The sun is out, the birds are singing, and it is time to pull your bike out of the garage and hit the open road. When thinking about destinations to visit by bike, the Finger Lakes should be on everyone’s bucket list. Winding roads lead you through old-growth forests, along picturesque lakes, over rolling hills, and guides you through quaint village-like towns. Pack your bags, fuel up, and embark on the most magical motorcycle trip of your life.
Take the Scenic Route
No matter what direction you’re coming from, stunning panoramic views, wildlife sightings, and lush forests await you. While you’re in town, you’ll want to make a lap around Canandaigua Lake. Plan for a late afternoon/sunset ride around the lake with a sunset picnic at the Scenic Overlook on County Road 12. Take off following the East side of the lake down to the little town of Naples. Make sure to get off Highway 364 and follow the Lake Road along the shores to catch the shimmering waters the entire ride.
Stop in Naples and stock up on your picnic supplies. An award-winning pie from Monica’s and a bottle of local Finger Lakes wine is sure to do the trick. On the way back to Canandaigua, veer off of Highway 21 and on to County Road 12 where you’ll climb up above the lake to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Finger Lakes.
Explore the Town
Resting right on the tip of Canandaigua Lake lies the quaint town of Canandaigua, dotted with colorful shops, mouth watering eateries, and a majestic museum with some of the finest gardens around. See what kind of treasures you can find just from meandering around downtown. If you’re a history buff or an art lover or simply enjoy beautiful architecture and gardens, make a stop by the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion on the Northside of town.
Enjoy the Lake
When the sun reaches high noon and you’re looking to cool off, head over to Woodard Rentals on the lake and head out on the water in a kayak or paddleboard. Bring a pair of binoculars and paddle over to Squaw Island, a popular birding area. The island also offers a great view of the town. It’s great to stretch your arms after a long ride. Afterward, treat yourself to a scoop of homemade ice cream from Cheshire Farms Creamery and soak in the sun at Kershaw Park.
Treat Your Tastebuds
Bring an appetite to Canandaigua as you won’t want to miss all of the incredible restaurants in town. Looking for a mid-day burger and fries? The Green Front has been serving up the best burgers in town for over 90 years and is perfectly satisfying when hunger strikes. Pining for a nice date night outing? Warfield’s is a blend of turn-of-the-century elegance with their historic dining room and ambiance paired with upscale American cuisine. No matter what you’re craving, Canandaigua has just the elixir to hit the spot.
Stay at A Charming Bed & Breakfast
Use Sutherland House Bed & Breakfast as your home base while exploring all Canandaigua has to offer. This historic bed and breakfast is just outside of town offering a quiet retreat just minutes from all the action. Spend your days shopping for antiques, exploring the lake, and riding around the forest. At night, return to your luxe, comfortable accommodations. Each morning awake to a gourmet breakfast finished with homemade goodies made to energize you for your day of adventures.
Dust off your hog and plan your trip to beautiful Canandaigua this summer. Whether you escape for an entire week of bliss or sneak away for a quick weekend trip, your visit to Canandaigua will be the highlight of your summer. Ready to ride through 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.