1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast (Canandaigua, New York)

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2019 Finger Lakes Fireworks

June 17, 2019 by Innkeeper

2019 Finger Lakes Fireworks don’t get any better. Are you looking for the best place in the Finger Lakes to view fireworks? Who doesn’t want to see bright, colorful lights bursting in the darkened sky! The excitement one feels as a child is still the same as an adult anytime you watch fireworks. Well, in my childish opinion, the best place to see fireworks on the 4th of July would be the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Check out dates and times of fireworks in Canandaigua, visit the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Or for a more extensive list of Finger Lakes Fireworks, visit the Finger Lakes Travel Alliance.

Finger Lakes Fireworks

Fireworks in the Finger Lakes

2019 Finger Lakes Fireworks… and more

The will also be fireworks at Bristol Mountain, just a few minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast on July 6th at 8:30. Don’t miss Red, White and Boom. Fireworks and the Rochester Philharmonic. What could be better on a summer evening? Don’t forget to bring your blanket and a bottle of wine. There may just be no better way to view the spectacular light show.

No matter when you come to visit, there’s always plenty to see and much to do. Book your stay now.

About The 1795 Acorn Inn

The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious, Canandaigua Lake Bed and Breakfast. A romantic AAA Four Diamond Lodging located in New York’s Finger Lakes. The Inn is the only Bed and Breakfast in New York to received this prestigious award for 23 consecutive years. According to AAA, “Four Diamond establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

So, stay with us and don’t forget to schedule an in-room massage in our Hotchkiss Room, Bristol or Barn Suites. Additionally, chair massages are now available in all rooms. And don’t forget to check out our Packages Page for special value stays. We have a wonderful Free Weeknight Package in May and June every year. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon.

 

Day Trip to Niagra Falls

June 3, 2019 by Innkeeper

When friends and family visit we always take a day trip to Niagra Falls. Naturally, when guests book a longer stay, I share my friends and family day trip to Niagra Falls with them. But now, of course, you will need your passport. So don’t forget to bring it with you. If you don’t have your passport, the falls are still spectacular from the US side though the Canadian side is more stunning.

Day Trip to Niagra Falls

Breathtaking Niagra Falls

Day Trip to Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls is about a two-hour drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast. Most of the time is spent on the thruway, but it goes by fast. I recommend you take the Rainbow Bridge across the Niagra river because it drops you pretty much in the heart of the falls. The minute you start driving on the bridge, the view to your left is astonishing, almost unbelievable. Parking is a bit of a challenge but if you pass the falls there is a large parking area. Be prepared to pay and to walk.

There are truly no words to express the power of the water as it falls over the rocks. Hard to imagine people purposely tried to survive the Falls. But, the Visitors Center at the Falls is full of interesting facts and stories.

Day Trip to Niagra Lake

Friends and Falls

There is plenty to see and do in the Falls area. The Maid of the Mist will ferry you so close to the Falls. You will be given a waterproof poncho but don’t let that fool you… you will still get wet. Though I have not done it, the Cave of the Winds and the Walk Behind the Falls provide another perspective of the Falls. And, of course, if amusement parks are your thing, then there are plenty of those around too.

Day Trip to Niagra Falls

Maid of the Mist

After visiting Niagra Falls and all its wonders, I prefer to drive along the Niagra River to the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly conservatory. Always a lovely way to spend an hour or so. And then further along the escarpment where wineries and local fruit stands abound. Several stops along the way are a must. And in the fall, in my opinion, it’s hard to beat the magnificent foliage.

Fresh Fruit Stand

The pies we will make.

Where am I headed? To Niagra on the Lake, a quaint little town. The main street is lined with shops and restaurants and, is home to the Shaw Festival. Such a pleasure to walk along main street under hanging baskets bursting with flowers. Even the center median is a site to behold.

Niagra-on-the-Lake

Niagra-on-the-Lake flowers

Niagra-on-the-Lake

Niagra-on-the-Lake flowers

And when you have had your fill, return to the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast to rest and recuperate for tomorrow’s spectacular adventure. For more information on Niagra Falls visit http://www.niagara-usa.com.

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Plein Air Canandaigua

June 1, 2019 by Innkeeper

Next week the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast has the pleasure of hosting Mary Ann D., an artist competing in the 8th annual Plein Air Canandaigua. Artists from the around the county will converge in Canandaigua to capture the area’s scenic beauty on canvas. This will be the first time for the 1795 Acorn Inn B & B hosting an artist, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Plein Air Canandaigua

Plein Air – Canandaigua Lake

Forty one “juried in” artists have been selected to compete. While out exploring Canandaigua and the surrounding countryside, don’t be surprised to see many artists setting up their easels, ready to create.

Plein Air Canandaigua

The Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival takes place from June 4 – June 9, 2019. During this year’s festival, both nationally-known and locally-recognized artists will paint the beauty of Canandaigua and the surrounding areas, rain or shine. Then offer their paintings to the public for purchase. The festival culminates in a ticketed preview party ($35) on Saturday night, June 8, from 6–9 p.m., held at the newly-renovated permanent tent at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, and in a free, day-long Sunday exhibition and sale at Sonnenberg Garden’s Carriage House on June 9.

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Canandaigua Bed and Breakfast

March 21, 2019 by Innkeeper

It’s been almost 15 years since I moved from California to upstate New York to own and operate a Canandaigua Bed and Breakfast. I wanted to challenge myself and grow by taking on a business I knew very little about, in an area I had never heard of before. Perhaps it was a little crazy mixed with courage. But I was energized by the move and change in profession and am even more energized now. I love the Finger Lakes and am so very content to call it home. Welcoming guests to the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast and playing a part in making their Finger Lakes adventure special is tremendously rewarding.

Canandaigua Bed and Breakfast

Spring on Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Bed and Breakfast – Newsletter

This spring, I am embarking on a new adventure… a newsletter. Perhaps not so monumental a task as shaking up my life, but a new adventure nonetheless. The initial list of recipients will be those that have stayed at the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast in the past two years. Hopefully we will add on that list to include new guests that have stayed and perhaps others that haven’t… yet. New guests can sign up for our newsletter by visiting our website. Scroll halfway down any page and a sign up form will pop up. It’s that easy. There may even be a special offer for our inaugural newsletter recipients.

The intent is to share some of our breakfast recipes. I know many of you ask for them and hopefully have tried them at home. To keep you appraised of upcoming festivals and events. Have you seen the line up for CMAC? And, to share specials or news about the Inn. For instance, I am thinking of allowing pets in our Barn Suite. I’ll certainly let you know how that works out. As time goes by, I am confident there will be no lack of content.

I’ve watched Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes grow over the years and have grown with it. I have many more interests and have found ways to experience many of the same things you do… even more because I have the privilege of living here. I hope you will find value in each newsletter’s content and perhaps find another reason to visit this spectacular area in the near future. I’d love to have you stay again.

About The 1795 Acorn Inn

The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious, Canandaigua Lake Bed and Breakfast. A romantic AAA Four Diamond Lodging located in New York’s Finger Lakes. The Inn is the only Bed and Breakfast in New York to received this prestigious award for 22 consecutive years. According to AAA, “Four Diamond establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

So, stay with us and don’t forget to schedule an in-room massage in our Hotchkiss Room, Bristol or Barn Suites. Additionally, chair massages are now available in all rooms. And don’t forget to check out our Packages Page for special value stays. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon.

Festival of Grapes

September 12, 2018 by Innkeeper

Who has a Festival of Grapes? Naples, NY does. The Naples Grape Festival is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss this fun time. The Naples Grape Festival runs September 28 & 29 and is located about 20 minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The town of Canandaigua, situated at the north end of the lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The town of Naples is situated at the south end of Canandaigua Lake.

Festival of Grapes

Festival of Grapes

Festival of Grapes

Be prepared to park a little distance from the Naples Grape Festival and walk. Along the way you will pass by lovely homes with many people having items for sale on their lawns. Of course there are stands for several varieties of grapes and you don’t want to miss tasting a grape pies. Monica, Cindi and Jenny all make great grape pies. You may just have to try them all and decide for yourself whose is the best.

There will be plenty of vendors and opportunities to taste wine. And of course, food trucks. Live music. And, a whole lot more.

Always a lot of people and always a lot of fun.

About The 1795 Acorn Inn

The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious, romantic AAA Four Diamond Lodging located in New York’s Finger Lakes. The Inn is the only Bed and Breakfast in New York to received this prestigious award for 22 consecutive years. According to AAA, “Four Diamond establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

So, stay with us and don’t forget to schedule an in-room massage in our Hotchkiss Room, Bristol or Barn Suites. Additionally, chair massages are now available in all rooms. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon.

 

Sunflower Festival

August 29, 2018 by Innkeeper

I had the pleasure attending the Sunflower Festival at Wickham Farms this past weekend. First one and probably not the last. The Sunflower Spectacular Festival is going on this coming weekend, September 1 -3, 2018 and Labor Day weekend, September 6 -9, 2018. So, there is still plenty of time to visit. The Festival is located in Penfield, about a 30-40 minute drive from Canandaigua.

Sunflower Festival

Sunflower Seas

Sunflower Festival

There are two locations. The first stop was more of a kids fun area. But, these two kids had never done a corn maze. So, bravely we entered. Tripped. Walk around a bit trying to figure out what the point was. Then, after five whole minutes we exited. I think it would have been more fun if we were about 45 years younger and it wasn’t so hot and humid. But, we can now check that one off the bucket list.

Sunflower Festival

Lost in a Corn Maze

 

Next, just a quick drive down the road, turn right and we were at the Sunflower fields. More our thing. We walked around the fields admiring the many different varieties and choosing the perfect sunflowers for our bouquet. You cut the ones you want. So I ended up with a bouquet of very different sunflowers. Bring a vessel and some water so you can keep them fresh on your travels as some of the more delicate ones wilt quickly.

Sunflower Festival

Sunflower Festival

Sunflower Festival

Bees love Sunflowers

I would highly suggest this or any other Sunflower Festival. I just love sunflowers.

About The 1795 Acorn Inn

The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious, romantic AAA Four Diamond Lodging located in New York’s Finger Lakes. The Inn is the only Bed and Breakfast in New York to received this prestigious award for 22 consecutive years. According to AAA, “Four Diamond establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

So, stay with us and don’t forget to schedule an in-room massage in our Hotchkiss Room, Bristol or Barn Suites. Additionally, chair massages are now available in all rooms. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon.

 

1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast Happenings

July 8, 2018 by Innkeeper

The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast Happenings should bring you up to speed on just a few of the improvements made at the Inn this spring. It’s an ongoing effort to keep our quaint B & B current and cozy. And, we do so because we want our guests to have the best possible adventure in the Finger Lakes. Of course, much of your vacation will center on what you do around Canandaigua Lake and the surrounding areas, but much of it will be based on the comfort of your stay and your accommodations.

Our lavishly lush gardens require a great deal of attention. This year already we have trimmed back the forsythia along the front walk. In fourteen years they have not been trimmed back that far. But, after a splendid spring bloom we felt it was time. And, it opened up the walkway bringing in some much needed sunlight. In so doing, we were able to paint our fence, street side and front walk side. A fabulous brick red called Flower Pot that matches our trim was chosen. The forsythia are starting to green up and we are quite happy with the way things are looking.

1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast Happenings

Sunlight

 

Also along the front walk, we removed a few boxwood in front of our magnificent windows to repair the window sills. We have now planted a variety of plants, sunflowers, lilies, eucalyptus and a few others I forgot the names of. I am loving the color and the fresh breath that the front walkway now provides.

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Going! Going! Green!

June 27, 2018 by Innkeeper

Going! Going! Green! New York’s Finger Lakes region has plenty of green. And, we’d like to keep it that way. While we don’t have a formal environmental policy, we strive to be environmentally respectful by integrating environmentally-friendly systems and practices whenever and where ever possible.  What follows are a few examples of how the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located just seven miles from Canandaigua Lake, has and continues to go green…Going! Going! Green!

Going! Going! Green!

Going! Going! Green!

Most of our indoor and outdoor lights are on timers.  We thank our guests who turn off our lights at night, but it’s not necessary.  They will automatically go off around 1:00 am.  Those that are meant to stay on will stay on.  And, our walkway lights are solar powered.

Almost 75% of our lights use fluorescent or LED bulbs.  The light isn’t as soft as incandescent, but our energy usage is certainly decreasing.  Every time an incandescent bulb is in need of replacement, we replace it with a fluorescent or LED bulb whenever possible to keep that percentage rising.  We’ve recently added LED lights in most of the bathrooms.  Of course due to the mercury content in fluorescent bulbs, we recycle them at Lowes.

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Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Events

June 3, 2018 by Innkeeper

What follows is a list of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion events for 2018. There are many reasons why so many of our guests visit Sonnenberg. Firstly, the mansion. One will be in awe that this was once a magnificent summer home. Secondly, the gardens are gorgeous. Beginning in June with roses month, there is always something colorful to see. And, the peaceful zen of the Japanese gardens is always a treat. Finally, the greenhouse is a sight to behold. In conclusion, one can spend an hour or several hours leisurely strolling the property. And that is without one of the splendid events listed below.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Events

Roses & Rosés, June 11
An evening of wine, food, and music in the historic mansion and gardens in celebration of Sonnenberg’s Rose Month (June). Sample wines and sumptuous foods from dozens of the Finger Lakes region’s wineries and restaurants while strolling through Sonnenberg’s historic gardens and mansion. Silent auction included in festivities. Rain or shine. 21 & over only.

Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Show, June 17
July 4th Admission Special, July 4
Moonlight Strolls Concert Series, Fridays, July 6 – Aug 3
Family Fun Day, July 29
August Teas, Every Thursday in August
Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19 — Still accepting artist applications for our 2018 show. Apply today! Your innkeeper’s favorite.
Harvest Fest, September 28
Fall Gardening Symposium, October 13
Mansion Mysteries, October 19-21 & 26-27
Haunted Garden Stroll, October 28
Dickens Christmas, December 1
Holiday Home Tour, December 8

Upcoming Events:   Proceeds from all events go to the support and operation of Sonnenberg Gardens. As event information is subject to change, please check our website for event details.

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Touring Tips For June

May 30, 2018 by Innkeeper

Touring Tips for June follow shortly. But first, June is such a wonderful month to visit the Finger Lakes. The weather is gorgeous and everything is so green. Visitors are beginning to flood the area but it is still no “peak season.” Such wonderful opportunities to hike, bike, golf, taste wine and beer, explore and more. Here are just a few options… and don’t forget our wonderful special this month – Stay two weeknights and the third weeknight is free. Visit our Packages page for more information.

Touring Tips For June

A New Life in Spring

June Is A Busy Month

Jump back in time by attending one of Geneva Historical Society’s events at Rose Hill Mansion in Geneva this June! Experience life from a time past at Rose Hill Mansion, from behind-the-scenes tours and tastes of a time gone by, to live music and other family events. Geneva Historical Society, 543 South Main St., Geneva, 14456.

Busk: to entertain on the street. Balter: to dance artlessly. Busk and Balter combines the best of both in a one-of-a-kind celebration of music and good times. On June 2, from 1:30 – 3 p.m., musicians, dancers, and jugglers, can be found around Naples’ Main Street while merchants offer wine tastings. Main St., Naples, 14512.

Plein Air painting is the art of painting in an outdoor setting and the Finger Lakes has a whole festival dedicated to it! The Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival will be taking place June 5 through June 10. During thistime, be on the lookout for painters around Canandaigua and Naples. It’s more than ok to stop and watch them work! For more information, including a list of events, call (585) 394-0030.

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Sonnenberg Gardens

May 12, 2018 by Innkeeper

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion located in Canandaigua, New York opened April 28, 2018 for the season.

Old Man Winter was very reluctant to loose his grip this spring. Even the first day of the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show saw a snow covered ground before sunrise. As such, spring flowers were still sleeping and did not make their appearance for the show. Even some of the earliest spring flowers like bloodroot, which is usually past blooming by the time the Orchid Show starts, had yet to make its appearance. As a result, guests visiting for the show were told that the garden still had its “winter face” on.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion – Moonlight Stroll

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion – Greenhouse

But that face will soon change. Opening Weekend is expected to be quite a show of spring color as the plants try to make up for being weeks behind schedule. This is good news for visitors as the park is going to wake up in a great explosion of color and new growth. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion soon to see our always unique and never repeated garden show that each and every visit offers!

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AAA Four Diamond Award

April 23, 2018 by Innkeeper

Once again, the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Canandaigua, New York has received the AAA Four Diamond Award. The 1795 Acorn Inn is the only Bed and Breakfast in New York State to have received the AAA Four Diamond Award for 22 consecutive years. According to AAA, “Four Diamond establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

AAA Four Diamond Award

AAA Four Diamond Award

AAA Four Diamond Award

Each AAA Four Diamond property has something unique to offer. AAA’s professionally-trained inspectors use strict guidelines to conduct unannounced hotel evaluations. Diamond levels are assigned based on their findings. When a property changes hands or when a new property seeks to be evaluated, AAA sends a “secret sleeper” for the evaluation. AAA inspectors evaluate 59,000 properties annually. Out of those, less than is percent of hotels achieve the coveted Four Diamond Status.

The staff at the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast works diligently to maintain not only AAA Four Diamond Award standards, but our own as well. First of all, it is our goal to provide our guests with an luxurious, enjoyable, memorable experience. Additionally, we are meticulous about cleanliness. Also, we serve a beautifully prepared and tasteful full breakfast. And provide unmatched customer service. Our warmth and hospitality shine through. We love what we do and it shows.

Most noteworthy, our pride. We all take great pride in what we do. At the end of the day, it makes all the difference in the world. And, what girl doesn’t like diamonds?

Packages and Specials

Don’t forget to check out our Packages and Specials. You may just find a great value to go along with a great stay.

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