Finger Lakes, New York
Summer revolves around the water, as does the tone of the community. There are trout derbies on Seneca Lake, day cruises on the winding Canandaigua Lake and picnics at anchor on Cayuga Lake.
All 11 lakes are open enough to be called naturally serene. Finger Lakes wine is regarded as among the best in the United States outside of California, and the region is generally in an economic upsurge. That's why there's a lot of lakefront property being developed in the area.
"There's controversy up here on how much is wise to build," says Pat Charland, vice president of marketing at the Finger Lakes Visitor's Connection. "It's sort of a delicate balance."
How do you keep the ambience while reaching out to new boating neighbors? It's a good problem to have in any area where boaters want to live.
Scorecard (scale of 1-5)
Waterfront Availability: 4
Ease for Boaters: 4
Strong Boat-Related Business: 3
Number of Good Boating Days: 2