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The Finger Lakes Is a Perfect NYC Getaway, Thanks in Part to The Lake House on Canandaigua

And that’s just the inside. The lawn is laid out for leisure pursuit, with a pool, firepits, and cornhole boards. Then there’s the Sand Bar, an outdoor restaurant that’s abuzz every lunch or dinner. It serves beachy comfort food: think lobster rolls and lobster mac n cheese, oyster po’boys, corn dogs, and crab cake hush puppies.

A firepit, perfect for pre-dinner drinks.Photo: By Casandra Garcia

For more organized activities, there are canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards available to rent. (They even offer light-up paddleboards in case you’d like to go out at a more celestial hour.) There are also fitness classes (held outdoors, with proper social distancing), wine tastings—the Finger lakes is known for its Riesling—and cooking classes.

One of the drawbacks to the Finger Lakes? Its distance from New York City: towns are anywhere from a four and a half to five and a half hour drive. (Although a friend swears they’ve made it in three and a half, for what it’s worth.) However, the Lake House has a solution for that: seaplanes.

Yes, for city dwellers who are automobile-absent or just seeking to save time, the Lake House will have a seaplane available to fly you from the East River directly to the hotel’s dock—a scenic ride that will take around an hour. Bill got the idea after he flew the same way to Montauk. “It was the most exciting flight I’ve ever had,” he says.

With easy access, design-forward rooms, and delicious food, the Caleos have built the destination they dreamed of so long ago. And now, “we want to show how beautiful, untouched, and pristine this area is.”

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