in from the cold. Rice Hill is a great hill for sledding and has two ponds for ice skating. Highland Forest Country Park is a beautiful area to explore on Nordic ski trails or on a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride. 

Discover Local History and Culture

The Finger Lakes area is rich in history and culture. Visit the Harriet Tubman House to learn more about the life of the former slave who escaped and then rescued fellow slaves through the network known as the Underground Railroad. For aviation fans, the National Soaring Museum is a great place to learn about the history of motorless flight. Art lovers will enjoy visiting the John D. Burrow Art Gallery to check out the landscapes and portraits of the Hudson River School artist. 

Whether you enjoy relaxing, outdoor adventure, fine dining, shopping, or history and culture, The Finger Lakes region is the perfect place to start your new year off right. When you stay at one of our Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals, you and your family or friends will feel right at home in luxurious comfort and will be just a short distance from all there is to experience here.

Enjoy One of Our “Toasty” Luxury Vacation Homes for a Quick December Getaway

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 luxury rentals in Skaneateles NY 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.

luxury places to rent in Skaneateles NYThe 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!


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