Wealthy weekender's guide: Where to eat, stay, party, and buy in New York's Finger Lakes region
Libertina Brandt,Shayanne GalOct 19, 2019, 19:01 IST
Cavan Images/Getty; Albert Pego/Getty; Jim Feng/Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderWith 11 lakes in total, this is a place for all types of vacationers.Cavan Images/Getty; Albert Pego/Getty; Jim Feng/Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider
The Finger Lakes, a series of 11 lakes in Central New York, span 9,000 square miles and are a popular fall destination for weekend vacationers.
The area is about a five-hour drive from Manhattan.
The Finger Lakes are known for their wineries and the stunning Watkins Glen State Park. With its changing foliage and expansive views, fall makes for a perfect time to visit the area.
Fall enthusiasts are flocking to the Finger Lakes region of central New York - and for good reason.
The Finger Lakes region spans over 9,000 square miles. Spread across that area are 11 lakes, an array of wineries, and some beautiful hikes and drives that make for a perfect fall getaway. But, with such a vast area to choose within, it can be hard for first-time visitors or prospective buyers to figure out where, exactly, they should land.
In 2018, the region welcomed 5.56 million visitors. That's in addition to the 1.2 million people, or 6.1% of the state's population, who call it home, according to a 2017 report by the state government.
Best of dining: For something delicious, head over to Canandaigua Lake.
Fitzgerald's top pick for dining is Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake. The menu here is best known for its variety of steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes.
Best of wineries: Sip on a glass of wine while enjoying the views of Seneca Lake.
Fitzgerald's top pick is Villa Bellangelo Winery, which is located on the west side of Seneca Lake.
Best of nightlife: If you're looking for a fun night out, Canandaigua Lake is the place to go.
Lincoln Hill Farm is just one example of the entertainment options on Canandaigua Lake.
Best investment: If you want to buy a house but aren't looking to shell out millions, look no further than Seneca Lake.
This home on Seneca Lake recently closed for $535,000. The three-bedroom home comes with everything from lake frontage to a dock.
Best of real estate: Now, if you just want to look at some gorgeous real estate, head east to Skaneateles Lake.
According to LakeHomes.com, there are, at any given time, around 20 homes for sale on Skaneateles Lake.
Best retreat spot: The best place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the real world, according to Fitzgerald, is Seneca Lake.
In addition to the Watkins Glen International race track, Seneca Lake is also home to Watkins Glen State Park, which boasts 19 waterfalls and is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks.