Time Traveling Route 20 — Chapter Two: Bouckville

 

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Froggy went a courtin,’ that’s a bonifide bullfrog

Further east along Route 20, far from the Antique Mile lies a tiny town that loves antiques:  Bouckville. This short section of road has several big shows each summer.

The first weekend in June is a three-day Outdoor Antique Weekend with more than 150 dealers from all over the northeast, and free admission.

August is the Madison Bouckville Antique Week which is the biggest show of the year in New York State, with over 2,000 vendors!

For more information on Bouckville stores.

For more information about the shows. The FaceBook Page.

What’s not to like with so many different dealers! For lunch we scooted over to the Colgate campus in Hamilton, NY for a sammich at the Hamilton eatery.Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 12.32.13 PM

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Enjoy a summer day traveling from the eastern gate of the Finger Lakes through small charming towns like Lafayette, Pompey and Cazenovia. Just past Morrisville you are getting close, tinier towns  like Morrisville Station follow next. After Pineville  is the even tinier Bouckville, which is a hamlet of the town of Madison.

 

May 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

Erie Canal Bike Ride: Palmyra to Newark

A sunny Sunday in April inspired us to ride the canal from Palmyra to Newark. The Erie Canal  provides a safe and completely flat ride with towns spread out every ten miles or so.

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Parking in Palmyra is easy and free.

We parked our car in the Palmyra Aqueduct Park. The ride to Newark is scenic with several other creeks like “Garnargua,” intersecting the canal and a wider area, more like a lake, before Newark called “The Wide Waters.”

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There are a lot of birds to see as you ride:  Herons, Ducks, Wood Peckers, …

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The bush on the right was loaded with Cedar Waxwings.

The town of Newark was fun to bike around, though not much was opened on a Sunday afternoon, except of course, Tom Wahls!

To get a full history of the Eric Canal, you should visit the Erie Canal Museum, in Syracuse.

May 4, 2016 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

Letchworth Park Spring Hike

I received a GoPro from my family and am enjoying its simple interface, and how easy it is to edit. Charlie offered a Letchworth explore, so naturally I engineered a “hike or die” for a sunny spring day.

This hike is seven miles long, starting at the south end of the park and heading north. We left bikes at the end of the hike to get back to our cars. The views from the edge remain lovely the entire hike, and the craftsmanship of WPA stone fences, picnic tables and bridges inspires the challenging walking path.

April 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm 1 comment

Café Sol: A Bright Spot in Bristol

CafeSolIf you’re looking for a bright spot just down the street from Bristol Mountain, try Café Sol, located at the corners of Bristol Road and Route 64 in Bristol.

Four of us arrived early on a Saturday night to avoid the crowd — you should make reservations — as it gets very busy.

We started with the popular Hummus appetizer. This is enough for a group to enjoy with three types of hummus: Classic, black bean and peanut butter (Which sounds gross but is awesome!)

Next we enjoyed the Hawaiian stir-fry which is loaded with veggies, Pan-seared Scallops with a blood orange poppy seed reduction, and the Lamb Ragu, and I tried the Mediterranean Mussels off the Tapas Menu, with a house salad. We did not order the Bacon-wrapped Java rubbed Filet Mignon —  this time — it sounds delicious! There is Naked Dove Beer on tap as well as a nice selection of wines.

The service was attentive and the chef friendly, with lots of good choices whether dinner or tapas. The chef, Julia offers a varied menu with a lot of specials, which sources local produce.

Best was the fact that they staggered our courses keeping us eating for a long time and allowing us to catch up with old friends who had recently moved to Canandaigua.

They also serve breakfast at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:30a.m. 4 p.m.
  • Dinner Friday thru Sunday 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m till 2 p.m.

Cafe Sol
4503 State Route 64
Canandaigua, New York 14424
585.229.2233

 

February 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards — Best in the US!

Imagine an apple orchard with something interesting for everyone in the family — that would be Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards.

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Our Camping Trip At Sampson State Park

Camping at Sampson State Park – NYS – Romulus, NY

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September 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

Pittsford Farms Dairy: Old-Fashioned Flavor

PittsfordFarms Dairy4 Pittsford Farms Dairy products have been enjoyed for more than a century. Founded in 1880, the 200-acre working farm became an established dairy farm, and by 1888, began producing milk in glass bottles — something the farm still does today.

Pittsford Farms Dairy continues to be a owned and run by the Corby family. They produce milk, amazing chocolate milk, fresh butter, killer egg nog, and many creative flavors of ice cream — like Red Raspberry or Rugged Rower ice cream.

PittsfordFarms Dairy2They pasteurize the milk at a lower temperature. It’s a little less processed, it takes a little longer, but it has better body and is a little sweeter, and has a longer shelf life. Most large dairy farms pasteurize milk at 172 degrees Fahrenheit, while Pittsford Farms Dairy pasteurizes it at 145 degrees. This traditional method heats milk gently. The flavor makes the extra effort worthwhile.

The family opened a new building in 2013 which includes a retail store, ice cream parlor and bakery complete with with milk-bottle chandeliers, and vintage-jug seating at a common table. In the rear of the building there is a state of the art processing plant with viewing window which allows the visitors to see the milk being bottled in glass bottles and ice cream being made by hand in small batches, the old fashioned way.

PittsfordFarms Dairy3Located at 44 N. Main St., Pittsford, NY 14534

July 20, 2015 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

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