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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.

Simple

1795 Acorn Inn Front Door Lock

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 IV

May 20th, 2013

Well, my relief was short lived this morning when we found a poor, little chick on the ground beneath the nest.  It was on the brick floor and unfortunately will never know what it feels like to fly.  I gently put it in a box and Amanda and I will have a burial service for it later this afternoon.  I have to keep reminding myself that this is nature.  But it still hurts.  There are some things this city girl will never get used to in the country.

On a positive note, just after we noticed that one didn’t make it, another baby was on the ground.  This one was hopping around, flapping it’s wings and following mama/papa.  There are still two left in the nest and I’m sure they too will soon be taking that leap.  Once out of the nest, they don’t really know how to fly.  They will spend the next few days hopping around on the ground and learning how to fly.  Of course, this is when they are most vulnerable but I think they will make it as we are pretty protected in our beautifully lush perennial gardens.

Will there be a Part V?

I Love Spring – Part III

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…

 

I Love Spring – Part II

May 20th, 2013

On Wednesday, May 15, I noticed a little head popping out from under mama/papa.  It was still very cold in the morning and I didn’t think the eggs would have hatched yet.  But apparently they did.  A few hours later Amanda noticed two heads.  And a few hours later, we saw her/him feeding them… all four.  She or he (I think they take turns) would land on the edge of the nest with a worm in his/her mouth and all four heads would reach out of the nest and chirp for food.  It seemed like there were constantly flying to and fro.  Did you know a baby robin needs to be fed every 10-20 minutes?  With four in the nest, that’s a worm every five minutes.  And I still can’t figure out how she/he knows who got the last worm.

I think they grow into their beaks.

I think they grow into their beaks.

Just finished feeding

Just finished feeding.

Can I have some more please?

Can I have some more please?

Part III to follow…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love Spring – Part I

May 20th, 2013

Spring feels like the shortest of all seasons and passes with a blink of an eye.  Case and point…  This is the third year in a row that a robin has chosen nest atop the light just outside of my office door.  The first year we took her nest down because we painted the outside of the Inn.  The next year she/he rebuilt it.  This year she/he made a few modifications and reused the old nest.  It’s pretty safe there but wonder why she chooses to lay her eggs there given the amount of traffic in and out the office door.

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I don’t think he/she knows what to think of me and my camera.

 

Always close by…

 

Part II to follow…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

May 6th, 2013

Take a stroll through the nine gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion or visit one of the many historic homes and mansions in Ontario County, replete with period furnishings and architectural grandeur of the Victorian, Federal and Greek revival periods. Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.

During the month of May head over to Geneva, NY and check out the Rose Hill Mansion and Johnston House both once working farms in the Finger Lakes.Take a step back in time to explore these historic estates and learn about historic farming techniques. Contact the Geneva Historical Society for tickets, tours and more! Located at 543 South Main St, Geneva 14456 (315) 789-5151.

Join the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection as it unveils the photography, art, local products and people of Ontario County that helped to make the happiest Visitors Guide ever! Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is showcasing travel happiness in Ontario County with the 2013 Travel Happiness Art Show. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on May 10 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars in Naples. For questions contact FLVC at (585) 394-3915.

The Ganondagan State Historic Site is now open! Learn about local Native American History at the site of a 17th century Seneca Village. Make sure to visit the self-guided hiking trails, the 1670 bark long-house replica and Visitors Center. 1488 New York 444 Victor, NY 14564 (585) 742-1690.

The signs of summer are starting to appear! Head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and kick-off summer at The Inn on the Lake – Sand Bar! Featuring live music weekly and great food specials! If you have a boat in the water, feel free to dock along the waterfront at the hotel to take in the sound waves! 770 South Main St. Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 394-7800.

Hit the links at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. In 2003 Golf Digest Rated it the #5 “Best New Public Course in America.” On Mother’s Day, Mom plays golf for free! 929 Lynaugh Rd., Victor. (585) 924-510.

Spring is here and summer is near! Time to hop on a bike and ride around the lakes! Bike rentals are available at R&E Bike and Skate, 168 S.Main St., Canandaigua, (585) 393-5680 and Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange St., Geneva, (315) 789-5922. Or, bring your own bikes and check out a fabulous resource at the 1795 Acorn Inn… Take Your Bike, a list of bike trails in the Finger Lakes.

In celebration of the City of Canandaigua’s Centennial, enjoy 100 days of free entertainment in Commons Park, Downtown Canandaigua. There will be music, dance and theater for 100 days – every day something different. Come downtown and see what’s in store. Events begin after May 27th.

Value In The Finger Lakes

April 30th, 2013

May and June are my two favorite months of the year.  I love the sun, the changing scenery and the flowering perennials.  So take advantage of our Stay Two Weeknights, Receive The Third Weeknight Free Package.  It’s only for the month of May.

Angell/Wilder Rooms:  $375.70 ($170 savings)
Bristol Suite/Hotchkiss Room:  $475.17 ($215 savings)
Barn Suite:  $530.40 ($240 savings)

Package available Monday through Thursday, 4/29/13-5/30/13.  NOT AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY.  Price includes three weeknights accommodations, full breakfast and all applicable taxes.  Package not available on Holidays, Holiday Periods and Special Events.  Thirty-day cancellation policy applies.  PACKAGE MUST BE REQUESTED AT TIME OF RESERVATION.  PLEASE MAKE NOTE IN THE SPECIAL NEEDS SECTION WHEN MAKING AN ONLINE RESERVATION OR INFORM THE INNKEEPER IF MAKING A RESERVATION BY PHONE.

 

April Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

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

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

Sonnenberg Gardens Orchid Show March 1 – 3, 2013

February 11th, 2013

Come to the greenhouses of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park for the Annual Orchid Show & Sale and bask in an oasis of warmth and vibrant color. This year’s event will be held Friday – Sunday, March 1 – 3 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day. Flower fans of all ages will delight in these exotic blooms, showcased in Sonnenberg’s historic Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex. On display, guests will find colorful Cattleyas and Cymbidiums, delicate Dendrobiums, pretty Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums and more. Educational seminars on orchid care will be offered at 11 AM and 1 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday for visitors. A variety of orchids will be on sale in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop for visitors to take home. On Friday, take advantage of special orchid re-potting services (for donation). Wine tasting will be available in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop on Saturday from noon – 4:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. General admission to the event is $5 per person to support the work of this community non-profit. For more details, call 585-394-4922 or visit online at www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Development Manager Lisa Scott at 585-394-4922.