Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes

How To Have a Great Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes!

Whether you’d like a jam-packed adventurous Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes or a laid-back family-fun weekend, Hammondsport is the place to stay and experience it all. What a special way to honor this federal holiday! After all, the Finger Lakes region is the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Don’t forget to request access to our Vacation Guide, where you can find all things Hammondsport, like the area’s best restaurants, great outdoor activities, shopping spots, and more. 

Top 3 Reasons to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes Are the Birthplace of Memorial Day

Although it has been debated over where the origin of Memorial Day took place, in 1966, former President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the official “birthplace” of the holiday.  

When General John B. Murray, a Civil War hero, developed a committee to devote the day to honor the fallen heroes in 1865, shortly after the Civil War, women all over met to create wreaths, crosses, and bouquets for each veteran’s grave. Today, we continue to remember our fallen heroes with these same traditions. So, what better place to gather with your friends and family and celebrate our national heroes while enjoying the rich history of the Finger Lakes

Keuka Lake Has Everything You Need to Celebrate Memorial Day

What’s better than having a leisurely day at the lake with your family? Cruise around the lake on a rental boat, jet ski, kayak, or bike around the perimeter of Keuka Lake! If you’d rather take a chauffeured tour around the lake, check out the “Pat II” presented by the Finger Lakes Boating MuseumOr check out OnKeuka for a custom tour. After a day on the lake, grab a bite to eat and a local brew from Steuben Brewing and continue enjoying the stunning views of Keuka Lake.  

If you feel like venturing out to the north end of Keuka Lake, you’ll have 621 acres to explore at Keuka Lake State Park! Pack a picnic and enjoy fishing and swimming along 60 miles of shoreline. You’ll enjoy shimmering water views against a clear blue sky and lush vineyard-covered slopes.  

There Are so Many Ways to Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is known for its wine growing and making, so it’s only fitting to get out and taste your surroundings! There are more than 100 Finger Lake wineries to explore. Check out our Guide to the Best Stops on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Don’t forget a Wine Tasting Passport so you can visit all six member wineries in one day! 

Not only do we have some of the best wine trails in the country, but there are plenty of great breweries too. One of our favorites, the Finger Lakes Brewing Company, is right next door to The Hammondsport Hotel. Just a short, one-mile drive from the village of Hammondsport, you can find The Brewery of Broken Dreams, located in a historic building circa 1889 that uses locally grown ingredients to craft its brews.   

Join Us for Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes at the Hammondsport Hotel  

Are you ready for Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes? Make The Hammondsport Hotel your home base, so you and your family are close to all the area’s local activities and attractions! Since our hotel sits on the southern tip of Keuka Lake, you can be on the lake before you know it!  

Choose any of our comfortable rooms and enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. The kids will love the indoor heated pool! Parents, you’ll enjoy relaxing at one of our outdoor firepits with some local wine or brews you bring back from your tastings!  

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Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes