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Food, Glorious Food!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Thank you Brown Hound Bistro for my special treat last night!  I am hearing nothing but fabulous things from my guests at the breakfast table after they have enjoyed a wonderful meal the night before.  And, I’m extremely happy to say that some of them are even eating at your fine establishment two, even three, nights in a row.  When you find a good thing…  It’s quite fortunate to have you just a few miles down the road.  Such a quaint house in the country with indoor and outdoor seating, delicious food (doesn’t quite cover it) and such warm and friendly staff.  Keep it up!

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Could it look any more scrumptious?

 

 

 

 

Constellation Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I’m so excited to see Sarah McLachlan and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in Canandaigua, New York.  The amphitheater was renovated a few years ago and a few thousand seats were added.  Now they attract more “big-name” performers such as Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and more.  They also still have their “Blasts From The Past” such as Journey, Moody Blues, B-52′s…

Earlier this month I saw Lady Antebellum and still am in awe.  It’s just the perfect size venue.  I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house… except for the lawn IF it’s raining.

CMAC

Visit CMAC for upcoming concerts.

Live Music Outdoors in the Finger Lakes

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Guess who is going to see Lady Antelbellum at CMAC this Sunday? Check it out…  There are some great concerts coming up this summer.

Watkins Glen State Park Gorge – Simply Gorgeous

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

This past Labor Day Weekend I had the pleasure of hiking the Gorge in Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Only took seven years, but eventually I had the opportunity to escape for a few hours and on a holiday weekend no less.

The power of Mother Nature

Pure Peace

Located about an hour’s scenic drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn, the Gorge is nothing short of amazing. On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Gorge was surprisingly cool and comfortable. Actually it was probably one of the coolest places to be.

One should be in relatively good shape for this hike as there are over 800 steps. Towards the end of the first half of the hike, my legs would not lift my body up one more step.  I found myself needing to rest for a moment and then onward. The walk along the Gorge is wet, a little muddy and uneven, but not too difficult. The stairs are separated by short walks for much of the way.

We hiked up the Gorge and walked down above the Gorge. All in all, about a two-hour hike with stops for photos and a few rests.  You don’t have to hike the whole thing.  A shuttle bus is available to take you to the top.  You can either hike up the gorge and get a ride down or get a ride up and hike down.  I think I would do the former if I wasn’t going to hike both ways. Regardless of your choice, it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and a camera.

For more information about the Watkins Glen, visit the Area page of our web site…

 

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Nordic Skiing By Moonlight

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

This past Friday night Bristol Mountain had a Nordic Skiing by Moonlight event.  It started with a little yoga by Melissa Endres, Spa & Fitness Director, Life Path Spa, dinner (hot dogs or burger), an hour of cross-country skiing by moonlight and then a bon fire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.  The 1795 Acorn Inn hosted Snow East Magazine Travel Writer, Paris Wolfe, for the evening.  Paris, Valerie Knoblauch, President, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and I had a chance to attend the event.  It’s safe to say a fun time was had by all.  And you should have seen that moon!  Thank you to Drew Broderick, Director of Sales & Marketing Director, Bristol Mountain for hosting the event.

Moonlight Cross-Country Skiing at Bristol Mountain

Roasting marshmallows... there were smores too

There is still plenty of skiing left especially after the eight or so inches of snow we had yesterday.  Do I see cross-country skiing in my future this afternoon?

Don’t forget about our Stay Two Nights Get One Night Free Package.  It makes for a relaxing winter getaway … and, you can get in plenty of cross-country skiing.

Cross-Country Skiing

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

After seven winters in upstate New York… this is the first winter I’ve ever been cross-country skiing.  And, I have to say… I love it.  There are several great places to ski close to the 1795 Acorn Inn.  Just 10 minutes away is Bristol Mountain.  They have two groomed trails, one that is even lit and has snow-making capabilities.  They have a special skiing by moonlight event this Friday, 2/18/11 and I’ll be there… not only for the skiing but the BBQ, bonfire and hot chocolate.  And, just about 20 minutes away… Cuming Nature Center.  Both have equipment rentals or bring your own.  And, just 10 minutes away, Ontario Country Park has miles of open trails.  Whether you are a beginner like me, or an expert, you are sure to have a great time.  And, when you are done skiing, sit by our fireplace in the Gathering Room before soaking those muscles in our outdoor spa… open year round.  A glass of finger lakes wine goes down well about this time…

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Fall Into New York’s Finger Lakes

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Soon the leaves will start to change and the lush, green hillsides will slowly become ablaze in reds, oranges and yellows.

It’s the perfect time to visit New York’s Finger Lakes. The days are warm and the nights are crisp. On the weekends in October enjoy chairlift rides at Bristol Mountain, our local ski mountain just down the road from the 1795 Acorn Inn, and view the foliage from above. Bring along a picnic basket, a bottle of wine and a blanket. Find a secluded spot off the beaten path and enjoy a romantic escape. Take a leisurely drive among the vineyards and taste wine.  Or, walk among the apple orchards and pick a variety of juicy, crisp New York apples.  There’s plenty to do and see.

The weekends fill up quickly so book now and get the weekend of your choice. Or, visit during the week and take advantage of our best multiple weeknight rates.

Finger Lakes Concerts

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The Smith Opera House, in Geneva NY, presents an eclectic array of performances year round. In January alone, there are crazy-fun events for children of all ages, film events, and classical music. Central to the cultural life of the Finger Lakes region, the Smith Opera House is committed to reaching out to a diverse audience. Kudos. (more…)

New York Wine & Culinary Center

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Here in Canandaigua is the New York Wine and Culinary Center is a great place to learn about our state’s agriculture, as well as experience New York State wine and culinary trends. In downtown Canandaigua, about 12 miles from our bed and breakfast New York, the center holds all sorts of fun classes for learning about and enjoying food, specifically local food and products. This weekend they are having a tasting of NY beer and food with the class NY on Tap. Sample beers from New York State Breweries and enjoy local cuisine. The class includes a commemorative glass that you can keep to get a free beer the next day at the New York Beer Garden. This is going on all day from 12 pm to 5 pm.

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Enjoy local brews this weekend at the New York Wine & Culinary Center

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