Plan Your Visit
Exciting Area Activities
You have probably heard that Skaneateles ranks as one of the top small towns in the U.S.! If you are thinking of visiting, why not come during SkanFest to enjoy some of the concerts held throughout the month?
We are a village of shops and restaurants at the top of Skaneateles Lake – a pristine 16 mile long glacial lake – the Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes. We are only 30 minutes from Syracuse and about an easy 60-70 minute drive from Binghamton, Ithaca, or Rochester.
There is always plenty to do during the day before each concert. If you are outdoorsy, imagine yourself kayaking, boating, or swimming in the lake or hiking the trails through the surrounding hills. There are also nearby wine trails on Cayuga and Seneca Lake and of course, Skaneateles’ own Anyela’s Vineyards, host of our Saturday concerts at the Robinson Pavilion.
The Finger Lakes, while known for wine, also home to many craft breweries and even a chocolate trail! Locally, we have many shops and galleries featuring local artisans to peruse and much local history to explore. Did you know that the Underground Railroad ran through this area and that William Seward, Secretary of State under Lincoln, lived in Auburn at Seward House and helped Harriet Tubman establish a rest home there, now a national park site? Auburn, only about 10 miles west, features these historical museums and two highly regarded art museums, The Schweinfuth Art Center and The Cayuga Museum . You might even want to attend a performance at the Auburn Public Theater on a night you aren’t at one of our concerts.
The websites below have lots of information on these and other things to do locally.
THE LEAST COMMON INSTRUMENTS HEARD AT THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE THE