Every spring she nests on the light above the office door. At first I feel terrible as every time I open the door, and it’s a lot, she flies off. Eventually, she stays put. Could be because I talk to her all the time, as she will fly off if others come and go. One day not too long ago I noticed half of a blue shell on the ground. My first thought is that I hope something didn’t get the eggs. My second thought is that they are hatching. Well, this year, she had three. I say she but I think he helps a lot as there are always two around.
It was quiet at first. I caught site of the ugly little buggers not long after birth. Then, their beaks peaking out. Then the constant activity and chirping and feeding. I’ve caught he/she will a beak full of live worms. Many, many times. And now they are off. Until next year, or maybe again this year. It doesn’t take long. Love living in the country and at the 1795 Acorn Inn. Such a wonderful time of year.
Come celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 5, 5 – 8pm and Saturday, June 6, 9am – 8pm. Weekend funtivities include: live musical acts, games for the kids, food, a Wine and Beer Crawl, and much more, including a parade Saturday evening! The Festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs. For more information, call (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com
Golf season is here, so grab your clubs and get out on the links this month! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses from Ravenwood in Victor to Reservoir Creek in Naples – each unique and challenging! For more information on golf in Ontario County, call us at 585-394-3915 or visit us online at www.visitfingerlakes.com/golf
Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on Monday, June 8 showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg Gardens, June 8-14. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
Enjoy the beautiful weather, sunshine, and spectacular views by taking a boat cruise on the Canandaigua Lady! Relax and delight in a wonderful ride on board The Canandaigua Lady, an 18th century replica paddleboat. 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-396-7350. Or come and explore the beauty of the deepest of the Finger Lakes – Seneca Lake on the lovely Rose Lummis, and the historic Cayuga- Seneca Canal. 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. (315) 789-5520.
Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2015 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Godspell”, playing from June 11 – 21 and “Who is Theo?” which opens on June 25. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.
If you love nature and being outdoors and are curious about the different flora and fauna out there – here’s your opportunity to learn about what you’re seeing. Uncover the wonderful world of trees during a Cumming Nature Center journey with Shariee Edersheim, senior naturalist. Saturday, June 13, 10 – 11:30 am. 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. (585) 374-6160.
New Roseland Wake Park is scheduled to open the end of June! The only cable wake park in the Northeast, it features a five tower cable system allowing guests to wake board, knee board, wake skate and water ski without a boat. Learn to wake board and knee board at the Lil Bro Learning Center, or try Aquaglide, an inflated, floating obstacle course which will be fun for the entire family. For more information and pricing, visit www.roselandwaterpark.com.
Roseland Waterpark opens for the season June 27! A thrilling waterpark with tube slides, body slides, YoBerry Splash Factory, giant wave pool, adventure river and the mammoth raft ride, the park is perfect for ages 3 and older. For more information and pricing, visit www.roselandwaterpark.com.
Touring Tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.
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…
This past Labor Day Weekend I had the pleasure of hiking the Gorge in Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Only took seven years, but eventually I had the opportunity to escape for a few hours and on a holiday weekend no less.
Located about an hour’s scenic drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn, the Gorge is nothing short of amazing. On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Gorge was surprisingly cool and comfortable. Actually it was probably one of the coolest places to be.
One should be in relatively good shape for this hike as there are over 800 steps. Towards the end of the first half of the hike, my legs would not lift my body up one more step. I found myself needing to rest for a moment and then onward. The walk along the Gorge is wet, a little muddy and uneven, but not too difficult. The stairs are separated by short walks for much of the way.
We hiked up the Gorge and walked down above the Gorge. All in all, about a two-hour hike with stops for photos and a few rests. You don’t have to hike the whole thing. A shuttle bus is available to take you to the top. You can either hike up the gorge and get a ride down or get a ride up and hike down. I think I would do the former if I wasn’t going to hike both ways. Regardless of your choice, it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and a camera.
For more information about the Watkins Glen, visit the Area page of our web site…
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.