Well, as it happens every year, fall slowly disappears in a blaze of red, orange and yellow. This year was and still is spectacular. The gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn are filled with foliage which come spring, summer and fall, are such a joy to see. But, as fall departs, there’s lots of work to be done. I raked up four bags of leaves yesterday. Doesn’t seem like much but I’ve been doing it for a while and the bags are packed. The minute I finished there were more on the ground. And this morning… it looks as if I didn’t even rake yesterday. It feels useless, but necessary. Today, the gutters get cleaned out, the gazebo is coming down, the fountain gets emptied and the outdoor furniture is getting put away… all in preparation for this week’s upcoming deluge (which most of the time, thankfully, is not as severe as forecasted) and then, the inevitable visit from Old Man Winter. Oh the joy!
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Don’t miss the Naples Open Studio Trail! Local artists & artisans welcome visitors in their studios on this self-guided tour. October 6-7, 10 am – 5 pm. www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com. Naples Open Studio Trail, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-6563.
Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm or head to Red Jacket Orchards for fresh fruits and unique fruit juices. Red Jacket Orchards,
957 Rte 5 & 20, Geneva, 315-781-2749, www.redjacketorchards.com; The Apple Farm, 1640 Rte 444, Victor, 585-924-3420, www.thevictorapplefarm.com.
Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm with 100+ alpacas, spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on alpaca wool products. October 6-7, 10 am to 5 pm. Lazy Acre Alpacas, 8830 Baker Road, Bloomfield. 585-624-5477.
Enjoy the gorgeous colors of fall on a 90-minute, round-trip train ride over the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway. October 13. Departures: 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-374-1570.
Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick ‘N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun- house, farm animals & more. Daily 10 am – 6 pm www.picknpatch.com. The Pick ‘N Patch,
2205 Rt. 5 & 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.
Bring your family to the Fall into Canandaigua Festival! Enjoy a harvest festival complete with scarecrow contest, kids’ activities, music, wagon rides & specialty vendors. October 13, 10 am – 7 pm. Fall into Canandaigua Festival, Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-396-0300.
Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain! A 15-20 minute ride up the mountain, return via chair or hike. Weekends & Columbus Day through October 28, 12 pm – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival with sky rides, music, family activites and food. October 14, 12 pm – 5 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
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 20, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds,
County Road 10, Canandaigua. 315-462-3546.
Spend the night in downtown Victor sampling Finger Lakes wines and viewing art at various restaurants, galleries and merchant locations at the Victor Art and Wine Walk. 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26.
For more information, visit www.victorldc.com for more information. Downtown Victor. 585-742-6320.
October is a great month to visit the Finger Lakes. Fall is here and the leaves are vibrant.
A couple of weeks ago I had a little bit of a scare during breakfast. I was fixing a South of the Border quiche and was nervous that the center wasn’t setting. As I let it cook, it began to set and I was feeling quite relieved. Well, that feeling of relief quickly turned into panic when I realized after letting it cool, that it hadn’t set. So, I went to Plan B. The Guests, all of them, were quite understanding and loved the scrambled eggs. I felt a little bit better but quite frankly I was just a tad frightened of making another quiche. Seems silly as I have been making quiches for years.
So, this past weekend, it was time to overcome that fear and conquer quiche again. I got new quiche pans. Got a thermometer for the oven (I have long suspected that the 25 year old Viking is not heating to the correct temperature… and I was right). I adjusted for temperature and made my Mediterranean quiche… feta, spinach, onion, seasoning. Served all 10 guests with two pieces left over for Juli and me. I wish I could say it was a complete success. The quiche set, looked beautiful and was delicious, but the crust wasn’t as cooked in the center as I would have liked it (even with mozzarella spread across the bottom). I think I figured out what happened though and will try, try again.
For years I’ve been looking for new chairs for the Angell Room. Not too big. Just the right color. Comfy. Matching. And the list goes on… But, I’ve never been able to find the ones I want. I have two chairs and beautiful, expensive fabric that I purchased a while back sitting in my office. The plan has always been to have new slip covers made. But, I can’t find anyone to sew them. So, I thought I would take on the task myself. How hard could it be, right? I plow the driveway in the winter, clean out the gutters, re-screen windows, do minor repairs, sew curtains and draperies for the canopy beds… I can surely sew slipcovers. Then, just when I’m not looking, I find the perfect chairs. Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.
A HUGE thanks to Amanda for helping me paint the outside of the Inn by the Hotchkiss Room! When the house was painted last fall there was a climbing hydrangea on a trellis that covered the wall. This spring my landscaper took the trellis down and removed the plant. Painting that last bit of the Inn has been on my list of things to do for what seems like forever. Today, I get to check it off.
I feel so very fortunate to have the staff working with me that I do. I couldn’t do this without them… Amanda, Kristen, Juli, Judy, Donna and Carson. And even though technically she doesn’t work with us anymore… Audrey. Thanks Ladies!
Well, I can’t always write about the good stuff now, can I?
This morning I had a beautiful South of the Border Quiche on the menu. Corn, multicolored peppers and all kinds of other good stuff. I’ve done this quiche before so nothing too taxing. But, while the quiche was cooking for an hour, I noticed it wasn’t firming up in the middle as it should. So, I turned it up and slowed down breakfast a bit. No big deal. The quiche browned nicely and looked to have firmed up so I took it out and thought, “Phew, saved that one.” I even was able to let it sit for a while. Well, I went to cut into the quiche and it just didn’t look right. Still a little wet and not cooked. I thought to myself, “I can’t serve this.” I’ve had some near breakfast disasters, a candle melted in someone’s Strata (a nice Birthday idea but not exactly thought through), and others, but nothing like this.
I quickly and calmly grabbed a pan, cracked some eggs and started to scramble, in many senses of the word. I went to the Dining Room and apologized to the guests that it would be a few more minutes as I needed to implement Plan B. They smiled, which put me at ease… a little. Of course, I grabbed my largest pan, which isn’t always the best. The eggs started sticking. So then I grabbed another pan and poured the eggs into that pan and it worked much better. Within five minutes, Plan B was in place. In addition to my scrambled eggs, I served corn muffins with honey butter, tomato, cucumber and cilantro salsa and sausages. Not my most impressive breakfast, but the guests seemed to like it and completely understood that things don’t always work out as planned.
In my eight years as an Innkeeper, I’ve never experienced anything like this. I probably even could have served the quiche. But, thanks to Lucas and Lee, the lovely couple honeymooning in the Barn, to Tamra and John and to Lois and David, for their patience, understanding and grace. Both John and Lee said, “If you served this every morning, I’d be happy.” Not all my guests would have been so kind.
When I woke up this morning, I debated getting out of the right side of the bed. I usually get out on the left, but a cat was blocking my way. Many times I get out on the right and don’t even give it a second thought. Today I did. And it wasn’t even Friday the 13th. So, there you have it. Guess I should have my oven checked…
I have always felt fortunate to live in New York’s Finger Lakes. The scenery, the seasons, the people, the festivals… are just a few reasons. But, the other night while driving home from doing some after-hours grocery shopping, I snapped this picture.
It gave me one more reason to feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
While we have many fabulous restaurants within 10 miles from the 1795 Acorn Inn, I was reminded last night about Friday nights at Wegmans, our fabulous grocery store. They have an outdoor BBQ and live jazz. It’s hard to beat the food and atmosphere. Last night my meal consisted of a wonderful glass of Pinot Grigio, perfectly grilled Mahi with grilled papaya and mango and crunchy jicama slaw. Yum.
I thoroughly enjoy making new friends! In my current profession as an Innkeeper, I do it daily. And, I am fortunate enough to have many repeat guests. That feels even better. But, there is nothing like the feeling of meeting an old friend again… no matter how well you knew each other in the past. Thank you Sheila for visiting and for thinking of me. It was wonderful to see you again and to meet your beautiful family. I have a feeling we will do it again before 30 years go by.