Banana & Chocolate Chip Bars

Each month we feature one of Donfaye’s recipes that she makes for guests of the inn. Bring a taste of Sutherland House back with you. Enjoy these Banana & Chocolate Chip Bars with your morning coffee or as a sweet afternoon dessert.



4 very ripe bananas (approximately 1 2/3 cups)

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup oil OR applesauce

1/3 cup milk

½ teaspoon banana extract

2 eggs

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour OR whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

¾ cup chopped walnuts or peanuts



Heat oven to 350.  Spray a 15×10.5 baking pan, or two 13×9 pans.   Peel and mash bananas.  Stir in brown sugar, oil, milk, banana extract, and eggs until well combined.  Add in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Fold in one half of the chocolate chips, as well as the nuts.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan(s) and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips on top.  Bake 18-20 minutes, until a wooden toothpick in center comes out clean.  Cool completely and cut into squares.

Covid-19 Policies and Important Information

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone everywhere who has been impacted by Covid-19. This tragedy was
unforeseen, and at times like these, we are all reminded that we are in this together.

Here in the Finger Lakes region, while we have been severely affected (just like all others in the world), we
have been spared the horrendous toll that Covid-19 has imposed on more populated areas of the state.
Nonetheless, we are aware of the health risks of this pandemic, and are taking all necessary precautions to stem
its spread. While this pandemic has had a profound effect on our business, with many cancellations for the
spring travel season, reservations are slowly coming in. All are being cautious, which is understandable.

While we have been dealing with “the pause”, we’ve been busy at the inn preparing for guests with new
protocols and ways to transform what was previously a very social activity to one of a more independent
endeavor. It has been a challenge. When you are ready to travel again (hopefully soon), Sutherland House is
ready to greet and serve our guests with the hospitality which we have been known for. During these times of
concern regarding travel and public places, staying at a small bed and breakfast, such as ours, is perfect to avoid
crowds. We offer our beautiful inn for those who need to travel, or for those who simply need a get-away for
rest and relaxation. The inn is spacious enough to keep the “safe distance” of 6 feet from others at all times.

The safety and well-being of our guests and staff are the highest priority at Sutherland House. While we have
always maintained the highest standards of cleanliness, we are taking additional precautions to reduce the risk
of exposure to Covid-19 pathogens. We have put into place essential preparatory and prevention measures,
ranging from increased cleaning and sanitizing frequency, adjustments as to how we serve breakfast, and
monitoring our very small staff. We will do everything we can to ensure our guests have a safe and pleasant

Consistent with the CDC and WHO guidelines, we have instituted the following measures. Please note that
these guidelines may change over time as circumstances require:

-All guest rooms are sanitized from top to bottom after each stay
-More frequent disinfecting of high touch areas in the common/public areas
-Hand sanitizer stations have been placed in several public areas of the inn. Please make use of these
upon each entry into Sutherland House.
-Suspending and limited housekeeping services, so that no one will be entering your room during your
stay. Fresh towels and amenities will be replaced upon request, as well as trash removal.
-All staff will wear a mask when dealing with guests, and while serving breakfast.
-Any guest who is feeling ill or has a fever will be asked to cancel their trip and rebook when they are
feeling better.


Breakfast is part of the overall experience of staying at a bed and breakfast, and at Sutherland House, breakfast
is always a special event. However, at this time, it has been necessary to alter our formal breakfast protocol.

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines and requirements, while we will continue to serve a full
breakfast at 9:00 a.m., we will not be able to seat all guests together in the main dining room. We will be utilizing alternate locations so that everyone has sufficient space. The innkeepers will determine the number of
guests at each breakfast location based upon the reservations and breakfast requests.

Alternatively, you may choose to have a simple breakfast tray, consisting of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, hard
boiled eggs, a baked good of the day, and juice, delivered to your room at 9:45 am.

If any guest feels they would not be comfortable having breakfast in accordance with those arrangements, or if
you would simply like to sleep in, you may opt out of breakfast with advance notice. We will deduct the
amount of $10 per person for the “no breakfast” rate. Please contact us prior to making your reservation so
that we may adjust your room rate.

Other Meals

Currently, area restaurants serving meals are doing so on a take-out basis only. We would be happy to provide
a list of available take-out restaurants or those providing delivery. You are welcome to enjoy your meal in one
of our dining rooms, or on the patio or gazebo. Just let us know of your plans so that we may make sure that
you have all that you need and so that we may ensure that all trash and other items have been disposed of.


For the time being, we have relaxed our cancelation policy. If a reservation is cancelled at least 48 hours
prior to your stay, you have two options: 1) We will charge a $25.00 cancellation fee per room and refund
the balance of your deposit, or 2) If you prefer, your full deposit will be converted to a cancellation
certificate which you can apply toward a future stay during the next 12 months. Please let us know
which option you prefer when you cancel. This will give you the flexibility to make decisions as more
information is released regarding the pandemic and any travel restrictions. However, if the
cancellation is made less than 48 hours prior to your stay, you will be responsible for the entire cost
of your cancelled reservation unless your room(s) rebook for your cancelled dates. This updated
policy is only for the 2020 season, until further notice, and is only for reservations where the arrival
date is in 2020. This policy will continue to be reviewed and updated as new details emerge.

Bookings through Online Travel Agencies such as Expedia,,, and their many partners
will be handled through their cancellation policies regarding Covid-19.

Everything You Need to Know about CMAC

One of the many things that makes the Spring, Summer & Fall in Western New York so special are the outdoor concerts at CMAC! CMAC (The Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) is a spectacular venue that brings in top artists from around the country. We’ve collected a list of local tips and tricks to make the most out of your music experience. So grab your air guitar and dancing shoes and get ready to have the time of your life.

Food and Drink

Although you are not allowed to bring in outside food or drink, CMAC has got you covered. They have a wide variety of options and source their food and drink from local New York spots. From pizza to nachos to BBQ, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. The venue also serves a variety of beverages, including beer, wine, cocktails, and kombucha. If you prefer to eat before you get to the venue, check out our list of Favorite Restaurant Spots in Canandaigua for a meal that is sure to delight your taste buds.

Ways to Save

If the event is not sold out, you can often purchase same day tickets at the venue box office, at a significant discount. This is a great way to see music on a budget. You are also allowed to bring one clear (and empty) water bottle per person to refill so that you stay hydrated while you boogie to the tunes. You can also bring your favorite blanket or camping chair and sit on the lawn, an unreserved general admission section, for a way to lower the price of your ticket.

Getting There

There are plenty of ways to get to the venue, depending on your preferences. The first option is a parking lot that opens two hours before the start of the show. You could also take the “Community Valet,” a shuttle service that runs to CMAC from certain restaurants in town. For five dollars per person or ten dollars per table, you can catch this ride both to and from the venue. There is also a shuttle that runs to and from Lincoln Hill Farms, an awesome spot that hosts pre-show parties with live music and food.

Extra Luxury

For an above and beyond experience, you have the option of upgrading your ticket. For just $20 extra, you gain access to the “Headliner Lounge” tent which includes a private bar (your first glass of wine is on the house), private bathrooms, and free snacks. Or upgrade for the “Corona Cabana,” which is another lounge that also offers a private bar, bathrooms, and snacks but this time in a beach-themed space. Enjoy these awesome spots and add some luxury to your visit!

Ready to head over to Western New York to enjoy the full CMAC experience? Our B&B is only about 5 minutes from the venue. Book a stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast for an elegant and comfortable experience that will be the perfect homebase for your musical adventure.

Where You Should Elope In New York’s Finger Lakes Region

So, you’ve decided to elope! You’ve said nope to the big traditional wedding, months of stressful planning, and a steep bill. Now your options are seemingly endless. Wander deep into the woods for an intimate ceremony in the trees, find a unique space at a local winery or museum, or find a historic inn to use as your backdrop. Getting married in the Finger Lakes has never been so romantic.

Onanda Park

For the outdoorsy couple looking for an all-natural backdrop head to the Uplands Hiking Trail in Onanda Park. A 1-mile out & back hike will lead you through the woods, along a creek, and eventually to a waterfall. Host a small ceremony at the base of the waterfall or find one of the gazebos or overlooks for a serene elopement. This is a popular trail so try to aim for a golden-hour sunset ceremony or a weekday elopement to have the whole place to yourself.

Sonnenberg Gardens 

During the summertime, no place is more beautiful than Sonnenberg Gardens in the heart of Canandaigua. A historic mansion is adorned with some of the most meticulously kept gardens in the state. They have dedicated spaces where ceremonies up to 20 people can be held, but if you have a small elopement in mind, your options are seemingly endless. Say ‘I Do’ underneath a rock arch, in front of your favorite section of the garden, or on the veranda stairs. After your ceremony, head to one of Canandaigua’s incredible restaurants for an intimate reception with some delicious food.

Lincoln Hill Farms

A popular gathering place for summer concerts, farm to table fare, and farm fun, Lincoln Hill Farms was created for celebrations. They have two options for your small wedding. A silo & pavilion perfect for a wedding with a night full of dancing, yard games, and sitting around the campfire or the stunning sunflower field. The sunflower field provides a colorful and intimate space perfect for a small elopement. The fields are in peak bloom mid-August through September and provides a unique setting just for you.

Sutherland House

Just an arm’s reach away from Canandaigua on 5 acres of land lies a quaint Victorian-era home known as  Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast. This historic home is a frequent stop for couples celebrating engagements, anniversaries, honeymoons, and simply romantic weekend getaways. If you don’t want to mess with venue rentals, catering companies and deposit fees, plan a small elopement right here at our picturesque B&B. Pick one of our old-growth trees or our gazebo as your backdrop or if the weather turns, host your sweet ceremony in our grand room in front of the fireplace. Get ready in your private suites and at the end of the day, curl up together in your luxurious room at the inn.

Take off with the love of your life and elope in the Finger Lakes. Whether you want an intimate woodsy wedding or a historic venue, the Finger Lakes has the perfect elopement spot for you. The best part? You’re already in one of the most beautiful places in the world and can start your honeymoon off right. Stay at Sutherland House B&B for your honeymoon and shower each other with love. Let your innkeepers know that you’re starting your life off together in their inn and they’ll help you make it as special as can be. Bouquets of roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, massages, and everything else you’ve ever dreamed of.

Looking to elope in the Finger Lakes? Book a stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn located in the heart of beautiful Canandaigua, New York.

Your Ultimate Guide to the Smith Opera House

In the quaint Finger Lakes town of Geneva, on the shores of picturesque Seneca Lake lies the Smith Opera House, a stunning 1894 theater with some of the best entertainment in the region. Visitors come from over 3 hours away to be enchanted by the wide variety of plays and musical performances that come to the theater. A visit to the opera house is an absolute must when visiting the region and we know how to make your night one you’ll never forget.

History of the Opera House

You’ll notice the iconic red-brick opera house from the second you arrive in Geneva. The Richardsonian Romanesque style theater opened its doors in 1894 and continues to be one of the oldest performing arts theaters in America. Throughout it’s 125 years of operation, the theater has been saved from the wrecking ball more than once and has undergone some pretty serious renovation projects to restore its beauty. From small high school graduations to large name acts like Bruce Springsteen, this stage is a pillar of the community and continues to bring culture and entertainment to the Finger Lakes Area.

Shows & Tickets

The Smith Opera House attracts a large variety of live performances, from classical concerts to thrilling acrobatic performances to educational talks from high-up people of importance. In between these large acts, the theater hosts film nights that show old classics and culturally significant documentaries. Watch your all-time favorites up on the big screen like they were always meant to be seen.

The theater is divided into a floor section closest to the stage and two raised balconies so you can find the perfect seat for your night. Depending on the show, tickets start at under $10 for local performances and increase with the bigger name acts. You can find tickets on their website and reserve your seats for the evening or plan a spontaneous trip and buy last-minute seats at the door.

Where to Park

This isn’t NYC where you have to stress over your car. Geneva is a small town with ample parking. Park on the street in front of the theater or find one of the municipal parking lots around town.

Where to Eat

What is better than dinner and a show? Elevate your evening with a delicious meal from one of Geneva’s finest establishments. Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante is a favorite date night amongst locals. Inside you’ll find authentic Italian fare presented in a quaint and inviting environment. F.L.X Table is an intimate 14-seat eatery that takes guests on a culinary experience through New American food. You will need reservations as there are only two seatings per night and spots fill up fast. If you are looking for something light before the show, the Microclimate Wine Bar is the spot to go. Grab a glass of fabulous Finger Lakes wine and a small charcuterie board made with local treasures. All of these incredible eateries are within a couple of blocks of the Smith Opera House.

Where to Stay

After a long night at the theater, return to your comfortable and welcoming rooms at Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast in nearby Canandaigua. Relax in the Victorian-era parlor by the parlor, settle down on the porch, or return to your elegant rooms to unwind and discuss your favorite parts of the night. The following morning wake to a lavish three-course breakfast and fresh brewed coffee.

A show at the Smith Opera House should be on the itinerary of any visitor coming to the Finger Lakes. Check the show schedule and find the perfect movie, musical, acrobatic experience, or classical orchestra for your tastes. Follow our guide and you’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment for the books.

Looking for an evening of entertainment at the Smith Opera House? Book a stay at the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn located in the heart of beautiful Canandaigua, New York.

Cinnamon Almond Biscotti

Guests often request recipes for dishes served at breakfast, so each month we will share one of Faye’s recipes. We hope that you enjoy this month’s recipe!


3/4 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sliced almonds
Melted chocolate or almond bark, optional


Preheat oven to 350⁰.  Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; mix into the egg mixture. Stir in the almonds. Shape dough into two equal logs approximately 12 inches long. Place logs on baking sheet, and flatten out to about 1/2 inch thickness.

Bake for about 30 minutes in a preheated oven, or until edges are golden and the center is firm. Remove from oven to cool on the pans. When loaves are cool enough to handle, use a serrated knife to slice the loaves diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet.
Bake for an additional 10 minutes, turning over once. Cool completely, and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

How to Have the Most Romantic Weekend in Canandaigua

Life can get a little hectic sometimes and it’s easy to forget about the things that matter the most. Luckily, all you need is a little weekend getaway with your favorite person to the lakeside town of Canandaigua. Even if you can only get away for a couple nights, a romantic getaway may be everything you need.

Go Wine Tasting

What is more romantic than wine tasting? Sip on smooth blends of locally grown grapes in cozy tasting rooms all over the Finger Lakes. The region is known for their aromatic Riesling and Gewurztraminer wines as well as the colder climate reds like Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Hit a couple each afternoon or plan your entire trip around one of the Finger Lakes Wine Trails. Create your perfect wine route with our Wine Lover’s Guide to the Finger Lakes.

Take a Finger Lakes Food Tour

If you are only in town for a weekend, it may be a little daunting to choose which incredible eateries to dine at and which you’ll reluctantly have to miss. Unless you sign up for a Finger Lakes Food Tour and sample the claim to fame bites from all of Canandaigua’s best restaurants. You may also be graced by the famed chefs themselves as they tell you the backstories to their favorite recipes and tidbits about the town’s history.

Snowshoe through the Woods

Explore the wilderness around Canandaigua with a little snowshoe through the woods. The hilly terrain around the lakes offers a wide range of trails from intense hikes up the mountains to picturesque strolls by the lake. Choose a trail that fits you and embark on an adventure.

Share a Dessert

End your evening on a sweet note. Whether you’ve just completed a long hike or sampled wines from all over the region, you’ll want to pop into one of Canandiagua’s eateries to share a late night cappuccino and dessert with your favorite person. Grab a couple forks and head to town with these 6 Canandaigua Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth.


Explore Canandaigua’s Art Galleries

With the jaw dropping beauty of the Finger Lakes around every corner, it is no surprise that Canandaigua has a thriving art scene. You’ll find a plethora of art galleries around town that will allow you to view the area through the eyes of the long-term locals that live here. Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery showcases art from students and mentors across the Finger Lakes. If you are looking for fine art to add to your collection, P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery should definitely be on your list.

Take a Couples Cooking Class

Try something new with a cooking class at New York Kitchen. Learn how to perfect a pub burger from scratch, master the art of tailgating food just in time for the Super Bowl, try your hand in decadent French cuisine, or sign up for a Chef’s Table seminar and learn the basics of cooking that will spice up every dish you create. At the end, you and your loved one get to taste a new meal that you made together.

Stay at A Romantic B&B

Top off your romantic weekend with a luxurious stay at the Sutherland House Bed & Breakfast. Warm your toes after a day of snowshoeing with your en-suite fireplaces. Take a load off your shoulders with a soak in the tension relieving Whirlpool tubs. Fall into bliss with plush bedding and awe-inspiring chandeliers. Each morning, indulge in a gourmet breakfast before embarking on a romantic tour around town.

Take a break from life and getaway for a magical weekend away filled with wine, fine dining, and explorations. 48 hours is all you need to reconnect with your favorite person and focus on what really matters.

Ready for a romantic retreat in the Finger Lakes? Book a stay at the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn located in the heart of beautiful Canandaigua, New York.


6 Desserts in Canandaigua to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Something about the air in Canandaigua is simply sweet. Maybe it’s all the fresh air from the surrounding forests, maybe it’s the friendly people around every corner, or maybe it’s all of the incredible dessert chefs in town! From creamy frozen custard to decadent tiramisu and world-class dessert wines, Canandaigua has something to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

Abbott’s Frozen Custards

Even in the colder winter months, you will find a crowd at Abbott’s Frozen Custard. Why? Because it really is that delicious. Local’s refer to Abbott’s as the ‘after’ destination because it is the perfect treat to end your day on. After a long hike? Abbotts. After a soccer match? Abbotts. After dinner on a date night? You guessed it. Abbott’s. You can go as simple or complex as you like. A classic vanilla cone could cure any bad day and one of their crazy sundaes could satisfy any craving.

Il Posto Bistro

Fine Italian fare doesn’t stop with homemade pasta, incredible wines, and homemade pizzas. A great Italian place must have decadent desserts that melt in your mouth and end the meal on an all-time high note. Il Posto’s desserts are always the peak of the meal, and that’s saying a lot because their entrees are top-notch. Save room for indulgent tiramisu, rich bacon-bourbon cheesecake, or a crispy-creamy cannoli. If you would rather drink your dessert than eat it, order a cappuccino or a glass of limoncello for a little after-dinner treat.

Simply Crepes

Sometimes a little dessert just won’t satisfy your sweet tooth and you need something that resembles more of a sweet meal. Simply Crepes is a great spot for lunch and boasts a wide range of sweet crepes. Their holiday menu features a pumpkin mousse crepe and an oatmeal creme brulee crepe to get you in the holiday mood. You can also grab a specialty holiday cocktail to sip on alongside your crepe. The Mudslide with Irish cream, iced coffee and chocolate or the Apple Pie Sangria with sake, apple juice, and simple syrup are basically desserts in themselves!

Sweet Solutions

What could possibly be better than an ooey, gooey cinnamon roll from Sweet Solutions? There isn’t a whole lot that can top one of these bad boys. Grab a friend (or a small army) to help you conquer the massive cinnamon rolls at the cafe. You can also pick up macarons, cookies, pies, and muffins for the perfect addition to your picnic or for a tasty road trip snack.

New York Kitchen Tasting Room

If you like to drink your dessert, then head to the tasting room at New York Kitchen in downtown Canandaigua. Taste a wide selection of wines from fruity Pinots to rich Cabernets and even some sweet dessert wines. Relax in their chic and inviting tasting rooms and admire their extensive collection of wines from the Finger Lakes region plus certain varieties sourced from the finest grapes all over the world.

Sutherland House’s Sweets

When you stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, you’ll be treated to some of the most scrumptious treats you’ll ever taste. In addition to the incredible 3-course breakfast each morning, you can indulge in cookies, brownies, scones, cupcakes, or whatever sweet concoction the innkeepers whip up during the afternoon. Some past favorites have included s’mores brownies, a strawberry cake with fresh NY strawberries, and homemade donuts. During the Christmas season keep an eye out for special holiday-inspired treats that will keep you feeling merry and bright all winter long.

Finish your day on a high note with a decadent dessert form any one of these Canandaigua establishments. Be warned, with sweets these good, you may not be able to stop!

Ready to experience the best sweets in the Finger Lakes? Book a stay at the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn located in the heart of beautiful Canandaigua, New York.

Why You Should Visit the Finger Lakes in the Winter

Winter is technically the “slow” season in the Finger Lakes, but we happen to think it is one of the best times to visit. Don’t let the frigid temperatures deter you. The Finger Lakes are a true winter wonderland. Smaller crowds, beautiful snow-covered landscapes, and an incredible variety of events and activities make the Finger Lakes the perfect winter getaway. Here are the top 5 reasons to visit the Finger Lakes this winter.

1. Winter Sports

The Finger Lakes is a paradise for winter sports lovers. Whether you like to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, inner-tube, or ice skate, the perfect winter sport is waiting here for you. Located just a 20 minute drive away from Canandaigua, Bristol Mountain boasts a whopping 35 slopes for skiers of all levels. Their state-of-the-art snowmaking system ensures that your ride will always be in the best possible conditions. 96% of their trails have lighting, so you can ski during the day or at night, or both. If you prefer snowshoeing or cross country skiing, head to the Cumming Nature Center in Naples, located about 30 minutes away by car. The best place to ice skate in town is the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. They even host a special family skate night on New Years Eve.


2. Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing is a unique and unforgettable winter experience. Thanks to the ample bodies of water in the region, the Finger Lakes is an incredible place to cast a line any time of the year. You can ice fish on our very own Canandaigua Lake as wall as Canadice, Honeoye, and Keuka Lakes. You might catch trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, and perch. Don’t forget to bring your shanty to stay warm!


3. Holiday Events

The Finger Lakes host a variety of incredible festivals and events throughout the holiday season. The Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum here in Canandaigua is home to the Festival of Trees, where you can stroll through dozens of trees and wreaths beautifully decorated by local schools and organizations. During the holidays, the Granger Homestead also offers sleigh rides, carriage rides, Christmas markets, holiday dances, and more. Victor hosts the annual Holiday Train Ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus and Seneca Lake hosts the fun-filled Deck the Halls Weekend November 30th-December 2nd. If you are here for New Years Eve, head back to Bristol Mountain Winter Resort for the annual torchlight run down the mountain, fireworks, and other celebrations.

4. Learn to Cook

If you can’t stand the cold, get into the kitchen! The New York Kitchen offers a variety of cooking classes throughout the year perfect for amateur and experienced chefs alike. This is a great way to learn new tricks and recipes from their experienced master chefs. At New York Kitchen, you can brush up on the basics or focus on something a little more advanced. Their classes cover everything, including cheesecake, tapas, American Italian classics, baked goods, German food, sauces, sushi rolling, and so much more. They also offer classes for kids and families. A class at the New York Kitchen can help you prepare for holiday parties, learn a new skill as part of a New Year’s resolution, or simply have a great time cooking up delicious food in their state-of-the-art kitchen.

 5. The Warmth of a Bed and Breakfast

The warmth and welcoming spirit of bed & breakfasts makes them the perfect choice for your winter escape. At the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, we specialize in keeping our guests cozy and warm during the frigid winter months. During your stay, you can sit by the fire and enjoy the comfort and romance of our Victorian-era parlor, or unwind in one of our five spacious and relaxing guest rooms, many complete with double whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. In the morning, we will treat you to a lavish three course breakfast that includes fresh fruit, homemade baked goods, mouthwatering entrees, soft music, and candlelight. Fresh cookies and other tasty treats are never far away when you stay with us. We even offer a winter special so you can cuddle by the fire at a discounted rate! If you travel to the Finger Lakes this winter, consider booking a stay at the always warm and inviting Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast in Canandaigua.

Planning a winter getaway to Canandaigua? Book a stay at the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast for a romantic winter escape you’ll never forget!


Winter Sports in Canandaigua

During the summer, Canandaigua is filled with bikers and boaters galore, but after the first snowfall, the area is transformed into a winter wonderland. People travel from all over to snowshoe around the scenic woods, shred the slopes at Bristol Mountain, or even bike the mountain trails (yes you read that right). Get into nature with these great winter sports that allow you to enjoy your favorite spots around Canandaigua without the crowds. Try one, or try them all!


Fat Biking

The Finger Lakes is a mountain biker’s dream destination. With trails winding up and down every mountain and beautiful scenery all around you almost wish you could bike year-round. Well, now you can! Fat tire bikes are taking over the world of winter sports as the best new way to get out and enjoy the snow. A fat bike is like a normal mountain bike but has really thick tires that help you grip the snow. Grab a fat bike and hit your favorite summer trails this winter, you may find that the natural beauty is only amplified by winter snow. Check out our favorite Finger Lake Bike Trails and plan your ride today!


There is nothing like trekking through the gorgeous woods during the wintertime. Snowshoeing is an activity that anyone can do and makes for a great day of exercise. You can bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair from Recreational Vehicles & Equipment for only $10/day! Bare Hill Unique Area is a local favorite for snowshoe explorations. This mild trail on the eastern side of Canandaigua Lake brings you to the peak of Bare Hill and rewards you with an expansive view of the lake to the West.

Nordic Skiing

Like snowshoeing, nordic skiing is a great way to travel around the Canandaigua backcountry with your friends and family. You can take off on any of the hiking trails or head to the Bristol Mountain Nordic Center for a day of fun. The Nordic Center has rentals on-site and groomed trails that are perfect for beginners and experts alike. You can even swoop into the lodge for a cup of cocoa to warm up in between laps!

Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of the most anticipated winter activities and the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center has just opened the ice rink for the season. On Friday & Saturday nights the rink is open from 8-9:20 pm and is the perfect place to go for a fun date night. There is also a special Adult Skate & Coffee Hour on Tuesdays from 10-11 am with discounted rates and free coffee! Grab a pair of skates and head out for this great wintertime tradition.

Downhill Skiing

If you are looking for something with a little more downhill action than nordic skiing, then head over to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort just 15 minutes out from town. With two high-speed quads and 1,200’ of vertical skiing, you could make runs all day on this great ski hill! Dip between groomed runs and tree skiing with expansive views all around. Insider Tip: The ski area offers specially priced lift tickets during the weekdays and the lift lines are shorter meaning you can make more runs for less. Now that’s a win-win.


Return to the warm and inviting Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast after a long day of exploring Canandaigua’s winter wonderland. You’ll be greeted with homemade goodies and a hot cup of coffee or tea while you warm your toes by the fireplace. When planning your trip to Canandaigua this winter, Sutherland House is offering a Cuddle By The Fire Special that gives you a discount on your second-night stay when booking two consecutive nights. During the weekend, you can save 25% off your second night and during your weekday stay you can save 50% off your second night! Contact the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast to see how you can make your winter getaway exceptionally special.

Ready to experience the best towns in the Finger Lakes? Book a stay at the Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn located in the heart of beautiful Canandaigua, New York.