New Finger Lakes Distillery opening soon. And, your Innkeeper can’t wait! Located in Naples, NY, just a 15 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Hollerhorn Distilling is set to open at the end of August, 2018.
New Finger Lakes Distillery
Today we stopped by the distillery and I had the pleasure of meeting Carl, his wife Melissa, Max and Carl’s dad. They have built this distillery from the ground up. It’s not finished yet, but it is impressive. I can only imagine… if this much attention to detail and perfection that goes into erecting a building, their spirits are going to be out of this world. And, they will also be serving light, Austrian food.
Carl and Melissa were kind enough to let me take some photos. Hesitant at first as they are still under construction. But, I promised I wouldn’t show anything that wasn’t finished. So, my photo may seem like an odd choice. Carl is very much involved in the planning and construction, as is his Dad. And, Carl also knows his spirits. Melissa is an artist and her work is showcased at Hollerhorn Distilling.
It will be a privilege to have such wonderful place south of Canandaigua in Naples. Now, with Inspire Moore Winery, Roots Cafe, Artizanns (local arts and crafts haven), Joseph’s Wayside Market and, of course, the Naples Grape Festival, who needs any more reasons to visit.
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.
Finger Lakes accommodations: Choose a B&B!
Staying at a bed and breakfast is the best Finger Lakes accommodations choice when you’re looking for a relaxing escape. Here are just a few of the many reasons to choose a bed and breakfast over a hotel.
When you stay at a bed and breakfast, you get a comfortable room in addition to many free extras such as Wi-Fi, free parking and snacks which you often have to pay extra for in a hotel. Each of the individually decorated rooms in a bed and breakfast has its own individual character and charm. Many of them are created out of unique, historical structures that offer an interesting story to tell. One of the best perks of a B&B is the second ‘B’, – breakfast! This is usually a delicious home-cooked meal; what a great way to start your new day.
Innkeepers will go the extra mile to ensure you feel welcome, comfortable, and informed. If you have questions about the area you’d like to explore that day, tips on the best restaurants, or directions to your next attraction, they are there to help you! They are your local experts and will be happy to give you insight on what to see, do, and eat in their town.
Looking for the best place to see Finger Lakes Fireworks near Canandaigua? No worries. Rest assured, your Innkeeper will take care of you. See all Fourth of July events online at visitfingerlakes.com/events-festivals/fourth-of-july-events. But that’s not all. There are fireworks happening in one way or another throughout the month of July in Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes.
If you are looking for a Saturday night activity, check out Land of Legends Raceway. This half-mile dirt oval track has races most Saturday evenings from April to September. The ticket price for all“Saturday Spectaculars” in the grandstands is $15. Also, discounted ticket prices for seniors, and free admission for children 16 and younger when accompanied by an adult are available. Various food vendors will be on-site during races for purchase as well. For more information, call (315) 573-7887 or visit landoflegendsraceway.com.
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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!
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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Check out May Touring Tips for Canandaigua and the western Finger Lakes. You don’t want to miss a thing. May is a great month to visit. The weather is still cool. The crowds are still at home. And, the perennials are in full bloom. Take advantage of our Free Weeknight Package in May and June. Stay two weeknights and the third one is on us. Two full days to explore. You will need them.
May Touring Tips
What better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than at Rio Tomatlan? Celebrate the right way with a band, DJ andthe famous margaritas and tacos! You’re not celebrating right if you’re not at Rio! Sign up for a class at Quiote, Rio’s new educational space upstairs, while you’re there too. Rio Tomatlan, 106 Bemis Street, Canandaigua, 14424.
And they’re off to the races! The 2018 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, 5857 NY- 96, Farmington, 14425.
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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 – 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.
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.
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.
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
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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August came quickly this year. If you are looking for things to do in the Finger Lakes, then you might want to keep reading as there is plenty. What follows are August Touring Tips and just a few things to do the first half of the month… beer, wine, festivals, tractors, sauerkraut and more.
August Touring Tips
Early in the month, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend, August 4-6, is a free weekend-long festival dedicated to all things cabbage and sauerkraut. Arts and crafts, car shows, cabbage bowling, live music, parade, fireworks and sauerkraut-themed foods galore. Town of Phelps, Phelps, 14532. (315) 548-8900.
There is always wine…
Always fun and somewhere you can find your innkeeper… Saturdays at Heron Hill Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake are always a good time with live music and wood-fired pizza from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Hang out by the vineyard at the family-friendly event with Heron Hill wine, local craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Performers include Tom Gravino, Aug 5; Ryan Consiglio, Aug 12; Paulson & Baker, Aug 19; Meyer & McGuire, Aug 26; Grace Frarey Trio, Sep 2; and Charlie Ellis, Sep 9. The show goes on rain or shine. 5323 Seneca Point Rd., Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-0173.
There is always beer…
While I do make it point to get out and experience all the Finger Lakes have to offer, I have not been here yet. Now may be a good time. Celebrate GAEL Brewing’s second birthday on August 6! There will be a special second anniversary beer release, Terry’s Imperial Irish Stout, and live music by the Party Nuts featuring tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. There will be cake and prizes too, so bring a lawn chair and have a pint. 4180 State Rte. 14, Geneva, 14456. (315) 220-0190.
How about tractors…
All aboard! This is yet another event I have not been to but I think it’s about time. The 57th Annual Pageant of Steam features tractor pulls, antique tractors, craft and flea market, and demonstrations of steam-powered equipment used for milling and agriculture! This annual event encourages interest in, and preservation of, antique vehicles powered by steam. August 9 – 12, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day Admission is $7, free for kids under 12. New York Steam Engine Association, 3349 Gehan Rd., Canandaigua, 14424.
A Festival not to be missed!
Now, this one I have been to and it’s lots of fun. Lots of drinking as well. But, what a great way to taste wine from all over the region in one place. This year the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival is the New York State Wine Festival! This year’s festival has been expanded to include more varietals which means more wines. Partake of wine tasting, grape stomping, live music, and educational demonstrations. August 12 and 14. Tickets are $25 to enter the wine garden or $10 for access to only the educational seminars. Tickets are available online or at the door. 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, 14424.
The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has some rooms available for weekends in August and during the week. Check out our availability and enjoy any of these event at your leisure.
“Geneva restaurant FLX Table has bested big-city competition to be named the country’s best new restaurant, ” according to the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll. Now that is quite an honor. Not too long ago I was honored to enjoy a lovely meal at the FLX Table restaurant in the Finger Lakes. FLX Table, located in a cool building in downtown Geneva, is only a 30 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast and has a 5:45 pm seating and an 8:15 pm seating.
What to expect at the FLX Table restaurant…
Upon entering the restaurant your party is checked in and you are welcome to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or champagne while waiting for other guests to arrive. Once everyone has arrived, you are escorted into the other room and shown your seat at the only table in the restaurant. The kitchen is also in the same room. You really do feel like you are in a special place. Sound interesting?
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Would you like to learn to wakeboard for free on Saturday, June 17th at Roseland Wake Park in Canandaigua at the Liquid Force Free For All event? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, then here is how. In the morning, lessons will be provided on a first serve basis. There is much to learn and one-on-one coaching will have you ready in no time. Throughout the day, Wakeboard Pro Harley Clifford will provide thrilling demonstrations. And, free hot dogs are provided for lunch, as well as a DJ from 10am-5pm. For details call 585-393-9253 or visit Roseland Wake Park.
Learn To Wakeboard
But we are getting ahead of ourselves as all riders new to the sport cannot just begin on the course. Before taking to the course, a practice cable is where all riders new to wakeboarding will begin. Each and every rider will receive his or her own instructor and as a result, a better, each person will have a more comprehensive learning experience.
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Well, there’s bound to be at least one bad apple in the bunch. 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…
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Just one of the many Finger Lakes Distilleries is Finger Lakes Distilling. Located about one hour and fifteen minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn. It’s a beautiful drive around Seneca Lake with plenty to do after this tour. Hike Watkins Glen. Enjoy lunch at Dano’s Heuriger, a fabulous Austrian restaurant. Visit wineries and sample some of the areas best. Take a boat tour on Seneca Lake. Undoubtedly the list goes on. If you wanted to take the 11:00 am tour, we could arrange for an early continental breakfast. But, you should have no time enjoying our full breakfast at 9:00 and making it to the 2:00 pm tour. Don’t forget, you do need reservations.
About the 1795 Acorn Inn
If you have an interest in spirits, this would be one of many great things to do while staying at the 1795 Acorn Inn and visiting New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Personally, I love their gin.
The 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious, romantic AAA Four Diamond Lodging located in New York’s Finger Lakes. We are just a few minutes outside of Canandaigua. 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.”
Stay with us and don’t forget to schedule an in-room massage in our Hotchkiss Room, Bristol or Barn Suites. Chair massages are now available in all rooms. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon.