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Fall Is In The Air

September 29th, 2016by Innkeeper


FoliageFall is always such a wonderful season. Just last night in a meeting we were asked what is our favorite thing about the fall. The cooler weather, apples, the leaves changing, the smell of fires, playing in the leaves, cooking and baking… the list goes on. What follows is only a small list of things to do at this time. How about some apple picking?

Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting and jewelry making during the Naples Open Studio Trail. Watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more about or to purchase artist’s work. October 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 14 artists or pick and choose your favorites. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

Fall family fun can be found at the Pick’n Patch! This is your “one stop shop” with pumpkins, an 8- acre corn maze, mums, fall decorations, farm animals, kiddie train rides, and more! Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. For more information call (585) 526-6518 or visit www.picknpatch.com.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain weekends in October and Columbus Day from noon to 4 p.m. Ride the chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this 15 to 20 minute ride with great views of the surrounding hills and valleys. $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bristol Mountain will host its annual Fall Festival with live music, kids activities, food, beverage, and craft vendors. Admission to the festival is free. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 374-6000 or visit Bristol Mountain online at www.bristolmountain.com/fall-sky-rides.

Discover beauty and history along the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around with community themed events each weekend. Trail maps are available at locations throughout the City of Canandaigua. The map includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. For more information and a complete schedule of events call (585) 394-4975 or visit www.ochs.org.

What’s more in the spirit of the season than a “whodunit” style mystery at a mansion? The Fall Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park invites you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar as you participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 21-23 and 28-29, times vary by night. General admission tickets are $30 while admission for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members is $25. Prepaid reservations are required. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. For more information, including event times or for tickets call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org/events.

September – Fall is in the air…

September 17th, 2016by Innkeeper

Don’t miss Western New York’s premier BBQ competition, the Finger Lakes Fire & Smoke BBQ Fest! Grilling teams from across the US and Canada will compete for over $10,000 in prizes and benefits local college students. This festival takes place Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4. Tickets are $6 per person per day, or $10 for a weekend pass. Lakefront Park, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, 14456. For more information, call (585) 402‐3508 or visit www.fingerlakesfireandsmoke.com.

It’s official, Fall is here! See beautiful autumn colors on display as you take a leisurely ride on the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. This tranquil ride offers a relaxed way for people of all ages to take in the best of seasonal views. Open weekends and Columbus Day, 12 p.m.‐ 4 p.m., September 10 ‐ October 30. Admission for adults is $11, children 3‐12 are $7, two years and younger ride for free, and seniors 65 and older are $8. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information, call (585) 374‐6000 or visit www.bristolmountain.com/fall‐sky‐rides/.

Kettle Fest is a family‐friendly farm festival which educates as well as entertains. Enjoy local food, beverages (both alcoholic and otherwise), live music, maple and honey demos, and local artisans; children can even learn about beekeeping and watch chicken races! Kettle Fest will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children under 13 get in for free. Kettle Ridge Farm, 515 Log Cabin Road, Victor, 14564.

Celebrate the annual grape harvest at one of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S.‐ the Purple Foot Festival. In addition to stomping grapes, enjoy tastings, live music, shopping, kids activities, and more. Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door for adults 21 and over; admission for children and teens under 21 is free. Casa Larga Vineyards & Winery, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.casalarga.com/events/purple‐foot‐festival/.

Held annually since 1961, the Naples Grape Festival is a celebration of the region’s grape harvest. This family‐friendly event is free and hosts food, wine, arts, crafts, live music, and more. Come see for yourself why Naples is the grape pie capital of the world! The Naples Grape Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 24 ‐ 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. Naples High School, 137 North Main Street, Naples, 14512.

Take in beautiful photos at the Ontario Pathways photo exhibit hosted by Clifton Springs Hospital and the Springs Integrative Medicine Center & Spa. While there, learn about the healing properties of the springs and the antioxidant properties of grapes. Both are used in services such as vino scrubs and minerals baths which are offered by the spa. Photos are on display Monday through Friday, 7 a.m ‐ 6 p.m., from now until Wednesday, September 28. The Gallery at Clifton Springs Hospital, 2 Coulter Road, Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, call (315) 462‐9561.

tripadvisor.com Review…

August 28th, 2016by Innkeeper

It truly doesn’t get much better than this as far as reviews go. Thanks Helen and Neil. Always my pleasure to have you stay and I look forward to seeing you again next year.

“The Ritz Carlton of B&B’s!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our fourth visit and Sheryl never disappoints. The rooms are beautiful and well stocked with anything you may have forgotten or may need. Breakfast is always a treat and all food concerns are handled with ease. This place is just awesome and I have always stated its the Ritz Carlton of B&B’s!
Room Tip: We love the Bristol Room!

Stayed August 2016, traveled with friends

Bristol Room

King-size bed in Bristol Suite

Breakfast In Canandaigua, New York

August 23rd, 2016by Innkeeper

In August, 2004 I embarked upon my journey as an Innkeeper. It’s been twelve years and this year has brought about a tremendous increase in special dietary needs. Probably the biggest issue has been gluten-free. But, there is a lot of dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian, nut allergies, low fat, whole grains, high fiber, the list goes on… It would be more easily managed if there was just one out of ten with special dietary needs. However, that is not the case. Two out of six this morning. Four out of ten last weekend. Two our of four a few weeks ago. And, they are all different often times necessitating multiple staff in the kitchen. Some of these dietary issues are so severe, the responsibility is frightening. There is probably more food in my fridge, freezer and cupboard that caters to dietary issues than not. Twelve years ago it was mostly diabetic. I haven’t had one low sugar diet in years. Things have changed and so must I.

In the past twelve years, I’ve increased my prices once. I think that was about six years ago. So I struggle with how to cover costs for a business that makes no money other than to support itself. I know, most think it’s a glamorous, easy life. Let me assure you, it’s not. It’s a nice lifestyle, but it’s not an easy one. This old house needs a lot of TLC. Things get worn and ruined and need to be replaced. The gardens, gorgeous in their full bloom, require hours of work each month and I am not even counting the fall. And then there’s winter… shoveling, plowing. Food and utility costs continue to rise, as does marketing and advertising. I’ve resisted paying online travel agencies such as tripadvisor.com, expedia.com and bedandbreakfast.com commission for their assistance in helping to book rooms. That is a game of raising your prices to absorb the 15% or more commission and I don’t want to play, but don’t know how I can resist much longer. I will put my toe in the water this winter with a few rooms and see what happens.

A few months ago we started charging a surcharge for gluten-free diets. A few weeks later I added dairy-free. Then a few weeks later vegan. Today, I have changed it to any special dietary needs that requires us to purchase special food or prepare a separate meal for guests. This $5 surcharge per day hardly covers the cost of food, let alone labor. But what’s the option? Raise prices? Not fair to those that don’t have special dietary needs and being a AAA Four Diamond rated Bed and Breakfast, I am already high for Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes (though others are catching up, even the Holiday Inn Express). Being gluten and dairy-free myself, by choice, I understand not many have a choice. And I feel bad charging guests extra for their struggles. I am empathetic. It’s not fun to always be thinking about what you CAN eat as opposed to what you really WANT to eat. And for some, there are truly severe consequences.

I hope I haven’t offended anyone or deterred anyone from making a reservation at the 1795 Acorn Inn. No matter what your dietary dilemma or if you have none, you will get a wonderful breakfast each morning and meet new friends.

We make a great Gluten-Free French Toast Creme Brulee

We make a great Gluten-Free French Toast Creme Brulee

Can be prepared Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free

Can be made Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free

August 2016 Riesling Festival Canandaigua, NY

August 8th, 2016by Innkeeper

Deb & Bill & Cathy & Kurt grape stompin’ at the Riesling Festival in Canandaigua, New York. So much fun. Wine. Beer. Food trucks galore. And so much more. There’s always next year…

Deb & Bill & Cathy & Kurt grape stompin'.

Deb & Bill & Cathy & Kurt grape stompin’.

Breakfast at the 1795 Acorn Inn-August 5, 2016

August 5th, 2016by Innkeeper

Fresh peach and blueberry parfait with vanilla yogurt and whipped cream followed by a Baked French Pear Pancake. Clean plates. Laughter. Now off to explore the Finger Lakes.

A Swim In Canandaigua Lake

August 5th, 2016by Innkeeper

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.

Fun Things To Do In August In New York’s Finger Lakes

August 2nd, 2016by Innkeeper

Finger Lakes majesty seen daily.

Finger Lakes majesty seen daily.

It’s time for a Finger Lakes summer tradition: the annual Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival! August 6-7, 10am-5pm both days, the festival is a celebration of the area’s nest wines, craft beers, and local produce. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, grape stomping, live music, and educational wine seminars; there are also kids activities like arts and crafts, a bounce house, and fun games. 800 South Main St. Canandaigua, 14424. For more information, including pricing, visit www.rieslingfestival.com.

The 56th Annual Pageant of Steam will take place August 10-13, 8am-8pm each day. Craft and Flea market, tractor pulls, antique tractors and demonstrations of steam-powered equipment used for milling and agriculture! This annual event seeks to encourage interest in and preservation of antique vehicles powered by steam. Admission is $7 for adults, kids younger than12 get in for free. New York Steam Engine Association, 3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, 14424.

In the mood for a show? Bristol Valley Theater’s summer season is in full swing and August is jam packed with shows featuring actors from around the nation who have made this theater their summer home. Shows in August include The Foreigner, August 3-7; Cookie Fight, August 11-21; and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, August 25 – September 4. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St., Naples, 14512. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (585) 374-6318 or visit www.bvtnaples.org.

While the Finger Lakes is well known for wine, did you know we’re also great producers of sauerkraut? That’s right! The Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend, August 5-7, is a free, weekend-long festival dedicated to this tangy, tongue-tickling treat (say that ve times fast!). Take in arts and crafts, car shows, cabbage bowling, and sauerkraut-themed foods galore, wrapped up with a large reworks display. Ontario St., Phelps, 14532.

Take in the beauty, natural and crafted, of Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. This weekend art festival takes place August 20-21 from 10am-5pm on the re ned grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion. View works from over 100 artists, enjoy food, beer, and wine vendors, music, artwork ra es. Admission to the event is $6 per person.Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information please call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.artsatthegardens.org.

Relax, Finger Lakes style, and come to Summer Saturdays at Heron Hill’s Bristol tasting room. This family-friendly event is free with wood- red pizza, Heron Hill wine, local craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Bask next to Heron Hill’s scenic vineyard as you enjoy live music. Performers include the Grace Frarey Trio, August 6; Meyer & McGuire, August 13; Tom Chamberlain, August 20; Jim Clear, August 27; and the Paulsen Baker Band, September 3 and run 4:30-8:30pm each day. Heron Hill tasting room at Bristol. 5323 Seneca Point Rd., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-0173 or visit www.heronhill.com.

Touring Tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.

Things To Do In The Finger Lakes In July

July 1st, 2016by Innkeeper

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/events/fourth-of-july.

Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ farm store for a unique culinary experience! Come see what over 50 years of mastering the art and science of quality fresh fruit and juice production tastes like! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva, 14456. (315) 781-2749.

Be sure to check out the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Watch this beautiful religious story on an outdoor 10 level stage with twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects and cast of over 650 actors. July 8-9 and 12-16. Show starts promptly at 9:15 pm. Parking and admission are free! Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, 603 State Route 21, Palmyra, 14522. (315) 597-5851.

Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air by journeying to any (or all!) of Ontario County’s 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/things-to-do/farms-and-orchards.

Stop by the 17th Annual Cruisin’ Night & Block Party in Geneva on July 22 from 5 – 10 pm. Part classic car show, part festival, this event is a must see for car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts. Featuring live music on three stages, food, art, and retail vendors, as well as activities for kids. For more information call (315) 789-0102 or visit www.downtowngeneva.org/events-calendar.

Come experience Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival on July 23-24 from 10 am – 6 pm. 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, 14564. For more information call (585) 742-1690 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

You’re invited to the 173rd 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 26-30. Tickets are sold on-site for events. 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua, 14424.

The Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show takes place July 30 and 31 from 10 am – 5 pm along the lakefront at Kershaw Park. Admission is free and artists will be displaying and selling work in a variety of different mediums. You may just find something you want to take back home! Kershaw Park, 155 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information visit www.lakefrontartshow.com.

Moonlight Stroll – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansions

June 28th, 2016by Innkeeper

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.

Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens