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The Top 10 All Time Most Fun Things To Do In Naples, NY

July 29th, 2014

Naples is a quaint town on the South end of Canandaigua Lake, just a 15 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn and a town one would pass through to get to the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.  Though small, there’s plenty to do in Naples…

1.  Tour the Wineries… one of my favorites, Inspire Moore.  The wines are great and I love their concept.  The wines are called Love, Joy, Peace, Serendipity…  Who wouldn’t want Moore?  And don’t forget to try their Framboise, if they have it.  It’s a dessert wine made from raspberries.  To die for with chocolate.  They have life music outside.  Check out their event schedule.  And a great restaurant, Roots Cafe, is located right in front of the winery.

2.  Grab your camera.  The photo opportunities are plentiful and free.

3.  Sample grape pie.

4. Enjoy an evening of live theater at the Bristol Valley Theater.

5.  Explore nature and relax (after a strenuous hike) to the soothing sound of waterfalls at Conklin Gulley or Grimes Glen.  We have great resources at the Inn on Hiking, Biking, Waterfalls, Kayaking and Snow Trails.

6.  Fish streams or the lake; even ice fishing in the winter.  Brrr.

7.  Taste Naples-made dippers, mustard, granola and sauces at Arbor Hill Grapery or Joseph’s Wayside market.

8.  Escape for a romantic sunset.

9. Bring you bike or walking shoes and experience the natural beauty of the countryside.

10.  Marvel at the talent and creativity of the area’s art community.  One of my favorite art galleries is Artizanns.  There’s something for everyone and you don’t want to miss it.

There you have it.  Enjoy.

Availability July 18 and 19 @ the 1795 Acorn Inn

July 16th, 2014

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.

July Touring Tips Anniversary Edition Courtesy Of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

July 16th, 2014

This year, the Ontario County Tourism office is celebrating our 30th anniversary of Tourism Promotion, but we are not alone! Below is an exciting list of area attractions who are also celebrating anniveraries!

The Ontario County Fair will be kicking off their 171st year of operation this month starting on July 22! Attractions include a demolition derby, horse shows, rides and more family fun! 2820 County Rd 10, Canandaigua, 585-394-4987. For a full list of attractions, prices and detailed event schedule visit www.ontariocountyfair.org.

Whether you like to enjoy the outdoors, championship golf or lakeview dining Bristol Harbour Resort can offer all of these luxurious options to you. The Lodge at Bristol Harbour is entering its 15th year of providing you with locally sourced dining and luxurious accommodations overlooking Canandaigua Lake.  5410 Seneca Point Rd. Canandaigua, 585-396-0060.

Located within the community of Naples, Artizanns: Gifts from the Finger Lakes is home to unique creations from over 200 Finger Lakes artisans. Join them for their 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 26, 10am-5pm. The celebration will include live music, BBQ, wine, beer, and coffee tastings (all local), and door prizes. The grand prize is a $100 dollar gift card to Artizanns.  118 N. Main St. Naples, 585-374-6740.

A night of theatre! Bristol Valley Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary of rich theatre history. Visiting Bristol Valley Theatre is a must do for all theatre goers with two productions in July including “Deathtrap” and “Les Miserables”! 151 S. Main St. Naples 585-374-6318. For a complete schedule visit www.bvtnaples.org.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ontario County Historical Museum building. The landmark on Main Street, Canandaigua is a Georgian Revival building designed by famous architect Claude Bragdon in 1914. Today, the museum currently displays two exhibits, “Tying the Knot: 200 Years of Wedding Traditions in Ontario County”, and “Desires, Opportunities, and Change”. 55 N. Main St. Canandaigua, 585-394-4575.

In the midst of its 120th year of operation, the Smith Opera House is recognized as one of the oldest operating opera houses in the United States! Current shows this month include “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “The Magic Flute”. Stop by and enjoy the show! 82 Seneca St. Geneva, 315-781-5483 For ticket availability and more information visit www.thesmith.org.

Naples, NY is nestled on the southwest side of Canandaigua Lake. Naples will be celebrating their 120th birthday this year! Home of one of the best grape pies and award winning wineries, Naples is a must visit! With a vast History, Restaurants, Lakes, Art and outdoor adventures, Naples is a destination that can cater to all varieties of visitors!

Finger Lakes Beer Trail

July 7th, 2014

The Finger Lakes Region may be touted as “wine country,” but it’s quickly becoming a craft-brewing mecca worthy of international recognition. As the local tourism season kicks into high gear, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has recently released its 2014-2015 trail map, featuring a record 69 breweries and brew pubs.

With a visually stunning design and detailed listing of each destination, the map serves as the premier source for craft beer lovers and tourists looking to enjoy an abundance of locally brewed beers. According to Theresa Hollister, Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Partner of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, “the print map has become such a popular item among tourists and local residents that we had to increase production five-fold over last year.” With a print run of 100,000 copies, up from an initial run of 20,000 last year, this year marks the expansion of distribution to more than 200 AAA travel offices located throughout the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and West Virginia markets.

In addition to expanded production and distribution, the 2014-2015 beer trail map features a new larger size which was necessary to accommodate the addition of 22 new craft brewing locations. In less than a year, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has grown from 47 locations to nearly 70, today. In 2011, there were 24 locations. Such growth is evidence that craft brewing is serious business in the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions. In fact, over one-third of New York’s total breweries are located along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, contributing to an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion and support for approximately 9,400 jobs in the region.

The 2014-2015 Finger Lakes Beer Trail map can be found at breweries, tourism centers, hotels/motels, and other businesses throughout the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions. A black-and-white copy is also available online at fingerlakesbeertrail.com (click on the icon that says “trail map”). Upcoming events and suggested day-trip itineraries are also available on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail’s website.

The next time you’re looking for a road trip idea, why not pick up a copy of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail’s 2014-2015 print map and discover the variety of tasty suds the region’s craft brewers have to offer.

For more information visit fingerlakesbeertrail.com.

This article courtesy of “Life in the Finger Lakes” magazine.


July Touring Tips Courtesy of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

July 3rd, 2014

It’s difficult to believe it’s July already.  Time keeps flying by.  Perhaps because there is just so much to do.  Here’s just a tidbit of what’s happening this month around Canandaigua in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.

Celebrate Independence Day in the Finger Lakes! Fireworks will be on display throughout the region. For more information on dates and times, go to visitfingerlakes.com/july-4-fireworks or call
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915.

Enjoy the spectacular views and a great meal aboard the Canandaigua Lady. Take a cruise on this 18th century replica paddleboat — a must do while you are here. Lunch and dinner cruises, afternoon excursions. Relax and enjoy a beautiful ride. 205 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua. 585-396-7350

Sonnenberg Gardens Moonlight Stroll series is here! The gardens of Sonnenberg are always a sight to see, but especially under the moonlight. July 4, 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 from 8pm to 10pm, the Moonlight Stroll Music Series features live music, wine by the glass and refreshments. Gates open at 7:30pm. Admission is required. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ newly renovated farm store providing a unique culinary experience! Located in Geneva, come see what 50 years of mastering the art and science of growing quality fresh fruit and juice production tastes like! 957 New York 5, Geneva. 315-781-2749.

Be sure to check out the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Watch this beautiful religious story on an outdoor 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects and cast of over 650. July 11-12 and 15-19, 9pm. Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, 603 State Route 21, Palmyra. 315-597-5851.

Don’t miss the Stuart Horse Trials, an Olympic-style equine event featuring dressage, natural obstacle course and show jumping. July 11-13. For a complete schedule, visit www.stuarthorsetrials.org.
Stuart Horse Trials, Murray Rd., off County Rd. 41, Victor. 585-657-6980.

Take the family for a day of water and fun at Roseland Waterpark. 58 acre waterpark with a giant wave pool, raft ride, Adventure River, two body flumes and tube slides. Roseland Waterpark, 250 Eastern Blvd., Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.

You’re invited to the 171st Ontario County Fair! Featuring a diverse line-up of events and agriculture fun! The Fair is great for the whole family and offers a variety of exciting activities for all ages. July 22-26 Tickets are sold on-site for events. 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua.

Come experience Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival on July 26-27 from 10am to 6pm. The two-day event features live music and dance, Iroquois dance performances, artisan demonstrations, traditional storytelling, Wegmans Family Discovery Tent, Native Arts Market, interpretive programs at the Bark Longhouse. 1488 New York 444, Victor. 585-742-1690

Moonlight Stroll Sonnenberg Gardens

June 20th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Moonlight Stroll Concert Series at Sonnenberg Begins on July 4

CANANDAIGUA – Lights and music on a midsummer’s eve make for a glorious garden experience as Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park kicks off its popular Moonlight Stroll Concert Series on Friday, July 4. The concerts in the series will take place each Friday night in July as well as the first Friday in August from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as well as family, friends or that special someone for an evening out under the stars as the gardens are lit once again.

Sonnenberg will be bringing a variety of talented musical performers to its grounds and concert goers will be able to enjoy the 2-hour concert as well as partaking of the beauty of Sonnenberg’s gardens for this is the one time each year that the gardens are lit and showcased at night. A romantic evening garden stroll is a rare treat, for the gardens take on a completely different demeanor – shadows grow long, hues deepen, and the fragrance of roses and other blooms become more pronounced as the evening air cools and gets heavy.

The series begins with the country band Flint Creek, on July 4th. Celebrate the Fourth of July with Flint Creek – music that is sure to get people wanting to dance and sing along. The second concert on July 11th promises to be a magical evening with the Tullamore Celtic Band accompanied by the Young School of Irish Dance. The traditional tunes and dance will make guests feel as though they’ve been transported across the ocean to the Emerald Isle herself. On July 18th, enjoy the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, a 19-piece orchestra performing jazz in the tradition of the Count Basie Orchestra. The Riddim Posse, a reggae band with a music style originating in Jamaica that blends elements of R&B, calypso, and rock, will be performing on July 25th. The concert series finishes on August 1st with the 4-piece, female fronted rock band, The Fools. With a variety of musical genres, there’s sure to be something for everyone at Sonnenberg this summer!

Sonnenberg’s own Finger Lakes Wine Center will offer wine by the glass for sale each evening. Light refreshments will also be available from the Friends of Sonnenberg. This year’s performance venue is the veranda of the Mansion and guests will be able to spread out blankets and set up seats on the lawn.

Admission at the door for each Moonlight Series concert will be $9 adults, $7 for Sonnenberg members, $4 for youth 6-17, while those 5 and under are free. Reservations are not necessary for all admission will be at the gate. The gates will open at 7:30 PM and all concerts will be held rain or shine.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Marketing Coordinator Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

California Chrome

June 7th, 2014

Just wanted to say… Go California Chrome!  I hope this horse wins the Triple Crown.  I love the fact that this horse came from a humble background.  The horse and those associated with him have such an interesting story.  Though I don’t much care for horse racing, being the animal lover that I am, I am excited to see the Belmont Stakes.  Guess we will all know in a few minutes.  Good luck California!

Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Coffee @ 1795 Acorn Inn

June 7th, 2014
My standard order of twenty five pounds of Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Out of Africa coffee for my guests. That should last about a week. — at 1795 Acorn Inn.  I love going into the facility where they roast the coffee to pick up my order when I can.  The smell of the coffee roasting is to die for.  Almost as good as waking up to it already brewed after spending the night at the Inn.  Coffee is ready at 8:00 if you want to join us.  See you soon.
Photo: My standard order of twenty five pounds of Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Out of Africa coffee for my guests.  That should last about a week.  :)

June Touring Tips Courtesy Of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

June 3rd, 2014

 

The Canandaigua Plein Air Festival starts on June 4th and is back in its third year! Artists will work in various painting media on location in and around Canandaigua throughout the weekend. Be a part of the action on June 7th with the Community Paint Out – all local and regional artists welcome! For more details on event times and registration visit www.fingerlakespleinair.com. 585-394-0030.

Come celeberate the rich hertiage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on June 6-7th. Featuring a parade, live musical acts on Fri – Sat, games for the kids, food and much more! Experience Shakespeare by the Brook on June 14th at 2pm. Enjoy this 60 minute outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic “As You Like It!”. Located on the West Lawn Spa Apartments, 11 East Main St. Rain Location: Chapel in Spa Apts, Clifton Springs. For more information visit www.cliftonspringschamber.com.

Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on June 9th showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg June 8-14. For more information or tickets to the event, visit www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2014 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Oh, Coward” playing from June 12 to 22nd and “Next Fall” which opens on June 26th. For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.

Connect with nature and hike the more than 50 miles of foot trails in the town of Victor. You’ll see a variety of terrain including open fields, wooded wetlands, hills and valleys with breathtaking views and a chance to explore the diverse wildlife of the Finger Lakes. www.victorhikingtrails.org.

During Rochester’s Real Beer Week, stop by The VB Brewery on June 15th from 1-5pm for live music and fun! Featuring beer tastings from The VB Brewery and Lost Borough Brewing Company. Live music will be provided by “In The Loop”. 6606 State Route 96, Victor. 585-902-8166

Celebrate summer at the Finger Lakes Brew Festival on June 21st.The festival will feature local music, breweries, tastings and vendors. The festival will take place at the new Geneva Lakefront Events Center along the northern shore of Seneca Lake. Geneva Lakefront Events Center, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. 315-789-1616

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures features seven courses with 100 elements featuring ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some of the elements reach almost 60 ft. high into the canopies of the trees! Reservations are required. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000

Alpacas In The Finger Lakes

May 29th, 2014
Selfie with my Bestie Carhart from Lazy Acre Alpacas in Bloomfield, New York… less than 10 minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn. www.alpacacountryny.com Carhart is one of over 70 aplacas on 200 plush acres of hills, trees, streams and ponds, as well as a gift shop. Farm tours are available. Sounds like fun to me. Call (585) 624-5477 for an appointment.
Photo: Selfie with my Bestie Carhart from Lazy Acre Alpacas in Bloomfield, New York... less than 10 minutes from the 1795 Acorn Inn.  www.alpacacountryny.com  Carhart is one of over 70 aplacas on 200 plush acres of hills, trees, streams and ponds, as well as a gift shop.  Farm tours are available.  Sounds like fun to me.  Call (585) 624-5477 for an appointment.