Canandaigua is the Iroquois word for “chosen spot” and the area is truly blessed with spectacular scenery. The area is renowned for its wineries, fruits and vegetables. We enjoy water sports in the spring and summer, snow sports in the winter and beautiful fall foliage. Here is Downtown Business District. With many different shops and services, from antique stores, art galleries, restaurants and unique gift boutiques, there is something to explore for everyone on Main Street, and around every street corner.
Wide Main Street and Free Parking
Canandaigua had once the widest sidewalks in America. With plenty of free parking, on Main Street and behind, Downtown is a one stop destination for everyone.
About Canandaigua Lake
The pride and joy of all Canandaigua is the lake. The third largest of one of the eleven Finger Lakes, its scenic beauty prompted one author to deem it “the Gem of the Inland Lakes.” From the romantic steamboat era to our modern windsurfing times, it has provided residents and tourists with endless hours of recreation, prosperous livelihoods and treasured moments of nature’s quiet solitude. The splendor of the lake and its surrounding rolling hills combine to make this area truly one of the most beautiful places in the United States. It is not hard to imagine why the Senecas and countless others since then have chosen to settle in Canandaigua. The lake is the community’s most important asset and an essential part of its identity. It serves as a source of drinking water for over 48,000 area residents. Tourism is one of the area’s most important economic development activities, with the recreational opportunities of the lake being the principal attraction for vacationers.
Canandaigua is called the “Jewel of the Finger Lakes”