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Engagement At 1795 Acorn Inn

Thursday, 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.

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September Touring Tips Courtesy Of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the tradition of lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. August 31, 9pm. Canandaigua and Honeoye lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.

Bring the whole family for a fun day in downtown Victor at Hang Around Victor Day on Sept 7. Enjoy live music and plenty of food and craft vendors. There will be a bounce house, clowns and games for kids and a dunking booth. Route 96, Village of Victor. 585-742-1476.

Enjoy spectacular views of the fall foliage and a great meal aboard the Canandaigua Lady. Take a cruise on this 18th century replica paddlewheel steamboat–a must do while you’re here. Steamboat Landing, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-396-7350.

Don’t miss these Geneva wineries all within a short drive on Route 14S; Belhurst Winery, Lacey Magruder Winery, Billsboro Winery, and White Springs Winery. Enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and the spectacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. Belhurst Winery 315-781-0201.Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, Lacey Magruder Winery, 315-789-2528. White Springs Winery 315-781-9463.

Looking for some great spots to catch the change of seasons? Head to the County Road 12 or Ontario County Park, home to the Jump off, at the top of Gannett Hill which is Ontario County’s highest vantage point. For more great spots to catch some great seasonal scenics call us at the Visitors Connection 585-394-3915 or ask the closest local!

Celebrate the harvest season at the Purple Foot Festival on Sept. 15 from 11 am to 6 pm with grape stomping, vineyard hayrides, wine tasting, seminars, Italian dance classes, food,live entertainment and more. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. (585) 223-4210

Are you a history buff? Take a step back in time at the Ontario County Historical Society. Currently hosting two intriguing month-long exhibits and an upcoming behind the scenes tour showcasing historical homes of the past. Call the Historical Society or visit www.ochs.org for more information, 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975.

Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 28-29, 10am-5pm. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.

It’s not time to put the bikes always just yet. During the fall months road cycling and mountain biking are great Finger Lakes outdoor activities. With the vivid colors and rolling hillsides, grab your bike of choice and get outside. For excellent places to bike go to visitfingerlakes.com/hikebike or call us at 585-394-3915
for more!

August Touring Tips Courtesy Of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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.  Roseland Waterpark, 250 Eastern Blvd., Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.

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! Aug. 1 – Aug. 5. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315-548-5702.

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 1,000 video lottery terminals, open daily from 8am-4am.  5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

Golf the Finger Lakes! With the PGA Championship in town be sure to get out on the links this month! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses, each unique and challenging! For more golf in Ontario County visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf-the-finger-lakesfingerlakesgaming.com or call us at 585-394-3915.

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.

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.  Admission required. Pageant of Steam, Gehan Road off Rts. 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022.

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. 10 and 11, 10 am – 5 pm.  Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-383-0380.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Thank you to our wonderful guests who without their assistance this recognition wouldn’t be possible… two years in a row (perhaps more).  This means a lot to us and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay.  That’s what it’s all about.

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Finger Lakes Literature

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

I attended two literature exchanges this month and spent the morning organizing my brochure rack in the Welcoming Room. It’s chalk full of not only information on things to do in the Finger Lakes, but stunning brochures with stunning photography.

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Such a great resource for guests when they arrive.  Some come with their trip already planned and have a great idea of what they want to do.  Others come just ready to relax and take it as it comes.  Regardless of how you plan your vacation, there is lots of great information online and in the Welcoming Room at the 1795 Acorn Inn.

Robin Update

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Well, the robins have all left the nest.  The first brave chick, barely seen here in the lower right, hopped around the grounds for hours until I could no longer see or hear it.  The other two stayed in the nest for over 24 hours before finally making that leap.  I haven’t seen any since, but this morning I heard the most wonderful chirping in the gardens and can only imagine who was singing…

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18th Century B & B Get 21st Century Bling

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Sometimes it truly is the little things that make me happy…

For the nearly nine years that I have been the Innkeeper at the 1795 Acorn Inn, guests have gotten two keys upon arrival; one for the front door and the Dining Room door and one for their respective rooms.  Since the Inn is locked at all times, these keys made it possible for guests to come and go as they please.  Always in the back of my mind though was the thought that although these keys say do not duplicate, they (name not to be mentioned) duplicate them for me as needed.  So, why couldn’t guests get them duplicated and come back at any time?  I’m not thinking of the kind, respectful, wonderful guests that I usually have the pleasure of meeting…

So, years ago I decided to make the investment and purchase Schlage locks with keypads.  This year, when my fabulous brother Roger was visiting, he installed them for me.  And, now that I have gotten adept at programming and deprogramming, my vision is complete.

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Upon arrival, guests are asked to provide a four-digit code that would be easy for them to remember.  Their code is programmed into the locks and voila… they can come and go as they please.  Upon their departure, their code is removed from the system.  Simple.

For those guests that cannot make our regular check in hours of 3:00 to 5:00 pm and have made arrangements in advance of their stay for a late check in, we can input their code of choice on the day of their arrival.  Once inside the Inn, they are able to follow our simple self-check process and use their personal code for their entire stay..

So far, so good.  And, I am happy to say, another improvement completed.

I Love Spring – Part III

Monday, May 20th, 2013

May 19… The babies are getting so big they no longer need their mother/father for warmth at night.  Mama/Papa sleep close by on a branch now.  Yesterday they were chirping up a storm and it was hard to believe how big they had gotten overnight.  I was getting a little worried because I hadn’t seen them getting fed all day.  Actually, I was besides myself.  I started researching all I could about how to care for these Robins and was almost out the door ready to go dig up some worms when the mama/papa came back to feed.  I felt instant relief.

They barely fit in the nest.

Part IV to follow…

 

April Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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. Visit the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915
Grape pies are a “must taste” in the Finger Lakes Region. Take a scenic drive on Route 21 to Naples
and stop at a roadside stand or go right to Monica’s Pies. Monica’s Pies, Route 21 South, Naples.
585-374-2139. www.monicaspies.com
Join owners Vinny and Kim Aliperti from 2-4pm on April 14th, for a Vertical Wine Tasting at Billsboro
Winery as they dig into their wine library to sample and discuss the many stories each vintage has to tell.
Billsboro Winery 4760 West Lake Rd. (Rt. 14) Geneva (315) 789-9538. www.billsborowinery.com
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-the-finger-lakes
And they’re off to the races! April 20th is the first day of racing for the 2013 season. Between races
check out the gaming floor with over 1000 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack,
Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232. www.fingerlakescasino.com
Hang out with the alpacas at Golden Oak Alpaca Farm from 10 am-12pm on April 20-21st . The farm
is family owned and operated with over 10 years of raising alpacas. If you’ve never experienced
alpaca shearing, now’s your chance. The alpacas are sheared once a year for their very
fine fleeces, similar to the shearing of sheep. Golden Oak Alpaca Farm, 8395 State Route 20A, Honeoye.
585-229-5545 www.alpacasetc.net
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 27-28. Visit www.wildwaterderby.com located at Canandaigua Outlet/Red
Jacket Central High School, 1506 Route 2, Shortsville.
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. www.thegrapery.com/Brew-and-Brats.php
On April 27-28th, come down to Sonnenberg Gardens to enjoy a workshop for novice and more
experienced photographers led by award-winning photographer and garden writer Theresa Forte.
Meet in the Carriage House. Includes soup and beverage at lunch. $85 per person/$75 per Sonnenberg
Member. Prepaid reservations required please call for times 585-394-4922. www.sonnenberg.org

March Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Be sure to get to Sonnenberg for the Annual Orchid Show! See beautiful orchids on exhibit
and for sale, or sit in on a seminar or lecture. March 1-3, 10 am – 5 pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922

Come meet the Wizards at the Wizard of Clay. 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, Bristol. 585-229-2980.

Stop down to the New York Wine and Culinary Center and sharpen your cooking and tasting skills.
On March 7, sit down and have a “Dinner & Discussion with Red Newt’s Winemaker & Chef.” Over din- ner, enjoy some of the Finger Lakes’ best local ingredients and award winning wines. For more details or to reserve your spot, visit www.nywcc.com. New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, 585-394-7070

Don’t miss a chance to get up close and personal with nature! Take your family to Cumming Nature Center’s 35th Annual Maple Sugaring event and enjoy sugaring demos and a pancake breakfast. Be sure to walk the trails while you’re there! March 16-17 and 23-24, 9 am – 4 pm. Cumming Nature Center, Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.

Experience maple sugaring the old fashioned way during March! See demonstrations and taste the sea- son’s first maple syrup during Maple Weekends. Check out all the great farms and dates at www.mapleweekend.com.

Don’t miss this year’s Spring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain! Greet the change of seasons with a family fun day, Easter egg hunt on Saturday, a frozen stache dash, snow tube slides, live music, and much more! Free lift tickets for kids 12 and under! March 16-17. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Rt. 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

On March 19, enjoy the Loving Local Cheese event at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Featuring local cheeses and juices, it’s a celebration of some of the best Finger Lakes agriculture has to offer.
Sample Red Jacket Orchards juice blends; meet artisanal cheese makers and local dairy farmers! Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Dr. Geneva. For more information, contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 Cost $5 per person.

The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes will be an exquisite wine and food experience held in Geneva on March 23. Come learn about and taste wines alongside international experts including former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib, and, in the process, learn about the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the context of the world’s key wine producing regions. For tickets and more information, visit www.winesymposiumfingerlakes.com