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.
About thirty minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn you’ll find stunning, peaceful Canadice Lake. It is one of several lakes that supply Rochester with water and therefore no homes are built on its shores. You are allowed to fish and kayak but not allowed to swim or bring animals. You can put a boat in the water but it cannot have been in another body of water within the past 10 days so as not to contaminate this pristine lake. One of my favorite things to do it bike around the lake. It takes about an hour and it’s really a simple ride. On the east side you are riding along the shore in the forest.
I love to start on the west side and make my way south. At the south end there is a gorgeous view of the lake but I cannot download the panoramic photos I took because it’s too large of a file. But this photos is a good representation of what you see as you ride.
Then on the way back on the west side, as you are riding along a rarely-traveled road (still with beautiful views of the lake), stop off at Canadice Lake Outfitters and grab a canoe or Kayak and go for a paddle on the lake. If you can’t bring your own bike, Canadice Lake Outfitters has bike rentals too. Don’t forget to pick up lunch from Mill Creek Cafe in Honeoye and you are set for a lovely picnic. It’s stunning any time of year, but the fall is particularly amazing. Enjoy.
These ladies were even more lovely than their review.
The 1795 Acorn Inn is not to be missed. This should be rated 5 stars. We spent 2 nights there as a “Girls Weekend” over Memorial Day weekend and couldn’t have been more pleased. Sheryl greeted us warmly upon arrival and helped plan our entire weekend with recommendations of wineries, restaurants, antique shops, and wonderful places to stop for views of the lakes. She had maps and brochures ready for us and routed us. Then we had a tour of the place.
We stayed in “The Barn”, a separate building in the rear of the main house, but steps away from the main historic house. It was immaculate. The kitchenette was well stocked with dishes, glasses, snacks, and beverages; the large bathroom and hallway had a lot of storage. There were plush white bathrobes and slippers available in the closet, and toiletries on the vanity including toothbrushes, paste, razors, creams, etc. Sheryl thought of everything!
The beds were extremely comfortable- one king and one twin-size. The stuffed arm chairs and ottomans were clean and comfortable for watching TV and enjoying a glass of wine.
The breakfasts are to die for! Sheryl is an fabulous chef and our two breakfasts were wonderful. She served all the courses on fine china and crystal stemware. One breakfast consisted of homemade biscuits with her homemade plum jam, an individual egg soufflé, sausages, fresh fruit mixed with yougurt/custard, and juice, tea/coffee. The second morning she served creme brûlée French toast (wow!) with sausage patties, fresh fruit, and juice, tea/coffee. The conversation around the table with the other guests was interesting and Sheryl would add a few comments as well.
The common rooms are beautiful and comfortable. The decor is colonial with lovely pieces from Sheryl ‘s time spent in Hong Kong.
This is one of the best b & b’s I’ve stayed in; highly recommend it! We hope to return some day!
Stayed May 2016, traveled with friends
Thank you Jill, Sally & Georgia! Hope to see you again.
Finger Lakes Fun all around with so much to do and see. Any time of year is a great time of year to visit. Festivals. Biking. Hiking. Wineries. Kayaking. What follows are just a few of this month’s activities.
If you’re a fan of strawberries this is the festival for you! The Honeoye Strawberry Blues and Cruise will take place Sunday June 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. along Main Street in Honeoye. The event features craft and artisan vendors, blues musicians, a car show, chicken BBQ, and strawberry products. Main Street, Honeoye, 14471. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Weekend activities include: live musical acts, including the Flint Creek Band, games for the kids, food, wine, beer, a duck derby, and more! The festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, including a schedule of events call the Clifton Springs Chamber of commerce at (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com.
The Western NY Bike Fest is a gathering of biking enthusiasts including off-road, road, recumbent, trike, tri, adaptive, experienced or new-to-biking enthusiast all in one place! The fest will take place June 4 and 5 at Dryer Road Park in Victor. Registration is $8 per individual and $14 at the gate. 7405 Dryer Road, Victor, 14564. For more information (585) 314-6745.
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