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February Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

On Sat., Feb. 7, experience “Vintage Vines & Valentines”, a 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 visit facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

Stop by Nedloh Brewing Company, where they are committed to restoring the tradition of hops growing and small breweries in the Finger Lakes. The brewery features a tasting room, retail shop, plus a hops and beer museum. Nedloh, 6621 State Rte. 5&20, East Bloomfield.  585-360-7272. 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. Sun., Feb. 8 from 9am-4pm. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-394-1472.

Head down to the beautiful and historic Naples. Artizanns showcases work done by more than 200 artisans. Stop by and pick out a special and unique gift so you’ll always remember your visit to the Finger Lakes. Artizanns, 118 North Main St., Naples. 585-374-6740.

Experience Finger Lakes wine in a unique venue at The Barrel Room. This winery tasting room showcases the barrel’s important role in the art of winemaking. Enjoy full wine tastings and flights at the oak stave- themed tasting bar while admiring works made by local artists. The Barrel Room, 72 West Main St.,
Victor. 585-289-5028.

Embrace the cold winter season with the first ever Finger Lakes Frost Festival on Sat., Feb. 21! The festival includes eight outdoor ice sculptures as well as an ice bar, throne, picture frame and ice logo wall. The drinks will be served up using a massive ice luge. The Frost Fest will take place at Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva. 315-789-1616.

Calling all art aficionados! Main Street Arts is featuring a solid gold exhibit now until Sat., Feb. 28. This ex-hibition showcases works in a variety of media by invited artists who use gold leaf, gold luster or gold paint to create their works of art. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. 315-462-0210.

Enjoy a local craft brew with locally made specialty sausages in the historic carriage barn of Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Choose from their 21 different wines and 47 gourmet food products. Open mic nightevery Sat., 6pm-9pm. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870

Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. Strike up a few games of bowling. Afterwards head over to the fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and over 30 brand new arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaiuga. 585-394-5050

October Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

During the Naples Open Studio Trail, 20 talented and innovative local artists open their studios to visitors for an inside look at Finger Lakes artistic community. This year’s Open Studio Trail event will be Oct. 4 and 5, from 10am to 5pm. For a complete list of participating artists and locations, visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

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.
The Apple Farm – 1640 Route 444, Victor, 585-924-3420. Red Jacket Orchards – 957 Routes 5 and 20, Geneva, 315-781-2749.

The brewery business is continuing to expand in the Finger Lakes. Nedloh Brewing Co. in East Bloomfield will officially open for business Oct. 4 and will have six beers on tap. Stop by and try them all! Nedloh Brewing Co., 6621 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain with a 15-20 minute ride up the mountain. Once at the top, you can return to the bottom via chair or hike! Weekends and Columbus Day through Oct. 26, Noon – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival and Scottish Highlander Games featuring sky rides, music, family activities and food. October 12, 10am – 5pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

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 www.visitfingerlakes.com/top10 for your next Leaf Changing Experience! We are located at 25 Gorham St. in Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick’N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun house, farm animals & more. Open daily, 10am – 6pm. The Pick‘N Patch, 2205 Routes 5 and 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! Oct. 18, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Road 10, Canandaigua. 585-234-7722.

Fall for the arts this October with music and more at Bristol Valley Theater. The theater is hosting a variety of music events, as well as A Taste of the Finger Lakes event and a haunted Movie Madness day. For more information on dates, tickets and times, visit www.bvtnaples.org or call 585-374-9032. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St., Naples. 585-374-9032.

Featured Tip: Hang with the alpacas!

Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm. 50+ Alpacas,spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on clothes made from Alpaca wool. New this year is pony and horse rides for the kids! Oct. 11 and 12. 8830 Baker Rd., Bloomfield. 585-455-1203.

October is certainly a busy month… and a beautiful one!

July Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Don’t miss the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? This annual event features several family activities, as well as food products that revolve around sauerkraut! Jul. 31 – Aug. 3. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315- 548-5702.

Are you looking for a great #FLXperience? Craft Beer Week in the Finger Lakes is upon us. Visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/flxperience-beer. Celebrate Craft Beer at the Hopsfest August 9th and 10th at Nedloh, Ontario County’s newest craft brewery! For more information, visit nedlohbrewing.com 6621 State Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield.

Area wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists and musicians join together for a weekend long celebration of everything that makes this region amazing at the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Aug. 9 and 10,
10 am – 5 pm.  Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-383-0380.

Looking to blow off some steam? The 53rd annual Pageant of Steam is a massive display of antique farm equipment dating back to the early 1900’s. Enjoy parades, tractor pulls, craft vendors and food. August 7-10, 9am-9pm. pageantofsteam.org Admission required. Pageant of Steam, Gehan Road off Rts. 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022.

The Seneca Lakefront comes alive after 5pm each Friday throughout August. Enjoy a full line-up of music in the “Live After 5” series from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront hotel. Be sure to checkout the full schedule at ramadagenevalakefront.com 41 Lake Front Dr., Geneva 315-789-0400.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures provides family fun for all ages and sizes. An aerial park is a series of challenge courses interwoven within the forest canopy, the Aerial Park provides you with 7 different courses with varying levels of difficulty; including zip-lining! Up for a new great outdoor experience? To make a reservation visit bristolmountainadventures.com 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua 585-374-1180.

Get set to get wet! Roseland Waterpark offers fun for the whole family. Check out the giant wave pool, Splash Factory, extreme tube slides, dunk tank or hit the beach for volleyball. Stay cool and have fun.  250 Eastern Blvd Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.

You can just bet you’ll enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track in Farmington. Excitement galore, great food and fun. Also enjoy over 1,500 video lottery terminals, open daily from 8am-4am.  5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

It’s Golf month in the Finger Lakes! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses, each unique and challenging! For more golf in Ontario County visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf or call us at 585-394-3915.

That certainly is only the tip of the iceberg concerning things to do in the Finger Lakes this month.  You can most like look forward to another Touring Tips mid-month.

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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

Finger Lakes Beer Trail

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

California Chrome

Saturday, 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!

Nature In The Finger Lakes

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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.