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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum… Airplanes and more

August 13, 2017 by Innkeeper

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is located on State Route 54 in Hammondsport, NY, about an hour’s drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Museum showcases a priceless collection relating to early aviation and local history and is dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator and Hammondsport’s favorite son, Glenn H. Curtiss.

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Entrance

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Entrance

Mr. & Mrs. Curtiss returning from a trip to Europe in 1914.

Glenn Curtiss began his career as a bicycle builder and then, motorcycles. In 1907 he became the “fastest man on earth” when he reached a speed of 136.4 mph on his V-8 powered motorcycle. But, on July 4, 1908, Glenn Curtiss gained notoriety of a different kind. Most notably when he flew his his flying machine, the June Bug, over 500 feet to win the Scientific America Trophy. This was the first, pre-announced, public flight in America.

Beyond the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of Flying…

That was just one of many stops yesterday on my outing with long-time guests and friends Mary Ann and Lee Buckner. Notably, Mary Ann and Lee have their own tourism-related business in Louisville, Kentucky… Travel The Trail. Lee, an Executive Bourbon Steward, and Mary Ann will design a custom tour of the bourbon trail and fill you in on all things bourbon. Most recently, they brought me lemon bourbon pepper and I can’t wait to try it.

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Beer, Wine, Festivals, Tractors

August 2, 2017 by Innkeeper

August came quickly this year. If you are looking for things to do in the Finger Lakes, then you might want to keep reading as there is plenty.  What follows are August Touring Tips and just a few things to do the first half of the month… beer, wine, festivals, tractors, sauerkraut and more.

August Touring Tips

Early in the month, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend, August 4-6, is a free weekend-long festival dedicated to all things cabbage and sauerkraut. Arts and crafts, car shows, cabbage bowling, live music, parade, fireworks and sauerkraut-themed foods galore. Town of Phelps, Phelps, 14532. (315) 548-8900.

There is always wine…

Always fun and somewhere you can find your innkeeper… Saturdays at Heron Hill Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake are always a good time with live music and wood-fired pizza from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Hang out by the vineyard at the family-friendly event with Heron Hill wine, local craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Performers include Tom Gravino, Aug 5; Ryan Consiglio, Aug 12; Paulson & Baker, Aug 19; Meyer & McGuire, Aug 26; Grace Frarey Trio, Sep 2; and Charlie Ellis, Sep 9. The show goes on rain or shine. 5323 Seneca Point Rd., Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-0173.

There is always beer…

While I do make it point to get out and experience all the Finger Lakes have to offer, I have not been here yet. Now may be a good time. Celebrate GAEL Brewing’s second birthday on August 6! There will be a special second anniversary beer release, Terry’s Imperial Irish Stout, and live music by the Party Nuts featuring tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. There will be cake and prizes too, so bring a lawn chair and have a pint. 4180 State Rte. 14, Geneva, 14456. (315) 220-0190.

How about tractors…

All aboard! This is yet another event I have not been to but I think it’s about time. The 57th Annual Pageant of Steam features tractor pulls, antique tractors, craft and flea market, and demonstrations of steam-powered equipment used for milling and agriculture! This annual event encourages interest in, and preservation of, antique vehicles powered by steam. August 9 – 12, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day Admission is $7, free for kids under 12. New York Steam Engine Association, 3349 Gehan Rd., Canandaigua, 14424.

A Festival not to be missed!

A tasty treat

Grapes in almost every color

Soon to be wine

Grapes on the vine

Now, this one I have been to and it’s lots of fun. Lots of drinking as well. But, what a great way to taste wine from all over the region in one place. This year the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival is the New York State Wine Festival! This year’s festival has been expanded to include more varietals which means more wines. Partake of wine tasting, grape stomping, live music, and educational demonstrations. August 12 and 14. Tickets are $25 to enter the wine garden or $10 for access to only the educational seminars. Tickets are available online or at the door. 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, 14424.

The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has some rooms available for weekends in August and during the week.  Check out our availability and enjoy any of these event at your leisure.

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