And so the leaves fall in the Finger Lakes… As the Innkeeper of the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast just outside Canandaigua, NY, 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 October, the leaves decided to hang in there a little longer and turn color in unison. Reds, yellows, oranges, greens and every color in between.
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Fall is always such a wonderful season. Just last night in a meeting we were asked what is our favorite thing about the fall. The cooler weather, apples, the leaves changing, the smell of fires, playing in the leaves, cooking and baking… the list goes on. What follows is only a small list of things to do at this time. How about some apple picking?
Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting and jewelry making during the Naples Open Studio Trail. Watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more. And of course, you may purchase an artist’s work. October 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 14 artists or pick and choose your favorites.
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September – Fall is in the air… Don’t miss Western New York’s premier BBQ competition, the Finger Lakes Fire & Smoke BBQ Fest! Grilling teams from across the US and Canada will compete for over $10,000 in prizes and benefits local college students. This festival takes place Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4. Tickets are $6 per person per day, or $10 for a weekend pass.
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Come meet a Finger Lakes watercolor artist at an art reception at the Wood Library in Canandaigua. Artist Howard VanBuren will be hosting a reception to kick off his art show on September 24th, 6 to 8 PM at the Wood Library. Come see more than 30 paintings of farm settings, scenes of Canandaigua, and house portraits. Original paintings and prints will be available for purchase. There will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages available to snack on at the reception. The exhibit will run through October 24th.
Don’t forget, Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. Take a ride to the top of Bristol Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. On a clear day, you may even be able to see Canandaigua Lake! Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. The Fall Sky Rides run until October 25th from noon to 4 PM at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.
While summer shows at Bristol Valley Theater have all had their curtain call, the events scheduled for fall promise to be just as exciting with the 2015 Fall for the Arts Series begins in early October. The series features bands, a musical performance, and a fabulous food tasting. Prices and dates vary, please call (585) 374-9032 for more information.
You could fall for the arts, or you could fall for a whole city! Get ready to Fall 4 Geneva, September 27th through October 3rd. All week long there will be events and special deals at venues throughout the city of Geneva. The festival celebrates Geneva’s accomplishments this past year, being named an All-American City by the National Civic League. More information on events and festival specifics can be found by calling (315) 789-0102.
Haven’t had enough of that fall foliage just yet? The Ontario County Historical Society is hosting a Fall Foliage Trail, running all of October. This is a self-guided trail with stops at historic locations, photo op- portunities, restaurants, and more. There will be a special Community Day on October 17th. A $20 donation to the Historical Society will get you information and a copy of the trail map, as well as tickets for four to
the Community Day events which include behind-the-scenes tours of historic places such as Bristol Valley Theater, the Burning Springs in Bristol, and the C.E.K Mees Observatory, and more! There also will be a fall foliage photo contest! For more information or to order a map, call (585) 394-4975 or visit Fall Foliage Trail.
Of course, the best part of fall is all the fresh, “Pick Your Own” fruits available. Have you ever picked your own grapes? If not, it might be time! Jerome’s U-Pick at 8936 Route 53, Naples, NY offers different fruits and a variety of grapes. Operating since 1958, Jerome’s U-Pick is part of an eighth generation, “Century Farm”. Picking season runs from now until late October or until the harvest is complete, from 9 am to 6 pm daily. For general information or to check what’s in season call 1-800-UPICKIT (1-800-874-2548).
Thank you Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.
Fall foliage is upon us. As you drive through this gorgeous countryside, leaves are turning. The mornings are cooler and crisper. You can just feel it in the air. We just planted mums at our front door. Soon pumpkins will be everywhere. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.
Looking for a great way to get out and experience what Downtown Geneva has to offer? Geneva Night Out is a free, monthly arts and cultural event. Friday, September 4 is this month’s Grape Harvest edition! More information, maps, and a complete list of participating businesses are all available at www.genevanightout.wordpress.com.
There’s no way to observe Labor Day weekend quite like the Finger Lakes Ring of Fire Celebration! This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, September 5 at dusk on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake. Gather on the lakeshore when the sun sets and watch as business owners and residents light red flares around the lake’s edge and bathe the lake in an entrancing red glow in honor of an old Native American tradition.
Having purple feet might be cause for some alarm, but not at the Casa Larga Purple Foot Festival! One of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S, the festival celebrates the grape harvest season through the old world tradition of stomping grapes. There will be live music, vendors of all kinds, kids crafts and games, wine tastings and seminars, and, of course, grape stomping! September 13, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $18 at the door; those under 21 get in free. Casa Larga Vineyard, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. (585) 223-4210.
Autumn means the return of the famous fall foliage colors of upstate New York, and the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain offer an excellent way to leisurely take in the view. Take a ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. Fall Sky Rides available September 12 through October 25 from noon to 4pm at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.
Fall is just around the corner! If you are looking for pumpkins and corn mazes, a great place to find both is the Pick’n Patch! Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and then stop to pick out your pumpkins and fall decorating items. Fall fun for the whole family! Open September 17 to Halloween, 10am to 6pm at 2205 Route 5 & 20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.
September is grape harvest season which means it’s time for the annual Naples Grape Festival! Since 1961 the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area’s grape harvest. Wine tastings, arts and crafts, foods of all kinds, and area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz, and original music are just a few highlights! The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 10am to 5pm at Memorial Town Hall and Naples High School Grounds, Route 21 South, Naples, 14512.
Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.
Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the traditional lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. August 30, 9pm. Located on Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.
Looking for a new and unique venue? The Barrel Room, located in the Village of Victor is just the spot. Featuring Treleaven wines by Kings Ferry Winery. The tasting room showcases repurposed barrels that were used during the wine making process. 72 W. Main Street, Victor. 585-869-5028.
Bring on the Camera! Starting Sept. 20, take the whole family to Bristol Mountain for a fall foliage sky ride. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and the valley below. On a clear day, a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake is visible from the summit. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.
Apples, grapes, pumpkins, oh my! Stop by the Victor Apple Farm to pick your own apples or buy them pre-picked. If you’re looking for a grape time head down to Jerome’s U-Pick in Naples.
Joseph’s Wayside Market has everything from fruits and vegetable to homemade breads, syrups, honey and jams. We guarantee you will find what you are looking for! Victor Apple Farm, 1640 State Route 444, Victor; Jerome’s U-Pick, 8936 Route 53, Naples; Joseph’s Wayside Market, 201 South Main Street, Naples.
Take a step back in time when the North and South were divided. The Civil War Encampment at the Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum allows you to experience 1860’s camp life with cannons, period costumes, infantry drills & hands-on activities. Sept 26, 2 – 4:30 p.m. & Sept 27, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472
Visit these Geneva wineries all within a short drive on Route 14S; Belhurst Winery, Lacey Magruder Winery, Billsboro Winery, and White Springs Winery. Enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and spectacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. On your way back stop by the Lake Street Winery, located in the heart of downtown Geneva. Belhurst Winery 315-781-0201. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, Lacey Magruder Winery, 315-789-2528. White Springs Winery 315-781-9463. Lake Street Winery 315-325-4089.
Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 27-28,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.
Featured Tip: Grab a Brew and a Brat!
Head to South Bristol and stop by Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill Grapery. Serving up Finger Lakes Craft Beer and Hartmann’s Old World Sausage in a historic barn! Featuring live music on the weekends, Brew and Brats is a must stop for beer lovers. Come as a stranger, leave as family!
6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870
Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to EASTVIEW Mall which is now home to Von Maur! We can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit www.visitfingerlakes.com for a list of stores, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County. 877-FUN-IN-NY.
Celebrate the holidays at the Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, carriage rides, treats and music, Nov. 8-10. This year enjoy a complimentary shuttle to historic downtown Canandaigua. And don’t miss this year’s Festival of Trees with themed decorations, Nov. 8 – Dec. 8. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472.
Commemorate the anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, a celebration of peace between the Iroquois & the U.S. November 11, parade 1:30pm, ceremony 2pm at Ontario County Courthouse, dinner at 4:30pm at Canandaigua Primary School. Ontario County Courthouse and Canandaigua Primary School, West Gibson Street to Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-924-5848.
Warm up with a cup of coffee at the Opus Wine and Espresso Bar in Geneva. Opus is serving up their own roasted coffee, local cheeses, pastries, paninis and breakfast sandwiches. Opus Wine and Espresso Bar, 486 Exchange St, Geneva. 315-759-5388.
In the Victor area doing some early holiday shopping? Cindy’s Pies from Naples have arrived at Casa Larga. Pick up a pie from Naples – in Rochester! Cindy’s grape, fruit and pumpkin pies are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards wine shop through Thanksgiving. A perfect addition to your Thanksgiving desserts. 2287 Turk Hill Rd Fairport 585-223-4210
Looking to catch a show or a movie on the big screen? Check out the Smith Opera House this month – featuring movies, concerts, and live theater! Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. 1-866-355-LIVE
Brush up on your cooking skills before the holidays at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Visit their website at www.nywcc.com to see the full line-up of cooking classes this month. 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua, 585-394-7070
Santa has arrived in the Finger Lakes! On Nov. 30, visit the Lehigh Valley open house. Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be available at the station. 10 – 5p.m. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-289-9149.
On Nov. 3 from 4-7 pm, taste your way through downtown Canandaigua during the Canandaigua Wine Walk. With your $5 wine glass, you’ll get a sampling of a variety of wines at various restaurants, galler- ies and merchant locations. For more information, visit www.downtowncanandaigua.com, Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-396-0300.
Celebrate the holidays at the Granger Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, treats and music, Nov. 9-11. And don’t miss this year’s Festival of Trees with themed decorations, Nov. 9-Dec. 8. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472.
Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to Eastview Mall, we can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit www.visitfingerlakes.com for a list of stores. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County.585-394-3915.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be coming to the Smith Opera House in Geneva at 7:30 PM on Nov. 9 with Jeff Tyzik, RPO Principal Pops Conductor and Kenneth Grant, RPO Principal Clarinet. Call for more details. The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva. 315-781-5483.
Warm up with a cup of coffee at the Opus Espresso and Wine Bar in Geneva. Opus is serving up their own roasted coffee, local cheeses, pastries, paninis and breakfast sandwiches. Opus Espresso and Wine Bar, 486 Exchange St, Geneva. 315-759-5388.
Commemorate the anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, a celebration of peace between the Iroquois & United State. Nov. 11, parade 1:30pm, ceremony 2pm at Ontario County Courthouse, dinner at 4:30pm at Canandaigua Primary School. Ontario County Courthouse on Main Street and Canandaigua Primary School on West Gibson Street, Canandaigua. 585-924-5848.
Gear up for the holidays with a class at the New York Wine & Culinary Center this month! From Soups from the Harvest to Autumn Wine and Food Pairing to Thanksgiving Secrets, there’s lots to choose from! Check out the website for schedules at www.nywcc.com. New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.
On Nov. 23 at midnight, join guides from Next Level Paranormal as you step back in time to discover the haunts within the walls of the Naples Hotel. You will explore three floors of the hotel while you’re introduced to a variety of technologies used in paranormal investigations. Reservations are required. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main St, Naples. 585-374-5630.
Santa has arrived in the Finger Lakes! On Nov. 24, take a train ride with Santa through the Finger Lakes on the Lehigh Valley Railroad Santa Train. Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be available at the station and onboard the trains. 10 & 11:30am, 1, 2:30 & 4pm. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-869-1498.
Well, as it happens every year, fall slowly disappears in a blaze of red, orange and yellow. This year was and still is spectacular. The gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn are filled with foliage which come spring, summer and fall, are such a joy to see. But, as fall departs, there’s lots of work to be done. I raked up four bags of leaves yesterday. Doesn’t seem like much but I’ve been doing it for a while and the bags are packed. The minute I finished there were more on the ground. And this morning… it looks as if I didn’t even rake yesterday. It feels useless, but necessary. Today, the gutters get cleaned out, the gazebo is coming down, the fountain gets emptied and the outdoor furniture is getting put away… all in preparation for this week’s upcoming deluge (which most of the time, thankfully, is not as severe as forecasted) and then, the inevitable visit from Old Man Winter. Oh the joy!
Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Fall In Upstate New York
1. The leaves have begun to turn.
2. 46 degrees this morning
3. Highs in the 50’s today
4. Won’t get into the 70’s this week
5. Just had the fireplaces serviced last week and have used the Gathering Room fireplace twice already at breakfast
6. Furnaces are being serviced beginning of October but I may have to turn them on before I see Barry
7. I’m thinking about changing out my summer clothes for my winter clothes
8. It’s the end of September already
9. Bristol Mountain Chair Lift rides have begun and are on the weekends through the end of October
10. As soon as I see Cortland apples at Wegmans I’ll be starting my baked apples for breakfast
11. Did I mention the leaves were turning?
October is filling up fast and availability on the weekends is very limited. We have one room, the Bristol Suite available the weekend of October 19th and the Barn Suite is available the weekend of October 26th. We still have a few options for weekdays, but those fill up quickly too.
Before we know it, it will be snowing and time for skiing. But, I’m not going there yet. Happy Fall.
Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the tradition of lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. Sept. 1, 9pm. Canandaigua, Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.
Don’t miss these Geneva wineries along Route 14 S! Belhurst Winery, Billsboro Winery, White Springs Winery and Lacey Magruder Vineyard and Winery – enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and the spec- tacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, White Springs 315-781-9463. Belhurst 315-781-0201. Lacey Macgruder 585-260-1850. Also visit our friendly neighbors at Fox Run Vineyards and Anthony Road Wine Company. Fox Run 315-536-4616. Anthony Road 315-536-2182.
Bring the whole family for a fun day in downtown Victor at Hang Around Victor Day on Sept. 8, 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy live music and plenty of food and craft vendors. There will be a bounce house, clowns and games for kids and a dunking booth. www.victorchamber.com, Route 96, Village of Victor. 585-742-1476.
Join the fun for the Beer, Brats and Winetizers tour from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sept. 8. You’ll start at Mill Creek Café and head to Naples to tour and taste at Hazlitt, Inspire Moore, Roots Café, Brown Hound Bistro and Arbor Hill. Call 585-721-5169 for reservations and more details. Mill Creek Café, 8705 Main Street, Honeoye.
Get on your bicycle for two great cycling events this September. The Highlander Cycle Tour (Sept. 7 and 8) and the women’s-only Wine Country Ramble (Sept. 15 and 16) will take you through some of the best cycling terrain in the Finger Lakes. For more information, go to www.highlandercycletour.com and www.winecountryramble.com.
Celebrate the harvest season at the Purple Foot Festival on Sept. 16 from 11 am to 6 pm with grape stomping, vineyard hayrides, wine tasting, seminars, Italian dance classes, food,live entertainment and more. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. (585) 223-4210.
Enjoy an evening of history as you are guided from house to house on Gibson Street and encounter six personalities from pre-Civil War Canandaigua. Tours are Sept. 21 and 22 start at 7 pm at the Ontario County Historical Museum. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Call the Historical Society or visit www.ochs.org for more information, 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975. 25 Gorham Street Canandaigua, NY. 585-394-3915
Check out the Finger Lakes’ newest wine bar, Microclimate in Geneva. Microclimate takes Finger Lakes wines and puts them in flights with similar wines from around the world. 38 Linden Street, Geneva. 315-787-0077
Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 29-30, 10am-5pm. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.