On Saturday, February 4, embrace the winter season at the third annual Finger Lakes Frost Fest from 5 – 9 p.m. The festival includes ice sculptures, ice bars featuring Frost Fest Martinis poured through an ice luge, wine and beer tastings, local food, music, and fireworks in the evening. Ramada Geneva Lakefront. 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva, 14456. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2717357 or by calling the Geneva Family YMCA at (315) 789‐1616.
On Saturday, February 11 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 specials to be discovered at local businesses. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.
Celebrate all that’s great about ice wines at the New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival. Enjoy ice wine tastings, ice wine‐ inspired cuisine tasting stations, live music, tango performances, wagon rides, winery tours, and more. Ice wines from across New York State all in one place! Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $65. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. For more information call (585) 223‐4210 or visit www.casalarga.com.
Find unique antique items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show & Sale where more than 40 antique dealers will be showing and selling their wares. Sunday, February 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, 14425. For more information call (585) 737‐5971.
Visit Ganondagan State Historic Site on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for Native American Winter Games & Sports. Experience the heritage of the Seneca people while you try your hand at the traditional Haudenosaunee sport of snowsnake, or perhaps you’d rather race a snow boat! There will also be snowshoeing, dog sledding demonstrations, storytelling, traditional arts, and traditional foods. Enjoy a complimentary visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, too! Event is free but a $10 donation per family is suggested. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 924‐5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org.
Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. See the brand‐new VIP bowling experience, The Eight, at Roseland Bowl. After a few games of bowling make sure you visit the 18,000 square‐foot fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and over 30 arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaigua, 14424. Reservations required for VIP bowling. For more details call (585) 394‐5050 or visit www.roselandbowl.com.
Sit back, relax, and sip some wine in Geneva’s first urban farm winery. Visit Wicked Water and sample New York grown and produced wines, in addition to Wicked Water’s own great vintages. You’re welcome to bring in take‐out from many of Geneva’s great restaurants and, if you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for you can find local menus in the tasting room! Open 3 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 1 – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Fridays in February, catch live, local music from 6 ‐ 8 p.m. Wicked Water, 78 Castle Street, Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781‐5100 or visit www.wickedwater.vin.
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.
Every spring she nests on the light above the office door. At first I feel terrible as every time I open the door, and it’s a lot, she flies off. Eventually, she stays put. Could be because I talk to her all the time, as she will fly off if others come and go. One day not too long ago I noticed half of a blue shell on the ground. My first thought is that I hope something didn’t get the eggs. My second thought is that they are hatching. Well, this year, she had three. I say she but I think he helps a lot as there are always two around.
It was quiet at first. I caught site of the ugly little buggers not long after birth. Then, their beaks peaking out. Then the constant activity and chirping and feeding. I’ve caught he/she will a beak full of live worms. Many, many times. And now they are off. Until next year, or maybe again this year. It doesn’t take long. Love living in the country and at the 1795 Acorn Inn. Such a wonderful time of year.
We have only one room available for this weekend’s upcoming Music & Art Festival in Canandaigua, New York. Our newly renovated Bristol Suite has a king-size bed, window seat overlooking the gardens, full length sofa, chair and ottoman and a private bath with separate tub and shower. The trim in this Suite has been freshly painted white with new wool carpeting throughout and decorated in soft blues and browns. Bright and spacious, yet romantic, the Bristol Suite won’t be available for long so book now. The rate is $245 per night with a two-night minimum. Price includes your full, gourmet breakfast served at 9:00 am. See you soon.
The spring feeling is in the air! That means it’s the perfect time to throw on those hiking boots and get out on the trails. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915
Red Jacket Orchards is a “must stop” in the Finger Lakes Region. Located just 5 minutes from Seneca Lake, Red Jacket offers up some of the best fresh fruits and juices in the country. Enjoy a free tasting of juice and apples at the farm store. After a tasting, you will never look at apple juice the same again. Be sure to stock up on your favorites! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva 315-781-2749.
Golf season is just around the corner. It’s time to brush off the clubs and head to one of the 9 golf courses located in Ontario County. For more information and special golf deals visit us online at www.VisitFingerLakes.com/golf
And they’re off to the races! April 18th is the first day of racing for the 2014 season. Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Watch the crazy rafts run down the stream in Shortsville / Manchester at the Wild Water Derby. Canoe and kayak slaloms, a raft parade, a flat water regatta on Canandaigua Lake, food and live music are all part of the fun. April 26-27. Located at Canandaigua Outlet / Red Jacket Central High School, 1506 Route 2, Shortsville.
Looking for a change of pace? Check out the newest offerings on tap in Ontario County. Now with a rising total of breweries, Ontario County has become a beer lovers paradise! Be sure to check out Twisted Rail Brewing and The VB Brewery. Twisted Rail Brewing, 20 Pleasant Street, Canandaigua 585-396-0683 / The VB Brewery, 6606 State Route 96,Victor 585-904-8166.
Come pet a an award winning alpaca at Lazy Acres Alapcas. Lazy Acres, recently competed at the National Alpaca Show winning three ribbons! The farm features tours, hands-on activities for kids and great shopping. Call today to setup a visit to the farm at 585-455-1203. 8830 Baker Rd, Bloomfield, 14469
Enjoy live music from local musicians at Arbor Hill Grapery’s Brew and Brats every Saturday night. While there, enjoy some local sausage from Hartmann’s and a local beer. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870.
Antique hunters, listen up! With over 40 Antique Shops you can start an immediate search for your next treasured heirloom. Pick up an area map and follow the antique trail to merge your passion into action. Ontario County, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. 585-394-3915.
May and June are my two favorite months of the year. I love the sun, the changing scenery and the flowering perennials. So take advantage of our Stay Two Weeknights, Receive The Third Weeknight Free Package. It’s only for the month of May.
Angell/Wilder Rooms: $375.70 ($170 savings)
Bristol Suite/Hotchkiss Room: $475.17 ($215 savings)
Barn Suite: $530.40 ($240 savings)
Package available Monday through Thursday, 4/29/13-5/30/13. NOT AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY. Price includes three weeknights accommodations, full breakfast and all applicable taxes. Package not available on Holidays, Holiday Periods and Special Events. Thirty-day cancellation policy applies. PACKAGE MUST BE REQUESTED AT TIME OF RESERVATION. PLEASE MAKE NOTE IN THE SPECIAL NEEDS SECTION WHEN MAKING AN ONLINE RESERVATION OR INFORM THE INNKEEPER IF MAKING A RESERVATION BY PHONE.
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.