Spanning over 15 miles long and 1.5 miles wide is Canandaigua Lake, the fourth largest body of water in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Canandaigua Lake is encompassed by forests and has more than 30 miles of coastline with a small island to the north. Since its pristine water is renowned for being high-quality, the lake serves as the primary source of drinking water for nearby towns, villages, and cities. Accordingly, fishing is a popular attraction at Canandaigua Lake as largemouth and smallmouth bass, panfish, and chain pickerel abound.
The lake’s namesake city is nestled in New York’s Ontario County. In the past, Canandaigua functioned as a hotbed for historically progressive movements like women’s suffrage. Consequently, it is home to copious culturally important points of interest including the Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park as well as Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens, a state park with 50 acres of gardens and an impressive Victorian-style mansion. Also prominent is the Canandaigua Wine Trail featuring wineries, tasting rooms, and eateries.
Also located at the northern part Canandaigua Lake is Squaw Island. The small island houses a humble protected park operated by the state. The quaint village of Naples is at the southern part of Canandaigua Lake. The first settlements in the village began in the late 1700s. In current times, Naples serves as a distinguished region for grape cultivation. The village is also where several highways such as New York State Route 52, 21, and 245 converge.
The city of Ithaca, New York is accessible with about an hour and a half’s drive southeast from the heart of the lake. Boasting the Ivy League institution Cornell University and a few other schools, Ithaca has a “college town” setting. During February, the city hosts the Chili Fest; the Apple Festival in autumn; and the Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival in the summer.
From Canandaigua Lake, approximately a half hour’s worth of driving would lead to Geneva, New York. The city offers Seneca Lake and a wine trail with numerous tasting centers. Other landmarks in Geneva are the historic Seneca Street with gorgeous architecture, Belhurst Castle, and Pulteney Park, the village green.
The cozy waterfront properties at Canandaigua Lake will impress and delight nature lovers. With plenty of lovely cabins, cottages and houses surrounded by greenery and woods, the vacation rentals at the lake boast a sense of peacefulness and seclusion. There is a home away from home at this Finger Lake to fit almost any budget and lifestyle.
To navigate in and around vineyards and tasting rooms, private services like Finger Lakes Winery Tours and Grapevine Country Tours provide buses and vans to transport wine enthusiasts. The state parks around Canandaigua Lake offer boat rentals so visitors can explore the lake or go fishing. Since significant highways run through the cities and villages around the lake, driving a car is especially convenient.
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