Lake life provides a kind of tranquility and beauty that can’t be replicated. Often, it accompanies a woodsy cabin on the water, but in the Finger Lakes, luxury and lake life pair perfectly at The Lake House on Canandaigua. World-class amenities and a residentially inspired design throughout the building bring a sense of comfort to visitors, as well as the title as one of the “most anticipated hotel openings of 2020” by Vogue magazine.

Just a seaplane ride away from NYC, the active wellness retreat offers 123 guest rooms. Almost three-quarters of them have views of Canandaigua Lake, so guests can garner views of the water from most places on the property. But not only do guest rooms have views, but all of the meetings and event spaces on the property do as well.

The timber frame event barn can hold up to 250 people for a seated dinner, with plenty of windows to shine light on the gathering. In the off-season, the Sand Bar can turn into an events venue for lovers of the longtime local institution. Multiple conference spaces are available for business meetings and events, and the entire property can be bought out as well if the event warrants the need.

“The hotel evokes a residential feeling that is comfortable, relaxed, and stylized, yet sophisticated and down to earth. Additionally, the views of the lake and natural light are a meeting planner’s dream come true,” says Gerry Clark, executive director of sales and marketing.

In addition to appreciating the views of the water, another way to consume the culture of the Finger Lakes is by eating at Rose Tavern, where a seasonal and regionally inspired menu translates into locally made wines, rotating entrees and more. Sunrise yoga and sunset cruises, waterfall hikes, and visits to the spa exemplify the luxurious side of the hotel on the lake. The ethereal quality of the interior design, wellness activities, food and location in the Finger Lakes make The Lake House on Canandaigua a dreamy, yet cozy place to host meetings and events.

Just like the rest of the world, the hospitality and travel industries slammed to a halt when the pandemic hit last March. Some sectors within them had built-in solutions to focus on, such as hotels limiting capacities and restaurants focusing on takeout and delivery. But for many businesses within the related meetings and events realm, there were no natural alternatives to turn to.


The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.


With the events industry at a near standstill, Jess Doren realized this may have been the moment she’d been waiting for. Having produced large-scale events for big brands like Apple and Buzzfeed, she’d had little time in the past to develop events of her own, but this past summer, she and a team of fellow event pros set out to gather a community craving connection.