Getaway: How to Spend a Weekend in Canandaigua

Adventure, Family Friendly, Getaway, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on October 27, 2022
Photo courtesy of The Lake House on Canandaigua

Just a short drive from Buffalo is the scenic Finger Lakes region. One popular destination among the lakes is the historic town of Canandaigua. Sitting north of the lake by the same name, Canandaigua offers a variety of dining and entertainment options, as well as stunning lakefront views all year round. If you’re looking for a quick trip close to home for a weekend excursion, Canandaigua should be top of your list.


Photo courtesy of The Lake House on Canandaigua
Photo courtesy of The Lake House on Canandaigua
Photo courtesy of The Lake House on Canandaigua

Where to Stay: The Lake House on Canandaigua

When planning your trip to Canandaigua, if you are looking for a stay filled with high-end accommodations in a family-friendly atmosphere, we highly recommend booking your stay at The Lake House on Canandaigua. The Lake House on Canandaigua is a family owned and operated hotel that has already earned numerous awards since opening in 2020. With 124 guest rooms, amenities include access to a year-round pool and hot tub, a luxurious spa, private event space, and on-site dining – just to name a few.

Photo courtesy of The Rose Tavern
Photo courtesy of The Lake House on Canandaigua
Photo courtesy of The Rose Tavern

Dining at The Lake House on Canandaigua

The Lake House on Canandaigua has recently added executive chef Steve Eakins and executive baker John Bard to the culinary team alongside food and beverage director, Nicholas Massimilian, to further the hotel’s culinary expertise. In the hotel, guest can find dining available at the Rose Tavern, the Sand Bar, the Library Bar, and the Pool Bar.

At the Rose Tavern, guest can enjoy a seasonal menu inspired by the Finger Lakes region. The Sand Bar offers an extensive beer and wine selection, fresh cocktails, and simple bar staples. Located off of the Lake House Lobby, the Library bar allows guests to cozy up by the fireplace or settle in at one of the seating nooks and enjoy house-baked pastries, specialty coffee drinks, charcuterie, and a selection of cocktails, wine and beer. Open seasonally, the Pool Bar features drinks and snacks to pair with a day spent by the water.


Photo courtesy of Simply Crepes
Photo courtesy of Young Lion Brewing

Other Places to Eat & Drink

Canandaigua has quite the local food scene. Popular places among locals include fine dining at Bon Ami French Bistro, finger food at The Green Front, and traditional American fare at Eric’s Office Restaurant. Need something to kick off your morning? Patty’s Place is a go-to breakfast diner while Simply Crepes offers a more refined breakfast experience. As far as dessert goes, Cheshire Farms Creamery is a must-visit for home churned ice cream and fresh baked goods.

The area is also scattered with breweries for beer lovers. Some favorites include Other Half Brewing, Twisted Rail Brewing Company, Young Lion Brewing Company, and Peacemaker Brewing Company.

Photo courtesy of The Lake House on Canandaigua
Photo courtesy of Canandaigua Sailboard

Enjoy the Waterfront

If you’re planning your stay in Canandaigua during the warmer months, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the waterfront. Rent kayaks and SUP boards with Canandaigua Sailboard, plan a relaxing cruise on The Canandaigua Lady, or rent a speed boat or pontoon right at The Lake House.


Photo courtesy of CMAC

Catch a Concert at the CMAC

The Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) is a great outdoor venue to see major touring artists in concert. Whether you are looking to be up close to the stage or prefer a cheaper seat on the lawn, the CMAC is always a fun place to catch some live entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Heron Hill Tasting Room
Photo courtesy of Heron Hill Tasting Room

Explore the Finger Lakes Wine Trail

Looking to dabble in some wine tasting? The Finger Lakes are known for their wineries and Heron Hill Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake is one worth visiting. Housed in a renovated 100-year-old barn, Heron Hill Tasting Room is the satellite location to the original Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake. At their Canandaigua location, guest can tour the vineyard and sip on a variety of wines while taking in the picturesque view above the lake.

Photo courtesy of Roseland Waterpark
Photo courtesy of Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures
Photo courtesy of Bristol Mountain

Adventures at Bristol Mountain & Roseland Waterpark

For the adventure seekers, Bristol Mountain and Roseland Waterpark will have you entertained no matter what season we are in. Roseland Waterpark offers a wave pool, raft rides, waterslides, and more during the summer, while Bristol Mountain offers sky rides in the fall, skiing opportunities in the winter, and aerial adventures throughout most of the year.

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