Spare Seat Expedition Stop in Newark

Great fun with the members of the expedition.  Glen, Rosie, Richard and Simon.  Arrived in Newark as the Moon began to rise and a quick trip to check into Vintage Gardens then off to dinner at Newark County Club.  Entertainment provided by members of the Newark – Arcadia Historical Socitey.  Then back to Vintage Gardens for some much needed rest and relaxation.  They were up early this morning and off to breakfast in Lyons,  then back on the water again. 

Safe Journey to our new friends, We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to upstate NY!

Visitors from the UK tour the Erie Canal and Stay at Vintage Gardens

We look forward to hosting them at Vintage Gardens!

We look forward to hosting them at Vintage Gardens!

The journey has begun, the legacy of New York State’s Erie Canal and Hudson River lures British adventurers Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles to kayak an epic 500 miles from Buffalo’s historic Erie Canal Harbor to the Statue of Liberty.

The journey is called “Spare Seat” because members of the public and media will join them in their double-seated kayaks. The project will be photographed and filmed, and hosted on a dedicated website with social media feeds to promote travel to New York’s waterways.

Follow Along!  http://www.thespareseat.com/

Paddle alongside Richard and Glen in your own canoe or kayak or ride your bike on the Erie Canalway Trail to follow part of the journey.

They are scheduled to spend the evening in the Village of Newark on May 4th.  Come join us in welcoming them at the Port of Newark around 4:30 PM.

We will be watching for them!

Celebrating Earth this Month – We are Going Greener

Vintage Gardens Bed & Breakfast is going greener. We feel that every little bit does help to preserve our world and our choices will make a difference reducing the carbon footprint.

We strive to provide the highest level of hospitality and guest experience while preserving and promoting the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of our property and the region.

We practice and are committed to sustainability :  When possible we grow it, we buy local and use “fair trade products.”  We recycle plastic, glass, cans and paper.  We use tote-style bags when shopping.

Our tissue paper products are made from recycled paper. We use cold water to wash our laundry and use environmental friendly soaps and cleaners.

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    We are conserving energy in our 1840’s historic home. When we remodel areas of the house we update insulation. We have switched many of the light bulbs in the house from incandescent to compact florescent light bulbs to help lower our energy use. We have installed in-room energy efficient air conditioners instead of cooling unused spaces.  Our guests control cooling systems to meet their individual needs. Many prefer opening a window for cool evening breezes.

In the winter we use a pellet stove to heat much of the house to cut down our use of natural gas.  The stove uses renewable fuel made from recycled wood products and has higher energy efficiency with lower emissions. We have built a new greenhouse made from recycled wood products. Our greenhouse uses recycled rain water and solar energy to power the lighting and solar pump. During the summer months we compost and grow fresh vegetables and shop locally at our regional farms for the freshest products that are used in our breakfasts.

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We keep our woodlands natural to help attract birds and animals to our property.  We have planted berry producing shrubs and vines and a butterfly garden for all to enjoy.

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First Class Birding Here in Western New York

Western New York is know for it diverse geographic locations.  From meadows, forests, mountains, wetlands, waterways and lakes you are guaranteed to have a “Great Year” seeing an amazing variety of birds.  With the warm weather this year shows indications of early arrival of many of the area bird species.1

For bird watchers, this region is rich in a wide variety of birding opportunities from the shores of Lake Ontario, to the wetlands of  Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, to the winter ski areas of Bristol Mountain,to the woodlands that boarder the Erie Canal, our area of the Finger Lakes region is rich with wildlife.
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With spring comes the early migration of many species and in the summer months more than 170 species of birds nest and raise their young in the area.

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 We are happy to furnish our guests with a brochure of the best birding locations in our region. If it is quiet relaxation you seek, guests are welcome to just sit in the gardens to enjoy the sunshine, read a book and sip a cool beverage.
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Or take a walk through the woodlands to hear the sounds of nature.                

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Many species of birds make their home and nest at Vintage Gardens.

6 Over the past 5 years we have been fortunate to photograph a few right here on our property.  You are sure to see an array of our feathered friends on your visit and we will even furnish the binoculars!

It’s Maple Harvest Time In the Finger Lakes

Many associate Maple Syrup with the turning of fall leaves but, did you know that the sweet sap is harvested in the early spring and that Western New York is famous for its award winning Maple Syrup. As soon as the spring air begins to warm the harvesting of sap begins and local area producers open their Sugarhouses so that visitors can experience how it’s made. Make sure to stop by some of the area Maple farms to enjoy the sweet taste of Spring!

Maple Weekend 2012
March17th &18th
and
March 24th & 25th.
www.mapleweekend.com

We are celebrating this tasty spring event.  Stay at Vintage Gardens anytime during March 17th – 25th and add on the taste the sweetness of the spring harvest At
No Additional Charge!

Celebrate the taste of spring in the Finger Lakes during New York’s Annual Maple Weekend. See, smell and taste your way through the entire process at the many local Maple Farms. We have designed a package just for you.

Your package includes:

  • A gourmet breakfast that featuring the taste of Maple
  • A special Maple gift to take home, compliments of Vintage Gardens
  • Take a tour and see how maple is made. We will furnish you with information and locations of participating Maple Farms. Farms will taste March 17-18 and March 24-25.
Sweet Spring Special valid March 17th through March 25th 2012.

Sweet Spring Special valid March 17th through March 25th 2012.

Leap Stay Special

Leap Year On-Line Special

We are adding a “Leap Stay” to your to night reservation!  Book a two night stay between February 21st and February 29th and get your second night Free.  It’s a great time to visit the New York Finger Lakes.

Must call to make your reservation 877-331-6045 and ask for the Leap Year Special

Offer not valid with any other special, discount or coupon.
Prices starting at $105 for two nights.
Valid February 21st – February 29th 2012.

Our Promise – No Hidden Fees at Vintage Gardens

Mike and I recently took a trip….Yes, we actually got to go away to get some R&R of our own.  As Bed and Breakfast owners we almost always choose to stay at an inn or bed and breakfast.   This time we choose an online airfare/resort package for our trip.  We picked a posh hotel on a tropical island for our short get-away.  We decided to stay there because it was an online deal offering what we thought was an incredible package, but our trip cost much more than we had expected. We were not prepared for all of the hidden fees and incidental charges.

When we checked into our hotel we expected that we would be charged the price stated in the package.   We had no idea about the charges that were piling up on our credit card.  We were appalled when we received our bill.  We had been charged $25-a-night resort fee, an energy surcharge, a required, built-in tip for housekeeping, and we were even charged for using the in-room coffee maker.

As a lodging owner, I have a clear understanding about the rising costs to run a lodging business and the decline in our economy.  Hidden fees are NOT the way to treat guests.  At Vintage Gardens Bed & Breakfast we respect our guests.  In fact, we strive to exceed our guest’s expectations by providing the extras.  We furnish our guests with locally made, quality shampoos, soaps, and creams.  Our rooms are supplied with toiletries that they may have forgotten.  Our common areas, linens and towels are always clean and fresh robes hang in guestroom closets.  Rooms are always stocked with complementary bottled water and our guests enjoy home baked cookies each night.

We shop locally in order to provide the best and freshest breakfasts and also to help support our small business community. We offer information on area events, points of interest and activities that are guests are interested in.  All of this at no additional charge.

Most of all we welcome and take seriously guests suggestions and invite their reviews.

We want our guests to have a wonderful experience both here at Vintage Gardens Bed & Breakfast and in our beautiful Finger Lakes region with NO hidden fees!

Last Minute Holiday Weekend Get-away!

Vintage Gardens is offering a getaway for you to surprise that someone special the Holiday Weekend!

Two nights Package for $200 per couple.Package available through February 19, 2012
Two nights lodging in one of our elegant guest rooms,
Cheese Platter and Chocolate covered Strawberries upon arrival,
A bottle of sparkling beverage,
A special box of Homemade Chocolate Truffles,
Home baked cookies at night,
Gourmet breakfast in the morning,
And Late Check out!

One night Packages also available for $100
Call 877-331-6045