The heart of Canandaigua is the Canandaigua Lake, seventeen miles of water surrounded by vineyards. You can do well more than stand on the shores of the lake, too . . . cruise boats offer narrated tours.
As if to match its famous lake, the city itself has a leisurely feel, but it's a leisurely feel that bears some historical weight. It seems only appropriate that the city's other primary attraction is the Sonnenberg Gardens. Here are nine formal gardens, four thousand roses strong, and a grand stone Victorian mansion. A collection of carriages are kept nearby in the home of Gideon Granger, postmaster general under Presidents Jefferson and Madison.
Canandaigua also has plenty of shops and galleries, gardens and restaurants, for the walking tourist. You can find it on Route 20, about 60 miles west of Syracuse. For more information on what you can find in Canandaigua, look over the links at the left-hand side.