There are many reasons to spend some time in Skaneateles, NY, throughout the year, but for music lovers, Skaneateles is the ideal place to be in August. For two more weeks (through August 24), you can watch a concert of classical, jazz, or other orchestral music by highly respected professionals. The Skaneateles Festival is world renowned, but the tickets are reasonably priced and it’s a beautiful location.
If you come for the festival, don’t let that stop you from exploring all the rest that Skaneateles has to offer. The lake is beautiful, clean and clear, and there are many ways to enjoy it by boat. One fun option is the three hour mail boat cruise, but there are lunch, dinner and shorter sightseeing cruises available as well from Mid-Lakes Navigation.
For a day of luxury, visit the well-known hotel, restaurant and spa Mirbeau. The staff at the day spa provide a variety of luxurious spa treatments, and a visit includes use of their facilities for the day, including a hot tub, fitness center, sauna, steam room and relaxation room. Lunch or dinner will be guaranteed to be excellent (though not a bargain).
Wine lovers would enjoy a visit to Anyela’s Vineyards on the western shore of the lake, and there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the lake from their patio. Plenty of other Finger Lakes vineyards are within easy driving distance if you wish to make a day of it.
The village of Skaneateles itself is quaint and has thriving shops and restaurants. The Chamber of Commerce has put together a great website with a list of both restaurants and stores, as well as a guide to local lodging. Instead of re-creating the wheel, I decided to just link to their site. A couple of favorites to recommend, though, would include the restaurants Skaneateles Bakery for lunch and Moro’s Kitchen for dinner. As for shops, I love the toys made by HABA and the toy store Hobby House Toys for kids, and Skaneateles Artisans for items made by local artists.
Skaneateles has something for everyone, even if it’s just a stroll by the lakeside and a walk down the pier. It’s a relaxing and beautiful place to just “be,” and even a brief visit will leave you feeling refreshed.