Explore the Finger Lakes Region
The famous Finger Lakes region is abundant with unique high-quality touring, shopping, dining and attractions. Cayuga and Seneca Lakes boast the oldest wine trails in the country. Wine tours and tastings are done year round. Often the wineries come to the hotel to do tastings. During the summer take a wine tour by water. Rent a sailboat, motorboat or swim at the State Park beaches on Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.
Take a history tour or hike one of over 100 waterfalls located within ten miles of downtown Ithaca, just a 20 minute drive away. When staying at Hope Lake Lodge you are within a short walk of the well maintained and marked New York State trails in Tuller Forest. Golf near the hotel offers panoramic views in every direction, tee times are never required and executive club rentals are available. Courses are only ten minutes away from Hope Lake Lodge.
Enjoy the Town of Virgil’s Hope Lake Beach located right outside your door for swimming, fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas, sand volleyball, one mile jogging path around the lake and canoe or paddle boat rentals.
There are over fifty colleges and universities in the Finger Lakes region, providing year round live theater and many art galleries.
Those who “live to shop” will think they are in paradise. Shop the Finger Lakes at one of a kind unique gift shops in Cazenovia, Skaneateles, Ithaca and Owego. There is a large Amish presence in the beautiful Finger Lakes area. Shop at the Windmill in Penn Yan or the Craft Market and Traders Village in Romulus for their fine crafts, furniture, baked goods and meat. Don’t be surprised if you see Amish wagons carrying families to and from the markets in the area.
One hour north of Hope Lake Lodge are the Waterloo Premium Outlet Stores. Visit Aurora, New York on Cayuga Lake to visit Mackenzie-Childs, world famous one of a kind artisan furniture, dishware and distinctive gifts.