1795 Acorn Inn (Canandaigua, New York)

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A Ride Around Canadice Lake

June 18, 2016 by Innkeeper

About thirty minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn you’ll find stunning, peaceful Canadice Lake. It is one of several lakes that supply Rochester with water and therefore no homes are built on its shores. You are allowed to fish and kayak but not allowed to swim or bring animals. You can put a boat in the water but it cannot have been in another body of water within the past 10 days so as not to contaminate this pristine lake. One of my favorite things to do it bike around the lake. It takes about an hour and it’s really a simple ride. On the east side you are riding along the shore in the forest.

Peaceful Peddling

Peaceful Peddling

I love to start on the west side and make my way south. At the south end there is a gorgeous view of the lake but I cannot download the panoramic photos I took because it’s too large of a file. But this photos is a good representation of what you see as you ride.

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Then on the way back on the west side, as you are riding along a rarely-traveled road (still with beautiful views of the lake), stop off at Canadice Lake Outfitters and grab a canoe or Kayak and go for a paddle on the lake. If you can’t bring your own bike, Canadice Lake Outfitters has bike rentals too. Don’t forget to pick up lunch from Mill Creek Cafe in Honeoye and you are set for a lovely picnic. It’s stunning any time of year, but the fall is particularly amazing. Enjoy.

Kayak, Canoe, Peddle

Kayak, Canoe, Peddle

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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The Kids Are Leaving Home

May 27, 2014 by Innkeeper

So I stepped outside day before yesterday and one of the parents started swooping at me. She/he only does that when the chicks are ready to fly. It is at that time when they are most vulnerable.

Don't come any closer...

Don’t come any closer…

So, I take a picture of the nest and the one that is giving me the stink eye, as if to say enough with the paparazzi, takes off.

Ready to leave home...

Ready to leave home…

She/he hops around on the ground with a parent in close proximity and slowly gets higher and higher off the ground. Without a tail, at this time, she/he is a tad wobbly.

I think I can.  I think I can.

I think I can. I think I can.

Exploring the Finger Lakes...

Exploring the Finger Lakes…

Robin’s Nest

May 20, 2014 by Innkeeper

This little lady built this nest in less than a day. The quality of workmanship is outstanding. And, such a treat to watch her make it. After bringing materials, she wiggles out the perfect nest with her breast and then her feet. Turning a quarter each time. This is the second year she has built this nest outside the Bristol Suite window where guests will soon be able to see her beautiful blue eggs. And, then to watch them throughout their growth from ugly, featherless chicks to sweet baby red-breasted Robins taking that first flight. I assume it’s a she but don’t know for sure. Nature is simply amazing.

Nature In The Finger Lakes

February 24, 2014 by Innkeeper

Meet Tripod… my Mama deer. She’s mostly been around back in the woods but just a few weeks ago found her way into the gardens at the Inn. Every time I see her, I am moved to tears that she’s made it just that much longer. Today she got the apple cores and peels from our baked apples and the crust and heels from our French Toast. She consumed it all in a matter of minutes… and then she got more.  What a great experience for our guests who don’t see deer in Rochester.  I can’t promise she is around at every breakfast, but a lucky few have had the experience of watching her out the Dining Room window while enjoying our gourmet breakfast.  She’s showing off.

In the Gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn.

In the Gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn.

She perseveres!

She perseveres!

 

Full Moon Over New York State’s Finger Lakes

April 12, 2010 by Innkeeper

Full Moon

No doubt this moon created a stunning sight throughout Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.  Recently taken from the parking lot of the 1795 Acorn Inn, the full moon lit up the sky and illuminated the rolling hills of Bristol.

In order to share the ever changing landscape of the Finger Lakes, I will periodically post photos that I’ve taken while exploring the area.  I absolutely love taking a road less traveled with camera close by and documenting the ever changing seasons.

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