Posts tagged ‘finger lakes’
High above the “sparkling” waters of the Genesee River in Rochester NY, is the Genesee Brew House, once a century-old packaging center, the Brew House has transformed the 9,200 square-foot space into a beer destination, featuring interactive exhibits, multimedia content, gift shop, pilot brewery and pub-style restaurant.
The Brew Pub offers all the classic Genesee Beers plus a changing array of delicious microbrews, I loved the Expresso Porter. The bar upstairs was built from old beer barrel boards. It was opened in September of 2012, after a LONG restoration process which is well documented.
The retail store sells irresistible “Beer Gear,” the great selection of vintage t-shirts, with the full “Brew-story”. We were not wowed by the food, but the beer on the terrace with this fabulous view was well worth the price.
What kind of Finger Lakes adventures can be enjoyed any time of year — even when it’s yucky outside?
Visit the Corning Museum of Glass CMOG. The Museum provides many fascinating facets that I never knew about glass. There is the art sand crafts side of glass as well as the science and technology side.
The museum has an incredible collection with sophisticated glasswork on display spanning thousands of years, with beads crafted by the Egyptians, through today, where we see glasswork by famous artists like Dale Chihuly.
There are Hot Glass demonstrations that take place several times a day. This is the BEST part of the museum, because the glassmakers or “Gaffers” are tremendously talented craftsmen and they do a great job of teaching you as they create.
There is a new 275 seat hot glass studio under construction, that will be ready in 1014. The intent of the new glassmaking space is to create the ultimate venue for glassmaking demonstrations.
Make sure you make time to see it for yourself. Check out their blog.
Information on the museum:
Open Every Day
9:00 am – 5:00 pm September 4 through May 24
9:00 am – 8:00 pm May 25 through September 3
Closed only 4 days per year: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25.
The Corning Museum of Glass – One Museum Way – Corning, NY 14830 800.732.6845
Starkey House is located in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country along Seneca Lake. It is a genuine Mission-Revival-style home, built in 1922. The current owner, Cathy Moskal, has been lovingly restoring the home for the last 14 years.
Upon entering the house I noticed the beautiful hardwood trim (original America Chestnut, now extinct) and vintage stained glass windows in the dining room and living room. Cathy provided us a quick history of the area, and the Starkey House. What immediately impressed us was that this looked like a Roycroft-inspired home, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Period.
I love the shoreline of Lake Ontario — big sky view, water as far as you can see, and beautiful rocks. It’s not always easy to get access to a beautiful stretch of lake Ontario. B Forman Park has 25 acres of beautiful trees and grass, with a fabulous beach.
The park is part of the Lake Ontario Seaway Trail, which stretches from Niagara Falls to The Thousand Islands.
There is a great shipwreck, The St Peter, that went down near here. There are stories of it being haunted. This 135-foot, three-masted schooner sunk in 1898 and remains intact in 117 feet of water.
4507 Lake Road, Pultneyville, NY 14538 (Lakeside-NO swimming)
Ball field, shuffleboard court , volleyball net, and swings.
The House – seats 80 people, kitchen with an electric stove and refrigerator, outdoor grill. Cost is $80.00 and $25.00 more if kitchen is requested.
Pavilion #2 – open pavilion, seats approximately 60 people, no electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $30.00
Pavilion #3 – open pavilion, seats approximately 60 people, no electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $30.00
Pavilion #4 – seats 50 people, open on 2 sides, limited electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $45.00.
To reserve, contact Wayne County Parks: 315-946-5836
Let’s go back in time to the 1840s daily life with a young boy on a farm in Sennett NY.
BEING A SMALL CHILD – DAILY LIFE – 1840s
Of my own childhood, say before I went to school ( which was at or about the age of 5 years) I can of course remember little. I was arrayed, not like Solomon, but most of the time in a red flannel dress with drawers and waist that buttoned behind under the dress, and an old cloth cap that came to me from my brother Cutler; having done faithful service for several years. The shoes which all the family used were the product of the village shoemaker at Mottville, Uncle Henry Harwood by name, with whom an exchange of farm produce was carried on for such boots and shoes as the family required from time to time. That they were strong and heavy goes without saying: and when holes began to appear in sole or upper, it was no disgrace to have them covered with strong and heavy “taps” and patches, making them as durable as new. Not every one of the children of the region enjoyed the luxury of shoes, as during the summertime of school in that district, I think four-fifths of all the boys and girls “went barefoot” all summer and until frost came in the fall; and they were fortunate if they “had got their shoes” to begin school with the winter term from Nov. 15 or thereabouts.
Next-to-new is the new “New.” The Finger Lakes region has an amazing selection of second-hand shops selling clothing, furniture, records, books and more. When summer hides, as it occasionally does, try visiting a store where stuff is recycled, re-used, vintage, antique, collectible, or just plain cheap.
Below is a list of my favorite places to treasure hunt:
Where: 937 Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; summer hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a dinner break from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Phone: (530) 889-2900.
Auburn Trading Post & Antiques
This 3-story warehouse is visible from Rt 20, as you drive through town. Not to be missed unless you are highly allergic to dust and mildew. I found a huge container of Miracle Grow for $1, classic records, silverware and dishes for my son’s apartment, Nintendo games.
24 McMaster Street, Auburn, NY 13021, 315-252-6320
Check out The Commons for several stores with books, furniture and clothing.
STORE HOURS. Mon-Wed: 12-8:00PM., Thurs-Sat: 12-9:00PM, Sun: 12-6:00PM.
Classic clothing from every decade. This is not necessarily thrift, but loaded with STYLE.
Open 7 days a week, 11am to 6pm.
My current favorite is Marianne’s Consignment Shop on South Ave. has many items that still have the store tags on them. My most recent score: Ann Taylor fall jacket: $10, long black sweater: $3., black evening dress: $19, shoes to match: $10.
Vintage and new music. Fabulous record collection. Located at 1460 Monroe Ave in Brighton, it is open Tuesday – Saturday 11-8, and Sunday, 12-5.
A fixture in Rochester on Titus Ave since the dawn of rock and roll, the great great House of Guitars contains an enormous inventory of musical instruments and music. Aerosmith, Ozzie Osborne, Cheap Trick, Metallica and Matthew Sweet are among the major acts that have shopped at the House of Guitars.
St. James Thrift Store is my favorite store in town, despite my enduring love for the donuts at the Skaneatleles Bakery. Difficult to spot, it’s located downstairs, with the entrance and sign on a side street, off Genesee. This is where you’ll find brand-new baseball cleats for $4.00 and a full military dress uniform for $10. The Thrift Shop is located in the basement of the Masonic Temple on Genesee Street between State and Jordan streets.
Hours 10-4, M-S.
The Thrift Shopper is a comprehensive listing of all the great shops in Syracuse
EcoChic Boutique combines NEW and CONSIGNED clothing and accessories for the Ecologically conscious and Economically savvy shopper. Located on 4314 East Genesee St in Dewitt.
Monday to Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
The Sound Garden
Great store to browse and kill some time in. The selection is vast and they always seem to be adding new products across different mediums. Prices on new and old records/DVDs/games are the best you can find in any brick-and-mortar shop.
310 W Jefferson St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Please share with me your favorite thrift stores are and I’ll add them to this blog.