Finger Lakes Wine Country is a year-round destination, each season offering unique opportunities for your visit. Whether you’re a lake lover or a snow bunny, you’ll discover plenty of ways to enjoy the Finger Lakes during your favorite time of year.


A visit in the springtime means witnessing the start of a bountiful new year—the grapevines awakening after a long winter’s slumber; the flowers blooming, adding cheery colors to our landscape, ensuring the Finger Lakes looks the part of the perfect hostess. The days are mild (50-70°F) and the nights are chilly. Beat the rush of the summer season, but still soak in the stunning scenery and enjoy an exciting event or two.


It’s true what you’ve heard about our Finger Lakes’ summers. They’re pretty close to perfection. Festivals abound, crystalline lakes sparkle with the promise of outdoor adventure, and the wine flows freely. Vacationers flock to the Finger Lakes in peak summer months (June through August) when the days are the longest and the weather is the warmest (mainly in the 70s and 80s, not ruling out the occasional 90° F day). If you’re dreaming of a fun-filled family vacation, summer is the perfect time for a great camping trip or a long weekend lakeside.


Fall is one of the most popular—and spectacular—times to visit. Striking fall foliage greets you at every scenic overlook, and brisk air fills with the aroma of freshly-picked grapes. From U-Pick farms to harvest festivals, there are so many ways to fall in love with the Finger Lakes during the autumn months.


Winter in Wine Country means snowy landscapes, quiet tasting rooms, and fireside cuddles. It may be the quietest time of year, but if it’s a romantic rendezvous you seek, there’s no better time to visit. Snowshoe by day, sip ice wine by night—and enjoy great off-season deals at restaurants and accommodations that make our coldest months (ranging from sub-zero temperatures to 40° F) seem just a bit warmer.


Whatever your pleasure, there’s a perfect time of year for you to visit the Finger Lakes. Start planning your trip today!

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