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Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

richmond
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Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

We are thinking about heading to the Finger Lake region for about 4 days in July. We'd love to stay right on the water or at least have a lake view. We's also like accessibility to renting a boat for a day on 1 of the lakes. Quaint towns nearby, visiting a few wineries & possibly an easy hike to a waterfall are all on our wish list.

I sure hope someone can help direct me to a part of the Finger Lakes that just might satisfy our wishes. The 2 biggies would be to be on a lake & perhaps not too far from a waterfall.

Thanks so much ~

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1. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

Check out Taughannock Farms Inn. Your post could be part of an ad for them, it fits so well. Overlooking Cayuga Lake, right next to Taughannock falls which is part of the state park and has a truely incredible walk up to the falls, in or out of the water. Right near Ithaca which is a beautiful town with great restaurants, many great hikes several impressive waterfalls. Taughannock Falls is taller than Niagara. Highest east of the Mississippi River I believe. On the Cayuga wine trail... I could go on and on. We got engaged there at the falls.

www.t-farms.com

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2. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

Have a look at The Quiet Place. http://www.thequietplace.com/ They have a number of properties in The Bristol Hills, some have lake views of Canandaigua Lake. Boat rentals are available at the North & South end of the lake. http://www.smithboys.com/ Wine in the immediate area: http://www.canandaiguawinetrail.com/ & http://nywcc.com/ Nearby waterfalls: Grimes Glen http://nyfalls.com/waterfalls/grimes-glen/

Where ever you wind up, have fun in The Finger Lakes!

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3. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

I agree w/the earlier poster about Taughannock Farms. Another spot to consider is the Aurora Inn on the east side of Cayuga Lake (about 30 minutes from Ithaca). The restaurant there is considered top notch as well and Aurora is a pleasant and peaceful small village.

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4. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

Thanks for the info. Is there anywhere that would have direct lake access or do we head to 1 of the state parks

if we wanted to get in the water. From my research, which I have to admit may not be the best, it seems that there aren't many boat rentals. I hope I'm wrong!

Please recommend a few quaint towns for us to visit.

TIA!

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5. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

If by direct access you mean the 'hotel' has its own beach, I'm not specifically aware of any. Most people go to 'the park' to swim in the lakes , whether state or local parks.

For towns to visit I would do Ithaca- gorges, waterfalls, a nice downtown plaza/mall where cars aren't allowed, good restaurants, Cornell's campus, etc. I would also do Seneca Falls, birthplace of women's rights, the Women's Rights Hall of Fame- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, etc. They claim it is also the town that the movie It's a Wonderful Life is based on. I would consider Hammondsport also. I don't know about it, but it has a good reputation and Keuka Lake is one of the nicer lakes. For boat rentals if you search 'boat rentals' and the name of each lake, choices come up, at least for Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga. I don't have a specific recommendation though.

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6. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

You can rent canoes and kayaks in Ithaca at Puddledockers: http://www.puddledockers.com/ or up on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal in Waterloo at Fuzzy Guppies: http://www.fuzzyguppies.com/. You can rent power boats in Watkins Glen at Glen Harbor Marina: http://www.glenharbormarina.com/ or up in Geneva at either Stivers: http://www.stiverssenecamarine.com/ or Roy's: http://www.roysmarina.net/. You can find waterfront accommodations in Watkins Glen or Geneva, but you might want to look at a vacation rental as well. Whatever you decide, you should make reservations soon as July is a crazy busy month!

Edited: 10:56 am, June 09, 2013
richmond
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7. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

All of you have been so helpful - thanks a bunch!

Since we're coming from VA, I think we'll stick to the lower parts of the lakes to shorten the trip a little.

I spotted towns of Hammondsport & Penn Yan as well as Aurora, but I still have to look at a map to see where they are!

Thanks again!

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8. Re: Lodging on 1 of the lakes?

The Aurora Inn is right on the lake.

Taughannock Farms is across the road and immedately next to Taughannock SP.

There is a Ramada right on the lake in Geneva.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is also right on the lake.

The Packwood (Skaneateles) is right across the street from the lakeshore.

Quaint towns: Skaneateles, Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Naples, Aurora.

Ithaca, while not "quaint" is a vibrant place in a great setting with lots to do - three amazing state parks and the weekend farmers market make it worth the time. Great dining options as well.

I am less enamored with Watkins Glen (the village) and Seneca Falls than many others on this forum; the state park in Watkins Glen is a don't miss however.

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