When to Visit Canandaigua, NY
No matter what time of year you visit, you'll be treated to the stunning scenery of the Finger Lakes region. The most crowded months are June, July, and August, although February also sees an increase because of the Canandaigua's selection of winter activities. If you like fishing, boating, kayaking, or jet skiing, summer is the best time to go. Many people enjoy fall in Canandaigua, with the leaves in red, yellow, and gold splendor. Hotel rates are usually a bit lower in fall, too. The high season for rates is May through August, with August having the highest rates. March has the lowest rates.
The average temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees in the winter to a pleasant 70 degrees in the summer, though humidity can make it feel much warmer. Spring is cooler but still comfortable in the 50s and 60s, and fall drops to the 40s in October.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Canandaigua, NY:
Canandaigua by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Canandaigua, NY. You can use these charts to calculate the least expensive time to make a reservation in Canandaigua during the year.
Luxury Hotel Options in Canandaigua, NY
4 Star Average Prices: $138.55
The bed and breakfasts in Canandaigua are one of the things that lend the town its charm. These properties may be historic, but the amenities are not. All are equipped with air conditioning, televisions, internet access, and Wi-Fi. The ones listed here are each unique in their architectural and interior design, but all are elegantly appointed with private baths and the modern conveniences guests expect. Main attractions like the City Pier, Roseland Water Park, and the Performing Arts Center are less than 5 miles away from these inns.
The Chalet of Canandaigua, built in 1966, has a rustic log-cabin-style design. The fireplaces in each of the three guest rooms add a cozy touch. If you're planning a winter getaway, the Chalet has the perfect ambiance. There is a pond on the property and spacious areas for reading or enjoying the peacefulness.
1837 Cobblestone Cottage, as the name suggests, was built in 1837 and is elegantly appointed. Three suites are available, including the large and private attic suite. The attic makes Cobblestone Cottage a unique part of history — it has a horsehair plaster room that was used to hide runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.
The Morgan Samuels Inn is an 1810 European style mansion that offers on-site outdoor activities like tennis, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. There is also a massage/spa room. If you're used to bringing your four-footed friend with you, you'll be happy to know that The Morgan Samuels allows dogs.
If you like being near the action, The Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps would be your choice. It's on Canandaigua's Main Street, and most of the activities are within walking distance. It was originally built in 1813 and retains its Greek Revival architecture with 11-foot ceilings, blown glass windows, and wide plank floors. One of its signature amenities is the three-course gourmet breakfast.
Affordable Options in Canandaigua, NY
3 Star Average Prices: $123.47
There is lodging in Canandaigua for every budget, and if yours is tight, you'll want to check out these choices. All are located within close driving distance of main attractions.
The Bella Ella Bed & Breakfast has all the charm and amenities of a B & B, including a full country breakfast each morning. This 1889 farmhouse has three guest rooms, kayaks on premises, stunning country views, a large recreational porch, and a peaceful pond.
The Super 8 Hotel is an affordable option with all the amenities you expect in a regular hotel: air conditioning, internet access and Wi-Fi, and in-room coffee maker. The hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast. No need to leave your pets at home — the Super 8 allows two dogs per room. It's close to the CMAC Performing Arts Center.
Located on the north side of Canandaigua Lake, Econo Lodge Inn & Suites is another money-saving alternative, especially if you're on a family vacation. Children 18 years old and younger stay free, and a complimentary breakfast is included.
2 Star Average Prices: $108.77
Canandaigua, NY Hotels with Discounts
If you have served in the U.S. military, it's worth your time to check for discounts before planning your visit to Canandaigua. Many merchants and attractions offer discounts for active and retired military personnel. If you like winter activities, the Bristol Mountain Winter Resort offers discounted rates for an eight-hour lift ticket. Retired military personnel get free wine tastings year-round at Heron Hill Winery, as well as free shipping on four or more bottles of wine and online coupons. The Morgan Samuels Inn and The Inn on the Lake offer discounted rates for all active and retired military personnel.
It's a good idea to check for AAA and senior citizen discounts when making reservations, as most hotels and bed and breakfasts offer these. Canandaigua attractions also offer military, AAA, and senior citizen discounts.
What to See and Do in Canandaigua, NY
The historic estate of Sonnenberg Gardens is one of only two public gardens in the New York State Parks system. The Queen Anne-style mansion was built in the late 19th century by Frederick Ferris Thompson, a New York City banker, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson. After Mr. Thompson died some thirty years later, Mary Thompson began to build an extensive garden in memory of her husband. She incorporated landscape designs from English, Japanese, and Italian gardens. After Mrs. Thompson's death in 1923, the 300-acre property was sold to the federal government, which built a VA Hospital on the property. Restorations began in 1973, and Sonnenberg Gardens is now owned by the state.
New York Wine and Culinary Center was created to celebrate and share the region's premiere products: wine and food. You'll find something happening here almost daily, from wine tastings and delicious, locally sourced meals to cooking and baking classes.
The Finger Lakes are famous for wine. One way to immerse yourself in this culture is to explore the Canandaigua Wine Trail. Purchase a passport and receive free tastings at the seven wineries on the trail. You will also enjoy the cafes, restaurants, and shops on this excursion.
The Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival takes place over six days in early June. Artists come from all over the country to capture the region's beauty in paintings and to compete for awards. The community is encouraged to participate by “hosting” an artist. This means showing the artist a scenic spot they know about and possibly providing an open-sided structure such as a porch or gazebo, since the event is held during rain or shine.
The Canandaigua Art and Music Festival is three days of art, music, food, and fun. In mid-July, artists of all types from all areas of the country come to Canandaigua to showcase their wares, ranging from textiles, handcrafted jewelry, woodworking, and photography to mixed media art and naturally made body lotions. This festival occurs on Main Street, giving visitors the opportunity to browse the unique local merchants of Canandaigua.
Squaw Island is one of only two islands in the Finger Lake region, and it has an interesting history. It is believed that the island was used to hide women and children of the Seneca tribe during the American Revolutionary War. It is the smallest protected area in New York state and also one of the few places on earth where the layered geological structures oncolites, or "water biscuits," can be found.
Tours of the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum are available from May through October. This Federal-style, three story, 13,000-square-foot mansion was constructed in 1816 and sports a Colonial Revival porch, a 19th century law office, a rose garden, community gardens, and three barns. The main floor, as well as the outbuildings and outdoor spaces, are accessible to physically challenged visitors. The Carriage Museum holds over 100 horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, and the Agricultural Barn showcases historic farm implements and tools. The Granger Homestead Society offers various educational and seasonal activities, including a Civil War reenactment, a summer camp at which you'll make crafts of the era, carriage and sleigh rides, and a Christkindl Market.
The Canandaigua Farmer's Market is open year-round and features agriculture and food vendors from the area. One thing that's different about this farmer's market is that the vendors are allowed to sell only their own products, keeping the integrity of craftsmanship intact.
No matter what your preference of lodging, whether you like summer or winter activities, are an art or history buff, or just want to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the lake, there is something for you in Canandaigua, NY.