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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.

April Touring Tips

April 3, 2018 by Innkeeper

If you are looking for something to do in the Finger Lakes, our April Touring Tips can definitely assist you. While the weather may be a little unpredictable, the accommodations and service at this luxurious Canandaigua Bed and Breakfast remain consistent.

April Touring Tips

April Touring Tips

April Touring Tips – Golf

Dust off your golf bags, because the links are open! Celebrate the spring weather with a visit to one of Ontario County’s local golf courses:

Big Oak Golf Course, 33 Packwood Road, Geneva, 14456
Bristol Harbour, 5410 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua, 14424
CenterPointe Country Club, 2231 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua, 14424
Parkview Fairways, 7100 Boughton Road Victor, 14564
Ravenwood Golf Club, 929 Lynaugh Road, Victor, 14564
Reservoir Creek Golf Course, 8613 State Route 21, Naples, 14512
The Pheasant Golf Links, 1475 Sandhill Road, Shortsville, NY 14548
Victor Hills Golf Club, 1450 Brace Road, Victor, 14564
Winding Creek Golf Course, 6394 Plaster Mill Road, Victor, 14566

Finger Lakes Forest Therapy

Become one with nature by participating in an outing with Finger Lakes Forest Therapy this spring. Join a Shinrin-Yoku Forest Therapy walk to engage in a full sensory experience with nature by incorporating visits to local forests as a wellness strategy. The next walk will be the Listen to Your Mother, Earth Day Walk at Harriett Hollister Spencer Park in Honeoye, on April 22 from 1-4pm. This walk will be for all ages and will be a deep dive into living more sustainably. Finger Lakes Forest Therapy, 585-412-5550.

Belhurst Castle

With hidden gems all around the property, Belhurst Castle is the perfect spot to visit in the spring. Get papmpered at Isabella Spa, or check out the two restaurants on site – which means you can plan the perfect spring getaway without even having to leave the property. Don’t forget to visit the speakeasy for a drink or two before dinner – ask to see the call buttons from Prohibition time! Belhurst Castle, 4069 West Lake Road, Geneva, 14456.

New York Wine & Culinary Center

Learn something new this spring by taking a hands-on class at the New York Wine & Culinary Center! From sushi rolling (April 14) to bread baking (April 21) and truffles (April 28) to wontons (April 29), you are sure to expand your culinary knowledge. Spaces must be reserved, so visit https://www.nywcc.com/ClassesAndHappenings/2018-04 for the full list of open offerings! New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424.

Downtown Naples

Explore Downtown Naples for a complete spring escape! With wineries like Inspire Moore and Arbor Hill, restaurants like Roots Café and hotels like the Naples Hotel (which may or may not be haunted – you decide), it has everything you need for the perfect day or overnight trip! Check out www.naplesvalleyny.com for a full list of activities! And, don’t miss Robin’s Nest. This home store with antiques is exquisite and charming.

Gotta Have A Beer or Two

Welcome the newly opened WeBe Brewing Company to the Finger Lakes, and have a pint or two at their new Geneva location. The 14th brewery in Ontario County not only has a tasting room complete with soups, snacks and pretzels in addition to their flagship beers on tap, but will be opening a biergarten in the back this summer. Come welcome them and enjoy a Belgian pint or cider! WeBe Brewing, 796 Pre Emption Road, Geneva, 14456.

 

Don’t forget to visit our Package page. April is that last month to take advantage a free night on the weekend.

Bed And Breakfast – Why Stay?

March 9, 2018 by Innkeeper

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?

This is not your Innkeeper.

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

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.

There’s More

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.

Visit our Packages page for additional special values.

Conversations At The 1795 Acorn Inn Breakfast Table – February

February 25, 2018 by Innkeeper

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.

Conversation at the breakfast table

Conversation at the Breakfast Table – French Toast Creme Brulee

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…

February’s Topics

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.

February Activities In The Finger Lakes

February 2, 2018 by Innkeeper

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

The creek next to the Inn

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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