Know what the weather is going to be like when you stay with Linger Hospitality in central New York. No matter when you visit, its a great time! Seasonal temperatures and weather conditions vary all year long, be sure to pack accordingly!


Each season offers something new to discover in gorgeous upstate New York. Linger Hospitality features stunning vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes of Central New York to suit a variety of tastes. Find lake properties, rural homes and urban rentals that compliment the landscape all year round.

So when’s the best time to visit the Finger Lakes? See below for more travel tips and weather information on Finger Lakes for the best time to plan your next trip to the historic and outdoor friendly region.

Visiting the Finger Lakes in Central New York in Spring

Discover budding trees, blooming flowers, and wine trails during springtime in the Finger Lakes. Weather is getting warmer with highs in the up to 70 by May in order to take advantage of Central New York’s outdoor experiences. In this shoulder season, pack waterproof hiking shoes to avoid mud that often comes with the spring thaw.

Temperatures can swing from day to night all year, but this is especially true in Spring. Bring light sweaters to layer and a warm jacket in order to stay warm in the crisp mornings and evenings. Cooler weather also means fewer crowds, so expect fewer lines at local Finger Lakes breweries and more budget-friendly lodging rates.

Summer in New York’s Finger Lakes

Summer is the perfect time of year to visit Central New York because it has something for everyone. Take advantage of temperatures of the 80s during the day by spending time swimming, fishing, ample water sports and boat rentals on the Finger Lakes. Hike trails at the multiple state parks, conservation areas, and national forest.

Bring sunscreen, sun hats and loose cotton clothes to stay cool during the heat of the day. Despite warm days, nights cool down so bring a light jacket or layers to get the most out of the long days.

Fall Might Be the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes in New York

Fall foliage in Central New York draws thousands of travelers to ‘peep’ leaves for this stunning time of year. Enjoy the bounty of harvest season by wine tasting in the Finger Lakes. Locally grown, small vineyards are perhaps best known for the white grape Riesling, but you will also find award-winning Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Noir varietals. Harvest can continue into November or even January for the coveted ice wines!

Weather in fall also varies with temperatures ranging from the occasional 70-degree days and down to crisp 30s at night. Bring plenty of long-sleeve layers, warm coats, and gloves to help keep you cozy even during all the outdoor harvest events.

Why Visit Central New York’s Finger Lakes in Winter

The Finger Lakes turn in to a winter wonderland for skiers and cold-weather pursuits in December through February. Temperatures will drop into the 20s, so down jackets, marino wool base layers and mittens are best paired with a hot toddy!

Note limited hours at the area wineries and attractions during the winter season, which also can mean budget-friendly pricing and special discounts. It’s also one of the best times to experience the regions ice wine varietals!

Discover Central New York’s Finger Lakes region at any time of year to find incredible wine, culinary delights and outdoor adventure. Discover how Linger Hospitality’s vacation rentals offer a small-town feel in this truly memorable destination!