Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures has opened a new kid’s course, in addition to its regular courses. An adventure available for those of all skill levels. The Aerial Adventure park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, reservations are highly recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. For more information on pricing and reservations call 585-374-1180.
August welcomes Clifton Springs Community Concert Series! All concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Rotary Park on East Main Street. Dates and bands are as follows: August 6th, 78 RPM (Big Band); August 13th, Music Makers (Big Band); August 20th, Don Newcomb Band (Country, Classic Rock); August 27th, Tim O’Horn (Acoustic Adult). Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy these free concerts on the park lawn. East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432.
The 55th Annual Pageant of Steam will take place August 5th through the 8th. The pageant features steam-powered demonstrations and tractor pulls of all kinds plus food and events for the kids! Fairgrounds are located at 3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, 14424 and are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is $6 for adults, and kids under 12 get in free. 315-677-3876.
Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Becky’s New Car at the Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. This humorous, car-themed comedy will run August 6th through the 16th. General admission is $33, $31 for seniors, $17 for college students, and $12 for children 18 and younger. Visit their web site or call the box office at 585-374-6318 for show times and further information or to purchase tickets.
The Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival will take place August 8th and 9th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with events at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. Celebrating the agricultural richness of the Finger Lakes, the festival will include a wine garden featuring Riesling tastings, and craft beer tastings as educational wine seminars and other, family friendly events. Cost is $25 to enter the wine garden and $10 for entrance to educational seminars. 585-899-3226.
Have a craving to get in touch with your more artistic side? Then visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, located at 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, for Arts at the Gardens August 15th and 16th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This rain-or-shine celebration of artistic accomplishment will feature local artists who specialize in all kinds of arts and crafts. There will be free art lectures, a wine/beer garden featuring microbrews, a food court, raffles, and more. Special reduced admission is $6 for this event and includes access to the mansion and gardens. Call 585-394-4922 for more information. This is your Innkeeper’s favorite Festival. Can’t wait to go.
Touring Tips Courtesy of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.
Biking the Erie Canal is a wonderful way to see quaint towns in upstate New York. As an innkeeper, I don’t often get the chance to venture too far away from the Inn during the peak season. But, yesterday evening I got the chance to bike Erie Canal from Schoen Place in Pittsford to Fairport and back. Each year I try to have new experiences so that I can assist guests with things to do in this stunningly beautiful part of the country. I don’t think I will ever run out of things to do in the Finger Lakes.
Much of the time though I am hindered by guests arriving after our check in hours, so it’s hard to plan. But, yesterday worked out just right. I often get nervous about going more than 10 minutes away from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast with a house full of guests. If a guest needs me, say they lock themselves out of their room, it could take me a while to get back. But it seemed like everyone was well settled yesterday afternoon so off I went.
Biking the Erie Canal
There are several places you can hop on the Erie Canal. Several located about 30 minutes from Canandaigua. We rode about 15 miles, which could be taxing for some including myself, but with plenty to see and do along the way, there’s opportunity to rest. And, of course, you don’t have to ride that far. We rode most of the way in the cool shade, though the outside temperature gauge read 85 when I parked the car. We chatted as we peddled and enjoyed each others’ company. The canal wasn’t crowded at all, though it can be at times, but we timed it perfectly. Occasionally a boat would go by, sailboat, motor boat, kayak, and there was the solo paddle boarder, but it was peaceful place to be. We even saw two fawns on the way back.
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