Skaneateles has a superb supply of B&Bs, inns, and small hotels clustered around the lake and downtown, including a couple of the best inns in the entire region. Among the many (predominantly Victorian in style) B&Bs -- apart from the real standouts -- in Skaneateles are The Benjamin Porter House, 10 State St. (tel. 315/685-8611;; $225 double), an elegantly decorated, comfortable, and sophisticated 1805 Federal building in the heart of the village, walking distance to the lake; Lady of the Lake, 2 W. Lake St. (tel. 888/685-7997;; $132-$175 double), a large (and pet-friendly) lavender Queen Anne Victorian just off the main drag and facing the lake; Gray House, 47 Jordan St. (tel. 800/891-7118;; $99-$185 double), 1 block from the lake; and Frog Pond Bed & Breakfast, 680 Sheldon Rd. (tel. 315/685-0146;; $150 double), a 180-year-old stone house 2 miles north of Skaneateles on 125 acres.

More inexpensive lodging is available in motels on the outskirts of town on the way to either Syracuse or Auburn, such as Whispering Winds Motel, Route 20 (tel. 800/396-7719;; $79-$99 double), with a large, heated outdoor pool and open May through mid-October; and the recently renovated but simple Colonial Motel, Route 20 (tel. 315/685-5751; $79-$89 double), also with an outdoor pool.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.