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What to Pack
Even seasoned travelers tell us that packing for a trip is the hardest part of their vacation planning. So let us, longtime or native Finger Lakes residents, give you some wardrobe tips that will keep you comfortable no matter what the weather and let you fit in socially with what you're doing.
Let's tackle Finger Lakes weather trends first.
Winter: Our typical winter day could reach 25 to 30 degrees during the day but dip down to the teens or single digits at night. On extreme days, there could be windchill making those numbers feel much colder. January is definitely the coldest month. Heavy winter coats, scarves, hats and waterproof boots that keep your feet toasty and dry and skid-proof are recommended, especially if you are going to spend time outdoors. Indoors, a good sweater or jacket is always fashionable and practical. And warm socks aren't a bad idea either. Layers are the way to go.
Spring: Late March and April are our temperamental months, when you could have daytime highs in the 50s or 60s, or even 70s, or you could get snow. So be prepared either way. Certainly a raincoat and warm under layers are advisable. But we won't frown if you pack that lightweight jacket either. True spring is here by early May, and that's when everything turns green and those shorts and T-shirts and sun hats really come in handy, thought nighttime temperatures can still be chilly, so keep a jacket around. Allergy alert: The pollen count is high in May, so pack your allergy meds.
Summer: Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer in the Finger Lakes, and it's safe to wear white and bring your swimsuit and flip flops. Daytime temperatures typically top out between the high 70s to the low 90s. In July or August, add a little humidity, and you could be working up a healthy sheen of perspiration. Shorts, T-shirts, summer dresses and sandals are all fair game. But keeping a sweater or light jacket or raincoat and umbrella for those occasional cool nights or rainy afternoons is highly recommended.
Fall: September can be summer-like during the day (up to the 70s or even 80s) and cool at night, when you'll want pants and a sweater. October definitely brings a bit of chill to the mornings, and by the time the sun goes down, you will want that heavier jacket and sweater as we could get frost. Pants and a light jacket during the day are the typical norm for daytime wear; you may need an extra sweater or heavier coat at night. It is not unusual to see a little snow by late November. Again, keep in mind that it might rain or be windy. Layers once again will keep your bases covered.
Now let's talk fashion. We are pretty laid back in the Finger Lakes, so unless you have a wedding or some other formal event, you can leave the evening gown and tuxedo at home. Country club casual is as formal as any restaurant gets around here, though for the most part, you are fine wearing nice jeans and shirt or other casual garb. But if your MO is to put on that fashionable dress or pressed khakis and bowtie, you'll get nods of approval from your peers. We embrace fashion diversity too.
Sunglasses and sunscreen: They are worth wearing year-round.
Footwear: Oh, there are so many ways to go with this. Hiking boots, flip flops, sneakers, running shoes. You choose! And, if you don't find it here, we 'll direct you to L.L. Bean or another great store, like Davidson's on Main Street, Canandaigua, NY.
Didn't pack it? We have stores that will outfit you for any adventure: formal dresses, outdoor gear, comfortable footwear for any terrain, T-shirts and everything in between.
Renting or Finding it here: There are a few sports outfitters in the area, in particular if you decide to ride a bike! Check out the Geneva Bicycle Shop, RV&E in Canandaigua, or for your watercraft needs, consider stopping in at Canandaigua Sailboarding.