Family-Friendly Lodge with Spa and Indoor Water Park
Spring and summer in New York’s Finger Lakes region means hiking, fishing, and swimming in the area’s many pristine lakes. At Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center, you can enjoy the weather by zip-lining over a canopy of evergreens or riding a coaster down a mountainside at the resort’s Adventure Center. The Adventure Center—as well as its indoor water park—helped Hope Lake Lodge earn a spot on TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 25 Large Hotels & Resorts for Families in the World.
At the onsite Cascades Indoor Waterpark (2-day passes are included with this Getaway), you’ll find slides and a wave pool that surges with 67,000 gallons of water. At Little Bear Falls, kids can splash on a swing set or pint-size water slide. Later, you can unwind at Waterfalls Spa, where services include hydrotherapy and vichy treatments.
The resort resembles an alpine lodge with a crackling 40-foot-tall stone fireplace and walls made of thick timber. Suites are trimmed with knotted-wood accents and equipped with full kitchens and flat-screen TVs. In the morning, visit the Acorn Grill for farm-fresh eggs, scrumptious cinnamon rolls, and other breakfast fare.
New York’s Finger Lakes: Rolling Vineyards, Deep Gorges, and More than 1,000 Waterfalls
The Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York gets its name from 11 long, thin lakes that were forged by glaciers thousands of years ago. The upheaval created breathtaking geography—more than 1,000 waterfalls spill down the sides of the area’s famous rocky gorges.
Take in more of the “gorges” scenery while enjoying the region’s outdoor activities. Fishing, boating, and hiking are its biggest draws—head to Watkins Glen State Park to follow a 2-mile trail past 19 waterfalls—along with more than 100 wineries. You can sample award-winning rieslings on wine trails that ring Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca Lakes.
Ithaca, which borders Cayuga Lake, is the region’s largest town. Come for the postcard-worthy views of Ithaca Falls, and stay for the small-town charm. Downtown Ithaca’s historical buildings house bistros, boutiques, and taverns that serve local wine from the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. This is also where you’ll find Cornell University, one of New York’s two Ivy League schools.