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Year-Round Fun And Beauty Await In The Finger Lakes

The eleven lakes just south of Lake Ontario make up the Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York. The lakes run parallel to one another, their shores offering beauty and recreation of every kind, year round.


For an amazing honeymoon, visit the Finger Lakes, surrounded by quaint towns, parks, National Forests, charming hotels and bed and breakfasts, numerous wineries, breweries and distilleries and just about every form of recreation imaginable. A patchwork of rolling farmland and forest creates pleasant vistas while traveling from one lake to the next. Hundreds of waterfalls grace the rocky gorges cut by ancient glaciers. Each lake offers a unique experience with its own distinct charms. Choose to stay in a well-appointed hotel, a cozy bed and breakfast or for the ultimate private experience – rent one of the numerous vacation homes right on the shores of one of the lakes.

The Perfect Mix Of Fun And Relaxation

Wineries and breweries dot the shores of several lakes; Seneca Lake has over forty wineries. Sit in the warm sunlight on the deck of a winery, enjoying a glass of award-winning regional wine and a gourmet meal, while watching boats ply the deep blue waters of a glacial lake. For those who like action, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing and camping are available during warmer seasons. Winter boasts skiing, skating, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and more. Each season ushers in its own form of beauty. Spring brings the bright hues of new leaves and bright flowers. Summer’s lush green and blue lakes mirror a dome of blue sky, while soft breezes waft the scent of summer flowers over sunlit beaches and through the streets of pristine villages. Fall offers crisp days, cool nights and a gorgeous display of orange, red and golden leaves, pumpkins, cider and apple picking. Winter’s stark, bare branches and gentle snowfall make a lovely backdrop to winter fun such as skiing or horseback riding, or cuddle up beside a cozy, crackling fire.

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Enjoy the views at any of the many wineries, breweries or distilleries around the lakes.

Hike through Watkins Glen’s incredible rock formations and numerous cascading waterfalls. Visit one of the many marinas for a relaxing boat ride up one of the lakes, some of them almost 40 miles long. Spend a day at the Watkins Glen International NASCAR track. There are amusement parks, water parks, outlet stores, malls and much more. Summer concerts, live music and dance opportunities abound during the summer months in the bigger cities. If history, museums and galleries are of interest, there are special trail guides to facilitate those interests.

Getting There

The Finger Lakes are easily accessed through International airports in Rochester and Syracuse or the regional airport in Ithaca. With so much to do and so many beautiful vistas, the Finger Lakes is a perfect year-round honeymoon destination.

Explore the shoreline and enjoy lakefront restaurants that range from casual to elegant gourmet.

Spectacular waterfalls punctuate the hike through Watkins Glen State Park

Visit the wineries, shops and towns clustered around the lakes, enjoying the fabulous views along the way.

Get out on the water, either on a tour boat or rent your own boat.