Canastota, Madison County, and all of Central New York offer multitudes of activities, historic attractions, and other points of interest. Just six blocks from Graziano’s Restaurant & Inn is a stretch of the historic Erie Canal, the fabled waterway that opened the west with availability of inexpensive freight through the wilderness in the early 1800s. Canastota developed first as a Canal Town. Canal Street still retains much of the canal-era flavor and the Canal Museum is open daily with hundreds of interesting and informative displays of a century ago. The railroad and the New York State Thruway also added to community growth, but Canastota has still retained its small-town flavor. Canastota gave the world the Biograph in 1895, forerunner of the motion picture industry, tire chains (from rope), and currently there are thriving factories for diverse products.
Nearby colleges and universities include Colgate University, Syracuse University, Hamilton College, Cazenovia College, SUNY IT at Utica, and SUNY at Morrisville.
For the fun lovers there is Turning Stone Casino, 8 miles east; Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake, and Vernon Downs with nighttime harness racing.
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you can find dozens of activities… just ask us for recommendations, or for more information on the area, visit Madison County Tourism.
Historic Canastota retains much of the canal-era flavor. The area offers many recreational, historical, and educational points of interest.
Madison County offers the epitome of Upstate New York beauty. From 21st Century Technology to hundreds of years of history, Graziano’s Inn is the perfect base for sightseeing, antiquing, shopping, and relaxing.