Hit upstate NY’s year-old Lake House on Canandaigua

Luke Luck likes lakes — and so will you.

The Lake House on Canandaigua (a super charming little upstate New York town straight out of yesteryear in the splashy wine-obsessed Finger Lakes), opened summer 2020 — i.e. in the middle of a pandemic.

Lucky for you, that means it’s practically brand new and super worth the admittedly long drive.

Don’t believe us? Fine. It was just named the No. 1 resort hotel in the state by Travel+Leisure. T+L gave it the further distinction of naming it second in the Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental US and 30th in the Top 100 Hotels in the World.

Here’s why: The family-oriented, 124 room escape paints a suave picture with three stories of white siding and contrasting shutters. Inside, the hotel boasts practically perfect lounges, libraries, game rooms, swank dining at the Rose Tavern and boat shoe friendly dockside dishes along the marina.

An exterior shot of one of the resort's spa pods.
The star of the show at the splashy Lake House is the Willowbrook spa, which boasts three wooden barrel saunas.
Denver Miller

But while there are enough activates to keep any active brood of minors at bay — the simply named Lakehouse is all about relaxation and meditative water vistas for overstressed adults.

Cold champagne is waiting for you at check in and the martinis at sunset at the waterfront Sand Bar are frigid.

An exterior shot of thje resort's pool.
OD’d on the lake? Lounge by the Lake House’s peaceful pool.
Chris Mottalini

And to that end, the resort’s main attraction is certainly the Willowbrook Spa, which conspicuously features three show-stopping human-scale wooden barrels. Designed in nearby Canada, these private pods are in fact chic saunas with outdoor showers and resting areas. Hit the lake then sweat out your cares for just $75 per hour-long session.

Hotel rates start at $242 per night for a Queen Room.