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Help with Planning

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Help with Planning

My husband and I are planning an anniversary getaway on a weekend in August. Trying to decipher the best things to do. Have never tried a bed and breakfast before but I am noticing many great reviews on the Canandaigua bed and breakfasts. Recommendations on the best one and if we are a private couple is a bed and breakfast going to be "too close for comfort"? What are things to add to our plans while staying in Canandaigua. We definitely want to do a wine trail and many seem to like the Wine & Culinary Institute. Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Help with Planning

Hello lovely.. you don't say when exactly in August you are coming but here is a link for a wonderful annual event.


Other things to do besides the culinary center pending good weather is a boat ride on the steamboat Canandaigua Lady for lunch or dinner or just a cruise down the lake to see some beautiful homes.


Can't help you with the B&B but most are on Main street in the heart of town which will give you the best flavor of the town and historic homes on side streets off main.

I would ask directly to the B&B you are looking into as to privacy, noise level , etc. or put the name of the B&B into a google search or on this forum for reviews.

I have lived here for over 25 years and have not stayed in any of them but I drive by a few of them weekly. You may want to maybe rent a cottage instead for the weekend .

There are many on the East Lake side whereas mostly big private homes on the West Lake side.

Just a nice walk down to the north end of the lake onto Kershaw park , walking to Muar house for home made gelato and then going on a cruise on the Canandaigua Lady can take up most of your day. You can call a taxi or get on our CATS bus to get back from the Steamboat Landing. www.steamboatlandingonline.com/index.php…

Let me know if this helps. IB

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If you haven't tried a B&B, you really should. You will be amazed at how unintrusive and private your experience will be. It's not like staying in your grandmother's house -- that is for sure!

Most places are filling up fast in Canandaigua for the summer. I would act quickly and use www.bandbfingerlakes.com to see most of them in the area, how different they are, and their availability. Once you go B&B, you will never want a hotel experience for a getaway again.....

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I think it depends on the B and B. personally and generally I find that slightly larger B & Bs can be less claustrophobic as they act more like an Inn. Here in Canandaigua, check out "The Quiet Place" for extreme privacy, also look into The Chalet or the Morgan Samuels Inn. I had guests recently that loved the Inn on Main as well. Red Door Inn is also a new place to stay and they have some culinary programs, too. I'd recommend taking a class in the Hands on Kitchen at the NY Wine and Culinary Center for a romantic, fun and different date. Also, consider renting a kayak or sailboard from Cdga Sailboarding near Kershaw park.

A great wine trail to follow would be on the western side of Seneca Lake - try out Fox Run, Herrmann Wiemer, Miles, etc. Can combine with the east side of Keuka, too with McGregor's. Ravines and Rooster Hill Wineries. In Canandaigua, Sonnenberg gardens is very romantic, as is a carriage ride at the Granger Homestead. have fun!

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Sonnenburg Gardens is a worth a visit.

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