Destination guide

The grand dame of the Finger Lakes

Nestled in the heart of central New York's wine country, Keuka Lake is one of the 11 lakes officially making up the famed Finger Lakes. Sporting a unique Y shape that differentiates it from its neighbors, Keuka Lake is a paradise for boaters and wine lovers alike. The clear glacial waters are perfect for swimming in the warm summer months, while the slopes become the main attraction during the heavy winter snowfalls. Whether you're physically active or actively into wine tasting, you'll find something to suit your tastes at your Keuka Lake vacation rental.

Things to do

Drink up some aviation history in vibrant wine country

While the 11 official wineries of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail offer up every vintage you could want, a booming microbrewery scene has popped up to offer drinkers even more options. Keuka Lake State Park has countless hiking and biking trails for your fresh-air fix. For the shopaholics, a Keuka Lake vacation rental in the quaint villages of Penn Yan or Hammondsport will put you next to charming boutiques, galleries, and antique shops. Hammondsport is also home to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to Finger Lakes aviation and cultural history.


Nature's paradise for boaters and oenophiles

Indulge in some premium reds, whites, and bubblies at more than a dozen local wineries. Better yet, leave the driving to the professionals and join an organized tour. The lake's pristine waters draw boaters from all over, and you can rent anything from paddle boats to jet skis to speed boats, or let others take the wheel on chartered fishing trips and cruises. The shallow waters make for great summer swimming, and the surrounding area has lots of options for hiking, cycling, and hunting (permit only, of course). In the winter, hit the slopes for some prime skiing and snowboarding.


A lake of fun for all seasons

Keuka Lake sees all 4 seasons in their full glory. Summer is prime swimming and boating season, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s from June to September. Pack your sweaters for October and November, when it's harvest time at the wineries and the fall foliage comes alive in a fiery display of colors. From November to April, your Keuka Lake vacation rental will likely be blanketed in snow, so don't forget your parkas and boots for some below-freezing temps. The thaw typically begins in April, and temperatures can see a wide swing through the end of May.

Natural features

A fertile land of wines and fishes

The pristine glacial waters of Keuka Lake are surrounded by picturesque rolling vineyards, which comes as no surprise given that the Finger Lakes are the largest wine-producing region in the eastern United States. Thanks to its unique Y shape, the lake is the only one in the country, and one of few in the world, that flows both north and south. Its relatively shallow waters are home to huge populations of fish, including several varieties of trout, salmon, bass, and perch, making it a freshwater fishing paradise.

How many vacation rentals are available around Keuka Lake, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 499 vacation rentals around Keuka Lake. From 240 cottage rentals to 232 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Keuka Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Keuka Lake. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Finger Lakes: 1,400 vacation rentals
  • Penn Yan: 498 vacation rentals
  • Hammondsport: 386 vacation rentals
  • Canandaigua: 139 vacation rentals
  • Upstate New York: 3,721 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Keuka Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Keuka Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Keuka Lake:

  • Penn Yan: 498 rentals
  • Hammondsport: 386 rentals
  • Canandaigua: 139 rentals
  • Geneva: 420 rentals
  • Watkins Glen: 302 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Keuka Lake?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Keuka Lake. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Keuka Lake State Park: 332 rentals
  • Seneca Lake State Park: 380 rentals
  • Sampson State Park: 592 rentals
  • Watkins Glen International: 421 rentals
  • CMAC Performing Arts Center: 393 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Keuka Lake listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.