The Finger Lakes makes Yahoo.com's list of lakeside vacation destinations. The region has some good company like Lake Tahoe, Lake Geneva. and Lake George.
Here's what Yahoo. com writes:
The Finger Lakes, New York
For: Wineries, pretty villages, and the great outdoors
Oenophiles can explore the more than 100 wineries that line the shores of these 11 long, slim Finger Lakes, created by glacial activity more than two million years ago. Wine tour maps are available, or hire Finger Lakes Winery Tours to take you around. Don’t miss the village of Skaneateles, so pretty that Norman Rockwell might have created it. Book rooms at the nearby Mirbeau Inn and Spa, which has an excellent restaurant. Visit the Corning Glass Museum, where you may also make your own glass object. Save time to hike in Watkins Glen State Park in Ithaca, where you can climb past 19 waterfalls.
Sailing On Cayuga Lake- FingerLakesCentral.com