Canandaigua NY

Traveling with Friends (Day 1)

This weekend, June 12-13, 2009, Tom and I celebrated 35 years of friendship with two of our best friends, Bill and Lynda. We lived next door to each other in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in the 70’s where we shared dinners, weekend camping trips and just plain being good neighbors

We stayed at the Morgan Samuels Inn Canandaigua NY. What a beautiful B&B! A couple of years ago, Tom and I spent a fantastic winter get-away weekend and knew that our friends would enjoy it as much as we did then. So Friday, although the day started out rather cloudy it ended up a beautiful sunny spring day with light fluffy clouds dotting a perfectly blue sky, we headed to the B&B.

The day was spent traveling from our home in Marietta to Canandaigua – a trip that should take about and hour and an half – but actually took us 5 hours. Obviously we made a few stops along the way.

The first was in Skaneateles (about 10 miles from our home) at the Ace Hardware Store. Yes I said the hardware store. This is a hardware store like none other. Not only does it have the usual display of basic hardware and garden items, but it also has a full line of housewares and a flower shop – all displayed so that you can’t help but want to browse. The two-floor store is bright, airy, entirely floored in hardwood as well as being beautifully decorated. Not your average hardware store with narrow, crowded aisles!

By the time we had finished at the hardware store at Town Square – it was time for lunch. We stopped at Creekside Book and Coffee Shop for a light lunch and did some more browsing and shopping at the bookstore. Both the coffee shop and bookstore embody Skaneateles’ unique atmosphere, “a village for the senses” with it’s store-roasted coffee and variety of books.

On our way we stopped at two Seneca Lake wineries; Hermann

J.Wiemer (Lynda and Bill’s favorite) and Anthony Road (one of ours). We both left with an ample supply of our favorites.


We arrived at Morgan Samuels around 5:00 Our room – the Evies Chamber.

Sheet Music:  Good Night

Sheet Music: Good Night

The room is decorated with old love letters and music sheets, complementing the Victorian atmosphere of the B&B.

After a relaxing a bit on the Victorian Porch we ended the daywith a great dinner at the Inn on the Lake.Saturday we have scheduled a wine paring with lunch at the NY Wine and Culinary Center.

Saturday we have scheduled a wine and lunch paring at the NY Culinary Institute.

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