Finger Lakes Best Places To Stay | If you’re looking for Finger Lakes cabins and Finger Lakes vacation homes, you’ve come to the right place. Find your Finger Lakes getaway today! With the Finger Lakes attracting more and more tourists every year, you are finding that hotel and bed & breakfast rooms are in high demand for your events. If you’re wondering where to stay when visiting the Finger Lakes Region, this guide will help you find the best places to stay for your next trip.
The Finger Lakes region of New York is best known for it’s beautiful scenery, wineries, and plentiful gourmet restaurants. From Geneva to Elmira and between, there are a plethora of top-notch Finger Lakes B&Bs, guest houses and other lodgings. However, not all lodgings are created equal. That’s why I researched over 30 different Finger Lakes NY B&Bs, hotels and other overnight stays to come up with a comprehensive list of the best places. If you’re having a hard time deciding where to stay in Finger Lakes, or perhaps your trip is such that you’ll be changing locations (hotels) frequently, this list is for you. This post shouldn’t only be used for vacation — but for business as well. The first time I stayed in a hotel was when I was three years old and traveled to the shores of Lake Erie with my family. Since then, I’ve had dozens more “first stays” and learned quite a bit about what makes a good hotel room.
Finger Lakes Best Places To Stay
Adirondack lodging is a major part of the tourism industry in upstate New York. The most popular places are cottage clusters on the southern edge of Seneca Lake and in the towns along Lake Cayuga such as Weedsport, Pompey, Cato and Varick. But sometimes you may want to get away from all that hustle and bustle and head just outside the main tourist centers into some less well known but equally beautiful locations like Hammondsport or Virgil.
The Finger Lakes region is one of the best spots for a summer getaway for all kinds of travelers. The region is huge and impossible to see all at once which makes it difficult to choose where to stay in the Finger Lakes. Whether you’re looking for a hotel in a charming town or a bed and breakfast Finger Lakes options to choose from we’ve got you covered in our guide to where to stay in the Finger Lakes.
We’ve dialed it down to the best towns, hotels in the Finger Lakes, and Bed and Breakfast Finger Lakes locations in the region along with the amazing attractions nearby all our suggestions.
Don’t miss our picks and guide for best things to do in the Finger Lakes as well to help you plan your amazing trip! Also, check out our guide to the best glamping in Upstate New York as there are a few great options in the Finger Lakes region as well if you’re looking for something more unique!
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WHERE TO STAY IN THE FINGER LAKES: HOTELS
Corning is a great choice for where to stay in the Finger Lakes. This charming town not only has its own attractions to enjoy but you’re just a 30-minute drive to Hammondsport where you can explore the activities around the Keuka Wine Trail and a 30-minute drive to Watkins Glen where there are some of the best Finger Lakes waterfalls, Seneca Lake, wineries, and more! This is a great base for exploring this area of the region.
Check out our guide to Corning here.
Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum a Smithsonian Affiliate, Shop along Market Street, Glass Blowing, Wegmans.
SUGGESTED HOTEL IN FINGER LAKES:
Radisson Hotel Corning is where we stayed and is walking distance to all the best things to do in Corning. The hotel has a terrific location, cozy rooms, great outdoor patio with fire pits, and just a few minutes walk to Market Street. There’s a fitness center on the property as well as plenty of parking.
Watkins Glen is a perfect spot for where to stay in the Finger Lakes. With gorgeous New York waterfalls and trails in Watkins Glen State Park, conveniently located on the scenic Seneca Lake Harbor, and easy access to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and breweries along the Beer Trail you can’t go wrong.
This was one of our favorite areas for where to stay in the Finger Lakes during our visit because of the beauty and location. It’s also easy to drive to Keuka Lake, Ithaca, and Corning from Watkins Glen, all of which are around a 30-minute drive away.
Read our guide to Watkins Glen here.
WATKINS GLEN ATTRACTIONS:
Seneca Lake Harbor, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Watkins Glen State Park, Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area, downtown Watkins Glen, roadside attraction Hector Falls, Shequaga Falls Park, Deckertown Falls, Havana Glen Park, Aunt Sarah’s Falls, and Watkins Glen International Race Track.
SUGGESTED HOTEL IN FINGER LAKES:
We recommend the beautiful Harbor Hotel located right on the harbor at the south end of Seneca Lake. Some rooms even come with balconies overlooking the lake. Rooms are contemporary and have the most comfortable beds as well as a complimentary bottle of wine and cheese plate in your mini-fridge. Don’t miss out on the outdoor fire pits in the evening with a drink or the complimentary morning coffee and tea stations around the hotel. This is the perfect location for where to stay in the Finger Lakes.
Another fantastic area for where to stay in the Finger Lakes is Ithaca. With over 150 waterfalls, Cornell University, and a great location right on Cayuga Lake, you can’t beat this amazing location and all the amazing things to do in Ithaca.
You could easily spend your entire vacation exploring all the Ithaca waterfalls and wine tasting around the Cayuga Lake wine trail, but if you want to explore more you’re only a 40-minute drive to Watkins Glen, 45 minutes to Auburn at the end of Owasco Lake, and 50 minutes to Corning.
ATTRACTIONS IN ITHACA:
Cornell University, Taughannock Falls State Park, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Triphammer Falls, Cascadilla Gorge Trail, Forest Falls, Ithaca Falls, and tons more waterfalls.
SUGGESTED HOTEL IN FINGER LAKES:
Ithaca is naturally a great choice for where to stay in the Finger Lakes region. We recommend The Hotel Ithaca in the heart of town. The rooms are brightly decorated and cozy, suites offer separate living rooms and parking is free. There’s a heated indoor pool accessible year round and a lovely deck with lounge chairs.