Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps

252 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York 14424
Innkeeper(s): Karen Koepcke

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  • Introduction

    The Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps is located in Canadaigua, NY, in the Finger Lakes wine country region.

    Innkeepers/owners, Lynne and Bill Keiper, welcome you to experience and unwind in one of Canandaigua's premier historic homes. Its 200 year old charms include period antiques, 12 ft ceilings, plank floors and fireplaces, as well as modern amenities such as an three-season spa, free wi-fi and central air conditioning.

    The Oliver Phelps B&B offers guests five comfortable guestrooms -each with a private en-suite bath, HD TV/cable/DVD player. Accommodations include a gourmet breakfast, several spacious common living rooms with fireplaces, and outside grounds. The gazebo is a great place to relax in the fair weather months.

    Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps front

    Our location lets you park your car and walk to dining, shopping, museums, breweries, wine-tasting and the lake.  The inn is 1 km or 1/2 mile north of downtown in a neighborhood of historic old homes.  Canandaigua is special in the region for the variety and accessibility of so many fun things to see & do.  Your innkeepers delight in sharing tips and advice to help you enjoy your time here.

  • Insider's Info

    Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps, main house

    Travelers are always looking formemorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bill and Lynne Keiper for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Convenience and variety - we’re so close to so many cultural, culinary & recreational attractions, e.g. Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, CMAC Performing Arts Center, the NY Wine & Culinary Center, and the lake! We're less than an hour from 3 of the most scenic state parks in the USA.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for spacious and comfortable guest rooms and common spaces with all the charm that an early 1800’s house can offer.  We try to provide special service to bicyclists with maps, route guides, protected storage and local expertise.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Experiencing the best of upstate New York condensed into one scenic and tasty microcosm.  Several guests have the same comment: 'Canandaigua feels like a charming old New England town, but better.'

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    “Your warmth and humility emanates through your B&B - the welcome accommodations, food and service made our stay one that we will remember always!”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Perhaps the New York Kitchen - they offer a wide variety of fun classes and tastings with their expert staff and guest chefs.  Another might be that in upstate wine country, we have some of the best craft breweries!  4 in walking range, 6 more within 10 miles of the inn.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    1. Park the car and walk less than one mile - to downtown Canandaigua shops with gourmet chocolate, coffee, oils & vinegars, clothing, antiques and crafts; amidst great dining options.
    2. See the lake(s); drive to some choice vantage spots, including some with choice vintages (white and red) - the wine, beer and cheese trails meander through very picturesque countryside.
    3. Take in some history - from the birthplace of the women’s rights movement to transportation history (Erie Canal and Granger Carriage Museum), to Native American culture (Ganondagan), to the Eastman House in nearby Rochester, NY.
    4. Hike or bike one of the trails or parks - see some of the hundreds of waterfalls or abundant birding opportunities; visit the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, downtown Canandaigua, the NY Kitchen, the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, over two dozen restaurants/brewpubs, and beautiful Canandaigua Lake!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are SO MANY good options but Thai by Night, Nick's Chophouse and The Office have seen us return most often.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Try but check out and also for their latest schedules.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have five rooms, all with en suite private bathrooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, sorry, one of us has allergies as may other guests.  Small owner-occupied inns (under 6 rooms) are exempt from ADA requirements.  But you may call the innkeeper for references for canine boarding.