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A vineyard in the Finger Lakes

Most people think to visit New York’s Finger Lakes during summertime and the warmer months in general, but many do not realize that a weekend trip up to this region during late fall is special in its own way.

During late November 2020, my mom and I did a weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York and had so much fun! We started our Finger Lakes weekend at Watkins Glen near Seneca Lake and then spent our first night in Aurora on Cayuga Lake before ending in Skaneateles.

A woman hiking Watkins Glen during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

For those of you reading this right now, I’m sure many of you did not know that there are a total of 11 lakes in the Finger Lakes region. The names of these lakes from west to east are Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco.

There are so many great things to do in the Finger Lakes of New York. Not only are there renowned wineries and vineyards along with amazing restaurants, there are also a lot of great outdoor adventure activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing and fishing.

The Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes

This area also has beautiful hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts such as the Inns of Aurora and The Bond 1835, which is where I stayed during my weekend in the Finger Lakes.

A woman at The Bond 1835 during her weekend in the Finger Lakes

In this article, discover the perfect late fall Finger Lakes weekend itinerary.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my weekend in the Finger Lakes, Inns of Aurora hosted me for one night on my first evening and The Bond 1835 hosted me for one night on my second evening.


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Late fall Finger Lakes weekend itinerary

Traveling to the Finger Lakes:

Getting to the Finger Lakes for a weekend

Getting to the Finger Lakes from New York City could be anywhere from a three and a half to over a four and a half-hour drive.

From my home in Northern New Jersey, it took my mom and I around three and a half hours to get to our first stop in the Finger Lakes, which was Watkins Glen near the southern tip of Seneca Lake.

The closest airport to the Finger Lakes is Finger Lakes Regional Airport, if you are flying domestically and within the region. If you are flying from a further destination, the bigger international airports are Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

You could find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

A winery to visit during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

In regard to public transportation to the Finger Lakes, you could either take a Greyhound Bus or OurBus from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to the Finger Lakes Region. (Most of those buses go toward Buffalo and Niagara Falls.)

Personally, if you are someone who doesn’t have your own vehicle and wants to explore the Finger Lakes, I highly recommend renting a car! It is pretty difficult to get around to the different wineries, towns and lakes without your own form of transportation.

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Finger Lakes Weekend Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in the Finger Lakes

Hike Watkins Glen State Park:

Watkins Glen gorge in the Finger Lakes

Located within the Finger Lakes State Parks is Watkins Glen State Park. During summer 2020, a lot of New Yorkers visited Watkins Glen, which inspired me to go in late fall.

Watkins Glen is over two miles long and its stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs. There are also 19 waterfalls in this State Park.

A woman hiking Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes

During the summer, you could walk along the actual gorge at Watkins Glen (called the Gorge Trail), but during the fall and winter, it is considered too dangerous due to all of the leaves and possible snow and ice. So instead, my mom and hiked along the Indian Trail instead!

The geology behind Watkins Glen is really cool and goes back to the Pleistocene era when an area was covered by ice. The movement of glaciers from the Laurentide and Wisconsin ice sheets shaped the Finger Lakes region.

Watkins Glen gorge in the Finger Lakes

During the glaciation in the Finger Lakes area, valleys were formed and Watkins Glen was evolved. The steep drop of Glen Creek into the Seneca Valley created a powerful torrent that eroded the underlying rock that included shale, limestone and sandstone. Because of all of this, Watkins Glen has stunning waterfalls, cascades, plunge pools and potholes.

You cannot miss out on visiting Watkins Glen State Park during a weekend in the Finger Lakes! (There are also campsites at Watkins Glen State Park. Click here if you would like to camp during your Finger Lakes getaway.)

Visit a Winery on Seneca Lake:

A winery to visit during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Since Watkins Glen is located steps from Seneca Lake, I highly recommend checking out a winery or two after your hike!

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail offers 35 wineries ranging from large to small. In fact, Seneca Lake boasts more wineries than any of the other Finger Lakes. There are 22 wineries on the west side of the lake and 13 on the east side.

No matter where you decide to go wine tasting along Seneca Lake, you will not be disappointed! The views are absolutely breathtaking, the wine is outstanding and the ambiance is welcoming.

The two closest wineries in distance to Watkins Glen are Castle Grisch Winery and Lakewood Vineyards on the west side of the lake. Ryan William Vineyard and Catharine Valley Winery are the two closest wineries on the east side of the lake.

Unfortunately, my mom and I got to Watkins Glen a little later than we had hoped for. (We got there around 1pm.) Because of that, we didn’t have time to visit a winery along Seneca Lake during our weekend in the Finger Lakes. Don’t worry, we got to enjoy other wineries in the region on our second day!

(It will take over an hour to drive from the Watkins Glen area to Aurora, New York.)

Check into Inns of Aurora:

The Inns of Aurora in Aurora, New York

One of the highlights of my weekend in the Finger Lakes was staying at the beautiful and historic Inns of Aurora in the lakeside town of Aurora, New York.

Inside the historic Inns of Aurora in New York

Located on Cayuga Lake, Inns of Aurora was built in 1833 by Colonel E.B. Morgan and is one of the Historic Homes of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The back of the Inns of Aurora in Upstate New York

Overall, Inns of Aurora is beautiful, cozy and quaint! Not only is it great for a mother-daughter weekend, it is also nice for a girls’ trip, couples’ getaway and even a solo escape! Please note that this hotel is for adults and teenagers who are 14 years and older.

I absolutely loved the historic charm and modern luxury that Inns of Aurora offered. From the moment my mom and I checked in, we felt right at home!

A room at the Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes

During our one night at Inns of Aurora, we stayed in the King Room that had a view of the village. This spacious room had a comfortable king-sized bed, comfortable seating area and a writer’s desk.

The gas fireplace made the room extra cozy and warm (since we visited in late fall) and there was also a shared balcony with rocking chairs and a swinging bench where you could enjoy views of the charming village. There was nothing better than coming back to Inns of Aurora after being out in the cold and cozying up next to the fire!

A woman enjoying a fire at the Inns of Aurora during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Our room also had an elegant en-suite bathroom that featured marble floors, William Roam spa-quality bath products and a large shower.

A bathroom at the Inns of Aurora

During your stay at Inns of Aurora, you could enjoy a complimentary glass of wine every afternoon at the hotels’ 1833 Kitchen & Bar. Every morning, the inn also has homemade granola bars and organic, fair-trade coffee for guests.

A woman sitting on a swing bench at the Inns of Aurora

In addition to our King Room, Inns of Aurora also has a Queen Room with a village view, two other Queen Rooms with lake views, three other King Rooms with a lake and village view and two King Suites with lake and village views. No matter what room you decide to book for your Finger Lakes weekend getaway, you will absolutely LOVE it!

Things to do at Inns of Aurora:
A living room at the Inns of Aurora in New York

All guests also have access to a wide range of outdoor amenities such as stargazing equipment (because the stars are extra magical in the Finger Lakes); bicycles to ride around the village; along with kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards for the lake during the warmer months, plus so much more! I will definitely need to revisit in the summer to enjoy the fun lake activities.

You could also rent beach towels and water floats to enjoy lakeside during the summer months and there are also sleds, toboggans, snowshoes and snowman kits for the winter months!

Inns of Aurora also has a spa, business and fitness center, yoga kits, art kits, lawn games, board games and so much more. The amount of fun to have here is endless!

The Inns of Aurora on Cayuga Lake in New York

Other great amenities Inns of Aurora offers are high-speed WiFi, lakefront and dock access, fire pits and Adirondack chairs on the back lawn by the lake, a movie library and Google Chromecast service, concierge services, in-room safe, ironing board, blow dryer, bedside charging stations, flat-screen televisions, in-room boxed bottled water, 24-hour street side parking and plush robes.

If you have time, I highly recommend taking a cooking class at Aurora Cooks! The hotel’s chefs will share their kitchen secrets by doing a signature cooking demonstration, workshop and then a tasting experience! It is perfect for a date night or an outing with friends and family.

Dine Under the Fire at Fargo Bar & Grill:

A woman sitting by a fire at Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora, New York

On our first evening in the Finger Lakes, my mom and I enjoyed dinner at Inns of Aurora’s Fargo Bar & Grill, which is a classic tavern with a cozy vibe.

Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora, New York

This restaurant is located across the street from the hotel and it features a great comfort food menu with awesome drinks along with a pool table, darts, fireplaces and an outdoor garden that has stringed lights and fire pits.

A sandwich with fries from Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora, New York

During our evening at Fargo Bar & Grill, I savored the grilled chicken sandwich with peach-basil salsa and fries. My mom had the chickpea salad. I also had a local beer and my mom had a wine. For dessert, we sat outside by the fire pits and enjoyed the delicious s’more dip.

A s'mores dip from Fargo Bar & Grill in the Finger Lakes

Having dinner at Fargo Bar & Grill was the best way to spend our first evening in the Finger Lakes.

Day 2: A Day of Wine Tasting in Aurora

Brunch at 1833 Kitchen & Bar:

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, 1833 Kitchen & Bar at Inns of Aurora has a lovely weekend brunch.

Brunch at 1833 Kitchen & Bar during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Both my mom and I had a coffee with a mimosa with our breakfasts. I savored the crab cake benedict that came with hash browns as my meal while my mom had the classic breakfast that came with two eggs, bacon and potatoes.

1833 Kitchen & Bar also has an award-winning wine list and creative menu for dinner that consists of seafood, steak, duck, pasta, salads and more!

An outdoor wedding venue for Inns of Aurora in New York

What I loved most about having brunch at 1833 Kitchen & Bar is that it has beautiful lake views and during the summer, you could sit outside and enjoy a panoramic view of Cayuga Lake.

(Inns of Aurora also host weddings right on the lake. They offer a beautiful venue!)

Village Market next to Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes

Right next to Inns of Aurora, is The Village Market where you could get Inns of Aurora-branded gifts, freshly brewed organic coffee, morning pastries and desserts, craft beer and cider. They also sell fresh jams, homemade soap and take-home meals such as soup, chili and chowder prepared fresh by the chefs at the inn.

Walk through MacKenzie-Childs Headquarters:

A woman standing in front of MacKenzie-Childs in the Finger Lakes

A trip to Aurora, or a weekend in the Finger Lakes for that matter, would not be complete without visiting the MacKenzie-Childs headquarters.

Located five minutes by car from Inns of Aurora, MacKenzie-Childs is situated on a beautiful property across from Cayuga Lake. Even though I visited the Finger Lakes the weekend before Thanksgiving, MacKenzie-Childs was already decorated beautifully for Christmas!

A decorated Christmas tree at MacKenzie-Childs in New York

In case you have never heard of MacKenzie-Childs, it is an upscale home décor store that manufactures beautiful ceramics and hand painted imported furniture. It was founded in Aurora in 1983 by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs.

At the headquarters, you could walk around the property that features nature walking trails, farm animals and decorated houses. When you go inside the actual store, there are so many gorgeous pieces that you could purchase for your home or as a gift for someone else.

Visiting MacKenzie-Childs during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

(I always enjoy visiting Christmas stores no matter what time of the year it is. My time at MacKenzie-Childs reminded me of my experience walking through Käthe Wohlfahrt in Bavaria, Germany during my 2019 Christmas market trip.)

Enjoy Wine Tasting at Long Point Winery:

A woman enjoying a wine tasting at Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes

Known as America’s First Wine Trail, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail includes 14 wineries that include open-air tastings, wine flights and beautiful lake views.

On our second day in the Finger Lakes, my mom and I went wine tasting at two wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The first winery we visited during our Finger Lakes weekend was Long Point Winery, which is only a five-minute drive from Inns of Aurora.

A red wine from Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes

Long Point Winery is situated on the east side of Cayuga Lake and offers a wonderful (and cozy) tasting room as well as a 72-acre property that overlooks the glistening lake.

During our time at Long Point Winery, I tasted the Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciera Rosé and the Estate Chardonnay. They were all amazing!

A charcuterie board from Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes

In addition to the winery, Amelia’s Deli is also located at Long Point Winery where you could savor a charcuterie board, Italian sandwiches, wraps, salads and more! My mom and I enjoyed a charcuterie platter of prosciutto and capicola as well as Swiss and Asiago cheese with fresh ciabatta bread.

Wine and Chocolate Taste at Bright Leaf Vineyard:

Wine and chocolate tasting at Bright Leaf Vineyard

Located seven minutes from Long Point Winery is Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry, NY.

This beautiful property is located on 14 acres and there are actually two vineyards – an upper and lower field that is divided by a quarry of Tully limestone, which runs north to south through the farm. This creates two different soil types – Aurora loam and Cazenovia silt. The white varietals are planted in the upper field and the red varietals are planted closer to the lake.

Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry, New York

During my mom and I’s time at Bright Leaf Vineyard, we did an artisan chocolate and wine tasting by their fireplace. My mom did the red wine tasting with milk and dark chocolate and I did the white wine tasting with milk and white chocolate. We are big chocolate lovers, so my mom and I were in heaven!

(It will take 45 minutes to drive from King Ferry to The Bond 1835 in Skaneateles.)

Check into The Bond 1835:

A woman staying at The Bond 1835 during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Another highlight of my Finger Lakes weekend was staying at The Bond 1835, which is a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the charming village of Skaneateles.

The Bond 1835 in Skaneateles

My mom and I stayed at The Bond 1835 during our second night in the Finger Lakes and loved its warm and welcoming ambiance. The owners of this beautiful bed and breakfast (Corey and Mark) made us feel at home the moment we arrived and I loved how cozy the interior was!

A woman enjoying coffee during her Finger Lakes weekend at The Bond 1835

The Bond 1835 is a Skaneateles farmhouse built in 1835. This lovely home is located across from the Skaneateles Lake on the east side and it has been restored, renovated and updated to a five-bedroom bed and breakfast with modern conveniences and luxury amenities.

A woman enjoying the cozy ambiance at The Bond 1835

I absolutely loved how beautiful this bed and breakfast was! When we first walked in through the front door, we were right in the living room that offered a fireplace, seating area to read books and play board games as well as a bar area to enjoy a drink.

The dining room at The Bond 1835

The kitchen at The Bond 1835 was absolutely gorgeous and there was a comforting dining room where breakfast is served every morning! (There is also an outdoor patio to enjoy breakfast on warmer days.)

The kitchen at The Bond 1835

During our one night at The Bond 1835, we stayed in the Lake View King Room that was spacious with easy access to the side entrance and living room. (The Bond 1835 also gifted me with two small boxes of hazelnut and caramel pralines.)

A lake view room at The Bond 1835 in the Finger Lakes

Our room had beautiful sunset views of the lake, a comforting king bed and beautiful décor. There was also an adorable en-suite bathroom with a spacious shower.

A room at The Bond 1835 bed and breakfast

In addition to the room we stayed in, there was another Lake View King Room along with a Lake View Queen Room, Garden View Queen Room and The Bond Suite, which is perfect for larger families as well as a bridal suite.

Inside The Bond 1835 in Skaneateles, New York

Overall, The Bond 1835 is the perfect place to stay during a late fall weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes in New York! Not only is it a great accommodation to relax at, it is only a 10-minute drive from all of the restaurants and boutique shops in the quaint village of Skaneateles.

Savor an Italian Dinner at Rosalie’s Cucina:

A pasta dish from an Italian restaurant in the Finger Lakes

On our second evening in the Finger Lakes, my mom and I made our way into downtown Skaneateles and enjoyed a lovely Italian dinner at Rosalie’s Cucina, which is an authentic Tuscan restaurant.

We were recommended to go to Rosalie’s from Corey and Mark at The Bond 1835 and during our evening there, I savored the Frutta di Mare Fra Diavolo, which consisted of shrimp, scallops, mussels and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce with linguini pasta. My mom had the Cappa Santa al Proscuitto e Basilico, which were scallops, lemon butter, fresh tomatoes, prosciutto, basil, spinach mixed with angel hair pasta. Everything was delicious!

Other great restaurants in the Skaneateles Lake area that were recommended to us were Gilda’s (Pizzeria), The Krebs (American Restaurant), Elephant & The Dove (Mexican Restaurant), Elderberry Pond (Upscale Country Restaurant), The Sherwood Inn (American Restaurant), Red Rooster Pub & Eatery (Gastropub), Moro’s Kitchen (Italian Restaurant) and Joelle’s French Bistro (French Restaurant).

Day 3: Enjoy the Charm of Skaneateles

Enjoy Breakfast at The Bond 1835:

The Bond 1835 Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes

After enjoying a good night’s sleep, we woke up to an amazing breakfast made by Corey and Mark the next morning. I had the avocado toast on rosemary sourdough bread and my mom had the breakfast scramble. Everything was delicious!

Avocado toast for breakfast at The Bond 1835

Along with our breakfast meal, we also split the gluten-free cranberry oat bar. Also, the coffee offered at The Bond 1835 was wonderful and they also offered unlimited tea, grapefruit and orange juice in addition to that. You could also enjoy a mimosa or bloody Mary for an additional cost.

A little dog at The Bond 1835, a pet friendly bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes

During our breakfast, we got to talk with Corey, Mark and Corey’s son and daughter. They were such a sweet family! We also got to pet their dogs as well! (The Bond 1835 is also pet-friendly!)

Views of Skaneateles Lake in the Finger Lakes

After breakfast, my mom and I walked around and simply enjoyed the property.

Walk Around the Charming Town of Skaneateles:

The charming town of Skaneateles in New York

Before we headed home, my mom and I went into the town of Skaneateles to do some boutique shopping. There are so many great clothing and home décor storefronts, bookstores, coffeeshops and so much more in Skaneateles. I definitely recommend taking some time to walk around and support local businesses there.

The town of Skaneateles in Upstate New York

There was also a pier that you could walk on and enjoy stunning views of the lake!

Optional: Lunch in Ithaca and Hike Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls in the Finger Lakes

If you have spare time before heading home, I highly recommend checking out the small city of Ithaca, which is also located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake.

During your time in Ithaca, you could grab lunch at one of the renowned restaurants in the city and also check out Cornell University, which is one of the Ivy League colleges here in the United States.

Another great hike to do in the Ithaca area before you round up your Finger Lakes weekend getaway is Buttermilk Falls States Park. Not only does Buttermilk Falls offer stunning waterfalls, there are also beautiful gorges like there were in Watkins Glen State Park.


A winery in the Finger Lakes to visit during a weekend

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best late fall Finger Lakes weekend itinerary and reading about my stay at both the Inns of Aurora on Cayuga Lake and The Bond 1835 on Skaneateles Lake.

If you have any questions about my weekend in the Finger Lakes, please email me at [email protected]

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36 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on November 30, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Great fall getaway ~ the beautiful Finger Lakes ~ enjoyed this relaxing, well needed weekend away and what better places to stay at but Inns of Aurora and The Bond 1835 Bed and breakfast. Loved all the beautiful restaurants, shops and amazing wineries! The hiking at Watkins Glen State Park was breathtaking ~ loved all the gorgeous landscapes ~ great blog Taylor, you brought our memorable weekend to life ~ loved all of your stunning photos ~ can’t wait to visit again in the summer months ~ Love you, mom 👩 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on December 1, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Thank you mom! It sure was an amazing weekend getaway. Love you too! 🙂

  2. Rebecca on December 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I’m saving The Bond as a place to visit! I hope you can return to Watkins Glen to experience the trail. It is something special!

    • Taylor Deer on December 2, 2020 at 9:13 am

      It was so beautiful there and in general, I would love to revisit the Finger Lakes in the summer. 🙂

  3. Rebecca on December 4, 2020 at 11:39 am

    That smore spread looked amazing! I almost went to Buttermilk falls when I went to Taughnock Falls but since the fall was barely present I bailed. It’s an excite to return and check out these Inns!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      It was so delicious! Also, yes, I definitely need to get back in the summertime. 🙂

  4. Shelley on December 5, 2020 at 12:24 am

    I have always wanted to visit Watkins Glen! I had no idea there were sooo many other lakes and great places to see in the Finger Lakes region. I am pinning/saving this blog for future planning…. p.s. cute dog!!!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      It was such a beautiful area! I hope to revisit during the summer months. 🙂

  5. Andrea on December 5, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Watkins Glen is so high on my list!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      It is such an epic place! 🙂

  6. Nisha on December 5, 2020 at 3:31 am

    The place looks amazing and your photos do justice to the place. I had no idea of so many lakes in the region. 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      It really is a great getaway. All of the lakes are so stunning. 🙂

  7. Neha on December 5, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Oh wow reading your post reminded me of my trip to Finger Lakes. In fact we even camped at the Watkins Glen. This is such a beautiful area. Loved the pics of the B&B that you stayed in. Lovely post.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Neha! It really was a stunning place! Both hotels I stayed in were so lovely. 🙂

  8. Paula Martinelli on December 5, 2020 at 8:42 am

    It looks like a place I want to visit soon – any place where there is beautiful nature, historical places to visit, wine and coffee sounds like a perfect destination to visit. Love the pictures too, thanks for sharing so many incredible places and awesome tips.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      Yes, you totally have to go at some point Paula! I loved the Finger Lakes 🙂

  9. Katherine on December 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Watkins Glen, so it’s nice to see that it’s still possible during the winter months as well. This whole Finger Lakes trip looks so cosy as well!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful! I want to return in the summer to do more lake activities. 🙂

  10. Rachel on December 5, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Love all the photos! Definitely inspired to visit.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you Rachel! 🙂

  11. Erin on December 5, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Your photos are so inspiring. Makes me want to plan a trip right away (darn travel restrictions!). Bond 1835 looks like a fantastic spot, and I love all of the food pics 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much Erin! You would love the Finger Lakes. 🙂

  12. Holidays from Hels on December 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Buttermilk falls sound and look amazing! I’ve only been to NYC and Rhode Island so not had chance to explore further into this area, but it sound great. Those historic inns look like fantastic places to stay too. Would love to check it our next time I am Stateside, especially in magical some winter snow!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful in Upstate New York! You totally have to go once you come back to the U.S. 🙂

  13. CHELSEA MESSINA on December 5, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    When I lived in Buffalo for a summer internship my co workers and I took a boat out on the lake for a booze cruise haha I wish I’d have spent more time on land exploring now.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      That sounds like so much fun! I love booze cruises with friends. 🙂

  14. Marika on December 5, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Inns of Aurora looks so cozy! I was meant to go to Finger lakes last year but never made it. This just goes to show that I need to make a visit in the future!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      It really was a cozy place and yes, you totally have to go! It’s so beautiful in the Finger Lakes. 🙂

  15. Rosh Patel on December 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    wow I love that the place you stayed including the equipment to enjoy the outdoors, especially the night sky!

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Yes, it is so awesome! 🙂

  16. Daniella on December 6, 2020 at 1:43 am

    The hike you did was absolutely stunning and both places you stayed looked superb. I’ve never considered visiting this area, but now I want to. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:05 am

      It really was so beautiful and extra special during this time of the year. You totally should go! 🙂

  17. Val on December 6, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Would love to visit the lakes – wonderful and conclusive guide !

    Valerie

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Val! You would love the Finger Lakes 🙂

  18. Charu Goyal on December 6, 2020 at 3:43 am

    This is such a great article, Taylor! Both the places that you and your mum stayed at sound great and I would definitely love to stay there myself someday. I had no idea that Finger Lakes was this beautiful, thank you for introducing me to it.

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much Charu! It really was a beautiful destination! 🙂 You would love it!

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A vineyard in the Finger Lakes

Most people think to visit New York’s Finger Lakes during summertime and the warmer months in general, but many do not realize that a weekend trip up to this region during late fall is special in its own way.

During late November 2020, my mom and I did a weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York and had so much fun! We started our Finger Lakes weekend at Watkins Glen near Seneca Lake and then spent our first night in Aurora on Cayuga Lake before ending in Skaneateles.

A woman hiking Watkins Glen during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

For those of you reading this right now, I’m sure many of you did not know that there are a total of 11 lakes in the Finger Lakes region. The names of these lakes from west to east are Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco.

There are so many great things to do in the Finger Lakes of New York. Not only are there renowned wineries and vineyards along with amazing restaurants, there are also a lot of great outdoor adventure activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing and fishing.

The Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes

This area also has beautiful hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts such as the Inns of Aurora and The Bond 1835, which is where I stayed during my weekend in the Finger Lakes.

A woman at The Bond 1835 during her weekend in the Finger Lakes

In this article, discover the perfect late fall Finger Lakes weekend itinerary.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my weekend in the Finger Lakes, Inns of Aurora hosted me for one night on my first evening and The Bond 1835 hosted me for one night on my second evening.


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Late fall Finger Lakes weekend itinerary

Traveling to the Finger Lakes:

Getting to the Finger Lakes for a weekend

Getting to the Finger Lakes from New York City could be anywhere from a three and a half to over a four and a half-hour drive.

From my home in Northern New Jersey, it took my mom and I around three and a half hours to get to our first stop in the Finger Lakes, which was Watkins Glen near the southern tip of Seneca Lake.

The closest airport to the Finger Lakes is Finger Lakes Regional Airport, if you are flying domestically and within the region. If you are flying from a further destination, the bigger international airports are Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

You could find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

A winery to visit during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

In regard to public transportation to the Finger Lakes, you could either take a Greyhound Bus or OurBus from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to the Finger Lakes Region. (Most of those buses go toward Buffalo and Niagara Falls.)

Personally, if you are someone who doesn’t have your own vehicle and wants to explore the Finger Lakes, I highly recommend renting a car! It is pretty difficult to get around to the different wineries, towns and lakes without your own form of transportation.

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Finger Lakes Weekend Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in the Finger Lakes

Hike Watkins Glen State Park:

Watkins Glen gorge in the Finger Lakes

Located within the Finger Lakes State Parks is Watkins Glen State Park. During summer 2020, a lot of New Yorkers visited Watkins Glen, which inspired me to go in late fall.

Watkins Glen is over two miles long and its stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs. There are also 19 waterfalls in this State Park.

A woman hiking Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes

During the summer, you could walk along the actual gorge at Watkins Glen (called the Gorge Trail), but during the fall and winter, it is considered too dangerous due to all of the leaves and possible snow and ice. So instead, my mom and hiked along the Indian Trail instead!

The geology behind Watkins Glen is really cool and goes back to the Pleistocene era when an area was covered by ice. The movement of glaciers from the Laurentide and Wisconsin ice sheets shaped the Finger Lakes region.

Watkins Glen gorge in the Finger Lakes

During the glaciation in the Finger Lakes area, valleys were formed and Watkins Glen was evolved. The steep drop of Glen Creek into the Seneca Valley created a powerful torrent that eroded the underlying rock that included shale, limestone and sandstone. Because of all of this, Watkins Glen has stunning waterfalls, cascades, plunge pools and potholes.

You cannot miss out on visiting Watkins Glen State Park during a weekend in the Finger Lakes! (There are also campsites at Watkins Glen State Park. Click here if you would like to camp during your Finger Lakes getaway.)

Visit a Winery on Seneca Lake:

A winery to visit during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Since Watkins Glen is located steps from Seneca Lake, I highly recommend checking out a winery or two after your hike!

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail offers 35 wineries ranging from large to small. In fact, Seneca Lake boasts more wineries than any of the other Finger Lakes. There are 22 wineries on the west side of the lake and 13 on the east side.

No matter where you decide to go wine tasting along Seneca Lake, you will not be disappointed! The views are absolutely breathtaking, the wine is outstanding and the ambiance is welcoming.

The two closest wineries in distance to Watkins Glen are Castle Grisch Winery and Lakewood Vineyards on the west side of the lake. Ryan William Vineyard and Catharine Valley Winery are the two closest wineries on the east side of the lake.

Unfortunately, my mom and I got to Watkins Glen a little later than we had hoped for. (We got there around 1pm.) Because of that, we didn’t have time to visit a winery along Seneca Lake during our weekend in the Finger Lakes. Don’t worry, we got to enjoy other wineries in the region on our second day!

(It will take over an hour to drive from the Watkins Glen area to Aurora, New York.)

Check into Inns of Aurora:

The Inns of Aurora in Aurora, New York

One of the highlights of my weekend in the Finger Lakes was staying at the beautiful and historic Inns of Aurora in the lakeside town of Aurora, New York.

Inside the historic Inns of Aurora in New York

Located on Cayuga Lake, Inns of Aurora was built in 1833 by Colonel E.B. Morgan and is one of the Historic Homes of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The back of the Inns of Aurora in Upstate New York

Overall, Inns of Aurora is beautiful, cozy and quaint! Not only is it great for a mother-daughter weekend, it is also nice for a girls’ trip, couples’ getaway and even a solo escape! Please note that this hotel is for adults and teenagers who are 14 years and older.

I absolutely loved the historic charm and modern luxury that Inns of Aurora offered. From the moment my mom and I checked in, we felt right at home!

A room at the Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes

During our one night at Inns of Aurora, we stayed in the King Room that had a view of the village. This spacious room had a comfortable king-sized bed, comfortable seating area and a writer’s desk.

The gas fireplace made the room extra cozy and warm (since we visited in late fall) and there was also a shared balcony with rocking chairs and a swinging bench where you could enjoy views of the charming village. There was nothing better than coming back to Inns of Aurora after being out in the cold and cozying up next to the fire!

A woman enjoying a fire at the Inns of Aurora during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Our room also had an elegant en-suite bathroom that featured marble floors, William Roam spa-quality bath products and a large shower.

A bathroom at the Inns of Aurora

During your stay at Inns of Aurora, you could enjoy a complimentary glass of wine every afternoon at the hotels’ 1833 Kitchen & Bar. Every morning, the inn also has homemade granola bars and organic, fair-trade coffee for guests.

A woman sitting on a swing bench at the Inns of Aurora

In addition to our King Room, Inns of Aurora also has a Queen Room with a village view, two other Queen Rooms with lake views, three other King Rooms with a lake and village view and two King Suites with lake and village views. No matter what room you decide to book for your Finger Lakes weekend getaway, you will absolutely LOVE it!

Things to do at Inns of Aurora:
A living room at the Inns of Aurora in New York

All guests also have access to a wide range of outdoor amenities such as stargazing equipment (because the stars are extra magical in the Finger Lakes); bicycles to ride around the village; along with kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards for the lake during the warmer months, plus so much more! I will definitely need to revisit in the summer to enjoy the fun lake activities.

You could also rent beach towels and water floats to enjoy lakeside during the summer months and there are also sleds, toboggans, snowshoes and snowman kits for the winter months!

Inns of Aurora also has a spa, business and fitness center, yoga kits, art kits, lawn games, board games and so much more. The amount of fun to have here is endless!

The Inns of Aurora on Cayuga Lake in New York

Other great amenities Inns of Aurora offers are high-speed WiFi, lakefront and dock access, fire pits and Adirondack chairs on the back lawn by the lake, a movie library and Google Chromecast service, concierge services, in-room safe, ironing board, blow dryer, bedside charging stations, flat-screen televisions, in-room boxed bottled water, 24-hour street side parking and plush robes.

If you have time, I highly recommend taking a cooking class at Aurora Cooks! The hotel’s chefs will share their kitchen secrets by doing a signature cooking demonstration, workshop and then a tasting experience! It is perfect for a date night or an outing with friends and family.

Dine Under the Fire at Fargo Bar & Grill:

A woman sitting by a fire at Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora, New York

On our first evening in the Finger Lakes, my mom and I enjoyed dinner at Inns of Aurora’s Fargo Bar & Grill, which is a classic tavern with a cozy vibe.

Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora, New York

This restaurant is located across the street from the hotel and it features a great comfort food menu with awesome drinks along with a pool table, darts, fireplaces and an outdoor garden that has stringed lights and fire pits.

A sandwich with fries from Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora, New York

During our evening at Fargo Bar & Grill, I savored the grilled chicken sandwich with peach-basil salsa and fries. My mom had the chickpea salad. I also had a local beer and my mom had a wine. For dessert, we sat outside by the fire pits and enjoyed the delicious s’more dip.

A s'mores dip from Fargo Bar & Grill in the Finger Lakes

Having dinner at Fargo Bar & Grill was the best way to spend our first evening in the Finger Lakes.

Day 2: A Day of Wine Tasting in Aurora

Brunch at 1833 Kitchen & Bar:

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, 1833 Kitchen & Bar at Inns of Aurora has a lovely weekend brunch.

Brunch at 1833 Kitchen & Bar during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Both my mom and I had a coffee with a mimosa with our breakfasts. I savored the crab cake benedict that came with hash browns as my meal while my mom had the classic breakfast that came with two eggs, bacon and potatoes.

1833 Kitchen & Bar also has an award-winning wine list and creative menu for dinner that consists of seafood, steak, duck, pasta, salads and more!

An outdoor wedding venue for Inns of Aurora in New York

What I loved most about having brunch at 1833 Kitchen & Bar is that it has beautiful lake views and during the summer, you could sit outside and enjoy a panoramic view of Cayuga Lake.

(Inns of Aurora also host weddings right on the lake. They offer a beautiful venue!)

Village Market next to Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes

Right next to Inns of Aurora, is The Village Market where you could get Inns of Aurora-branded gifts, freshly brewed organic coffee, morning pastries and desserts, craft beer and cider. They also sell fresh jams, homemade soap and take-home meals such as soup, chili and chowder prepared fresh by the chefs at the inn.

Walk through MacKenzie-Childs Headquarters:

A woman standing in front of MacKenzie-Childs in the Finger Lakes

A trip to Aurora, or a weekend in the Finger Lakes for that matter, would not be complete without visiting the MacKenzie-Childs headquarters.

Located five minutes by car from Inns of Aurora, MacKenzie-Childs is situated on a beautiful property across from Cayuga Lake. Even though I visited the Finger Lakes the weekend before Thanksgiving, MacKenzie-Childs was already decorated beautifully for Christmas!

A decorated Christmas tree at MacKenzie-Childs in New York

In case you have never heard of MacKenzie-Childs, it is an upscale home décor store that manufactures beautiful ceramics and hand painted imported furniture. It was founded in Aurora in 1983 by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs.

At the headquarters, you could walk around the property that features nature walking trails, farm animals and decorated houses. When you go inside the actual store, there are so many gorgeous pieces that you could purchase for your home or as a gift for someone else.

Visiting MacKenzie-Childs during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

(I always enjoy visiting Christmas stores no matter what time of the year it is. My time at MacKenzie-Childs reminded me of my experience walking through Käthe Wohlfahrt in Bavaria, Germany during my 2019 Christmas market trip.)

Enjoy Wine Tasting at Long Point Winery:

A woman enjoying a wine tasting at Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes

Known as America’s First Wine Trail, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail includes 14 wineries that include open-air tastings, wine flights and beautiful lake views.

On our second day in the Finger Lakes, my mom and I went wine tasting at two wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The first winery we visited during our Finger Lakes weekend was Long Point Winery, which is only a five-minute drive from Inns of Aurora.

A red wine from Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes

Long Point Winery is situated on the east side of Cayuga Lake and offers a wonderful (and cozy) tasting room as well as a 72-acre property that overlooks the glistening lake.

During our time at Long Point Winery, I tasted the Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciera Rosé and the Estate Chardonnay. They were all amazing!

A charcuterie board from Long Point Winery in the Finger Lakes

In addition to the winery, Amelia’s Deli is also located at Long Point Winery where you could savor a charcuterie board, Italian sandwiches, wraps, salads and more! My mom and I enjoyed a charcuterie platter of prosciutto and capicola as well as Swiss and Asiago cheese with fresh ciabatta bread.

Wine and Chocolate Taste at Bright Leaf Vineyard:

Wine and chocolate tasting at Bright Leaf Vineyard

Located seven minutes from Long Point Winery is Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry, NY.

This beautiful property is located on 14 acres and there are actually two vineyards – an upper and lower field that is divided by a quarry of Tully limestone, which runs north to south through the farm. This creates two different soil types – Aurora loam and Cazenovia silt. The white varietals are planted in the upper field and the red varietals are planted closer to the lake.

Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry, New York

During my mom and I’s time at Bright Leaf Vineyard, we did an artisan chocolate and wine tasting by their fireplace. My mom did the red wine tasting with milk and dark chocolate and I did the white wine tasting with milk and white chocolate. We are big chocolate lovers, so my mom and I were in heaven!

(It will take 45 minutes to drive from King Ferry to The Bond 1835 in Skaneateles.)

Check into The Bond 1835:

A woman staying at The Bond 1835 during a weekend in the Finger Lakes

Another highlight of my Finger Lakes weekend was staying at The Bond 1835, which is a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the charming village of Skaneateles.

The Bond 1835 in Skaneateles

My mom and I stayed at The Bond 1835 during our second night in the Finger Lakes and loved its warm and welcoming ambiance. The owners of this beautiful bed and breakfast (Corey and Mark) made us feel at home the moment we arrived and I loved how cozy the interior was!

A woman enjoying coffee during her Finger Lakes weekend at The Bond 1835

The Bond 1835 is a Skaneateles farmhouse built in 1835. This lovely home is located across from the Skaneateles Lake on the east side and it has been restored, renovated and updated to a five-bedroom bed and breakfast with modern conveniences and luxury amenities.

A woman enjoying the cozy ambiance at The Bond 1835

I absolutely loved how beautiful this bed and breakfast was! When we first walked in through the front door, we were right in the living room that offered a fireplace, seating area to read books and play board games as well as a bar area to enjoy a drink.

The dining room at The Bond 1835

The kitchen at The Bond 1835 was absolutely gorgeous and there was a comforting dining room where breakfast is served every morning! (There is also an outdoor patio to enjoy breakfast on warmer days.)

The kitchen at The Bond 1835

During our one night at The Bond 1835, we stayed in the Lake View King Room that was spacious with easy access to the side entrance and living room. (The Bond 1835 also gifted me with two small boxes of hazelnut and caramel pralines.)

A lake view room at The Bond 1835 in the Finger Lakes

Our room had beautiful sunset views of the lake, a comforting king bed and beautiful décor. There was also an adorable en-suite bathroom with a spacious shower.

A room at The Bond 1835 bed and breakfast

In addition to the room we stayed in, there was another Lake View King Room along with a Lake View Queen Room, Garden View Queen Room and The Bond Suite, which is perfect for larger families as well as a bridal suite.

Inside The Bond 1835 in Skaneateles, New York

Overall, The Bond 1835 is the perfect place to stay during a late fall weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes in New York! Not only is it a great accommodation to relax at, it is only a 10-minute drive from all of the restaurants and boutique shops in the quaint village of Skaneateles.

Savor an Italian Dinner at Rosalie’s Cucina:

A pasta dish from an Italian restaurant in the Finger Lakes

On our second evening in the Finger Lakes, my mom and I made our way into downtown Skaneateles and enjoyed a lovely Italian dinner at Rosalie’s Cucina, which is an authentic Tuscan restaurant.

We were recommended to go to Rosalie’s from Corey and Mark at The Bond 1835 and during our evening there, I savored the Frutta di Mare Fra Diavolo, which consisted of shrimp, scallops, mussels and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce with linguini pasta. My mom had the Cappa Santa al Proscuitto e Basilico, which were scallops, lemon butter, fresh tomatoes, prosciutto, basil, spinach mixed with angel hair pasta. Everything was delicious!

Other great restaurants in the Skaneateles Lake area that were recommended to us were Gilda’s (Pizzeria), The Krebs (American Restaurant), Elephant & The Dove (Mexican Restaurant), Elderberry Pond (Upscale Country Restaurant), The Sherwood Inn (American Restaurant), Red Rooster Pub & Eatery (Gastropub), Moro’s Kitchen (Italian Restaurant) and Joelle’s French Bistro (French Restaurant).

Day 3: Enjoy the Charm of Skaneateles

Enjoy Breakfast at The Bond 1835:

The Bond 1835 Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes

After enjoying a good night’s sleep, we woke up to an amazing breakfast made by Corey and Mark the next morning. I had the avocado toast on rosemary sourdough bread and my mom had the breakfast scramble. Everything was delicious!

Avocado toast for breakfast at The Bond 1835

Along with our breakfast meal, we also split the gluten-free cranberry oat bar. Also, the coffee offered at The Bond 1835 was wonderful and they also offered unlimited tea, grapefruit and orange juice in addition to that. You could also enjoy a mimosa or bloody Mary for an additional cost.

A little dog at The Bond 1835, a pet friendly bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes

During our breakfast, we got to talk with Corey, Mark and Corey’s son and daughter. They were such a sweet family! We also got to pet their dogs as well! (The Bond 1835 is also pet-friendly!)

Views of Skaneateles Lake in the Finger Lakes

After breakfast, my mom and I walked around and simply enjoyed the property.

Walk Around the Charming Town of Skaneateles:

The charming town of Skaneateles in New York

Before we headed home, my mom and I went into the town of Skaneateles to do some boutique shopping. There are so many great clothing and home décor storefronts, bookstores, coffeeshops and so much more in Skaneateles. I definitely recommend taking some time to walk around and support local businesses there.

The town of Skaneateles in Upstate New York

There was also a pier that you could walk on and enjoy stunning views of the lake!

Optional: Lunch in Ithaca and Hike Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls in the Finger Lakes

If you have spare time before heading home, I highly recommend checking out the small city of Ithaca, which is also located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake.

During your time in Ithaca, you could grab lunch at one of the renowned restaurants in the city and also check out Cornell University, which is one of the Ivy League colleges here in the United States.

Another great hike to do in the Ithaca area before you round up your Finger Lakes weekend getaway is Buttermilk Falls States Park. Not only does Buttermilk Falls offer stunning waterfalls, there are also beautiful gorges like there were in Watkins Glen State Park.


A winery in the Finger Lakes to visit during a weekend

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best late fall Finger Lakes weekend itinerary and reading about my stay at both the Inns of Aurora on Cayuga Lake and The Bond 1835 on Skaneateles Lake.

If you have any questions about my weekend in the Finger Lakes, please email me at [email protected]

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36 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on November 30, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Great fall getaway ~ the beautiful Finger Lakes ~ enjoyed this relaxing, well needed weekend away and what better places to stay at but Inns of Aurora and The Bond 1835 Bed and breakfast. Loved all the beautiful restaurants, shops and amazing wineries! The hiking at Watkins Glen State Park was breathtaking ~ loved all the gorgeous landscapes ~ great blog Taylor, you brought our memorable weekend to life ~ loved all of your stunning photos ~ can’t wait to visit again in the summer months ~ Love you, mom 👩 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on December 1, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Thank you mom! It sure was an amazing weekend getaway. Love you too! 🙂

  2. Rebecca on December 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I’m saving The Bond as a place to visit! I hope you can return to Watkins Glen to experience the trail. It is something special!

    • Taylor Deer on December 2, 2020 at 9:13 am

      It was so beautiful there and in general, I would love to revisit the Finger Lakes in the summer. 🙂

  3. Rebecca on December 4, 2020 at 11:39 am

    That smore spread looked amazing! I almost went to Buttermilk falls when I went to Taughnock Falls but since the fall was barely present I bailed. It’s an excite to return and check out these Inns!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      It was so delicious! Also, yes, I definitely need to get back in the summertime. 🙂

  4. Shelley on December 5, 2020 at 12:24 am

    I have always wanted to visit Watkins Glen! I had no idea there were sooo many other lakes and great places to see in the Finger Lakes region. I am pinning/saving this blog for future planning…. p.s. cute dog!!!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      It was such a beautiful area! I hope to revisit during the summer months. 🙂

  5. Andrea on December 5, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Watkins Glen is so high on my list!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      It is such an epic place! 🙂

  6. Nisha on December 5, 2020 at 3:31 am

    The place looks amazing and your photos do justice to the place. I had no idea of so many lakes in the region. 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      It really is a great getaway. All of the lakes are so stunning. 🙂

  7. Neha on December 5, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Oh wow reading your post reminded me of my trip to Finger Lakes. In fact we even camped at the Watkins Glen. This is such a beautiful area. Loved the pics of the B&B that you stayed in. Lovely post.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Neha! It really was a stunning place! Both hotels I stayed in were so lovely. 🙂

  8. Paula Martinelli on December 5, 2020 at 8:42 am

    It looks like a place I want to visit soon – any place where there is beautiful nature, historical places to visit, wine and coffee sounds like a perfect destination to visit. Love the pictures too, thanks for sharing so many incredible places and awesome tips.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      Yes, you totally have to go at some point Paula! I loved the Finger Lakes 🙂

  9. Katherine on December 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Watkins Glen, so it’s nice to see that it’s still possible during the winter months as well. This whole Finger Lakes trip looks so cosy as well!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful! I want to return in the summer to do more lake activities. 🙂

  10. Rachel on December 5, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Love all the photos! Definitely inspired to visit.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you Rachel! 🙂

  11. Erin on December 5, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Your photos are so inspiring. Makes me want to plan a trip right away (darn travel restrictions!). Bond 1835 looks like a fantastic spot, and I love all of the food pics 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much Erin! You would love the Finger Lakes. 🙂

  12. Holidays from Hels on December 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Buttermilk falls sound and look amazing! I’ve only been to NYC and Rhode Island so not had chance to explore further into this area, but it sound great. Those historic inns look like fantastic places to stay too. Would love to check it our next time I am Stateside, especially in magical some winter snow!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful in Upstate New York! You totally have to go once you come back to the U.S. 🙂

  13. CHELSEA MESSINA on December 5, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    When I lived in Buffalo for a summer internship my co workers and I took a boat out on the lake for a booze cruise haha I wish I’d have spent more time on land exploring now.

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      That sounds like so much fun! I love booze cruises with friends. 🙂

  14. Marika on December 5, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Inns of Aurora looks so cozy! I was meant to go to Finger lakes last year but never made it. This just goes to show that I need to make a visit in the future!

    • Taylor Deer on December 5, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      It really was a cozy place and yes, you totally have to go! It’s so beautiful in the Finger Lakes. 🙂

  15. Rosh Patel on December 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    wow I love that the place you stayed including the equipment to enjoy the outdoors, especially the night sky!

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Yes, it is so awesome! 🙂

  16. Daniella on December 6, 2020 at 1:43 am

    The hike you did was absolutely stunning and both places you stayed looked superb. I’ve never considered visiting this area, but now I want to. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:05 am

      It really was so beautiful and extra special during this time of the year. You totally should go! 🙂

  17. Val on December 6, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Would love to visit the lakes – wonderful and conclusive guide !

    Valerie

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Val! You would love the Finger Lakes 🙂

  18. Charu Goyal on December 6, 2020 at 3:43 am

    This is such a great article, Taylor! Both the places that you and your mum stayed at sound great and I would definitely love to stay there myself someday. I had no idea that Finger Lakes was this beautiful, thank you for introducing me to it.

    • Taylor Deer on December 6, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much Charu! It really was a beautiful destination! 🙂 You would love it!

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