A Wonderful Reception Awaits You at Bristol Harbor

October 18, 2010 at 12:37 am 4 comments


Looking south, Canandaigua Lake

View from the balcony looking south on Canandaigua


It is unusual to get married on a Sunday afternoon. In this case, unusually wonderful, because it transformed an afternoon often relegated to grocery shopping, or yard work, to a memorable event!

Our good friends, Brian and Kim, recently were married and celebrated their wedding reception at Bristol Harbor, on Canandaigua Lake. Everything about the reception was top-shelf, from the décor, the day, the food and prompt service, and especially the Hollywood Star-like glamor of the beautiful bride and groom!

What made this event exceptionally memorable was the location — Bristol Harbor. Perched high above Canandaigua Lake, it has a spectacular (180 degree) view looking down the length of the lake.


Sitting above Canandaigua lake

Enjoying a front row view of the sunset


The view was nicely accessible via a spacious deck off the reception hall. Even better was the discovery of Adirondack chairs, spaced in little clusters of 2 and 3 all over the hillside below, allowing us to slip away for a front-row seat to an incredible sunset.

Bristol Harbor claims to be “Upstate New York’s premiere five season resort.” I spent a little time searching, curious to discover “what is Upstate’s 5th season?” Here are my best guesses: “Winter’s Revenge,” (usually hits on Mother’s Day),” “Reassessment,” (kind of sneaks up like Leap Year) “Indian Summer,” and “Regret.” Since I could not figure it out — a prize ( A Finger Lakes loco-mobile) for the one who can.


Golf Course

Robert Trent Jones designed golf course — be impressed!


I know that Bristol Harbor contains 31-rooms plus 2 & 4 bedroom cottages AND a Robert Trent Jones designed 18 hole premiere golf course. There is MUCH more — take the time to discover it yourself.


Bristol Harbor

A toast to the bride and groom


For a wedding reception, Bristol Harbor is guaranteed to create special memories. The room and the tables were both beautifully decorated. Our food was great (anyone can impress me with prime rib, because the only red meat we see at our house is meatballs) but even the vegetables worth discussion at our table.

The location is lovely, both inside and out, and it had room to accommodate lodging for all the guests — right on the premises.

I did not get to experience everything this resort has to offer. However, a TripAdvisor reviewer visiting in August was also VERY enthusiastic about Bristol Harbor. She shared: “EVERY condo has an” off the rails” view like ours. The Sandy private beach, the Sunbathing, Friend making floating wood dock, the lovely Marina, Bare Mountain across the lake, a constant parade of sail boats, ski boats, (and) pontoons full of happy boaters …”



Entrance to the resort


Take a drive down the western side of Canandaigua Lake and experience all that Bristol Harbor has to offer.


5410 Seneca Point Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Meg Colombo  |  October 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    The 5th Season at Bristol Harbour is the Winter Holiday Season. I hope I win, I hope I win!

    • 2. Finger Lakes Summer  |  October 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      I imagine you are right! That one never occurred to me! I have a mobile for you — how do I get it to you?

      Its made entirely from Skaneateles beach trash! I have mobiles made from stuff from Canadice, Skaneateles, Mobile Bay Alabama, and several mixed media mobiles.

      • 3. Finger Lakes Summer  |  October 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm

        Charlie has suggested that it could be “Hunting Season.”

  • 4. Sara  |  September 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    The 5th Season is the Holiday’s…look on their new web site to see this 🙂


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