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The Kids Are Leaving Home

May 27th, 2014

So I stepped outside day before yesterday and one of the parents started swooping at me. She/he only does that when the chicks are ready to fly. It is at that time when they are most vulnerable.

Don't come any closer...

Don’t come any closer…

So, I take a picture of the nest and the one that is giving me the stink eye, as if to say enough with the paparazzi, takes off.

Ready to leave home...

Ready to leave home…

She/he hops around on the ground with a parent in close proximity and slowly gets higher and higher off the ground. Without a tail, at this time, she/he is a tad wobbly.

I think I can.  I think I can.

I think I can. I think I can.

Exploring the Finger Lakes...

Exploring the Finger Lakes…

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Open Today, May 23, 2014!

May 23rd, 2014

Canandaigua, NY (May 22, 2014)     Friday, May 23rd is opening day (9am-6pm) for the highly anticipated Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures.  Residents and visitors to the Finger Lakes Regions can enjoy five thrilling outdoor aerial adventure courses comprised of nearly 100 elements which include: crossing from tree to tree riding a snowboard or a skate board that is attached to half inch cable 30 feet above the ground, making your way across the Double Helix bridge, zip lining downward with the feeling of going upwards, and free falling from a height of 60 feet, just to name a few of the adventures in store for you.  Courses transition from beginner to intermediate to advanced levels.  A course specifically for children ages 4 to 7 will be opening in the near future.

“It is an amazing feeling to be up in the trees transitioning from element to element”, exclaims, Bristol Mountain Marketing Director, Drew Broderick.  As Director of Marketing, Broderick had the good fortune to get to try out the aerial park several days before the park opened to the public.  “I just may relocate my office from the base area to the top of the mountain so I can get more time on the course”, jokes, Broderick.

Why an outdoor aerial adventure park?  Why now?   Project Manager, Steven Fuller, explains, “For several years Bristol Mountain has been looking for an attraction that would allow us to transition to a year round destination.  Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures compliments our other endeavors which include: Bristol Mountain Snowsports, Fall Sky Rides, weddings and Roseland Waterpark.  We are now truly a four seasons resort”.   Fuller offers, “Our snowsports guests are families who enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle on a year round basis.  When we started researching aerial parks we knew it was the right fit”.  There is even a kids course dedicated to children ages 4 to7.

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection President, Valerie Knoblauch, had this to say about the addition of this new Finger Lakes based attraction, “Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures strengthens the already robust tourism product in Ontario County. The aerial adventure park will be a destination attraction for visitors to the Finger Lakes and will draw them into Ontario County. Families and adventure travelers will come for the park, and while they are here they will stay overnight, enjoying our hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shopping, wineries and more. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection research data shows that the average daily spend per travel party on an overnight trip is $417, compared to $296 for a day trip. The more there is to do in Ontario County, the more likely visitors will extend their vacation, which strengthens the economic benefit to the community.”

The operating season will be from May 23rd through November 2nd.  Until June 8th the aerial park will be open Friday through Sundays plus Memorial Day from 9am-6pm.  June 13 through September 1st it will operate seven days a week from 9am-6pm.  The fall schedule will be back to Friday – Sunday plus Columbus Day from 11am-dusk.

Due to the expected high levels of interest, advanced reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 585-374-1180 between 9am-6pm or by going online to www.bristolmountainadventures.com.  Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ticket reservation time to check in, get fitted for their harness and to attend the park orientation prior to getting onto the course.  The aerial park is located at the top of Bristol Mountain at 5589 South Hill Road, South Bristol, NY.

Groups are welcome at the aerial park and will receive a special rate for 15 people or more.  A deposit of 50 percent is due at the time of booking (at least 72 hours in advance) with the remainder due the day the group arrives at the aerial park.  This park is great for family outings, teambuilding events, wedding parties, birthday parties, cross training for athletes and sports teams to name a few.

For more information regarding the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park  or to schedule a media interview please contact Drew Broderick at 585-455-4186 or dbroderick@bristolmt.com

Drew

Drew Broderick
Bristol Mountain/Roseland Waterpark
Director of Sales and Marketing
5662 Route 64
Canandaigua, NY  14424
O-585-374-1125
C-585-455-4186
F-585-374-2253

www.bristolmountainadventures.com

www.bristolmountain.com
www.facebook.com/bristolmountain

www.roselandwaterpark.com
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Robin’s Nest

May 20th, 2014

This little lady built this nest in less than a day. The quality of workmanship is outstanding. And, such a treat to watch her make it. After bringing materials, she wiggles out the perfect nest with her breast and then her feet. Turning a quarter each time. This is the second year she has built this nest outside the Bristol Suite window where guests will soon be able to see her beautiful blue eggs. And, then to watch them throughout their growth from ugly, featherless chicks to sweet baby red-breasted Robins taking that first flight. I assume it’s a she but don’t know for sure. Nature is simply amazing.

Bristol Suite robin's nest
Bristol Suite robin

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.