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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 with 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 2014 – 2015 season at the Lancaster Opera House Theater starts with * Fiddler on the Roof September 12 – 28 (Friday, Saturday and Sundays). Following are plays, musicals, family, and concerts:
You Can’t take it with You – October 10 – 19 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Glass Menagerie – November 7 – 16. (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Every Christmas Story Ever Told – December 5 -14
The Night Before Christmas – December 19 -21
The Hounds of the Baskervilles – February 6 – 13, 15.
*Johnny Cash from Memphis to Folsom – February 20.
*California Suite – February 27 – 28, March 1 – 8 (Fri, Sat, Sun).
The Boys Next Door – March 20 – 29 (Thr, Fri, Sat, Sun).
*Singin in the Rain – April 10 – 26 (Fri, Sat, Sun).
Witness for the Prosecution – May 8 – 17 (Thr, Fri, Sat, Sun)
*Legally Blonde – June 5 – 21 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
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 are an additional $5 for increased ticket price. Tax and Gratuity not included.

The Asa Ransom House Dinner Theater menu 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!

 

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.

When traveling, book with 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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