I’m always learning. No, I know how to swim. But, this is possibly the first time I am able to post a video. I’ve started a YouTube channel (who knew I could do that) which allows me to post videos. Prepare yourself. If this works, there’s more to come. A family of ducks out for an afternoon swim on Canandaigua Lake. Look how clear the water is.
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Take a moonlight stroll through Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion and enjoy a wonderful stay at the 1795 Acorn Inn. Sounds pretty romantic to me…
Festively lit historic garden paths coupled with live music on a balmy summer’s evening make for one of the Finger Lakes’ most unique experiences as Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park kicks off its popular Moonlight Stroll Concert Series on Friday, July 1. These 2-hour concerts will take place every Friday night July 1 through August 5 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as well as family, friends or that special someone for an evening out under the stars and strolls through beautiful gardens as live music floats in the air.
These concerts give guests a rare opportunity to partake of the beauty of Sonnenberg’s gardens at night – for this is the one time each year that the gardens are lit and showcased at night. Evening strolls in Sonnenberg’s gardens are a rare treat for the gardens take on a completely different demeanor when the sun drops – shadows grow long, hues deepen, and the fragrance of roses and other blooms become more pronounced in the cool evening air.
Sonnenberg will be bringing a variety of talented musical performers to its grounds for this concert series. The series begins on July 1st with the 4-piece rock band, Nightfall After Dark, that covers tunes from the 60’s and beyond. The second concert on July 8th promises to be a magical evening with the Tullamore Celtic Band whose traditional tunes will make guests feel as though they’ve been transported across the ocean to the Emerald Isle herself. On July 15th, enjoy the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra which is a 19-piece ensemble performing jazz in the tradition of the Count Basie Orchestra. The very popular country band, Flint Creek, will be performing on July 22nd. The Panloco Steel Band on July 29th will heat up the night with smooth melodies and rhythms of the Caribbean. The concert series finishes on August 5th with classic oldies and pop rock of Dan Elliot and the Monterey’s.
Sonnenberg’s own Finger Lakes Wine Center will offer wine by the glass for sale each evening. Beer and light refreshments will also be available for purchase. All performances will be held on the Mansion veranda. Chairs will be setup on the lawn for seating but guests are also encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to setup on the lawn.
Admission at the door for each Moonlight Series concert will be $10/adults, $8/Sonnenberg members, $5/youth 6-17, and 5 and under are free. Reservations are not necessary and all admission will be at the gate. The gates will open at 7:30 PM and all concerts will be held rain or shine. Event series sponsored by Lyons National Bank, Ryan’s Wine & Spirits, and Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant thru Auburn Public Theater.
These ladies were even more lovely than their review.
The 1795 Acorn Inn is not to be missed. This should be rated 5 stars. We spent 2 nights there as a “Girls Weekend” over Memorial Day weekend and couldn’t have been more pleased. Sheryl greeted us warmly upon arrival and helped plan our entire weekend with recommendations of wineries, restaurants, antique shops, and wonderful places to stop for views of the lakes. She had maps and brochures ready for us and routed us. Then we had a tour of the place.
We stayed in “The Barn”, a separate building in the rear of the main house, but steps away from the main historic house. It was immaculate. The kitchenette was well stocked with dishes, glasses, snacks, and beverages; the large bathroom and hallway had a lot of storage. There were plush white bathrobes and slippers available in the closet, and toiletries on the vanity including toothbrushes, paste, razors, creams, etc. Sheryl thought of everything!
The beds were extremely comfortable- one king and one twin-size. The stuffed arm chairs and ottomans were clean and comfortable for watching TV and enjoying a glass of wine.
The breakfasts are to die for! Sheryl is an fabulous chef and our two breakfasts were wonderful. She served all the courses on fine china and crystal stemware. One breakfast consisted of homemade biscuits with her homemade plum jam, an individual egg soufflé, sausages, fresh fruit mixed with yougurt/custard, and juice, tea/coffee. The second morning she served creme brûlée French toast (wow!) with sausage patties, fresh fruit, and juice, tea/coffee. The conversation around the table with the other guests was interesting and Sheryl would add a few comments as well.
The common rooms are beautiful and comfortable. The decor is colonial with lovely pieces from Sheryl ‘s time spent in Hong Kong.
This is one of the best b & b’s I’ve stayed in; highly recommend it! We hope to return some day!
Stayed May 2016, traveled with friends
Thank you Jill, Sally & Georgia! Hope to see you again.
Come Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes! Spend an afternoon enjoying wine and food pairings at each of the Canandaigua Wine Trails six member wineries. You’ll also receive a wine charm and collect seed packets at each winery to take home, plus the wine trail will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Arbor Day Foundation to help plant new trees. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and can be bought online at www.canandaiguawinetrail.com or at any member winery. Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information call (877) 386-4669 or visit www.canandaiguawinetrail.com.
No two people see things the exact same way. This is the theme of an exhibit of 50 landscapes by 16 artists at Main Street Arts. See landscapes portrayed in a range of mediums and diverse styles. Opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and on display until May 13. Main Street Arts. 20 West Main St., Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (315) 462-0210 or visit www.mainstreetartsgallery.com.
There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend Finger Lakes style than pairing a local beverage with live music at Roots Café in Naples. Kinloch Nelson kicks things off with a solo guitar performance Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Catch The Lonely Ones on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. or Mulberry Soul Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Out of The Blue Trio performs Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. and Steve Grills & The Roadmasters wrap things up Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m. $5 cover for Mulberry Soul and Steve Grills, all others free. Roots Café, 197 N Main St., Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 374-9800 or visit Roots Café on Facebook.
Spring is finally here! Need proof? Check out the flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through the greenhouses and mansion. Raffle baskets with a variety of items from some of the area’s favorite shops, restaurants, and more will be on sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22-24.Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for ages 4-16 and free for children three and under. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.
It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and breathe the fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-3915 or visit www.visitfingerlakes.com.
Two centuries of art will be on display at Hobart and William Smith Colleges until April 22. The exhibit, titled, “Audubon to Warhol: Two Centuries of American Art on Paper” features American works on paper created from 1820 to the present. It explores technical differences and progressions as well as the various art “movements” of the period, such as social realism and modernism. The exhibit is open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Ln., Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781-3483 or visit www.hws.edu.
While this has certainly been an odd winter, there’s still plenty to see and do in February in New York’s Finger Lakes. This time last year, a third of the Inn’s parking lot was covered in snow, at least three feet high and I had to shovel a path to the shed door. Today, nothing. But don’t let that stop you.
On February 6, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes village of Naples. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, s’more making, horse and wagon rides and all sorts of specials to be discovered at local businesses. Naples, 14512. Events are scheduled throughout the day. Suggested donation of $10 for a glass and map of the event. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
Celebrate all that’s great about ice wines at the New York Ice Wine Festival & Culinary Festival. Enjoy ice wine tastings, ice wine-inspired cuisine tasting stations, live music, tango performances, sleigh rides, winery tours, and more. Ice wines from all across New York State, all in one place! Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $65. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport,14450. For more information call (585) 223-4210 or visit www.casalarga.com.
Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. February 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, 14425. For more information call (585) 394-1472 or visit www.canandaiguaantiquesclassic.org.
Embrace the cold winter season at the second annual Finger Lakes Frost Festival! Outdoor ice sculptures, wine and food tastings, ice bars featuring specialty martinis poured through an ice luge, and fireworks! February 20, 5 to 9 p.m. Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva, 14456. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the Geneva Family YMCA at (315) 789-1616.
Experience the games and stories of the Seneca people. The Ganondagan State Historic Site presents Native American Winter Games & Sports. Try the traditional Haudenosaunee sport of Snowsnake, or race a snow boat; there will also be snow shoeing, dog sledding demonstrations, storytelling, traditional arts and native foods. Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, too! Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $10 donation per family is suggested. 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 924-5848 or visit their website.
Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. Strike up a few games of bowling. Afterwards head over to the 18,000-square-foot fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and more than 30 brand new arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaiuga, 14424. For more details call (585) 394-5050 or visit www.roselandbowl.com.
Enjoy a local craft brew with locally made specialty sausages and sauces in the warm, historic carriage barn of Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Choose from a wide variety of wine and gourmet food products. Plus, open mic night every Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64 Naples, 14512. For more information call (800) 554-2406 or visit www.brewandbrats.com.
Well, it seems like this winter has taken it’s sweet time to arrive. But, it finally has. Temperatures are chilly. Snow is falling. Trails are opening up at Bristol Mountain. I’ve shoveled a few times and feel that I will be hooking up the plow soon. Here we go…
Winter adventure awaits you at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy 35 slopes and trails, two terrain parks, state-of- the-art snow making, and inclines for everyone from beginner to expert. If you’ve never experienced night skiing, now’s your chance! 96% of the trails at Bristol Mountain have lighting which allows you to ski well into the evening. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. (585) 374-6000.
Calling all sports fans! Head to Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva to support the Statesmen and Herons, the men and women’s basketball teams, and catch a great game. Be sure to look online or call for game schedule dates and start times. Bristol Gymnasium, 300 Pultney Street, Geneva. (315) 781-3103.
Impress your friends and family by improving your culinary skills with a class at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. Choose from a variety of classes and learn from professionals while enjoying great food, drinks and company. For more information on what classes are being offered this month, call or go online. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. (585) 394-7070.
Don’t let weather keep you from those New Year resolutions – lace up those sneakers and hit our largest indoor walking track at EASTVIEW Mall in Victor. With over 180 specialty stores including the first Von Maur store in the northeast, you’ll have plenty to see as you walk the halls. If you’re looking for a fun, free family event, get out to the mall for Super Saturday, January 30. For more information call or visit online. Eastview Mall, 7979 Route 96, Victor. (585) 223-4420.
We love live music here in the Finger Lakes and one of our favorite spots to catch a show is at Brew & Brats in Naples. Cold beer, delicious food, and free live performances every Saturday from 6-9 p.m. are only a few of the reasons why we know you will love it here. Brew & Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. (585) 374-2870. www.brewandbrats.com Just a few minutes from the Inn.
The Smith Opera House has all kinds of events to entertain and delight. Whether you want to watch a modern masterpiece like Ava DuVernay’s Selma or if you’re drawn to a cinema classic like Gone with the Wind, they have a show for you. Call or check online to see a schedule of what’s playing. The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. (315) 781-5483.
If your eyeballs can’t get enough filmage, be sure to check out Main Street Arts Free Monthly Film Screening. This month’s feature will be Art and Craft, the story on the infamous art forger, Mark Landis. The film will be shown on Thursday, January 21 from 7–9 p.m. Enjoy free coffee and treats while you are captivated by this story of crime and intrigue. Main Street Arts. 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. (315) 462-0210.
Seems like that just is the tip of the iceberg… wineries are open without lines to taste, several antique shops are nearby, museums will entertain and educate for hours, ice skating at the Civic Center and the list goes on. And, let’s not forget to relax by the warmth of the fire and read a good book. There’s plenty to do or not.
Ho. Ho. Ho. We have two rooms left for New Year’s Eve. Come join us.
Come meet the man behind the magic at the Wizard of Clay in Honeoye. Watch the talented Jamie Kozlowski make the unique and beautiful trademarked Bristoleaf Pottery. You won’t want to miss this Finger Lakes specialty! Wizard of Clay Pottery, 7851 Route 20A, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 229-2980.
See Clifton Springs all lit up for the holidays at the Festival of Lights! Experience the Dickens carolers, hot drinks & food, music, free horse-drawn wagon rides, kid’s activities and a visit from Santa. December 4, 5 – 8 p.m. Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce, 2 E Main St, Clifton Springs, 14432. (315) 462-7111.
Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! Find the perfect gift at one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops or Eastview Mall, home of five major department stores including the first Von Maur in the Northeast. Shop till you drop and then check out Eastview Mall’s impressive restaurant selection. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 223-4420 or visit www.eastviewmall.com.
Spend a day at the romantic Belhurst Castle overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in Geneva. Start with a couples massage at Isabella Spa, then enjoy a wine tasting at Belhurst Estate Winery. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst Castle, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva, 14456. (315) 781-0201.
Warm up by the fire at Brew and Brats! Open weekends in December. Check out the full lineup of live music on Saturdays. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite cold one and maybe a tasty brat or two! 6461 NY-64, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2870.
Ice skate with your children at the Geneva Recreation Center or the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. For open skate times call or visit online www.visitgenevany.com (315) 789-2277 (Geneva) or www.gccc.org (585) 396-7230 (Canandaigua). Geneva Recreation Center, 666 S. Exchange St, Geneva, 14456. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd. Canandaigua, 14424.
Turn back time at the Antique Wireless Museum. Featuring a 1925 radio store, first cellular telephone and more in this one of a kind, world-class collection. Stop in for a tour and bring the whole family. Tuesdays,10 – 3 p.m. and Saturdays,1 – 5 p.m. 6925 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 257-5119.
Did you know 98% of the trails at Bristol Mountain are illuminated at night during the season? Check it out during the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Bristol Mountain with music, activities for kids and a torchlight parade. December 31, 4 – 10 p.m. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000. For packages, tickets and more www.bristolmountain.com.
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!
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures has opened a new kid’s course, in addition to its regular courses. An adventure available for those of all skill levels. The Aerial Adventure park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, reservations are highly recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. For more information on pricing and reservations call 585-374-1180.
August welcomes Clifton Springs Community Concert Series! All concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Rotary Park on East Main Street. Dates and bands are as follows: August 6th, 78 RPM (Big Band); August 13th, Music Makers (Big Band); August 20th, Don Newcomb Band (Country, Classic Rock); August 27th, Tim O’Horn (Acoustic Adult). Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy these free concerts on the park lawn. East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432.
The 55th Annual Pageant of Steam will take place August 5th through the 8th. The pageant features steam-powered demonstrations and tractor pulls of all kinds plus food and events for the kids! Fairgrounds are located at 3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, 14424 and are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is $6 for adults, and kids under 12 get in free. 315-677-3876.
Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Becky’s New Car at the Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. This humorous, car-themed comedy will run August 6th through the 16th. General admission is $33, $31 for seniors, $17 for college students, and $12 for children 18 and younger. Visit their web site or call the box office at 585-374-6318 for show times and further information or to purchase tickets.
The Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival will take place August 8th and 9th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with events at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. Celebrating the agricultural richness of the Finger Lakes, the festival will include a wine garden featuring Riesling tastings, and craft beer tastings as educational wine seminars and other, family friendly events. Cost is $25 to enter the wine garden and $10 for entrance to educational seminars. 585-899-3226.
Have a craving to get in touch with your more artistic side? Then visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, located at 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, for Arts at the Gardens August 15th and 16th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This rain-or-shine celebration of artistic accomplishment will feature local artists who specialize in all kinds of arts and crafts. There will be free art lectures, a wine/beer garden featuring microbrews, a food court, raffles, and more. Special reduced admission is $6 for this event and includes access to the mansion and gardens. Call 585-394-4922 for more information. This is your Innkeeper’s favorite Festival. Can’t wait to go.
Touring Tips Courtesy of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.
I can’t believe it’s almost July. The busiest part of the busy season is upon us. Weekends are filling up fast but weekdays are still available and a little quieter in general. With our multiple weeknight discounts, a little more of a value as well.
What better place to celebrate the 4th of July than the Finger Lakes? Join us as we celebrate our country’s independence with food, fun, and fireworks! Fireworks will be on display throughout the region. For more information on dates, times, and locations call Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915, or go to www.visitfingerlakes.com/july-4-fireworks.
Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ farm store providing a unique culinary experience! Located in Geneva, come see what 50 years of mastering the art and science of growing quality fresh fruit and juice production tastes like! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva. 315-781-2749.
Be sure to check out the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Watch this beautiful religious story on an outdoor 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects and cast of over 650. July 10-11 and 14-18, 9:15 pm. Parking and admission are free! Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, 603 State Route 21, Palmyra. 315- 597-5851.
Don’t miss the 26th Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, an Olympic-style equine event featuring dressage, natural obstacle course and show jumping. July 10-12. Stuart Horse Trials, Murray Road, off County Rd. 41, Victor. 585-657-4523. For a complete schedule, visit www.stuarthorsetrials.org.
New Roseland Wake Park opens July 4th weekend! 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 call 585-393-9253 or visit www.roselandwakepark.com
Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air by journeying to any (or all!) of Ontario County’s seven farmers markets. Stock up on the highest quality ingredients for your next meal or picnic or grab a delicious snack. Take the time to stop and enjoy, nothing is better than ‘farm to table’ freshness. For more information on times, and locations call Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915, or go to www.visitfingerlakes.com/farmers-markets.
Nedloh Brewing Co. is proud to host the second annual Hopsfest, July 18-19, featuring educational seminars with tips on crafting great beers, growing hops, home brewing and pairing beer with foods. Sample craft brews from Nedloh Brewing Co. and a number of other breweries from Upstate New York. 6621 State Route 5 & 20,
East Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.
You’re invited to the 172nd Ontario County Fair! Featuring a diverse line-up of events and agriculture fun! The Fair is great for the whole family and offers a variety of exciting activities for all ages. July 21-25. Tickets are sold on-site for events. 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua.
Come experience Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival on July 25-26 from 10am to 6pm. The two-day event features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers. 1488 New York 444, Victor. For more information call 585-742-1690 or visit www.ganondagan.org.
Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection