The Lake House on Canandaigua, Finger Lakes, NY

OVERVIEW of The Lake House on Canandaigua

The Finger Lake Region in upstate New York is a group of eleven long, narrow, north–south lakes. The region is known for producing excellent wine, particularly world-renowned Rieslings. Nearly 100 wineries operate in the region.

Nestled at the base of Canandaigua Lake, The Lake House on Canandaigua opened in the summer of 2020 at the height of the pandemic. It is a former popular motor lodge reimagined by the Sands family. We have found over the years that properties created and managed by private individuals offer a better overall experience because they are totally invested in it. That is certainly the case here as the attention to detail is quite extraordinary. The owners have made a major commitment to sustainability using geothermal power, sourcing compostable and locally produced products and applying green housekeeping practices to reduce water and energy use.

Spectacular vistas, lush gardens and stunning artwork create a sense of well-being and the experience here will relax even the most ardent Type A personality. Artist in residence Fitzhugh Karol has designed furniture pieces in every room and has indoor and outdoor sculptures placed throughout the property. Additionally, a curated group of artists’ works are also placed around the property for guest enjoyment.

The staff is well trained and friendly. Our car was met upon arrival and we were whisked to the front desk where we were offered a welcome cocktail.

ROOMS at The Lake House on Canandaigua

70% of the 125 rooms have been designed with lake views. Features include hand carved furniture, Waterworks showers, (the best I have ever experienced. I took two showers a day) super soft 350 count linens and towels and hardwood floors with area rugs. Amenities include a 55” HDTV, in-room coffee (with an exclusive blend from Joe Bean) and tea, a mini bar, high speed internet and a workstation with charging ports. A complimentary tote bag was a nice touch upon arrival in our room.

Our Town King had a four-poster bed, a large wardrobe with full length mirror and a balcony with two Adirondack chairs and a view of the lake. Suites also have a sitting room with fireplace.

DINING at The Lake House on Canandaigua

A long time institution, the Sand Bar was originally opened in 1994. The newly imagined pub now has a personal touch from the family, the suspension of a vintage boat from the ceiling of the main bar. The piece is a restored Peterborough wooden motorboat from 1954. The bar offers an extensive beer and wine selection, fresh cocktails, and simple bar staples. During the winter (December-February) they offer “The Rink at The Lake.” Their “Magic Ice” can be skated on with or without the cold weather. Located just outside of Sand Bar.

The Pool Bar, located right on the lake, is open seasonally for drinks and snacks and the Library Bar is open for coffee, tea and pastries in the morning and for cocktails on the weekends.

Rose Tavern, the signature restaurant, is a New American restaurant serving a rustic, seasonal menu centered around a wood fired hearth. Our mid-week visit played to a full house, an indication that locals have embraced this fine restaurant. The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Scott Riesenberger, a Rochester native who has returned home after honing his craft at renowned restaurants L’Esperance, Union Pacific and Bouley.  Using local ingredients, Riesenberger, has crafted a delicious menu that features steaks, chops and chicken cooked on a post oak ember fired hearth.

Good cocktail list. Try the Fall For St. Tropez, Belvedere, cranberry thyme syrup, St. Germain, lemon, prosecco or the Old Salt Old Fashioned, Real McCoy 12yr rum, black walnut bitters, cinnamon demerara, saline. About 16 wines by the glass and a nice line-up of craft beers. Excellent full wine list with lots of choices in the $50-$60 range. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.

While you are in the area, plan a dinner at F.L.X Table in Geneva for a very unique and fun experience. F.L.X. Table is their take on their favorite form of entertainment; the dinner party. With only 14 seats and no barrier between the dining area and the kitchen, it is meant to be an intimate and interactive experience. Each evening, a set menu is be served based on seasonality of products and will change regularly, but, each evening only one menu will be served. A seasoned sommelier helps select wines for you.

You sit with other folks, enjoy drinking wine and tasting courses and getting to know some new people.

With only 14 tables, reservations well in advance are mandatory.

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