Spending the long weekends during the winter skiing has always been a big part of my family weekend. Loading up the car with all of our ski equipment and finding a new mountain to explore has always been a big part of our family ritual. This year, we decided to try somewhere new and drive down to Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes. Set on the banks of Canandaigua Lake, this city has the charm of a small down with a expansive main street, community green space and a bright blue lake for visitors and locals to enjoy. To help you plan your next getaway, here are some of my travel tips.
Where to Stay
One of the most popular, and centrally located spots to stay is the Inn on Canandaigua Lake. With lakefront views, on-site dinning, recreation facilities and a laid back atmosphere, this hotel is was filled with families escaping for the weekend, couples looking for a romantic escape and friends having a reunion on the lake.
What to Do
Hang out with the locals on the slops at Bristol Mountain which boasts one of the highest elevations in New York Station with a 1200′ vertical, 35 slopes and 2 high speed quads. This family run resort is perfect for snow lovers of every age and level giving you a full day of runs perfect for those looking to get outdoors and escape or learn a new winter sport. Join the locals by warming up at the Morning Star Café for a waffle and some hot coco in between runs.
Where to Eat
Whether you are dining at their bistro, or taking in part in one of their many cooking classes, the New York Wine and Culinary Center is a not-for-profit organization that aims to celebrate New York’s dynamic agriculture, wine, craft beverages and culinary arts while using their work to give back to the community. Their ingredients are locally sourced in and around the Finger Lakes. In addition to hosting a number of cooking classes for every age, they are also the home of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester’s summer culinary camps for kids. During my visit, we had the chance to whip up some pub favourites taught by Chef Baker served with local craft beer.