Thank you to our wonderful guests who without their assistance this recognition wouldn’t be possible… two years in a row (perhaps more). This means a lot to us and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. That’s what it’s all about.
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…
Sometimes it truly is the little things that make me happy…
For the nearly nine years that I have been the Innkeeper at the 1795 Acorn Inn, guests have gotten two keys upon arrival; one for the front door and the Dining Room door and one for their respective rooms. Since the Inn is locked at all times, these keys made it possible for guests to come and go as they please. Always in the back of my mind though was the thought that although these keys say do not duplicate, they (name not to be mentioned) duplicate them for me as needed. So, why couldn’t guests get them duplicated and come back at any time? I’m not thinking of the kind, respectful, wonderful guests that I usually have the pleasure of meeting…
So, years ago I decided to make the investment and purchase Schlage locks with keypads. This year, when my fabulous brother Roger was visiting, he installed them for me. And, now that I have gotten adept at programming and deprogramming, my vision is complete.
Upon arrival, guests are asked to provide a four-digit code that would be easy for them to remember. Their code is programmed into the locks and voila… they can come and go as they please. Upon their departure, their code is removed from the system. Simple.
For those guests that cannot make our regular check in hours of 3:00 to 5:00 pm and have made arrangements in advance of their stay for a late check in, we can input their code of choice on the day of their arrival. Once inside the Inn, they are able to follow our simple self-check process and use their personal code for their entire stay..
So far, so good. And, I am happy to say, another improvement completed.
May 19… The babies are getting so big they no longer need their mother/father for warmth at night. Mama/Papa sleep close by on a branch now. Yesterday they were chirping up a storm and it was hard to believe how big they had gotten overnight. I was getting a little worried because I hadn’t seen them getting fed all day. Actually, I was besides myself. I started researching all I could about how to care for these Robins and was almost out the door ready to go dig up some worms when the mama/papa came back to feed. I felt instant relief.
Part IV to follow…
Be sure to get to Sonnenberg for the Annual Orchid Show! See beautiful orchids on exhibit
and for sale, or sit in on a seminar or lecture. March 1-3, 10 am – 5 pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922
Come meet the Wizards at the Wizard of Clay. 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, Bristol. 585-229-2980.
Stop down to the New York Wine and Culinary Center and sharpen your cooking and tasting skills.
On March 7, sit down and have a “Dinner & Discussion with Red Newt’s Winemaker & Chef.” Over din- ner, enjoy some of the Finger Lakes’ best local ingredients and award winning wines. For more details or to reserve your spot, visit www.nywcc.com. New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, 585-394-7070
Don’t miss a chance to get up close and personal with nature! Take your family to Cumming Nature Center’s 35th Annual Maple Sugaring event and enjoy sugaring demos and a pancake breakfast. Be sure to walk the trails while you’re there! March 16-17 and 23-24, 9 am – 4 pm. Cumming Nature Center, Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
Experience maple sugaring the old fashioned way during March! See demonstrations and taste the sea- son’s first maple syrup during Maple Weekends. Check out all the great farms and dates at www.mapleweekend.com.
Don’t miss this year’s Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain! Greet the change of seasons with a family fun day, Easter egg hunt on Saturday, a frozen stache dash, snow tube slides, live music, and much more! Free lift tickets for kids 12 and under! March 16-17. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Rt. 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
On March 19, enjoy the Loving Local Cheese event at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Featuring local cheeses and juices, it’s a celebration of some of the best Finger Lakes agriculture has to offer.
Sample Red Jacket Orchards juice blends; meet artisanal cheese makers and local dairy farmers! Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Dr. Geneva. For more information, contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 Cost $5 per person.
The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes will be an exquisite wine and food experience held in Geneva on March 23. Come learn about and taste wines alongside international experts including former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib, and, in the process, learn about the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the context of the world’s key wine producing regions. For tickets and more information, visit www.winesymposiumfingerlakes.com
Come to the greenhouses of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park for the Annual Orchid Show & Sale and bask in an oasis of warmth and vibrant color. This year’s event will be held Friday – Sunday, March 1 – 3 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day. Flower fans of all ages will delight in these exotic blooms, showcased in Sonnenberg’s historic Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex. On display, guests will find colorful Cattleyas and Cymbidiums, delicate Dendrobiums, pretty Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums and more. Educational seminars on orchid care will be offered at 11 AM and 1 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday for visitors. A variety of orchids will be on sale in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop for visitors to take home. On Friday, take advantage of special orchid re-potting services (for donation). Wine tasting will be available in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop on Saturday from noon – 4:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. General admission to the event is $5 per person to support the work of this community non-profit. For more details, call 585-394-4922 or visit online at www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua.
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Development Manager Lisa Scott at 585-394-4922.
On February 9th come experience “Vintage Vines & Valentines”, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes Valley of Naples, NY. The event features several local businesses who are offering everything from free tastings to meal discounts! For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines
More than 200 artisans showcase their work at Artizanns in Naples. Stop by and pick out that special gift so you’ll always remember your visit to the Finger Lakes. Artizanns, 118 North Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6740.
Got a case of the Winter Blues? Not to worry. The Blues Brothers Revue is in town. On Saturday, February 9th head to the Smith Opera House, a historic wonder of Geneva, NY. Bring your friends and join in as the Revue pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, soul music and gospel in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Pricing $25 advance; $30 at the door. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456 www.thesmith.org
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. Feb.10 from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5. Finger Lakes Casino and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. (585) 394-1472.
Celebrate wonderful Finger Lakes ice wines this winter. The New York Ice Wine Festival (Feb. 16) at Casa Larga Vineyards and the nICE Festival (Feb. 25) at the New York Wine and Culinary Center will be full of Finger Lakes wine food and fun! For more details visit www.visitfingerlakes.com/events
Get out for a day of winter fun…and while you’re at it, learn about our area’s history! The Native American Winter Games features a snowsnake game, dogsled run demos, snowshoeing, Native American stories & refreshments. Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 10am – 4pm. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. 585-924-5848.
Step inside from the cold this winter at Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, offering the finest locally sourced gifts, edible treats and beverages from the area. Stop in on your next trip to historic downtown Geneva and check it out! 60 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456 315-759-5247 www.fingerlakesgiftsandlounge.com
Bring the whole family to cross-country ski on 15 miles of groomed trails, or snowshoe on a 3-mile loop at Cumming Nature Center. Nordic Hot Dog Days starts on Feb 23 and 24 from noon to 3pm. Visitors can also enjoy hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies and hot cider! Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
See Clifton Springs all lit up for the holidays at the Festival of Lights! Experience the hot drinks & food, music, Dickens carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids activities and a visit from Santa. Dec. 7,
5 pm – 8 pm. Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Area, Clifton Springs. 315-462-8200.
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.
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.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t golf in the Finger Lakes! OptiGolf offers high-tech virtual golf simulation on a variety of famous courses. www.victor.optigolfcenters.com. OptiGolf, 10 Commerce Drive, Victor. 585-924-4300.
In 2012, the Naples Hotel was featured on the hit television show “Ghost Hunters”! Now is your chance for a late night ghost hunt at the Naples Hotel on the evening of Dec. 14 from midnight – 4 am. You’ll explore three floors of the hotel while being introduced to a variety of technologies used in paranormal investigations. Call for reservations. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-5630.
If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas tree to take home, look no further than Victor Christmas Tree Farm! They have 10 varieties to choose from and the best part is you can even cut down your own tree! Victor Christmas Tree Farm, 1619 Murray Rd, Victor. 585-924-2079.
The Finger Lakes is a special place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season. Our many art galleries, main street stores, independently owned gift shops and Eastview Mall have a variety of gifts for everyone on your list! Go to www.visitfingerlakes.com and click on “Shopping and Spas” for more details.
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 at the Belhurst Estate Winery. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva. 315-781-0201.
Head to Brown Hound Bistro to see if you get the Golden Ticket! This winter, every time you have dinner at Brown Hound, you’ll receive an envelope with a mystery offer and the possibility of getting one of five Golden Tickets. Get the Golden Ticket and your entire meal is on the house! Brown Hound Bistro,
6459 State Route 64, Naples. 585-374-9771.
Celebrate New Years Eve at Bristol Mountain with music, activities for kids and a torchlight parade followed by fireworks. Dec. 31, 4 pm – 10 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.