Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

Where to stay around Skaneateles Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 196 vacation rentals near Skaneateles Lake. From 114 Houses to 53 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Skaneateles Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Skaneateles Lake?

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

  • Finger Lakes: 1,465 vacation rentals
  • Upstate New York: 3,647 vacation rentals
  • Seneca Lake: 1,207 vacation rentals
  • Ithaca: 213 vacation rentals
  • Cayuga Lake: 508 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Skaneateles Lake! 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 Skaneateles Lake?

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 Skaneateles Lake:

  • Ithaca: 213 rentals
  • Syracuse: 471 rentals
  • Auburn: 231 rentals
  • Seneca Falls: 745 rentals
  • Trumansburg: 535 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 Skaneateles Lake?

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

  • Cortland, NY (CTX-Cortland County): 166 vacation rentals
  • Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH): 247 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 Skaneateles Lake?

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

  • Fingerlakes Mall: 322 rentals
  • Lake Onondaga: 135 rentals
  • Taughannock Falls State Park: 452 rentals
  • Syracuse University: 164 rentals
  • Lockwood Lavender Farm: 271 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Skaneateles Lake 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.