Archive for February, 2011

Souper Finger Lakes Food: The American Hotel, Lima NY

The American Hotel sits “at the Crossroads of Western NY … and at the Center of the World”. As you sit at the bar watching Turner Classic Movies and chat with the friendly bartender about whiskey and sports, you can understand why. The vintage ice box, and cash register, which still rings, are both still making themselves useful — just like the charming antiques throughout the hotel.

Continue Reading February 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm 3 comments

Canadice — Nice Ice

Finger Lakes

Skiing across the surface of Canadice


On an unusually warm winter day my husband and I went for an explore across Canadice Lake.

This is a unique lake as it serves as water supply for Rochester and there are no cottages around the lake. The big-sky view from the top of the lake is stunning. We put on skis and headed a couple of miles down the lake. It is wonderful to be able to explore a lake that has no development anywhere on it. The shore line is beautiful. The woods surrounding are full of birds including the return of the Bald Eagle.

Canadice lake

Trail view path

This lake is especially nice as there is no road down the western side of the lake, just a trail great for hiking, biking, snowshoeing or skiing.

The only activity we saw that day on the lake were a few ice fishermen.

Finger lakes WInter

Canadice Charlie, looking north


Here is a little information about ice fishing on Canadice:

650-acre Canadice Lake in Ontario County offers good lake trout fishing, as well as bass. Recent stockings included 5,100 lake trout, 2,500 brown trout and 2,500 rainbow trout. Its forage base consists of alewives and smelts.

While Honeoye Lake is uncharacteristically shallow for a Finger Lake, Canadice Lake has a mean depth of 55 feet and a maximum depth of 90 feet.

There is another important distinction between the two lakes, indeed between all the other Finger Lakes. This small lake has the highest elevation, and so it often freezes first and stays frozen longest. For late-winter anglers, this can mean an extended period of good ice-fishing.

Canadice Lake offers a choice of trout, panfish, bass, and smelt as well as landlocked salmon. In all the Finger Lakes in DEC’s Region 8, black bass season remains open until March 15 so bass can be taken through the ice. For more info.

Canadice Lake map

trail goes length of west side of lake

How to get to the lake:

Directions: From Route 15A, turn east onto Purcell Hill Road. Find a dirt parking area on the north side, midway between Canadice Hollow Road and Canadice Lake Road. Additional parking is available at the beginning of the trail. N42o 44.621 – W77o 34.416

Alternative Parking: A small pull-off along Canadice Lake Road, 3.7 miles south of Purcell Hill Road on west side of road (lake side), near a blue gate. N42o 41.513 – W77o 34.144

Length: 8.1 miles round trip. 9.0 miles total (including side trails)

February 19, 2011 at 9:00 am 4 comments

DiVine Dining at the Hotel Clarence, Seneca Falls, NY

Seneca Falls Hotel

The newly renovated Hotel Clarence

The grand old Gould Hotel on Fall Street in downtown Seneca Falls has stepped into the future with a $6.2 million renovation and a new name with an old history — Hotel Clarence.

This modern boutique hotel and its exceptional restaurant are a vibrant social center and lovely destination for guests wanting to experience the charm and the history of the Finger Lakes Region.

 Hotel Clarence features revitalized architecture, contemporary American cuisine at DiVine, the newly renamed Kitchen and bar, and all the modern amenities one would expect from a four-star hotel.

Seneca Falls, NY Hotel Clarence

Dining on a sunny day at DiVine

DiVINE Kitchen & Bar prides itself on utilizing fresh products from Seneca County’s many wineries and farms to create its cuisine. Great local beer too. The Clarence has hired the former chef at Mirbeau Inn and Spa. He is also the executive chef and owner of  Moro’s Table in Auburn, Edward Moro. I can’t say enough wonderful stuff about Moro’s Table.

Moro said he worked in California’s Napa Valley and in the Oregon wine country before coming to the Finger Lakes. He said he was attracted to the New York wine region

“This is where I plan to live for the rest of my life,” says Moro “It’s a great area to raise kids, and it has wonderful food and wine.”

The menu consists of fresh-breads, crisp bountiful salads, farmer’s market vegetables, slow smoked ribs, thick steaks grilled over hardwood, the freshest seafood and homemade desserts and ice cream.

I did not have time to try one of each, so I ordered the  ROASTED BEET AND MACHE SALAD with Local Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Fresh Pears, and I added some shrimp.

For dessert I ordered the bread pudding, which would have fed a mid-sized medieval village, it was so big!

Seneca Falls Main Street

Downtown Seneca Falls in winter

Seneca Falls claims itself as the real Bedford Falls — the site of the 1946 Frank Capra movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The restored hotel is named for the angel rescued by the film’s hero, George Bailey, who jumps from a bridge to save Clarence. The theme of the beloved movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ greets you, (projected on to the white wall of the lobby) as you enter the hotel and reminds the traveler of times gone by. This gem should not be missed by those planning a trip to upstate New York.

Seneca Falls, NY Hotel

A cozy corner in the lounge

The Gould Hotel opened in February 1920 and at the time the Syracuse Journal claimed The Gould Hotel to be “the most complete and perfectly equipped of the smaller hotels of New York State. Four stories in height, absolutely fireproof in construction and equipped in perfect taste and convenience, it is scheduled to become the Mecca for travelers and autoists between Rochester and Syracuse.

Beyond its fantastic location, Gould Hotel featured gorgeous Spanish style architecture, elaborate banquet facilities and a renowned restaurant. Unfortunately, The Gould Hotel eventually closed and the building was turned into apartments.  It subsequently sat vacant for quite some time.

Seneva Falls, restaurant

The actual bar from Muldoons

The old mahogany bar in the Hotel Clarence came from Muldoon’s, a longtime downtown Seneca Falls bar. Tom Muldoon, the owner, was a colorful character, and the bar and its owner are fondly remembered by Seneca Falls natives.

The hotel’s central location is within short walking distance of the Ludvico Sculpture Trail and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. It is also close to MANY wineries around both Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. It is a short drive to the Waterloo Outlet Mall and the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.

If you want to check out reviews, you will find they are many and varied as some LOVE the renovation and some are underwhelmed.

The Hotel Clarence is located at 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Reservations can be made by calling 877-788-4010

February 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Bristol Mountain: Tops in Skiing

Tucked between Honeoye and Canandaigua Lakes, Bristol Mountain Ski Resort sports the highest vertical between the Catskills and the Rockies, at 1200′. There are 138 acres of total skiable terrain. Most all lit for night skiing, and most with snow making.

Bristol Mountain is open 7 days a week 9am-10pm, (night skiing mid December to mid-March). The mountain features 2 terrain parks and an Olympic-size halfpipe for snowboarders. And 2 large Nordic loops for traditional or skate skiing. It has 6 lifts, 2 are high-speed quad chairs.

Continue Reading February 5, 2011 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

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