As one of upstate New York's famous Finger Lakes, which also include Cayuga and Seneca, Keuka Lake draws thousands of visitors every year to its tranquil shores. Come here to experience Keuka wine country by foot, bicycle, or scenic drive. Come also for world-class restaurants, unique independent music, fun annual festivals, and emerald green golf courses. While you're here in the Finger Lakes region, make the most of your visit by staying in a vacation rental. A quiet condo along the lake shore or a secluded luxury cabin beside a waterfall can be the perfect place to relax and plan the day's adventures at your own pace.
Wake up in your condo or cabin and watch the sun rise over the forest, then head out to explore the rolling hills, vineyards, farmer's markets, and downtown shopping areas. Be sure to save some time to wander through the local museums and unique art galleries. At the end of a busy day of vacation adventures, head back to your home away from home and host a barbeque on your rental's private deck for your family and friends.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Rent a boat: Rent a canoe and spend a sunny afternoon paddling along the lake's quiet shores.
-Take a tour of wine country: The Keuka Wine Trail is a scenic two-lane road that winds around the lake past miles of beautiful vineyards. Drive or bike the trail and taste award-winning local vintages.
-Experience Keuka fishing: Take a guided boat trip along the rivers and waterways in search of rainbow trout, brown trout, and northern pike.
-Hike to the waterfalls: Keuka Lake camping areas and hiking trails are great places to see scenic overlooks and breathtaking waterfalls, or spend a night under the stars.
-Go bird watching and wildlife spotting: Wildlife refuges here are home to some elusive species like the black bear and osprey.
-Go horseback riding: Several stables in the area offer one-on-one lessons or guided trail rides through the woods along the lake shores.
No matter what kinds of activities you have in mind for your trip, you'll find what you're looking for in Keuka Lake. Rent a private condo and visit in the fall for unforgettable foliage, or come in the spring when the forest trails bloom with wildflowers. While you're visiting Keuka Lake, be sure to explore the Ithaca gorges and other Finger Lakes destinations as well.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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