Keuka Lake, New York, USA

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Keuka Lake, New York, USA

Keuka Lake vacation rentals

The grand dame of the Finger Lakes

Nestled in the heart of central New York's wine country, Keuka Lake is one of the 11 lakes officially making up the famed Finger Lakes. Sporting a unique Y shape that differentiates it from its neighbors, Keuka Lake is a paradise for boaters and wine lovers alike. The clear glacial waters are perfect for swimming in the warm summer months, while the slopes become the main attraction during the heavy winter snowfalls. Whether you're physically active or actively into wine tasting, you'll find something to suit your tastes at your Keuka Lake vacation rental.

Nature's paradise for boaters and oenophiles

Indulge in some premium reds, whites, and bubblies at more than a dozen local wineries. Better yet, leave the driving to the professionals and join an organized tour. The lake's pristine waters draw boaters from all over, and you can rent anything from paddle boats to jet skis to speed boats, or let others take the wheel on chartered fishing trips and cruises. The shallow waters make for great summer swimming, and the surrounding area has lots of options for hiking, cycling, and hunting (permit only, of course). In the winter, hit the slopes for some prime skiing and snowboarding.

Drink up some aviation history in vibrant wine country

While the 11 official wineries of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail offer up every vintage you could want, a booming microbrewery scene has popped up to offer drinkers even more options. Keuka Lake State Park has countless hiking and biking trails for your fresh-air fix. For the shopaholics, a Keuka Lake vacation rental in the quaint villages of Penn Yan or Hammondsport will put you next to charming boutiques, galleries, and antique shops. Hammondsport is also home to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to Finger Lakes aviation and cultural history.

A lake of fun for all seasons

Keuka Lake sees all 4 seasons in their full glory. Summer is prime swimming and boating season, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s from June to September. Pack your sweaters for October and November, when it's harvest time at the wineries and the fall foliage comes alive in a fiery display of colors. From November to April, your Keuka Lake vacation rental will likely be blanketed in snow, so don't forget your parkas and boots for some below-freezing temps. The thaw typically begins in April, and temperatures can see a wide swing through the end of May.

A fertile land of wines and fishes

The pristine glacial waters of Keuka Lake are surrounded by picturesque rolling vineyards, which comes as no surprise given that the Finger Lakes are the largest wine-producing region in the eastern United States. Thanks to its unique Y shape, the lake is the only one in the country, and one of few in the world, that flows both north and south. Its relatively shallow waters are home to huge populations of fish, including several varieties of trout, salmon, bass, and perch, making it a freshwater fishing paradise.