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 the month, the leaves decided to hang in there a little longer and turn color in unison. Reds, yellows, oranges, greens and every color in between.
The photos, though pretty, don’t do it justice but they will help preserve the memories of a drive around Canandaigua and Canadice Lakes with my eighty five year old mother, Margot. As an artist who’s work is displayed throughout the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, it was my pleasure to see the joy and excitement on her face around almost every turn.
Until next fall…
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 about or to purchase 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. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.
Fall family fun can be found at the Pick’n Patch! This is your “one stop shop” with pumpkins, an 8- acre corn maze, mums, fall decorations, farm animals, kiddie train rides, and more! Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. For more information call (585) 526-6518.
Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain weekends in October and Columbus Day from noon to 4 p.m. Ride the chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this 15 to 20 minute ride with great views of the surrounding hills and valleys. $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bristol Mountain will host its annual Fall Festival with live music, kids activities, food, beverage, and craft vendors. Admission to the festival is free. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 374-6000 or visit Bristol Mountain online at www.bristolmountain.com/fall-sky-rides.
Discover beauty and history along the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around with community themed events each weekend. Trail maps are available at locations throughout the City of Canandaigua. The map includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. For more information and a complete schedule of events call (585) 394-4975 or visit www.ochs.org.
What’s more in the spirit of the season than a “whodunit” style mystery at a mansion? The Fall Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park invites you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar as you participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 21-23 and 28-29, times vary by night. General admission tickets are $30 while admission for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members is $25. Prepaid reservations are required. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. For more information, including event times or for tickets call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org/events.
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. Lakefront Park, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, 14456. For more information, call (585) 402‐3508 or visit www.fingerlakesfireandsmoke.com.
It’s official, Fall is here! See beautiful autumn colors on display as you take a leisurely ride on the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. This tranquil ride offers a relaxed way for people of all ages to take in the best of seasonal views. Open weekends and Columbus Day, 12 p.m.‐ 4 p.m., September 10 ‐ October 30. Admission for adults is $11, children 3‐12 are $7, two years and younger ride for free, and seniors 65 and older are $8. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information, call (585) 374‐6000 or visit www.bristolmountain.com/fall‐sky‐rides/.
Kettle Fest is a family‐friendly farm festival which educates as well as entertains. Enjoy local food, beverages (both alcoholic and otherwise), live music, maple and honey demos, and local artisans; children can even learn about beekeeping and watch chicken races! Kettle Fest will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children under 13 get in for free. Kettle Ridge Farm, 515 Log Cabin Road, Victor, 14564.
Celebrate the annual grape harvest at one of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S.‐ the Purple Foot Festival. In addition to stomping grapes, enjoy tastings, live music, shopping, kids activities, and more. Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door for adults 21 and over; admission for children and teens under 21 is free. Casa Larga Vineyards & Winery, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.casalarga.com/events/purple‐foot‐festival/.
Held annually since 1961, the Naples Grape Festival is a celebration of the region’s grape harvest. This family‐friendly event is free and hosts food, wine, arts, crafts, live music, and more. Come see for yourself why Naples is the grape pie capital of the world! The Naples Grape Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 24 ‐ 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. Naples High School, 137 North Main Street, Naples, 14512.
Take in beautiful photos at the Ontario Pathways photo exhibit hosted by Clifton Springs Hospital and the Springs Integrative Medicine Center & Spa. While there, learn about the healing properties of the springs and the antioxidant properties of grapes. Both are used in services such as vino scrubs and minerals baths which are offered by the spa. Photos are on display Monday through Friday, 7 a.m ‐ 6 p.m., from now until Wednesday, September 28. The Gallery at Clifton Springs Hospital, 2 Coulter Road, Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, call (315) 462‐9561.
The weather has turned a bit chilly this week, making it feel like fall. Hard to believe last weekend it was in the 70’s; today 50’s. I just switched on the heat in the Inn and the fireplaces have been operational now for about a week or two. The leaves will be turning quickly now as it seems every day I’m out and about I see more vibrant color.
If you’re seeking out a great place for fall family fun, look no further than the Pick’n Patch! This is your “one stop shop” with pumpkins, an 8-acre corn maze, mums, fall decorations, farm animals, kiddie train rides, and more! Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Halloween. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.
One of my favorite things to do weekends in October, enjoy the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. Ride the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this tranquil 15 to 20 minute ride featuring great views of the hills and valleys around the Bristol area. Sky Rides are $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for Seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bristol Mountain will host its annual Fall Festival with live music, kids activities, food, beverage, and craft vendors. Admission to the festival is free. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.
Discover beauty and history as you cruise the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, with a Community Day on October 17, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around. A $20 donation to the Historical Society will get you four passes to the community day event locations and a map of the trail. The packet includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. (585) 394-4975.
Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting, sculpting, and jewelry making. During the Naples Open Studio Trail watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more about their craft or pick up some of their wares. October 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 24 artists or pick and choose your favorites. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com. The 1795 Acorn Inn B & B is conveniently located on the trail.
What’s more in the spirit of the season than a “whodunit” style mystery at a mansion? The Fall Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park invite you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar. Participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 16 to18 and 23, 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Further participate in the fun by attending in period costume, if you so desire. Prepaid reservations are required. General admission tickets are $24 or $20 for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. (585) 394-4922.
Limited time event! – The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum will be open to the public on Sunday, October 18. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was once a major economic driving force in Ontario County, and a collection of artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad will be on display at the museum. Come see a slice of history that helped shape the region. Admission is free; donations are welcome. 8 East High Street, Shortsville, 14548. For more information call 585-289-9149 or visit the website.
Touring tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.