The Very Best Weekend Itinerary in the Finger Lakes

Are you ready for a perfect weekend getaway? Look no further than the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. Known for water, wine, and loads of small town charm, the Finger Lakes region offers something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or just want to get out into nature, you’ll be able to find it all here.

To help you plan the ultimate weekend escape, we've put together the very best weekend itinerary in the Finger Lakes for you, with a particular focus on our backyard around Seneca Lake. Ready? Let’s go!

Day 1:


Start your day off with a scenic drive along the shores of Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes. As you drive, be sure to stop and take in the views of the vineyards that line the hillsides. Feeling peckish? Grab coffee and pastries or a grab-and-go lunch at Glen Mountain Market Bakery & Deli or Seneca Sunrise Coffee in Watkins Glen. The Blackberry Kitchen has some great bagels and fresh pastries too! Eat along the shores of the lake or take your snack with you to your next stop on the itinerary for a scenic picnic!


Lace up your hiking shoes! Now you’re heading to Watkins Glen State Park, a natural wonder that showcases the region's beauty. We recommend the park's famous gorge trail, where you'll find stunning waterfalls, moss-covered cliffs, and enchanting rock formations. You’ll absolutely capture some Instagram-worthy photos. 


Check in with us for your weekend stay and freshen up for dinner. There are so many great restaurants to choose from around Seneca Lake, but some of our favorites are Nickel’s BBQ, Graft Wine + Cider Bar, Grist Iron, and Stonecat Cafe. You seriously can’t go wrong with the food in the FLX! After dinner, take a leisurely stroll along the lakefront and watch the sunset before heading back for a good night’s sleep. 

Day 2:



Good morning! After sleeping in a bit, it’s time for breakfast from a local favorite -- we recommend Toni’s Diner (OMG the pancakes!), Tobey’s Donut Shop, or Classic Chef’s for the perfect way to start the day. Then, it’s time to get out and explore. 


The afternoon is a choose your own adventure of sorts.

If you come to the FLX, you’ll want to hit the wine trail and explore the renowned wineries that dot the region. There are SO many to choose from! Whether you choose to explore the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, or any other, you'll be treated to a delightful selection of award-winning wines. We have tons of recommendations of our favorites! Take part in tastings, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy the beautiful vineyard scenery.

But maybe the wineries aren’t your speed. For adventure enthusiasts, we recommend you spend your afternoon on the water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the shoreline, or take a boat tour for a guided adventure. Speaking of speed, there’s also The Glen for world-class racing! 


End your perfect weekend with a relaxing sunset cruise on Seneca Lake with Captain Bill’s or Cayuga Lake with Ithaca Boat Tours. Sit back and unwind as you enjoy the golden hues reflecting off the water. Not a big boating fan? You can also opt for a pint with a view at Horseheads Brewing which has the best outdoor seating in Watkins Glen -- it sits right on the harbor.  Then it’s back to the room for one last night in paradise. Tomorrow you’ll be headed home!

As you bid farewell to the Finger Lakes, you'll carry cherished memories of a weekend well spent. From the scenic drives and hiking trails to the wine tastings and lake adventures, the Finger Lakes offer a little something for everyone. So, pack your bags, bring your loved ones, and get ready for an unforgettable weekend!