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Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

June 17, 2016 by asaransom

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

Summer is full of cook-outs, enjoying the beautiful weather with friends and family, vacationing, and celebrating the multitude of freedoms that we are blessed with here in the United States of America. It is also a great time to celebrate and remember those who brought us these great freedoms. There were many sacrifices and major historical events that occurred to bring us to this beautiful summer.

I encourage you to to remember these sacrifices by visiting the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park located in the marina at the Waterfront at Canalside. The park is open every day from 10 am-5 pm April until October. It proudly boasts being ranked #4 on Trip Advisor’s list of ‘Best Things to do in Buffalo.

The Park features three different naval vessels: USS The Sullivans Destroyer, USS Croaker Submarine, and the USS Little Rock, guided missile cruiser. The Destroyer is named after five heroic siblings: George, Francis (‘Frank’), Joseph (‘Joe’), Madison (‘Matt’), and Albert (‘Al’) Sullivan from Waterloo, Iowa, who served on the USS Junea (CL-52) during World War II. The siblings agreed to serve for the US Navy on the promise that they would all serve together. In fact their family motto was: “We stick Together”. On November 13, 1942 the USS Junea was sunk. Thus in the Battle of Solomon Islands all five brothers lost their lives. The Solomon brothers are the first group to ever have a US Naval Vessel named after them.

USS The Sullivans 537 displayed at the Park is the second of the two ships named after them and exemplifies the largest and significant class of U.S. destroyers utilized in World War II. This particular vessel earned nine battle stars for service, rescued many a survivor from planes and ships that went down during war. She served in: Philippines, Carolines, Marshalls, Mariannas, Korean War, and the Cuban Blockade.

The second vessel is a submarine that is identified in the National Registry of Historic Places. The USS Croaker is 311 feet long and weighs 1,525 tons. She launched on December 19, 1943 to fight against the Japanese in World War II and was not decommissioned until December 20, 1971. During her service she earned 3 battle stars and claimed eleven enemy vessels.

  The third vessel at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is the USS Little Rock. This cruiser is well worth the tour. She is the only guided missile cruiser on display in the United States. She is also the sole survivor of the Cleveland class. The USS Little Rock was the first ship to bare the name of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is an impressive 610 feet long and weighs 10,670 tons.

 Along with these three vessels, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park also displays military aircrafts, tanks, and World War II artifacts in their history exhibits. Admission is only $10 for adults (17 years of age and older), $6 for seniors and children (5 years and younger). Please visit: www.BuffaloNavalPark.org for more details.

The Naval Park is located about thirty minutes from the Asa Ransom House, a 10-room Country Inn in Clarence. Some rooms have porch or balcony, all have private baths, most with fireplace. Dinner is served daily except Monday’s. Please view the rooms, menu and Inn at www.asaransom.com

Garden Walk Buffalo

June 6, 2016 by asaransom

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23rd Garden Walk Buffalo features over 100 gardens July 30 – 31 (rain or shine)  If you enjoy visiting other people’s garden, revel in whimsical and creative ideas, want to learn more about flowers, water gardens, rock gardens, espaliers, native plans and more – then the free, self-guided annual Garden Walk Buffalo is for you.

An interesting and informative article by Nancy Cardillo in The Buffalo News DISCOVER magazine, provides all what you need to know. The Route: Nearly three square miles, from Buffalo History Museum to Canalside and from the Peace Bridge to Main Street, with 400+ private and public gardens.

Get a Map: Send a $10 donation before June 15, and Great Walk Buffalo will mail you a comprehensive map. Or, pick one up for free at sponsor locations beginning in early July or at headquarters during GWB weekend. Every garden is listed, along with location, highlights, restrictions and more. The three GWB headquarters are marked, as are the shuttle bus routes and stops. Watch the website (Gardenwalkbuffalo.com) for map availability, as well.

 Where to Start: There is no set router – where you choose to start depends on what you want to see, how much time you have and how much walking you want to do.

Where to Park: There are designated GWB parking areas (labeled on the map) plus on-street parking and five free shuttle buses that operate between the three GWB headquarters.

Highlights: The gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo include everything from outdoor kitchens to koi ponds to waterfalls to murals and sculptures, hellstrips and espaliers – even one urban putting green – all of which are indicated on the map. Participating gardens are clearly marked with a Garden Walk sign at the home.

Rest Stops: Three official Garden Walk headquarters: Buffalo seminary (205 Bidwell Pkwy); Evergreen Health Services (206 South Elmwood) and the Richmond-Summer Senior Center (337 Summer St., corner of Richmond), provide rest, bathrooms, water and Garden Walk gift items. Still have questions? Visit www.Gardenwalkbuffalo.com

Making a beautiful impact  Garden Walk has become a signature summer event in Buffalo the last weekend of July every summer, many of whom are from out of town, “said Ed Healy, vice president of marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara. “Garden Walk has played a significant role in helping remake Buffalo’s image. With its gorgeous gardens, distinctive homes, tree-lined streets and warm and welcoming homeowners, Garden Walk embodies everything that is special and distinctive about our city.”   

A welcoming start and finish to your day is the relaxing Asa Ransom House Country Inn. With ten rooms and dining facilities (and a flower and herb garden), book a room with a porch or balcony to relax after a busy day viewing dozens of Buffalo great gardens. View the Inn at www.asaransom.com    

       

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Clarence Center NY ‘Gems’ to Visit

March 3, 2016 by asaransom

The Perfect Gift in the J. Eshelman bldg in Clarence, NY

The Perfect Gift in Clarence, NY

Clarence Center NY, founded 1829, offers some historic ‘Gems’ to visit, and is only 5 miles from the Asa Ransom House. These gems include: The Perfect Gift & Boutique, Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe, The Hen House ll Le Poulaller, and Gertie’s Restaurant, among others.

The Perfect Gift, located in the most impressive 1872 Eshelman Building, is listed on the National Historic Register, and was once considered the tallest building of its kind outside of the city of Buffalo. The building at three stories high, has always been a general store in some capacity, and today is home to a unique gift shop and boutique, the Perfect Gift. Some historic factors of interest is the flooring and much of the woodwork in the building is original from 1872, and the push latter system is a replica of what once existed here. The building bricks were made by the Eshelman family – burnt in their own brick oven kiln. Deborah, the Perfect Gifts proprietor, offers a vast variety of items and unique gifts, which can be viewed at www.theperfectgiftbuffalo.com

The Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe, kiddie corner across the street from the Eshelman building, features fresh-baked goods, locally crafted beers, fine wine selection, and a menu including vegan and gluten-free food. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, with dinner offered Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesday features an open mike night, Friday and Saturday featuring live music from 8 to 11, often with some talented local artists.  Multi award winner of the Taste of Buffalo, winner of the Clarence “Silver Spoon” award and best entrée award. We have enjoyed their good food and very relaxing atmosphere and personable staff. For hours and menu visit: www.clarencecentercoffee.com

An unusual storage chest at Hen House Antiques in Clarence, NY

Hen House Antiques

The Hen House ll Le Poulailler at 5961 Goodrich road, just a few steps done the street, features unique gifts, antiques, art and furniture. Linda (a Gem herself) offers different vintage items that will match with any decor. Some of our treasures here at Asa Ransom House and at home have come from Linda’s unique shop. Be sure to ask if you can’t find that perfect match, she may have it hidden at her other location on Salt Road in Clarence. For a good idea of Linda’s treasures see the multiple pictures at HenHouseAntiques Clarence NY

Gertie’s restaurant is next to the Perfect Gift, and offers modern comfort food from her fine scratch kitchen with dining  offered both inside and on the patio. Gertie’s has an impressive menu that can be viewed at www.GertiesRestaurant.com  This restaurant is very popular, so reservations are recommended.

Guests here at the 1853 historic Asa Ransom House, after visiting shops here in Clarence Hollow, often enjoy a second afternoon visiting the Clarence Center NY ‘Gems’, all are within a block of each other. Upon leaving Clarence Center, we recommend stopping at the Clarence Arboretum with its 57 variety of native trees, a lake and many benches. Upon returning to the Asa Ransom House, one enjoys dinner and a relaxing evening and rest-bit from the days adventures. We love helping guests in their search for interesting adventures here in Western New York.  Visit us at www.asaransom.com  for menu, rooms and frequent specials. Hope you all have a special day!

Sincerely, Innkeeper Bob

 

 

 

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

November 23, 2015 by asaransom

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

Part of the Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit at
the Clarence Historical Museum

The original Holland Land purchase from Robert Morris was 3,250,000 acres including the area west of the Genesse River, north to Lake Ontario, West to Lake Erie, and south to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before Robert Morris, a Philadelphia Banker and signer of the Declaration of Independence, could give Holland Land Co. title to their purchase, it was necessary to first obtain title from the Indians. At the Treaty of Big Tree in 1791, the Indian exchanged their rights to the land in return for $100,000 and 200,000 acres to be retained and used for reservations.

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Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10

August 19, 2015 by asaransom

Vidler's 5 & Dime

“I can’t believe how big this store is!” We hear this every day from happily surprised customers about Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10. A great place for the entire family with 2 levels occupying 4 connected 19th century buildings. From nostalgic candy, novelty toys and kitchen gadgets to the newest items for the recreational shopper. Distinctive shops feature crafts, jewelry, candles and seasonal décor.

Take a trip down memory lane as you walk on original wooden floors, eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Hear the delighted laughter of kids taking a 10 cent ride on Sandy, the mechanical horse.

History – It all started in 1939. Today the third generation of the Vidler family manages the store which has become a local landmark and destination point for shoppers near and far. The 5 & 10 is easily recognized by the red and white awning, gingerbread trim, hand painted, gold leaf sign, and the colossal “Vidler on the Roof”. Inside you see the original wooden floors, big open counters (the same ones that Grandma… and Great Grandma browsed) and a store chock full of every kind of merchandise imaginable from lace doilies to music cd’s.

Half the Fun of Vidler’s is just wandering around and discovering all the nooks and crannies. Candy – See the incredible selection of old-time favorites such as Necco wafers, Sky Bars, Mallo Cups, Super Daddies, Satellite Wafers, Crystal Beach Suckers, French Chew, wax bottles , rock candy and a variety of chocolates.

Gifts & Jewelry – 3 enticing rooms that flow into each other with a wounderful selection of jewelry, distinctive gifts and home accents. Party novelties for all occasions with paper products, streamers and table displays. Bows, ribbon, greeting cards, wrapping paper… unique women’s clothing, handbags and scarves… wine and cocktail accessories… bridal and baby… you can browse till you find that perfect gift!

Toys – For kids from ages 8 to 80. Experience shopping the way it use to be in a good ole’ five and dime! Select from traditional, ageless toys that children have always loved: yo-yo’s, slide whistles, wooden pop guns, kazoos and other musical instruments; puzzles, rubber bugs and plush animals of every kind; paper dolls, models, coloring books and a large selection of board games, kaleidoscopes, marbles and balsawood gliders. Both kids and kids-at-heart love our toy section.

Housewares – Too much to list! This fabulous department is well-known for the endless collection of gadgets, gee-gaws, widgets and thing-a-ma jigs! Cookie cutters in every shape you can think of, and some you haven’t. From toaster tongs & strawberry hullers to wooden spatulas and cake decorating supplies.

Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10, is located at 676-697 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 716-652-0481  Web: vidlers5and10.com Open 7 days a week.

Vidler’s is a 30 minute drive directly south of the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a good central location for visiting the Niagara Wine Trail, Erie Canal Cruses, Antique World, Niagara Falls among many other popular attractions.  The Asa Ransom House is a 10 room historic village Inn built in 1853, with 1975 and 1993 additions. Most rooms have a fireplace, some with porch or balcony, serving a full country breakfast. Dinner is available daily except Monday, Tea available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Rooms can be viewed at asaransom.com . We look forward to your visit!

Vidler’s and Asa Ransom, two gems not to miss!

 

Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

January 9, 2015 by asaransom

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

Visiting the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is taking a step back in time. The collection of historic automobiles, bicycles, Pierce-Arrow memorabilia and documents is unlike any other in the world.

Here you will find a selection of some of the most compelling pieces and their stories with a focus and emphasis placed on Pierce-Arrow, E.R. Thomas Motor Car Company and other Buffalo-made automobiles and their accomplishments.

A 1903 Pierce Stanhope at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The 1903 Pierce Stanhope


1903 Pierce Stanhope
The 1903 Pierce Stanhope followed the Motorette and was built on light frame tubing and featured a folding top. The four-passenger automobile included two hidden folding seats in front and had two forward speeds as well as a reverse gear.
The George N, Pierce Company produced 50 Stanhopes in 1903, and sold them each for $1,000.
The Stanhope, one of the earliest Pierce models, helped pave the way for later, larger models like the Arrow and Great Arrow.

 

A 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout


The 1909 Thomas Flayer 6-40 Flyabout
Edwin Thomas (1850-1936) began in the transportation industry by selling gasoline propulsion gear for bicycles in 1896. Thomas manufactured automobiles at the Thomas Motor Company Factory at 1200 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY. The building still stands today and serves as the headquarters for Rich Products.
In 1908, a Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout, beat out six competing cars from three other nations in the 22,000 mile, New York to Paris Race. What began on 11:15 AM, February 12, 1908, in Times Square, turned into a marathon that lasted 169 days, with the Thomas Flyer taking the historic checkered flag.

The Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright

In 1927, world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan and Cherry Street, but was never built. In 2002, initial planning began to construct the filling station as a one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. The architecture was truly ahead of its time and features a second story observation room. The room was complete with a fireplace, restrooms, a copper roof, two 40 foot poles (Wright called them “totems”) and an overhead, gravity-fed gas distribution system for fuelling cars.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is much more than an area attraction, it’s a destination, thanks to the museum’s impressive collection and Buffalo’s wealth of Automobile and transportation history.

For current hours: www.pierce-arrow.com   Tours: reservations are required for a guided tour. Call 716-853-0084 to check availability.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is just 18 miles from the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, New York. The Inn awaits visitors to one of its 10 inviting fireplace of porch guest rooms. Full country breakfast included, dinner is also available every day except Monday. View Rooms and menu at www.asaransom.com

We look forward to your visit. Bob Lenz – Innkeeper

Spectacular Niagara Falls

November 21, 2014 by asaransom

Niagara FallsSpectacular Niagara Falls are exciting all seasons. Summer, the busiest, bright sunshine and Niagara’s mist make rainbows regular sights. In the Winter, cold temperatures transform Niagara’s mist into a crystallized blanket that covers the trees, rocks, and buildings, transforming the area into a winter wonderland.

The falls are separated into three cataracts separated by islands. Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side is the widest. Bridal Veil, the middle and smallest, and the American Falls, the highest. Excellent views of the river and falls are available from several vantage points. Each night the falls are illuminated for 2.5 to 3.5 hours after dusk.

One of the most popular attractions, Maid of the Mist boats pass directly in front of the falls and enter the Horseshoe Basin. Trips depart daily beginning at 9:00 Memorial Day through about mid October.

Goat Island, in the Niagara River, separates the Canadian and American Falls, offers spectacular views from the edge of both falls. Niagara Adventure Theater, in the visitors center presents “Niagara: Legends of Adventure,” a 30-minute film telling the story of legends, explorers and daredevils.

Cave of the Winds Trip  on Goat Island, take an elevator ride down 175 feet to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. After donning a souvenir raincoat and footwear, visitors are guided to the Hurricane Deck, just 20 feet from the roaring Bridal Falls, where a good dousing can be expected. This guided walking your will allow you to feel and experience the power of Niagara Falls just feet from the pounding waters.

Aquarium of Niagara has more than 1500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the coral reefs and is home to a large collection of Great Lakes fish. Open year round, daily from 9:00 am.

Prospect Point Observation Tower, next to the American Falls in Prospect Point, is a 260-foot structure that rises above the cliffs. Stairs lead from the tower to the Crow’s Nest, an observation area beside the falls. Four elevators descend into the gorge, permitting access to the base of the falls and Maid of the Mist boats, which board near the landing.

Spectacular Niagara Falls, is located 28 miles from the Asa Ransom House, with an easy express drive to the falls. Guest select Asa Ransom because of its central location to Western New York’s many attractions, business and schools. The ten-room Inn has been serving the traveling public for dinner and lodging for 39 years. Featured in Select Registry’s Distinguished Inns of North America and awarded 3 diamonds by the AAA. View the Asa Ransom House at asaransom.com

 

Explore Historic Clarence Hollow

September 24, 2014 by asaransom

Founded in 1808, Clarence Hollow is the oldest town in Erie County NY. (Founded 4 years before Buffalo, NY.) Historic Clarence Hollow is the gateway to Western New York and Niagara Falls from the east, off I90 between exits 48A coming from the east, and 49 from the west and south. So come and explore and meet the friendly folk of Historic Clarence Hollow.

Throughout the town there is over 200 years of history to discovering architecture and lore, unique one-of-a-kind shops as well as mall shopping, a bevy of home-owned restaurant both fine and casual, and a bed and breakfast.

The list of event and attractions include:  Farmers’ Market in Clarence Hollow every Saturday morning June through October. Antique World and Flea Market, NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor market, open year round 11am to 5pm, closed Wednesday features Expo Center Co-Op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall.  The Great Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Festival in September and October. Clarence Hollow free Summer Orchestra Concerts in July and August. Clarence Biking and Hiking Trails, between Clarence Hollow and Akron NY, and Akron and Clarence Center offer, about 18 miles of trails. Clarence Historical Museum, tour the original workshop where Clarence resident and inventor Wilson Greatbatch invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker. Tillman Road Wildlife Sanctuary Management Area, a self-guided nature walk, where deer, Canada geese, ducks, herons, and hawks are residents.  Escarpment Sanctuary – a trail off Greiner Rd. provides a short walk into the town’s geologic past. The Onondaga Escarpment-  was the edge of an ancient lake. The cliff is 50-70 feet high and is composed of layers of limestone and dolomite .

Clarence Hollow is only about 30-35 minutes from Niagara Falls, 30 minutes to Lockport and the Erie Canal, where one can take a cruise through the only double lock on the entire Erie Canal. www.Lockportlocks.com   Nearby one can visit over 20 wineries featuring many national award winning wines. www.NiagaraWineTrail.org Clarence Hollow is the home for over 39 years of the Asa Ransom House B&B Country Inn featuring many of the award winning wines in their dining room. Tour the Asa Ransom at www.asaransom.com

 

Letchworth State Park ‘Grand Canyon of the East’

August 29, 2014 by asaransom

Letchworth State Park 'Grand Canyon of the East'Letchworth State Park, referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.  14,350 acres of scenic magnificence along the Genesee River, steep-walled gorge with three major waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet high. Each year the river cuts deeper into the dramatic cliffs, some of which approach 600 feet in height.

A multi-faceted park, Letchworth offers opportunities for a wide variety of interest. Millions of years of geological history can be observed in the rock formations exposed by erosion. The region’s rich heritage of the Seneca Indians is well-documented in the park with displays, a restored Seneca Council House and the grave of Mary Jemison.

Letchworth offers many leisure time pursuits. Cabins and campsites, swimming pool, picnic areas, museum, Glen Iris Inn, and restaurant (great for lunch). In addition there are many fishing areas, an inviting multi-use trail network , whitewater rafting, kayaking, special events and festivals and guided walks and tours. Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing and guided ski hikes, and snowmobiling.

History in the Park.
1.  In 1859, Mr. William Pryor Letchworth first purchased the Glen Iris Inn and surrounding 1000 acres. Over the next fifty years, Mr. Letchworth would develop the Glen Iris and ground into the picturesque setting that is now the centerpiece of Letchworth State Park. In 1907, Mr. Letchworth deeded his estate to the State of New York.
2. The William Pryor Letchworth Museum houses a collection relating to the Indian and pioneer history of the Genesee Valley as well as archeological and natural history displays. The museum itself was built in 1912 to expand the original Museum which was built in 1898.

Letchworth State Park is about an hour and 15 minutes South-East from Clarence and the Asa Ransom House Country Inn through beautiful rolling hills and farm country. Entrances are located at Mount Morris, Perry, Castile, Portageville. For more information on the Park , 585-493-3600 or visit www.nysparks.com .  Information on Asa Ransom House 800-841-2340 or www.asaransom.com

 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House

August 13, 2014 by asaransom

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin HouseFrank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, a six structure complex, located in the historic Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo N.Y. The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin, is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. It is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie houses.

The Darwin Martin House Tour will introduce visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative design concepts that defined his Prairie-style ideal. A certified docent will lead guests through the primary rooms of the main Martin House, the pergola, conservatory, and exterior spaces, and the pioneering methods of construction. Explore the home’s beauty described as a “domestic symphony,” which includes prime examples of Wright-designed furniture, art glass, and light fixtures.

Two-hour and One-Hour Tours of the Darwin Martin House are available, with the one-hour tour  wheelchair accessible. Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour. www.darwinmartinhouse.org

In 1927, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in Buffalo. The station was never built. But the Filling Station was built in 2013, one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. This exhibit compliments the automobile, motorcycles and bicycles on display. www.pierce-arrow.com

Discover Graycliff, the summer home of Darwin Martin and his family, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926. The Estate consists of the Isabelle R. Martin House with a garden wall connecting to the Foster House (the servant’s quarters and garage). Other features that highlight the Estate include a terrace, esplanade, sunken gardens, a fountain and pond, plus a beautiful view of Lake Erie. Graycliff is located in Derby NY, south-west of Buffalo, with guided tours available year round by reservation.  Graycliff:http://graycliff.bfn.org

The Darwin Martin House and related sites have been highly recommended by guests staying at the 10 room Asa Ransom House Country Inn. Guests find the Inns location convenient for the many attractions and historic sites throughout Western New York.  www.asaransom.com

 

Lancaster Opera House Theater, Dinner at the Asa Ransom House

July 28, 2014 by asaransom

Lancaster Opera HouseDinner at the Asa Ransom House and Theater at the Lancaster Opera House, a winning combination. The Lancaster Opera House Theater is a reminder of an early American tradition, unusual to combine a music hall with a town’s main governmental building. Designed by George J. Metzger in 1897, renovated in 1981, the Lancaster Opera House is one of only a few such Town Halls still open.

The 2017-18 season at the Lancaster Opera House Theater features these great plays, musicals, family:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Form  September 9,10,11, 15,16,17,18, 22,23,24,25

Jekyll and Hyde  October 14,15,16, 21,22,23, 28,29 30

Crimes of the Heart  November 4,5,6, 10,11,12,13,  17,18,19,20

Nuncrackers: The Nunsence Christmas Musical  November 25, 26,27   December 1,2,3,4,  8,9,10,11

The Night Before Christmas  December 16 -7:30,  Dec. 17  11:00, 2:30 & 7:30,  Dec.18 11:00 & 2:30

Moon Over Buffalo  February 17, 18, 19,  24,25,26

A Few Good Men  March 3,4,5,  9,10,11,12

Miss Nelson is Missing   March 31, April 1,2

Godspell  April 21,22,23,  27,28,29,30  May 4,5,6,7,

Run for Your Wife  May 12,13,14,  19,20,21

The Light in the Piazza  June 2,3,4,  8,9,10,11  15,16,17,18

To review the performances, visit www.LancOpera.org The Lancaster Opera House is located 9 miles from Asa Ransom with convenient and free parking.

To receive good seating and avoid sell outs, we suggest reserving a few weeks ahead of your selected date.

Thursday, Friday, Sunday nights are $49 per person and include a four course dinner and Theater ticket. Saturdays include a five-course dinner, $59 per person. *Musicals and Concerts are an additional $5 or $10 for increased ticket price. Tax and Gratuity not included.

The Asa Ransom House Dinner Theater menu on Thursday Friday and Sunday includes Soup of the Day, Salad, Homemade Muffins & Rolls, with a Choice of Entrees. Entrees including Raspberry Chicken, Stuffed Sole, Roast Turkey, Jefferson Beef, Boneless Breast of Duck, Classic German Sauerbraten Roast, Prime Rib. Dinner is topped off with a Dessert Sampler and Beverage.  Dinner and Theater, a great combination, hope to see you soon!

Directions: Right turn out of Asa Ransom for 1/4 mile to Right turn on Ransom Road, travel approximately  3 miles to Walden Ave.  Right turn on to Walden for approximately 4 miles to Central Ave., left on Central Ave. 1 mile to Theater. Parking on left just before Theater. Travel time about 15 -20 minutes.

 

Getaway Package

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

wilson3With the stress of a busy work schedule, we offer you the opportunity to escape and relax. Look forward to your refreshing getaway or romantic retreat in one of our ten inviting accommodations, nine with fireplaces, six with a porch or balcony. Arrive early and enjoy the Library with its fireplace, puzzles, checkers and many rare books or enjoy a walk through the Hollow.

The Getaway Package for two:
A Four-course dinner, One Night’s Lodging and Full Breakfast for two.

Getaway Package Rates:
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
MAP: Modified American Plan: dinner, lodging and full breakfast
Saturday MAP includes a 5-course gourmet dinner

Room Sun – Friday B&B Sat B&B Sun – Friday MAP Sat MAP
Joseph Ellicott $135 $169 $210 $239
Rebecca Hamlin $149 $190 $220 $250
Portia Ransom $149 $190 $220 $250
Wilson Greatbatch $169 $210 $240 $270
Pine Grove $149 $190 $220 $250
Millstream $169 $210 $240 $270
Blue Willow $185 $225 $255 $285
Renaissance $185 $225 $255 $285
Abigail’s Garden $198 $235 $275 $295
Country Garden Suite $198 $235 $275 $295

Rates are based on double occupancy.
For each additional guest, there is a $35 B&B charge.
No charge will be assessed for crib-size children.
Taxes and gratuities are not included.
Rates are subject to change on holidays and selected dates.

Golf at the Links

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

golfEnjoy 18 holes of golf at The Links at Ivy Ridge, then relax with dinner, an overnight stay, and a full breakfast at the Inn.

Special packages from $199 single or $279 double.

The Links at Ivy Ridge

Marvelous March and April

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Stay one evening (B&B rate) and receive a complimentary night. Breakfast included one morning, dinner required in the restaurant one evening, not to be combined with the MAP plan.  Advanced reservations required, availability limited.

Select Registry New York Bed and Breakfast

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Asa Ransom is proud to be a member of the Distinguished Inns of North America, your guide to more than 400 of the finest Country Inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique hotels in North America. Each property is inspected for quality assurance and meets exceptional high standards.

For more informaiton: www.selectregistry.com

Pride of New York at Asa Ransom House

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Asa Ransom House is proud to be a part of Pride of New York. The program is all about locally grown and processed foods, award winning wines, and beautiful plants. Locally produced foods not only taste great, but they also support the local economy and help keep New York green. When you see the Pride of New York emblem, you’ll know the products are regional specialties.

For more information: www.prideofny.com

Clarence New York Green Lodging at Asa Ransom

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

greenlodgingAsa Ransom House has joined the “Green” Hotels Association which encourages, promotes and supports ecological consciousness in the lodging industry. Green lodging facilities work to institute programs that save water – while saving money – to help protect our one and only earth.

Having green lodging means guests, staff and management are healthier. There’s just no doubt that when odors, fumes, soot, droplets and residues of toxic, poisonous chemicals are not in the air, on our food or on anything we touch, we are not absorbing or breathing them. Sooner or later all properties will be sold, and any green property will demand a higher price because it’s value is much enhanced by lower utility bills per square foot, its healthier aspects and owner care.

No one can really be green unless most of us are green – and green lodging is an important part of this! Smart, innovative innkeepers who provide green products and services are a big help and you can help further by always insisting on green lodging. Part of being green means supporting green vendors by purchasing their products and services and cheering them on.

When traveling, book with green lodging – Inns & Hotels that are clearly interested in protecting our environment, and let the management know that’s why you’ve chosen their hotel.

For more information visit: www.greenhotels.com

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