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April Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

April 7th, 2014

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.

Nature In The Finger Lakes

February 24th, 2014

Meet Tripod… my Mama deer. She’s mostly been around back in the woods but just a few weeks ago found her way into the gardens at the Inn. Every time I see her, I am moved to tears that she’s made it just that much longer. Today she got the apple cores and peels from our baked apples and the crust and heels from our French Toast. She consumed it all in a matter of minutes… and then she got more.  What a great experience for our guests who don’t see deer in Rochester.  I can’t promise she is around at every breakfast, but a lucky few have had the experience of watching her out the Dining Room window while enjoying our gourmet breakfast.  She’s showing off.

In the Gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn.

In the Gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn.

She perseveres!

She perseveres!

 

1795 Acorn Inn Receives Its Eighteenth Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award For 2014

February 6th, 2014

The 1795 Acorn Inn, nestled in the Bristol Mountains of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, received it’s 18th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award for 2014.  It’s sure is sweet to have your hard work recognized.  Guests do it most every day and this is always the icing on the cake.

The 1795 Acorn Inn is the only B & B in upstate New York to receive this award for eighteen consecutive years.

The 1795 Acorn Inn is the only B & B in upstate New York to receive this award for eighteen consecutive years.

February Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

February 6th, 2014

 

On Feb. 8 come experience “Vintage Vines & Valentines”, an old-world celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes Valley of Naples, NY. The event features several local businesses that are offering everything from free tastings to meal discounts! For more details and directions visit www.facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines

More than 200 artisans showcase their work at Artizanns in Naples. Stop by and pick out that special gift so you’ll always remember your visit to the Finger Lakes. Artizanns, 118 North Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6740.

Looking to find your next favorite beer? Stop by Ontario County’s newest nano-brewery. The Victor Brewery is now open and serving up some of the finest beverages around! For all you beer lovers out there, the Victor Brewery is located at 6606 State Route 96 in Victor, NY. For more info visit www.thevbbrewery.com or call at 585-902-8166. Cheers!

Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. Feb. 9 from 9am – 4pm. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-394-1472.

Celebrate wonderful Finger Lakes ice wines this winter. The New York Ice Wine Festival on Feb. 15 from 11am-6pm at Casa Larga Vineyards will be full of Finger Lakes wine, food and fun! Come enjoy, tastings, live entertainment and seminars! For more details visit www.casalarga.com.

Get out for a day of winter fun…and while you’re at it, learn about our area’s history! The Native American Winter Games features a snowsnake game, dogsled run demos, snowshoeing, Native American stories & refreshments. Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am – 4pm.Victor Municipal Park, 1278 Brace Rd, Victor. 585-924-5848. www.ganondagan.org

Step inside from the cold this winter at Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, offering the finest locally sourced gifts, edible treats and beverages from the area. Stop in on your next trip to historic downtown Geneva and check it out! 60 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456 315-759-5247

Bring the whole family to cross-country ski on 15 miles of groomed trails, or snowshoe on a 3-mile loop at Cumming Nature Center. Nordic Hot Dog Days starts on Feb. 22 and 23 from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Visitors can also enjoy hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies and hot cider! Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.

January Touring Tips Courtesy Of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

January 10th, 2014

Winter adventure awaits at Bristol Mountain! Enjoy the highest vertical rise between the Adirondacks and the Rockies, 1,200 feet! The resort also has 34 trails, two terrain parks and two Nordic loops, as well as two high-speed lifts and a mountainside waffle hut. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua.

Fight off those winter blues with some chocolate! Sweet Expressions offers a variety of fudge, boxed chocolates, bulk candy, truffles, gourmet foods and gift baskets. Sweet Expressions,169 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-5250.

Stay warm this winter at the Smith Opera House. From concerts to movies, there’s something for everyone. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. For show details and tickets call 315-781-5483.

Step inside the Ontario County Historical Society Museum and learn about Ontario County’s rich history. Check out the brand new exhibit that explores the shaping of Western New York between 1680 and 1797. Ontario County Historical Society Museum, 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.

Wine is great in the Finger Lakes! This winter visit one of our local wineries and breweries for tastings and products. For a list of wineries and breweries visit www.visitfingerlakes.com or contact the FLVC office for more details, 25 Gorham St., Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

We think it’s the only 2-story brick outhouse in the country! We’re serious, too! Tour the Phelps Historical Society Museum to see this unique feature and to learn about many other interesting facts of local history. Call for hours. Phelps Historical Society Museum, 66 Main Street, Phelps. 315-548-4940.

Looking for a place to shed those holiday pounds? Our largest indoor walking track is at Eastview Mall in Victor. With over 160 specialty stores and four department stores, you’ll have plenty to see as you walk the halls. Eastview Mall, 7979 Route 96, Victor. 585-223-4420.

Take a class and beef up your culinary skills at the NY Wine & Culinary Center. From macaroni and cheese to vegetarian cooking to chicken wings and more, there’s a class for every skill level and interest! Reservations necessary. NY Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-7070.

Feeling lucky? Head to Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and bet on some simulcast horseracing or enjoy more than 1,500 video gaming machines. The 10,000 square-foot “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet is also open daily. Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

Explore nature while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center. Cumming Nature Center is an environmental education center with 15 miles of groomed ski trails and a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.

White, Fluffy Stuff Falling In Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes

December 13th, 2013

Plenty of that white, fluffy stuff falling this weekend.  I think it’s the fluffiest and lightest snow I’ve ever seen.  And, it’s very sparkly.  Come visit the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast.  Bristol Mountain is just down the road.  Many of the trails are open, including the cross country trail at the top of the mountain.  The skiing should be fantastic.  We’ve got Ski Packages and our Free Night Package.  Check out our Packages page for more information.  See you soon.

December Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

December 13th, 2013

Come meet the Wizards at the Wizard of Clay in Honeoye. Jim and Jamie Kozlowski combine their talents in making the trademark Bristoleaf Pottery. Bet you can’t leave the area without it! Wizard of Clay Pottery, 7851 Route 20A, Honeoye. 585-229-2980.

Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to EASTVIEW Mall which is now home to Von Maur, we can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit  Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County, for a list of stores. 877-FUN-IN-NY.

Spend a day at the romantic Belhurst overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in Geneva. Start with a couples massage at Belhurst’s Isabella Spa, then enjoy a wine tasting in the Belhurst wine shop. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva. 315-781-0201.

Warm up by the fire at Brew and Brats! During the month of December check out the full lineup of live music at the Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite cold one and savor a brat! 6461 New York 64, Naples. 585-374-2870.

Ice skate with your children at the Geneva Recreation Center or the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. For open skate times call 315-789-2277 (GRC) or 585-396-7230 (GCCC). Geneva Recreation Center, 666 S. Exchange St., Geneva. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd. Canandaigua.

Turn back the dial at the Antique Wireless Museum. Featuring a 1925 radio store, first cellular telephone and a truly one of a kind world-class collection. Stop in today for a tour and bring the whole family.
6925 Route 5, Bloomfield 585-257-5119. Hours: Tues 10-3pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm.

Visit the new expansion at the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Featuring the new Wolfgang Express Restaurant and Remedy Bar. Serving up the best eats and seats for your favorite sporting events! After the game, swing by the gaming floor and test your luck on one of the 1,550 gaming machines.  5857 New York 96, Farmington, NY 14425 585-742-7300

Need more tips? Visit Finger Lakes Visitors Connection mobile website.

November Touring Tips Courtest Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

November 1st, 2013

Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! From one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops to EASTVIEW Mall which is now home to Von Maur! We can meet all your holiday shopping needs. Visit www.visitfingerlakes.com for a list of stores, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County. 877-FUN-IN-NY.

Celebrate the holidays at the Homestead! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, carriage rides, treats and music, Nov. 8-10. This year enjoy a complimentary shuttle to historic downtown Canandaigua. And don’t miss this year’s Festival of Trees with themed decorations, Nov. 8 – Dec. 8. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-1472.

Commemorate the anniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Pickering Treaty, a celebration of peace between the Iroquois & the U.S. November 11, parade 1:30pm, ceremony 2pm at Ontario County Courthouse, dinner at 4:30pm at Canandaigua Primary School. Ontario County Courthouse and Canandaigua Primary School, West Gibson Street to Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-924-5848.

Warm up with a cup of coffee at the Opus Wine and Espresso Bar in Geneva. Opus is serving up their own roasted coffee, local cheeses, pastries, paninis and breakfast sandwiches. Opus Wine and Espresso Bar, 486 Exchange St, Geneva. 315-759-5388.

In the Victor area doing some early holiday shopping? Cindy’s Pies from Naples have arrived at Casa Larga. Pick up a pie from Naples – in Rochester! Cindy’s grape, fruit and pumpkin pies are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards wine shop through Thanksgiving. A perfect addition to your Thanksgiving desserts.  2287 Turk Hill Rd Fairport 585-223-4210

Looking to catch a show or a movie on the big screen? Check out the Smith Opera House this month – featuring movies, concerts, and live theater! Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. 1-866-355-LIVE

Brush up on your cooking skills before the holidays at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Visit their website at www.nywcc.com to see the full line-up of cooking classes this month. 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua, 585-394-7070

Santa has arrived in the Finger Lakes! On Nov. 30, visit the Lehigh Valley open house. Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be available at the station. 10 – 5p.m. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-289-9149.

October Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

October 3rd, 2013

Bristol Valley Theater’s 4th Annual Fall FolkFest! Each year this autumn music event gets more exciting! Join them in October, as the leaves change for four concerts including a wrap up celebration at Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill! For more information on dates, tickets and times visit www.bvtnaples.org or call 585-374-9032. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street Naples. 585-374-9032.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain! A 15-20 ride up the mountain, return via chair or hike. Week- ends & Columbus Day through October 27, Noon – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival with sky rides, music, family activities and food. October 13, Noon – 5 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm in Victor. Or, head to Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva for orchard fresh fruits and unique fruit juices.
Red Jacket Orchards 1640 Rte 444, Geneva / The Apple Farm, 957 Rte 5 & 20;Victor. 315-781-2749; 585-924-3420.

Looking for that “Leaf Changing Experience” this Fall? The Visitors Connection has put together a Top 10 list of “Leaf Changing Experiences!” Call the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915 or visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/top10 for your next Leaf Changing Experience! We are located at 25 Gorham St in Canandaigua. 585-394-3915. www.visitfingerlakes.com

Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick’N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun house, farm animals & more. Daily 10am – 6pm. The Pick‘N Patch, 2205 Rt. 5 & 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.

Experience hundreds of carved jack-o-lanterns twinkling in the dark along the trail. You won’t want to miss this year’s Great Pumpkin Walk! October 19, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Road 10, Canandaigua. 315-462-3546.

Feeling crafty? With the cool breeze in the air and the leaves on the turn – check out Phelps’ newest nano-brewery Crafty Ales and Lagers! Located in the historic Village of Phelps, the brewery is open on Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun. Hours of operation vary. Please call ahead. 315-332-1606 Crafty Ales and Lagers, 2 Exchange St, Phelps, NY 14532.

Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm. 100+ Alpacas, spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on clothes made from Alpaca wool. October 12-13, 10 am to 5 pm. Lazy Acre Alpacas, 8830 Baker Road, Bloomfield. 585-455-1203

Engagement At 1795 Acorn Inn

September 5th, 2013

Congratulations to Terry and Debra on their engagement.  Terry proposed to Debra in the Bristol Suite this past Labor Day weekend.  Such a happy occasion and even happier when they hold their intimate wedding at the Inn.  Oh, and they sent ME flowers.  Quite a lovely surprise from such a sweet couple.

Engagement

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