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.