Lakes, Wine, Shopping
Canandaigua, New York
Lakes, Wine, Shopping Canandaigua Reviews
Feb 15, 2006
If you are on the NY thruway traveling east west, Canandaigua is an
awesome place to get off and spend an hour or two. Or even a
week. It's my hometown, so I'm biased, but it's pretty, clean,
The lake is gorgeous... rent a canoe or a sunfish, or walk kershaw park
and the city pier. Take a tour boat ride with Captain Gray or the
paddlewheeler. Swim and windsurf at the small beach if you've
kids, or go to Roseland waterpark- slides and tubes. Feed the ducks, go
fishing, get ice cream from the incredible cafe at the end of the
Main street is full of a mix of "real" shops, high end gift shops,
artists galleries (painters, mixed media, sculpture, glass), and
eateries. You can easily spend hours just shopping the 3 blocks
up and down the hill.
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion is just off Main street. Fun for the
kids with lots of walking and fun for grownups with beauty and history.
All different themed gardens (kids will like the rock and japanese the
best) and many rooms of the Victorian mansion, greenhouse, and carriage
house are furnished and open.
Wine tasting rooms are at Sonnenberg, and coming soon to the
waterfront, but if you want to drive the winery trail (at least a day),
there's a pamphlet you can get that takes you along the banks of the
area finger lakes from winery to winery.
There's a green trail (old railway bed) right in the middle of town for
bikers who find Kershaw lake park too crowded, or the beautiful and
extensive Woodlawn cemetary. For experienced bikers, a trip down the
backroads, some of which are along the lake, take you to tiny Chesire,
a village with a cute general store and some antique shops.
The many fine restaurants and B&B's in the area (plus modern
lakefront hotel downtown) make this town a great base to explore the
finger lakes. Lake rental cottages are pricey but available if
you're planning in advance.
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