On the Road: Skaneateles

By WBNG News

August 2, 2010 Updated May 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM EDT

Skaneateles, NY (WBNG Binghamton) WBNG is going "On The Road" this summer visiting tourist destinations throughout the Twin Tiers. Today, Action News reporter Matt Markham takes us up Route 81 to Onondaga County and Skaneateles.

It's as clear as the water in Skaneateles when you walk around the village why the Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes is so beautiful.

Maybe it's the gentle chop of the water and the boats taken only by the wind. Or maybe a stay at Mirbeau Inn & Spa has changed your outlook!

"Our goal is to be just something that's really unique for hospitality. Whether it's -- you come here just for dinner, the spa for the day, or spend the night with us and do all three," said Chris Pulito, general manager of Mirbeau Inn & Spa.

At Mirbeau, You can sample a glass of Finger Lakes wine from their award-winning wine bar, dine overlooking a real-life replica of a Monet painting, and melt your worries away with a massage or yoga at the spa.

"Escape for a night, weekend, were you can really get here and find rebalancing in your own life, reconnect with those you care about and love," Pulito said.

The name "Skaneateles" is actually derived from the Iroquois which means "long lake," which makes sense because Skaneateles Lake is about 17 miles in length. There's a lot to do out there if you're someone who enjoys the outdoors. You can rent a boat, kayak, pontoon or fishing boat for the day from the Skaneateles Marina.

"Before you decide to buy a boat, come on out and rent one. That way you get an idea, you get a feel for the boat," said Joe Loperfido at the Skaneateles Marina.

Or if you take to the lake, your other half may take to town and shop around at the boutiques.

"You can really come here, and go to your event not feeling as though you're going to look like the lady sitting next to you," said Geraldean Lantier of Skaneateles 300, a women's fashion boutique on the corner of Genesee Street and Jordan Street in the village.

"Once you get here, there are not too many other places like this I think in the entire world. We hear that a lot. It's a very beautiful village, with unique shops, and awesome dining," said Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce

On the food end of things, stop by Skaneateles Bakery and Patisserie -- two of my personal favorites. You can swing by Anyela's winery on Route 41A, on the west shore of Skaneateles lake.

And if you want to "do as the locals do," go for a burger or ice cream at Skanellus just outside of the village.

"We get a lot of people here. There's days when there's a line out the door and we're just running around trying to do what we can to get everyone served," said Cassandra Kent at Skanellus.

"This is a great place, an easy drive to come to a place where many people would sooner take an airplane to get to," Lantier said.

"We all really work together to try and make it a fun place for families, couples," Dove said

And it's just an hour's drive for most of us.

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