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The BEST Vineyard in Skaneateles — Anyela’s

The most popular vineyard on Skaneateles Lake

The most popular vineyard on Skaneateles Lake

It’s a COLD memorial Day weekend. I’m wearing a down vest and wool mittens. Why would there be a crowd gathered 5 miles south of the town of Skaneateles at 3:30 on such a chilly Saturday afternoon? Because there is live music playing at Anyela’s Vineyard.

Tasting Room

Tasting Room

Anyela’s Vinyard is the best and ONLY vineyard on Skaneateles Lake. Inside, I notice the tasting room, with its high ceiling,  has gorgeous woodwork. At the end of the tasting area, is a large patio/dining area with a view of Lake Skaneateles. The live music has not even started and every table is full, with many crowding around the tasting bars. This is a happenin’ place!

What makes Anyela’s wines unique??

“Unlike other vineyards along neighboring Finger Lakes, we protect our vines from the cold after the fall harvest. One by one, we carefully remove them from the trellises and bury them in the rich earth to insulate the sensitive primary buds, which eventually become the fruit. In spring, we re-trellis the vine for maximum sun exposure. We also control our grape yield to cultivate the ripest, most flavorful fruit.”

Live music on Saturday afternoons

Live music on Saturday afternoons

So what does that mean? Great reds. Remember, it’s Memorial Day weekend and the nights are dipping into the low 40s this year. That short growing season is better for whites (particularly chardonnay and Riesling).  But the reds at Anyela’s make it worth the Saturday afternoon nosh. We enjoyed a 2008 Pinot Noir, as well as a four grape blend called “Sync.”

Colorful, tasteful decor

Colorful, tasteful decor

We were not thrilled by the overpriced cheese plate that we ordered to enjoy our bottle with, nor the inflexible server, but it didn’t stop us from ordering another plate for bottle number two!

When you take a wine tour around Skaneateles Lake, be sure not to miss Anyela’s. It’s the only place you need to stop!

Anyela’s is located 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: (315) 685-3797

May 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Fun at the New York State Fair

We took the entire family to the New York State Fair and it was a lot of fun. The best part was singing along with the McCarthy Family in front of the Agricultural Museum. They have been performing at the fair now for 6 years.

The images below are of concert-enjoyers, and also some of the “vintage” displays inside the Agricultural Museum.

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Shane McCarthy before the show

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Enjoying “Ring of Fire.”

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“Corncert”

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Enjoying the concert

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Log Cabin INSIDE the Agricultural Museum

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Farm Play sets on display. My Fisher Price Farm

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Milk Bottle display of prize-winning milk

August 28, 2012 at 12:36 am 2 comments

Finger Lakes Fun: 2012 New York State Fair

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Photo contest runner-up, 2011

Here it is — everything you need to know about the 2012 New York State Fair. I’ll be attending, and you can attend too — free — compliments of the NYS Fair — if you let me know your favorite fair memory. I have tickets to give away, so impress me. I’ll pick a winner August 22, contact you, and you can pick up your (2) FREE tickets at Will Call.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, to Monday, Sept. 3, 2012
  • Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
  • exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 375 acres filled with fun: Free Stuff to do and see:
    • Butter sculpture / Sand sculpture
    • Animal shows, petting zoo
    • Nightly parade at 6 p.m.
    • NEW: Monster truck show
    • NEW: BMX stunt show
    • NEW: Interactive rain forest learning exhibit
    • NEW: Midway Music Series – built around local and up-and-coming bands
    • NEW: Great Lakes Lumberjack Show
    • Different acts each day at 2 and 8 p.m.
    • All shows at Chevy Court are free with Fair admission
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Photo Contest Winner — 2011

Signature State Fair Food:

  • Lots of food deals: $0.25 cup of fresh milk, $1 baked potatoes (Horticulture Bldg.), hot beef sundaes, salt potatoes
  • Deep-fried mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, candy bars, cheesecake, PB&J sandwiches
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Gianelli sausage sandwiches
  • Big Kahuna Donut Dog

Tickets:

  • General admission is $10 (children under 12 free every day)
  • Advance sale tickets $6 – save 40% – (on sale at a variety of locations throughout New York State, click here for a full list).
    • Can also purchase six-day frequent fair passes (valid for one person) $30, pre-paid parking passes for one day $5

Special Days:

  • Senior Citizen Days: Aug. 27 & 28 (free admission 60 and older)
  • Veterans Day: Aug. 30 (free with military ID)
  • Student’s Day: Aug. 31 (free admission for students 16 and under)
  • Native American Day: Aug. 31 (free admission for Native Americans)
  • NEW: College Night: Aug. 31 (college students will receive vendor discounts)
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photo contest runner-up 2011

Midway:

  • Unlimited rides for one price: $25 wristbands on six days
    • Thurs 8/23, Fri 8/24, Mon 8/27, Tues 8/28, Wed 8/29, Thurs 8/30
  • This year we will again offer the Discount Strates Shows Midway FunCard worth $24 for only $14 if you purchase by Aug. 22
    • Available at most advance sale locations
    • 24 credits per card each ride requires 2 or more credit.
    • A savings of $10 off the regular ride book price.
    • The FunCard System replaces traditional ride books and individual tickets with a single electronic, bar coded card that can be used on all of the of the rides at the Midway and Kiddieland.
  • NEW: This year, Fairgoers can also buy advance sale midway wristbands and ride tickets online through Aug. 22. There will be a price discount for those purchasing online.

 Mobile Fair Site:

  • A mobile version of nysfair.org
  • It functions like an app on a smartphone and allows smartphone users to have easy access to the most popular Fair information (concerts, visitor guide, food guide, etc.)

QR Code:

  • NEW: This year, QR Codes will be placed on agricultural signage around the Fairgrounds allowing Fairgoers to scan the QR Codes and learn more about NYS Fair agriculture.
  • There is a QR Code on the advance sale posters and counter cards at all advance sale ticket locations. The QR Code will also be placed on print ads.
  • If you can scan the QR Code with a smartphone, you can enter into a drawing to win a free, one-day parking pass to the Fair.
  • Those without a smartphone can text “parking” to 24587 to be entered into the free parking drawing.

Updates:

August 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm 3 comments

Castaways: Rochester’s Tastiest Sunset

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.

Continue Reading July 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Entertainment on Sodus Bay — Abe’s Waterfront Boat House

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waterside view of Abe’s.

If you search on Google for “Sodus Bay Entertainment,” the first listing that appears is “Abe’s Waterfront Boat House Bar and Grill.

Sodus Bay is a town geared up for summer fun on Lake Ontario. The Bay is full of spots to moor your boat and get something to eat. Abe’s Waterfront Boat House is set up for whatever type of entertainment you could want day or night — order a drink, enjoy the breeze and  listen to some live music.

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Looking down the bar at Abes

Back in 1910 this property was Walsh’s Boat Livery and it is decorated with turn-of-the-century boathouse artifacts. The club and outside decks can seat over 600, with both on-site parking plus 32 boat slips for boats.

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View of Sodus Bay from the deck at Abes

We ate outside on the spacious deck overlooking the bay, but there is the main Boat House as well as the Upper Deck or Crows Nest for dining and drinking.

What is the history of Sodus Point and Sodus Bay? Most of what is recorded tells about the town of Sodus, just south, where the Arbor Day was started. The land was originally territory of the Onandaga Nation. Sodus is believed to be an indian word meaning possibly “gleam on the water.”

The area around Sodus is filled with fruit orchards — once cherry, peach and apple, and now more and more, you see grape vines.

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Sunny lunch on the deck

Lunch  menu

Located at: 8527 Greig Street, Sodus Point, NY

Call: 315-483-4444

June 2, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Honeoye Falls Brewery Pub and Grill: Brew and a View

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The best view of the falls is from the patio of the pub

Honeoye Falls describes itself as “a friendly little village situated on the upper falls of Honeoye Creek approximately fifteen miles southeast of Rochester, New York.” The village has been a productive center of commerce since the late 1700’s, when mills and factories began to pop up along the upper and lower  falls. It changed names many time before becoming known as Honeoye Falls in the mid-1800s.

Located right in the four corners of town is the Honeoye Falls Brewery Pub & Grill, which  has been a tavern/pub, & or a restaurant for over 70 years, while the building itself has housed everything from a millinery, shoemaker, & a bakery, over the previous 70+ years.

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Located on the four corners of downtown Honeoye Falls

The Brewery Pub and Grill offers the only view of scenic Honeoye Falls while you enjoy casual dining. You can it outdoors on the deck during the warm months, or enjoy the ambiance of a fireside meal in the enclosed gazebo complete with a fireplace.

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13 Lucky Drafts made Syracuse Basketball lucky

We visited on a quiet wintry Saturday. I was interested in sampling the 13 Lucky Drafts:  a changing selection of microbrews from across the US, and a burger — for which they are well-known. It was a tough choice — should I try the Southern Tier Eurotrash Pliz or the 3 Heads Brewery Loopy. Better try them all.

Charlie ordered the “No Bun Mo Fun Burger” — 8 oz. Angus Beef atop a mound of French Fries with Chili, shredded Cheddar, scallion & sour cream. I ordered the Brew Burger which I believe was designed to maximize my beer quaffing experience.

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Lunch in the gazebo

After we enjoyed our lunch we stopped at the bar for another round while Syracuse University Basketball was on TV. The bartender knew everyone by their first name and the cast of regulars made us feel right at home. While at the bar we were also able to meet the chef, Kirk, who was an old friend of Charlie’s friend Ginger.

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Charlie's poet friend from Atlanta, Ginger Murchinson, recommended we say hello to her good friend Kirk

The Brewery Pub is located at 8 West Main Street in Honeoye Falls.

Hours:
Monday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tue-Thur: Lunch 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Tue-Thur: Dinner 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Lunch Available Till 5:00)
Sunday Lunch: 12:00 PM – 5:00PM
Sunday Dinner: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

February 19, 2012 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

Ithaca — Come Visit in the Winter

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Taughannock Falls, higher than Niagara Falls, just outside of Ithaca

Great article in the Albany Times Union about winter fun in the Ithaca area

Ithaca may be best known as the home of both Cornell  University and Ithaca  College, but the city offers a cornucopia of attractions for  outdoors enthusiasts.

Situated in a valley on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, about a three-hour  drive from Albany, the city’s streets slope steeply toward the water. There are  more than 100 waterfalls and gorges within 10 miles of Ithaca, leading to the  local slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges.”

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/A-gorges-place-for-winter-visit-2751638.php#ixzz1kxDK56Jv

Besides great food, beer and gorges sites, Ithaca has a great music scene.

January 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm 2 comments

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