Archive for July, 2012
Castaways has been a favorite Rochester dining spot since the 1920’s. It offers a casual dining atmosphere right on the shores of Lake Ontario. Summertime it can be very busy, but when we arrived, on a week day evening, just before sunset, we were quickly seated.
If you sit outside, you will enjoy a spectacular view with a gorgeous sunset. Two tiered lakeside decks are the perfect setting for outdoor dining, in spring and summer.
“Braddock Bay is renowned for being an excellent bird-watching location, as raptors and other birds congregate when migrating north in Spring.” — Wikipedia
Cool Great lakes breezes, alongside gorgeous wetlands loaded with wildlife makes for an awesome adventure on a hot summer day.
I put my kayak in furthest north and explored right out onto the lake. If you put in further downstream you can travel way back into the wetlands, full of Herons, Kingfishers, Puddle ducks, particularly mallards, blue-winged teal and wood ducks all nest in this area.
The state bought the land from the Girl Scouts for $600,000 in 1996. Unfortunately, before the State could upgrade and open the newly acquired park, a budget crisis got in the way. The park’s purpose became a manageable “preserve” and it opened with no improvements in 1999.
The park contains 250 acres of pine and hemlock groves, wooded hills and marshy ravines, plus over 1,500 ft. of pebbled Lake Ontario shoreline with access to the west side of Maxwell Bay.
Many Finger Lakes lovers have heard of The Springside Inn, but how many know the gastropub tucked into the bar side of this historic landmark?
Prior to some summer theater in Auburn, we stopped at the Oak and Vine for dinner. There is ample seating inside and out. We chose outside so we could watch a wedding in progress, while chatting with our friendly and helpful waitress.
The Oak & Vine offers an array of American cuisine featuring organic pasta from Flour City Pasta and locally sourced organic produce from Happy Bee Farms. Seasonal-menu offerings range from creative pizzas, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Off-menu they emphasize fresh fish and regionally sourced beef.
The food was beautifully prepared. We enjoyed appetizers ranging from Carpaccio — with Moroccan spiced shallots, capers, chives, and fresh lemon to Lobster salad, one of the specials.
A bottle of Cava made the summer night sparkle.
Our entrees were slow roasted salmon, served with truffled Brussels Sprouts & mushroom ragout, roasted buttered & herbed potatoes, and a beautiful standing rib, with smashed potatoes and asparagus.
There is ample parking, and it is only a minutes drive from the lake edge, not too far from town. The Pub provides private dining, casual pub-seating, and outdoor tables overlooking The Springside’s beautiful gardens.
They are especially popular for their affordable Pub Plates: Cuban Sandwich, Sweet Thai Chili Glazed calamari and Focaccia Muffaletta.
If you are familiar with Skaneateles, you remember a beautiful stone structure previously run as the Old Stone Mill restaurant. It has recently undergone renovations transforming the property into five luxurious, short-term rental condominiums, known as the Old Stone Mill Inn.
Located at 3 Fennell St. in Skaneateles, Old Stone Mill Inn is managed by the owner of the Sherwood Inn. Known as the old “flouring mill,” the 195-year-old structure is one of the oldest buildings in Skaneateles, N.Y.
The condominiums are available for weekend, weekly or short-term stays, up to a few months and feature hardwood floors, fireplaces, granite countertops, ceramic tile, fully equipped kitchens, high-end linens, flat-screen televisions and an elevator. The units are fully furnished and include indoor parking.
“The condominiums at Old Stone Mill Inn are perfect for out-of-town guests visiting the area for weddings, graduations, business trips or summer getaways,” said William Eberhardt, manager of Old Stone Mill Inn and owner of the Sherwood Inn. “The units offer luxurious, convenient living space in the heart of Central New York.”