The Lake House

Nostalgic familiarity and modern design in the heart of the Finger Lakes

Tradition, nostalgia, charm, and inspiring modern design

Destination: New York, USA
Vacation: Nostalgic getaway
Seeking: Lakeside chic
Highlight: Picturesque Finger Lakes setting

You’d be hard pressed to find somewhere with more old-world charm, nostalgia, and natural beauty than the Finger Lakes, in Upstate New York. And you’d be even harder pressed to find a more stylish place to stay there than The Lake House on Canandaigua.

The Lake House is the first hotel of its kind on the banks of Canandaigua Lake. The property’s picturesque buildings and landscaped grounds are the perfect settings to make new, lasting memories of outdoor adventures and romantic getaways.

There are 124 impeccably designed guest rooms, a timber frame event barn, an outdoor pool, and a destination spa. The hotel also offers a signature restaurant, Rose Tavern, featuring locally-sourced ingredients and stellar wines from the Finger Lakes, as well as the locally beloved lakeside Sand Bar.

Lovingly conceived of and created by a family of dreamers and doers, the property is a combination of nostalgic familiarity and modern design sensibilities, paying particular attention to sustainability. Your room was designed to integrate the area’s natural beauty and introduce the uninitiated to the charms of lake life.

Nestled at the base of Canandaigua Lake, you’re now in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Make the most of it with slow, sunny walks in the garden; long days spent sailing and swimming; cozy nights by the fire; and feasts of locally-grown ingredients and the internationally renowned wines produced just a short drive from here.

Make life-lasting memories and start new annual traditions during your stay, whether it’s kayaking steps away from the perfect dockside bar, or relaxing by the fire with a cocktail. The Lake House on Canandaigua is one of the best Finger Lakes hotels and offers a gorgeous setting to completely unwind and escape the hustle.

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“Whether you enjoy a peaceful day at the pool or a full day on the lake, The Lake House on Canandaigua has exactly what you need.”

Best food & drink

1. Rose Tavern

Rose Tavern is a New American restaurant serving a rustic, seasonal menu inspired by the bounty and beauty of the Finger lakes region. Centered around a wood fired hearth, Rose Tavern is heralded for embracing local ingredients and classic cooking techniques.

Try the olive oil poached cod with crispy potato, leek tartar, and malt vinegar jam, followed by a sesame chocolate trifle for dessert.

2. Sand Bar

A longtime institution, the Sand Bar originally opened in 1994. The Lake House has preserved the character that made it the legend it is while updating the menu with an extensive beer and wine selection, fresh cocktails, and simple yet perfect bar staples like crisp golden fries. It’s the casual hangout spot you crave after a long day on the lake. Pull up a chair under the famous hanging boat sit back, and relax.

Try the Maine lobster roll with celery, bibb lettuce, a New England roll, drawn butter, and a choice of side, with the Sand Bar sangria made with fresh fruit and juice.

3. Library Bar

Cozy up in the Library Bar by the fireplace or on one of the many inviting seating nooks. Open for coffee and pastry service every morning and featuring evening cocktails and light snacks every weekend, with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is a perfect spot to get some work done or enjoy spending time with loved ones over a game of chess, or to simply unwind.

The Lake House on Canandaigua
The Lake House on Canandaigua


Each of the 124 guest rooms and suites is designed to capture the timeless charm of this historic property, infused with elegant, artistic details such as hand-carved furniture, and modern amenities like spacious Waterworks rain showers and impossibly soft linens. This is where nostalgia meets new memories, relaxation leaves plenty of room for adventure, and the boundaries between outdoors and in are relaxed.

The Town King king-sized town view guestroom features a custom designed, four poster bed with 350 thread count linens for a cozy night’s sleep, a large wardrobe with a built-in full-length mirror, hard wood floors with beautiful area rugs, and a well-appointed bathroom which exhibits unlacquered brass fixtures, and a walk-in shower with glass doors.

The Lake King offers equally beautiful fittings and amenities, plus a gorgeous view of the lake. Relax on the balcony or get comfortable in your cozy living space, and if you really want to take it all in, The Premium Lake King Suite is 360 square feet, and has an expansive panoramic view of the unforgettable Canandaigua Lake.

All of the rooms and suites at The Lake House have been thoughtfully designed and are perfect for romantic getaways, peace and tranquility.

The Lake House on Canandaigua


No matter the season, The Lake House offers numerous ways to enhance your stay with its own activities and options in the Ontario County of the Finger Lakes region created by local experts.

The Lake House is dedicated to bringing you the best of the Finger Lakes, including locally-made cheeses and wines, a kitchen garden, landscaping dedicated to native plants, and the best lakefront recreation opportunities.

There’s also endless options for fun outside of The Lake House’s doors, such as the picturesque Kershaw Park, Canandaigua’s historic Pier, Bristol Mountain, and multiple gorgeous walking trails.

You can hire a boat, book a private charted cruise, paddle board, kayak, take sailing lessons, go hiking, watch top-name artists at the local ampitheatre, and enjoy a selection of whiskeys while creating wood burning art at Whiskey and Wood Burning.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or luxury relaxation, you’ll be in good hands at The Lake House.

The Lake House on Canandaigua


Rooted in the restorative power of nature and designed to tap into its healing energy, Willowbrook Spa is nestled into one of the most beautiful locations on the property, with lake views and direct access to the lush private garden and crystal clear lakefront.

Experience a modern interpretation of ancient purification rituals at one of the creekside saunas, then tap into the healing wisdom of Willowbrook Spa therapists to achieve your specific wellness goals, whether you’re in need of revitalization or deep relaxation.

The spa therapists are empowered to work with you to create a tailored treatment, which includes an intentional choice of one of the custom-blended herbal tinctures and herbal-infused massage oils.

A menu of express services is also on offer if you’re pressed for time—and a highly curated selection of personal care products and wellness offerings.

Your visit to Willowbrook Spa is designed to be an authentic and holistic experience that guides you on your own personal journey with the natural world.

Prized for its pristine water quality and natural beauty, Canandaigua Lake is a bastion for recreation and renewal, and it beckons those who long for a reset in communion with nature.

The Lake House on Canandaigua

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