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Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast (The Jackson & Perkins Estate) Newark, NY

The town of Newark holds so much history that I find myself constantly returning and researching it.  A short drive to many of the Finger Lakes attractions and historical sites, you definitely need to consider visiting. There is so much history in this town that was once the industrial and retail center of the county, …

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The Best Upstate New York Apples For Baking

Guys, it is apple season! Ok, I might be rushing it a teensy weensy bit. But I have been getting some early variety apples from a friend, and I am pretty sure I read Starbucks will be selling  pumpkin spice lattes soon, so it’s not far! New York grows more apple varieties than any other state, …

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Finding Sour cherries in the Finger Lakes Area

  Sour or “pie” cherries, are tart in flavor and bright red in color, and as far as I am concerned worth their weight in gold.  Sour cherries have an incredibly short season, and it can be hard to get your hands on them. But it is worth the effort of finding some, nothing compares …

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New Store in Palmyra: Farm House Fabulous

I love to share an inside scoop on fabulous local finds, and I am very excited to introduce you to a brand new local store that I know you are going to love! Just opened yesterday, Farm House Fabulous in the village of  Palmyra is  THE place to buy the  beautiful “shabby chic” or “chalk painted” …

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Upcoming Public Tour of Willard Asylum for the Insane

updated 4/22/2016  Willard Asylum for the Insane In a nutshell Willard officially opened in 1869. By 1877  Willard, at 475 acres (1500 patients) was the largest asylum in the United States1 .  In 1995 Willard Psychiatric Center closed its doors, but a portion of the campus is a  New York State Department of Corrections rehabilitation facility for inmates. Obviously, …

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Book Review: A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites

I remember when I first learned that salt potatoes are a regional dish. I was shocked that the rest of the country is oblivious to what is clearly the best way ever to prepare potatoes. Salt potatoes are so popular in Upstate New York I can not imagine a family picnic, carnival or fireman’s chicken barbecue …

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