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Trouble Packing? Check Out This Finger Lakes Packing List for Every Season

Packing is the most dreaded part of any vacation. Next to having to leave to go back home, that is! So, how can you make packing for vacation easier? We’ve created a Finger Lakes packing list for every season to help you pack more efficiently and with peace of mind that you have everything you need! 

Request our Hammondsport Destination Guide when you’re ready to start planning your trip. This planning tool contains local insight into the best things to do in Hammondsport and Keuka Lake!  

The Ultimate Finger Lakes Packing List for Every Season


Average Temperatures: High 36°F, Low 19°F 

While the Finger Lakes region of New York State is often associated with warm-weather getaways, winter is our area’s best-kept secret. With below-freezing temperatures and an average of 47 inches of snow per year, winter is a great time of year to visit Hammondsport if you’re seeking winter weather, excellent skiing, and fewer visitors.  

Here’s what to add to your winter packing list: 

  • Layers 
  • Winter coat 
  • Gloves, sweater, and a hat 
  • Warm socks 
  • Waterproof boots  


Average Temperatures: High 58°F, Low 36°F 

The snow melts as winter turns to spring, and flowers begin to bud along the local hiking trails. However, it’s important to remember that spring weather arrives later in the season, usually around May. If you’re visiting in March or April, we recommend bringing a variety of apparel, as temperatures can change drastically between day and night. 

Here’s what to add to your spring packing list: 

  • Layers  
  • Raincoat  
  • Waterproof boots 
  • Light jacket or coat 
  • Short and long sleeve tops 
  • Short and long bottoms 


Average Temperatures: High 81°F, Low 59°F 

Summer is the more idyllic season in the Finger Lakes. Our area offers relief from the unbearable summer heat of other regions of the U.S. With high temperatures in the 80s, it’s possible to spend the entire day outdoors. From splashing in Keuka Lake to dining at lakeside restaurants, there are so many ways to enjoy the mild summers in the Finger Lakes

Here’s what to add to your summer packing list: 

  • Bathing suits 
  • Flip-flops  
  • Water shoes 
  • Sunscreen 
  • A soft, portable cooler 


Average Temperatures: High 62°F, Low 43°F 

As locals, fall is our favorite season in the Finger Lakes. During this time of year, you can view incredible fall foliage, enjoy sweater weather, and enjoy fewer crowds as tourist season dies down. It’s also a great time of year to visit the vineyards along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Here’s what to add to your fall packing list: 

  • Layers 
  • Camera 
  • Waterproof boots 
  • A light jacket or raincoat  

Stay at the Hammondsport Hotel

Now that you know what to add to your Finger Lakes packing list, it’s time to decide where to stay. In America’s Coolest Small Town, the Hammondsport Hotel offers a variety of accommodations, including Standard 2 Queen Rooms2 Queen SuitesStandard King RoomsKing Suites, and accessible accommodations.

Room at Hammondsport Hotel

Our guests also enjoy free access to our hotel amenities like daily breakfast, a 24-hour exercise facility, an outdoor fire pit, an indoor pool, and more! 

Check our availability to start planning your trip to the Finger Lakes!