Why Stay At A Bed And Breakfast? If you have ever asked yourself that question, then here are a few answers. There are so many options out there today. Hotels. Motels. Airbnb (which really has nothing to do with a B & B). Vacation Rental By Owner (VBRO). And I am sure countless more I do not even know about.
Why Stay At A Bed And Breakfast
I am an Innkeeper. I’ve owned and operated the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast in upstate New York for over thirteen years. So, I may be just a tad biased. Having grown up in the Orient, I’ve traveled extensively and stayed in many different types of lodgings. Though, admittedly, I’ve never stayed at an Airbnb property.
The basic principle of all of the above is the same… you are renting a room, probably in an area that you do not live. In the case of Airbnb or VRBO, you could be renting and entire house. But you could also rent an entire Inn and have the house to yourself so that is not all that different.
With a hotel or motel, there is a staff on hand, most of the time, to assist you. Some more professional than others. And, some without a vast knowledge of the area. Perhaps students during summer vacation. With Airbnb or VBRO, you may have a phone number to call if you have an issue. There my even be someone living in the house if you are just renting out a room.
But, with a Bed and Breakfast, you have an Innkeeper. More than likely, someone who owns the property, lives on the property and as someone who lives locally, is a vast resource at your disposal. Both prior to, during and after your stay. Most of the time, the Innkeeper is someone who has opened their home. Someone who is warm and inviting and happy to assist you.
Your Innkeeper is going to be the person you see at the beginning and end of your stay, no matter how short, and all the time in between. They are going to be the ones welcoming you and getting you settled. Answering your questions about where to eat and what to do in the area. They are going to advise you from a locals’ perspective and share all the secrets about the best places to go and see.
Furthermore, your Innkeeper is more than likely going to fix your fantastic, gourmet breakfast. They are going to have shopped for your food, prepared it and serve it. Taking care to serve you what they would enjoy themselves. And, be very careful about any and all dietary restrictions you may have.
More often than not, your innkeeper is going to be doing the laundry, cleaning your room, answering your phone calls or responding to your emails and providing special touches along the way. Why Stay At A Bed And Breakfast? Because of your Innkeeper. Worth every penny.
Breakfast. Not only is it usually delicious but depending on the B & B, most often it is served family style. All guests sit together and believe it or not, talk. There is often much laughter and interesting discussion among various age groups. It’s the highlight of this Innkeeper’s day to see strangers speaking to each other about what to do or what have they done, learn a little about each other and have stimulating, interesting conversation. Of course there will always be those that are not comfortable with such interaction. And we do understand. For those, a Bed and Breakfast such as this Canandaigua lodging may not be appropriate, but you can always select our Bed and No Breakfast package and receive a reduced rate.
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And so it begins… a serious of blogs sharing Conversations At The 1795 Acorn Inn Breakfast Table – February. For most guests staying at a Bed and Breakfast, the Breakfast is almost more important than the Bed. In case you didn’t know already, we serve breakfast at 9:00 am. Often guests will ask, “What time is breakfast served until.” Breakfast is served at 9:00 am. You are welcome to make yourself comfortable at our Tiger maple table until whenever you life. Most guests leave for the day around 10:00 or 10:30. The longest anyone has stayed is 1:00 pm. Why so long? The conversation. The food is gone in no time.
Conversations At The 1795 Acorn Inn Breakfast Table – February
Shortly I will blog about why guests choose a Bed and Breakfast over a hotel, airbnb, or Vacation Rental By Owner (VBRO). But, today I want to talk about the conversation we had last weekend at the breakfast table. The table was made up of a couple in their 20’s from New Jersey. A couple in their 30’s from New York. And two couples in their 50’s, one from Canada and one from Pennsylvania. Quite an age range. But it is important to note, the conversation was fluid as often it is. Sometimes, I have to sing and dance to get the table talking. Once I do, they eventually find they have things in common. Much conversation is pleasant. It centers around how they found the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast. What they did yesterday or what they plan to do today. Where they went to dinner the night before. Where they are from…
We tend to stay away from politics, but who can resist these days. It’s interesting to hear the perspective of our guests from Canada. We stay away from sex. Though your Innkeeper has a few good stories. And of course, religion is not widely discussed. But last weekend we spoke of family, good and bad. We talked about where we fell in the line of siblings. Being the perfect child in the middle. We spoke of the discipline we were raised with, how some raised their children and how those just starting plan on raising their children. It was refreshing to hear such strong parenting skills and ideas. Christine shared a story about her son’s girlfriend that had the table in stitched.
Some guests are more vocal than others, but this table shared the conversation. Respectfully taking turns. Sharing tidbits from their lives with virtual strangers. This went on for two days given that many of them stayed several nights at this Finger Lakes accommodations. As an Innkeeper, this is a wonderful experience and largely why I work so hard to maintain this AAA Four Diamond lodging. One would think this doesn’t happen very often when in reality, it happens most weekend. It’s actually time to fix breakfast and enjoy more conversations at the breakfast table.
If you are interested in joining us, be sure to visit our Packages Page to check out your options. We would be happy to serve you breakfast and invite you to sit at our table.
Yesterday morning at the the breakfast table, a comment was made which made me think… We’re Not Your Grandmother’s House. The comment was from a couple in their late 50’s/early60’s that was looking for a book to read. They mentioned when they visited B & B’s before, they always have books. I said in 2004, we used to have books but found that no one actually read them. Seems like, these days, guests bring their own books and more often than not have an iPad or an e-reader. And that got me thinking…
And that got me thinking… We’re Not Your Grandmother’s House
Maybe when I first took over the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast in 2004, it may very well have been my Grandmother’s house. Built in 1810, it was full of stuff. Too many things hanging on the walls. Doilies. Full canopies on beds. Even a crocheted canopy in the Angell Room. Gingham checked swags for window coverings with matching tissue box holders. Bookshelves in every room, including six wall-to-wall shelves on the upstairs landing. And a decent collection of VHS tapes. Consequently, this Finger Lakes accommodation was all nicely decorated in a Country Colonial theme, but it felt old. And it wasn’t me. So often a Bed and Breakfast is a reflection of it’s owner.
The Evolution of Bed and Breakfasts
Years, actually decades ago, women stayed at home to raise a family. As a result, when the kids got older and went off to college, they found themselves with not much to do. Hence, in an effort to keep busy at something they were good at and consequently earn a few extra bucks, they started renting out rooms on a short-term basis. Providing breakfast was easy and eventually Bed and Breakfasts came about.
Eventually, it soon became something older couples could do together to supplement their income and make use of their large home. Often it was decorated with wallpaper and years of memories. It was warm and welcoming and a cozy option to staying in a chain hotel. At some point, not too long ago, it became a livelihood for some and businesses were born. Papers were filed with local entities. Income was reported. Taxes paid. Inspections passed. Standards maintained. And marketing plans put in place.
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February activities in the Finger Lakes are bountiful. Just check out what there is to do and check out the 1795 Acorn Inn Packages page for great values at this Canandaigua accommodation. Not only are we conveniently located to many of the activities below, but you will be comforted in luxury, warmth and hospitality.
February Activities In The Finger Lakes
On Saturday, February 10 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 special things. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
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The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is located about an hour’s drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast on State Route 54 in Hammondsport, NY. 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 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 who 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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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!
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.
“Geneva restaurant FLX Table has bested big-city competition to be named the country’s best new restaurant, ” according to the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll. Now that is quite an honor. Not too long ago I was honored to enjoy a lovely meal at the FLX Table restaurant in the Finger Lakes. FLX Table, located in a cool building in downtown Geneva, is only a 30 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast and has a 5:45 pm seating and an 8:15 pm seating.
What to expect at the FLX Table restaurant…
Upon entering the restaurant your party is checked in and you are welcome to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or champagne while waiting for other guests to arrive. Once everyone has arrived, you are escorted into the other room and shown your seat at the only table in the restaurant. The kitchen is also in the same room. You really do feel like you are in a special place. Sound interesting?
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Would you like to learn to wakeboard for free on Saturday, June 17th at Roseland Wake Park in Canandaigua at the Liquid Force Free For All event? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, then here is how. In the morning, lessons will be provided on a first serve basis. There is much to learn and one-on-one coaching will have you ready in no time. Throughout the day, Wakeboard Pro Harley Clifford will provide thrilling demonstrations. And, free hot dogs are provided for lunch, as well as a DJ from 10am-5pm. For details call 585-393-9253 or visit Roseland Wake Park.
Learn To Wakeboard
But we are getting ahead of ourselves as all riders new to the sport cannot just begin on the course. Before taking to the course, a practice cable is where all riders new to wakeboarding will begin. Each and every rider will receive his or her own instructor and as a result, a better, each person will have a more comprehensive learning experience.
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This is so cool. I just learned that CMAC (Constellation Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) has a shuttle from some local restaurants to some concert events. They will pick you up at Macri’s, Simply Crepes, Greenfront or Nolans and shuttle you to the VIP entrance. While parking for the venue is simple, there are sometimes lines to get into the parking lots and a little bit of a walk to the venue. General parking is around $10 and VIP is about $20. For those that don’t already know, CMAC is a fantastic outdoor amphitheater. A small venue with great summer line ups annually. There are covered seats and lawn seats. In my opinion, there is not a bad seat in the house (well, honestly the lawn is not for me but it certainly is full).
The shuttle is not available for all concerts and I suggest you check their website for details. https://www.cmacevents.com/cmac-experience/
Currently the shuttle is available for:
June 17 – Elivs Costello
July 2 – Tom Petty
July 23 – Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper
August 18 – Santana
I have seen John Legend, Tim Mcgraw, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheerhan, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antelbellum, Peter Frampton and more.
Have a great time.