In the heart of upstate New York is an area abundant with wineries, national forests, and 11 glacial lakes. Carved into the earth millions of years ago, these uniquely-shaped bodies of water are called the Finger Lakes, and draw thousands of visitors per year. Of these lakes is Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest. If you’ve been dreaming of a quiet waterfront getaway, our Seneca Lake vacation rentals are just what you’re looking for.
Where is Seneca Lake, NY?
Not only is it the longest of the Finger Lakes, but on a map, Seneca Lake hangs in the middle of its counterparts like the pendant on a necklace. It’s just over 250 miles west of New York City, and 120 east of Buffalo. Our Seneca Lake vacation rentals are peppered around its 75 miles of shoreline, providing easy access to all the region has to offer.
Things to do near Seneca Lake, NY
Spend a day on the green at one of the area's multiple golf courses, like Big Oak Golf Course in Geneva. This 18-hole course offers club and golf cart rentals for the perfect, stress-free day.
If you’re looking for some faster-paced entertainment, Watkins Glen International Raceway—or “The Glen,” as locals say—hosts races and concerts. It was once the host of the Formula One United States Grand Prix for 20 years.
At the lake’s southern end you’ll find Ithaca, a charming college city with a bustling feel. Guests seeking museums, eateries, shopping, or a tour of the historic Cornell University campus can make an easy day-trip from our Seneca Lake lake house rentals.
While there is much to love about Seneca Lake, visitors who flock to the area again and again cite two draws in particular: the world-class wine and unparalleled outdoors.
Wineries near Seneca Lake, NY
There are over 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes, and the Seneca Lake area is home to dozens of wineries on its own. Specializing in cool-climate varieties, the vineyards are known for producing some of the best Rieslings in the world. But with so many options, fans of reds will have plenty of choices, too.
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the largest in the Finger Lakes. Not only does it feature wineries, but it also boasts cider houses, breweries, a distillery, and a meadery. Book a private or group tour, or try it at your own pace; there are plenty of maps and resources available for planning your best wine tasting excursion. Be sure to purchase a bottle—or two—to enjoy in the comfort of your Seneca Lake vacation rental.
Hiking near Seneca Lake, NY
Where to start? Perhaps with the most famous: Watkins Glen State Park on the southern end of Seneca Lake. Spend one day here and you’ll see why it’s a crowd favorite. 19 cascading waterfalls are featured along the miles of trail—the trail even passes behind some of them close enough to feel the mist on your face. This incredible park features a 400-foot deep gorge where the Glen Creek flows, and stone bridges and staircases add a Tolkien-esque feel. Shutterbugs, be sure to bring your camera with you!
Opposite Watkins Glen, on the northern shores, you’ll find Seneca Lake State Park. If you’re searching for an easy afternoon of lakeside activity, this is the park for you. Paved walking areas, a playground, picnic area, and lifeguarded swimming beach make this the ideal place for families. Local companies offer boat rentals, which you can launch from the boat ramp for a weekend of fishing or just relaxing on the waters. If you’re booking a Seneca Lake vacation home in the cooler months, this park is also popular for ice-fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
There are countless opportunities to get outside and explore near our Seneca Lake vacation rentals. The Finger Lakes National Forest offers over 30 miles of trails primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Taughannock Falls State Park offers another photo-worthy view: 215 feet of cascading falls, making it even taller than Niagara Falls.
There’s really no way to go wrong with a trip to the Finger Lakes. But if you’re searching for a quieter escape, with more access to the outdoors and a laid-back feel, consider one of our Seneca Lake vacation rentals. You’ll have everything you need for your most tranquil getaway yet. Browse our collection today and start planning your next trip.