Suggestions for fall weekend overnight trips in Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes?

wine touring vines looking down to seneca lakeAmelia emails:

I was wondering if AOA could help/recommend some great fall B&Bs, Inns, boutique spas that I can take my significant other for a long weekend this fall without the kids. I'm thinking closer to the hudson valley near the CIA or finger lakes as we've never been? Any recommendations?

Earlier this year Lauren wrote a bit about wine touring in both the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley, and some of the suggestions might be helpful. We're especially curious about people's suggestions for the Finger Lakes and out west generally -- it feels like that region doesn't get a lot of attention here, but it's really not that far.

So, got a suggestion for Amelia? Please share! And bonus points for a sentence or two about why you're suggesting that place.


Old Rhinebeck Inn

And Watkins Glen, in the FLs

Check out The Quiet Place, which is a collection of cabins/lodges throughout the Finger Lakes that vary in size, style and location. It's similar to AirBnB, where you have the whole place to yourself - fully furnished and equipped with all necessary amenities. I lived near Canandaigua for a summer and a friend's family owns the Timber Trail Lodge. I stayed there a few times and I can say it's a beautiful place with gracious hosts.

Admittedly I've never stayed there myself, but have attended events and have been to wine tastings at the Belhurst Castle in Geneva on the end of Seneca Lake. Lovely building, with a ton of wineries within a stone's throw.

Another recommendation would be checking out Skaneateles NY for a weekend away - there's an Inn & Spa that, again, I have not visited myself but always looked very well kept and intriguing called Mirbeau (link RIght near there is a fantastic Italian restaurant, Rosalie's Cucina. Downtown Skaneateles is very quaint and walkable (think a smaller, lakeside Saratoga) and although there aren't as many wineries on Skaneateles lake, Anyela's isn't far from all of the places listed, and has fantastic views of the foliage in the fall.

Hope this helps!

Drive to Canandaigua. Mosey around town and look at the amazing old houses.
Go here:

Make your trip coincide with this weekend:

also, go to the Wegmans there. It's pretty excellent because Danny Wegman has a place on Canandaigua Lake so he made "his" Wegmans fantastic.
Full disclosure: I grew up in Canandaigua.

May I suggest this campground? It's just outside of Utica, with a beautiful river nearby. It's inexpensive and the accommodations are a bit spartan, but nicely done. The owners are wonderful.

I took a great trip to the Finger Lakes last summer. If you're planning on hiking and eating after the spa, I have a lot of fun ideas here:

Lots of waterfalls and wineries that can be very romantic. Ithaca is an adorable town with a main street that has lots of fun boutiques. Have fun wherever you go, both are beautiful regions.

Hello - my boyfriend and I stayed in this yurt in Ithaca:
It was great! There's a beautiful hike right behind it.

For Hudson Valley - I suggest Graham and Co in Phoenicia.

There is a great B&B my boyfriend and I have stayed at in Lodi, NY called The Fox and The Grapes!

Breakfast served in the am, quiet and great views of the lake. It's close to lots of wineries on Seneca lake.

Geneva On the Lake is a truly elegant night on Seneca Lake on the FLX. Belhurst is just an overpriced cheesy tourist trap... For food Dano's Heuriger on the eastern side of the Lake is great. Also the Red Dove and Ports in Geneva. Some of the vineyards on route 14 are quite good...also check out the organic brewery heading towards Watkins Glen. Red Drum brewing in Geneva is really nice too.

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