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Current Water Temps In The Finger Lakes

For current and interactive temperature stats on Keuka Lake, you can visit the Keuka Lake Association’s page.  It will look like the graph below. The KLA has played an integral part in maintaining the sparkling clean waters of Keuka Lake.  The organization was formed in 1956 and is composed of a very dedicated board that keeps abreast of all issues in the watershed that could potentially affect the water quality of the lake.  If you have any water quality questions about Keuka Lake, these are the people to contact. 

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 The temperatures on the other Finger Lakes are averaging around 70 degrees, a comfortable temperature for all of your water sports.   Skaneateles Lake is showing a modest 67 degrees earlier this morning.  I see at least another two weeks of comfortable lake temps for swimming and water skiing.

Enjoy the lake while you can !

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Rethinking The Addition Of An Outdoor Kitchen

One of the biggest decorating and remodeling trends in the last ten years, was to add an outdoor kitchen.

 Sounds great, right?  Before you take on a project like this, I have some recommendations.

  1. Decide on how much your budget will be.  Added costs could be running water lines to outdoor sinks and electrical  wiring to outdoor refrigerators and the ability to run appliances.  You do not want to depend on extension cords.
  2. Be realistic on how much you will be using it.  Is this a whim that just sounds great, or do you spend a lot of time outdoors?
  3. Will you enjoy being in the full sun for hours cooking? You may want to consider a covered area to maintain a shield from the sun and this will be an additional cost to the project.
  4. How will the outdoor elements in your locality affect your outdoor kitchen?  Salt water ice and cold can be very harmful on just about anything,
  5. Will there be additional maintenance involved to shut things down and open back up because of weather concerns?  In the North, water lines will have to be drained and turned off.  How will snow and ice accumulation affect stone walls and floors ? Will your appliances be affected by salt water in the air?
  6. Will you be selling your home in the near future or is there the possibility?  If so, your money may be better spent inside the home where you will receive a better return on your investment.
  7. Talk to friends and family to get some input on what they like and don’t like about their outdoor kitchen.  Ask them what they would do differently if they had to do it all over. Their input will help in your decision-making.

Installing an outdoor kitchen can run between $3,000 and $10,000.  Of course this number can run higher if more upgrades are added such as a covered area pictured on the right. 

Depending on the design you choose, the proximity of the home may be an important factor as well.  Even if you love the outdoors, you still have to get items from point A to point B.

After all the review and debate and you favor an outdoor kitchen installation, remember to request estimates from at least three contractors.  You will want to visit some completed sites as well. 

When complete, don’t forget to invite your friends and family to share in your enjoyment !


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Anne Hathaway Takes Time For Keuka Lake !

Anne Hathaway the adorable actress know for so many roles in various movies such as “The Princess Diaries”, “Broke Back Mountain” and “The Devil Wears Prada” has been spending the past week trekking around Keuka Lake with her parents that have a home here in Yates County.

photo by Scott Meyer

Perez Hilton actually disclosed this little get-a-way for Anne on his gossip column.  Anne was spotted in both the Villages of Penn Yan and Hammondsport stopping in various shops.  She was also spotted at a few of the wineries that dot the area around Keuka Lake and at a few of the restaurants such as the Esperanza.   The businesses in the Keuka Lake area were surprised to see their names listed in a gossip column, but most found it quite fun.

This area is not immune to star-studded actors and actresses finding a delightful refuge in the area. In fact there are several celebrities that have second homes on the Finger Lakes, allowing them to escape to a more private and civilized setting.  Since Keuka Lake is less than a 6 hour drive from NYC and an hour flight into the airport from NYC, it makes it a sensible place to get away to for many of the privileged. Stars find that they are able to come and go as they please with minimal fanfare.

Anne comes to the area to visit with her parents, and why not.  Keuka Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Finger Lakes and a favorite of so many with the charming little hamlets and villages that are found around the lake.  Anne we love when you visit the area, so please visit often!

Of course since hearing of Anne Hathaway being in the area, many have their eyes open for the possibility of a sighting. 

If you are interested in finding a delightful lakefront home on Keuka Lake and experience the relaxation and joy that so many have already found, then call, text or email me.

This information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377,

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The Once Again Shop In Penn Yan –


I am fortunate to live in a relatively small town just outside of the Village Of Penn Yan in Yates County ( On the North end of Keuka Lake ).  It may be small but the people are large at heart.  This community comes together to assist many underprivileged families through clothing, housing and food.  One of the assets the community offers is “The Once Again Shop” a well-known thrift shop in Penn Yan.  Stroll through the  doors and you walk into a treasure chest.  Everything inside of this building has been donated through the generosity of many.  Browsers can find clothing, furniture, knick-knacks and everything in between all priced quite reasonably.  In fact buyers can fill up a plastic garbage bag with unpriced clothes, all for $5.00.  If the buyer needs linens, then a bag will cost $6.oo.  It has become the shopping place for many in need and the treasure trove for those looking for something they can leave with as a “great find”.

To keep the place running, many ,many volunteers are required.  There are sorters, cashiers, and even those that try to fix some of the items that are dropped off.  There are even administrative volunteers that make sure there are enough volunteers for each day.

The money that is raised is split up between the various churches in the community, so that they can best serve their respective members.

The shop is open from Wednesday through Sat from 10 Am until 4 PM. Saturdays during the summer the shop closes at 1PM.  Items can be dropped off on Mon and Tues preferably and for those donating large items, a phone call is preferred first.   They are always looking for volunteers.

100 East Elm Street  Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-3620

 If you are in the area vacationing and looking for something to do, stop in.  You might be surprised at what you can find. It is also a great place to leave those items you no longer need.  Re-use and re-purpose will allow someone else to gain some enjoyment from those pieces.


This information brought to you by Mary St. George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377,, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living !

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Learn The Top 5 Secrets To Getting Your Home Sold Quickly…


Preparing your home for sale can be very overwhelming and stressful.  To minimize   the anxiety, concentrate on what will give you the best bang for your buck and get your home sold quickly.  If your over all goal is to sell your home, then the quicker it is sold, the better you will feel.  Now lets talk about how to arrive at that quick sale.

Below you will find five tried and true secrets to selling your home.  It does not matter if it is a simple ranch or a multi-million  dollar estate.

You can not “make” a buyer purchase a home, not even the most seasoned Realtor can accomplish that unfathomable goal.  Your home will sell itself within the first 10 seconds to the right buyer.

Click to continue reading “Learn The Top 5 Secrets To Getting Your Home Sold Quickly…”

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