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5/28/2022 – New Tours in the Works Skaneateles, Belhurst

We have had great feedback from our guests over the last three seasons and one thing some of you have mentioned was interest in shorter tours in the 1-2 hour range. Dennis and I have debated potential locations for shorter tours that will still pack in the fun and beauty of the Finger Lakes. One potential location is the always stunning and dynamic Skeneateles Lake. Today we put in at the fishing access a few miles south on Route 41A. From there it is just under 2 and a half miles to the historic village of Skaneateles. Paddling into a light headwind through a picturesque landscape dotted with luxurious lake houses and sprawling estates, we made our way north to the bustling shoreside downtown. With numerous restaurants, shops, and historic homes, the several blocks that make up the business district are alive with activity. People were out and about enjoying the parks, docks, and many businesses this gem of the Finger Lakes has to offer. After watching the Judge Ben Wiles, a large tour vessle, pull up to the public dock and discharge a large group of sightseers, we set off south, back to the fishing access point. Our return was quickened by the steady north wind we had previously paddled against. Skaneateles certainly has the ability to wow visitors to the Finger Lakes.

The next potential tour location we wish to explore is south from the Finger Lakes Welcome Center on Seneca Lake to historic Belhurst Castle, just south of the city of Geneva. This tour would begin at the Finger Lakes Visitors Center and end at Belhurst Castle, a distance of two and a half miles.

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