You’ve probably been hearing a lot about Online Travel Agents (OTA). What is an Online Travel Agent? Well, perhaps you’ve heard of tripadvisor.com, expedia.com, booking.com, priceline.com, kayak.com. The list goes on and it seems to be getting bigger all the time. As a consumer, I am a fan of OTA’s. I almost always book my airline through expedia.com. If I am in need of a hotel, I will peruse several of the sites mentioned above. It helps me to see what is out there and to roughly compare pricing. Of course, there are the reviews. Sometimes they are helpful. Sometimes they are not. But, I always go to the lodging’s web site and check pricing there before making any decision. Here’s why…
Online Travel Agent (OTA) Booking
As an Innkeeper working behind the scenes, I have a better understanding of pricing. I did not really understand this until I started listing the 1795 Acorn Inn on booking.com, airbnb and bedandbreakfast.com in August of 2017. Online Travel Agents charge an establishment commission to list their rates. Most of the time it’s about 15%. The hope is that lodging will keep their rates the same as what they are charging on their site. Well, sadly, that does not always happen. Some lodgings will raise their prices to cover the cost of commission on an OTA. Who wants to lose 15%? So why list? Well, as a small Bed and Breakfast, we simple can’t compete with the big OTA’s and we must list our site. I resisted but finally succumb. And I hate it.
So, I want the listing on these sites, but that’s about it. I don’t put all my rooms on booking.com so you don’t see my complete availability. You also won’t see my special value packages.
The simple truth is that much of the time you will get the best price on the actual lodging’s site. And, you have a direct line to the Innkeeper if needed. That’s me.
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I just learned that there is a concert event shuttle available. CMAC, Constellation Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, has a shuttle from some local restaurants to some concert events. The shuttle will pick you up at various local restaurants. For instance, Macri’s, Simply Crepes, Greenfront or Nolans. And, it will drop you off at the VIP entrance. Parking for the venue is generally simple. However, sometimes there are lines to get into the parking lots and a little bit of a walk to the venue. General parking is around $10 and VIP is about $20.
Most noteworthy and for those that don’t already know, CMAC is a fantastic outdoor amphitheater. It’s a wonderfully small venue with great summer line ups. There are covered seats and lawn seats. As a result, and in my opinion, there is not a bad seat in the house. Well, honestly the lawn is not for me. But it certainly is full most of the time.
The shuttle is not available for all concerts. Therefore, I suggest you check their website for details. https://www.cmacevents.com/cmac-experience/
Currently the shuttle is available for:
June 17 – Elivs Costello
July 2 – Tom Petty
July 23 – Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper
August 18 – Santana
Fortunately I have seen John Legend, Tim Mcgraw, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheerhan, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antelbellum, Peter Frampton and more.
Have a great time.
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Biking the Erie Canal is a wonderful way to see quaint towns in upstate New York. As an innkeeper, I don’t often get the chance to venture too far away from the Inn during the peak season. But, yesterday evening I got the chance to bike Erie Canal from Schoen Place in Pittsford to Fairport and back. Each year I try to have new experiences so that I can assist guests with things to do in this stunningly beautiful part of the country. I don’t think I will ever run out of things to do in the Finger Lakes.
Much of the time though I am hindered by guests arriving after our check in hours, so it’s hard to plan. But, yesterday worked out just right. I often get nervous about going more than 10 minutes away from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast with a house full of guests. If a guest needs me, say they lock themselves out of their room, it could take me a while to get back. But it seemed like everyone was well settled yesterday afternoon so off I went.
Biking the Erie Canal
There are several places you can hop on the Erie Canal. Several located about 30 minutes from Canandaigua. We rode about 15 miles, which could be taxing for some including myself, but with plenty to see and do along the way, there’s opportunity to rest. And, of course, you don’t have to ride that far. We rode most of the way in the cool shade, though the outside temperature gauge read 85 when I parked the car. We chatted as we peddled and enjoyed each others’ company. The canal wasn’t crowded at all, though it can be at times, but we timed it perfectly. Occasionally a boat would go by, sailboat, motor boat, kayak, and there was the solo paddle boarder, but it was peaceful place to be. We even saw two fawns on the way back.
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