Skaneateles Lake, NY, USA

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Skaneateles Lake, NY, USA

Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals

So much beauty in Skaneateles Lake

Hailed by William H. Seward as "the most beautiful body of water in the world", Skaneateles Lake certainly has a reputation to live up to. Thankfully, its long banks of oak and maple trees, its "time-stood-still" villages, its wooded hills, homey Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals, and crystal-clear coloring rarely disappoint, all adding up to make it one of the most picturesque and pretty corners of the Finger Lakes region as a whole. Come here to while away days in local cafes, to hike through the Bear Swamp, to launch fishing excursions, to sample Niagara wines – the list goes on.

Feel the fresher side of New York in Skaneateles Lake

It's no secret that vacationers flock to Skaneateles Lake to get away from it all. The leafy banks and the waters themselves offer a real medley of activities to help with just that, too. You can spend whole days boating or fishing along the creeks. You can simply wander alone in the state park trails, or you can get local walking guides to reveal the best lookouts and picnic spots. Alternatively, cycle the winding country roads, or kick back in your private Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals on the shore with a tipple of regional NY wine. It's up to you.

Skaneateles Lake is old-world New York State

No trip to Skaneateles Lake would be complete without a glimpse at old-world Skaneateles itself. It's a truly charming village that fuses 1800s relics like the James and Lydia Canning Fuller House, and the Thayer House, with a quaint historic district that's still lived in and lively. From there, you could wax up the walking boots and hit the Bear Swamp State Forest on the opposite side of the water. That's a place to snowshoe during the winter and hike along the woods of Bear Swamp Creek.

Enjoy both summer and winter in Skaneateles Lake

The hotter months of the year, when the regional forests of Upstate New York are green and verdant, and those Skaneateles Lake vacation rentals are filled with families, are surely the most enticing times to visit this corner of the country. You can come between May and August to make the most of those. That said, winter has its own charms. With snow regularly blanketing the woods and waters from around December to March, you'll have the chance to go on a skiing outing.

Marshes and farms around Skaneateles Lake

One of the first of the major Finger Lakes of Upstate New York west of Syracuse, Skaneateles is a fine introduction to the topography and geography of the region. It's enfolded in soft hills and rolling fields of agricultural land for the most part, while the southern reaches of the lake are given over to the Bear Swamp State Forest. That's where you'll spy out babbling creeks and wooded trails, where minks, raccoons, and wild turkeys stalk the undergrowth, and where designated birding lookouts dot the walks.