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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

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

Seneca Park Zoo: Kids Can Go Wild!

See the zoo with a child for maximum fun

See the zoo with a child for maximum fun

The best way to see The Seneca Park Zoo is through the eyes of a child. So bring a 6-year old with you and you won’t miss a thing!

What we really liked about Seneca Park Zoo was the great views. The exhibits are constructed to allow you circle around the outside of the animal’s habitat, as well as pass through the center making for up close viewing of monkeys, otters, lions, penguins, rhinos and many others.

Best fun was feeding time at the Baboon House

Best fun was feeding time at the Baboon House

Plan on a 2-3 hour visit. You can certainly find enough to do to stay longer, but this is a manageable sized zoo, you can see the whole thing in a few hours.

Pick up a map on the way in. The map has a schedule of all of the animal enrichment activities for each day. Don’t miss feeding times with the baboons.

The Zoo is open all year long. Closed the first Saturday in June for Zoobilation, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Zoo is located at 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621.

Open  April 1 to October 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may stay on grounds until 5 p.m. Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. for our Zoo members. Click here for Open Late Tuesday hours. November 1 to March 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may stay on grounds until 4 p.m.

July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Genesee Brew House: Enjoy the Sparkling Waters of the Genesee

View of Beer House from Pont de Rennes above High FallsHigh 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.

Pilot BreweryThe 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.

Genesee Brew House StoreThe  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.

View from the TerraceHours: Mon-Wed 11am – 9pm Thurs-Sat 11am – 10pm Sunday Noon – 9pm 25 Cataract St. Rochester, NY, 14605 Get Directions 585-263-9200 Check out their reviews on Yelp.

May 13, 2013 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Hike + History = Mt Hope Cemetery

Rolling hills make for dramatic views

Rolling hills make for dramatic views

One sunny, warm Sunday afternoon, we took a long walk through Mt Hope Cemetary. This cemetery is famous for the grave sites of Stephen Douglas, Henry Lomb, Hiram Sibley, Nathaniel Rochester, Margaret Woodbury Strong, and Susan B Anthony.

Bronze Mausoleum Doors

Bronze Mausoleum Doors

Mount Hope Cemetery is one of the most remarkable Victorian cemeteries in America. Its 196 acres of lofty hills and picturesque valleys created by glaciers were transformed into a beautiful historic cemetery. A mature, diversified forest  forms an arboretum shading thousands of marble, bronze, and granite monuments. The cemetery is a verdant museum of funerary sculpture and mausoleums spanning more than a century and a half.

Monument to the soldiers of the Civil War

Monument to the soldiers of the Civil War

The Friends of Mount Hope offer guided walking tours each weekend, May through October.

Close-up view of the Civil War Monument reveals beautiful patina

Close-up view of the Civil War Monument reveals beautiful patina

Dedicated in 1838 in Rochester NY, Mount Hope is America’s first municipal Victorian cemetery.

Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 7.14.52 PMThe cemetery features 82 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves.

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Great names. And he had 3 wives

Great names. And he had 2 wives

Get lost in the sea of green

Get lost in the sea of green

You can hike over many well trod roads as well as less travelled pathways as you view 2 centuries of memorials in every form and fashion. The winding hills and variety of trees make this a top pick when visiting Rochester.

April 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm 1 comment

48 Hours in Rochester

48 Hours in Rochester

It is so nice to hear another voice praising my  home town. Rochester is a great place to visit, but an even better place to raise your kids.

March 16, 2013 at 3:53 am Leave a comment

Thrifting through the Finger Lakes

Skaneateles has a fabulous treasure hidden under the Masonic Temple

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:

Auburn 

An Eclectic Home

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

Ithaca

Check out The Commons for several stores with books, furniture and clothing.

Angry Mom Records

STORE HOURS. Mon-Wed: 12-8:00PM., Thurs-Sat: 12-9:00PM, Sun: 12-6:00PM.
CONTACT. 607.319.4953

Autumn Leaves Books

Funky Junk

Petrune

Classic clothing from every decade. This is not necessarily thrift, but loaded with STYLE.

Open 7 days a week, 11am to 6pm.

Rochester

This is the easiest way to find all the smaller shops in Rochester.

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.

Bop Shop Music

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.

The House of Guitars

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.

Skaneateles

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.

 96 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: (315) 685-7600

Hours 10-4, M-S.

Syracuse

The Thrift Shopper is a comprehensive listing of all the great shops in Syracuse

Eco Chic Boutique

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.

Armory Square
310 W Jefferson St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Please share with me your favorite thrift stores are and I’ll add them to this blog.

October 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

The Owl House — Wise Dining

One of the biggest struggles with being a celiac (allergic to gluten) is finding safe places to eat out. In the last few years more restaurants have started to offer gluten-free substitutes on their menu and the best we have found in Rochester is The Owl House.

Continue Reading September 23, 2012 at 9:02 am 2 comments

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