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!

There is Still Plenty of Time to Enjoy Summer in Skaneateles

Summer is nearing its end, but there’s still time to enjoy the warm days of summer in one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals. School doesn’t start for a few more weeks, but many families have already packed up their summer gear and started their back-to-school preparations. If you and your family would like one last “hurrah” before settling into the fall and winter routine, there’s still lots to do.

Farmers’ Markets and Farm to Table Experiences
The Skaneateles region is known for its many fine restaurants that feature local, farm-to-table cuisine. If you prefer to do the cooking yourself, you can visit the many local farmers’ markets and choose from a wonderful selection of fruits, vegetables and other local crops, then whip up a fabulous family meal at one of our Skaneateles luxury vacation rentals, where the kitchens are a cook’s dreams. Everything you need to prepare and cook

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is already ready and waiting, including large dining rooms where the whole family can relax and enjoy the local flavors. Late summer is one of the best times of year to enjoy the local abundance of farm raised meats, fruits and vegetables.

As a bonus, many of the local wineries and breweries are busy planning their fall releases, but they still have a bit of their summer brews or limited edition summer wines available. If you plan properly, you can take advantage of this seasonal shift to try out the last of summer’s finest offerings and preview a bit of fall offerings.

Exercise Your Options Outdoors
You can certainly still enjoy summer on Lake Skaneateles, as the marinas and beaches remain open until the end of August, with lifeguards on duty on many beaches through September 1. If you’re interested in

running, there are several 5K races and other events scheduled in the last half of August and into September, including the 5K Run for the Woods and 1K Fun Run in nearby Marcellus, NY. For spectators who love horses, the Skaneateles Polo Club plays on Sundays in August, competing against various rivals.
Don’t forget about boating on Lake Skaneateles, fishing from any of the public piers or simply hiking vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes through the wonderful, wooded areas surrounding the lake and providing cover for a multitude of woodland creatures. You may spot yearlings this time of year, particularly at dusk and dawn. Many of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals are surrounded by or within walking distance to wooded areas or nature trails.

Skaneateles Festival
The Skaneateles Festival, held this year from August 1 to August 24, remains one of the most popular events of the year. It’s the perfect way to finish up the summer. Multiple live musical performances throughout the month feature headliners such as Wynton Marsalis. There are also numerous VIP Events, including behind-the-scenes looks at the life of a composer and special guest lectures on topics ranging from finding a muse to planning your own festival. Take advantage of this cultural and educational bonanza by staying close to the action at one of our beautifully appointed vacation rentals in Skaneateles.

If you want one last week of warm, sunny weather, the Lake Skaneateles region continues to offer lots of options as the days grow shorter and fall creeps in. Contact Finger Lakes Luxury Rentals to plan your vacation today.


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