Destination guide

Enjoy beautiful vistas from vacation homes in Finger Lakes

Though the Finger Lakes region is known for wineries, it also has historic museums, stunning state parks, and world-class dining, making it a great destination for all manner of activities. Whether you’re in search of rest and relaxation, cosmopolitan food and drink, or outdoor adventure, vacation home rentals in the Finger Lakes offer a little bit for everyone.


History and heritage in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region has a rich history that includes pivotal moments for the country. Vacation rentals can be found near popular sites like the Harriet Tubman Home, the abode of the former slave and pioneer in freeing slaves in the Underground Railroad, and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and Women’s Rights Hall of Fame showcase the revolutionary women who changed the course of history. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which celebrates the famous aviation pioneer, and the Rockwell Museum, which showcases unique works of American artists, are also must-see locations for history buffs.

Things to do

Outdoor adventure near cabin rentals in the Finger Lakes

With spectacular scenery, glistening waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and no shortage of outdoor activities, the Finger Lakes region is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. Vacation homes are available near Seneca Lake, a glacial lake with a large population of trout for fishing, and Cayuga Lake, a glacial lake with wineries and an abundance of fish. Watkins Glen State Park, with its deep gorge, rocky cliffs, and cascading waterfalls, offers everything from nature watching to fishing. Keuka Lake is also a must for fishing, swimming, and boating enthusiasts.


Activities and attractions in and around Finger Lakes Region

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Finger Lakes Region a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Fox Run Vineyards (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Prejean Winery (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Torrey Ridge Winery (5.9 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Billsboro Winery (6 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Lacey Magruder Winery (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
  • Zugibe Vineyards (7.4 mi / 11.8 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near vacation homes in Finger Lakes

With the Watkins Glen State Park and numerous state parks, the Finger Lakes region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Vacation homes can be found near a variety of outdoor spaces with lush forests, beautiful waterfalls, and glistening lakes for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming. Winter brings excellent resorts for snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding, or a chance to take on the landscape with snow shoes. Ice fishing and ice skating on frozen lakes are also local favorites.

Natural features

Exploring the waterfalls and other natural features in Finger Lakes Region

Travelers appreciate the panoramic lake views and picturesque gardens, which is just a taste of what Finger Lakes Region has to offer. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Finger Lakes Region is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sampson State Park (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Seneca Lake State Park (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Keuka Lake State Park (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)
  • Cayuga Lake (14 mi / 22.5 km)
  • Cayuga Lake State Park (16.5 mi / 26.5 km)
  • Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve (17.4 mi / 27.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Finger Lakes Region

The nearest airport is in Ithaca, NY (ITH-Tompkins Regional), located 29.9 mi (48 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Elmira, NY (ELM-Elmira - Corning Regional), which is 38.1 mi (61.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, New York State Fair Station, Rochester Station and Syracuse Regional Transportation Center are the main stations in the area.

Restaurants and bars

Best dining in the Finger Lakes

From quick and casual to upscale and immersive, the Finger Lakes region celebrates food and caters to all types of tastes. World-class wine, craft beers, and locally grown foods can be found in nearly every restaurant and eatery in the area, along with the beauty and elegance of the nearby lakes and wilderness. No matter your craving, vacation homes throughout the Finger Lakes region help you make dining part of your ideal getaway.

Essential info

Key facts about your summer rental stay in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is a well-traveled area with a welcoming atmosphere and low crime. The natural environment presents some potential hazards for travelers, however, especially if engaging in activities in unfamiliar areas, so stay alert to changing terrain. During hunting season, it’s important to be aware of the parks, forests, and nature preserves that allow hunting and trapping and be sure to wear bright colors to alert hunters and aid rescue personnel. If you’re traveling with a dog, it’s encouraged to dress it in bright colors and use a leash in all outdoor areas to alert hunters and keep it safe from wild predators. Though far from the isolated wilderness, it’s best to stay alert near getaway cabins as well, since wildlife can venture into more populated areas.

Can I find a vacation rental around Finger Lakes?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,453 vacation rentals near Finger Lakes. From 574 Cabins to 671 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Finger Lakes for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Finger Lakes?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Finger Lakes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Upstate New York: 3,588 vacation rentals
  • Seneca Lake: 1,198 vacation rentals
  • Watkins Glen: 327 vacation rentals
  • Ithaca: 210 vacation rentals
  • Rochester: 115 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Finger Lakes! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Finger Lakes?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Finger Lakes:

  • Watkins Glen: 327 rentals
  • Ithaca: 210 rentals
  • Rochester: 115 rentals
  • Penn Yan: 531 rentals
  • Canandaigua: 155 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Finger Lakes?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Finger Lakes are:

  • Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC): 82 vacation rentals
  • Cortland, NY (CTX-Cortland County): 164 vacation rentals
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR): 93 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Finger Lakes?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Finger Lakes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cornell University: 617 rentals
  • Watkins Glen State Park: 951 rentals
  • Keuka Lake State Park: 358 rentals
  • Finger Lakes Wine Center: 291 rentals
  • Fingerlakes Mall: 324 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Finger Lakes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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