Where to Propose in NY’s Finger Lakes

Soulmate -check. Engagement ring -check. Perfect proposal spot-not yet. Whether you’re that outdoorsy couple looking for a stunning sunset engagement spot, a chic couple looking for a picture-perfect proposal, or you’re searching for a unique spot that will blow your partner away, the Finger Lakes has the spot for you. 

Where to Propose in NY’s Finger Lakes

On a Pier

With a perfect shot of the lake and surrounding mountains, one of the Finger Lakes’ piers would be the perfect spot to pop the question. The City Pier at Canandaigua Lake is a popular spot for proposals, no matter which time of year. Take your partner for shopping and sightseeing before proposing at the end of the pier. Afterwards, walk over to New York Kitchen Cafe for a celebration dinner. The Long Pier in Geneva is more of a traditional long pier and was voted one of the best places to take a photo. Grab some ice cream and walk to the end of the pier for a great view of the Geneva lakefront. 

Where to Propose in NY’s Finger Lakes

At a Winery

Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes is already one of the most romantic activities you can do. Incredible wines, stunning views, and gorgeous vineyards make for a great proposal spot. Take on the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail and visit favorites like Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars, Heron Hill Tasting Room, Inspire Moore Winery, and Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery. Depending on the time of year, you could propose in the vineyards or cuddled up in one of their cozy tasting rooms. 

In the Air

What better occasion to embark on a hot air balloon adventure than a proposal!? Finger Lakes Ballooning out of Auburn, NY is an amazing company and will bring you over rolling hills, gorgeous lakes, and picturesque farmland on this incredible adventure. Liberty Balloon Company operates out of Groveland and offers a one-of-a-kind flight over Letchworth State Park and the Western Finger Lakes. You can also arrange to have the balloon launch right from Sutherland House B&B! With a proposal like this, you and your partner will be floating on air. 


By a Waterfall

Waterfalls have always been favorites for proposals and the Finger Lakes does not have a shortage of incredible waterfalls. Letchworth State Park, frequently voted as one of the best attractions of the Finger Lakes, is a great place to bend the knee. Plan a sunrise visit to enjoy the entire place to yourself. If you want somewhere more private, there are plenty of lesser-known falls across the lakes. Grimes Glen is home to a 60-foot waterfall that would be perfect for popping the question. Robert H. Treman State Park is home to over a dozen waterfalls including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls. Watkins Glen State Park is another favorite with over 19 waterfalls to choose from. 

Where to Propose in NY’s Finger Lakes

With a View

If you’re looking for that jaw dropping background for a stunning engagement photo, look no further. The Finger Lakes has dozens of scenic overlooks and special spots to make for a picture-perfect proposal. Bristol Mountain, near Canandaigua Lake, is one of the best ski hills in the state and offers year-round activities. Take the fall color ride to the top of the mountain, hike around in the spring to find thousands of wildflowers, or strap on some snowshoes in the winter for a magical snowy wonderland. Carolabarb Park's scenic overlook is another great option that most people don’t know about. At the top of this hill lies a large meadow with a view of Canandaigua Lake. Bring a picnic during sunset for a gorgeous view or come at night and pop the question underneath the stars. 

Where to Propose in NY’s Finger Lakes

On the Water

Take to the sea! Or one of the Finger Lakes for your proposal. The Canandaigua Lady is a gorgeous paddlewheel boat that offers a variety of cruises. Take a lunch cruise and spend the rest of your day celebrating or embark on their dinner cruise and pop the question during sunset. For something more intimate, rent a kayak or canoe and paddle out on the waters. Just make sure your ring is secure!


At Sutherland House Victorian B&B

During your getaway to the Finger Lakes, stay at the Sutherland House Victorian B&B in Canandaigua. This stunning Victorian-era home is one of the most romantic spots in the entire region. Work with innkeepers Bob & Faye to plan your perfect proposal. You can have them adorn your room with roses and champagne while you’re away and come back to a beautiful setting. You can also pop the question during breakfast and have your ring delivered with your entree. The gorgeous gazebo on the property has been home to at least one proposal. The options are limitless!


No matter where you propose, come celebrate at Sutherland House B&B. With a background like the Finger Lakes, you’ll be guaranteed a yes!

Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast

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