Skaneateles Travel Guide

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Skaneateles Things to Do

  • Reflect on the lake....

    Reflect on the lake or have the lake reflect you. Either way it is the path to tranquility. Both the east and the west side of town have small parks with lake front access. The west side is the most frequented and that is also where the dog walks and the joggers track are so we tend to the east side (Thayer Park) where there is less foot...

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  • the most obvious thing.....

    The most obvious thing to do when you visit a lake town is to take a boat tour.Mid-Lakes Navigation Company offers daily tours of the lake on one of two boats (the Barbara S. Wiles vessel is shown in the accompanying pics). You get to view the lakefront of some of the mansions on the lake, the Sherwood Inn and the lovely wooded shores (which is...

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  • The Lake

    The lake you never want to miss. Such a peaceful lake. If I get time, I must walk around the whole lake. I like the bridge. Actually, it is not a real bridge. Just a bridge into the lake without the other bank. In winter, it often cover with snow and the water frozen. I don't know what it looks like in summer. I believe it is beautiful either.

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Skaneateles Restaurants

  • Memorable & Special

    The Krebs opened in 1899 & originally seated 25, has been added to until the dining room seats 150. The restaurant is furnished throughout with antiques, the tables covered with linen table cloths, adorned with fresh flowers from the Krebs' own formal English garden, the windows covered with lace curtains. In 1946, the upstairs, where Mr. and Mrs....

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  • Impeccable, memorable & incredible ...

    Beautiful Inn & restaurant on the Lake. I enjoyed dining on the Lakeside Porch it was scenic & a bit less formal. Service was impeccable, wine list incredible, food memorable, no complaints here ... Wonderful a la carte menu with fresh & wonderful seafood, salads, deserts, wines - everything was just incredible!

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  • All Skaneateles Restaurants

    I'll give everyone a hint of all applicable restaurants in Skaneateles, for such a great little town, there isn't much great about the restaurants.Sherwood Inn- overpriced for what you get, excellent atmosphere, but the food is pedestrian at best.Bluewater- again excellent atmosphere, but TGI Fridays has better food, Applebees quality food at an...

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Skaneateles Shopping

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    shopping on Genesee Street

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    Almost lost my wife in this store. If she hadn't gotten hungry she would probably have been in there another hour. If you like to see fine handicraft and artwork (from knick-knacks to floral pieces to small furniture) and you have a few bucks to spare, then you can go with my wife next time (and I'll sit down in Thayer Park). All kidding aside, the merchandise in this store was one-of-a-kind and the highest quality (and the prices were upscale too). The shop keepers like to talk and they will give you the history and pedigree of any piece you are interested in buying.

    What to buy: that special gift for the in-laws

    What to pay: expect to spend more than department store rates (but this is much better than department store quality)

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Skaneateles Local Customs

  • Wave to the Mailboat

    Every day during the summer months Midlakes Navigation Company offers customers the opportunity to tour around the lake on one of their boats. If you're on the lake or at a camp around the lake, make sure to wave to the boat. If you're on the boat, be sure to wave to all the people along the shore.

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  • local areas

    Skaneateles has had an interesting growth history from being a simple hamlet to the resort city it is now. During those growth years, communities of pople with similar interests or heritage have sprung up and been gathered into the Skaneateles township.Some of those communities are:Highland Way... area centered on Onondaga RdJones Beach... on the...

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  • listen for the chimes.....

    The clock tower in the center of town, chimes at 3,6,9 and 12. (2003)It is just another one of those little factors that unifies the townfolks and keeps them on the same time.Where we live (Rochester, NY), all we get is the emergency alert blast at 12-noon every Saturday when they test the civil-defense systems.I like the Skaneateles method better.

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Skaneateles Warnings and Dangers

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    nice quiet lakefront town

    by davecallahan Written Apr 29, 2007

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    Skaneateles has a "low risk" factor for all crimes except petty larceny which has an "average risk" factor. Petty larceny is troubling for shop owners but rarely has any affect on tourists. There are no sexual offenders registered in the area.

    So all in all, you can consider this resort stop to be safe for tourists. Especially if those tourists remember to lock their car doors and put their valuables in a locked trunk. There is no sense in tempting a thief, is there?

    We have been here several times and also our daughter has been and neither of us has had any problems. It is a nice quiet lake-front town as far as we tourists were concerned.

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Skaneateles Off The Beaten Path

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    If you have the kids with you on vacation or you are a romantic in a silly mood, then go with someone special (kids or lover) to Mr. Pudder's.

    This is your typical minitaure golf course where you try for a hole-in-one and are lucky if you can make it in four strokes but you always pencil in "2" on the score card. It is not a very difficult course as mini-golf goes but it is cute.
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    They have an ice-cream stand right next door, so if it is hot you can have a treat as reward for being such a good golfer.

    $7 for golf and $3 for the ice-cream (chocolate sprinkles are best) and a lot of fun.

    to get there:
    687 West Genesee Street (right on US20)

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