1795 Acorn Inn (Canandaigua, New York)

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Grapes

September 27, 2015 by Innkeeper

Your Innkeeper doesn’t get a chance to get out on the weekends too often but yesterday was an exception. Beth and Lydia were taking care of guests at breakfast. There were no new guests checking in. So, your Innkeeper had a free Saturday and it just happened that it is the weekend of the Naples Grape Festival in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. I had been one other time in the past 11 years and it was cold and wet that year. This year, the weather could not have been more perfect… a cool 70 degrees and sunny, perfect fall weather.

Naples is a quaint town on the South end of Canandaigua Lake. Home to Inspire Moore Winery, Artizanns (a local Gallery), Joseph’s Wayside Market, Roots Cafe, Naples, NY and a few other shops and restaurants. It’s generally a sleepy town. But, one weekend a year, the tiny town is crowded beyond belief by visitors that want to experience all things grape. Grape pie, frozen grape custard, wine, concord grapes, Niagra grapes and more grapes. And even purple fire hydrants. There are tons of food options, music and many vendors and artists. Your Innkeeper even got a henna tattoo.

For at least a mile or more, vendors line the street, even before you get to the Festival, selling anything and everything… crafts, yard sale items, baked goods. It’s hard to walk as there are so many people. I don’t know where they all come from, but they come from miles to experience this Festival and it couldn’t be set in a more picturesque valley in the Finger Lakes.

Of course, a visit to the Naples Grape Festival wouldn’t be complete without a grape pie and some grapes. This year, I purchased Jeni’s grape pie and some grapes from Jerome’s U-Pick. Both were served at this morning’s breakfast much to the delight of our guests who had never tasted grape pie before. A grape day was had by all.

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1795 Acorn Inn Innkeeper Celebrates Her 10-Year Anniversary In The Finger Lakes

August 1, 2014 by Innkeeper

Look what my wonderful, lovely, thoughtful guests gave me in celebration of my 10 year Anniversary.  It made me cry.  Thank you Heather, Ginger and Kristin for making my day.  Let’s pop open the champagne!

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Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Coffee @ 1795 Acorn Inn

June 7, 2014 by Innkeeper

My standard order of twenty five pounds of Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Out of Africa coffee for my guests. That should last about a week. — at 1795 Acorn Inn.  I love going into the facility where they roast the coffee to pick up my order when I can.  The smell of the coffee roasting is to die for.  Almost as good as waking up to it already brewed after spending the night at the Inn.  Coffee is ready at 8:00 if you want to join us.  See you soon.

I Love Spring – Part IV

May 20, 2013 by Innkeeper

Well, my relief was short lived this morning when we found a poor, little chick on the ground beneath the nest.  It was on the brick floor and unfortunately will never know what it feels like to fly.  I gently put it in a box and Amanda and I will have a burial service for it later this afternoon.  I have to keep reminding myself that this is nature.  But it still hurts.  There are some things this city girl will never get used to in the country.

On a positive note, just after we noticed that one didn’t make it, another baby was on the ground.  This one was hopping around, flapping it’s wings and following mama/papa.  There are still two left in the nest and I’m sure they too will soon be taking that leap.  Once out of the nest, they don’t really know how to fly.  They will spend the next few days hopping around on the ground and learning how to fly.  Of course, this is when they are most vulnerable but I think they will make it as we are pretty protected in our beautifully lush perennial gardens.

Will there be a Part V?

I Love Spring – Part II

May 20, 2013 by Innkeeper

On Wednesday, May 15, I noticed a little head popping out from under mama/papa.  It was still very cold in the morning and I didn’t think the eggs would have hatched yet.  But apparently they did.  A few hours later Amanda noticed two heads.  And a few hours later, we saw her/him feeding them… all four.  She or he (I think they take turns) would land on the edge of the nest with a worm in his/her mouth and all four heads would reach out of the nest and chirp for food.  It seemed like there were constantly flying to and fro.  Did you know a baby robin needs to be fed every 10-20 minutes?  With four in the nest, that’s a worm every five minutes.  And I still can’t figure out how she/he knows who got the last worm.

I think they grow into their beaks.

I think they grow into their beaks.

Just finished feeding

Just finished feeding.

Can I have some more please?

Can I have some more please?

Part III to follow…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love Spring – Part I

May 20, 2013 by Innkeeper

Spring feels like the shortest of all seasons and passes with a blink of an eye.  Case and point…  This is the third year in a row that a robin has chosen nest atop the light just outside of my office door.  The first year we took her nest down because we painted the outside of the Inn.  The next year she/he rebuilt it.  This year she/he made a few modifications and reused the old nest.  It’s pretty safe there but wonder why she chooses to lay her eggs there given the amount of traffic in and out the office door.

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I don’t think he/she knows what to think of me and my camera.

 

Always close by…

 

Part II to follow…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary To Me!

August 1, 2012 by Innkeeper

Eight years ago today I took over this quaint little B & B in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.  I was proud to own it then and I’m even more proud to own it now.  A constant work-in-progress, the Inn continues to evolve, just like me.  I’ve poured my heart and soul into this old house and in turn, she constantly gives back.  Forever bringing me new friends and providing for me.

AAA Four Diamond Rated Bed & Breakfast in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes

Thank you to all my guests, friends and family for your visits and your support.  It’s been and continues to be an amazing ride… full of growth, challenge and great reward.  Cheers!

 

Back on Track

July 18, 2012 by Innkeeper

I have to say I was just a tad nervous this morning to prepare breakfast.  But, everything went as planned.  The Baked French Pear Pancake was perfect.  I feel like I am back on track.  Maybe getting up on the left side of the bed helped.

Oh, in case anyone is looking, the Angell Room just became available for Friday and Saturday nights this weekend, 7/20 & 7/21.  And the Barn Suite just became available for Saturday night, 7/21.  We’ve been full for weeks but plans do change.

Friends in the Finger Lakes

June 28, 2012 by Innkeeper

I thoroughly enjoy making new friends! In my current profession as an Innkeeper, I do it daily. And, I am fortunate enough to have many repeat guests. That feels even better. But, there is nothing like the feeling of meeting an old friend again… no matter how well you knew each other in the past. Thank you Sheila for visiting and for thinking of me. It was wonderful to see you again and to meet your beautiful family. I have a feeling we will do it again before 30 years go by. 🙂

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Engagement at the 1795 Acorn Inn

April 15, 2012 by Innkeeper

Tori & Bob got engaged this weekend while staying in the Hotchkiss Room. Congratulations and best wishes to a lovely couple.  Spring is most definitely in the air and Michael Buble is playing.  Hmmm.

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