The Picture Perfect Lake
Canandaigua Lake is the western-most of the larger Finger Lakes. The word Canandaigua is derived from the Native American word meaning “the chosen spot”. In my opinion, Canandaigua Lake has some of the most stunning lake views. It doesn’t matter the time of year, it seems, when you see Canandaigua Lake, it’s picture perfect. Hence, it’s nice name.
Canandaigua Lake is a little over 15 miles long, and 1 and a half miles wide at it’s widest point.
Squaw Island is located at the northern end, and is only of two islands located in all of the Finger Lakes. Legend has it that the Senecas used to hide their women and children during the Sullivan Expedition against the Six Nations of the Iroquois in 1779 (source: wikipedia).
Squaw Island can best be seen from the Canandaigua City Pier which is right near Kershaw Park and the New York Wine & Culinary Center. In the summertime, the pier is a favorite stop for my family – we get ice cream and sit and watch the boats come and go from the Marina on both sides.
The Canandaigua Lady is docked (and launches from) Steamboat Landing, also near Kershaw Park. The Canandaigua Lady is a 19th century replica of a double-decker paddlewheel boat. Cool!
Wineries of Canandaigua Lake
Raymor Estate Cellars Winery – Bloomfield
Amberg Wine Cellars – Clifton Springs
Casa Larga Vineyards – Fairport
Deer Run Winery – Geneseo
Claire Duffett writes on the Times Union (Albany, NY) Blog: “The New York Wine and Culinary Center should be the first stop. It is much more than its generic-sounding “visitor’s center” title. While the tastings pale in comparison to the wineries nearby, the restaurant has a great, locally sourced menu and views of the lake. The Morgan Samuels Inn downtown, named after the famous playwright-actor Judson Morgan who built the mansion in 1810, has manicured gardens befitting Downton Abbey and rooms ranging in size and price range from servants quarters to opulent suites.”