A quaint New York town beloved by "celebrities and presidents" has been named the most charming small town in the state of New York by HGTV.

When it comes to small towns that are known as 'quaint' or 'charming,' New York has a whole lot of 'em. Saratoga Springs, Hudson, and Chatham are a few that immediately come to mind for me that have that classic, Upstate New York small-town vibe. I am sure you have a few just like them that evoke that same small-town charm feeling.

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The Finger Lakes region is known for being home to many of these towns which deliver 'small-town charm' in buckets. One of those towns on the shores of Skaneateles Lake in Onondaga County is being recognized by a major TV network as one of the 50 most charming in the United States!

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HGTV has named their 50 most charming small towns in America, picking one stellar destination in every state. Their pick for most charming in New York? Skaneateles!

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Here is what HGTV had to say about this Finger Lakes gem:

Celebrities and former  presidents...like other visitors...come for live performances at the gazebo on Skaneateles Lake, the farm-to-table restaurants, tour boat cruises and racetrack, and to admire the beautiful waterfalls and restored buildings dating back to 1796.

 

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Skaneateles' quaint downtown area is literally right on the banks of picturesque Skaneateles Lake and has everything you would expect in a great New York small town. Great restaurants, shopping, and great places to stay, not to mention the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes.

According to the New York hamlet's official website, the town was founded by Revolutionary War Veterans who received land grants as payment for their service. The town is known for its great walkable downtown and as a popular wedding destination.

Learn more about this beautiful Finger Lakes town here!

Read On! 35 Reasons Why Everybody Loves the Finger Lakes

There are several great "destination pockets" in the area we call Upstate New York. Whether it be the historic mansions along the Hudson Valley, the small ski towns of the Catskills, the majesty of the Adirondacks, the diverse history of Central New York, or the beautiful region shrouded in Niagara's mist out west. And then there is the Finger Lakes! These 11 "finger like" lakes, spread out from (roughly) just west of Interstate 81 out through the Genesee Valley in Western New York This area is one of the state's great playgrounds.

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12 Diners and Cafes Well Worth the Drive to the Finger Lakes For

The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is known for its many fine restaurants and famous wineries. But, there are also a wonderful collection of smaller cafes and diners throughout the region.

This is a list of 12 of those iconic eateries which dot the roadsides of Upstate. Many are very small, Mom-and-Pop operations. Others are elegant cafes at which you could very well spend an hour or two having a cup of coffee or a fresh baked good. But, they all have one thing in common. They are all small!

We hope you enjoy this list of great little diners and cafes to stop at and enjoy the next time you are in the Finger Lakes area.

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