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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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