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September Touring Tips, Part II

September 18, 2015 by Innkeeper

Come meet a Finger Lakes watercolor artist at an art reception at the Wood Library in Canandaigua. Artist Howard VanBuren will be hosting a reception to kick off his art show on September 24th, 6 to 8 PM at the Wood Library. Come see more than 30 paintings of farm settings, scenes of Canandaigua, and house portraits. Original paintings and prints will be available for purchase. There will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages available to snack on at the reception. The exhibit will run through October 24th.

Don’t forget, Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. Take a ride to the top of Bristol Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. On a clear day, you may even be able to see Canandaigua Lake! Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. The Fall Sky Rides run until October 25th from noon to 4 PM at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

While summer shows at Bristol Valley Theater have all had their curtain call, the events scheduled for fall promise to be just as exciting with the 2015 Fall for the Arts Series begins in early October. The series features bands, a musical performance, and a fabulous food tasting. Prices and dates vary, please call (585) 374-9032 for more information.

You could fall for the arts, or you could fall for a whole city! Get ready to Fall 4 Geneva, September 27th through October 3rd. All week long there will be events and special deals at venues throughout the city of Geneva. The festival celebrates Geneva’s accomplishments this past year, being named an All-American City by the National Civic League. More information on events and festival specifics can be found by calling (315) 789-0102.

Haven’t had enough of that fall foliage just yet? The Ontario County Historical Society is hosting a Fall Foliage Trail, running all of October. This is a self-guided trail with stops at historic locations, photo op- portunities, restaurants, and more. There will be a special Community Day on October 17th. A $20 donation to the Historical Society will get you information and a copy of the trail map, as well as tickets for four to
the Community Day events which include behind-the-scenes tours of historic places such as Bristol Valley Theater, the Burning Springs in Bristol, and the C.E.K Mees Observatory, and more! There also will be a fall foliage photo contest! For more information or to order a map, call (585) 394-4975 or visit Fall Foliage Trail.

Of course, the best part of fall is all the fresh, “Pick Your Own” fruits available. Have you ever picked your own grapes? If not, it might be time! Jerome’s U-Pick at 8936 Route 53, Naples, NY offers different fruits and a variety of grapes. Operating since 1958, Jerome’s U-Pick is part of an eighth generation, “Century Farm”. Picking season runs from now until late October or until the harvest is complete, from 9 am to 6 pm daily. For general information or to check what’s in season call 1-800-UPICKIT (1-800-874-2548).

Thank you Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.

Naples Open Studio Trail

September 17, 2015 by Innkeeper

October 3-4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 1795 Acorn Inn B&B is conveniently located on the Naples Open Studio Trail. Follow the autumn-filled byways around Honeoye and Canandaigua Lakes and visit 17 studios with the work of 24 artists. We use oils, glass, ceramics, metal, wood, textiles, and leather to create paintings, sculpture, wearables, furniture, jewelry, housewares and much more. Many of our artists conduct demos too, and during the Trail, purchases and commissions can be made directly with us.

Visit our website to learn more and see our amazing artwork: www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

During the Trail you’ll find clearly-marked signs; you can follow the map on your smartphone or click here Naples Open Studio Trail Map for a printable map.

If you would like a brochure mailed to you, simply click here Naples Open Studio Trail Brochure and fill out the form.

And you can follow us on Facebook: Naples Open Studio Trail Facebook Page

Our exciting fund-raising raffle includes wine, gift certificates, dinner coupons, and a $200 Wegmans gift card.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

September Touring Tips

September 1, 2015 by Innkeeper

Fall foliage is upon us. As you drive through this gorgeous countryside, leaves are turning. The mornings are cooler and crisper. You can just feel it in the air. We just planted mums at our front door. Soon pumpkins will be everywhere. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.

Looking for a great way to get out and experience what Downtown Geneva has to offer? Geneva Night Out is a free, monthly arts and cultural event. Friday, September 4 is this month’s Grape Harvest edition! More information, maps, and a complete list of participating businesses are all available at www.genevanightout.wordpress.com.

There’s no way to observe Labor Day weekend quite like the Finger Lakes Ring of Fire Celebration! This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, September 5 at dusk on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake. Gather on the lakeshore when the sun sets and watch as business owners and residents light red flares around the lake’s edge and bathe the lake in an entrancing red glow in honor of an old Native American tradition.

Having purple feet might be cause for some alarm, but not at the Casa Larga Purple Foot Festival! One of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S, the festival celebrates the grape harvest season through the old world tradition of stomping grapes. There will be live music, vendors of all kinds, kids crafts and games, wine tastings and seminars, and, of course, grape stomping! September 13, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $18 at the door; those under 21 get in free. Casa Larga Vineyard, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. (585) 223-4210.

Autumn means the return of the famous fall foliage colors of upstate New York, and the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain offer an excellent way to leisurely take in the view. Take a ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. Fall Sky Rides available September 12 through October 25 from noon to 4pm at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

Fall is just around the corner! If you are looking for pumpkins and corn mazes, a great place to find both is the Pick’n Patch! Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and then stop to pick out your pumpkins and fall decorating items. Fall fun for the whole family! Open September 17 to Halloween, 10am to 6pm at 2205 Route 5 & 20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.

September is grape harvest season which means it’s time for the annual Naples Grape Festival! Since 1961 the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area’s grape harvest. Wine tastings, arts and crafts, foods of all kinds, and area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz, and original music are just a few highlights! The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 10am to 5pm at Memorial Town Hall and Naples High School Grounds, Route 21 South, Naples, 14512.

Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.

Biking the Erie Canal

August 3, 2015 by Innkeeper

As an innkeeper, I don’t often get the chance to venture too far away from the Inn during the peak season, but… yesterday evening I got the chance to ride along the Erie Canal from Schoen Place in Pittsford to Fairport and back. Each year I try to have new experiences so that I can assist guests with things to do in this stunningly beautiful part of the country. I don’t think I will ever run out of things to do in the Finger Lakes. Much of the time though I am hindered by guests checking in and perhaps arriving after our check in hours, so it’s hard to plan. But, yesterday worked out just right. I often get nervous about going more than 10 minutes away from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast with a house full of guests. If a guest needs me, say they lock themselves out of their room, it could take me a while to get back. But it seemed like everyone was well settled yesterday afternoon so off I went.

We rode about 15 miles, which could be taxing for some including myself, but with plenty to see and do along the way, there’s opportunity to rest. And, of course, you don’t have to ride that far. My friends, who work out often and ride more frequently than me, led the way. We rode most of the way in the cool shade, though the outside temperature gauge read 85 when I parked the car. We chatted as we peddled and enjoyed each others’ company. The canal wasn’t crowded at all, though it can be at times, but we timed it perfectly. Occasionally a boat would go by, sailboat, motor boat, kayak, and there was the solo paddle boarder, but it was peaceful place to be. We even saw two fawns on the way back.

Pittsford is about a 30 minute drive through the country from the B & B. If you don’t have your own bikes, Towpath Bikes rents them at Schoen Place. The nice thing about bringing your own bikes is that you can go in the late afternoon/early evening like we did and beat the crowds and the heat. After an energetic ride, Alladin’s Natural Eatery in the Plaza is the perfect place to grab a bite. Greek and Italian fare. And, you can sit outside, upstairs or down, along the canal and watch the procession of boats, bikers, walkers, fisherman and ducks.

Some other areas I have ridden this year are the LeHigh Valley Trail, Ontario County Pathways, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. All thoroughly enjoyable. My favorite rides though have been Canadice Lake and the Erie Canal.

I am looking forward to riding in the fall as I am sure the trees will be gorgeous and their reflection in the tranquil waters of the canal breathtaking. The ride along Canadice and Hemlock lakes will be memorable as well as these lakes are watershed for the city of Rochester. The trees hug the shoreline and their reflection is pristine as homes are not allowed along the lake. No swimming or dogs either. Pure Peace.









July Touring Tips Part II

July 20, 2015 by Innkeeper

And so July is flying by.  While most of our weekends are full for the rest of the month, we do have the Hotchkiss Room available on Saturday and Sunday, 7/25 & 26.  And, the Angell Room is available Thursday and Friday, July 30 & 31.  Hopefully you’ll find something in this blog that might encourage a visit.

Looking to get out on the water and escape the heat? Head over to Canandaigua Sailboarding and rent your personal watercraft of choice! If you are the adventurous type, be sure to try stand-up paddleboarding and take the waves head on! 11 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, 14424, 585-394-8150

Lights and music on a midsummer’s eve make for a glorious garden experience at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. On Friday nights in July, between 8 and 10 PM, the grounds come alive as musical artists perform a two-hour concert in the gardens. While watching the show, enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine from the Finger Lakes Wine Center,151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, 585-394-4922

Shakespeare in the Park: EJ Cantu and Katelyn Machnica will take you through some of Shakespeare’s most well-loved works including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more, along with music and stage combat! Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket, there is no cost to attend. July 18th, 2-3 PM, Rotary Park, East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432, 315-462-8200 www.cliftonspringschamber.com.

The Native American Dance & Music Festival is Ganondagan’s annual summer event, running July 25th and 26th. The Festival features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers. This event also features children and adult workshops, such as cornhusk doll making, cooking native foods such as fry-bread, interpreted programs in the Visitor’s Center and the Bark Longhouse, guided trail walks, and the family drum jam. Ganondagan State Historical Site,1488 State Rt. 444, Victor, 14564, 585-742-1690

A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? Sure enough, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend will begin on Friday, July 31st and end Sunday, August 2nd. Highlights include the Sauerkraut Festival Parade, Cabbage Bowling, and Famous Sauerkraut Cake! Located on Route 96 between Thruway exits 43 & 42, Phelps, 14532, 315-548-8900

Interested in a casual, comedic experience? Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Black Comedy, July 23rd through 26th and July 30th thru August 2nd. In a hilarious situation in which everything that could go wrong does, watch as the protagonist, Brindsley, struggles to make it through a disasterous dinner date with his new fiance and her no-nonsense father.151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512.

With food, games, rides, and shows of all varieties, the Ontario County Fair is sure to have something for everyone! Be sure to check out the 4-H animal shows as well as antique and car exhibits. The Fair runs from July 21st to July 25th, with events changing daily. Located at 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.ontariocountyfair.org.

June Touring Tips

May 30, 2015 by Innkeeper

Come celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 5, 5 – 8pm and Saturday, June 6, 9am – 8pm. Weekend funtivities include: live musical acts, games for the kids, food, a Wine and Beer Crawl, and much more, including a parade Saturday evening! The Festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs. For more information, call (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com

Golf season is here, so grab your clubs and get out on the links this month! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses from Ravenwood in Victor to Reservoir Creek in Naples – each unique and challenging! For more information on golf in Ontario County, call us at 585-394-3915 or visit us online at www.visitfingerlakes.com/golf

Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on Monday, June 8 showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg Gardens, June 8-14. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

Enjoy the beautiful weather, sunshine, and spectacular views by taking a boat cruise on the Canandaigua Lady or Rose Lummis! Relax and delight in a wonderful ride on board The Canandaigua Lady, an 18th century replica paddleboat. 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-396-7350. Or come and explore the beauty of the deepest of the Finger Lakes – Seneca Lake on the lovely Rose Lummis, and the historic Cayuga- Seneca Canal. 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. (315) 789-5520.

Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2015 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Godspell”, playing from June 11 – 21 and “Who is Theo?” which opens on June 25. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.

If you love nature and being outdoors and are curious about the different flora and fauna out there – here’s your opportunity to learn about what you’re seeing. Uncover the wonderful world of trees during a Cumming Nature Center journey with Shariee Edersheim, senior naturalist. Saturday, June 13, 10 – 11:30 am. 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. (585) 374-6160.

New Roseland Wake Park is scheduled to open the end of June! The only cable wake park in the Northeast, it features a five tower cable system allowing guests to wake board, knee board, wake skate and water ski without a boat. Learn to wake board and knee board at the Lil Bro Learning Center, or try Aquaglide, an inflated, floating obstacle course which will be fun for the entire family. For more information and pricing, visit www.roselandwaterpark.com.

Roseland Waterpark opens for the season June 27! A thrilling waterpark with tube slides, body slides, YoBerry Splash Factory, giant wave pool, adventure river and the mammoth raft ride, the park is perfect for ages 3 and older. For more information and pricing, visit www.roselandwaterpark.com.

Touring Tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.  Thank you.

March Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

February 27, 2015 by Innkeeper

Be sure to get to Sonnenberg for the Annual Orchid Show! See beautiful orchids on exhibit and for sale, or sit in on a seminar or lecture. March 6-8, 10am-5pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

March 7, the Assembled Image Gallery opens at Main Street Arts! An exhibition featuring collage, painting, and assemblage sculpture. Come taste the Artistic Life in the Finger Lakes! Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. 315-462-0210.

With a wide variety of films, concerts, and live performance to choose from, head to Geneva for an exciting night at the historic Smith Opera House! 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. 315-781-5483.

Don’t miss this year’s Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain! Greet the change of seasons with a family fun day. With an Easter egg hunt, Slush Cup, tubing for kids under 8, snow volleyball, music, and much more it’s the place to be! Kids 12 and under receive a free lift ticket with a paid adult. March 14-15,
Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Rt. 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Looking for new outdoor gear for the spring? Head to Victor, and visit Eastview Mall, L.L Bean and The North Face for all of your outdoor needs! Whether it’s a new backpack or some new hiking shoes, Victor is your outdoor recreation shopping destination. Looking for more great shopping ideas? Give us a call at Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915.

It’s Maple month! Experience maple sugaring the old-fashioned way during March! See demonstrations and taste the season’s first maple syrup during Maple Weekends, March 21-22 and 28-29 from 10am-4pm. Select farms are also holding pancake breakfasts! With Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm, Day Brothers Dairy & Maple, Schoff’s Sugar Shack, Stoney Ridge Farms, and Cummings Nature Center all in On- tario County, there is plenty to see and do! Check out all the great farms and dates for Maple Weekend at www.mapleweekend.com

Come “Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes” with the Canandaigua Wine Trail March 21-22 and celebrate the beginning of Spring. From 12–5pm taste 3 wines and 3 small plate tapas that pair with the wine at each winery. You’ll also receive a plant to put in your garden or give to a friend. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple, enhanced experience tickets are available. 585-394-3915, 877-387-4669.

If you’re looking to get out of the house, but are waiting until the first dandelion to be outside, head to KidVenture Dome, in Geneva. Loaded with fun activities for kids, KidVenture Dome offers a great way to get out and let everyone have some fun. Kids can play as long as they would like for $8 per child, except on Wednesdays when it’s only $2! After a day of fun take a break upstairs at the KidVenture Dome and catch a movie in the Jones Theatre. 499 Exchange Street, Geneva, 585-828-6705.

Canandaigua Lake

February 1, 2015 by Innkeeper

Canandaigua Lake about 2:00 pm. Frozen and covered in snow. Erie yet gorgeous. 
January 29 , 2015

January 29 , 2015

I asked Mom if she wanted to walk on it like we did last year. She disrespectfully declined.

January Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

December 30, 2014 by Innkeeper

Winter adventure awaits at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy the highest vertical rise between the Adirondacks and the Rockies, 1,200 feet! The resort also has 34 trails, two terrain parks and two Nordic loops, as well as two high-speed lifts and a mountainside waffle hut. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Stay warm this winter at the Smith Opera House. From concerts to movies, there’s something for everyone. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. For show details and tickets call 315-781-5483.

Step inside the Ontario County Historical Society Museum and learn about Ontario County’s rich history. Check out the exhibit “Tying the Knot,” which explores 200 years of wedding tradition between 1790 – 1990. Ontario County Historical Society Museum, 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.

Wine is great in the Finger Lakes! This winter visit one of our local wineries and breweries for tastings and products. For a list of wineries and breweries visit www.visitfingerlakes.com or contact the FLVC office for more details, 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

We think it’s the only 2-story brick outhouse in the country! We’re serious, too! Tour the Phelps Historical Society Museum to see this unique feature and to learn about many other interesting facts of local history. Call for hours. Phelps Historical Society Museum, 66 Main Street, Phelps. 315-548-4940.

Take a class and beef up your culinary skills at the NY Wine & Culinary Center. From macaroni and cheese to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Reservations necessary. NY Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.

Feeling lucky? Head to Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and bet on some simulcast horseracing or enjoy more than 1,500 video gaming machines. The 10,000 square-foot “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet is also open daily. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

Explore nature while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education center with 15 miles of groomed ski trails and a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.

September Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

August 31, 2014 by Innkeeper

Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the traditional lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. August 30, 9pm. Located on Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.

Looking for a new and unique venue? The Barrel Room, located in the Village of Victor is just the spot. Featuring Treleaven wines by Kings Ferry Winery. The tasting room showcases repurposed barrels that were used during the wine making process. 72 W. Main Street, Victor. 585-869-5028.

Bring on the Camera! Starting Sept. 20, take the whole family to Bristol Mountain for a fall foliage sky ride. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and the valley below. On a clear day, a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake is visible from the summit. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Apples, grapes, pumpkins, oh my! Stop by the Victor Apple Farm to pick your own apples or buy them pre-picked. If you’re looking for a grape time head down to Jerome’s U-Pick in Naples.
Joseph’s Wayside Market has everything from fruits and vegetable to homemade breads, syrups, honey and jams. We guarantee you will find what you are looking for! Victor Apple Farm, 1640 State Route 444, Victor; Jerome’s U-Pick, 8936 Route 53, Naples; Joseph’s Wayside Market, 201 South Main Street, Naples.

Take a step back in time when the North and South were divided. The Civil War Encampment at the Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum allows you to experience 1860’s camp life with cannons, period costumes, infantry drills & hands-on activities. Sept 26, 2 – 4:30 p.m. & Sept 27, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472

Visit these Geneva wineries all within a short drive on Route 14S; Belhurst Winery, Lacey Magruder Winery, Billsboro Winery, and White Springs Winery. Enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and spectacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. On your way back stop by the Lake Street Winery, located in the heart of downtown Geneva. Belhurst Winery 315-781-0201. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, Lacey Magruder Winery, 315-789-2528. White Springs Winery 315-781-9463. Lake Street Winery 315-325-4089.

Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 27-28,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.

Featured Tip: Grab a Brew and a Brat!

Head to South Bristol and stop by Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill Grapery. Serving up Finger Lakes Craft Beer and Hartmann’s Old World Sausage in a historic barn! Featuring live music on the weekends, Brew and Brats is a must stop for beer lovers. Come as a stranger, leave as family!
6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870