Skaneateles shops

Explore Skaneateles, NY

The Village of Skaneateles is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the pace of lake life. Lined with unique boutiques and restaurants, enjoy a stroll along Genesee Street US-20 with its scenic lake views.

Skaneateles is the best shopping village in the Finger Lakes Region, specializing in art, home decor, toys, and clothing. And it’s perfectly walkable.

Plan Your Day Trip to Skaneateles

Skaneateles Lake bakery
Skaneateles Bakery
Skaneateles Patisserie
Patisserie
Rosalies Cucina garden
Rosalie’s Cucina

Breakfast

But first, coffee. Enjoy an early morning sun rising over the lake with a savory breakfast sandwich, a sweet pastry, and a warm beverage from Skaneateles BakeryPatisserie, or the bakery at Rosalie’s Cucina.

Skaneateles Clift Park gazebo
Clift Park Gazebo
Skaneateles Lake Clift Park
Clift Park
Skaneateles Thayer Park
Thayer Park
Thayer Park
Skaneateles Shotwell Memorial Park
Shotwell Park
Skaneateles Lake Mid-Lakes Navigation
Mid-Lakes Guided Boat Tour

Morning

From Clift Park, set sail with Mid-Lakes Navigation, offering several themed cruises. On board the one-of-a-kind Mailboat Cruise, you’ll help deliver mail to camps and cottages inaccessible by roads. It’s one of the few remaining U.S. Mailboats still in operation. The three-hour cruise departs Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m, July 1 through Labor Day.

Dougs Fish Fry
Doug’s FIsh Fry
Sherwood Inn
Sherwood Inn
Skaneateles Anyelas Vineyard scenic view
Anyela’s Vineyard

Lunch

Choose between Doug’s Fish Fry and the Sherwood Inn. Or, drive down West Lake Road to Anyela’s Vineyard, with an exceptional view overlooking Skaneateles Lake.

Cate and Sally
Cate and Sally
Skaneateles 300
Skaneateles 3000
Skaneateles Imagine
Imagine
Skaneateles Nest
Nest 58
Skaneateles Vermont Green Mountain Specialty Co
Vermont Green Mountain
Skaneateles The Local Branch Co
The Local Branch
Skaneateles Artisans
Skaneateles Artisans

Afternoon

Stroll around the village along Genesee, Jordan, and Fennell Streets, where you’ll find unique boutiques like Imagine, Nest 58, DROOZ and Company, The Local Branch Co., First National Gifts, Skaneateles Artisans, Hobby House Toys, Skaneateles 3000, Lolë, Talbot’s, Vermont Green Mountain Specialty Company, Roland’s, Aristocats & Dogs, Pride + Joy, Skaneateles Antique Center, and more.

Mirbeau Bistro
Mirbeau

Or, relax and refresh with a massage at Mirbeau Spa. Extend your time in the resort with complementary amenities and services, and wander through the gardens, with a design inspired by Claude Monet’s paintings.

Skaneateles Lake Cliffs
Staghorn Cliffs

Or, hike the 1.4-mile loop trail through Hinchcliff Family Preserve to view the lake above Staghorn Cliffs. 

Skaneateles Blue Water Grill lakeview
Blue Water Grill
The Krebs Skaneateles
The Krebs
Skaneateles Moros Kitchen
Moro’s Kitchen
Skaneateles Elephant and Dove Mexican Cuisine
Elephant and The Dove

Dinner

Make a reservation at one of these popular restaurants: The KrebsRosalie’s CucinaMoro’s Kitchen, Elephant and The Dove, or Bluewater Grill.

Skaneateles Johnny Angels Heavenly Burgers
Johnny Angel’s

Or keep it casual at Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers with ice cream from Skaneateles Scoops.

Signature Events

Antique & Classic Boat Show

July

View hundreds of historic boats on display from Skaneateles Pier in Clift Park during the weekend-long event. Enjoy a boat parade, contests, and nautical-themed activities.

Skaneateles Festival

August

Enjoy this month-long concert series featuring world-class musicians. Hosted by Anyela’s Vineyard on Saturday evenings, pack a picnic to pair with a selection of wines available for purchase.

Skaneateles Dickens Christmas Sherwood Horse Carriage
Sherwood Inn
Skaneateles Lake Dickens Fest Sherwood Inn
Opening Day
Skaneateles Lakes Dickens Christmas
Festive Music

Skaneateles Dickens Christmas

weekends from late November–late December

The month-long weekends-only festival is a memorable way to kick off the holiday season. The merrymaking begins on Bright Friday—the day following Thanksgiving—with the World’s Smallest Parade and continues every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas.

Most activities center around Clift Park and the Sherwood Inn, with Charles Dickens and a cast of characters roaming the streets, shops, and restaurants, greeting guests, and spreading holiday cheer. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the village, caroling and plays at the gazebo, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

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Where are your favorite places to see, shop, and eat in Skaneateles, NY

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.

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