Accommodations and Food
The Canandaigua region is home to many luxury B&Bs. One of the best is the snug, 1795 Colonial
Acorn Inn (4508 Rte. 64 S, Bristol Center, 585/229-2834, www.acorninnbb.com, $165–240 d), which has achieved the AAA four diamond rating for nine years, a rarity for a B&B. Once a stagecoach stop, the inn now pampers guests with comfy canopy beds, luxurious private baths, an outdoor hot tub, and multicourse breakfasts.
On the waterfront stands the The Inn on the Lake (770 S. Main St., 585/394-7800 or 800/228-2801, www.theinnonthelake.com, $174–255), a full-service hotel and conference center. Among its features are 147 nicely appointed guest rooms, many with patios or balconies; a pristine outdoor pool; saunas; and the airy, inviting Nicole’s restaurant (see Food, below). The restaurant looks out to the lake and the tiny (un-PC-like-named) Squaw Island. At only 20 by 50 yards, the wild tree-covered spot where Native Americans were said to have placed their women and children for safety during skirmishes can be reached by kayak (Canandaigua Sailboarding (585) 394-8150, $12 hr.).
Not too far away is the plush 1810 Morgan-Samuels B&B Inn (2920 Smith Rd., 585/394-9232, www.morgansamuelsinn.com, $180–265), which offers six guest rooms, eight fireplaces, tennis courts, and gourmet breakfasts by candlelight. High on a bluff overlooking Deep Run Cove stands the peaceful turn-of-the-century Thendara Inn (4356 E. Lake Rd., 585/394-4868, $185–270 d), containing four spacious guest rooms furnished with antiques and a good restaurant.
Koozina’s (699 S. Main St., 585/396-0360) is a lively spot specializing in wood-fired pizza and pasta dishes; average entrée $9.
Nicole’s at the Inn on the Lake (770 S. Main St., 585/394-7800) offers great views of the lake and contemporary American fare. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; average dinner entrée $18.
The Victorian Thendara Inn (4356 E. Lake Rd., 585/394-4868) serves American cuisine in three period dining rooms with panoramic views of the lake; in summer, an outdoor patio is opened up (average entrée $18; open for dinner only). Also at the inn is the more casual Boathouse, serving lighter fare for both lunch and dinner.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition