Nestled at the tip of Onandaga Lake, Syracuse is situated in the center of New York State. Surrounded by hills, the picturesque site became a center of industry after the establishment of the Erie Canal. Today, Syracuse has many of the amenities and cultural attractions of a city, but the feeling of a small town. Residents joke that they can get from one side Syracuse to the other in mere minutes. Yet, outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy everything the city has to offer will want to keep their foot on the gas until they reach the best of the Finger Lakes region. Lakes and mountains abound, and we suggest an overnight in the outsized verdant region. Kick up your feet beside the fire in a cottage with a mountain view or settle into the hot tub at a lakeside cabin at one of these unique rentals near Syracuse.