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3-Day Skaneateles Getaway

The Village of Skaneateles is the perfect place to getaway for a few days and enjoy the pace of lake-life. Genesee Street (US-20) and Jordan Street are lined with unique boutiques and incredible restaurants with scenic views. It is the best shopping village in the Finger Lakes Region specializing in art, home decor, toys, and clothing. And, it’s perfectly walkable.

Suggested Itinerary for Your Skaneateles Getaway

Take a look at these day-by-day ideas for your three-day Skaneateles getaway, with plenty of other options below. You could take this plan and use it as your own, or let it serve as inspiration.

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Day One

Plan to arrive by noon so you can check in to your lodging and enjoy a relaxing lunch before seeing the sights.

Dougs Fish Fry
Doug’s FIsh Fry
Blue Water Grill lakeview
Bluewater Grill
Skaneateles sidewalk Route 20
Shops Along US-20

Lunch

Start your day in Skaneateles with lunch at a classic institution—Doug’s Fish Fry. It’s tough to beat 1,649 Google reviews with an average 4.7 star rating!

Afternoon

Take walk around the village along Genesee, Jordan, and Fennell Streets. Do a little window shopping and take a look at the food options. So many choices, so little time!

The houses are charming, and there are small businesses and restaurants tucked in among them. Use the Historical Society’s Self-Guided Walking Tour as you go.

Dinner

Treat yourself to an amazing meal. See if you’re able to make a reservation at one of these popular restaurants: The Krebs, Sherwood Inn, Rosalie’s Cucina, Moro’s Kitchen, or Bluewater Grill.

Evening

Enjoy sunset from the pier or gazebo at Clift Park. Still hungry? Grab a pizza from Valentine’s Pizza & Deli or Gilda’s to take back to the room.

Day Two

Here are some ideas to fill your day with memory-making adventures!

Mirbeau Bistro
Mirbeau
Patisserie
Patisserie
Johnny Angels Heavenly Burgers
Johnny Angel’s

Breakfast

Start the day off right with a stop at Patisserie.

Morning

Enjoy a drive around the lake. Not only are the estates extraordinary, but so are the views. Take a hike at Hinchcliff Family Preserve (if your vehicle can take a 1/4 mile pitted drive) for a view overlooking the lake from above the Staghorn Cliffs.

Or, head over to Mirbeau Spa for a massage. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere both inside and out. The resort was design-inspired by the paintings of Claude Monet.

Lunch

Grab a tasty sandwich and beverage at Skaneateles Bakery and take it over to Thayer Park for a picnic with a scenic lake view.

Afternoon

Take a guided cruise with Mid-Lakes Navigation. Try the Mailboat Cruise if you can, where you’ll cruise the shoreline while the U.S. Mail is being delivered to camps along the way. One of the only remaining U.S. Mailboats still in operation in the United States. Mail delivery runs July 1 through Labor Day.

Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal at Elephant and The Dove, or Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers. Plus, dessert at Skaneateles Scoops.

Evening

Spend another quiet evening with the sunset at Clift Park, followed by a drink or two at LakeHouse Pub right across the street.

Day Three

Make the most of your Skaneateles getaway this morning. Plan on seeing a few sites, and enjoying a great lunch before the drive toward home.

Cate and Sally
Cate and Sally
Skaneateles 300
Skaneateles 3000
Skaneateles Imagine
Imagine

Breakfast

Grab breakfast from Skaneateles Bakery and enjoy sunrise over the lake at Clift Park.

Morning

Rent kayaks from The Sailboat Shop and spend the morning paddling Skaneateles Lake’s crystal-clear water.

Or, do some shopping at some of the many unique, local boutiques.

Lunch

Drive down West Lake Road to Anyela’s Vineyard.

Afternoon

Heading west on US-20, make sure to stop at Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm and pick your own strawberries to snack on. Strawberries are available from the end of June to the end of October.

Attractions

These are the top things to do in the Village of Skaneatles and around the lake.

Skaneateles Clift Park gazebo
Clift Park Gazebo
Skaneateles Lake Clift Park
Clift Park
Skaneateles Lake swimming
Lake Life
Skaneateles Lake Mid-Lakes Navigation
Mid-Lakes Guided Boat Tour

Clift Park

Clift Park is the center of village activities. You’ll recognize it for the beautiful gazebo which plays host to concerts and the community Christmas tree.

Enjoy a walk on the pier out into Skaneateles Lake for a great view of Genesee Street and the beautiful estates along the shoreline.

Take a guided cruise with Mid-Lakes Navigation.

Clift Park also has a life-guarded swimming area.

Skaneateles Lake Cliffs
Staghorn Cliffs
Skaneateles Hinchcliff Family Preserve
Hinchcliff
Skaneateles Lake DEC boat launch
DEC Boat Launch

Natural Beauty

Carpenter Falls Unique Area
A 1-mile moderate hike loop trail with three waterfalls.

Charlie Major Nature Trail
A 1.5 mile out-and-back walk along Skaneateles Creek. It follows the old Skaneateles Short Line route. Start at the playground.

Utilize the DEC Boat Launch on West Lake Road or the Town of Scott boat launch at Andrew Fuller Park. Even if you don’t have a boat, they both have a great view.

Finger Lakes Land Trust Properties

Bahar Nature Preserve
Here in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed, we invite you to discover a dramatic forest and gorge landscape, take in the vista, skip stones along the shoreline, and watch the secrets of the Bahar Nature Preserve unfold before you as you explore.

High Vista Nature Preserve
We invite you to find peace and solitude in this diverse hillside forest, high above the shores of Skaneateles Lake.

Hinchcliff Family Preserve
The 206-acre Hinchcliff Family Preserve peers over the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake offering impressive vistas, diverse habitats, and a unique window onto the human history and changing natural landscape of the property.

Dickinson Conservation Area
The Cora Kampfe Dickinson Conservation Area protects 1,350 feet of shoreline and high bluffs that are known locally as the “Staghorn Cliffs.”  Access to the preserve is currently by boat only, with no safe access to the upland forest portion of the preserve. You can still appreciate it in this beautiful drone-captured video of Staghorn Cliffs.

Central New York Land Trust

Baltimore Woods Nature Center
This area includes fields, successional and mature forest, and many brooks and springs. Baltimore Woods Nature Center manages an extensive trail system, and leads programs here on a regular basis.

Ripley Hill Nature Preserve
At 1,968 feet, this preserve contains the highest point in the Skaneateles Lake watershed and the third highest point in Onondaga county. The preserve is formed by two parcels bisected by the unpaved Ripley Hill Rd. This property was protected with the assistance of Finger Lakes Land Trust.

High Hickory Wildlife Sanctuary
The property contains four streams and a man-made ½ acre pond; one of those streams has formed a picturesque series of small falls, chutes and rapids. The property contains 41 acres of mixed forest and 46 acres of open fields.

Skaneateles Thayer Park
Thayer Park
Thayer Park
Skaneateles Shotwell Memorial Park
Shotwell Park

More things to do

Rent a kayak or boat from The Sailboat Shop.

Relax at Thayer Park, Clift Park, or Shotwell Park. All three are within walking distance along Genesee Street and the Skaneatles Lake north shore. These lakeside parks were once privately owned land given to the village. 

Tour the 1899 Skaneateles Creamery Company.

Walk around the village beyond the main streets. The houses are charming, and there are small businesses and restaurants tucked in among them. Use the Historical Society’s Self-Guided Walking Tour.

Make sure to visit the 250+ paintings in the John D. Barrow Art Gallery. Just walk through the library to enter. From the website, “John Dodgson Barrow (1824-1906) is one of a relatively few artists who are equally admired for both portraits and landscapes. Born in New York City, at age 15 Barrow moved with his family to the small central New York town of Skaneateles. This move was to prove hugely important to Barrow as an artist: the majority of his paintings are of people and places located in or near this Finger Lakes village.”

Dining

Great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or a snack along the way.

Skaneateles Sherwood Inn
Sherwood Inn
Skaneateles Lake bakery
Skaneateles Bakery
Skaneateles Lake House Pub
LakeHouse Pub
Skaneateles Moros Kitchen
Moro’s Kitchen
The Krebs Skaneateles
The Krebs
Rosalies Cucina parking
Rosalie’s Cucina

Sherwood Inn

Elephant and The Dove

Bluewater Grill

Patisserie

Skaneateles Bakery

Doug’s Fish Fry

The Krebs

Mirbeau Bistro & Wine Bar

Rosalie’s Cucina

Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers

LakeHouse Pub

Moro’s Kitchen

Finger Lakes On Tap

Skaneateles Brewery

Last Shot Distillery

Anyela’s Vineyard

Skaneateles Scoops

Valentine’s Pizza & Deli

Gilda’s

Good Eats & Sips

Shopping

The main streets—Genesee Street/US-20 and Jordan Street—are lined with unique boutiques!

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

Imagine

Nest 58

Vermont Green Mountain Specialty Company

Lolë

DROOZ and Company

Roland’s

The Local Branch Co.

Aristocats & Dogs

Skaneateles Antique Center

Skaneateles 3000

Fist National Gifts

Pride + Joy

Hobby House Toys

Skaneateles Artisans

Talbot’s

Emma + James

Just Outside the Village of Skaneateles

Lockwood Lavender Farm

Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm

Lake House Gifts & Decor

Lodging

Here is a range of the best options for a place to spend the night during your Skaneateles getaway.

Skaneateles 2 W Lake BB
2 W Lake B&B
Skaneatles Whispering Winds full
Whispering Winds
Skaneatles Finger Lakes Lodging
Finger Lakes Lodging
Skaneateles Village Inn exterior
Village Inn
Skaneateles Packwood House lakeview
Packwood House
Skaneateles Inn rooms
Skaneateles Inn
Mirbeau Spa
Mirbeau Inn & Spa
Skaneateles Arbor House B and B
Arbor House

Inns and B & Bs

Mirbeau Inn & Spa – From their website, “Mirbeau, loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired in part by the soft light, warm colors and introspective character found in the paintings of renowned French Impressionist Claude Monet.”

2 W Lake

The Gray House

Sherwood Inn

Arbor House Inn & Suites

Hannum House

Skaneateles Suites Boutique Hotel

The Bond 1835

Benjamin Porter House

Hotels & Motels

Packwood House

Village Inn

Skaneateles Suites

Skaneateles Inn

Finger Lakes Lodging

Whispering Winds Motel

Signature Events

These are either great times to visit or dates to avoid when planning your Skaneateles getaway depending on your comfort level with crowds.

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

Dickens Christmas Festival

December

Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas.

An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving with the World’s Tiniest Christmas Parade, and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 23, from noon to 4pm, plus December 24 from noon – 2:30pm.

Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores, and restaurants. Don’t miss lively acts at the Library, live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and horse and wagon rides around the Village.

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Antique & Classic Boat Show

July

Enjoy the show from the Skaneateles Pier and Clift Park. Check out this video to get an idea.

Skaneateles Festival

August

Skaneateles Festival is series of concerts mainly held throughout the month of August. Primary venue is Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyard. The musicians perform from the shell so that the audience has a full view of the both the musicians and the lake no matter where they are sitting on the Anyela’s property.

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