The Finger Lakes are a unique destination in Upstate New York with so much to offer. Canandaigua, in particular, is an incredible region to visit. In addition to its natural beauty and scenic overlooks, Canandaigua Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in the state. The charming restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and shops of Canandaigua make it an irresistible destination in the Finger Lakes. Let’s explore four bucket list things to do near Canandaigua Lake.
1. Explore Local Wineries
Utilized by both wine lovers and novices, the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail provides a guide to the region’s fabulous wine country. The local trail stretches over 30 miles and features six notable wineries, tasting rooms and cellars. Sample wine made from locally-sourced, hand-picked grapes at Song Hill Winery, or learn more about sustainable, eco-friendly winery practices at Inspire Moore Winery. Peruse the official Trail Map to plan out your visits!
2. Hike to a Waterfall
Waterfalls are almost as iconic to the region as the Finger Lakes themselves. Near Canandaigua, the short Grimes Glen trail is one of the most popular waterfall hikes near Canandaigua. With two striking cascades in just 1.1 miles of hiking out-and-back, it’s no wonder that this trail is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Check out our list of 5 Can’t-Miss Waterfall Hikes around the Finger Lakes for more information!
3. Taste Test along the Cheese Trail
Colloquially known as the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance is a group of 12 working family farms in the region. Together, they strive to provide fresh, artisanal cheese from their family farms to the tables of families across New York State and beyond. Parulski Farms and Hemlock Ridge Farm are two cheese-filled destinations south of Canandaigua regularly open for visitors. Whether you love gouda, cheddar or manchego, you’re sure to find a cheese for you in the Finger Lakes.
4. See the Lakes by Air
Is there anything more memorable than seeing the beautiful Finger Lakes from the air? The crew at Fly the Finger Lakes doesn’t think so either! You and two of your friends or family can book a flight out of the Canandaigua Airport to see the sights of the Finger Lakes region. Whether you want to see one lake or all of them, this scenic airplane ride can be tailored to your exact specifications!
Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast offers a serene getaway on five acres of scenic land, only one mile from Canandaigua Lake. This luxurious B&B offers enticing packages that make your stay even more special. The Sweetheart Package includes a vase of fresh roses, chocolate covered strawberries and more! Book your perfect getaway today.