On Saturday, February 4, embrace the winter season at the third annual Finger Lakes Frost Fest from 5 – 9 p.m. The festival includes ice sculptures, ice bars featuring Frost Fest Martinis poured through an ice luge, wine and beer tastings, local food, music, and fireworks in the evening. Ramada Geneva Lakefront. 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva, 14456. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2717357 or by calling the Geneva Family YMCA at (315) 789‐1616.
On Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., visit Naples and experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old‐world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes Naples Valley. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, s’more making, horse and wagon rides and all sorts of specials to be discovered at local businesses. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
Celebrate all that’s great about ice wines at the New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival. Enjoy ice wine tastings, ice wine‐ inspired cuisine tasting stations, live music, tango performances, wagon rides, winery tours, and more. Ice wines from across New York State all in one place! Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $65. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. For more information call (585) 223‐4210 or visit www.casalarga.com.
Find unique antique items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show & Sale where more than 40 antique dealers will be showing and selling their wares. Sunday, February 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, 14425. For more information call (585) 737‐5971 or visit www.canandaiguaantiqueclassic.org.
Visit Ganondagan State Historic Site on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for Native American Winter Games & Sports. Experience the heritage of the Seneca people while you try your hand at the traditional Haudenosaunee sport of snowsnake, or perhaps you’d rather race a snow boat! There will also be snowshoeing, dog sledding demonstrations, storytelling, traditional arts, and traditional foods. Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, too! Event is free but a $10 donation per family is suggested. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 924‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.
Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. See the brand‐new VIP bowling experience, The Eight, at Roseland Bowl. After a few games of bowling make sure you visit the 18,000 square‐foot fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and over 30 arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaigua, 14424. Reservations required for VIP bowling. For more details call (585) 394‐5050 or visit www.roselandbowl.com.
Sit back, relax, and sip some wine in Geneva’s first urban farm winery. Visit Wicked Water and sample New York grown and produced wines, in addition to Wicked Water’s own great vintages. You’re welcome to bring in take‐out from many of Geneva’s great restaurants and, if you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for you can find local menus in the tasting room! Open 3 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 1 – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Fridays in February, catch live, local music from 6 ‐ 8 p.m. Wicked Water, 78 Castle Street, Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781‐5100 or visit www.wickedwater.vin.
Ho. Ho. Ho. We have two rooms left for New Year’s Eve. Come join us.
Come meet the man behind the magic at the Wizard of Clay in Honeoye. Watch the talented Jamie Kozlowski make the unique and beautiful trademarked Bristoleaf Pottery. You won’t want to miss this Finger Lakes specialty! Wizard of Clay Pottery, 7851 Route 20A, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 229-2980.
See Clifton Springs all lit up for the holidays at the Festival of Lights! Experience the Dickens carolers, hot drinks & food, music, free horse-drawn wagon rides, kid’s activities and a visit from Santa. December 4, 5 – 8 p.m. Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce, 2 E Main St, Clifton Springs, 14432. (315) 462-7111.
Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! Find the perfect gift at one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops or Eastview Mall, home of five major department stores including the first Von Maur in the Northeast. Shop till you drop and then check out Eastview Mall’s impressive restaurant selection. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 223-4420 or visit www.eastviewmall.com.
Spend a day at the romantic Belhurst Castle overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in Geneva. Start with a couples massage at Isabella Spa, then enjoy a wine tasting at Belhurst Estate Winery. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst Castle, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva, 14456. (315) 781-0201.
Warm up by the fire at Brew and Brats! Open weekends in December. Check out the full lineup of live music on Saturdays. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite cold one and maybe a tasty brat or two! 6461 NY-64, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2870.
Ice skate with your children at the Geneva Recreation Center or the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. For open skate times call or visit online www.visitgenevany.com (315) 789-2277 (Geneva) or www.gccc.org (585) 396-7230 (Canandaigua). Geneva Recreation Center, 666 S. Exchange St, Geneva, 14456. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd. Canandaigua, 14424.
Turn back time at the Antique Wireless Museum. Featuring a 1925 radio store, first cellular telephone and more in this one of a kind, world-class collection. Stop in for a tour and bring the whole family. Tuesdays,10 – 3 p.m. and Saturdays,1 – 5 p.m. 6925 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 257-5119.
Did you know 98% of the trails at Bristol Mountain are illuminated at night during the season? Check it out during the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Bristol Mountain with music, activities for kids and a torchlight parade. December 31, 4 – 10 p.m. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000. For packages, tickets and more www.bristolmountain.com.
Winter adventure awaits at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy the highest vertical rise between the Adirondacks and the Rockies, 1,200 feet! The resort also has 34 trails, two terrain parks and two Nordic loops, as well as two high-speed lifts and a mountainside waffle hut. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
Stay warm this winter at the Smith Opera House. From concerts to movies, there’s something for everyone. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. For show details and tickets call 315-781-5483.
Step inside the Ontario County Historical Society Museum and learn about Ontario County’s rich history. Check out the exhibit “Tying the Knot,” which explores 200 years of wedding tradition between 1790 – 1990. Ontario County Historical Society Museum, 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.
Wine is great in the Finger Lakes! This winter visit one of our local wineries and breweries for tastings and products. For a list of wineries and breweries visit www.visitfingerlakes.com or contact the FLVC office for more details, 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.
We think it’s the only 2-story brick outhouse in the country! We’re serious, too! Tour the Phelps Historical Society Museum to see this unique feature and to learn about many other interesting facts of local history. Call for hours. Phelps Historical Society Museum, 66 Main Street, Phelps. 315-548-4940.
Take a class and beef up your culinary skills at the NY Wine & Culinary Center. From macaroni and cheese to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Reservations necessary. NY Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.
Feeling lucky? Head to Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and bet on some simulcast horseracing or enjoy more than 1,500 video gaming machines. The 10,000 square-foot “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet is also open daily. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Explore nature while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education center with 15 miles of groomed ski trails and a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.
Plenty of that white, fluffy stuff falling this weekend. I think it’s the fluffiest and lightest snow I’ve ever seen. And, it’s very sparkly. Come visit the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast. Bristol Mountain is just down the road. Many of the trails are open, including the cross country trail at the top of the mountain. The skiing should be fantastic. We’ve got Ski Packages and our Free Night Package. Check out our Packages page for more information. See you soon.
Oh boy do I feel silly. Here I was worried about the flowers and debating whether to put the plow on or not to put the plow on…
I woke up this morning to pine trees outside my bedroom window heavily draped in snow. Really pretty, right? What was varying shades of green yesterday was today completely devoid of color. I can appreciate that beauty and severe change even if at the end of April. So, I stepped outside and started taking pictures and noticed how everything seemed to be sweeping the ground. So pretty. And I wondered how something to strong and hard could bend what seemed to be so easily.
I started to walk my path in the woods, I immediately noticed I couldn’t get through. Almost like a Secret Garden, branches ladened with snow covered the opening, as if to say, “Do not enter.” So, I went around. I started to notice how deep my feet were sinking. More than I thought they would. As I got further along the path, I maneuvered around bending branch after bending branch and just barely escaping falling bombs of wet snow… almost as if they were trying to tell me something.
Finally I noticed the devastation around me. I began to see limb after broken limb and worse yet, entire trees on the ground. Sad really. It was then I heard the bending trees and falling clumps of snow saying, “Get out of here you idiot!” Or, it could have been the ominous cracking sound limbs and trees make before falling to the ground that did it. If you haven’t heard it, it’s a very strange sound. So the city girl ran out of the forest and came to the Four Diamond Acorn Inn.
As I drove into the Inn parking lot, I was quickly taken aback by how low the beautiful, blooming trees were hanging… actually laying in the dirt. A few large branches already broken and on the ground. I walked into the gardens and was shocked by how different it looked less than twelve hours ago. The only bit of comfort was that Robin, that’s the type of bird and her name as well, was sitting on her nest on the light fixture above the office door.
I walked around taking pictures and wondering how these plants would ever survive. What could I possibly do to help them. I put my camera down and started shaking limb after limb. As soon as I shook a little, the branches stood up. It’s difficult to explain, but I actually think they were trying to thank me for lifting their burden.
I had just finished and was admiring my cleverness when my contractor, Brian, shows up with a long pole. He’s come to shake the higher limbs. Brilliant!
But, it’s still snowing and hard. Clumps of snow continue to fall and leaves drip like rain. And, although it’s above freezing now… if it freezes tonight, we’ll be in trouble. It’s been over twenty years since the “great” Ice Storm in 1991, but folks here still remember. So far, I still have power. A lot of people lost power hours ago. But, rest assured, all should be back to normal and cleaned up before guests arrive on Thursday. The woods behind my house, well that will take a while. Thanks Steve for getting my chainsaw working again. I think I’ll be needing it.
Do I see bonfires in the future?
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Expecting a foot a snow in the Bristol Hills on Monday night. Where was it this past winter? I wonder what will happen to the gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn? The poor tulips and bleeding hearts. I wish I could save them but I fear not. Of course, the weather forecasters always exaggerate. Hey, maybe I can go cross country skiing this year…
Debating whether to put the plow on. Still closed Monday through Wednesday for two more weeks so… no guests. I think not then.