Dinner 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.
9 to 5 The Musical Sept.8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24
Dracula October 6,7,8,13,14,15
South Pacific November 10,11,12,17,18,19
It’s A Wounder Life December 1,2,3,8,9,10
The Night Before Christmas December 15,16,17
The Diary of Anne Frank February 9,10,11,16,17,18
We Gotta BINGO March 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18
The Poar of the Greasepaint April 6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22
Rounding Third May 11,12,13,18,19,20
Annie June 8,9,10,15,16
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 early.
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.
24th Garden Walk Buffalo features over 350 gardens July 29 – 30 (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
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
Join us for the 2017 season of free Symphony Concerts in the Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main Street, just a short walk from the Asa Ransom House. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Join us for dinner at Asa Ransom, then just a short stroll to the concert.
American Salute featuring Buffalo Master Chorale Sunday July 9 Clarence Summer Band Thursday July 13 Magic of Harry Potter Sunday July 16 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Clarence Town Park Wednesday July 19 Fiddler in the Park Featuring Ilya Kakler, violin Sunday July 23 Viva la Espana Featuring Marco Sartor, guitar Sunday July 30 Dancing Under the Stars Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band Sunday August 6
Magic of Harry Potter Clarence Summer Orchestra
The annual Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival in Clarence NY opens September 16-17 10am to dusk. Its Western New York’s premier fall family festival and has been designated one of the Top Ten Pumpkin Patches in America. The entire festival runs through October 31, and includes all your favorite special events from the past …including Oinktoberfest BBQ Cook-off weekend, Pie Eating Competition; Pig Races, the World Pumpkin Weigh-off, and the Trebuchet (catapult) Contest.
The Month-long celebration at the Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival features such activities and attractions as a Corn Maze, Mining for Gems, Hay Rides, Cow Train, Amusement Rides, Face Painting, Magic and Juggling and the “Crackling Hen” Revue and much much more!
Fall Festival Weekend Highlights:
Weekend of September 16 & 17 – Opening Weekend. All attractions will be running. Sylvia & Magic Trunk Comedy Ventriloquist both days. “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze” Noon to 4pm both days.
Weekend of September 22, 23 & 24 Oinktoberfest Sep. 22 Friday Night night, open from 5pm to 9pm with live music, great BBQ, beer & wine. Sept. 23 & 24 10am to dusk, New York State’s official KCBS-sanctioned BBQ Cookoff.
Weekend of September 30 & October 1 – This weekend features the World Pumpkin Weigh Off (Sunday) begins 12noon.
Weekend of October 7, 8, 9 (Columbus Day) Pumpkin Olympics will run all 3 days with events every hour; Annual Pumpkin Drop (12noon (Monday)
Weekend of October 14 & 15 – This weekend features the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition and PIG Races.
Weekend of October 21 & 22 – Annual Trebuchet (catapult) contest. local high schools will compete for distance – catapulting pumpkins up to 500 feet! “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze” from noon to 4pm both days.
Weekend of October 28 & 29 – Final weekend; Costume Contest, “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze”, All attractions will be running.
Festival hours are 10am to Dusk daily. There is no admission on weekdays, except on Columbus Day. For prices on weekend’s consult the Pumpkin Farm’s website: www.greatpumpkinfarm.com.
The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival is located at 11199 Main street in Clarence NY, and online at greatpumpkinfarm.com
The Great Pumpkin Farm is located next to Antique World & Flee Market – NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor Market Flea Market, open 8am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday – just the place for DIY’s to find the perfect gem to finish your project 5 Huge Shops are open 6 days 11am to 5pm (closed Wednesdays). Shops include: Expo Center Co-op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall. For more information on Antique World visit: www.antiqueworldmarket.com
Just 1 mile west from Antique World and the Great Pumpkin Farm is the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a perfect place to relax, choose from 20 entrees for dinner, then retire in one of the Inn’s 10 rooms, some have a Porch or Balcony (book early as they are popular!) The next morning enjoy a full Country breakfast before starting your exciting day. View accommodations at www.asaransom.com
We love our guests at Asa Ransom House and in honor of Valentine’s Day we are giving you a present. We also recognize that Valentine’s Day is only one day yet friends, family, and lovebirds share their fondness for each other every day. So, we have decided to present special treats to you, our guests and friends, from now until April.
Valentine’s Day Special
- We are sharing our love with a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and late check-out. Simply stay with us between Sunday, February 12 and Thursday, February 16 and mention the code LOVENEST when you call.
- Everyone likes something sweet at the end of their meal. We are making that something even sweeter by offering a complimentary dessert to share to couples who order two entrees at our restaurant. Offer valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from February 21 until March 2.
Second Night Free
- Stay at Asa Ransom House any night in March or April and we’ll pay for your second night. Advance reservations and dinner in the restaurant one evening required.
There is always so much to do in the Clarence and Buffalo area. Check out these events and activities while staying with us:
- Winter Blues Ice Crawl – Think bicycles are just for summer months? Think again. Enjoy drink specials at six different establishments accessible via bike (or walk or take the shuttle). The February 18 event will conclude with live music from 8-11pm. Tickets available online: discovermainstreet.org/2017/01/21/winter-blues-ice-crawl-latest-in-bike-friendly-pub-crawl-series/ Fat Tire Bike rentals are available through Tom’s Pro Bikes.
- Moon Over Buffalo – This hilarious play is being performed at the Lancaster Opera House the last two weekends in February. A Few Good Men, the Broadway hit popularized by the film, will be arriving the first two weekends in March. www.lancopera.org/
- The Ice at Canalside – There is something for everyone here. Rent ice skates or ice bikes, try your hand at curling, sample mulled cider and wine, witness public art installations, or go shopping across the street at the Shops at Harborcenter. Most of our rooms have fireplaces; curl up together after being out in the cold. www.canalsidebuffalo.com/visit-canalside/
- Tea at Asa Ransom House – Sip tea and nibble on scones, sandwiches, and sweets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon at the inn. Be sure to make a reservation when you book your room.
- Live Music – Follow Discover Main Street Clarence (discovermainstreet.org/) to see where the bands are playing each week.
- Buffalo Sabres – It’s hockey season. Plan a visit for one of the multiple dates that the Sabres are in town. www.nhl.com/sabres/schedule/2016/ET/fullseason
- Buffalo Zoo – Tickets to the zoo are only $5 in February. Avoid the crowds and watch the animals play in the snow. buffalozoo.org/
- Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – The gardens are transformed with light during Lumagination (presented until February 21). Visit the Orchid Show February 25-26. Plus, the Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest just reopened after being closed for renovation. www.buffalogardens.com/
Enjoy Western New York any season of the year. You can easily fill up a week or more with all there is to see and do around the inns central location. From special exhibits at art galleries to riding a bicycle on the ice, there is something for everyone in the Clarence and Buffalo area.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Now through February 19, 2017, visitors can explore Picasso: The Artist and His Models. The second installment of the “Transformations in Modern Art” exhibition series features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from the gallery as well as select pieces from European and other American museums. http://www.albrightknox.org/
- Burchfield Penney Art Center: Boasting the largest collection of works by watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, the center also features more than 800 artists linked to Western New York. Docent-led tours are available every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm; tours are free with museum admission. https://www.burchfieldpenney.org/
- Shea’s Performing Arts Center: Get your tickets now for upcoming performances including Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (winner of the 2014 Tony!). http://www.sheas.org/
- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site: Roosevelt took the oath of office in Ansley Wilcox’s home in Buffalo after the assassination of President William McKinley. Step back to 1901 and learn how it all happened on a guided tour of the home. http://www.trsite.org/
- Old Fort Niagara: What was life really like for soldiers? Visit during the winter months to truly understand some of the hardships of these brave men. Open year-round, visitors can explore original buildings and view musket demonstrations. Make special plans to visit on February 4 to witness a battle in the woods; snowshoes are available on a first-come first-served basis. https://www.oldfortniagara.org/
- Buffalo City Hall: One of the largest city halls in the country, the imposing structure features murals depicting the history and industry of the area. Venture up to the Observation Tour for spectacular views of the waterfront.
- Niagara Wine Trail: Avoid the summer crowds by visiting one of the 21 nearby wineries during the winter months. Fewer people means more attention to your questions and thoughts. Sample up to three wines paired with chocolate at your choice of 10 wineries during the two Be Mine with Wine February weekends. Your sweetheart will thank you for the thoughtful gift of this experience. https://niagarawinetrail.org/
- Ice Bikes of Buffalo: Forget trying to balance on ice skates. Instead explore the ice with ease (and stability) as you pedal along on a bicycle made for the ice. Be the first of your friends to try this new experience. http://www.waterbikesofbuffalo.com/ice-bikes/
Asa Ransom House’s Holiday suggestions:
There’s nothing quite like a winter bed and breakfast getaway to spark a sense of nostalgia and overwhelming joy. Waking up to a warm breakfast waiting for you can make you feel like you are visiting grandma’s house again. The holiday lights in the small town of Clarence, NY, will bring a smile to your face as you remember the magic of Christmas. Make the Asa Ransom House your winter holiday headquarters and explore all that the region has to offer.
Start or finish your holiday shopping in the “Hollow.” Stuff stocking with fresh fudge from the Clarence Country Store. Purchase a gift for a friend (or perhaps for yourself) at Hen House Antiques or Antique World & 3 Old Dogs. Since many shops are within walking distance of the inn, guests that want to experience a true winter wonderland can zip up their coats and pull on their boots for a shopping adventure. (Driving is also an option.)
Antique World & Flea Market, Clarence NY
3 Old Dogs Antiques, Clarence NY
Hen House Antiques, Clarence NY
December 1-December 18, 2016 – Shows at the Lancaster Opera House. Tickle your funny bone with the irreverent Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical or join in the interactive fun of The Night Before Christmas. Check the website for show dates and pricing: http://www.lancopera.org/
November 25, 2016-January 8, 2017 – Holiday Displays at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY. Explore the vibrant colors and playful arrangements of Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected. Appease your inner child at the Garden Railway Exhibit designed by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society. http://www.buffalogardens.com/
December 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve is an evening for indulgence (resolution diets don’t start until January 1). The inn features 5 course dinners on Saturdays. The holiday happens to fall on a Saturday this year; don’t miss out on this special, celebratory event.
November 19, 2016-January 31, 2017 – Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. It’s easy to see why 1.5 million people venture to this Canadian event each year. Walk or drive along the eight-kilometer stretch of dazzling light displays. If you would rather avoid the crowds, you can always stay on the Niagara Falls, NY, side and enjoy the natural beauty of the falls. http://www.wfol.com/the-lights/
The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, NY, is open year-round. Truly imagine life during winter in the 19th century while touring historical homes, a blacksmith shop, a barbershop, and a Lutheran church. Just picture how beautiful your photographs will look with a snowy background. http://bnhv.org/
With all the excitement in December, it can be easy to forget that the biggest holiday for lovebirds is right around the corner. Book a special Valentine’s retreat. The inn’s onsite restaurant boasts a romantic fireplace and a seasonal menu featuring organic herbs right from the garden.
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
Buffalo, New York boasts a wide range of music and theater productions and venues: ‘Live Music in Buffalo’ features live music at Canalside, the Buffalo Philharmonic at Kleinhans, operas at Lancaster Opera House and Broadway productions at Shea’s Performing Art’s Center. Many of our music venues are also rich in history.
Built in 1926, Shea’s Performing Art’s Center has grown to be a favorite attraction in Buffalo, NY. Shea’s is beautifully designed with architecture from all around the world. It opened just years before the Great Depression and still manages to thrive, ninety years later. This National Historical Site just announced their 2016-2017 season; featuring Finding Neverland which is launching it’s National Tour right here in Buffalo! Be whisked away to France with the music of George and Ira Gershwin in An American in Paris. Join Ralphie in his quest to get a Red Ryder bb gun in A Christmas Story: The Musical. Enjoy the humorous musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Relive the classics The Sound of Music and Cabaret. Plus special engagements include Stomp, 42nd Street, Wicked, and The Little Mermaid.
Another local favorite is the Lancaster Opera House. It opened for the first time in 1897. Through the years it has not only served as a stage for productions, dances, and commencements, but also: a food and clothing distributor during the Great Depression, a sewing room for war supplies during World War II, the Civil Defense Headquarters in the 1950s, and town hall. They re-opened for productions 35 years ago. Their 2015-2016 season is well under-way. This April experience three time Tony award winning comedy Lend me a Tenor. Be transported to New York City with Bette and Barry: Ya Gotta Have Friends. Join the mystery behind a murder with Night Watch. In May, Get stuck in the middle of two families feuding during a wedding reception with Lovers and Other Strangers. Enjoy a multi-course dinner with Asa Ransom House before heading over to Lancaster with our special Dinner Theater package.
Every Thursday night in the summer hosts free ‘Live Music in Buffalo’ at Canalside. Concerts are rain or shine with the headliner beginning between 8pm and 9pm. Located downtown, you will be able to experience the historic canals as you listen to the music. If you have not visited Canalside in recent years, you are sure to be impressed by the many renovations that have taken place. Enjoy the historic Concert listings for Summer 2016 will be released in May.
Buffalo is proud to have the Buffalo Philharmonic which performs at the National Historic Landmark, Kleinhans Music Hall. The hall has outstanding acoustics and is beautifully designed. The Buffalo Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 season begins this May with Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and A Journey through the Alps in June. View an entire listing of their events on their website.
Asa Ransom House also hosts concerts on our front lawn throughout the months of June and July. These concerts are sponsored by the Clarence Hollow Association. Last summer featured: Shakespeare in the Hollow, Beatles play the Hollow, Kindred plus Irish Dancers, and Salute to Broadway. The 2016 concerts begin July 14 with Chris Maloney -Pop,Sole & Gospel. July 28 – ‘Magic of course – a unique brand of music and comedy for all ages. August 4 features Flipside – Voted top Classic & Pop Band in Buffalo.
Whichever style of musical arts you prefer, we encourage you to try a venue in Buffalo, NY. Of course, we would love for you to begin and/or end your evening with us, at Asa Ransom House. We are located 18 miles from Shea’s, 9 miles from Lancaster Opera House, and 19 miles from Kleinhans and from Canalside. We would be happy to host you for dinner and overnight in one of our ten beautiful rooms. Call our front desk at 716-759-2315 for details.
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
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
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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“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!
When you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you’ll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on the beautiful 35-acre grounds. Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will graciously welcome you to our quaint Village and show you what life was like in the 19th century. Visit our working blacksmith shop and watch in amazement as members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths perform daily demonstrations.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village was originally established in 1972 as Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.
In order to engage a broader audience and highlight the rich heritage of the entire region, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village became a fully independent 501c3 non-profit organization on January 1, 2011, widening its focus to help visitors of all ages live the history of our region.
The 20,000 square foot Shaw Exhibit Building is open year round – ‘From Forest to Front Lawn’ and features exhibits as: Suiting Up : American Uniforms, uniforms from 1898 to present day. Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, explore how the 18th Amendment sought to bring on a age of temperance and virtue, which instead resulted in an increase in excess, indulgence, and vice. Pioneer Kitchen, visit a replica of a pioneer kitchen offering hands-on learning experiences for children. Erie Canal Exhibit. Street of Shops, this re-creation off a Main Street.including a General Store, Watchmaker, Barbershop and Pharmacist. Martha C. Schmidt Decorative Arts Gallery, collection of 19th and 20th century glassware and pottery. Tuning In and Reaching Out: A Story of Radio & Television, a newly updated exhibit of television, radio, and communication equipment from 1920-1950. Others areas include: 9/11 Remembered, Niederlander Research Library, How they Moved Here and museum Store.
Located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road Amherst NY 14228. For additional information, www.bnhv.org or call 716-689-1440
Many of our overnight guests here at Asa Ransom House Country Inn include the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village on their list of ‘things to do’ while visiting Western New York. Asa Ransom House, a member of Select Registry, “Distinguished Inns of North America” for 40 years. Voted #1 B&B in Buffalo News Readers Survey. www.asaransom.com
The Hull House is the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County, New York. Built c.1810 by Warren Hull for his wife, Polly, and their children, the federal style dwelling was built into a hill so that, from the street, two stories are apparent. From the back, however, the basement level is accessible. Throughout the house, one can find the original woodwork in flooring, doorways, some original windows, window seats, stairways, banisters and fireplace mantels and jambs.
The main floor of the house consists of an entrance hallway with a common room (kitchen), pantry and back hallway on the right (east) and the parlor and sitting room on the left (west). The original fireplaces in the parlor and the sitting room are still in place, while the larger common room fireplace had at one time been removed but is now fully restored.
The second story includes the Hulls’ master bedchamber and the boys’ bedchamber on the left (west) and the girls’ bedroom, the north bedchamber, on the right. The original fireplaces in all these rooms are still intact. A small room at the top of the staircase may have been an office for Mr. Hull or a bedchamber for hired help.
In the attic, one can see the 40-foot hand-hewn timber that serves as the main beam under the gabled roof. The four chimneys have been restored along with the oval windows facing east and west.
In the basement of the Hull House stands the foundation of the large kitchen hearth which has been rebuilt. The original cistern lies beneath the basement floor. It was used to collect rainwater for household use. The most unique feature, however, is the original beehive oven which is in such good condition that it will be used for cooking demonstrations in the near future.
The Hull Home & Farmstead, a rare surviving example of early Federal style architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently undergoing extensive restoration, the house is open throughout much of the year for tours, seasonal events and educational experiences for students of all ages. Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors bring history to life, and an Ice Cream Musicale and “Sheep-to-Shawl” event take visitors back in time. In addition, Sunday restoration tours are held June through September.
More further information on events, tours, membership, and volunteer opportunities, check www.hullfamilyhome.org!
The Historic Asa Ransom House Country Inn provides accommodations and dinner, is just 5 miles from The Hull Family Home and Farmstead. With its 10 rooms from 1853, 1975 and 1993 give guests a wide variety from which to choose. Rooms, menus and other area attractions can be viewed at www.asaransom.com
When an area includes attractions like Lake Erie and the Niagara Falls, like the Buffalo Niagara area does, you know there’s a lot to see – and miss, if you’re not acreful! Buffalo Tours will help you see it all.
Buffalo Tours is an education program of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Its mission is to provide leadership in identifying and protecting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York Communities. Preservation Buffalo Niagara are official partners of the Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Some of the many tours available include:
“Inside the West Side” Tour of Homes – Enjoy interior home visits and hidden gardens, and glimpsethe unsurpassed view at Front Park in Buffalo’s only historic lakefront community.
The Whole Grain Tour – Explore “Concrete Atlantis” in and around the famous grain elevators of the Buffalo River on this family-friendly walk.
Millionaire’s Row – In Buffalo’s glory days the mansions of Millionaire’s Row constituted a tightly knit neighborhood where every one knew each other and many were related. Now a National Historic District, we’ll discuss these architectural treasures and business barons who built them.
The Larkin District – Explore the legacy of soap entrepreneur John D. Larkin and architect Frank Loyd Wright with a tour of the Larkin Exchange Building.
Queen City Downtown – Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories. These including the Erie Canal, several Presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green, and the “Best Designed City” designation by Frederick Law Olmsted. See these stories come alive on this two hour walk. The Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s, and Ellicott Square are as magnificent on the inside as on the outside.
Queen Annes of Elmwood Village – Find works by renowned architects such as E.B. Green and Louise Blanchard Bethune. These include a colorful array of architecture styles, and excellent examples of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.
Allentown Historic Walking Tours – Allentown Central, a two-hour tour of Allentown’s most picturesque and best-preserved street: Delaware Avenue, Irving Place, and Park Street. Victorian homes and lovingly-tended gardens, Irving was the birthplace of Allentown’s renaissance in the 1050’s, when the beat generation rediscovered Allentown’s marvelous architecture and nurtured its reputation for the arts.
Hull House – Built around 1810 by Warren Hull, the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County is now a rare piece of early American architecture. Visit the home undergoing restoration and see how historical exhibits on display, including an archeological dig for Native American artifacts.
Lockport: Stories in Stone – “Step Back in Time” in Lockport on two historic tours. During “Explore Main Street”, visit architectural interiors of several 19th century buildings along the famous Flight of Five locks. On “Cemetery Tales”, meet several costumed “residents” of the Glenwood Cemetery, est.1863.
For additional Information about Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara – www.P-B-N.org 716-853-3300
The Asa Ransom House Country Inn is centrally located for the Preservation Buffalo Niagara tours. Located in Clarence, just 18 miles from downtown Buffalo, the historic Asa Ransom House (1853, 1975, 1993) is located on the site of the first grist mill in Erie County. Rooms have a fireplace, and many a porch or balcony for viewing the grounds. View rooms at www.asaransom.com Book early for your first choice!
You can walk through WWII warships at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park (America’s largest inland naval park). One can set sail on an excursion with the Queen City Ferry, Spirit of Buffalo, Buffalo Harbor Cruises or Seven Sees Sailing Center. Prefer to make your own waves? Explore Lake Erie and the Buffalo River (home to the mammoth grain elevators) with a canoe, kayak or SUP (stand-up-paddle board) rental from BFLO Harbor Kayak. Pedal your way down the river with Water Bikes of Buffalo, or a guided paddle tour with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site with State-of-the-art exhibits and a guided tour of the Ansley Wilcox home. It takes you inside the moment when “Teddy” Roosevelt became the nation’s youngest president ever due to the shocking assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 150 years old in 2012. Albright-Know has amassed an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art, which shares through a constantly changing program of exhibits, classes and special events.
Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, built for a wealthy Buffalo businessman between 1903-1905, stands as one of the architect’s masterpieces and also as a pinnacle of his Prairie School era. For examples of his later work, head to nearby Derby to see Graycliff Estate, three buildings set amid 8.5 acres of rolling lawns and gardens.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory. Lackawanna’s basilica is a stunning early 20th-century church built almost entirely of white marble. Guided tours highlight the shrine’s hundreds of paintings, sculptures and mosaics. A museum describes the multiple charitable works of its founder, Father Nelson Baker. Ourladyofvictory.org
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Take a ride on the 1961 #1 Special carousel, listen to the Wurlitzer band organ, see how music rolls are produced and view our exhibits and vintage ride collection. www.carrouselmuseum.org
The Medina Railroad Museum. A collection of artifacts, memorabilia and one of the largest HO scale layouts in the nation. Enjoy a leisurely 34-mile, two-hour round-trip ride through the scenic Erie Canal Heritage Corridor aboard a vintage 1947 passenger coach. The museum is the largest freight depot museum in the country. www.Railroadmuseum.net
The Roycroft Campus. The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora was in the vanguard of American Arts and Crafts style in the early 1900’s. Today the Roycroft standard of clean lines and simplicity of design can be explored in the classes and demonstrations. Visitors may shop the gallery and tour nine original structures, such as the inn, the chapel, the print shop, the furniture shop and the copper shop.
A centrally located, convenient and comfortable Inn to rest and dine is the historic ten-room Asa Ransom House, just north-east of Buffalo in Clarence. A full country breakfast is included, some rooms offer a porch or balcony, and most feature a fireplace. Near the NY&WS hiking/biking trail, Antique World and interesting village shops. View rooms & menu at asaransom.com Call 1-800-841-2340 for last minute specials and events. We look forward to serving you! Bob Lenz – Innkeeper
Asa Ransom House celebrated its 41st Anniversary this past Thanksgiving Day.
A little History. The Asa Ransom House has grown from two original guest rooms to ten today, with additions in 1975 and 1993 to the original 1853 structure. Asa Ransom was a silversmith plying his trade in the little fur trading post on the shores of Lake Erie (now Buffalo). In 1799, the Holland Land Company offered lots 10 miles apart in what is now Clarence, to “any proper man who would build and operate a tavern.” He erected a spacious two-story log house and tavern to house both his family and weary travelers. When completed this was the first so called hotel in what is now Erie County. The Indians of the area were delighted with the trinkets he fashioned and gave him the name “0-wis-ta-no-at-squo-nish,,” meaning “maker of silver.” Months after the completion of the tavern and log house the first white male child born on Holland Purchase arrived November 5, 1799.
In 1803 Asa Ransom finished the construction of his grist mill, the first in what is now Erie County. Settlers from all over Western New York came here to have their grain ground into flour. Up until this time the nearest gristmill was at Chippewa in Canada. The grain was ground by means of a water wheel. There was a much greater flow of water prior to the clearing of the forests. Down the stream in connection with the mill, Mr. Ransom operated a distillery. Any excess wheat that he purchased from the early settlers, was made into whiskey at the distillery, and in turn sold at his tavern.
In the early 1920’s, fire partially destroyed the mill. Mr. Ryley (owner at the time) had it restored but a short time later, it again burned and was never rebuilt. In our library, we have a picture history book that includes some very early pictures guests are welcome to view.
A special program our guests look forward to each year, is the “Marvelous March and April -Two for One”, Guest stay one night and the second night is complimentary, with the fire place rooms most popular!. Dinner is required one night, and many request a table by the wood burning fireplace in the dining room. Book early for your choice of rooms. View rooms on our new web site: http:www.asaransom. This special promotion must be booked with the Inn via email or 1-800-841-2340
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.
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.
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 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
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, 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, 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
A 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.
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
You and your guest are cordially invited to enjoy our Dinner for Two, a limited promotion available Tuesday – Friday and Sunday for $49.95 per couple.
Three course dinner includes Soup of the Day , Mixed Green Salad and choice of the following Entrees
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
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
Pasta of the Day
Request a window or a fireside table and enjoy a relaxing dinner prepared by our culinary team.