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around te lakes life
1795 Acorn Inn
this bed and breakfast ofers
simple elegance and chic charm
at the Springs Integrative Medicine
and Spa Center
A long and proud history
Stories of the past about this historic property, possibly a Federal Stagecoach Inn in
its early days, have carried through generations. Now the 1795 Acorn Inn delights
guests with its upscale and comfortable setting, hospitality, and recognition as
the only bed and breakfast in the state of New York to be recognized with the AAA
Four Diamond Award for 16 consecutive years. “The history is interesting and full
of fare. It was an inn and tavern, carriage and wagon shop, blacksmith shop, even
a dance hall,” says Sheryl Mordini, owner. “Bed and breakfasts are all unique. But
my point of diferentiation are the diamonds, they are quite an
Accomplishments seem to come naturally for Mordini, whose
path to the 1795 Acorn Inn has been interesting. Born in Southern
California and raised in Hong Kong, Mordini returned to California
to fnish college and worked in automotive marketing and
advertising in Los Angeles. After two decades of eminent success,
she decided to “shake it up,” she says, and do something diferent.
“It was sort of my next step in my life,”Mordini says. “My expertise
was marketing to the aﬄ uent via the Lexus brand and when this
four diamond inn came up for sale it seemed like the perfect ft
After careful refection and growing up
with a German mother who,
according to Mordini, taught
her to serve through cooking,
cleaning, and creating a home,
her vision shifted to the bed and
breakfast industry, a passion she
wanted to pursue. Open to living
anywhere, Mordini looked at inns
all over the United States before
purchasing the 1795 Acorn Inn and
settling in the Finger Lakes.
“I am going into my ninth year
now, I was proud to own it then
and I’m even more proud to own it now,” says Mordini. “I’ve poured my heart and
soul into this old house and I feel like it’s exactly where I’m supposed to be.” But
this beautifully restored house isn’t what guests would fnd as traditionally old.
Antiquities and modern conveniences bring the past and present together in this
Each of the fve guest rooms contains private baths, many rooms have working
freplaces, individually controlled thermostats and other amenities, from exquisite
furniture to heated mattress pads, soothing bath products, and Egyptian-cotton
towels to cozy reading nooks, cable and Internet.
The Barn Suite, renovated into a full suite complete with kitchen, large bedroom and
freplace is located in the 100-year-old barn for guests who prefer a more private
A year-round Jacuzzi sits secluded in the tranquil gardens, whether
spring is blooming or soft snow is falling, the inn’s private setting
allows intimate solitude with the backdrop of the beautiful Finger
“The inn to me has always been comforting and magical almost,”says
Amanda Stresing, Bristol, fve year employee at the inn. “On my frst
day of work Sheryl showed me the diferent rooms of the house and I
just remember thinking it was one of the nicest places I had ever seen.
There is something special about every, single room you walk into.
Each room is decorated diferently with its own unique style and color
scheme. I just love every aspect of it.”
The hospitality at the 1795 Acorn Inn speaks for itself. Gourmet
candlelight breakfasts lure guests from their luxurious rooms to the
elegant dining room where guests dine together
on simple but decadent meal creations from
recipes Mordini has gathered from time spent
abroad, immigrant parents, cooking classes, and
local bounty. “Part of the experience is not only
the homey feel or the food, but meeting other
people,” says Mordini. “Friendships are formed
here and the stories are endless. All you have
to do is talk to people and you fnd out there is
something in common somewhere.”
Extremely shy as a child, Mordini says it took her until she was an adult to feel very
comfortable with new people, and loves the opportunity to socialize that comes
through running an inn. “I love spending time and talking with people, especially at
breakfast when I can have a cup of cofee with them while they eat and chat,” says
Mordini. “The majority of my guests are absolutely wonderful. Some come and go,
but some come and touch my heart. Everybody leaves with a hug.”
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Inn will captivate you.
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e artistry in wood
The G. Jones Furniture Company is a full-service shop
specializing in handcrafted custom wood furniture,
millwork, moldings, cabinets, cases, and shelving for any
room. Jones’ mission is to invariably exceed expectations
of both the customer and even himself. “When customers
come in and explain what they would like to do, I work
with them as long as it takes to fnd the style and design,”
says Jones. “If I don’t know how to do it, I will fgure out
how to do it.”
Figuring out how to create a piece from scratch, or from an
idea or concept is part of the love of the project for Jones,
who originally graduated from college with a business
degree but moved into construction and eventually woodworking for his passion of
the craft. “I love the hands-on, at the end of the day you have something to show for
it,”says Jones. “It’s also physical, getting something physically done feels good.”
Feeling is believing, and customers can come meet with Jones in his shop and retail
showroom located on South Main Street in Canandaigua. They can see his work and
actually touch and try the pieces. He also carries special, fne accessories including
Mica Lamps, turn-of-the-century lighting made of solid copper, and Timeworks
clocks made of hand-antiqued solid brass, aged steel and crystal.
His utilitarian approach with both accessories and his woodwork revolves around
not just the beauty of his pieces, but their functionality. Whether it is an heirloom
chair, casework or shelving, or a full custom kitchen, Jones delivers. “Gordy Jones
is a fne art craftsman using wood as his medium of expression,” says Lillian
Ford, Canandaigua. “His meticulous nature lends to an
impeccable ft and fnish that are hallmarks of his work.”
The average time to complete a project can take days to
months, depending on the item. Jones and his associate
Rob Stone use mostly local products when building
the furniture and cabinetry. Jones, a native of Fairport,
moved to the Canandaigua after college for his love of the
area. While most of his work is local, he has travelled to
other states to do custom work. “We have a lot of repeat
customers and some have moved from here to a diferent
area and wanted us to do work in their new home for
Jones and Stone will take on just about any woodworking project, inviting customers
to challenge them with design ideas. For both, each project is diferent and they
enjoy watching it evolve. “The process is great, but the fnal installation when
everything comes together, is really fulflling,”says Jones. “Hopefully we exceed the
customer’s expectations, and it’s so nice to see it when it’s done.”
When he opened G. Jones Furniture in 1998 building furniture on spec, he said he
took a chance that starting a business would be sucessful. Now, 15 years later he
could not be more proud of his signature work that he hopes will be enjoyed every
day by his customers. “In this day and age wherein factory production is the norm,
his work stands far and above,” says Ford. “When you commission a Gordy Jones
piece you relax knowing it will be passed down in your family for generations.”
g. jones furniture
Gordon Jones has turned his lifelong love of woodworking into creating exceptional collections
of cabinetry and furniture that not only stand apart, but will also last for generations to come.
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217 South Main Street • Canandaigua • 585-396-9940 • www.gjonesfurniture.com
locally handcrafted, heirloom woodworking, far from factory replicas
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e body, mind and spirit
Known as integrative medicine, Dr. Foster combined
the best of Western medicine practices with other
therapies including natural medicine, hydrotherapy,
and homeopathy to treat a wide variety of conditions
at his clinic, as well as ofer a place for relaxation and
rejuvenation. What today may be referred to as spa-
treatments are part of a larger concept of healing at
Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.
“Since we are whole people we need whole medicine,
a piece of it won’t necessarily do it,” says Les Moore,
ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine,) director of
Integrative Medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital
and The Springs Integrative Medicine Center & Spa.
“Everyone has multiple things that aren’t working and we use specifc therapies to
essentially pick up the broken pieces of a patient’s life and put them back together.”
According to Dr. Moore, people have come from all over to experience the philosophy
of holistic medical management. All the components of a person’s well being—
health, self care and all aspects of lifestyle and environment, promoting education
and personal responsibility are part of the practice of healing here. The use of
conventional medicine including drugs, medical technology, and surgery to treat
illness, disease, and health conditions are also an integrated part of care. Hospital
inpatients are able to utilize a holistic treatments such as massage or guided
meditation to compliment their recovery, part of the hospital’s unique concept of
According to Moore, Clifton Springs Hospital has
always been a leader and was the frst hospital to
ofer occupational therapy, pastoral and spiritual
care, orthopedics, X-ray, and many other separate
departments combined into a facility that embraces
integrative medicine. The hospital also teaches the
concept of preemptive care and overall wellness
through education and programs including weight loss
classes, a diabetes education center, family practices,
and other services to promote a higher quality of life.
The Springs Integrative Medicine and Spa Center at
Clifton Springs Hospital is one of the most prominent
integrative medicine programs in the country. Ofering
a variety of holistic disciplines, therapies include naturopathic, Oriental medicine,
massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, chiropractic medicine, and treatments which,
according to Moore, are less toxic, more natural, and non-invasive. The specially-
trained staf will work closely with each patient’s other treatment providers to
integrate care and optimize healing.
Moore says the bulk of patients seen at The Springs have chronic disease that has not
responded well to conventional therapy, and he tries to fnd the root cause. He uses
various healing modalities to treat each patient’s individual needs, including natural
remedies. Classical Formulas, the herbal pharmacy on site at the hospital, provides
high quality remedies including herbal preparations, homeopathic, and nutritional
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For over 150 years, Clifon Springs Hospital & Clinic has been using the local mineral springs
to help heal what ails patients, in body, mind and spirit. Tis renowned “water-cure hospital”
was opened in 1850 by Dr. Henry Foster, who was a physician well ahead of his time.
While the common practice maintained focus on treating the symptoms of illness, Dr. Foster
believed that nurturing the spirit as well as the body, was the key to promoting health and wellness.
at the clifton springs hospital & clinic and the springs integrative medicine & spa center
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“I’m amazed at who comes to the herbal medicinary and the people I encounter in the
hallway,”says Ethan Fogg, Director of Community Relations, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.
“Many familiar faces and public fgures come here for consultation with Dr. Moore and follow
up through the medicinary for chronic conditions, skin, digestive conditions and so on. They
may have been unsatisfed with Western traditional treatment or are inclined to go with the
more organic herbal treatment. The balance that we are able to ofer is that we have the
traditional pharmacy right across the hall from the herbal medicinary.”
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes
of Health recognizes integrative medicine’s whole-person approach to healing, although
its use is still only practiced in small pockets throughout the United States. Clifton Springs
Hospital & Clinic has used this blueprint from the start. “The idea of focused care on each
individual with unwavering belief in the mind, body, and spirit connection, began with Dr.
Foster and the mineral springs,”says Fogg. “We work to the best of our ability to honor those
He explains that healing power comes through many sources—the mineral springs, the
power of touch, the spirituality component and the power to prevail during treatments
with a willingness to trust. The hospital even has a harpist who plays in the operating room
suite weekly, and according to Fogg, the soothing sound is ambient throughout parts of the
“You are in our home when you are here,” says Fogg. “Leading consumer magazines have
reported we have one of the highest customer satisfaction rates nationwide, with the work
we do through our integrative medicine eforts. Recovery is easier when you’re well. Let’s
think about wellness frst.”
Healthcare that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit
with the goal of promoting wellness and health
The Springs is a unique program providing alternative and complementary
therapies, including the historic mineral baths, on site with conventional
Western medicine. What is considered alternative medicine to Westerners
has been around for a long time, some therapies for thousands of years.
Many of these alternatives are making their way into mainstream medicine,
and are becoming more accepted as treatment options and supported by
conventional medical doctors. These efective therapies can help with
pain management, heal illness, assist rehabilitation, promote relaxation,
manage chronic disease, and address most aspects of well being.
The ambiance at The Springs lacks the clinical feel of the hospital or doctor’s
of ces. A renovated wing of the hospital, The Springs clinic is a quiet and
peaceful retreat. The waiting area ofers a serene and subtle welcome.
Earth-tones and soft music, aromatherapy, crystal wind chimes and natural
spa products all contribute to the soothing, healing atmosphere. Treatment
rooms are similar and look and feel even more like home with wooden
tables, chairs, bookcases, mineral spa bath tubs, private bathrooms, and
long windows which look out on gardens and let in plenty of light.
The Springs serves as an educational resource as well as a unique center
for treatment and is the focal point for integrative medicine
eforts at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic. Balance of
mind, body, and spirit can be achieved through various
combinations of integrative medicine, including some of the
naturopathic medicine combines modern science with
natural therapeutics, blending all aspects of care, including
prevention, diet and nutrition, herbal and botanical
medicine, counseling and lifestyle remedies to promote
Classical Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical
system that is achieves to bring the body and the spirit into
balance with a greater life force. Herbal medicine, exercise
therapeutics, physical body work and dietary therapeutics
acupuncture is a science of Chinese medicine practiced for
more than 2,500 years. This minimally invasive, relatively
painless procedure (a thin, disposable needle is inserted
into the top layers of skin) is considered an “efective, gentle
therapy,” and has the benefts of relieving pain, decreasing
the side efects of disease and medications, and reducing
ayurveda (pronounced i-yer-vay-dah) has been practiced
for 5,000 years in traditional Indian and Tibetan medicine.
This holistic system utilizes herbal, dietary, and exercise
therapies including massage, to essentially bring mind,
body, and spirit into alignment.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship of the
musculoskeletal structure and the the nervous system and their efect on
Herbal medicine, part of medicine for centuries, utilizes nature’s plants,
herbs, fowers and roots to help restore health. Herbal medicine is all
natural, there are no chemical additives and few side efects.
Homeopathy uses small doses of natural substances to treat both
emotional and physical issues. Its premise, “like cures like,” is that minute
amounts of what may cause the symptom may actually cure it.
Hypnotherapy combines psychotherapy and hypnosis—an induced
state of calm and relaxed deep consciousness, and can ofer relief for many
ailments, addictions, life transitions, stress, trauma, and more.
massage therapy is a hands-on therapy that ofers relief from pain,
improved range of motion, stress relief, provides a general sense of well-
being, and may improve immune function.
mineral springs therapy involves soaking in mineral-rich water to help
absorb nutrients, and remove toxins. This soothing, systemic treatment
helps many conditions including respiratory, digestive, musculoskeletal,
and metabolic issues, and ofers muscle relaxation.
e comfort and style
it’s a jeep
it’s not a car—
There’s only one Jeep—so the slogan goes—and for Jeep enthusiasts around
the world, there is no other. That enthusiasm holds true for Jeep-brand
drivers and dealers, a unique breed who believe in the vehicle for all it is
able to do. “I think the of-road heritage of Jeep appeals to people that value
their independence and enjoy the outdoors,” says Scott Kesel, vice president,
Canandaigua Chrysler Dodge Jeep. “Even if you never take your Jeep of-road,
Jeep owners enjoy the comfort and convenience from knowing they could if
they wanted to.”
Jeeps are made to be tough. Established in the 1940’s as a military vehicle to
survive rugged terrain, it became heroic to soldiers and eventually civilians
for its 4x4 capabilities. Throughout the years the brand evolved, meeting not
just the needs of battle, but also recreation. Eventually Jeep emerged into the
luxury marketplace, matching afordability with comfort and style while still
ofering the practical aspects of rough and tough
capabilities. “A vehicle that is designed to be trail
rated will be built to take more than most people
will expect,” says Kesel. “This provides confdence
The “go anywhere, do anything” philosophy
created by Jeep has been recognized throughout
the world and the car-buyer market embraced
it. “I’m an import girl. My job was Lexus and the
thought of me in a Jeep, well, I had qualms about
it,” says Sheryl Mordini, Canandaigua, owner of
the 1795 Acorn Inn. “But it is a pleasure to drive.
I thought it would be more of a rugged vehicle, I
never realized how luxurious and comfortable it was on the inside. It seems
like an oxymoron.”
Mordini looked at Jeeps as they are one of the only vehicles that could carry
the snow blade she needs to plow the snow at her inn. “I felt weird putting the
plow blade on somewhat of a luxury vehicle, but I can take the blade on and
of myself. I love my Jeep,”she says.
Kesel fnds the myth about the gender stereotype interesting when it comes
to Jeeps. “Some might expect that rugged, of-road Jeeps would be exclusively
a guy thing, but it’s not so,” he says. “The most iconic of Jeeps is the Wrangler
and we sell six out of 10 Wranglers to women.”
It is also fair to say that age doesn’t matter when it comes to owning a
Jeep. Jane Williamson, 72, is a former resident of Maine who continues to
enjoy the overall driving experience of a Jeep now in Upstate New York. “I
have owned several of the models—Grand Cherokee, Cherokee Sport, and
Liberty Sport—and they have all had their wonderful benefts, especially in
inclement weather, ” says Williamson, Canandaigua. “I am hoping, now at 72
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years of age, I will never have to drive any other make of car
other than a Jeep for the rest of my life.”
It is not only a lifetime vehicle, but for the last decade has
become a popular global vehicle according to Kesel, who has
owned many Jeeps himself.
“I have been lucky enough to have had several over the years
and they all have their unique character,” says Kesel. “Jeeps
today are much more civilized. They ride more comfortably,
are quieter inside, get better fuel economy, all while
retaining what makes a Jeep a Jeep.”
What does make a Jeep, a Jeep? According to Kesel it is the
of-road capability which is the hallmark of the Jeep brand. Color choice by his customers
is another interesting factor for Kesel and his dealership staf.
“The most bold and unique colors in the entire Chrysler family are found on Jeeps,”he says.
“Crush orange, gecko green, and surf blue are only found on Wranglers and they all look
great. Those colors on a Chrysler 300 would be a disaster!”
Scott Kesel and his staf know Chryslers. Canandaigua Chrysler Dodge Jeep has been a
family organization for over 50 years. His father, Harry Kesel, went to work as a salesman
at the dealership the year Scott was born. Kesel began selling with his father in 1977 and
they bought the dealership together when it became available in 1989. His brother Jef
Kesel is currently the used car manager. According to Kesel, his father, the president of the
dealership, still works every week servicing customers he has had for generations.
There are plenty of favorite “Jeep moments” for the duo, but one in particular stands out,
as he describes.
“A couple of years ago a woman came to us to buy a Jeep Wrangler. She and her young
children had been through the horror of having lost her husband to a lengthy illness. A
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few months had passed and now she wanted to take her children
on a great vacation to the ocean and wanted to be able to drive
through the sand dunes to the beach. She saw her Jeep as a way
for her and her children to get through the healing process. When
we received a photo of that family with the top folded down,
on the beach and all of them with big smiles, it was a special
moment. For us to be part of making that possible was very
A Jeep is not just a car, but an experience. Jeep calls that “freedom,
capability, and adventure.”
“People that buy Jeeps are genuinely excited about owning them
and what they will be able to do with them. They see them as a
way to enhance their leisure time and a more exciting way to get
from point A to point B,” says Kesel. “I love the fact that Jeeps are
simply lifestyle products.”
1940’s: Jeep 4x4
emerged as a hero
for both military and
civilians around the
world, and established
itself as a brand leader
in 4x4 technology.
1950’s: This decade saw
the rise of the recreation
vehicle and people
embraced the Jeep
brand and its capability.
Seven unique vehicles
1960’s: The Jeep
product-line grew to 14
models for work, play,
recreation, and even
1970’s: Sales jumped
to an all-time high with
the revolution of the
sporty two-door, 4x4
Grand Cherokee, which
won the national 4x4 of
the year award.
1980’s: Many industry
frsts were born with
the new compact
four-door sport utility
vehicle (SUV,) the frst
and the frst full-time
1990’s: Sales soared
with Jeeps on and
2000’s: The new four-
door Wrangler took the
industry by storm, and
new models (Compass
and Patriot) reached
into the cross-utility
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e autumn’s bounty
It’s the perfect time to entertain outdoors—most of the bugs are gone, the sun isn’t
scorching even though it’s warm enough to enjoy an afternoon or evening al fresco,
and there’s a bounty of good things, from our area, to serve for an outdoor meal.
Because the days are shorter in the autumn, outdoor entertaining in the fall calls for
special attention to lighting and temperature.
The earlier sunset will aford you an ideal opportunity to bathe your outdoor space in
evening lights. Use soft light, but use plenty of it. Try dozens of votive candles in jars
and glasses to protect the fame from the wind, hurricane lamps, or kerosene lanterns
set on low. Create cozy seating areas and equip each with a glowing light source.
The method you use to chase the chill from the night will vary depending on the
weather and your outdoor space. If you have a yard, a campfre is a wonderful informal
party setting. In smaller gardens, consider self-contained fre pits or a chimenea.
For a more formal afair, you can install a propane-powered heater. Or, drape attractive
throws or quilts on each chair for your guests to wrap around their shoulders to ward
of the night air.
Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of the wonderful colors and textures of
autumn in your decorating scheme and table settings.
Autumn’s colors are deep and rich—russet, crimson, burnt orange, gold, dark green,
and the color of hay. Use these hues repeatedly in tablecloths and settings, fowers,
centerpieces, and even the food. Scoop out pumpkins and other squash and ft them
with containers of water to make vases. Mass potted mums in vivid colors. Use orange
Chinese lanterns, bright rosehips, stems of red or orange berries, or chilies. Wrap
vibrant maple or sumac leaves around votive candleholders or napkin rings. Sunfower
heads can be strewn on the tabletop, or left on the fower stalks in a container.
The textures of fall are earthy and rustic. Especially play these up if your gathering
is informal—a corn roast, a bonfre, a jeans and sweater evening. Use burlap or
rough cotton to cover your table, and use dish towels as napkins. Weigh down your
tablecloth with apples or pears hung on rough twine. Or use rattan placemats and
time to fall for
If you’re hosting a fancy sit-down outdoor dinner, use the more subtle textures of
hydrangea blossoms and colored leaves on a linen tablecloth. Try bringing your indoor
dining table outdoors for the evening—it will add unexpected elegance to your
setting. Paint gold lettering on small gourds to use as place cards. Grace your table
with late-blooming roses in crystal vases.
Whether you hold a harvest hoedown or a stylish sit-down dinner party for eight, fall
for outside entertaining this autumn!
Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated
to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Her latest
how-to guide “Attracting Butterfies to Your Home and Garden” is now available at www.
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan
generously with baking spray; set aside.
Combine four, baking powder and salt in a small
bowl. Whisk together sugar, orange peel, lavender and
pepper in a large mixing bowl until evenly distributed.
Add yogurt, eggs and olive oil; continue whisking until
smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Add four mixture, gently
whisk until combined. Scrape batter into prepared
Bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center
comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove from
pan and cool completely.
Whip cream with mixer until soft peaks form. Add
honey and continue to whip until stif. Add ricotta
cheese, a dollop at a time, and beat until fufy. Slice
cake. Top slices with honeyed ricotta and sprinkle with
Lavender Olive Oil Cake
with Honeyed Ricotta
1 3/4 c. all purpose four
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 c. sugar
1 T. fnely grated orange peel
1 T. culinary lavender, crushed,
plus additional 1-2 T. for garnish
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
2/3 c. plain yogurt
3 large eggs
2/3 c. olive oil
1 t. vanilla extract
3/4 c. heavy cream
3 T. honey
3/4 c. ricotta cheese, room temperature
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With over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, the Adirondack region is flled with
outdoor recreation in a six-million acre park flled with over 3,000 lakes and
ponds, forests, and is also home to 103 towns and villages. “People are drawn to
the Adirondacks of New York--for hiking, for camping and the chance to explore
the wonderful wilderness,” says Rebecca Stefan, Public Relations Manager for
the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council.
But more than wilderness beckons in this captivating area, where there is
something for everyone. If looking for adventure, Mount Marcy’s Summit is the
highest point in New York, where enthusiasts can climb to the peak and view
spectacular scenery for miles. Part of the 46 High Peaks Wilderness Area, Mount
Marcy is just one of the many mountains within the largest Forest Preserve in
New York state, covering three counties and including six towns, stretching
from Keene Valley to Lake Placid.
The thrill of climbing the highest peaks is rivaled by Hudson River whitewater
rafting, where groups can venture through rushing waters then settle down to
camp under the stars in one of the 175 Adirondacks’ camping opportunities,
including amenity-sites or primitive settings. Canoeing and kayaking
experiences on mirrored lakes, at the foot of hills and peaks, can be enjoyed
throughout the region.
Hikers claim that hiking in the Adirondacks provides some of the most
challenging trails, some very rugged by any standard. There are trails for
beginners and experts, for day hikers and for long-haul backpackers along
beautiful terrain. “The deeper you get in the woods, the better it is, you are so
far away from civilization and it frees your mind,” says Bill Matthews, Ontario.
“You are just thinking about your next step, the trees above you, and the
Birding abounds throughout the Adirondacks, where native and boreal birds
are visible and audible. For those who cast a line, the fshing is some of the best
in the United States, according to the Adirondacks Tourism Council. Fly-fshing
or seeking trophy bass, streams and rivers yield ample opportunities.
If a more cultural experience is desired, the Adirondack region also invites
visitors to enjoy the many fairs, festivals, theatre, farm stands, farmers markets
and wineries. There are many interesting attractions, such as the Adirondack/
Tahawus Mines in Newcomb providing a ghost town adventure from a long-
forgotten era. “The Adirondacks region ofers a unique visitor experience, one
that merges the past with the present,” says Stefan. “Nowhere else in the
northeast can you fnd such beautiful views and welcoming communities.”
Resources and information provided by The Adirondacks Region Tourism Council,
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Whether you have a day or a week, visiting a park in upstate New York can be a great escape for anyone
who wants to commune with nature, any time of year. Trails for walking, waterfalls for
breathtaking sensation, lakes, ponds, rivers for fshing, or simply taking in stunning landscapes
and scenery, time in upstate New York’s natural habitat is an experience to remember.
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and letchworth state park are perfect escapes
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Commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon
of the East, Letchworth State Park ofers
magnifcent outdoor experiences in a
backdrop of lush forests, roaring waterfalls,
and a gorge that carries the Genesee River
through its rocky passage.
Year-round activities are plentiful at this 17
mile-long scenic park, covering just over
14,000 acres. Visitors can hike, bike and
horseback ride in the summer, and cross-
country ski, snowmobile and snow tube in
the winter. Throughout the year the park’s
natural habitat ofers birding where more
than 50 species may be recognized, and bald
eagles soar over the canyon. “Letchworth
ranks in the top 10 of all state parks for having
the most rare species populations,”say Roland
Beck, park manager.
Wild animals are just part of the natural and
beautiful scenery, including wildfowers,
hillsides, vistas, clifs, and over 65 miles of
hiking trails on 28 designated trails. “It’s easy to
get away at Letchworth and enjoy challenges
of hiking trails, going up and down hills, in
between or on rocks, over streams, it’s just a
lot of fun,”says David Fresco, Middlesex.
Letchworth State Park was originally a
1000-acre private estate owned by William
Pryor Letchworth, a Bufalo businessman,
philanthropist, and conservationist who left
his estate to the state upon his death in 1910.
Through the years additional land was added
to the park, along with cabins, picnic shelters,
roads and trails.
The Letchworth Trail located on the eastern
side of the park is part of the Finger Lakes Trail
System, a network of trails totaling more than
900 miles from the Pennsylvania-New York
border to the Catskill Forest Preserve.
Letchworth’s extensive history of the land
dating back to the 1800’s can be explored
both on site through guided walks or self-
guided driving tours. See a 274-foot high
steel railroad trestle constructed in 1875,
some of the best-preserved canal locks on
the Genesee Valley Greenway, or visit the
Glen Iris Inn, overlooking Middle Falls on the
Genesee River. This former estate of William
Letchworth has welcomed guests to dine or
stay overnight since 1914.
Whether visiting the inn, attending a
summer lecture series, whitewater rafting,
kayaking, swimming in the park pool, or hot
air ballooning over the park—an experience
to behold—Letchworth provides one of the
most scenic and serene settings available in
western New York. “Letchworth has much to
ofer, many of the trails in the park will take
you to some hidden waterfalls and beautiful
areas,” says Beck. “All you need to do is come
out and explore.”
Resources provided by Friends of Letchworth
State Park, a non-proft group supporting
the preservation, conservation and careful
development of Letchworth State Park. For
more information contact:
Friends of Letchworth
1 Letchworth State Park, Castile
One of the Finger Lakes most beautiful parks, Watkins
Glen State Park ofers family-friendly hiking along
fowing streams and waterfalls and the famous Gorge
Trail that takes hikers through canyons, caves, and rock
formations. “Along this mile and a half long trail are
many waterfalls, and 400 feet of elevation changes
between the bottom and the top,” says Clif Lott,
assistant park manager. “It’s all a stone trail, but with
the right shoes is accessible to anyone.”
A popular destination, Watkins Glen State Park’s
entrance is actually on Watkins Glen village’s main
street. Open from May through November, the
renowned park contains 800 stone steps,19 waterfalls,
bridges, tunnels, clifs, rocky walls carved by glaciers,
and a narrow gorge. “Rainbow Falls is a very attractive
area for photographers, you can actually walk under
the falls,” says Lott. “We get about 600,000 visitors
during the season and a lot from out of state. It is a
true destination location.”
Located near Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest
of the Finger Lakes, Watkins Glen State park provides
recreation, discovery, and relaxation within its
dramatic landscape. Visitors can stay for the day or
camp overnight on a tent or trailer campsite, and
enjoy the olympic-sized swimming pool. There are
concession stands and restrooms, a playground, and
even a shuttle service to the top of the gorge.
The gorge was frst opened to the public in 1863 by
Morvalden Ells, a journalist from Elmira. In 1800’s, The
Glen Mountain House, a three-story resort hotel, used
to stand atop the gorge. New York state purchased the
gorge in 1906, but the hotel has since been removed.
Surrounding attractions in the Watkins Glen area
including fshing, boating, shopping, dining, and
racing at Watkins Glen International, a premier racing
facility. “We ofer it all,”says Lott. “You are in the Finger
Lakes region which is a pretty breathtaking area to
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Timber framing has been around for centuries and lends itself to a variety of
styles. Local builder and owner, Al Milanette, brought the craft to the forefront
in the Finger Lakes region when he began solely building timber frame homes
in 1980. According to Milanette, this particular style of homes is considered part
of the alternative housing market, along with log, steel and dome homes. But he
and his small crew believe in the fortitude of alternative homes as the mainstay
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Trees are important for Timber Frames, not just to enhance the natural setting
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Milanette. “We also use reclaimed timber, and most of our materials and products
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Timber Frames’ natural materials and more open foor plans help contribute to
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Milanette. “And then there aren’t any joints that leak. You basically go to bed at
night with one big, warm blanket around your whole house.”
Timber Frames also conserves the energy that comes into the home, utilizing
solar gain, placement of the home in its natural environment, and the use of LED
lighting which not only uses very low amounts of energy, but lasts for a very long
time. “We utilize the bounty of Mother Nature. Everything is a real green-home
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his home at Bluf Point, overlooking Keuka Lake. “The house itself is very tight,
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exchange, which function to make it a very comfortable house,” says Berlyn. “But
how the house was sited, how the space was arranged and constructed, and the
combination of the building itself with the landscape feeds us. Every day is a
beautiful day here.”
With Timber Frames’ hands-on approach, building a home becomes a
partnership between Milanette and his customers. Since 1978 he has worked
with Pat McNinch, Timber Frames Inc.’s general manager who runs the shop in
Canandaigua. In addition, he has four full-time employees, two in the shop and
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two out in the feld. The small team does one
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Because of his small tight-knit team, they are
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fnish. Their philosophy includes being readily
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“When we are done, our clients are part of the
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friends, and stay that way. If they have a concern
with the house, we will address it anytime.”
The majority of Timber Frames’ work is in
upstate New York, but they have travelled out
of state to build homes. Milanette says he will
go anywhere to build a home, and will stay as
long as it takes.
His family knows he is a frm believer in
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the couple has lived in several timber frame
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“Al is such a good guy, they all are, they make
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Mordini has many repeat guests, who visit often, not just to see her, but also her mother Margot, who
visits from California frequently. Margot Mordini is an artist, and much of her work, including art of
the captivating local landscape, is featured around the inn. Mordini says guests buy her mother’s
original cards and paintings and are very fond of her.
Frequent visitors are not uncommon to this 217-year-old house. The property is believed to have
had many uses including a dance hall on the second foor. What is now the Bristol Suite was called
Hotchkiss Hall in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Social events of prominence were held there,
including a Grand Ball on Thanksgiving evening, November 29, 1888 in honor of President Grover
Cleveland. The foor was constructed with two spring rods below it, that are still present today and
visible on the frst foor of the home. These rods functioned as springs to give the foor “bounce,” for
dancing, which, according to Mordini, can still be felt when walking in the Bristol Suite.
“It was a popular dance hall in its day, a community center of sorts,” says Helen Fox, Bristol Town
Historian. “My great aunt would walk by the home and hear the music playing from outside.” Fox can
recall many historical facts about the home, beginning with the early settlers from Bristol County
Massachusetts, who formed what is the town of Bristol today. “It’s a beautiful home and we are very
proud to have this building in Bristol Center. It has a fascinating history and is a wonderful asset to
our community,”says Fox.
When Mordini purchased the home in 2008, she did not know anyone, or had even heard of the
Finger Lakes. Now she is continuing the romantic legacy of the inn. “I call this my great adventure. I
feel like now that I have done this I can do anything I want to do,”says Mordini. “I wanted to grow, to
learn, and to challenge myself. We go around more than once, so we might as well do all we can, and
build the life we want. I can’t think of a job where anything could be more wonderful.”
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Gideon Granger’s political infuence began much earlier than his arrival in
Canandaigua. Born in Sufeld, Conn., in 1767, Granger’s life took form there with
his active role in state politics during the American Revolution and Constitutional
Convention. He was appointed the fourth United States Postmaster General under
President Thomas Jeferson in 1800, and continued to serve under President James
Madison until 1813.
Granger resigned from his ofce to administer the land tracts he had acquired
further to the west, and moved to Canandaigua to build a homestead. According
to Granger Homestead notes, the home was to be “unrivaled” by any other in the
The three-story Federal-style wood-framed home was constructed in 1816. A wing
was added in 1860 nearly 40 years after Granger’s death in 1822. The 13,000-square-
foot mansion faces west on North Main Street and the design is similar to homes
built by the French architect Joseph-Jacques Ramée.
Thomas Jeferson may have helped with its design, according to the Granger
Homestead Society. The Federal-style architecture was common in America during
the period from 1780-1820, and throughout the years after its resurrection, several
renovations including an elaborate two-story cast iron porch added around the
1850s, enhanced the home’s beauty and its use.
Mindwell Granger, wife of Gideon, ensured that the home was run efciently while
her husband was away in Washington, often for months at a time. The Granger’s life
together on the homestead was short-lived from 1816-1822, but after Granger’s
death, their son Francis, a U.S. Senator who also twice ran for governor, and his wife,
Cornelia moved into the home. Shortly thereafter Cornelia died during childbirth in
1823, so Mindwell raised her two grandchildren on the homestead until her death
After Mindwell’s passing, Francis invited his son Gideon II, his wife, Isaphine and
their two daughters to move into the home. They lived on the homestead until 1868
when Francis suddenly died of unknown causes, only to be followed eight days later
by Gideon II’s death from internal gout.
Plagued by two instances of death, Isaphine decided to leave the mansion with
her two children, Antoinette and Isaphine, and moved into a nearby cottage. The
homestead eventually became a boarding school for girls, The Granger Place School,
from 1876 to 1906, where, according to the Granger Homestead Society, it housed
44 girls at one time, including some day students from Canandaigua.
When their mother died in 1905, the two sisters Antoinette and Isaphine, now adults,
moved back into the grand mansion and continued the family’s legacy of service to
the community. They started the Primary Department of the First Congregational
Church Sunday School in Canandaigua. They helped create the Wood Library and the
Ontario County Historical Society. Antionette was on the Board of Education from
1910-1923, and she was also an instructor of proper etiquette for young members
of the community. Canandaigua is steeped in historical roots from the generations
of Grangers whose dedication made a lasting stamp, even after death.
In her will, Antoinette stated the home was only to be used for charitable or
educational purposes, not sold as a private residence. She left the mansion to the
Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief.
“For over a decade after Antoinette’s passing, the homestead served as a residence
for retired ministers and their wives but in time the property went up for sale,”
says Carla DeMeco, docent, Granger Homestead Society. “The Granger Homestead
Society purchased the property in 1946. Since then it has become a historical gem
ofering many wonderful events to the community.”
Antoinette left some of the family home’s furnishings to the Rochester Memorial
Art Gallery, but several pieces remain in the mansion today, including two sets of
Duncan Phyfe-style chairs, and other Federal and Empire-style furnishings.
A restored pianoforte, built in 1822 by Muzio Clementi, was given to the homestead
in 1956 by Canandaigua resident Anna McKechnie. It was brought to Canandaigua
from Great Britain by the Paul family in the 1830s. According to the Granger
Homestead Society, this is one of only four left in the world and the only one that
works. It is periodically used for concerts at the home, by Stefania Neonato, a master
fortepianist from Italy.
“The story goes that the dining room table, also called the White House table, was
given to Gideon from Dolly Madison,” says DeMeco. “A letter shows that Jacqueline
Kennedy wanted it when she was restoring the White House and the Granger
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A long and proud history stands tall in the City of Canandaigua, where four generations of family
made their mark on a community, the culture, and the land. Te Granger Homestead,
complete with historical mansion, Carriage Museum, and other historic outbuildings
tells the story of Gideon Granger and his legacy in the area dating back to 1816.
a rich and vibrant history lives on today
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Te Granger Homestead Society is a not-for-proﬁt organization
formed in 1946, whose holdings consist of
an 1816 Federal House and furnishings,
one of the largest horse-drawn vehicle collections
in Western New York, ﬁve outbuildings,
and 12 acres of land in Canandaigua.
Te Society has actively preserved and restored
the homestead to its original grace, charm and beauty,
maintaining it as a museum.
Gideon Granger (1767-1822)
married Mindwell Granger (1770-1860) in 1790
Children of Gideon and Mindwell Granger:
Ralph, Francis, and John Albert
Francis Granger (1792-1868) married
Cornelia Rutson Van Rensselaer (1798-1823) in 1817
Children of Francis and Cornelia Granger:
Cornelia, Gideon II, and an infant daughter (name unknown)
Gideon II (1821-1868) married
Isaphine Pierson (1826-1905) in 1850
Children of Gideon II and Isaphine:
Cornelia, Antoinette, and Isaphine
Granger Fmil Tre
Did you Know...
Antoinette Granger (1852-1930) was a typical tomboy growing up on the Granger homestead, who friended many animals including a large family of white mice,
lizards, frogs, and rabbits who were among just a few of her pets • Isaphine Granger (1858-1916) was sickly for a large portion of her life, sufering with pain and
weakness, and although was not religious was allegedly healed by a spiritual healer in 1892 • Famous guests to the home include Edward Everett, guest of Isaphine
Pierson-Granger, and Helen Keller, guest of Antoinette. • The Granger Homestead was saved from destruction through the eforts of the Honorable Joseph W. Cribb,
with help from other concerned citizens. Judge Cribb was instrumental in its purchase in 1946 by the Granger Homestead Society. • The Granger Place School
had a championship basketball team in 1903, and travelled to Syracuse to play. • Visit Mindwell Granger at http://www.facebook.com/mindwell
Civil war encampment • September 28-30
Living history at its fnest, an annual event of re-enactors who
set up camp and live on the grounds during the weekend.
Canandaigua Christkindl Market • November 9-11
On the lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage
Museum in a series of decorated heated tents, over 100 regional
artisans and several unique food vendors are brought together
in holiday spirit and tradition.
Christkindl market Dance • November 3
Festival of Trees • November 9-December 10
View decorated trees, wreaths and other seasonal decorations
donated by local businesses, groups and individuals. Many
items will be available through a silent auction. There is also a
bake sale put on by the Granger Homestead Women’s Council,
located on the back porch of the mansion.
Homestead and pioneer Days
Held in the spring, for elementary school children to visit and
experience early life on the homestead.
Homestead society said no. The table dates from 1822, so we cannot prove it was
ever in the White House.”
In addition to the mansion and its furnishings, the homestead has several barns,
used for diferent purposes throughout the years. The 19th century Carriage Barn
displays more than 90 horse-drawn vehicles, including stagecoaches, hearses, and
fre equipment. “We have one of the largest collections of carriages in the Northeast,
most are unrestored,” says DeMeco. “We do have three restored carriages and three
sleighs for guests to enjoy on tours around the grounds.”
Another piece of history on the Granger grounds is the Hubbell Law Of ce which
was moved onto the property in 1960. Former of ce of attorney Walter Hubbell, this
building was utilized by Stephen A. Douglas, a U.S. Senator who lost the presidential
election to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Born in Vermont in 1813, Douglas lived near
Clifton Springs, New York, for a short time and attended Canandaigua Academy
before moving to Illinois. According to the Granger Homestead Society, it was in
1832 that Douglas read and studied law books with Walter Hubbell in the building
that now sits on the property.
“We like to invite visitors to travel back in time to this historic homestead, it’s such a
tremendous piece of Canandaigua’s history,”says DeMeco.
Gideon Granger Mindwell Granger Francis Granger Gideon II
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