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Feburary Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

On February 9th 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 who 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.

Got a case of the Winter Blues? Not to worry. The Blues Brothers Revue is in town. On Saturday, February 9th head to the Smith Opera House, a historic wonder of Geneva, NY. Bring your friends and join in as the Revue pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, soul music and gospel in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Pricing $25 advance; $30 at the door. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456 www.thesmith.org

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.10 from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5. Finger Lakes Casino and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. (585) 394-1472.

Celebrate wonderful Finger Lakes ice wines this winter. The New York Ice Wine Festival (Feb. 16) at Casa Larga Vineyards and the nICE Festival (Feb. 25) at the New York Wine and Culinary Center will be full of Finger Lakes wine food and fun! For more details visit www.visitfingerlakes.com/events

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. 23rd, 10am – 4pm. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. 585-924-5848.

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 www.fingerlakesgiftsandlounge.com

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 23 and 24 from noon to 3pm. Visitors can also enjoy hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies and hot cider! Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 585-374-6160.

December Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Friday, November 30th, 2012

See Clifton Springs all lit up for the holidays at the Festival of Lights! Experience the hot drinks & food, music, Dickens carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids activities and a visit from Santa. Dec. 7,
5 pm – 8 pm. Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Area, Clifton Springs. 315-462-8200.

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.

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.

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t golf in the Finger Lakes! OptiGolf offers high-tech virtual golf simulation on a variety of famous courses. www.victor.optigolfcenters.com. OptiGolf, 10 Commerce Drive, Victor. 585-924-4300.

In 2012, the Naples Hotel was featured on the hit television show “Ghost Hunters”! Now is your chance for a late night ghost hunt at the Naples Hotel on the evening of Dec. 14 from midnight – 4 am. You’ll explore three floors of the hotel while being introduced to a variety of technologies used in paranormal investigations. Call for reservations. The Naples Hotel, 111 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-5630.

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas tree to take home, look no further than Victor Christmas Tree Farm! They have 10 varieties to choose from and the best part is you can even cut down your own tree! Victor Christmas Tree Farm, 1619 Murray Rd, Victor. 585-924-2079.

The Finger Lakes is a special place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season. Our many art galleries, main street stores, independently owned gift shops and Eastview Mall have a variety of gifts for everyone on your list! Go to www.visitfingerlakes.com and click on “Shopping and Spas” for more details.

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 at the Belhurst Estate Winery. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva. 315-781-0201.

Head to Brown Hound Bistro to see if you get the Golden Ticket! This winter, every time you have dinner at Brown Hound, you’ll receive an envelope with a mystery offer and the possibility of getting one of five Golden Tickets. Get the Golden Ticket and your entire meal is on the house! Brown Hound Bistro,
6459 State Route 64, Naples. 585-374-9771.

Celebrate New Years Eve at Bristol Mountain with music, activities for kids and a torchlight parade followed by fireworks. Dec. 31, 4 pm – 10 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Old Man Winter To Visit Finger Lakes…

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Well, as it happens every year, fall slowly disappears in a blaze of red, orange and yellow.  This year was and still is spectacular.  The gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn are filled with foliage which come spring, summer and fall, are such a joy to see.  But, as fall departs, there’s lots of work to be done.  I raked up four bags of leaves yesterday. Doesn’t seem like much but I’ve been doing it for a while and the bags are packed.  The minute I finished there were more on the ground. And this morning… it looks as if I didn’t even rake yesterday. It feels useless, but necessary. Today, the gutters get cleaned out, the gazebo is coming down, the fountain gets emptied and the outdoor furniture is getting put away… all in preparation for this week’s upcoming deluge (which most of the time, thankfully, is not as severe as forecasted) and then, the inevitable visit from Old Man Winter. Oh the joy!

October Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Don’t miss the Naples Open Studio Trail! Local artists & artisans welcome visitors in their studios on this self-guided tour. October 6-7, 10 am – 5 pm. www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com. Naples Open Studio Trail, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-6563.

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

Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm with 100+ alpacas, spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on alpaca wool products. October 6-7, 10 am to 5 pm. Lazy Acre Alpacas, 8830 Baker Road, Bloomfield. 585-624-5477.

Enjoy the gorgeous colors of fall on a 90-minute, round-trip train ride over the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway. October 13. Departures: 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Museum, 8 E. High St., Shortsville. 585-374-1570.

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

Bring your family to the Fall into Canandaigua Festival! Enjoy a harvest festival complete with scarecrow contest, kids’ activities, music, wagon rides & specialty vendors. October 13, 10 am – 7 pm. Fall into Canandaigua Festival, Main Street, Canandaigua. 585-396-0300.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain! A 15-20 minute ride up the mountain, return via chair or hike. Weekends & Columbus Day through October 28, 12 pm – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival with sky rides, music, family activites and food. October 14, 12 pm – 5 pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

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 20, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds,
County Road 10, Canandaigua. 315-462-3546.

Spend the night in downtown Victor sampling Finger Lakes wines and viewing art at various restaurants, galleries and merchant locations at the Victor Art and Wine Walk. 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26.
For more information, visit www.victorldc.com for more information. Downtown Victor. 585-742-6320.

October is a great month to visit the Finger Lakes.  Fall is here and the leaves are vibrant.

Quiche… B & B Breakfast Prep Is Not Always Easy

Monday, August 27th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I had a little bit of a scare during breakfast.  I was fixing a South of the Border quiche and was nervous that the center wasn’t setting.  As I let it cook, it began to set and I was feeling quite relieved.  Well, that feeling of relief quickly turned into panic when I realized after letting it cool, that it hadn’t set.  So, I went to Plan B.  The Guests, all of them, were quite understanding and loved the scrambled eggs.  I felt a little bit better but quite frankly I was just a tad frightened of making another quiche.  Seems silly as I have been making quiches for years.

So, this past weekend, it was time to overcome that fear and conquer quiche again.  I got new quiche pans.  Got a thermometer for the oven (I have long suspected that the 25 year old Viking is not heating to the correct temperature… and I was right).  I adjusted for temperature and made my Mediterranean quiche… feta, spinach, onion, seasoning.  Served all 10 guests with two pieces left over for Juli and me.  I wish I could say it was a complete success.  The quiche set, looked beautiful and was delicious, but the crust wasn’t as cooked in the center as I would have liked it (even with mozzarella spread across the bottom).  I think I figured out what happened though and will try, try again.

Breakfast Challenges

Mediterranean Quiche

Angell Room Gets New Chairs

Monday, August 13th, 2012

For years I’ve been looking for new chairs for the Angell Room.  Not too big.  Just the right color.  Comfy.  Matching.  And the list goes on…  But, I’ve never been able to find the ones I want.  I have two chairs and beautiful, expensive fabric that I purchased a while back sitting in my office.  The plan has always been to have new slip covers made.  But, I can’t find anyone to sew them.  So, I thought I would take on the task myself.  How hard could it be, right?  I plow the driveway in the winter, clean out the gutters, re-screen windows, do minor repairs, sew curtains and draperies for the canopy beds…  I can surely sew slipcovers.  Then, just when I’m not looking, I find the perfect chairs.  Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.

New chairs, blinds and curtains too!

 

My favorite Wingback!

My favorite Club chair!

 

 

 

Nothing Like A Fresh Coat Of Paint To Make This Old House Look Young Again

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

A HUGE thanks to Amanda for helping me paint the outside of the Inn by the Hotchkiss Room! When the house was painted last fall there was a climbing hydrangea on a trellis that covered the wall. This spring my landscaper took the trellis down and removed the plant. Painting that last bit of the Inn has been on my list of things to do for what seems like forever. Today, I get to check it off.

I feel so very fortunate to have the staff working with me that I do. I couldn’t do this without them… Amanda, Kristen, Juli, Judy, Donna and Carson. And even though technically she doesn’t work with us anymore… Audrey. Thanks Ladies!

The Good, The Bad and Plan B

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Well, I can’t always write about the good stuff now, can I?

This morning I had a beautiful South of the Border Quiche on the menu.  Corn, multicolored peppers and all kinds of other good stuff.  I’ve done this quiche before so nothing too taxing.  But, while the quiche was cooking for an hour, I noticed it wasn’t firming up in the middle as it should.  So, I turned it up and slowed down breakfast a bit.  No big deal.  The quiche browned nicely and looked to have firmed up so I took it out and thought, “Phew, saved that one.”  I even was able to let it sit for a while.  Well, I went to cut into the quiche and it just didn’t look right.  Still a little wet and not cooked.  I thought to myself, “I can’t serve this.”  I’ve had some near breakfast disasters, a candle melted in someone’s Strata (a nice Birthday idea but not exactly thought through), and others, but nothing like this.

I quickly and calmly grabbed a pan, cracked some eggs and started to scramble, in many senses of the word.  I went to the Dining Room and apologized to the guests that it would be a few more minutes as I needed to implement Plan B.  They smiled, which put me at ease… a little.  Of course, I grabbed my largest pan, which isn’t always the best.  The eggs started sticking.  So then I grabbed another pan and poured the eggs into that pan and it worked much better.  Within five minutes, Plan B was in place.  In addition to my scrambled eggs, I served corn muffins with honey butter, tomato, cucumber and cilantro salsa and sausages.  Not my most impressive breakfast, but the guests seemed to like it and completely understood that things don’t always work out as planned.

In my eight years as an Innkeeper, I’ve never experienced anything like this.  I probably even could have served the quiche.  But, thanks to Lucas and Lee, the lovely couple honeymooning in the Barn, to Tamra and John and to Lois and David, for their patience, understanding and grace.  Both John and Lee said, “If you served this every morning, I’d be happy.”  Not all my guests would have been so kind.

When I woke up this morning, I debated getting out of the right side of the bed.  I usually get out on the left, but a cat was blocking my way.  Many times I get out on the right and don’t even give it a second thought.  Today I did.  And it wasn’t even Friday the 13th.  So, there you have it.  Guess I should have my oven checked…

Finger Lakes Sunsets

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I have always felt fortunate to live in New York’s Finger Lakes.  The scenery, the seasons, the people, the festivals… are just a few reasons.  But, the other night while driving home from doing some after-hours grocery shopping, I snapped this picture.

It gave me one more reason to feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

Fabulous Food and Live Jazz Friday Nights in the Finger Lakes

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

While we have many fabulous restaurants within 10 miles from the 1795 Acorn Inn, I was reminded last night about Friday nights at Wegmans, our fabulous grocery store. They have an outdoor BBQ and live jazz. It’s hard to beat the food and atmosphere. Last night my meal consisted of a wonderful glass of Pinot Grigio, perfectly grilled Mahi with grilled papaya and mango and crunchy jicama slaw. Yum.