1795 Acorn Inn (Canandaigua, New York)

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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum… Airplanes and more

August 13, 2017 by Innkeeper

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 Glenn H. Curtiss 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 when he flew his his flying machine, named 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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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.

FLX Table Restaurant

June 23, 2017 by Innkeeper

“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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Learn To Wakeboard For Free

June 7, 2017 by Innkeeper

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

Catching Air at Roseland Wakeboard 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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Shuttle To Concert Events In Canandaigua

May 24, 2017 by Innkeeper

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.

Tour Finger Lakes Distillery

May 3, 2017 by Innkeeper

The Finger Lakes Distillery is located about one hour and fifteen minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn. It’s a beautiful drive around Seneca Lake with plenty to do after this tour. Hike Watkins Glen, enjoy lunch at Dano’s Heuriger, a fabulous Austrian restaurant, visit wineries, take a boat tour on Seneca Lake, and the list goes on. If you wanted to take the 11:00 am tour, we could arrange for an early continental breakfast. But, you should have no time enjoying our full breakfast at 9:00 and making it to the 2:00 pm tour. Don’t forget, you do need reservations.

Finger Lakes Distillery

If you have an interest in spirits, this would be one of many great things to do while staying at the 1795 Acorn Inn and visiting New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Personally, I love their gin.

April Touring Tips

April 28, 2017 by Innkeeper

Okay. So, better late than never. But, I am left wondering whatever happened to March?

It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and enjoy some fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua, 14424. 585‐394‐3915. www.visitfingerlakes.com.

If you’re looking to get out and explore great places in Geneva, the monthly Geneva Night Out is a perfect way to do so! On Friday, April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. follow the self‐guided walking map around downtown Geneva and visit participating venues where you will find performing artists, exhibits, and activities. For a map and more information on participating venues, visit www.genevanightout.org.

Celebrate Mother Earth Week April 14 ‐ April 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. each day at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan. Great for families on school breaks! April 14, 18, and 20 learn about the traditional Pigeon Dance, make felt bird ornaments, and hear the history of pigeon hunts in Warren, PA. April 19 and 21 will feature the thrilling Wild Wings program at Ganondagan. See live birds of prey up close! Free with museum admission. Seneca Art and Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 942‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Spring is finally here! Nothing is better proof of that than the spring flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through gardens laden with early spring flowers as well as orchid displays in the greenhouses. The show will take place April 21‐23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for ages 4 – 16 and free for children three and under. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394‐4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.

Have a craving for a local live music experience? We’ve got you covered!
On Wednesday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. catch award winning song writer Austic McRae perform in the large meeting room at the Clifton Springs Library as part of the Tunes by the Tracks series. Free, though a $5 donation is suggested. Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Avenue. Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (585) 362‐3519.

The Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room concert series at Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room features local music artists with their own flair. You’ll only find original songs at this performance! Enjoy food or drinks from Buffalo Bills while you listen. This month the series will feature Lisa Bigwood on April 6 and Perry Cleavland and Paul Swiatek on April 20. Performances are free but donations are accepted. Buffalo Bills Family Restaurant & Tap Room, 19 West Main Street, Shortsville 14548. For more information call (585) 289‐4104.

On Fridays during April catch live acoustic music at the New York Wine & Culinary Center’s Upstairs Bistro. Hang out by the bar and partake of New York State beverages or grab a bite to eat while you enjoy the performance. Performances are scheduled for April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6 to 9 pm each day! The New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394‐7070 or visit www.nywcc.com.

On Saturdays bask in live local music at Brew & Brats! The lineup currently calls for Secondhand Sidekicks on April 1, Meyer & McGuire on April 8, Bob Dugan on April 15, and Men Behaving Badly on April 22. All performances start at 6 pm. Grab a savory brat or rich local beer while you take in the show. Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 BB State Route 64, Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 531‐4113 or go online to www.brewandbrats.com.

February Touring Tips-Valentine’s Month

February 2, 2017 by Innkeeper

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.

November In The Finger Lakes

November 3, 2016 by Innkeeper

Enjoy a night on the town during Geneva Night Out, a monthly celebration of local sights and products. Exhibits including live music, theater, tastings, and displays of art, jewelry, and handcrafted items will be ongoing at participating locations and provide visitors an opportunity to explore the creative energy and dynamic range of local art in all its forms. Friday, November 4, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Maps are available at all participating locations and online. For a map and more information visit www.genevanightout.org.

Take a stroll through historic Downtown Canandaigua, stop in a variety of local shops and restaurants, and sample offerings from local wineries all in one event! The Canandaigua Wine Walk is a fun, self‐guided stroll through Canandaigua’s stores and restaurants that lets you have a taste of the local life. Saturday, November 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., tickets are $8 per person. 143 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 396‐0300 or visit www.downtowncanandaigua.com/winewalk.

Celebrate the holidays at the Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, visits with Santa, treats and music, Friday, November 11, noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christkindl Market admission is $6 per person, children 12 and under, free. While there, stop in the mansion and see the Festival of Trees, a celebration of creative tree decoration, for only $3 more! Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle to historic downtown Canandaigua for more fun. For more information call (585) 394‐1472 or visit www.canandaiguachristkindlmarket.com/CCM/Home.html.

Commemorate the 222nd anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, with a celebration of peace between the Iroquois Confederacy & the U.S. November 11. Festivities include a Native American art and craft sale at the Canandaigua Primary School from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., a parade from West Gibson Street to Main Street at 1:30 p.m., a commemoration ceremony which will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ontario County Courthouse, and a keynote speech at the Canandaigua Primary School Auditorium at 6 p.m. For more information call 585‐924‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Get the kids and ride the rails with Santa at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society (LVRRHS)! In cooperation with the Finger Lakes Railway, the LVRRHS will be hosting train rides with Santa, on Saturday, November 26. Trains depart from the LVRRHS station museum at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Arrive at least 20 minutes before your desired departure time to pick up a boarding pass. Passes are $18 per person for adults and children ages 3 and over. Children ages 2 and under are free. 8 East High Street, Shortsville, 14548. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lvrrhs.org and click, “Excursions”.

Get your holiday shopping done early in the Finger Lakes! From locally made art, pottery and jewelry, to brand name merchandise, explore hundreds of small businesses or large specialty stores to find that perfect something for a special someone. For good leads on finding that perfect present visit www.visitfingerlakes.com/things‐to‐do/shopping‐and‐spas/.

And so the leaves fall in the Finger Lakes…

October 20, 2016 by Innkeeper

It’s difficult to believe that the “busy” season is coming to a close. As I drove around this spectacular area over the past two days, I found myself more in awe than ever. They said because we are in a drought and the trees didn’t get enough water, that the leaves wouldn’t be as vibrant as in the past. Well, they were wrong. In my brief opinion (having lived in upstate New York only 12 years) the foliage is the most beautiful that I have seen. Though we usually see peak foliage around the middle of the month, the leaves decided to hang in there a little longer and turn color in unison. Reds, yellows, oranges, greens and every color in between.

The photos, though pretty, don’t do it justice but they will help preserve the memories of a drive around Canandaigua and Canadice Lakes with my eighty five year old mother, Margot. As an artist who’s work is displayed throughout the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, it was my pleasure to see the joy and excitement on her face around almost every turn.

County Road 32

County Road 32

Country Road 34

Country Road 34

Lost?

Lost?

County Road 33

County Road 33

Ink Mushrooms

Ink Mushrooms

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

A Drive In The Woods

A Drive In The Woods

Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake

Along The Way

Along The Way

Until next fall…

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