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Stories o the past about this historic property, possibly a Federal Stagecoach Inn inits early days, have carried through generations. Now the 1795 Acorn Inn delightsguests with its upscale and comortable setting, hospitality, and recognition asthe only bed and breakast in the state o New York to be recognized with the AAAFour Diamond Award or 16 consecutive years. “The history is interesting and ullo are. It was an inn and tavern, carriage and wagon shop, blacksmith shop, evena dance hall,” says Sheryl Mordini, owner. “Bed and breakasts are all unique. Butmy point o dierentiation are the diamonds, they are quite anaccomplishment.”Accomplishments seem to come naturally or Mordini, whosepath to the 1795 Acorn Inn has been interesting. Born in SouthernCaliornia and raised in Hong Kong, Mordini returned to Caliorniato nish college and worked in automotive marketing andadvertising in Los Angeles. Ater two decades o eminent success,she decided to “shake it up,” she says, and do something dierent.“It was sort o my next step in my lie,” Mordini says. “My expertisewas marketing to the aﬄ uent via the Lexus brand and when thisour diamond inn came up or sale it seemed like the perect tor me.”Ater careul reection and growing upwith a German mother who,according to Mordini, taughther to serve through cooking,cleaning, and creating a home,her vision shited to the bed andbreakast industry, a passion shewanted to pursue. Open to livinganywhere, Mordini looked at innsall over the United States beorepurchasing the 1795 Acorn Inn andsettling in the Finger Lakes.“I am going into my ninth yearnow, I was proud to own it thenand I’m even more proud to own it now,” says Mordini. “I’ve poured my heart andsoul into this old house and I eel like it’s exactly where I’m supposed to be.” Butthis beautiully restored house isn’t what guests would nd as traditionally old.Antiquities and modern conveniences bring the past and present together in thishistorical structure.Each o the ve guest rooms contains private baths, many rooms have workingreplaces, individually controlled thermostats and other amenities, rom exquisiteurniture to heated mattress pads, soothing bath products, and Egyptian-cottontowels to cozy reading nooks, cable and Internet.The Barn Suite, renovated into a ull suite complete with kitchen, large bedroom andreplace is located in the 100-year-old barn or guests who preer a more privateretreat.A year-round Jacuzzi sits secluded in the tranquil gardens, whetherspring is blooming or sot snow is alling, the inn’s private settingallows intimate solitude with the backdrop o the beautiul FingerLakes region.“The inn to me has always been comorting and magical almost,” saysAmanda Stresing, Bristol, ve year employee at the inn. “On my rstday o work Sheryl showed me the dierent rooms o the house and I just remember thinking it was one o the nicest places I had ever seen.There is something special about every, single room you walk into.Each room is decorated dierently with its own unique style and colorscheme. I just love every aspect o it.”The hospitality at the 1795 Acorn Inn speaks or itsel. Gourmetcandlelight breakasts lure guests rom their luxurious rooms to theelegant dining room where guests dine togetheron simple but decadent meal creations romrecipes Mordini has gathered rom time spentabroad, immigrant parents, cooking classes, andlocal bounty. “Part o the experience is not onlythe homey eel or the ood, but meeting otherpeople,” says Mordini. “Friendships are ormedhere and the stories are endless. All you haveto do is talk to people and you nd out there issomething in common somewhere.”Extremely shy as a child, Mordini says it took her until she was an adult to eel verycomortable with new people, and loves the opportunity to socialize that comesthrough running an inn. “I love spending time and talking with people, especially atbreakast when I can have a cup o coee with them while they eat and chat,” saysMordini. “The majority o my guests are absolutely wonderul. Some come and go,but some come and touch my heart. Everybody leaves with a hug.”
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Te simple elegance, chic charm and luxurious comort o this distinctive bed and breakast in Canandaigua will invite you in, and the history o the 1795 AcornInn will captivate you.
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4508 Route 64 South • Bristol Center • Canandaigua • 585-229-2834 • www.acorninnbb.com
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