Luxury holidays in Finger Lakes

Characterised by its gaping glaciers, rolling Riesling vineyards and dramatically-cut waterfalls, Finger Lakes is aptly named after its 11 lean lakes and bordering picket-fenced towns. Hike the bucolic trails of Buttermilk Falls that wind through grand gorges and ethereal cascades before cooling off in one of Cayuga Lake’s natural pools. Wine enthusiasts can hang up their hiking boots and head to Sheldrake Point Winery or Herman J. Wiemer Vineyard for a cream-of-the-crop Riesling; while lager lovers might be happier on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail.

When to go

Avoid the harsh winters and visit Finger Lakes during summer and autumn, when the grapes are freshly harvested and the lakes are at their warmest.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into JFK, where you can rent a car and drive for a little under five hours to the Finger Lakes region. If you’re not a fan of the idealistic American road-trip, fly straight into Syracuse or Rochester for a shorter post-flight drive.
  • Trains

    If you’re heading up to Finger Lakes for a weekend away from the city – or just looking for a more scenic route from JFK – catch the Amtrak Empire Train or the Maple Leaf Train from Penn Station to reach Rochester or Syracuse in a little over six hours.
  • Automobiles

    Rent a car and drive through New York State and along the border of Pennsylvania to reach the Finger Lakes region in just under five hours (depending on the time of day).