November Around the Finger Lakes

By late fall the Finger Lakes region has transformed into an intriguing place where dried leaves blanket the ground underneath naked tree branches. The sky above reflects the moody weather. Birds fly south in perfect skaneateles vacation rentalsformation. The brisk air is filled with the anticipation of the upcoming holidays.

With the warm weather gone, are there still interesting things to do?

You bet!

For anyone that enjoys the fall season, the Finger Lakes are teaming with all sorts of fun activities. Take advantage of one of our  Skaneateles rentals that feel like a home away from home. The lake views are fascinatingly beautiful this time of year. While in the area visit a crafts festival, discover tasty holiday recipes, join or watch an 8K run, spend time at a holiday festival, indulge in an elaborate wine dinner or watch a local parade.

Holiday Cooking 101 – Aurora, NY

Explore the wonderful world of holiday cooking during this class that focuses on preparing traditional meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Get great tips on meal preparation and execution. Sip wine while preparing roast turkey, prime rib and side dishes with expert chefs. Feast on what you’ve made with fellow classmates. November 8.

Holiday Festival of Crafts – Syracuse and Rochester, NY

The Upstate New York region is rich in folk art tradition. Schedule your  Skaneateles lake vacation stay to see a wide array of handcrafted goods such as toys, furniture, clothing, pottery and more. All items made by local folk artisans. Sponsored by the Rochester Folk Art Guild. Syracuse: November 8 – 10. Rochester: November 29 – December 1.

Holiday Showcase – Owego, NY

The Historic Owego Marketplace is located in a charming village that sits near the Susquehanna River. The village is hosting a holiday festival that includes entertainment, great food and special sales and discounts on items featured at 80 unique shops and restaurants. November 9 from 10am to 5pm.

Snowzilla 8K Run and Kids Candy Cane – Owego, NY

Running enthusiasts have a great time at this event whether there is snow or not. The run starts at the Pleasant Hill Country Club and winds its way through a mostly flat course. Lots of beautiful scenery to enjoy while running. All runners receive a free embroidered fleece neck gaiter, water and other refreshments. Proceeds go towards the Tioga County beautification efforts. November 30.

Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival – Ithaca, NY

The Cinemapolis Theater and Cornell Cinema are hosting this imaginative film festival. Fantastic films from all walks of life are shown to genre film fans. This year’s 35mm print retrospective is dedicated to Dan O’Bannon, best known for writing the screenplay to Ridley Scott’s Alien film masterpiece. Concerts and parties are also part of the fun. November 13 – 17.

Chateau Maris Wine Dinner – Aurora, NY

Enjoy an amazing 5-course dinner featuring the best wines from the world-renowned Chateau Maris in France. Chat with the staff of Chateau Maris while indulging in this culinary tour of organic French wine. November 16 and then top it off with a weekend stay at on of our luxury Finger Lakes rentals.

20th Annual Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Holiday Shopping Spree – Romulus, NY

Wine tasting combined with shopping – what could be more fun? This tantalizing wine trail tour includes a whopping 16 wineries. There are four winery starting points: King Ferry, Long Point, Montezuma and Six Mile Creek. Tour includes a discount shopping card and souvenir wine glass. November 22 – 24.
World’s Smallest Christmas Parade – Skaneateles, NYSkaneateles New York Christmas Parade, Skaneateles Luxury Rentals, Finger Lakes
Come and watch this charming old-fashioned parade inspired by Charles Dickens famous Christmas story – A Christmas Carol. You could watch the parade from the porch of your very own Skaneateles Lake vacation rental because the parade starts on Fennell St. at noon and ends at the Sherwood Inn. November 29.

The Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals staff is available to answer all your questions and help you schedule the perfect fall getaway at one of our vacation homes for rent in Skaneateles New York and elsewhere around the Finger Lakes region.

Spend the Weekend Exploring the Charlie Major Nature Park

While enjoying all the comforts at one of the cozy Finger Lakes vacation rentals in the town of Skaneateles, put on your best walking shoes and head on out for a leisurely nature walk. The Charlie Major Nature Park is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The popular park features a scenic walking trail that goes between Old Crow Road and the eastern side of Mill Road that is just north of Old Seneca Turnpike.

This historic path was originally created for the Skaneateles Short Line Railroad, which operated on a 3-mile Skaneateles Luxury Rentalsstretch between Skaneateles Junction and the town of Skaneateles. This railroad was in operation from September 1840 to July 1981. The rails are long since gone. In their place is a flat path that can be walked, run or biked.

While walking you can hear the babbling waters of Skaneateles Creek. The creek runs parallel to the trail. Skaneateles Lake feeds water into the creek. The water flows all the way to the Seneca River. There are a few bridges to cross and they each have their individual charm. There’s a couple of short wood and steel bridges that are pleasant to walk on. From one of the bridges you can look down and see a deep water hole.

Another charming aspect of this nature walk is seeing the remnants of life as it once was. You’ll see what’s left of the Lakeside Paper Mill and abandoned saw and gristmills. One part of the trail takes you to the site of an old woodworking factory. It stands as a lonely reminder of a simpler time when local communities bought goods made from local raw materials.

During warmer months you can bring along a bite to eat and relax at one of the picnic tables. If you would like to know more about the historical sites along the trail, stop in at the Mottville Post Office/Emporium and ask for a free map. The Jordan Street trail entrance is not well marked so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it.

This is the perfect place for a romantic stroll or to contemplate your place in the universe. For those with pooches staying with you at our Skaneateles lake rentals, bring your furry friend along (on a leash) and let them enjoy this marvelous nature path with you. Also, there is a small playground at the park for younger children. This peaceful place accommodates anyone. The trail is open all four seasons.

Bring along your camera or cell phone to snap shots to show family and friends. By the time you return to your Skaneateles rental you will be ready for a good meal.


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