Bristol Harbour Resort
5410 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua, New York, 14424, United States
Beautiful Canandaigua Resort
We stayed at Bristol Harbour for a wedding. The wedding took place behind the resort, outside, and was really quite beautiful. All guests of the wedding were accommodated here, and the only issue we had with our stay was check in. We were told we would be able to check in around noon, but weren't actually allowed to check in until a few minutes after 3pm.
The rooms were really cool. They were very log cabin in feel, but with great amenities. There was an electric fireplace under the TV (although we didn't use it because our stay was in July), a balcony side facing the lake (although not private), and wonderfully efficient AC.
We had a cocktail hour outside which was wonderful and there was a firepit all night. The wedding we attended also paid to have fireworks. They were absolutely gorgeous and timed very well. I would definitely recommend Bristol Harbor, especially if you like to golf. There are also a few wineries around if you are staying for a few days!
Unique Quality: This resort boasts beautiful views, a pool, hot tub, fire pit, and golfing grounds.
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Bristol Harbour Inn has a very nice restaurant for fine dining or an upscale buffet.
The Adirondack style decor is all knotty pine and big beams with candle sconces and framed paintings on the walls. The tables are heavy wood construction with white linen accent.
It is a very classy place to eat. The patio eating area has a great overlook onto Canandaigua Lake and is a little bit less formal and much more airy than the dining room.
The dinner selection is very upscale. Boulliabasse, Potato Crusted Salmon, Skillet Seared Tilapia (heck, I cannot even pronounce some of these menu items). The tenderloin steak dinner is my speed (meat and potatoes kind of guy).
The service is smiley but a bit stiff (not much on the conversation aspect) and they seem to know just when you are ready to order and when you need something. I like that. The meal is served without much wait and is cooked to order (steak, medium well; just a little burnt on the edges but some juices left inside). Strawberry cheesecake for two for dessert.
All of this finery and class comes at a price. Best to figure about $40 per person (not including tip) by the time you add in drinks and dessert.
A view from the Lodge at Bristol Harbour. http://www.bristolharbour.com/
I've been on the "Lady" twice and found it boring. It's soooo slow. However, if you wouldn't mind a nice relaxing ride, it's a nice way to see the lake. They offer lunch and dinner cruises and hold special events (like wedding receptions, which seem fun with dancing, etc.). I recommend a fall ride to experience the foliage.
A glimpse of the private boathouses along the pier.
A view from Route 21.
sailboat on the lake
another sailboat on the lake
Sutter's Marina off of the pier
Squaw Island commemorates the place where women and children of the Seneca's were sent to safety during a raid on the village in 1779.
Heron Hill Wine Tasting
general location of the camera
travelers' guide for free
Travel Tips for Canandaigua
Canandaigua Art and Music Fest
The annual event is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday happening on Main Street in Canandaigua; it happens around 20July (see website below for yearly details). From 10am to 6pm, you can hear great music, view great art works and buy a momento, souvenier or something to hang on the living room wall.
For over 20 years, people have come over to Canandaigua to enjoy the sidewalk art sales. All the works are by the original local artists, some of whom are on hand to discuss the details of their craft. Local stores will also have their wares out for the sidewalk sale and in tents in the parking lots. Food vendors will be everywhere plying you with beverages and finger foods (or stop into one of the local restaurants for something more substantial).
The music events all take place at the Commons Park on Main Street.
Blues bands, folk music, country hits; bands like Buddahood, Dave Mcgrath Trio, Coupe De Villes. Great music and its all free for the listening. Six performers will take stage each day; about one every hour and a half.
Kids will have their own entertainment at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot; kid song bands, playhouse plays, jugglers, clowns, balloons.
Parking can be a problem with the crowds as large as the will be for this event.
There are several free municipal parking lots located throughout the City of Canandaigua. Lots can be found on West Avenue, Ontario Street, Mill Street, and Bristol Street. Additional parking can be found at Roseland Waterpark where festival attendees can hop on the FREE Spot Hop with pick up every hour on the :35 and drop off in Downtown on the :55.
The northern end of Canadaigua Lake (Lake Shore Drive) has a hotel, marina, and Kershaw Park.
The park has sitting benches and jetties from which to view the lake. There are kids playground equipment and some beautiful floral arrangements. There is a walking path that goes the whole length of the northern shore.
There are picnic tables and a gazebo (for some shade) and a small snack bar near the center of the park. On the west end of the park is a small boat launch but most boaters use the marina docks farther west. Often there are many skidoos and canoes and small sail boats just off the shoreline.
One small section of the lakefront is beach with sand and supervision. If you are a local resident (or at least say that you are when asked) then the beach is free, otherwise it costs $3 to use the beach.
Across the street from the park are some restaurants in case you get hungry.
Parking on the street is catch-as-catch-can; parking lot spaces have a fee.
to get there:
NYS Thruway to Exit 44. Follow exit road South through the town of Canandaigua and to the lake. Bear right and follow the road along the north shore. Take the second entrance into Kershaw Park.
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Bristol Harbour Resort
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
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- Bristol Harbour Hotel Canandaigua
Address: 5410 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua, New York, 14424, United States