The Magical Appeal of Keuka Lake


There are pages on Facebook for everything and most likely every lake. And there are several pages for Keuka Lake.  The one that seems to be the most popular is ” I ♥ Keuka Lake”   Many of the posts talk about longing to get back to the lake.  People follow the current weather conditions, look at pictures as the seasons change and talk about the cottages they have been brought up in and could never leave.  There seems to be something very magical about Keuka Lake.


Is it the friendly faces?  Or is it the quaint little villages and hamlets that surround the lake?  Maybe it is the natural charm of it’s setting, surrounded by a landscape dotted with trees, vineyards and rolling hills of hay.  It could be the casual settings of the various lakeside restaurants where you can visit via boat or car.  Is there something in the air or maybe it all starts in the water.  There is something that captivates folks and maybe it is just a combination of everything that is and surrounds the lake.


Many love to come here because once here, they are compelled to slow down and relax.  Yes, you can still get internet service and cable around the lake, but most seem to forget all about it and just concentrate on being happy and enjoying the lake.  It is easy to do with so many restaurants serving locally produced goods, wineries uncorking enough blends to satisfy every palate and even craft breweries with enough choices that will have you bringing home a growler of your favorite.


The “lakers”, those that have a place on the lake or live on the lake refer to it as the “Keuka Lifestyle”.  When the lakers come back, you can find them in the local deli on the east side, The Olney Place ordering a fresh sandwich and checking the condition of the docks after the winter ice or find them at the Trading Post enjoying an early to mid day breakfast talking with their summer friends.


I am always looking to find what that magical ingredient is, so when you come to visit or stay, I will be looking for your answer to the magical appeal.  Maybe it is just sitting by a relaxing and warming fire by the lakeside after a day in the sun, and watching the fireflies dancing against the black of the night.

Of course if you come to visit and decide to stay, you know to contact the most engaging lakefront Realtor® on the lake to purchase your magical place on the lake… just call me.


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Fall “Into” The Finger Lakes



Driving from a client’s property near Hammondsport on Keuka Lake, I felt compelled to stop and take some photos.  I should have stopped more but had to get to another appointment.  As I looked at the photos, it reminded me of the reasons that have made the Finger Lakes area such a destination area in the Fall.  Folks come from near and far for the fall colors and views and of course the wine trails. As you drive down the road on a nice warm day with the windows open, the aromas of the vineyards take over your senses. The visual experience is just as powerful.  It becomes difficult to not stop…you become compelled to stop and saturate your senses.  The colors, the smell, the contrast of the bright blue skies against the autumnal colors in the horizon are all there for you to capture if only in your mind.


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Keuka Lake – Closing for Summer …

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Morgans Marina at night fall…


The tubes and skis are being cleaned and put away. the temporary docks are being removed and stored for the next season and the boats have been brought over to the marina to rest until next spring when the warmer weather comes rolling back in.  You will still find a few boats tied up to their docks, permanent docks that is. They most likely will belong to the avid fishermen…you know the die hards, the ones that will be out their in the frigid temps, as long as the lake is not iced up.

Barb Cavaluzzi recorded a video of one of the sea planes coming into Morgan’s Marina in Penn Yan NY on Keuka Lake.  Once the marina has all of the boats in, the docks will eventually be pulled up and it will lay barren until spring. This will most likely mean the end of the sea planes until  next spring as well.

Sea Plane docking on Keuka lake

In the fall many will come back to their second homes to take advantage of the chance to use their vacation home here on Keuka Lake for the last time, they will visit some of the wineries and just sit back and enjoy the views.  Nothing wrong with that, especially if you have a nice glass of wine and a dancing fire  to take the chill out of the air.  Speaking of the air, oh my…how fragrant it is this time of year.  The apples and grapes are being harvested and the aroma is undeniably lovely.

So even though it is hard to say goodbye to another wonderful season, there are still a few things that we can look forward to as the seasons change.  There may not be anymore waterskiing to be done, but there will be fresh apples, cider and chestnuts and you may even find someone roasting the chestnuts over an open fire. The wineries are all introducing their new vintages, and many of the cheese makers will be doing their pairings with the wineries.    This is also the time of the year that the locals, the ones that are involved in the seasonal businesses on the lake like myself ( you know – your favorite lakefront real estate agent on Keuka Lake ),  actually have a chance to enjoy the lake and it’s beauty for what it is.    Things are slowing down for us, at least for me with lakefront sales and it gives me time to catch up with some of the other business owners.

Let me know what your favorite activity is in the fall in the Finger Lakes or at least on Keuka Lake. I would love to hear from you !






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Color Your World


Keuka Lake, Mary St.GeorgeAs real estate agents in the Finger Lakes, we always advise our clients to use neutral colors on the walls when preparing their homes for sale.

However, when you are the new owner – paint away.  The home is now yours and you need and want to put your personal touches on your new space, those touches that make it yours.  You can choose to make your home warm and cozy or bold and lively.  Or you may want to stick to a very conservative and neutral palette.  If you don’t like the color you chose, you can always redo with minimal John Wick: Chapter 2 movie now

A little information about colors:

Blue is great for bedrooms – it is a cool color that brings a calming effect.  Pale blue is a soothing color for a nursery. ( The blue waters of the Finger Lakes are a soothing attraction to visitors)

Purple is regal and royal with the use of deep colors. When lavender is used, it becomes playful.

Green is the color of our world and it creates a feeling of energy.   A great color to put in areas like family rooms.

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A Keuka Lake Inspired Poem “The Day” by Jonathan Heller

Keuka Lake can be an inspiration for so many things.   A young man by the name of Jonathan Heller wrote the following poem based on his love of Keuka Lake.  Enjoy !



THE DAY by Jonathan Heller

Small waves gently …
splash ashore
Birds sing their morning songs                                           Keuka Lake
Boats start up
As they prepare to go out
Children swim,laugh
The table is set
Dinner is ready
Adults chatter on and on
About their day
Children rush to eat
So they can play hide-n-go-seek
They laugh and scream joyfully
At night the campfire
As marshmallows
All is done
Children are hushed by parents
To sleep….shhhhhh……
The day ends:

Keuka Day

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