1795 Acorn Inn (Canandaigua, New York)

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Biking the Erie Canal

August 3, 2015 by Innkeeper

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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.

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Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Open Today, May 23, 2014!

May 23, 2014 by Innkeeper

Canandaigua, NY (May 22, 2014)     Friday, May 23rd is opening day (9am-6pm) for the highly anticipated Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures.  Residents and visitors to the Finger Lakes Regions can enjoy five thrilling outdoor aerial adventure courses comprised of nearly 100 elements which include: crossing from tree to tree riding a snowboard or a skate board that is attached to half inch cable 30 feet above the ground, making your way across the Double Helix bridge, zip lining downward with the feeling of going upwards, and free falling from a height of 60 feet, just to name a few of the adventures in store for you.  Courses transition from beginner to intermediate to advanced levels.  A course specifically for children ages 4 to 7 will be opening in the near future.

“It is an amazing feeling to be up in the trees transitioning from element to element”, exclaims, Bristol Mountain Marketing Director, Drew Broderick.  As Director of Marketing, Broderick had the good fortune to get to try out the aerial park several days before the park opened to the public.  “I just may relocate my office from the base area to the top of the mountain so I can get more time on the course”, jokes, Broderick.

Why an outdoor aerial adventure park?  Why now?   Project Manager, Steven Fuller, explains, “For several years Bristol Mountain has been looking for an attraction that would allow us to transition to a year round destination.  Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures compliments our other endeavors which include: Bristol Mountain Snowsports, Fall Sky Rides, weddings and Roseland Waterpark.  We are now truly a four seasons resort”.   Fuller offers, “Our snowsports guests are families who enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle on a year round basis.  When we started researching aerial parks we knew it was the right fit”.  There is even a kids course dedicated to children ages 4 to7.

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection President, Valerie Knoblauch, had this to say about the addition of this new Finger Lakes based attraction, “Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures strengthens the already robust tourism product in Ontario County. The aerial adventure park will be a destination attraction for visitors to the Finger Lakes and will draw them into Ontario County. Families and adventure travelers will come for the park, and while they are here they will stay overnight, enjoying our hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shopping, wineries and more. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection research data shows that the average daily spend per travel party on an overnight trip is $417, compared to $296 for a day trip. The more there is to do in Ontario County, the more likely visitors will extend their vacation, which strengthens the economic benefit to the community.”

The operating season will be from May 23rd through November 2nd.  Until June 8th the aerial park will be open Friday through Sundays plus Memorial Day from 9am-6pm.  June 13 through September 1st it will operate seven days a week from 9am-6pm.  The fall schedule will be back to Friday – Sunday plus Columbus Day from 11am-dusk.

Due to the expected high levels of interest, advanced reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 585-374-1180 between 9am-6pm or by going online to www.bristolmountainadventures.com.  Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ticket reservation time to check in, get fitted for their harness and to attend the park orientation prior to getting onto the course.  The aerial park is located at the top of Bristol Mountain at 5589 South Hill Road, South Bristol, NY.

Groups are welcome at the aerial park and will receive a special rate for 15 people or more.  A deposit of 50 percent is due at the time of booking (at least 72 hours in advance) with the remainder due the day the group arrives at the aerial park.  This park is great for family outings, teambuilding events, wedding parties, birthday parties, cross training for athletes and sports teams to name a few.

For more information regarding the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park  or to schedule a media interview please contact Drew Broderick at 585-455-4186 or dbroderick@bristolmt.com

Drew

Drew Broderick
Bristol Mountain/Roseland Waterpark
Director of Sales and Marketing
5662 Route 64
Canandaigua, NY  14424
O-585-374-1125
C-585-455-4186
F-585-374-2253

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Watkins Glen State Park Gorge – Simply Gorgeous

September 6, 2011 by Innkeeper

This past Labor Day Weekend I had the pleasure of hiking the Gorge in Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Only took seven years, but eventually I had the opportunity to escape for a few hours and on a holiday weekend no less.

The power of Mother Nature

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Located about an hour’s scenic drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn, the Gorge is nothing short of amazing. On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Gorge was surprisingly cool and comfortable. Actually it was probably one of the coolest places to be.

One should be in relatively good shape for this hike as there are over 800 steps. Towards the end of the first half of the hike, my legs would not lift my body up one more step.  I found myself needing to rest for a moment and then onward. The walk along the Gorge is wet, a little muddy and uneven, but not too difficult. The stairs are separated by short walks for much of the way.

We hiked up the Gorge and walked down above the Gorge. All in all, about a two-hour hike with stops for photos and a few rests.  You don’t have to hike the whole thing.  A shuttle bus is available to take you to the top.  You can either hike up the gorge and get a ride down or get a ride up and hike down.  I think I would do the former if I wasn’t going to hike both ways. Regardless of your choice, it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and a camera.

For more information about the Watkins Glen, visit the Area page of our web site…

 

Fall is coming...

 

Hiking in NYS: Finger Lakes Region

September 8, 2009 by insideout

There are wonderful vistas and landscapes to be seen in and around Canandaigua. A community favorite to check out on your  Upstate New York vacation is the Ontario Pathways. This is a wonderful hiking and biking trail near our Upstate New York bed and breakfast.

The Ontario Pathways is a great day hike

The Ontario Pathways is a great day hike

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