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Inn on the Lake: A Finger Lakes Tradition

There are few better seats in all the Finger Lakes than the ones set up at the base of the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, New York. Each night, as the sun begins to drop below the shores of Lake Canandaigua, the resort’s line of wooden Adirondack chairs offers guests front row seats to one of the region’s most spectacular performances: the sunset.

Watching a sunset at the Inn on the Lake is an experience guests can enjoy any day of the year from this year-round hotel. For more than 46 years, the Inn on the Lake has remained the only full-service hotel in the city of Canandaigua, managing to take the authentic and laid-back atmosphere typical of the Finger Lakes region and combine it with stylish and refined touches that meet the needs of any modern hotel or meeting guests. The Inn offers 134 guest rooms and suites, eight of which feature cascading Jacuzzis that look out over the lake.

Richly colored fabrics and shaded wall sconces cast an effortlessly elegant glow on the inn’s dark wood inlaid interiors while the exterior blends into its natural surroundings with dainty perennials and towering trees. Guests staying at the hotel can take advantage of the indoor and outdoor pools and the fitness studio, and anyone is free to stop in for a bite at the hotel’s three on-site restaurants: the Shore Restaurant, the Sand Bar Lakeside Bar and Grill, and the Lounge and Lakeside Deck.

The inn has become a hot spot for events thanks to its six dedicated meeting rooms and lakeside tent for weddings and special events. From its scenic spot on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake, the conference center accommodates various corporate meetings and programs, association conventions and social events. The beautiful lakeside tent at the inn hosts several wedding receptions from May through October and offers an outside venue where groups can break out of the meeting room atmosphere for lunches, cocktail parties and dinners. 

Meeting Spaces

With more than 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting space at its conference center, the Inn on the Lake is suited to host both large conferences and small meetings. The Lakeside Tent is perfect for elegant outdoor events, with room for up to 300 guests. The other spaces include the Grand Ballroom for up to 400 guests, the Clark/Thompson Rooms for up to 150 guests, the Susan B. Anthony Room for up to 150 guests, the Vintage Room for up to 50 guests, the Ontario Room for up to 50 guests, the Director’s Room for up to 12 guests and the Board Room for up to six guests.

Meeting Extras

Ambiance can take an event to the next level, which is why the Inn on the Lake has invested in the latest in audiovisual equipment and computer technology to enhance each event. The entire resort is equipped with wireless internet that enables meeting guests to stay connected poolside and display real-time visuals with ease during meetings. Multiple-channel mixers, wireless and wired microphones and plasma TV displays are all available for rent, and one of the resort’s skilled audiovisual technicians will run the system for the entire meeting for $35 per hour.