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Pristine waters beckon...

I am always astonished how clear the water is in Skaneateles Lake. The whole community and area... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lakedude3794
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Seneca Falls, New York
Absolutely Charming

We spent a grey summer day exploring this historic town. Immaculately maintained Renaissance... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
Elfma
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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This clean, serene lake is the easternmost of New York's Finger Lakes.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“doug's fish fry” (16 reviews)
“beautiful homes” (19 reviews)
“quaint shops” (11 reviews)
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I am always astonished how clear the water is in Skaneateles Lake. The whole community and area reflect the fact that, as a major water supply, there is more care given to the area. Prosperous and friendly, laid back with a plethora of great restaurants,...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We spent a grey summer day exploring this historic town. Immaculately maintained Renaissance Revival homes line the streets off the main avenue, wonderful gardens, nice farmers market, enough shops, stores, casual restaurants and handmade ice cream parlors to keep anyone happily occupied for a day...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We love visiting this lake and the picturesque town that shares the same name. It is pretty, small-town, and has lots of quaint shops and such located along the main street. The town serves as the host of the annual Dickens Festival in December, which...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Skaneateles Lake (aren't you glad you aren't a first grader who lives there and has to spell the name) is a beautiful, sometime very choppy lake in the Finger Lakes chain. At the north end of the lake is the beautiful town of Skaneateles that...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

34 State Street is a beautifully restored 1840's residential exquisitely decorated with modern bathrooms, mechanicals, electronics, etc. Bed & pillows best ever, excellent self serve breakfasts. Last but not least, Katie & Jack are wonderful hosts. We did not want to leave!

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Skaneateles is a beautiful small town with a wonderful lake that is clear and clean enough for swimming! We did not see any showers there. Public bathroom iare about 1 1/2-2 blocks away. If you want to stay dry, you can take the boat tour...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

We try to make a breakfast date several times a year in Skaneateles. First go to the Skan Bakery and then go sit by the lake and have coffee and breakfast sandwich.

Thank Tom W
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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

The lake is one of the cleanest in the US and offers beautiful scenery, both by foot or driving along it in a car. Hope we got to re-visit during the summer so we can have a swim.

Thank Kenneth S
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Park in town and you can’t miss the gorgeous lake. There is a pier and a few small parks to take a closer look. Beautiful homes surrounding the the lake. This is a great small town. Only 25 minutes from Syracuse but a world away.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

My BAE has wanted to visit Skaneateles for many years, but didn't tell me until recently. So, on a visit to Cooperstown, we took a leisurely drive over. The trip along one of the country's oldest divided highways, US 20, was a trip back in...More

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sandybeach49
18 October 2016|
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Response from askeydesign | Reviewed this property |
Everyone has answered the parking question. Sherwood Inn is nice for lunch also and you can sit on the porch and view the lake. They have a tavern menu also. I don't think the boats are running now, but check with them... More
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gmkbflo
18 September 2016|
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Response from pat b | Reviewed this property |
i do not think u will find anything reasonable in town. Couple of places are on the way into town though and can be a 10 min walk at best/
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Kathy14450
13 July 2016|
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Response from gzaborsky |
Most of the land on Skaneateles Lake is privately owned. There is a beautiful park right in town at the north end of the lake that would be great for a picnic. For a nice dinner, I recommend the Sherwood Inn or the Blue... More
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