We are visiting upstate NY, not yet decided exactly where, but we've heard the Finger Lakes are just gorgeous. Is this a very busy time in the area? We've heard about "leaf peeping" season, but we're from Australia and have no local knowledge. Is it advisable to book ahead if we're planning to stay in hotels at the Hampton Inn/Hilton Garden Inn level? We'd like to just wander along at our own pace, but we're big believers in TA hotel reviews and want to get hotels that rate well. Thanks in anticipation.