"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

July 10, 2017

July 8 – Skaneateles, NY

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today we drove over to Skaneateles Lake, a finger lake east of Ithaca, to check out the Finger Lake Lavender Festival. This area of New York is beauty...rolling hills, green pastures, beautiful tall trees, red barns and amazing views. The festival was at Lockwood Lavender Farm, which overlooks the lake. The farm is open daily in June and July for people to pick lavender bouquets, wander through their beautiful grounds taking pictures and shop for lavender products in the drying barn. But this weekend they also offered an arts and craft show, music and food. It was a great experience, but photo ops would have been better when the crowd was smaller. 

Pictures from the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival

When we left the festival we drove north along the lake to the town of Skaneateles...what a beautiful, very wealthy, little town. The houses along the lake were huge...VERY large estates with manicured lawns and fancy boathouses. The main street runs along the lake filled with high-end shops and old homes. The water in Skaneateles Lake is very clear and we found out later it's a spring feed lake, it was simple beautiful and reminder me of were my grandma lived on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.

Landscape in the area
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  1. Beautiful photos. I love upstate NY in the summer. But I don't like the winter! Now I live in Florida. :)

    1. That's the exact way I feel about Texas...it's a beautiful place to be in the winter but I don't like it in the summer! We have the best of both worlds this way. We'll be heading back to Texas the middle of October.