March 19. The crocus are blooming. The hyacinth have buds. The day lilies are already six inches high. The tulips and daffodils are next. Hard to believe it was April 8 last year when I blogged about spring arriving in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. It really did hardly feel like we had a winter though.
Well, check out our Packages Page for great values in April, May and June. In my opinion, May and June are two of the best months to visit the area. The weather is usually sunny with a cool breeze. It’s not too crowded. And the flowers are in full bloom. I hope to see you soon at the 1795 Acorn Inn.
On the way to the Wegmans (our fabulous grocery store) the other day, I stopped just to photograph these two little horses, well one is a colt and the other… After just a few minutes, they walked right over to me and stuck their heads through the fence. They were so soft and sweet. One tried to nibble on my shirt. Now, I am not a big fan of horses, well riding horses to be specific, but these little guys made me feel like I just might be able to do it.
What does the Innkeeper of the 1795 Acorn Inn do in that rare instance when there isn’t anyone checking into this romantic, AAA Four Diamond B & B on a warm, summer day? I go shopping. Not the kind of shopping I love to do, but it’s still shopping.
I don’t use a basket. Oh no that just wouldn’t do. I grab a flat bed and proceed to check things off the list one by one. Picking up heavy items first and placing them on the bottom. As the flat bed grows taller and taller, heavier and heavier, I have to lean to get the thing moving. Warning! This flat bed has no brakes. A horn on the handle would be nice. People who have never used a flat bed like this don’t realize you have to make wide turns and that they are neither easy to get moving and conversely stop when they are loaded.
At some point, I think in the frozen food section where I am actually freezing, I debate whether I should pay for what I have, load it up in the car and come back inside to finish the list. But, determined as I am, I’m going to make it all fit. Strategically and delicately placing items on the flat bed, balancing the process so as to keep the 10-dozen eggs safe and secure. And then, finally reaching the check out line. The cashier has to get a basket cause there is no way it’s all fitting back on the flat bed. Okay that part is over and it’s really not that bad.
But now I am simultaneously pushing a cart and pulling a flat bed, and I have to stop and hand the person at the door the receipt. Why? So they can pretend to count all 58 items and make sure I didn’t get overcharged? By the way, the total was $712.48. Just in case you are wondering.
Now comes the time to load up the car. Try getting all the heavy stuff off the bottom to put in the car first with all the lighter stuff on top. It’s an art. But, once everything is placed in the car and I’ve determined I can still see out the back, I head back toward the Inn where I am so looking forward to unloading. 17 trips from the car to the office just to get everything inside. And, another hour or so to get everything put away. Multiple trips to the basement freezer and finally I’m done.
The good and the bad news… I’ll do it all over again next month, if it lasts that long.
We’ve had and still have many nests around the 1795 Acorn Inn this year… on our front walk, above the light outside the Innkeeper’s entrance, in the wisteria, in the Jacuzzi pavilion, in the tree right outside the Barn Suite. Everything from Cardinals to Phoebes to Red-Breasted Robins.
It’s been wonderful watching them grow. And it’s been both frightening and comedic watching them learn to fly.
Here’s the last one of four red-breasted robins that left the nest. He/she didn’t want to go far and after making it to the tree, stayed long enough for me to get close and personal.
We are trying something new this Spring… During the months of May and June, stay two weeknights and get the third weeknight free. Today it feels like Spring has finally sprung in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. What started as a cold and dreary day has turned into a warm and sunny slice of heaven. All we need now is some Finger Lakes wine and cheese. It’s the perfect time to visit. See details for this Package on our web site.
When I left Canandaigua a week ago today it was 39 degrees. When I arrived in West Palm Beach it was in the high 80’s. I was looking forward to being warm… but I was hot. Needless to say, I was looking forward to being cool again when I returned mid-week. It did feel good to be back in cooler weather. But, it felt even better to wander the gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn and see my crocus’ were already out.
Spring is a fabulous time to visit upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. In my opinion, it’s one of the best times. Check out our Packages page for great values through the end of June. It’s the best time to see our perennial gardens. I can’t wait to see what pops up next.
I’m so excited. I just finished an interview and filming with Mike O’Brian, The Getaway Guy, on YNN Rochester. The piece, which could be up to two minutes long, will air on Thursday, 1/20, several times. And, again on Sunday, 1/23. Thank you so much to Greg Johnston for making this happen and special thanks to Mike O’Brian. It was a pleasure to meet him and though I don’t relish the idea of being on film, he made me feel very comfortable… such a nice guy. Did I just say,” I am so excited!”?
It’s the perfect time to visit New York’s Finger Lakes. The days are warm and the nights are crisp. On the weekends in October enjoy chairlift rides at Bristol Mountain, our local ski mountain just down the road from the 1795 Acorn Inn, and view the foliage from above. Bring along a picnic basket, a bottle of wine and a blanket. Find a secluded spot off the beaten path and enjoy a romantic escape. Take a leisurely drive among the vineyards and taste wine. Or, walk among the apple orchards and pick a variety of juicy, crisp New York apples. There’s plenty to do and see.
The weekends fill up quickly so book now and get the weekend of your choice. Or, visit during the week and take advantage of our best multiple weeknight rates.
No doubt this moon created a stunning sight throughout Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Recently taken from the parking lot of the 1795 Acorn Inn, the full moon lit up the sky and illuminated the rolling hills of Bristol.
In order to share the ever changing landscape of the Finger Lakes, I will periodically post photos that I’ve taken while exploring the area. I absolutely love taking a road less traveled with camera close by and documenting the ever changing seasons.
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Looking forward to the Brown Hound Bistro dinner this Saturday. Eight guests have signed up for this feast. We even had guests who were not staying at the 1795 Acorn Inn want to join us. Unfortunately, that would make it just a tad less special for our guests so we declined. Bon Appetit!
We have two more dinners coming up. Make sure to book those in advance so that we can accommodate you.