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Your Town: Canandaigua

by Hannah Welker

Canandaigua, a city with history, beauty, and power among the Finger Lakes region.

"People like to talk about the winters around here, but a lot of people enjoy winter sports, skiing, Bristol Mountain, what have you," says Jack Weber, a Canandaigua resident. "For the rest of the year, theres no more beautiful place in the country to live."

Take a walk downtown and you feel like youve stepped into Pleasantville. Clean streets, perfect landscaping, and painted buildings. A fabulous place to call home but an even better place to take a vacation.

"We come up here every summer," says Sharron Hirsch. "My mom and her siblings rent a house every year because it's the town where they grew up. It's just beautiful. The Lake. You know, every summer, vacations spent. We had friends that had a boat and we would go boating. We just love it here."

And boating is just the beginning. When it comes to Canandaigua Lake, its lined with beautiful homes, boats, and breathtaking views.

The town wouldnt be what it is without its museums. See the Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens State Historic Park and step back in time at each of the nine gardens.

This weekend, art displays its canvas at the 41st annual Waterfront Art Festival.

"We have several jewelry artists that I'm very excited about. Their work is different and high quality and, of course, weve got several types of artists of every type of work. So it's a good mix this year. It should be a great festival," says Lynne Crawford, the Director of the Waterfront Art Festival.

You cant go wrong by visiting Canandaigua. Just a little slice of it and you'll want more.

"I personally think its the beauty of the Finger Lakes," says Crawford. "It's a wonderful place."

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