The 1795 Acorn Inn, nestled in the Bristol Mountains of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, received it’s 18th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award for 2014. It’s sure is sweet to have your hard work recognized. Guests do it most every day and this is always the icing on the cake.
Category Archives: What’s New at The Inn
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.
Fight off those winter blues with some chocolate! Sweet Expressions offers a variety of fudge, boxed chocolates, bulk candy, truffles, gourmet foods and gift baskets. Sweet Expressions,169 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-5250.
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 brand new exhibit that explores the shaping of Western New York between 1680 and 1797. 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 St., 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.
Looking for a place to shed those holiday pounds? Our largest indoor walking track is at Eastview Mall in Victor. With over 160 specialty stores and four department stores, you’ll have plenty to see as you walk the halls. Eastview Mall, 7979 Route 96, Victor. 585-223-4420.
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 Casino 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.
Come meet the Wizards at the Wizard of Clay in Honeoye. Jim and Jamie Kozlowski combine their talents in making the trademark Bristoleaf Pottery. Bet you can’t leave the area without it! Wizard of Clay Pottery, 7851 Route 20A, Honeoye. 585-229-2980.
Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to EASTVIEW Mall which is now home to Von Maur, we can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County, for a list of stores. 877-FUN-IN-NY.
Spend a day at the romantic Belhurst overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in Geneva. Start with a couples massage at Belhurst’s Isabella Spa, then enjoy a wine tasting in the Belhurst wine shop. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva. 315-781-0201.
Warm up by the fire at Brew and Brats! During the month of December check out the full lineup of live music at the Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite cold one and savor a brat! 6461 New York 64, Naples. 585-374-2870.
Ice skate with your children at the Geneva Recreation Center or the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. For open skate times call 315-789-2277 (GRC) or 585-396-7230 (GCCC). Geneva Recreation Center, 666 S. Exchange St., Geneva. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd. Canandaigua.
Turn back the dial at the Antique Wireless Museum. Featuring a 1925 radio store, first cellular telephone and a truly one of a kind world-class collection. Stop in today for a tour and bring the whole family.
6925 Route 5, Bloomfield 585-257-5119. Hours: Tues 10-3pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm.
Visit the new expansion at the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Featuring the new Wolfgang Express Restaurant and Remedy Bar. Serving up the best eats and seats for your favorite sporting events! After the game, swing by the gaming floor and test your luck on one of the 1,550 gaming machines. 5857 New York 96, Farmington, NY 14425 585-742-7300
Need more tips? Visit Finger Lakes Visitors Connection mobile website.
Bristol Valley Theater’s 4th Annual Fall FolkFest! Each year this autumn music event gets more exciting! Join them in October, as the leaves change for four concerts including a wrap up celebration at Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill! For more information on dates, tickets and times visit www.bvtnaples.org or call 585-374-9032. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street Naples. 585-374-9032.
Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain! A 15-20 ride up the mountain, return via chair or hike. Week- ends & Columbus Day through October 27, Noon – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival with sky rides, music, family activities and food. October 13, Noon – 5 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm in Victor. Or, head to Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva for orchard fresh fruits and unique fruit juices.
Red Jacket Orchards 1640 Rte 444, Geneva / The Apple Farm, 957 Rte 5 & 20;Victor. 315-781-2749; 585-924-3420.
Looking for that “Leaf Changing Experience” this Fall? The Visitors Connection has put together a Top 10 list of “Leaf Changing Experiences!” Call the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915 or visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/top10 for your next Leaf Changing Experience! We are located at 25 Gorham St in Canandaigua. 585-394-3915. www.visitfingerlakes.com
Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick’N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun house, farm animals & more. Daily 10am – 6pm. The Pick‘N Patch, 2205 Rt. 5 & 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.
Experience hundreds of carved jack-o-lanterns twinkling in the dark along the trail. You won’t want to miss this year’s Great Pumpkin Walk! October 19, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Road 10, Canandaigua. 315-462-3546.
Feeling crafty? With the cool breeze in the air and the leaves on the turn – check out Phelps’ newest nano-brewery Crafty Ales and Lagers! Located in the historic Village of Phelps, the brewery is open on Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun. Hours of operation vary. Please call ahead. 315-332-1606 Crafty Ales and Lagers, 2 Exchange St, Phelps, NY 14532.
Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm. 100+ Alpacas, spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on clothes made from Alpaca wool. October 12-13, 10 am to 5 pm. Lazy Acre Alpacas, 8830 Baker Road, Bloomfield. 585-455-1203
Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the tradition of lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. August 31, 9pm. Canandaigua and Honeoye lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.
Bring the whole family for a fun day in downtown Victor at Hang Around Victor Day on Sept 7. Enjoy live music and plenty of food and craft vendors. There will be a bounce house, clowns and games for kids and a dunking booth. Route 96, Village of Victor. 585-742-1476.
Enjoy spectacular views of the fall foliage and a great meal aboard the Canandaigua Lady. Take a cruise on this 18th century replica paddlewheel steamboat–a must do while you’re here. Steamboat Landing, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-396-7350.
Don’t miss 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 the spectacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. Belhurst Winery 315-781-0201.Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, Lacey Magruder Winery, 315-789-2528. White Springs Winery 315-781-9463.
Looking for some great spots to catch the change of seasons? Head to the County Road 12 or Ontario County Park, home to the Jump off, at the top of Gannett Hill which is Ontario County’s highest vantage point. For more great spots to catch some great seasonal scenics call us at the Visitors Connection 585-394-3915 or ask the closest local!
Celebrate the harvest season at the Purple Foot Festival on Sept. 15 from 11 am to 6 pm with grape stomping, vineyard hayrides, wine tasting, seminars, Italian dance classes, food,live entertainment and more. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. (585) 223-4210
Are you a history buff? Take a step back in time at the Ontario County Historical Society. Currently hosting two intriguing month-long exhibits and an upcoming behind the scenes tour showcasing historical homes of the past. Call the Historical Society or visit www.ochs.org for more information, 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.
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 28-29, 10am-5pm. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.
It’s not time to put the bikes always just yet. During the fall months road cycling and mountain biking are great Finger Lakes outdoor activities. With the vivid colors and rolling hillsides, grab your bike of choice and get outside. For excellent places to bike go to visitfingerlakes.com/hikebike or call us at 585-394-3915
Get set to get wet! Roseland Waterpark offers fun for the whole family. Check out the giant wave pool, Splash Factory, extreme tube slides, dunk tank or hit the beach for volleyball. Stay cool and have fun. Roseland Waterpark, 250 Eastern Blvd., Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.
Don’t miss the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? This annual event features several Family activities, as well as food products that revolve around sauerkraut! Aug. 1 – Aug. 5. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315-548-5702.
You can just bet you’ll enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track in Farmington. Excitement galore, great food and fun. Also enjoy over 1,000 video lottery terminals, open daily from 8am-4am. 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Golf the Finger Lakes! With the PGA Championship in town be sure to get out on the links this month! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses, each unique and challenging! For more golf in Ontario County visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf-the-finger-lakes or call us at 585-394-3915.
Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ newly renovated 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 New York 5, Geneva 315-781-2749.
Looking to blow off some steam? The 53rd annual Pageant of Steam is a massive display of antique farm equipment dating back to the early 1900’s. Enjoy parades, tractor pulls, craft vendors and food. August 7-10, 9am-9pm. Admission required. Pageant of Steam, Gehan Road off Rts. 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022.
Area wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists and musicians join together for a weekend long celebration of everything that makes this region amazing at the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Aug. 10 and 11, 10 am – 5 pm. Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-383-0380.
I attended two literature exchanges this month and spent the morning organizing my brochure rack in the Welcoming Room. It’s chalk full of not only information on things to do in the Finger Lakes, but stunning brochures with stunning photography.
Such a great resource for guests when they arrive. Some come with their trip already planned and have a great idea of what they want to do. Others come just ready to relax and take it as it comes. Regardless of how you plan your vacation, there is lots of great information online and in the Welcoming Room at the 1795 Acorn Inn.
Well, the robins have all left the nest. The first brave chick, barely seen here in the lower right, hopped around the grounds for hours until I could no longer see or hear it. The other two stayed in the nest for over 24 hours before finally making that leap. I haven’t seen any since, but this morning I heard the most wonderful chirping in the gardens and can only imagine who was singing…