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Shuttle To Concert Events In Canandaigua

May 24th, 2017by Innkeeper

This is so cool. I just learned that CMAC (Constellation Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) has a shuttle from some local restaurants to some concert events. They will pick you up at Macri’s, Simply Crepes, Greenfront or Nolans and shuttle you to the VIP entrance. While parking for the venue is simple, there are sometimes lines to get into the parking lots and a little bit of a walk to the venue. General parking is around $10 and VIP is about $20. For those that don’t already know, CMAC is a fantastic outdoor amphitheater. A small venue with great summer line ups annually. There are covered seats and lawn seats. In my opinion, there is not a bad seat in the house (well, honestly the lawn is not for me but it certainly is full).

The shuttle is not available for all concerts and I suggest you check their website for details. https://www.cmacevents.com/cmac-experience/

Currently the shuttle is available for:
June 17 – Elivs Costello
July 2 – Tom Petty
July 23 – Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper
August 18 – Santana

I have seen John Legend, Tim Mcgraw, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheerhan, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antelbellum, Peter Frampton and more.

Have a great time.

One Bad Apple… A Bad tripadvisor.com Review

May 23rd, 2017by Innkeeper

Well, it was bound to happen. I have often felt that tripadvisor reviews are a double-edge sword; an Innkeeper’s dream and nightmare. I have been fortunate in all these years to have wonderful reviews. I did have one bad review written some time ago and was successful in getting the guest to remove it. Her review was based on conversations between her husband and me. He did not accurately report back to her and said things that were not said. She was kind enough to remove it and it was quite the victory. I don’t imagine I will be that fortunate twice.

The issue for me with tripadvisor is that there is no one monitoring whether a review, good or bad is justified. It would be a horrific task. With so many wonderful reviews, one bad one certainly doesn’t spoil the whole bunch. Guests can tell what is valid and what is not. It’s actually good to have a bad one because then they believe the good ones more. What does hurt one’s business is the ranking. One bad review can drop your ranking significantly and it takes possibly hundreds to bring it back up. I guess I will find out. I have long thought that tripadvisor should have a mediation committee whose job isn’t to sensor reviews (free speech and all), but to determine if the complaint should affect the ranking. Here’s why…

This is the review I received this morning.

“Although the property looks lovely and it may be, the management is difficult just to be difficult. I recently booked at room her thinking that it was the Acorn Inn near my daughter’s college. When the hotel called to ask me a question about my stay I realized that this was not the hotel near my daughters college and asked to cancel my reservations for the end of August and mid October. The woman said yes but there would be a cancellation fee. I asked why, when it was 3 months in advance not two days or even 2 weeks. She responded that it was in their rules and regulations and that I should have read it. Wow. I am unimpressed.”

This guest made not one, but two reservations, one for August and one for October. She booked them several days apart, three weeks ago. The first reservation was filled out beautifully, but the second one was missing key pieces of information. So, I gave her a call to make sure I had what I needed to fully accommodate them. I began by saying who I was and that I was from the 1795 Acorn Inn in Bristol, Canandaigua. She said she didn’t book with me. She booked in Elan (that may or may not be right but that was what I understood). I did not know what she was referencing but I said I had two reservations for her at the 1795 Acorn Inn in Bristol, Canandaigua. She chuckled and said she was taking her daughter to college in Virginia and that she would have to cancel. To which I replied something to the effect, “Well it’s a good thing I called you so you can make reservations at the other Acorn Inn. I am sure they are filling up fast and you will want to make your reservations.” I then reminded her that we have a $25 cancellation fee. She didn’t feel she needed to pay the cancellation fee because it was a mistake! And that she was cancelling way in advance. When I said that she agreed to our policies when making the reservation, she went off and finally said, “Well, it your business. You decide how you want to run it.” I said I am sorry she made a mistake and that I would send her confirmation of her cancellation.

When I hung up the phone, my heart was pounding hard. I thought I about issuing a refund but then I would have paid credit card processing charges, $15 per refund. So, because of her mistake I was going to pay? I thought no, can’t be. Our policies are in place to ensure fair and equal treatment to all our guests. Period. Do I bend them? Yes, sometimes… in dire circumstances and when it is respectfully requested of me. I do not usually issue a refund, but will give credit toward a future stay. Have a refunded guests because I was afraid of the consequences? Yes. You know that nightmare I mentioned previously? I was terrified of it and am tired of of being scared. If I issued this guest a refund it would be out of fear. Who wants to live that way? Not me.

This guest made two reservations at this establishment. She received two confirmation emails with pertinent information, including our address. And, she received two receipt emails with the $25 Cancellation Fee and again our address. There is a drop down from our menus of frequently asked questions. There is another drop down of our policies. And finally, when making the reservation, she checked off two boxes that she had read our terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. One cannot proceed unless that box is checked.

We have a 14-day or 30-day cancellation policy. At that time, your credit card gets billed in full and the room is no longer refundable. Could you image if she would have been charged and then found out she booked at the wrong place? So many things to be thankful for here, but I get a bad review.

Of course, there are always multiple ways to handle things. There is your way and others’ way. Had someone called me and I then discovered my mistake, I would have been thankful that this mistake was caught. I perhaps would have asked if there was anything that could be done about the cancellation fee. I would have known there was one. My expectation would have been that I would have to pay for my error. It was my responsibility so my expectation would be low but I could be pleasantly surprised. One never knows.

A few weeks ago I went on vacation. I transferred money from checking account A to checking account B. I double checked. While on vacation, I got a voicemail from the bank. I called them back as soon as a could to find out that there wasn’t enough money in my account to satisfy my withdrawal from the IRS for 2016 taxes. I couldn’t figure out why because I had transferred funds. I was fortunate enough that I could have someone transfer some money into the account until I could find out what happened. When I returned and saw my bank statement, I had mistakenly transferred from checking account B to checking account A. Oops. I had three insufficient funds charges totaling $111. And, a $33 late fee from the IRS. Do you think the bank or the IRS will waive these fees because I made a mistake? We all know that answer.

Now, back to this review… I feel as if I am being bullied. This guest didn’t like that she was charged a cancellation fee, to which she agreed to and is a direct consequence of her mistake. So, in retaliation she has written a bad review in an attempt to impact my livelihood by harming the reputation of this business. When I mentioned earlier about tripadvisor being an Innkeeper’s dream and nightmare… well, we do somewhat live in fear (terror) of the nightmare, some more than others. Perhaps this is a good thing… the fear is already lessened and lifted.

What is left for me to do? First I will write a management response to the review. I will professionally state our policies. Tripadvisor has very strict guidelines about what you can and cannot say. And, you cannot reach anyone to discuss. Of course when it’s time to pay… you hear from them. I cannot link to my blog but hopefully I can mention it. I don’t want to discourage those looking for the perfect vacation spot on tripadvisor by bogging them down with unnecessary details. My blog my opportunity for that and hopefully I have the right to free speech as well.

What I would also like to do is ask that perhaps some of my guests will consider writing a review on tripadvisor.com to help counter the negative review. If you have stayed here, great. If you have already written a review, can you write two? Don’t worry if you haven’t stayed here. Apparently you don’t need to have stayed maybe just have a conversation with me. I can be reached at (585) 330-8234. I will also be posting a link on facebook and hopefully my fans will come to the rescue.

I am looking into starting a newsletter soon and can certainly ask previous guests, not on facebook, to write a review. I will do my best to bury this review and have to work harder to get the ranking back.

It just makes me sad that there are people in this world who have to hurt other people in this way. I just cannot imagine doing that to someone. Life must be pretty painful to hurt someone to feel good. And, there is a whole lot worst out there. It’s a difficult world we live in and I am not alone in wondering what it is coming to. Please take the high road. The view is better from up there. And, believe that most people are good. Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Let’s start there.

The silver lining in all this because I have to move on with my day with some positivity, guests that used to come every year and feel like family called this morning and are coming today to spend three nights. They temporarily moved away two years ago and are in the process of moving back. They are homeless but are coming home to the 1795 Acorn Inn. I cannot wait to see them and that fills me with joy. There is a huge hug waiting for them and I know they will reciprocate. All’s good.

Tour Finger Lakes Distillery

May 3rd, 2017by Innkeeper

The Finger Lakes Distillery is located about one hour and fifteen minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn. It’s a beautiful drive around Seneca Lake with plenty to do after this tour. Hike Watkins Glen, enjoy lunch at Dano’s Heuriger, a fabulous Austrian restaurant, visit wineries, take a boat tour on Seneca Lake, and the list goes on. If you wanted to take the 11:00 am tour, we could arrange for an early continental breakfast. But, you should have no time enjoying our full breakfast at 9:00 and making it to the 2:00 pm tour. Don’t forget, you do need reservations.

Finger Lakes Distillery

If you have an interest in spirits, this would be one of many great things to do while staying at the 1795 Acorn Inn and visiting New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Personally, I love their gin.

Happy May Touring Tips

May 2nd, 2017by Innkeeper

Saturday, May 6 is Derby Day at the Granger Homestead. From 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style as you sip on a mint julep, ride in a horse drawn carriage, show off your best race day hat and more. Tickets are $30 in advanced, $35 at the gate. Reservations are encouraged. For more information, visit www.grangerhomestead.org. For reservations, call (585) 394-1472.

L.L. Bean runs kayaking and stand up paddleboarding skills workshops and guided trips on beautiful Canandaigua Lake. This season will start on Friday, May 27. L.L. Bean’s skilled instructors will show you the ropes on a kayak or stand up paddleboard, then lead you on an adventure! (888) 552-5583. Make your reservation at www.llbean.com/adventure.

And they’re off to the races! The 2017 racing season has begun at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track! Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.

May is National Bike Month, time to hop on a bike and ride around the lakes! Bike rentals are available at RV&E Bike and Skate and Geneva Bicycle Center. RV&E Bike and Skate, 168 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393-5680. www.recreationalvehiclesandequipment.com. Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange Street, Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-5922. www.genevabikes.com. And don’t forget to check previous blogs. Your Innkeeper loves to cycle the area and has recommendations

For a cool place to unwind, head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and have a drink lakeside at The Sand Bar at The Inn on the Lake. If you have a boat, dock along the waterfront at the hotel. 770 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7800.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park is open on weekends! Soar through the air on seven courses with 100 elements including ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some elements reach almost 60 ft. high. Reservations are recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-1180. This is another Innkeeper favorite. Can’t wait to go again.

Bristol Mountain

Grape pies are a “must taste” in the Finger Lakes Region. Take a scenic drive on Route 21 to Naples and stop at a roadside stand or go right to Monica’s Pies. Monica’s Pies, 7599 Route 21 South, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2139. Yum. Yum. Yum. Bring a cooler to take some chicken pot pies home.

Bonus Tip! – Celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Weekend activities include: live musical acts, games for the kids, food, wine, beer, a car show, and more! Plus, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Occupational Therapy Association in Clifton Springs! The festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, including a schedule of events call the Clifton Springs Chamber of commerce at (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com.

Thank you to the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for providing these wonderful tourism tips. Don’t forget to visit their site for more information on things to do and see in Ontario County in New York’s Finger Lakes.

April Touring Tips

April 28th, 2017by Innkeeper

Okay. So, better late than never. But, I am left wondering whatever happened to March?

It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and enjoy some fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua, 14424. 585‐394‐3915. www.visitfingerlakes.com.

If you’re looking to get out and explore great places in Geneva, the monthly Geneva Night Out is a perfect way to do so! On Friday, April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. follow the self‐guided walking map around downtown Geneva and visit participating venues where you will find performing artists, exhibits, and activities. For a map and more information on participating venues, visit www.genevanightout.org.

Celebrate Mother Earth Week April 14 ‐ April 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. each day at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan. Great for families on school breaks! April 14, 18, and 20 learn about the traditional Pigeon Dance, make felt bird ornaments, and hear the history of pigeon hunts in Warren, PA. April 19 and 21 will feature the thrilling Wild Wings program at Ganondagan. See live birds of prey up close! Free with museum admission. Seneca Art and Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 942‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Spring is finally here! Nothing is better proof of that than the spring flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through gardens laden with early spring flowers as well as orchid displays in the greenhouses. The show will take place April 21‐23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for ages 4 – 16 and free for children three and under. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394‐4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.

Have a craving for a local live music experience? We’ve got you covered!
On Wednesday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. catch award winning song writer Austic McRae perform in the large meeting room at the Clifton Springs Library as part of the Tunes by the Tracks series. Free, though a $5 donation is suggested. Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Avenue. Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (585) 362‐3519.

The Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room concert series at Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room features local music artists with their own flair. You’ll only find original songs at this performance! Enjoy food or drinks from Buffalo Bills while you listen. This month the series will feature Lisa Bigwood on April 6 and Perry Cleavland and Paul Swiatek on April 20. Performances are free but donations are accepted. Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room, 19 West Main Street, Shortsville 14548. For more information call (585) 289‐4104.

On Fridays during April catch live acoustic music at the New York Wine & Culinary Center’s Upstairs Bistro. Hang out by the bar and partake of New York State beverages or grab a bite to eat while you enjoy the performance. Performances are scheduled for April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6 to 9 pm each day! The New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394‐7070 or visit www.nywcc.com.

On Saturdays bask in live local music at Brew & Brats! The lineup currently calls for Secondhand Sidekicks on April 1, Meyer & McGuire on April 8, Bob Dugan on April 15, and Men Behaving Badly on April 22. All performances start at 6 pm. Grab a savory brat or rich local beer while you take in the show. Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 BB State Route 64, Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 531‐4113 or go online to www.brewandbrats.com.

February Touring Tips-Valentine’s Month

February 2nd, 2017by Innkeeper

On Saturday, February 4, embrace the winter season at the third annual Finger Lakes Frost Fest from 5 – 9 p.m. The festival includes ice sculptures, ice bars featuring Frost Fest Martinis poured through an ice luge, wine and beer tastings, local food, music, and fireworks in the evening. Ramada Geneva Lakefront. 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva, 14456. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2717357 or by calling the Geneva Family YMCA at (315) 789‐1616.

On Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., visit Naples and experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old‐world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes Naples Valley. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, s’more making, horse and wagon rides and all sorts of specials to be discovered at local businesses. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

Celebrate all that’s great about ice wines at the New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival. Enjoy ice wine tastings, ice wine‐ inspired cuisine tasting stations, live music, tango performances, wagon rides, winery tours, and more. Ice wines from across New York State all in one place! Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $65. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. For more information call (585) 223‐4210 or visit www.casalarga.com.

Find unique antique items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show & Sale where more than 40 antique dealers will be showing and selling their wares. Sunday, February 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, 14425. For more information call (585) 737‐5971 or visit www.canandaiguaantiqueclassic.org.

Visit Ganondagan State Historic Site on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for Native American Winter Games & Sports. Experience the heritage of the Seneca people while you try your hand at the traditional Haudenosaunee sport of snowsnake, or perhaps you’d rather race a snow boat! There will also be snowshoeing, dog sledding demonstrations, storytelling, traditional arts, and traditional foods. Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, too! Event is free but a $10 donation per family is suggested. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 924‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. See the brand‐new VIP bowling experience, The Eight, at Roseland Bowl. After a few games of bowling make sure you visit the 18,000 square‐foot fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and over 30 arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaigua, 14424. Reservations required for VIP bowling. For more details call (585) 394‐5050 or visit www.roselandbowl.com.

Sit back, relax, and sip some wine in Geneva’s first urban farm winery. Visit Wicked Water and sample New York grown and produced wines, in addition to Wicked Water’s own great vintages. You’re welcome to bring in take‐out from many of Geneva’s great restaurants and, if you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for you can find local menus in the tasting room! Open 3 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 1 – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Fridays in February, catch live, local music from 6 ‐ 8 p.m. Wicked Water, 78 Castle Street, Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781‐5100 or visit www.wickedwater.vin.

Happy New Year… January Touring Tips Are Here!

December 30th, 2016by Innkeeper

Sharpen your culinary skills (and your knives) and prepare a new dish at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. From pizza to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Check out the class schedule online or call the number below for more information. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7070.

Experience views from some of the 35 slopes at Bristol Mountain. The trails are breathtaking and provide a variety of inclines for every skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert. How does skiing under the stars sound? Almost all the trails have lighting for night time skiing. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

Test your luck at over 1500 video gaming machines at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. If you work up an appetite you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Vineyard Buffet, or tantalize your palate at one of many other eateries within the building. Enjoy a variety of live music on weekends. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 State Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.

Explore nature while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education facility with 15 miles of groomed ski trails, a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing, and hiking trails, if there isn’t enough snow. Ski and snowshoeing equipment are available for rental for a small fee. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-6160.

Satisfy your senses with a wine and dinner experience at Ravines Wine Cellars. January 21 and 28, each dinner commences at 6 p.m. with a glass of sparkling brut and savory amuse bouche followed by a tour of the wine cellar which includes a tasting of the wine aging in the barrel. A beautiful four-course dinner with wine pairings begins at 6:30 P.M. Tickets are limited and required for this event, they are $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (315) 781-7007 Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva, 14456.

We love live music here in the Finger Lakes and one of our favorite spots to catch a show is at Brew & Brats in Naples. Cold beer, delicious food, and free live performances every Saturday from 6-9 p.m. are only a few of the reasons why we know you will love it here. Brew & Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples 14512. (585) 374-2870

Start the new year by clearing your mind, letting go of your stress, and learning some new poses at Grounded by Yoga. Be part of community yoga weekend on January 27-29. Classes during community weekend will be taught by student teachers completing their 200-hour yoga teacher training requirements and will only cost $1. Grounded by Yoga, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 703-4576.

Bonus tip!
On February 11, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes valley of Naples. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, and all sorts of special deals and activities to be discovered at local businesses. 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

November In The Finger Lakes

November 3rd, 2016by Innkeeper

Enjoy a night on the town during Geneva Night Out, a monthly celebration of local sights and products. Exhibits including live music, theater, tastings, and displays of art, jewelry, and handcrafted items will be ongoing at participating locations and provide visitors an opportunity to explore the creative energy and dynamic range of local art in all its forms. Friday, November 4, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Maps are available at all participating locations and online. For a map and more information visit www.genevanightout.org.

Take a stroll through historic Downtown Canandaigua, stop in a variety of local shops and restaurants, and sample offerings from local wineries all in one event! The Canandaigua Wine Walk is a fun, self‐guided stroll through Canandaigua’s stores and restaurants that lets you have a taste of the local life. Saturday, November 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., tickets are $8 per person. 143 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 396‐0300 or visit www.downtowncanandaigua.com/winewalk.

Celebrate the holidays at the Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, visits with Santa, treats and music, Friday, November 11, noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christkindl Market admission is $6 per person, children 12 and under, free. While there, stop in the mansion and see the Festival of Trees, a celebration of creative tree decoration, for only $3 more! Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle to historic downtown Canandaigua for more fun. For more information call (585) 394‐1472 or visit www.canandaiguachristkindlmarket.com/CCM/Home.html.

Commemorate the 222nd anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, with a celebration of peace between the Iroquois Confederacy & the U.S. November 11. Festivities include a Native American art and craft sale at the Canandaigua Primary School from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., a parade from West Gibson Street to Main Street at 1:30 p.m., a commemoration ceremony which will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ontario County Courthouse, and a keynote speech at the Canandaigua Primary School Auditorium at 6 p.m. For more information call 585‐924‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Get the kids and ride the rails with Santa at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society (LVRRHS)! In cooperation with the Finger Lakes Railway, the LVRRHS will be hosting train rides with Santa, on Saturday, November 26. Trains depart from the LVRRHS station museum at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Arrive at least 20 minutes before your desired departure time to pick up a boarding pass. Passes are $18 per person for adults and children ages 3 and over. Children ages 2 and under are free. 8 East High Street, Shortsville, 14548. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lvrrhs.org and click, “Excursions”.

Get your holiday shopping done early in the Finger Lakes! From locally made art, pottery and jewelry, to brand name merchandise, explore hundreds of small businesses or large specialty stores to find that perfect something for a special someone. For good leads on finding that perfect present visit www.visitfingerlakes.com/things‐to‐do/shopping‐and‐spas/.

And so the leaves fall in the Finger Lakes…

October 20th, 2016by Innkeeper

It’s difficult to believe that the “busy” season is coming to a close. As I drove around this spectacular area over the past two days, I found myself more in awe than ever. They said because we are in a drought and the trees didn’t get enough water, that the leaves wouldn’t be as vibrant as in the past. Well, they were wrong. In my brief opinion (having lived in upstate New York only 12 years) the foliage is the most beautiful that I have seen. Though we usually see peak foliage around the middle of the month, the leaves decided to hang in there a little longer and turn color in unison. Reds, yellows, oranges, greens and every color in between.

The photos, though pretty, don’t do it justice but they will help preserve the memories of a drive around Canandaigua and Canadice Lakes with my eighty five year old mother, Margot. As an artist who’s work is displayed throughout the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, it was my pleasure to see the joy and excitement on her face around almost every turn.

County Road 32

County Road 32

Country Road 34

Country Road 34

Lost?

Lost?

County Road 33

County Road 33

Ink Mushrooms

Ink Mushrooms

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

A Drive In The Woods

A Drive In The Woods

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Along The Way

Along The Way

Until next fall…

Fall Is In The Air

September 29th, 2016by Innkeeper

Fall

FoliageFall is always such a wonderful season. Just last night in a meeting we were asked what is our favorite thing about the fall. The cooler weather, apples, the leaves changing, the smell of fires, playing in the leaves, cooking and baking… the list goes on. What follows is only a small list of things to do at this time. How about some apple picking?

Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting and jewelry making during the Naples Open Studio Trail. Watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more about or to purchase artist’s work. October 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 14 artists or pick and choose your favorites. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

Fall family fun can be found at the Pick’n Patch! This is your “one stop shop” with pumpkins, an 8- acre corn maze, mums, fall decorations, farm animals, kiddie train rides, and more! Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. For more information call (585) 526-6518 or visit www.picknpatch.com.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain weekends in October and Columbus Day from noon to 4 p.m. Ride the chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this 15 to 20 minute ride with great views of the surrounding hills and valleys. $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bristol Mountain will host its annual Fall Festival with live music, kids activities, food, beverage, and craft vendors. Admission to the festival is free. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 374-6000 or visit Bristol Mountain online at www.bristolmountain.com/fall-sky-rides.

Discover beauty and history along the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around with community themed events each weekend. Trail maps are available at locations throughout the City of Canandaigua. The map includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. For more information and a complete schedule of events call (585) 394-4975 or visit www.ochs.org.

What’s more in the spirit of the season than a “whodunit” style mystery at a mansion? The Fall Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park invites you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar as you participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 21-23 and 28-29, times vary by night. General admission tickets are $30 while admission for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members is $25. Prepaid reservations are required. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. For more information, including event times or for tickets call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org/events.

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