Long, narrow, and kind of parallel, the 11 lakes that spread out between Syracuse, Rochester, and Corning resemble fingers. At least, that is what early map makers thought when they sketched out the topography of the area in the 17th century. Today, the so-called Finger Lakes are a summer idyll for the outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy the region’s natural beauty and abundance of recreational activities. Not only does the lakeshore scenery make a wonderful backdrop for wine-tasting and driving, but the area provides plenty of opportunity for hiking, boating, and water-skiing. We suggest an overnight stay in a cabin by one of the lakes to fully enjoy the region’s natural beauty. This summer, book a cozy cabin with a private dock or a luxury tipi pitched beside the beach to make the most of your visit to the Finger Lakes.