A Last Minute Trip to the Finger Lakes

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Many visitors to the Finger Lakes are often astonished that when they start calling around on a Thursday afternoon that there are no rooms left to stay for the night. As a whole, there are more people coming to the Finger Lakes on a Summer or Fall weekend than there are hotel, motel, inn, and bed & breakfast rooms to house them. The Finger Lakes region has gotten quite popular, and with good reason.  It has great scenery, great wineries, and great restaurants.  It also has some great places to stay if you are fortunate enough to get a reservation.  If you are planning with less than 7 days of advanced notice, here are some tips.

  1. Research the town or lake you are looking to visit and see what other towns are nearby.  The Finger Lakes region is dotted with small towns that are relatively close to the larger more well known towns.  So while Watkins Glen may have no rooms available, Hector or Rock Stream might and they are only a few minutes away.  Usually the more well known towns are at the very tips of each lake and the smaller towns are spread out along the sides of the lakes.
  2. For a helpful list of B&B's that have openings on short notice, visit Last Minute Finger Lakes Vacation.  Notice: Don't call a B&B after 9PM, they aren't like hotels with a 24 hour front desk.  Trust me, if you call them at 11pm, even if they have a room available, they aren't going to give it to you.
  3. Make your dinner reservations once you know where you are staying.  The Finger Lakes has some great restaurants and the best ones are very popular and rather small, so they fill up quickly.  Don't leave it to chance, improve the quality of your visit by making sure you can eat at a restaurant of your choosing, not one you had to settle for.
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