The Finger Lakes Sights

Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens

  • 151 Charlotte St. Map It
  • Canandaigua
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

The grounds at this 52-acre estate are a magnificent example of late-Victorian gardening and design. The rose garden overflows with 4,000 bushes; the other themed plantings include Japanese, pansy, blue-and-white, and rock gardens. An early-1900s conservatory houses the orchid collection and other exotic plants. The stunning 1887 Queen Anne mansion was built as a summer home by a wealthy New York City banker and his wife, who became Canandaigua's biggest benefactress. The library, the couple's favorite room, looks out on the Italian garden. The great hall features a massive leaded-glass window and an 1874 Steinway. Walking tours are offered weekdays at 1 and weekends at 10 and 1 from Memorial Day through September.

The Finger Lakes Wine Center, on the Sonnenberg Gardens' grounds in a building near the parking lot, has a tasting room with a rotating selection of wines and sells wines and specialty foods from throughout the Finger Lakes region. 585/394–9016. Mid-May–early Oct., daily 11–4:30.

Sight Information


151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, New York, 14424, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Early May–late May and early Sept.–mid-Oct., daily 9:30–4:30; late May–early Sept., daily 9:30–5:30

Published 07/22/2015


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