Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms

Hey there, lakefront Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals home blog readers – we’re back! Are you visiting Sodus soon and looking for something to do? Do you like farm animals and nature?

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If you answered yes to those questions, this is the blog for you – because we’re talking about Cracker Box Palace – a Farm Animal Haven on Sodus Bay Vacation Rentals. A registered non-profit, no-kill farm haven, Cracker Box Palace takes care of farm animals recovering from illness, neglect or abuse. Once healthy, the animals may either be adopted or given love through a foster care program.

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The farm is entirely volunteer run, and hosts guided tours Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10am-3pm. However, visitors are welcome and encouraged to take a self-guided tour at any time. The farm has a charming, rustic atmosphere, and the animals are tons of fun to visit!

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The property, called Alasa Farms and covering 710 acres, has a long and rich history.  It was originally built and occupied by the religious group the Sodus Bay Shakers from 1826 to 1838. Briefly occupied by a utopian communal living group and eventually laying vacant for a period, the property eventually became a large scale “model farm” in the early 1900s.

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Nowadays, aside from visiting the farm animals that are cared for here, the property is open to the public to explore and take advantage of. There are a number of beautiful trails throughout the acreage, spanning forest and creeks and fields. The farm runs several youth programs, including fairy house building, flower planting, creating name plates for the animal’s pens, an Easter egg hunt and so much more.

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The farm even has a Little Palace Shop: here you can stock up on your Cracker Box Palace swag, such as sweatshirts, tanks, and drink koozies. But not only that – they also sells a plethora of fresh, in-season produce, homemade jams and honeys and maple syrups, and several unique soaps and body washes.

Check out Cracker Box Palace’s website for more details and photos – you’ll definitely want to give this place a visit! http://www.crackerboxpalace.org/store-2

Thanks for reading! J

Contact Us:

Email- jan@vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com

Phone Number-(585)-802-3494

Website- http://vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com/

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Get the perfect Rental Property in Finger Lakes

In today’s busy context, it is sometimes extremely difficult to make time for a vacation. People hardly get one chance in a year to go for the vacations. They wish to get all the joy and happiness during this break. A vacation can complete only when all their plans will implement perfect. It is a great time to spend with your love once, which leaves a memory for the lifetime. All the factors should combine rightly to make your trip enjoyable and memorable for years.

lakesIf you are planning on to go to Finger Lakes, the states of New York for your vacations so you can get a chance to explore in the lap of Mother Nature.  It’s a place where nature has spread their beauty in the form of waters fall and Lakes.  It’s called Finger Lake because there are eleven freshwater lakes looks like human fingers. The place is full of beautiful river banks, lovely mountains, legendary food, boats, exotic sites and much more. You can go with swimming, fishing, water diving, boating, etc.  This may be the perfect place for having vacations with your family and friends. In Finger Lakes, there are various trip organizing companies who are providing beautiful rental properties at a very affordable price.

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They are arranging rental properties from cheap lodging for three or five-star hotel according to your need and liking. In Finger Lakes vacation rentals are present in different type, size, design etc, and accommodation as per their customer’s request. Vacation Rentals Newyork are full of all the amenities such as TV, refrigerator, oven, comfortable bedrooms, barbeque, huge bathrooms, resting chairs, swimming pools, etc. Even they have arranged some kind of indoor and outdoor games to play with your family and friends.  Rental companies are taking care of their client’s comfort and privacy as well.

Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals a perfect place for WINE and other tasting fun !

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Hey there everybody! Welcome back to this week’s Sodus-area lakefront Vacation Rentals Finger Lakes blog! Believe it or not, fall is in full swing – whether or not the weather is reflecting it! These hot days in September have been brutal, but hey, as lakefront cottage owners – we’re not complaining about the extra few weeks for Lake Ontario swimming!

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As the days get cooler over the next few weeks, though, it’s time to start thinking about some of the awesome fall activities available to you in the Sodus Bay Vacation Rentals and Finger Lakes areas. And in my opinion, one of the best fall activities (for those 21+, at least) is – you guessed it – wine (and other fermented beverage) tasting. It’s something you’ve got to try at least once when you’re visiting! But before we launch into all the awesome wineries and unique alcoholic beverages that are popular in the region – let’s cover a bit of history first.

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The Finger Lakes, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, are eleven finger-shaped glacial lakes that stretch across the mid section of Upstate New York, south of Lake Ontario (where our cottages are located). Within this region, there’s something called the American Viticultural Area or AVA. The AVA contains 11,000 acres of vineyards, making it the largest wine-producing region in New York State. Additionally, the Finger Lakes are the second largest wine producer in the US – just after Napa Valley.

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The vineyard’s proximity to these lakes is no accident. The deep finger lakes in the region actually help moderate the climate to ensure optimal vineyard growing conditions. In the winter, stored heat from these lakes is released and helps keep the climate mild relative to the surrounding areas of NYS. And aside from climate control, many of the area’s wineries are situated very near to these lakes – so you can sip wine with a view.

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There’s so much to say about wine and other beverage tasting in the Finger Lakes – I think we’ll have to break this blog into two. So for the rest of this installment, we’ll give an overview how a day of wine tasting in the area generally works, and some helpful tips! Next blog, we’ll go a bit more in depth on the specific establishments and tasting trails.

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Most of the wine trails in the Finger Lakes offer at least a dozen or so wineries, distilleries and/or craftcideries to choose from on your tour. Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the biggest trails in the area, with over 30 wineries. So lots of options – but you usually can’t fit more than 4-6 visit in one day!

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A bit about how a day of wine tasting works: you’ll want to secure a designated driver in your group first, of course, or rent a driver or limo for the day. Then, just pick your favorite wineries on the trail, and start visiting! Each location will have a tasting bar or bars, where you’ll pay, somewhere from $5-10 to taste 4-6 different types of wine or other fermented beverage (depending on if you decided to go for a distillery or cidery instead!). Usually, the staff will hand out little sheets for you to choose your favorite wines to taste. Between these 4-6 tastes, you’re generally getting the equivalent of 1-1.5 glasses of wine.

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When you’re done tasting at one winery – just move on to the next and do it all over again! It’s common to walk away from a day of wine touring with a bottle or two of your favorite tastes. And readers: fall is DEFINITELY the time to go wine touring. Upstate NY falls are some of the most beautiful you’ll ever experience (we may be a bit biased, but come visit during the fall then tell us we’re wrong!). Often these wineries have breathtaking views of one of the Finger Lakes, or just the gorgeous fall foliage as the leaves start to change.

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Another useful tip: we recommend carrying around a few snacks for palate-cleansers between wine tastings. A small baggie of cheese and crackers is a great option. Good for snacking, and a great complement for the wines as well. Many of the wineries also serve food menus, though, so no worries if you forget this tip or don’t have any cheese and crackers to bring along!

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Also, if you’re looking for an extra unique wine touring experience – try one of the boating wine tours! Yes, you read correctly; rather than renting a driver or limo for the day, why not rent a boat instead? Since many of the wineries are situated right around the Finger Lakes, taking a boat from winery to winery is the perfect way to spend a day of wine tasting in the Finger Lakes!

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More info to come in the next installment, about specific wineries, trails and more – but in the meantime, start blocking off your calendar for a weekend of wine touring in Upstate NY this fall! You won’t regret it.

Thanks for reading, and happy tasting!

Contact Us:

Email- jan@vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com

Phone Number-(585)-802-3494

Website- http://vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com/

Excellent food and 150 Martinis at the Vacation Rental Finger Lakes Eatery

Welcome back to our lakefront vacation rentals Finger Lakes blog for upstate New York! We have a few more notable restaurants to hit before we can finish with this series, and the one we’re covering today is unlike any of the others so far. The Bay Street Restaurant is located on – you guessed it – Bay Street, specializing in Caribbean cuisine and seafood.

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The Key-West-inspired restaurant used to be part of a hotel, and it’s clear from the faded barn siding– this building is old. But rather than deter, this disheveled façade only adds to the restaurant’s charm.

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Known for their seafood dishes, Bay Street offers a number of delicious and diverse meals to choose from. Filet mignon, pork and veal chops, caesar salads topped with Jamaican scallops…you name it. All dinners are included with a house salad.

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Outside seating is available when the weather permits, with cute plants decorating the porch and walkway. The inside of the restaurant is cozy and charming, creating a comfortable, casual feel for customers (wow, that was a mouthful!). Aged wood paneling and palm tree pictures add to the Key West vibe. Bay Street’s soft lighting evokes a relaxed ambiance, and a pool table adorns the center of the room. Play a round with your buddies while waiting for your food, or after a drink at the bar on a Friday night.

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And speaking of a drink at the bar – you won’t believe this restaurant’s claim to fame. The Martini Bar offers over 150 different martinis to choose from, divided into four categories: competition winners, classic, fruity and dessert. Ordering a martini with your meal is a must at Bay Street.

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Try a meal at Bay Street during your stay in Sodus Bay Vacation Rentals – you won’t regret it. The menu offers a wide range of delectable dishes – and it’s a nice change-up from your typical cuisine. The casual atmosphere is great for a meal out with friends, or a dinner date – and trust me, you won’t want to miss that martini menu.

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Bay Street unfortunately doesn’t have a website, but for more information about their menu, hours and location you can visit their Facebook page “The Bay Street” (@Martinilandfinedining), or give them a call at +1 (315)-483-2233!

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Thanks for reading, see you next week!

Contact Us:

Email- jan@vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com

Phone Number-(585)-802-3494

Website-http://vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com/

The absolute Best Mexican to try when visiting our Sodus Point Vacation Rentals, El Rincon

Hola, Ferryland Cottage Rentals blog readers! We’re back this week to bring you another insider’s look at some of the best restaurants in the Sodus area, very close to our lakefront Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals cottages. You might have guessed it from our introduction – this week, we’re shining the spotlight on the best Mexican restaurant in Sodus: El Rincon. It is not uncommon for Rochester Vacation Rentals folks to drive for an hour out of the city to eat here as it is known to be that good!

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El Rincon is the place for authentic, delicious Mexican cuisine. Don’t believe us? Just check out their reviews on Yelp. Not only are their selections rich in taste, color and culture, but they’re affordable too. And – the presentation is flawless. https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-rincón-mexicano-sodus-2

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Of course, no authentic Mexican restaurant is complete without the décor to match it. El Rincon’s style is impressive, with bright colors, tapestries and pieces of art adorning the walls. The atmosphere is fun and almost wacky, with sombreros, dolls and even a ukulele hanging from the walls.

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A big contributor to this authenticity of Mexican culture and cuisine is due to the Sodus area’s phenomenal fruit (and especially apple) farming. What? What does fruit farming have to do with how good a Mexican restaurant is? Good question! We’re glad you asked.

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The growth in the fruit farming industry in Sodus created the opportunity for many jobs in the area. As a result, Sodus received an influx of migrant workers and now proudly embraces its sizable migrant population. Lucky for us, this allowed not only for great fruit farming – but also for an awesome and delicious Mexican restaurant!

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If you’re staying in one of our cottages or visiting the region – we urge you to stop by El Rincon! Its friendly and festive atmosphere is just an appetizer to the mouthwatering selection of Mexican food you won’t be able to get enough of. Check out their website for more information: http://www.elrinconsodus.com

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next week!

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CONTACT US

Email- jan@vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com

Phone Number- (585)-802-3494

Website- http://www.vacationrentalsfingerlakes.com/

WHAT IS the Finger Lakes area of New York State?

The Finger Lakes region of New York State is a large and lovely expanse of over 9,000 square miles, including the 11 Finger Lakes, part of Lake Ontario and a section of the Erie Canal.  It is located right in the middle of NYS.During the Ice Age, continental glaciers moving south from Hudson Bay carved out the Finger Lakes, the Great Lakes and much of the beautiful surrounding landscape of New York State.Many think that the Finger Lakes are the only lakes in the area, unaware of the nearby Great Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario reigns supreme as a key destination in the Finger Lakes recreational area. Sodus Bay, located in Sodus, NY, is the single largest inland bay on Lake Ontario. Only about 45 minutes north of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, 2 of the largest of the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario’s Sodus Bay alone is as large as one of the smaller Finger Lakes.

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Dotted with lakefront cottages and many vacation rental properties, Sodus offers great accommodations and beautiful scenery for those considering a visit. The Sodus Bay and Sodus Point area, home to Ferry land Cottage Rentals, is focused is directly in the Northern Central Area of the Finger Lakes – right between Rochester and Syracuse.With its rural character and number of lakes and bays, make the area is an ideal recreational playground.Waterfront activities are particularly popular, including fishing, swimming, and boating of every variety.  Many come to enjoy the beauty and peace of a Finger Lakes Vacation Rental Lakefront cottage.  The opportunities for fun and leisure are endless. The larger nearby cities of Rochester and Syracuse provide lively urban atmospheres to explore – for your more adventurous days, from amusement parks to museums and more. For something a little more laid back, the many little lakes and beautiful Sodus Bay of Lake Ontario serve as a peaceful waterfront playground, the picture of pure bliss and beauty.The Finger Lakes is probably best known for the top-quality wines produced in the area. Considered one of the finest wine regions in the world, the Finger Lakes area specializes in vinifera grapes and produces some of the best Rieslings in the world. Other farm-based beverages such as cider, beer, and distilled spirits are becoming ever more and more popular in the Finger Lakes as well.Hard cider is available in several varieties. Paired with the abundant wineries in the region, these fermented beverages make for a great “tastings” trip and wonderful wine touring. The Sodus vacation area specifically is a fruit-farming region, and the county in which it is located produces the most apples in all of NY State. Expanses of farmland compliment the area, ensuring fresh and plentiful farmer’s market produce, highly sought after during the spring to fall months.

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The Finger Lakes region is also rich in history. Some of the earliest roots of the women’s rights movement began in Seneca Falls, a now-historic village located in the central part of the Finger Lakes, just a short distance from Lake Ontario. Abolitionist leaders Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas, both pioneers of the Underground Railroad, lived in upstate New York; you can now visit their gravesites in Auburn and Rochester. Most of the lakes carry the name of the local Indian tribe who lived was in the area, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga and many more.  Native American roots, photography, and film, and aviation are just a few other pages worth mention in the deep history of the Finger Lakes.

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From the bright blossoming fruit and flowers in spring, to beautiful waters perfect for the sweltering summer heat, to the crimson gold treetops and crisp air (and apples) of fall, the incredible scenery of the Finger Lakes has allowed it to become an ever more popular vacation destination for families.Even the winters, while cold, are great for sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing and skiing through the fluffy snow in one of our nearby ski resorts. You can also try out cross-country skiing through the large lots of state parkland in the area.The Finger Lakes is a vast and diverse region that features something for everyone. If you visit the region, you are certain to find a wide array of activities perfect for a stay filled with both fun and relaxation. Consider a visit to the Finger Lakes area. We would love to host you at one of our lovely Finger lakes Rental Cottages. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us a note at Ferry land Cottage Rentals. We hope to see you!

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Phone Number- (585)-802-3494

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