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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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One Bad Apple… A Bad tripadvisor.com Review

May 23, 2017 by Innkeeper

Well, it was bound to happen. I have often felt that tripadvisor reviews are a double-edge sword; an Innkeeper’s dream and nightmare. I have been fortunate in all these years to have wonderful reviews. I did have one bad review written some time ago and was successful in getting the guest to remove it. Her review was based on conversations between her husband and me. He did not accurately report back to her and said things that were not said. She was kind enough to remove it and it was quite the victory. I don’t imagine I will be that fortunate twice.

The issue for me with tripadvisor is that there is no one monitoring whether a review, good or bad is justified. It would be a horrific task. With so many wonderful reviews, one bad one certainly doesn’t spoil the whole bunch. Guests can tell what is valid and what is not. It’s actually good to have a bad one because then they believe the good ones more. What does hurt one’s business is the ranking. One bad review can drop your ranking significantly and it takes possibly hundreds to bring it back up. I guess I will find out. I have long thought that tripadvisor should have a mediation committee whose job isn’t to sensor reviews (free speech and all), but to determine if the complaint should affect the ranking. Here’s why…

This is the review I received this morning.

“Although the property looks lovely and it may be, the management is difficult just to be difficult. I recently booked at room her thinking that it was the Acorn Inn near my daughter’s college. When the hotel called to ask me a question about my stay I realized that this was not the hotel near my daughters college and asked to cancel my reservations for the end of August and mid October. The woman said yes but there would be a cancellation fee. I asked why, when it was 3 months in advance not two days or even 2 weeks. She responded that it was in their rules and regulations and that I should have read it. Wow. I am unimpressed.”

This guest made not one, but two reservations, one for August and one for October. She booked them several days apart, three weeks ago. The first reservation was filled out beautifully, but the second one was missing key pieces of information. So, I gave her a call to make sure I had what I needed to fully accommodate them. I began by saying who I was and that I was from the 1795 Acorn Inn in Bristol, Canandaigua. She said she didn’t book with me. She booked in Elan (that may or may not be right but that was what I understood). I did not know what she was referencing but I said I had two reservations for her at the 1795 Acorn Inn in Bristol, Canandaigua. She chuckled and said she was taking her daughter to college in Virginia and that she would have to cancel. To which I replied something to the effect, “Well it’s a good thing I called you so you can make reservations at the other Acorn Inn. I am sure they are filling up fast and you will want to make your reservations.” I then reminded her that we have a $25 cancellation fee. She didn’t feel she needed to pay the cancellation fee because it was a mistake! And that she was cancelling way in advance. When I said that she agreed to our policies when making the reservation, she went off and finally said, “Well, it your business. You decide how you want to run it.” I said I am sorry she made a mistake and that I would send her confirmation of her cancellation.

When I hung up the phone, my heart was pounding hard. I thought I about issuing a refund but then I would have paid credit card processing charges, $15 per refund. So, because of her mistake I was going to pay? I thought no, can’t be. Our policies are in place to ensure fair and equal treatment to all our guests. Period. Do I bend them? Yes, sometimes… in dire circumstances and when it is respectfully requested of me. I do not usually issue a refund, but will give credit toward a future stay. Have a refunded guests because I was afraid of the consequences? Yes. You know that nightmare I mentioned previously? I was terrified of it and am tired of of being scared. If I issued this guest a refund it would be out of fear. Who wants to live that way? Not me.

This guest made two reservations at this establishment. She received two confirmation emails with pertinent information, including our address. And, she received two receipt emails with the $25 Cancellation Fee and again our address. There is a drop down from our menus of frequently asked questions. There is another drop down of our policies. And finally, when making the reservation, she checked off two boxes that she had read our terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. One cannot proceed unless that box is checked.

We have a 14-day or 30-day cancellation policy. At that time, your credit card gets billed in full and the room is no longer refundable. Could you image if she would have been charged and then found out she booked at the wrong place? So many things to be thankful for here, but I get a bad review.

Of course, there are always multiple ways to handle things. There is your way and others’ way. Had someone called me and I then discovered my mistake, I would have been thankful that this mistake was caught. I perhaps would have asked if there was anything that could be done about the cancellation fee. I would have known there was one. My expectation would have been that I would have to pay for my error. It was my responsibility so my expectation would be low but I could be pleasantly surprised. One never knows.

A few weeks ago I went on vacation. I transferred money from checking account A to checking account B. I double checked. While on vacation, I got a voicemail from the bank. I called them back as soon as a could to find out that there wasn’t enough money in my account to satisfy my withdrawal from the IRS for 2016 taxes. I couldn’t figure out why because I had transferred funds. I was fortunate enough that I could have someone transfer some money into the account until I could find out what happened. When I returned and saw my bank statement, I had mistakenly transferred from checking account B to checking account A. Oops. I had three insufficient funds charges totaling $111. And, a $33 late fee from the IRS. Do you think the bank or the IRS will waive these fees because I made a mistake? We all know that answer.

Now, back to this review… I feel as if I am being bullied. This guest didn’t like that she was charged a cancellation fee, to which she agreed to and is a direct consequence of her mistake. So, in retaliation she has written a bad review in an attempt to impact my livelihood by harming the reputation of this business. When I mentioned earlier about tripadvisor being an Innkeeper’s dream and nightmare… well, we do somewhat live in fear (terror) of the nightmare, some more than others. Perhaps this is a good thing… the fear is already lessened and lifted.

What is left for me to do? First I will write a management response to the review. I will professionally state our policies. Tripadvisor has very strict guidelines about what you can and cannot say. And, you cannot reach anyone to discuss. Of course when it’s time to pay… you hear from them. I cannot link to my blog but hopefully I can mention it. I don’t want to discourage those looking for the perfect vacation spot on tripadvisor by bogging them down with unnecessary details. My blog my opportunity for that and hopefully I have the right to free speech as well.

What I would also like to do is ask that perhaps some of my guests will consider writing a review on tripadvisor.com to help counter the negative review. If you have stayed here, great. If you have already written a review, can you write two? Don’t worry if you haven’t stayed here. Apparently you don’t need to have stayed maybe just have a conversation with me. I can be reached at (585) 330-8234. I will also be posting a link on facebook and hopefully my fans will come to the rescue.

I am looking into starting a newsletter soon and can certainly ask previous guests, not on facebook, to write a review. I will do my best to bury this review and have to work harder to get the ranking back.

It just makes me sad that there are people in this world who have to hurt other people in this way. I just cannot imagine doing that to someone. Life must be pretty painful to hurt someone to feel good. And, there is a whole lot worst out there. It’s a difficult world we live in and I am not alone in wondering what it is coming to. Please take the high road. The view is better from up there. And, believe that most people are good. Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Let’s start there.

The silver lining in all this because I have to move on with my day with some positivity, guests that used to come every year and feel like family called this morning and are coming today to spend three nights. They temporarily moved away two years ago and are in the process of moving back. They are homeless but are coming home to the 1795 Acorn Inn. I cannot wait to see them and that fills me with joy. There is a huge hug waiting for them and I know they will reciprocate. All’s good.

Happy May Touring Tips

May 2, 2017 by Innkeeper

Saturday, May 6 is Derby Day at the Granger Homestead. From 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style as you sip on a mint julep, ride in a horse drawn carriage, show off your best race day hat and more. Tickets are $30 in advanced, $35 at the gate. Reservations are encouraged. For more information, visit www.grangerhomestead.org. For reservations, call (585) 394-1472.

L.L. Bean runs kayaking and stand up paddleboarding skills workshops and guided trips on beautiful Canandaigua Lake. This season will start on Friday, May 27. L.L. Bean’s skilled instructors will show you the ropes on a kayak or stand up paddleboard, then lead you on an adventure! (888) 552-5583. Make your reservation at www.llbean.com/adventure.

And they’re off to the races! The 2017 racing season has begun at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track! Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.

May is National Bike Month, time to hop on a bike and ride around the lakes! Bike rentals are available at RV&E Bike and Skate and Geneva Bicycle Center. RV&E Bike and Skate, 168 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393-5680. www.recreationalvehiclesandequipment.com. Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange Street, Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-5922. www.genevabikes.com. And don’t forget to check previous blogs. Your Innkeeper loves to cycle the area and has recommendations

For a cool place to unwind, head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and have a drink lakeside at The Sand Bar at The Inn on the Lake. If you have a boat, dock along the waterfront at the hotel. 770 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7800.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park is open on weekends! Soar through the air on seven courses with 100 elements including ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some elements reach almost 60 ft. high. Reservations are recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-1180. This is another Innkeeper favorite. Can’t wait to go again.

Bristol Mountain

Grape pies are a “must taste” in the Finger Lakes Region. Take a scenic drive on Route 21 to Naples and stop at a roadside stand or go right to Monica’s Pies. Monica’s Pies, 7599 Route 21 South, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2139. Yum. Yum. Yum. Bring a cooler to take some chicken pot pies home.

Bonus Tip! – Celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Weekend activities include: live musical acts, games for the kids, food, wine, beer, a car show, and more! Plus, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Occupational Therapy Association in Clifton Springs! 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.

Thank you to the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for providing these wonderful tourism tips. Don’t forget to visit their site for more information on things to do and see in Ontario County in New York’s Finger Lakes.

Happy New Year… January Touring Tips Are Here!

December 30, 2016 by Innkeeper

Sharpen your culinary skills (and your knives) and prepare a new dish at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. From pizza to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Check out the class schedule online or call the number below for more information. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7070.

Experience views from some of the 35 slopes at Bristol Mountain. The trails are breathtaking and provide a variety of inclines for every skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert. How does skiing under the stars sound? Almost all the trails have lighting for night time skiing. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

Test your luck at over 1500 video gaming machines at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. If you work up an appetite you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Vineyard Buffet, or tantalize your palate at one of many other eateries within the building. Enjoy a variety of live music on weekends. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, 5857 State Route 96, Farmington, 14425. (585) 924-3232.

Explore nature while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education facility with 15 miles of groomed ski trails, a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing, and hiking trails, if there isn’t enough snow. Ski and snowshoeing equipment are available for rental for a small fee. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-6160.

Satisfy your senses with a wine and dinner experience at Ravines Wine Cellars. January 21 and 28, each dinner commences at 6 p.m. with a glass of sparkling brut and savory amuse bouche followed by a tour of the wine cellar which includes a tasting of the wine aging in the barrel. A beautiful four-course dinner with wine pairings begins at 6:30 P.M. Tickets are limited and required for this event, they are $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (315) 781-7007 Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva, 14456.

We love live music here in the Finger Lakes and one of our favorite spots to catch a show is at Brew & Brats in Naples. Cold beer, delicious food, and free live performances every Saturday from 6-9 p.m. are only a few of the reasons why we know you will love it here. Brew & Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples 14512. (585) 374-2870

Start the new year by clearing your mind, letting go of your stress, and learning some new poses at Grounded by Yoga. Be part of community yoga weekend on January 27-29. Classes during community weekend will be taught by student teachers completing their 200-hour yoga teacher training requirements and will only cost $1. Grounded by Yoga, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 703-4576.

Bonus tip!
On February 11, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes valley of Naples. The event features wine tastings, food sampling, and all sorts of special deals and activities to be discovered at local businesses. 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

tripadvisor.com Review…

August 28, 2016 by Innkeeper

It truly doesn’t get much better than this as far as reviews go. Thanks Helen and Neil. Always my pleasure to have you stay and I look forward to seeing you again next year.

“The Ritz Carlton of B&B’s!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our fourth visit and Sheryl never disappoints. The rooms are beautiful and well stocked with anything you may have forgotten or may need. Breakfast is always a treat and all food concerns are handled with ease. This place is just awesome and I have always stated its the Ritz Carlton of B&B’s!
Room Tip: We love the Bristol Room!

Stayed August 2016, traveled with friends

Bristol Room

King-size bed in Bristol Suite

A Swim In Canandaigua Lake

August 5, 2016 by Innkeeper


I’m always learning. No, I know how to swim. But, this is possibly the first time I am able to post a video. I’ve started a YouTube channel (who knew I could do that) which allows me to post videos. Prepare yourself. If this works, there’s more to come. A family of ducks out for an afternoon swim on Canandaigua Lake. Look how clear the water is.

Moonlight Stroll – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansions

June 28, 2016 by Innkeeper

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.

Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens

Recent TripAdvisor.com Review

June 4, 2016 by Innkeeper

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.
Sheryl

Finger Lakes Fun In April

April 1, 2016 by Innkeeper

Come Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes! Spend an afternoon enjoying wine and food pairings at each of the Canandaigua Wine Trails six member wineries. You’ll also receive a wine charm and collect seed packets at each winery to take home, plus the wine trail will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Arbor Day Foundation to help plant new trees. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and can be bought online at www.canandaiguawinetrail.com or at any member winery. Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information call (877) 386-4669 or visit www.canandaiguawinetrail.com.

No two people see things the exact same way. This is the theme of an exhibit of 50 landscapes by 16 artists at Main Street Arts. See landscapes portrayed in a range of mediums and diverse styles. Opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and on display until May 13. Main Street Arts. 20 West Main St., Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (315) 462-0210 or visit www.mainstreetartsgallery.com.

There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend Finger Lakes style than pairing a local beverage with live music at Roots Café in Naples. Kinloch Nelson kicks things off with a solo guitar performance Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Catch The Lonely Ones on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. or Mulberry Soul Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Out of The Blue Trio performs Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. and Steve Grills & The Roadmasters wrap things up Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m. $5 cover for Mulberry Soul and Steve Grills, all others free. Roots Café, 197 N Main St., Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 374-9800 or visit Roots Café on Facebook.

Spring is finally here! Need proof? Check out the flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through the greenhouses and mansion. Raffle baskets with a variety of items from some of the area’s favorite shops, restaurants, and more will be on sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22-24.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 St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.

It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and breathe the fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-3915 or visit www.visitfingerlakes.com.

Two centuries of art will be on display at Hobart and William Smith Colleges until April 22. The exhibit, titled, “Audubon to Warhol: Two Centuries of American Art on Paper” features American works on paper created from 1820 to the present. It explores technical differences and progressions as well as the various art “movements” of the period, such as social realism and modernism. The exhibit is open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Ln., Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781-3483 or visit www.hws.edu.

Things to do in February – Touring Tips

January 31, 2016 by Innkeeper

While this has certainly been an odd winter, there’s still plenty to see and do in February in New York’s Finger Lakes. This time last year, a third of the Inn’s parking lot was covered in snow, at least three feet high and I had to shovel a path to the shed door. Today, nothing. But don’t let that stop you.

On February 6, come experience Vintage Vines & Valentines, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes village of Naples. 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. Naples, 14512. Events are scheduled throughout the day. Suggested donation of $10 for a glass and map of the event. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

Celebrate all that’s great about ice wines at the New York Ice Wine Festival & Culinary Festival. Enjoy ice wine tastings, ice wine-inspired cuisine tasting stations, live music, tango performances, sleigh rides, winery tours, and more. Ice wines from all across New York State, all in one place! Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 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.

Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. February 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, 14425. For more information call (585) 394-1472 or visit www.canandaiguaantiquesclassic.org.

Embrace the cold winter season at the second annual Finger Lakes Frost Festival! Outdoor ice sculptures, wine and food tastings, ice bars featuring specialty martinis poured through an ice luge, and fireworks! February 20, 5 to 9 p.m. Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva, 14456. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the Geneva Family YMCA at (315) 789-1616.

Experience the games and stories of the Seneca people. The Ganondagan State Historic Site presents Native American Winter Games & Sports. Try the traditional Haudenosaunee sport of Snowsnake, or race a snow boat; there will also be snow shoeing, dog sledding demonstrations, storytelling, traditional arts and native foods. Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, too! Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $10 donation per family is suggested. 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 924-5848 or visit their website.

Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. Strike up a few games of bowling. Afterwards head over to the 18,000-square-foot fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and more than 30 brand new arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaiuga, 14424. For more details call (585) 394-5050 or visit www.roselandbowl.com.

Enjoy a local craft brew with locally made specialty sausages and sauces in the warm, historic carriage barn of Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Choose from a wide variety of wine and gourmet food products. Plus, open mic night every Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64 Naples, 14512. For more information call (800) 554-2406 or visit www.brewandbrats.com.

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