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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House

August 13th, 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 28th, 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!

 

Wineries to Visit on the Niagara Wine Trail, USA

July 15th, 2014 by asaransom

Niagara Wine Trail, USAA beautiful countryside with many wineries  await visitors on the Niagara Wine Trail USA. The trail offers a diverse array of wineries to tour and areas rich in history, near Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Clarence NY. The Niagara Wine Trail USA features over 20 (and counting). Wineries feature traditional vinifera styles, late harvest, ice wines, fruit wines and sparkling wines.

The character of the local limestone soils, gravel silts and moderate climate, allow for a diverse production of fruit and vinifera grapes. Wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot.

Wines from the Niagara Wine Trail USA region have earned top scores by wine critics and international wine competitions. The region has been recognized by prominent wine publications as producing the best Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Ice Wines and Syrah that New York State has to offer.

Picturesque farm vistas and the beautiful Escarpment are all features as you explore the wineries along the wine  trail. Enjoy the many interesting towns, restaurants, farm markets and antique shops. Sip on the fine wines the area has to offer as your eyes drink in the view.

Fall Special Events:
Harvest Festival September 19-21 – Celebrate harvest season with wine and food pairing. Taste a different sample paired perfectly with a wine at each winery.
Hollowine – Annual Murder Mystery, October 17-19. Come as yourself or in costume! Collect clues and interview suspects at each winery to solve the “Madd Hatter” Murder.
Share the Bounty - Nov. 7- 2  Fundraising Veterans Day Weekend.
Holiday Happening – December 5-7, 12 -14  Collect a keepsake ornament at each winery for a complete set.

Area attractions:
Cambria Corn Maze – September 13 – October 31 12.  Open Thursday & Friday 3:00 – 8:00, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 8:00. www.cambriacornmaze.com  
The Historic McClew Farmstead at Murphy Orchards. Historic Underground Railroad site, and operating fruit farm. www.murphyorchards.com
Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride. A historic, fun, guided 70-minute tour through America’s past. www.lockportcave.com
Medina Railroad Museum - Located in a former New York Central freight depot, one of the largest railroad museums in the country. Also features fun train excursions.  www.railroadmuseum.net

Additional information see www.NiagaraWineTrail.org

After a busy day, travelers like to settle in and enjoy a relaxing dinner at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence New York. In the Summer and Fall, guest select a room with porch or balcony, and a room with a fireplace for those cool evenings. The Inn features over 40 New York wines, some from the Niagara Wine Trail. The original brick part of the Inn dates back to 1853, with tasteful additions added in 1975 and 1993    www.asaransom.com

Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise

July 11th, 2014 by asaransom

Locks in Lockport on a Eire Canal Cruise

Visit the locks of Lockport during your Eire Canal Cruise!

Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise and relive a bit of History. “Low Bridge, Everyone Down!” People all over the world enjoy singing along to the famous “Erie Canal Song”. Sit back and relax on board the Lockview IV or the Lockview V – as Captain Mike and his crew navigate through one of the most spectacular portions of the historic Erie Canal.

During your 2-hour Erie Canal cruise along “life in the fast lane” you’ll marvel as you:

Cruise under the curious “Upside-Down Railroad Bridge”.
Experience ‘Locking Through”- being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 &35.
Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800s “Rock Cut’ and stone towpath blasted of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812.
Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S.

The Grand Old Erie Canal connects the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean at sea level with the Niagara River and the Great Lakes at 570-feet above sea level. This 363-mile engineering feat was dug by hand between 1817 and 1825. More people migrated westward on the Erie Canal than later went through Ellis Island, opening up the American Frontier for development. Originally 83 locks were use to raise and lower boats, but none as dramatically as those in the aptly named Lockport. To overcome the 49-foot tall Niagara Escarpment – the same rock formation that forms Niagara Falls – Lockport was chosen as the location of the famous “Flight of Five”. This twin set of 5-tiered locks allowed boats to travel up in one set and down in the other. After the canal was enlarged in the early 1900s, one set was retained to serve as a spillway. The other was replaced by the current set of Locks 34 and 35, which still serve boat traffic today.

A New York Erie Canal Cruise departs daily May to October, reservations recommended. www.Lockportlocks.com  1-800-378-0352              210 Market Street, Lockport NY 14094

The New York Erie Canal Cruises are a favorite attraction of guests staying at the 10 room historic (1853)  Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031  www.asaransom.com  1-800-841-2340

Clarence Summer Concerts in the Park – 56th Season

June 6th, 2014 by asaransom

The Clarence Summer Concerts in the Park will feature the Clarence Summer Orchestra and are scheduled for each Sunday in July.

The first of the Clarence Summer Concerts, July 6th, is ‘Sea to Shining Sea’ and features  the Buffalo Master Chorale.

On Sunday, July 13, it’s ‘Mozart Meets the Phantom’ featuring Soprano Jeanette Vecchione.

A special Clarence Band Concert will be presented Thursday July 17.

The third of the Clarence Summer Concerts, on Sunday, July 20, is ‘Stars & Planets’.

Sunday, July 27, will see Amy Schroder on violin and Luke Fleming on viola highlighted for ‘Hits from the Oscars.’

The last of the 2014 Clarence Summer Concerts – ‘Dancing Under the Stars’ with the Hot Club of Buffalo – is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd.

All of the Clarence Summer Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. in the Clarence Park, 10405 Main Street (NY Rte.5) Clarence N.Y.  Rain location: Clarence Middle School, Greiner Road.

For a full schedule of the Clarence Summer Concerts in the Park, please visit: www.clarenceconcert.org

Dinner for Two Special

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

You and your guest are cordially invited to enjoy our Dinner for Two, a limited promotion available Tuesday – Friday for $49.95 per couple.

dinnerThree course dinner includes Soup of the Day or Mixed Green Salad, choice of the following Entrees, homemade dessert, and beverage.

Spinach and Shrimp Stuffed Sole
A filet of Sole stuffed with fresh spinach and shrimp topped with a Beurre Blanc

Chicken Pot Pie
Generous pieces of roast chicken, savory sauce and vegetables under a flaky pastry

Asa Roast Turkey
Sliced white meat with homemade stuffing, pan gravy and cranberry

Jeffersonian Beef
Slices of roast beef topped with mushrooms, provolone cheese and finished with a sherry brown sauce

Classic German Sauerbraten Roast
Over sautéed spaeztles and topped with sour cream

Vegetarian Lasgana

Four Seasons Dinner Club

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

dinner2The Asa Ransom Menu changes every season. We invite you to experience the best of each season as a member of our Dinner Club.

For the prepaid amount of $325, you receive dinner for two each season which includes 1st course, salad, entree, dessert, and beverage! Join the Club or give a Gift!

Your Club Card will be validated once with each Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring Menu. Thank you for understanding that special dates & holidays are not valid. Bar, taxes, & service are additional. 

Getaway Package

February 27th, 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 $129 $169 $198 $229
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 27th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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

Clarence New York Hiking and Biking Trails

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

Click to enlarge map

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Whether you walk, ski or ride, three accessible trails take you through farms, forests, fields, and wetlands between Clarence Hollow, Akron, and Clarence Center. Take a look at the map to the right for a full layout of these three great trails.

  • The West Shore Trail East begins at Main & Salt Roads in the Hollow and continues 5 1/4 miles into the heart of Akron.
  • The second section of West Shore Trail is 3 miles in length from the Clarence Town Park west to Wehrle Dr.
  • The third trail, Peanut Line, begins at Meadow Lakes in Clarence Center and continues 9 miles in an easterly direction to Akron Junction, where it connects to the Clarence – Akron trail.

From wildlife watching to fishing, wildflower viewing to berry picking, you’re invited to actively use the trails resources from within the boundaries of its right of way. Please respect the privacy and property of the trails neighbors and help keep the trails free of trash and debris.

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